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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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Bonita Faye DeLaCruz-Moorehead

Bonita Faye DeLaCruz-Moorehead, 63 years of age and a longtime resident of Mocilps, Wash. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at her family home in Taholah, Wash. She was born Jan. 11, 1952, in Crescent City, Calif. to Cornelius and Alberta (Bahr) Moorehead.

Einar R. Laaksonen

Einar R. Laaksonen, age 93, passed away peacefully Jan. 16, 2015, at his Seattle home. He was a longtime resident of Aberdeen and Hoquiam. He is survived by his daughter Diane Laaksonen, brother Stanley, granddaughters Autumn Smith, and Allyson Scott, three great-grandchildren, stepson Rick Gilbert and numerous relatives. A celebration of his life will be at the Alki Bathhouse, 1702 Alki Ave S.W. in W. Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

Danny Ray Miller

Danny Ray Miller, 57, Wishkah Valley resident for most of his life and truck driver for Puget Sound Wood Products, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen of a stroke.

James Milton Queen

James Milton Queen, age 50 and a longtime Grays Harbor resident, passed away Jan. 16, 2015, at Tacoma General Hospital. He was born on June 18, 1964, in Peoria, Ill., to Lawrence and Nancy (Norris) Queen. James attended Oakville High School. He enjoyed antiquing, fishing and playing the guitar.

Ross Arthur Baun

Ross Baun was born in McCleary, Wash. on Dec. 3, 1983, to Pauline and Ricky Baun. He attended McCleary Grade School and graduated from Elma High School in 2002. He attended Wyoming Technical Vocational College after high school and returned to McCleary.

Mike Richard Vita

Mike Richard Vita, 71, Aberdeen resident and former police officer with the Aberdeen Police Department, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash.