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Kathleen Jo Kovach

Lifetime resident of Aberdeen, Kathleen Jo Kovach, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Kathleen was born in Aberdeen, Nov. 16, 1945, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Childs) Vessey. She graduated from Weatherwax High School, Aberdeen, in 1964.

Charles Edward Skirko 1947 - 2015

Charles Edward Skirko was born on Dec. 1, 1947, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away peacefully April 12, 2015, in the presence of his family and friends. Chuck grew up in Butte, Montana, where he attended Boys Central, played football and performed more than 200 times as the only bass in the family choir. He spent summers bucking bales at his Grandma’s ranch in Idaho. The Skirko family moved to Okanogan in 1964. Chuck graduated from Okanogan High School and immediately went to work at the Biles-Coleman plywood plant. In March of 1968, he was drafted into the Vietnam War. He served two years in the infantry. He was proud of his service and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. After serving, he returned to the Okanogan Valley and resumed work at Biles-Coleman. Chuck had a long-respected career in wood products, retiring from Weyerhaeuser in January 2003. Chuck and Tess spent their retirement years traveling the U.S. visiting friends and family.

Dorothy Marlene Gibson

Longtime Harbor resident Dorothy Marlene Gibson passed away on March 15, 2015, at St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, Wash. She was born Aug. 7, 1937, to John and Cora Lind. She was raised the majority of her childhood in Elma and graduated from Elma High School in 1955, later attending Grays Harbor College.

Rollin Lawrence Hurd DDS

Rollin Lawrence Hurd DDS, 89, of Kirkland, went peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, surrounded by his four daughters. He was born July 23, 1925 in Hoquiam, Wash., to the late Rollin Edgar Hurd and Blanche Ada (Coffield) Hurd Crandall.

Kenneth Alexander Underwood

Kenneth Alexander Underwood, 71 years of age and a longtime Taholah, Wash., area resident, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at his home in Taholah. He was born on Jan. 17, 1944, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Robert Underwood and Hazel Purdy.

Beth Ferna Gigstad Morris

Beth Ferna Gigstad Morris was born on Dec. 11, 1921, to John and Hazel (Owen) Gigstad in Portland, Ore. She grew up in Aberdeen, Wash., the oldest of four children. Beth died of natural causes on April 7, 2015, with family at her side.

Neil R. Bush

Neil R. Bush, 58, of Elma, Wash., died March 27, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia after a brief but valiant fight with cancer. He was born July 18, 1956, in Olympia, Wash., to Ronald Bush and Marjorie Kennedy.

Carol Ann Traversie

Carol Ann Traversie, 70, of Ocean Shores, Wash., went home to be with her Lord on March 19, 2015, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. Carol was born in Tacoma on March 11, 1945, and was later adopted by Jess L. Brasmer and Julia Francis Jewitt.

Sheila Kay Bossard

Longtime Harbor resident Sheila Kay Bossard, 69, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Sheila was born in Kearney, Neb., on Sept. 22, 1945, the daughter of Ralph and Josephine (Carlson) Sisson.

Gladys A. Schuldt

Gladys A. Schuldt, 95, a longtime resident of the Harbor, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was born in Lakefield, Minn., on July 1, 1919, the daughter of Fred and Esther (Streed) Johnson.

Carol “Jeannie” Lindstrom

Carol “Jeannie” Lindstrom, 74 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam resident, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Aberdeen. She was born on May 30, 1940, in Bordulac, N.D., to John and Mabel (Kollman) Marlow. She was raised on the family farm at Bordulac. She came to Hoquiam when she was 9 years of age and attended the Hoquiam schools.

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Ginny O’Neill

Ginny was born Carol Virginia Delyea on April 26, 1926, to William “Pop” and “Sadie” Delyea in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She passed away peacefully after a long, rich life on March 13, 2015, in Tumwater, Wash., at the age of 88. She graduated from the Academy of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Coeur d’Alene, and attended College of the Holy Name in Spokane, Wash. She married the love of her life, Patrick J. O’Neill, on Jan. 4, 1946, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene. Together they raised 13 children during their 68 years of marriage.

Debra Laraine Chapman

Debra Laraine Chapman passed away on March 15, 2015 in Olympia, Wash. She was born April 1, 1957 to Junior and Beverly Collins in McMinnville, Ore. A 20-year resident of Aberdeen, Wash., Debra married John Chapman in 1993. Services will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at World of Praise, 601 Karr Ave., Hoquiam, WA 98550. Please leave memories at www.FuneralAlternatives.org .

Cheryl Jean Anderson

We said our last goodbyes to Cheryl “Hope” Jean Ward-Anderson, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, as she passed away at the age 59, from injuries sustained in a critical car crash the week prior near Gig Harbor, Wash.

Jean Henrietta Bunch

Jean Henrietta Bunch, age 96, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, died on March 15, 2015, at Fir Lane Convalescent Center in Shelton. Mrs. Bunch was born on June 19, 1918, in Hoquiam, Wash. to Richard T. and Mamie (Aldridge) Stritmatter. In 1935, she and LaVerne K. Bunch were married in Hoquiam.

Floyd (Topper) La Croix

Early in the morning on Dec. 18, 2014, Topper La Croix began his Sacred Journey to the Spirit World, at the age of 85, surrounded by friends, family and the supportive care of Grays Harbor Community Hospital staff, in Aberdeen, Wash.

Leah Rae (Mathews) Lauerman

Leah Rae (Mathews) Lauerman aka “Water Grandma,” passed away unexpectedly on March 12, 2015. Born on Sept. 6, 1947, Leah was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and surrogate mother to all. She was the most caring person anyone ever met. After raising two beautiful daughters in Grisdale, Wash., she and Steve made their permanent residence on Mason Lake. All will sorely miss her mastery of cooking. Leah would often make feasts for any given event. It didn’t matter whether there were 5 or 100 people, Leah would cook for 100 (just in case more showed up).

Dolores Jones

Dolores Jones of McCleary and the East Satsop Valley, passed away on Feb. 28, 2015. Dolores was born on Oct. 27, 1929 to a large farm family on the Great Plains of South Dakota. She grew up on that farm near Doland, S.D. and graduated from Doland High School. Dolores met Harry Jones of nearby Frankfort, S.D. upon his return from World War II, and they married in June of 1947. Harry was continuing his education under the GI Bill and that took them to the University of Colorado at Boulder, in pursuit of Harry’s Master degree. Dolores supported Harry’s education by typing and editing many of his papers, and this support carried on through Harry’s writing career. Dolores lived in South Dakota until 1968 when she and Harry moved to Washington state.

Fern Garnet Hranac

Fern Garnet Hranac born Fern Garnet West in Foreston, Minn. on July 5, 1925 passed away Feb. 28, 2015. Fern married William Hranac on Jan. 10, 1946, celebrating 64 years of marriage until his death in May 2010. Mom was the beating heart of our family. All were welcome in her home with open arms and open heart. Kindness abounded, food plentiful and laughter unlimited. She will be missed by too many to name. She is survived by her four children, Judi (Don) Hirschman, Tom (Lynn) Hranac, Terri (Jim) Reinmiller, Debbie (John) McManus, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and one on the way. Our Angel Mother is now cradling her 10th great-grandson in her arms. We would like to extend an invitation for a celebration of life potluck at the family home on April 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The family requests a donation to your favorite charity in honor of Fern Hranac.