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Joan Doreen Flannigan

Joan Doreen Flannigan of Cosmopolis passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. She was 79. Joan was born on March 27, 1935, in Pe Ell, Wash., to Theodore and Rachel (Smith) Dokter. She moved to the Harbor as a child, graduated from JM Weatherwax High School in 1953 and attended Grays Harbor College. On Oct. 8, 1955, Joan married the love of her life Robert Flannigan in Munich, Germany.

Mary Lillian Goodrich

Mary Lillian Goodrich, age 98 and longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at her residence at Westhaven Villa. Lillian was born on Dec. 8, 1916, to Leroy and Stella (Sherk) Goodrich. Lillian’s father died when Lillian was only three years old. Lillian’s stepfather Reuben Garietz, raised her as though she was his own daughter.

Wanda Ridgway (1921-2015)

Wanda Irene Ridgway was born on Dec. 22, 1921, to Thaddeus and Inez (Sizemore) Pierce in Bickelton, Wash. She attended schools in Sunnyside, Littlerock and Aberdeen before moving to the Wishkah Valley in 1932 where she graduated from Wishkah Valley High School in 1940.

Maureen Ann Woods

Maureen Ann Woods, 66 years of age and a longtime East Hoquiam area resident, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at her home following an extended illness. She was born on May 27, 1948, in Aberdeen, Wash. to O. L. “Pat” and Mildred (Laito) Murphy.

Philip Dennis Bronson

Longtime Montesano resident Philip Dennis Bronson, 68, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Philip was born Sept. 24, 1946 in Aberdeen, Wash. to Jack and Dorothy (Vasbinder) Bronson. Philip was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1963 and had served in the U.S. Army.

MaryAnn J. Mistretta

MaryAnn J. Mistretta, 77 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. She was born on June 14, 1937, in Aberdeen, Wash. to James and Doris (Dorsey) Gardner. She attended the Hoquiam schools and following her high school graduation, she began working at A. J. West Elementary School and was a cook for numerous years.

Evan Reed Brown

Evan Reed Brown passed away at his home in Seattle on Dec. 20, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen on Feb. 24, 1940, to Ralph and Catherine Brown, of Hoquiam. He attended Emerson grade school, and Hoquiam Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1958.

Janet Marie Reid Anderson

Janet Marie Reid Anderson died Feb. 8, 2015, in Port Orchard, Wash., after a strong battle with pancreatic cancer. Janet was born on Nov. 2, 1934 in Aberdeen, Wash. to Harold (Had) Reid and Marie Schafer Reid. She graduated from St. Mary’s School and from Aberdeen High School. Her maternal great-grandparents, John and Anna Schafer, settled in 1871 along the Satsop River in what later became Grays Harbor County. Her maternal grandfather, Peter Schafer, along with his brothers, established Schafer Bros. Logging and Lumber Company, which at its peak was one of the largest forest product companies in the Northwest. Janet’s paternal grandfather, George B. Reid, was a prominent architect in the Grays Harbor area in the early 1900s. He designed the old Aberdeen City Hall and Library, St. Mary’s Church, the Aberdeen Mansion and many other homes and commercial buildings. Her father, Harold (Had) Reid owned the Aberdeen Lumber Company and was the Richfield Oil distributor for Grays Harbor.

Richard E. Lovgren

Richard E. Lovgren, 62, a longtime Harbor resident, died at his home near Montesano Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was born in Olympia on Dec. 8, 1952, the son of Richard W. and Janice Adele (Peterson) Lovgren.

Jacquelyn R. Hansen Basso

Jacquelyn R. Hansen Basso was born in 1927 in Hoquiam, Wash. to Marcella Colby Hansen and Marvin G. Hansen. She attended Hoquiam schools, graduating in 1945. While in high school, Jackie was active in the Order of Rainbow, serving in many leadership positions culminating in Grand Hope.

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Robert “Bob” Edwin Reed

Robert “Bob” Edwin Reed was reunited with his adoring wife and sweetheart Harriette Mussetta Reed on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Their 55 year romance began on a timber crew bus in Idaho and was sealed forever when she invited him to dinner and her daughters decided to never let him leave. Together, they raised his son and her children as their own and taught each one of them the meaning of unconditional love. “Gramps” was an avid hunter and fisherman, sharing his love of the outdoors with all. His first job was driving a team of logging horses at the age of 14 with other positions including managing the Schafer Brothers Filbert Farm for 12 years, working at Camp Grisdale and ending his career with Simpson Timber Company as a catskinner in 1980. Bob served for two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II engaging in combat in the Pacific Theater earning an honorable discharge. It’s with incredibly heavy hearts that we let Gramps join Grandma and leave us forever except in spirit.

Robert Benton Brown II

Robert Benton Brown II died Jan. 14, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. Bob was born Dec. 31, 1922, in Sherwood, N.D., to Catherine Elizabeth “Betty” (Senner) and Ralph Benton Brown. Bob spent his boyhood in Blaine, Wash., and later, Seattle.

Donald James Filmore Sr.

Donald James Filmore, Sr. died Jan. 31, 2015, at the Beehive Retirement & Assisted Living Center in McCleary, Wash., surrounded by his family. Born in Michigan on Nov. 27, 1920, Don was one of eight kids. He and his family ventured to Washington in a Model T during the Great Depression. As a young man, Don served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He helped to build the Grays Harbor County fairgrounds during that time. He met and married Pearl Thompson when he was 16 years old. Together they had a son, Ronney. Pearl and Ronney perished in a house fire when Don was 21 years old. He married Hazel Thompson in April 1943 and settled in Elma where they had three kids.

David A. Batchelor

David A. Batchelor (Dave), 74, a Cosmopolis resident, passed away Jan. 31, 2015, at home. He was preceded in death by his parents Dena and John Batchelor Sr., a brother, Wesley, and sister, Emily Batchelor. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Robin (Beaver) Batchelor, a son, David, of Aberdeen, and brothers Don and John of South Bend, Wash. Dave graduated from Raymond High School and after graduation joined the U.S. Navy. After his discharge, Dave worked as a splitterman in the cedar mills in Grays Harbor, then went on to become a Certified RV technician, retiring from McChord Brothers RV in Longview. Dave was an avid pool player and fisherman. No funeral or memorial services will be held as requested by Mr. Batchelor. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 195, Cosmopolis, Wash. 98537.

Delmer Lyndon Erickson

Delmer Lyndon Erickson, “Two Feathers,” age 55, a resident of McCleary, died on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Wash., after a very painful battle with cancer. He was born on April 2, 1959, in Aberdeen to Ragnar W. and Florence R. (Cunningham) Erickson.

Betty Jean Burkhalter

Betty Jean Burkhalter of Raymond passed away peacefully at her home in Raymond. She was 82. Betty was born Sept. 5, 1932 in Galvin, Wash., to Charles and Carrie (Springer) West. She was raised in Pe Ell and graduated from Pe Ell High School in 1950.