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i: i THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009 * B3 0B] rUARIES Henry W. (Bill) Klein Henry W. (Bill) Klein, of Issaquah, died Monday, March 2, 2009. He was 90. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 22 at First Congre- Henry Klein gational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Bill was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Seattle, the son of Henry and He- len Klein. He grew up in Seattle, attending Roosevelt High School and graduating from the Univer- sity of Washington in 1945 with a degree in music education. Klein started his teaching ca- reer in 1943 at Garfield High School. He was hired in 1947 as director of music for the Is- saquah School District and be- gan teaching choral and instru- mental music for the K-12 grades. As the district grew, he focused on secondary education, finally staying at Issaquah High School. Under his leadership the music program grew until he had to choose teaching either instrumen- tal or choral music. "He was the music program, the marching band and music at Is- saquah High School were because of him," said Lorraine Morton, a former student and secretary for Issaquah Schools' superintendent. "How lucky we were he settled in Issaquah." Morton said she was a student of Klein's during the mid-1960s at Iss, aquah High. He was the best," Morton said. "He took music very seriously, but he was a wonderfully warm- hearted man. Even for students like me, who were not naturally gifted in music, he made it a very positive experience and I have a lifelong appreciation for music be- cause of him." "He was an outstanding educa- tor," said Velma Walker, an Is- saquah graduate from the class of 1962. "He was very well-liked and respected by the students and fac- ulty alike. He was a kind man who took time with students to help them through pieces they were having problems with." Something he taught her in the five years she was an ac- companist for him, was how to be a good accompanist, Walker said. "To be good accompanist you have to be able sense the soloist or the group you're accompanying and let them take the lead," she said. "That is a skill he taught me really well." It is a lesson she still practices on the piano today, she said. A fine singer himself, he se- lected the choral program, creat- ing and conducting many differ- ent jazz and concert groups dur- Betty Nease Betty Nease, of is ......... saquah, died in Issaquah on Thurs- day, March 6, 2009. She was 82 years old. Betty was born in 1926 in Springfield, /Nease Mo., a beau- tiful part of the Ozark Moun- tains. Her father was the head of the business school at the lo- cal college. Betty grew up in an atmosphere of college faculty and academics, a high achiever, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in art education, and Phi Beta Kappa. During the dark days of World War II, she found the rascally charm of a local sub- mariner named Roland Nease an irresistible contrast, and they were married just after the war. They began their family with one boy (Pat) in the rough post- war conditions at Los Alamos, and then moved on to Texas, where they added a daughter (Linda) and two more sons (Mike and Gary). Soon, Roland's work brought them back to the Ozarks, where the children grew up in Neosho, Mo. Once all the children were past the high-maintenance stage, Betty created a success- ful ceramics studio where she indulged her passion for teach- ing art. Soon, she returned to teaching art in the Neosho school system. A new job for Roland brought them out to Seattle in 1969, and she was able to do post-grad work in England and at the Uni- versity of Washington, complet- ing her Master's of Art in art ed- ucation. She helped to design and build the unique seafront octagon house on Case Inlet, which they cherished for the next 25 years, where she con- tinued painting, sculpting and drawing. Always her love for children and for teaching art brought her back to the classroom, and she taught for many years at Wilberton Elementary School and other Eastside schools. Roland's position at the Port of Tacoma made it possible for them to travel to many seaport cities around the world, where they made lifelong friends, and she delighted in learning the art cultures and prowling the muse- urns. Her children back home often received excited reports of these travels. Always, while they waited for train or airport connections, she sketched her fellow passengers and their chil- dren. After Roland's death, she moved to the Providence Point retirement community in Is- saquah, where she found many friendships and, of course, plunged back into both teaching and learning. She loved taking geology and philosophy classes, but mostly she loved teaching adults that they can enjoy draw- ing. Every year for six years, she taught a class called "You Can Draw!" based on her deep con- viction that Americans typically feel they can't draw because they were taught in a way that makes it seem hard. She per- fected a way combining left- brain techniques with the use of negative space, and the re- sult was often astonishing. Af- ter her first class, word got around, and from then on, each time she taught, the classes were overflowing. At home, she painted, often entering paint- ings into the art shows at Provi- dence Point. On the day she died, she was working on a new painting, and enjoying a stack of letters from former students thanking her for bringing the joy of drawing into their lives. Survivors include daughter Linda, of Camarillo Calif.; sons Pat, Mike and Gary, of the Seat- fie area; plus a brother in Mis- souri; four grandsons (one of whom is the local hydrofoil pilot Kip Brown); a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter. Friends and former students are invited to share memories and sign the family's online guest book and view service in- formation at http:#www.flintofls, com. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory -- 392-6444. United Church of Christ ing his tenure. Bill received sev- eral awards during his music- teaching career. He retired in 1983 and continued to teach pri- vately. He was a great inspiration to his many private music stu- dents. Bill became a member of the Ki- wanis Club of Issaquah in 1947. He was a dedicated Kiwanian, serving as secretary for eight years, and was honored as Kiwan- ian of the Year in 1995. Bill's passion was music. He loved teaching music, spending incalculable hours creating new jazz, choral and instrumental arrangements. He was also a wonderful cook and found great joy planning and creating memo- rable meals for family and friends. Bill was a devoted husband, father and friend whose loving nature touched countless lives. Survivors include his wife, Fern Klein, of Issaquah; son Bill Klein, of Decatur, Ala.; daughter Melinda Goodman, of Flowood, Miss.; daughters Susan Carpen- ter, of Seattle, and Colleen Dixon, of Renton; brothers Robert Klein, of Kent, and Don Klein of Santa Rosa, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. All are invited to share memo- riPS online at www.flintofls.com. Make the most o{ your checking funds... % APY James Russell Mitchell James Rus- sell Mitchell, of Issaquah and formerly of Moses Lake, died Feb. 28, 2009, in Seat- tle. He was 90. In keeping with his wishes, no James Mitchell services will be held. Jim was born Oct. 2, 1918, in Wiggins, Colo. He was raised and graduated from high school in Fort Morgan. On Jan. 14, 1940, he married Virginia Stiverson in Fort Morgan. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later worked on the construc- tion of the Alcan Highway in Alaska. From 1946-1954, they lived in Parker Heights, Wash., where he worked for U & I Sugar Co. in Top- penish. In 1954, they moved to Moses Lake with U & I Sugar, where he served as comptroller until the plant closed in 1980. In 1980, they retired to West- port, Wash., where he was a com- mercial fisherman and enjoyed the ocean and the area. They were members of the South Beach Pres- byterian Church. In his leisure time, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and reading. Jim spent 20 years on the Westport Civil Service Com- mission. In 2007, he moved with his wife to Issaquah. Jim was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge in Toppenish and a lifelong member of The Li- ons Club in Moses Lake. Survivors include two sons, Richard J. Mitchell, of Issaquah, and Kirk T. Mitchell, of Puyalhp; five grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia on Jan. 19, 2009. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's online guest book at www.flintofts.com. Donald R. Tolstedt Donald R. Tolstedt, of Issaquah, died at Ever- green Hos- pice Center on Friday, March 6, 2009. He was born on Dec. 13, 1945, in DoHid R, ToJdedt Vancouver, Wash., the son of Donald A. and Ileene Tol- stedt, and was raised in Wash- ington and Montana. He gradu- ated from high school in Glas- gow, Mont. He served in the Army Reserve while attending Eastern Montana College, in Billings, Mont. He married Jeri Reiter in 1971 and they resided in Billings until 1981 when they moved to Anchorage, Alaska. In 1987 they moved to Is- saquah, Wash., when Don took a job to work for the city of Is- saquah for four years. The past 18 years he worked for the city of Bellevue as a construction in- spector for the Transportation Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and old cars. Survivors include his wife Jeri; son Donald J. (Mindy) Tol- stedt of Lynnwood, Wash.; daughter Tiffany (Kasey) Krohn and grandson Kolby, of Is- saquah. He is also survived by his mother Ileene Tolstedt of Billings, Mont.; his sister Patty Beauchman, of Sun River, Mont.; his brother Mike Tolst- edt of Billings, Mont.; and sev- eral aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in Mon- tana, South Dakota and New England. Other survivors in- clude mother-in-law Janet Bergman and brother-in law Doug (Mary) Reiter, of Billings, Mont.; and brother-in-law David (Lori) Bergman, of Seat- tle, Wash. A memorial service will be held at the Community Church of Issaquah on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 11 a.m. The family suggests remem- brances to Evergreen Hospice Center or charity of choice. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's online guest book at www.flintofts, com. Mountain men PROM PAGE B1 kids all the way on up," he said. Abbott joified the group for its target shooting and then, as time went on, became interested in other aspects of frontier life, like camping and cooking. Abbott even made himself a pair of buckskin pants a few years back. He used an old pair of Levis as a pattern. "Those buckskins have sat around a lot of campfires," he said. Maune, who joined the Moun- tain Men in 1988, said the event reflects the welcoming spirit that drew him to the group. "The camaraderie and the friendship are what I really like about it," he said. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 9806 238th Way SE, Issaquah 10:30 Sunday Service & Sunday School 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Testimony Meeting READING ROOM: 195 Front St. N Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 pm (425) 392-8140 Thank Issaquah! Dr Thomas R. Quickstad would once again like to thank his generous dentalpatients for their donation of old gold crowns. The gold was recycled and the proceeds were donated to the Issaquah Food Bank. This year's donation totaled $1,537.55! If you are interested in our donation program or have questionsplease call Dr Quickstads' office at (425) 391-1331. 425-391-1331 _4 ,...,:o.. Newport Way uNrrED CHURCH 425-746-2411 OF CHRIST www, EastgateUCC.org Rev. Dr. Rick Russell Church Services and Sunday School ................ 10:30 a.m, An inclusive community of God Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday School Education Hour 9:45 AM Join us for LENTEN WORSHIP 7:00pm Wednesday February 25 & FOR DINNER & WORSHIP every Wed., March 4 -April 1 5:30-6:30pm Dinner ($5 suggested donation) 7:00pro Worship (Child care available) Everyone welcome! 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