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t~ v THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009 B3 OBITUARIES Suzanne Marie Commora Suzanne Marie Commora, of Newcastle, died May 29, 2009, at The Gardens at Newcastle fol- lowing a brief illness. She was 81. A funeral SIizanne Commora Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Is- saquah. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Suzanne was born July 10, 1927, in Bay City, Mich., to Dr. Henry and Kathryn Sheldon. She was raised in Bay City. Following high school, she furthered her ed- ucation at the College of St. Bene- dict in Minnesota, and then at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in dental hygiene. She was thrilled to prac- tice as a dental hygienist along- side her father, a Bay City-area dentist. On Jan. 14,1950, she married Lawrence "Moo" S. Commora in Bay City. They lived in Essexville and Iron Mountain, both in Michi- gan, and Duluth, Minn., before moving to Bellevue in 1972. In 1979, they moved to Brookfield, Wis., where they lived for 26 years. In 2005, three years after the passing of her beloved Moo, Suzanne moved to Issaquah to be near her children. Suzanne spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, devoted to her husband and six children. She enjoyed gardening; playing the piano; dancing and listening to all types of music; cooking; vaca- tioning in Hawaii, Florida and at the cabin in Duluth; and spending time with her family and ends. She especially loved time spent with her grandchildren. Her family and friends remem- ber her as a loving wife and mother who possessed a kind smile, a gentle laugh, a good sense of humor and a sweet disposition. Her wonderful ability to make oth- ers feel important will be deeply missed. Survivors include her devoted children Ann Byerle and her hus- band Alan, of Commerce Township, Mich., Kathy Baldridge and her hus- band Mark, of University Place, Car- olyn McGarvey and her husband Bob, of Issaquah, Jerry Commora, of Bellingham, and Christine Commora, of Marysville; six grand- children; three great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family mem- bers and friends. The family is deeply apprecia- tive of the loving care provided by the entire staff at The Gardens at Newcastle. Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft's Funeral Home and Cre- matory. Friends are invited to view pho- tos, get directions and share mem- ories in the family's online guest book at www.flintofls, com. Oewayne M. Conley Dewayne M. Conley died May 19, 2009, at home in Is- saquah. He was 76. Dewayne was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Condo, S.D. He was em- ployed in the airline indus- try for 38 years, Dewayne C0nley flying as first offi- cer then captain at Pan American Airlines for 30 years, finishing his career at United Airlines. He will be greatly missed, as he was the wind beneath our wings. Dewayne, a loving husband and father, is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty, and his two daugh- ters, Amanda Conley Vey and Kelli Conley (Worth). Arrangements are entrusted to Fhntoft's Funeral Home and Cre- matory. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family's online guest book at www.flintofls, com. MILITARY NEWS tinned in the al-Anbar Province in Iraq. : Both are graduates of University of California, Berkeley, where they Local couple promotes each also earned their commission at other to second liieutenant the same time. Rachel won a coin toss, and Rachel Hearty, a 2003 graduatethus got to swear in Darren, a of Skyline High School, and her graduate of Quincy High School in husband Darren Beatty promotedQuincy, Calif., and pin on his sec- each other to Marine Corps sec- ond lieutenant collar pins first. ond lieutenant in a Memorial Day Darren then reciprocated and did ceremony where they're sta- the same for Rachel. Dr. Leonard Ray Jackson Dr. Leonard Ray Jackson, a former Is- saquah resi- dent, died peacefully at his home in San Diego, Calif., May 9 from renal fail- ure. He was 59. Dr. Leonard Jackson A memorial service/celebration of life is sched- uled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Bellevue College Student Union. Born in 1949, Leonard grew up in San Diego, but spent most of his adult life in the Northwest, and 20 years in Issaquah. He was a foot- ball and basketball star in high school. Leonard played basketball for the University of Oregon Ducks for four years on a full athletic schol- arship, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1971. He later earned a Master of Science in counseling and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Washington. Leonard served for more than 30 years as a faculty member and innovative student services and in- structional administrator at sev- eral Northwest community col- leges, technical colleges and ca- reer training centers, including Bellevue, Edmonds, North Seattle and South Seattle community col- leges. Leonard was known for his lifetime commitment to mentoring, pluralism and student success. He married Helen Taylor in 1984 and eventually moved to Issaquah, where he enjoyed coaching his son's basketball teams and umpir- ing Little League games. He retired in 2001, but continued to promote education as his lifelong passion. Leonard is survived by his son Jordan; former wife Helen; step- daughter Sarah Kermgard; brother and sister-in-law Dennis and Evelyn Jackson; brother Den- nis Jackson; and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made in Leonard's name to the Trinity House at www.thetrinityhouse.org. HOWTO HELP FROM PAGE B1 Call 391-7032 or e-mail suzie@risingsta rphotos.com. ipate in the program, Kuflik said she matches a child with an angel and gives him or her a student's sizing information, so the angel can shop for things the child would like. The angel only knows a student as a num- ber. "I love the privacy of Suzie's program," Hawthorne said. "It is very respectful of the families." When an angel purchases items for a child, he or she drops a bag off and school secretaries inform the student he or she has a bag to pick up. The program has worked so well that Kuflik and other parents said they would like to see the program implemented dis- trictwide as a supplement to other community programs, like the clothing bank. "To see the joy on their faces," Kuflik said when asked why she keeps working on the program. "Some do a happy dance and some come to give me hugs when I've dropped off larger items at family's homes. You can tell some of these children have never had a new item in their life." One of those families wrote to Kuflik in a letter: "We are going through a very tough time right now and you are the direct an- swer to our prayers. God bless you! Thank you so very much for taking my son under your wing and providing these wonderful school clothes and shoes. When I got home and opened the gift bag, tears came to my eyes at the thought of your kindness and generosity. You truly are an an- gel!" People to fill requests are al- ways needed. "Right now, we have about an- other dozen or so students who could be in the program, but I don't have angels to match them to," Kuflik said. Of the 16,000 students in the district, there are about 1,184 students who qualified for the free and reduced-price lunch program, accor0ing to district statistics. Though it is only one measure, it is an indicator of how many students the program could help. Already, Clark Elementary School's PTSA has adopted the Angel Program for next fall. In coming months, Kuflik said she will submit a proposal to the Issaquah School Board in hopes the program will be adopted dis- trictwide. "I think it is one of the better donation programs, because the good comes from meeting spe- cific children's needs," Hawthorne said. "It's that secret pal phenomenon, knowing some- one is out there thinking and caring about you." Next FROM PAGE B1 can do," said Master Carver Ap- prentice Wayne Graika. "He makes you put pride in your work." Mullen's current project is a 30-foot ocean-going strip canoe, set to be unveiled this month. "Everybody's going to drop their jaw when they pull this one out," Jacob Mullen, master carver apprentice and John Mullen's nephew, said while working in the shop. The art of finding the right cedar log -- most are up to 870 "It's taking 'em out and sit- ting in there and seeing the reaction of the young people, because they have success- fully done something they've never done before. Once it's done, it's seeing the smile on everyone's face. That's what makes me happy" - John Mullen Snoqualmie Tribe master carver grab hold of the traditions and skills he teaches, but which etd- ors passed down. "Every day, I learn something new about the elders and the young people," he said. "Talking to the elders, they're a history, a walking history. The physical and mental chal- lenges also make him want to do this for a long time to come. years old and cost betweenI like "the challenge of it all $20,000 and $30,000 -- digging and to prove not only to myself, it out and finessing its every con- tour to cut efficiently through the water takes time. Each canoe takes roughly six months to com- plete, John Mullen said. It's partially because carvers use mostly traditional methods and tools. And it's all done by hand, minus initial shaping with a chainsaw. John Mullen uses a range of hand-made tools, many of which have blades set into antlers or deer-bone handles, to shape the enormous logs. The elbow adze chips away knots and large pieces of wood. The spoon-knife and curve-knife allow Mullen to smooth out areas or carve in nooks and crannies, and the antler hammer has many uses, such as knocking in pegs or driv- ing a blade into the wood. He teaches his students to work slowly, when necessary. There are times, he said, when the canoe won't let you work on it. "I don't want togo in there and rush them andruin a good thing," he said. Caretaker of the tredltlons Although he didn't get into the craft until his late 40s, John Mullen said carving and teaching come naturally. One of his high- est priorities is passing on his knowledge to the youth. He said he finds joy in seeing their sense of accomplishment. It's "taking 'em out and sitting in there and seeing the reaction of the young people, because they have successfully done something they've never done before," he said. "Once it's done, it's seeing the smile on everyone's face. That's what makes me happy." He said the best part of being a master carver is seeing a youth but to others, that it' could actu- ally be done," he said. As he sat on his porch over- looking Beaver Lake, he told a story of "Ms. Elsie," a canoe he and his students finished last summer. "We started with the chainsaw on the bow and stern ... and that was it," he said. "She (the log) didn't allow us to go more." When the crew was almost done carving, the real Ms. Elsie, a Sno- quahnie elder, visited the project site and praised the guys' work. She died soon after that and they named the canoe after her. BUt John Mallen said all of his tools re- mained uncharacteristically sharp and effective for the remainder of the months-long project. "She showed up and told us what a wonderful job we were doing," he said. "When we got done, there was a lot of pride, and her family loved it." He said he'll probably never retire as he helps carry on a tra- dition in the Snoquahnie Tribe. "I guess it was, I don't know, in my blood. I never dreamt I would do it," he said. "I didn't get into it for the halo or the pat on the back." Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242 or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress, com. 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It is not necessary for parents to attend a pubtic preview session if they do not intend to exempt their child from HIV/AIDS instruction. The Washington State Omnibus AIDS law requires a parent to attend a pubtic viewing session and review the materials before such an exemption may be requested or granted. District representatives wit[ be available to answer questions. ALL information sessions wiLl be held at: Issaquah VaLLey Elementary - MuLti-Purpose Room 555 NW HoLLy St. Issaquah, WA 98027 mlmll