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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY~ DECEMBER 2, 2009 B3 OBITUARIES Matthew Allen Arluck Matthew Allen Ar- luck, of Chicago, passed away at his par- ents' home surrounded by his im- mediate family on Thursday, Ma~ew Arluck Nov. 26, 2009. He was 39 years old. The son of Richard and Yvonne Arluck, Matthew was born Feb. 4, 1970, in Cupertino, Calif. He was raised in San Jose, Calif., and lived briefly with his family in the Philippines and Okinawa. Matthew graduated from San Jose's Piedmont Hills High School in 1988 and even- tually settled in Chicago to pur- sue a music career. He was a well-known and very popular figure in Chicago's alternative music scene, where he played guitar and performed vocals in sev- eral local bands. Employed by Urban Outfitters Inc., he worked as a shipping and re- ceiving supervisor at one of their Anthropologie retail stores in the Chicago suburbs. He was a dedicated skate- boarder, an avid fan of heavy metal rock music and prolific collector of rock music memora- bilia. He also loved the game of hockey; his favorite team was the Chicago Blackhawks. Surviving family members in- dude his father and mother of Sammamish; sister Denise Howitt; brother-in-law Joel Howitt; and young nephews Luke and Reece Howitt of Fed- eral Way. Besides loving family members, Matthew leaves many wonderful friends and fans mourning his passing. A memorial service will be scheduled for some time in the future. The family suggests dona- tions in Matthew's name be made to Grind for Life, an or- ganization dedicated to provid- ing financial assistance to can- cer patients in need, at www.grindforlife.org. Donations in his name can also be made to the American Cancer Society, or Providence Hospice of Seat- tle, 425 Pontius Ave. N., No. 300, Seattle, WA 98109. Arrangements are by Flintofrs Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to view an expanded obituary and photo gallery, share memories and sign the family's online guest book when posted on www.flintofls, com. Teachers FROM PAGE B1 from her college. After receiving it, she researched the organiza- tion and said she was very in- trigned by its mission and its op- portunities. "I received an excellent public school education," she said. "It's not fair that where you live de- termines the quality of education that you receive. Lawler was in high school when she realized she wanted to become a teacher. "My junior year English teacher really inspired me," she said. "I never had a teacher who pushed me so hard." Lawler has been living in garten. "I just teach at one school," she said. "The pre-K programs here are not at an elementary school. They are at a daycare that receives funding. But it has to have a teacher, and I am that teacher." Like Haberlach, Lawler has a strong desire to decrease the ed- ucation gap between low-income students. "Starting with pre-K, we can stop the achievement gap before it even starts," Lawler said. This school year, Haberlach and Lawler join more than 7,300 Teach For America corps mem- bers in educating low-income students. It was a record-setting year for applications to the Na- tional Teaching Corps, Teach For America. Of the 35,000 college graduates who applied, only 15 Chicago since June, and she will percent were accepted. continue to live there for the nexV year as she teaches prekinder- Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Ralph D. Maertens Ralph D. Maertens, of Issaquah, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. He was 73 years of age. Ralph D. MaellellS Ralph was born on April 13, 1936, in Tracy, Minn., the son of Morris and Vi- ola Maertens. He was raised and graduated from high school in Cottonwood, Minn., in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956. He worked for Hun- eywell in Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minn. He moved to Seattle, where he worked for The Boeing Co. He was a chief supervisor for ILWU Longshore in Seattle, retiring in 1998. He married Diane Faye Chamberlain in 1982 in Issaquah. Survivors include his wife Di- ane; two sons, Kenneth Dale Maertens, of Snohomish, and Bryan Joseph Maertens, of Kent; daughter Charlene Kay Maertens, of International Falls, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Sherri Marie Alma, Shelly Christine Chamber- lain and Jennifer Lynn eerret. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette Marie Bell, and his brother, Larry James Maertens. A funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Flintoft's Issaquah Fu- neral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way. A committal service will follow at Tahoma National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friends are invited to get di- rections, view photos and share memories in the family's online guest book at www.flintofls.com. The family suggests remem- brances to Evergreen Hospice Services, 12822 124th Lane N.E., Kirkland, WA 98034. Arrangements are by Flintofrs Funeral Home and Crematory. Choking game FIitOM PAGE B1 of this," Ken Tork told students. "There have been three just since this high school contacted me 12 days ago. The latest was this last Monday in Liverpool, England." The Tork family said they are determined to confront the game head on, exposing their deepest pain, in hopes of saving lives. "It's like a cancer that slowly spreads," Kathy Tork said. "We want to be the antiviral." Students usually find out about the game from classmates, church friends, the Internet and older sib- lings, Ken Tork told the students. Together, one child will choke another until they lose conscious- ness or faint. Alone, children use a restraint around their neck and tie it to a door or piece of furniture. Cutting off blood flow and circu- lation of oxygen to the brain, and releasing pressure to let circula- tion rush back, causes the high feeling, said John Milne, an emer- gency physician at Swedish Med- ical Center in Issaquah. "The long-term consequences can be a variety," Milne said. "But they could end up with permanent motor dysfunction, personality changes, loss of memory and a whole spectrum of other types of responses." "You're friends will tell you it's safe, that you'll just pass out," Ken Tork said to the students. "Some people, when they wake up, are 2 years old. Imagine being 13 and not being able to feed yourself." The 31 deaths, he said, are the ones that have drawn media atten- tion throughout the world, but he thinks the numbers are far greater. Organizations like The Danger- ous Adolescent Behavior Educa- tion Foundation, Tork said, esti- mate only 10 percent of choking game deaths have been accurately reported. Because there aren't systems in place for proper investigation or analysis, many families believe their sons or daughters committed suicide, he added. Kevin's death was listed as acci- dental by !he King County Medical Examiner s Office. But the Torks haven't been with- out their critics, they said. People from youth suicide or- ganizations doubt the game is re- sponsible for so many teen deaths, and comments left on news Web sites have ranged from calling Kevin's death part of Darwin's nat- ural selection process to question- ing his death as a suicide, Ken and Kathy Tork said. "There have been some that have crossed the line," Ken Tork said. "But that's OK. They are enti- tled to their opinion. I've buried my child. There's not much that they can do, and if they are corn- The Swedish ER is always standing by. Even if you aren't. If you've got a serious case of crashing, burning, aching, turning green, or worse, come to the ER at Swedish/Issaqnah. When you get here, we guarantee you'll go directly into a private examining suite where a doctor will see you in 30 minutes or less. If it turns out you need care in a hospital, we'll make arrangements to have )~)u transported to one nearby until the new Swedish Medical Center in the lssaquah Highlands opens in 2012. So, no matter what time of day or night you could use some Swedish-quality medical aid, come on down. We're standing by to help 24/7 whether you're standing or not. LAKE SAMMAMISH STATE PARK N.W. SAMMAMISH ROAD S,E. 56th ST Swedish/Issaquah Emergency Room 2005 N.W, Sammamish Rd, (across the street from the entrance to Lake Sammamish State Park) Open 24/7 ALWAYS CALL 911 IN A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY Get door-to-door driving instructions at www, swedish,org/issaquahER SWEDISH Issaquah Michael D. Chandler Michael D. Chandler, of Is- saquah, died Nov. 6, 2009, in Is- saquah. He was 47. Services are pending and will be held in Nampa, Idaho. Please do- nate to a charity in Mike's name. Mike was born Feb. 1, 1962, in Richland, to Dennis Chandler and Ferna Hicks. He was raised in Spokane, lived in the Northwest and graduated from Ehna High School. He married Debi Champagne. In his spare time, he loved to fish, fish, fish! He is survived by his son Dustin Chandler, of Nampa, Idaho; morn Ferna Hicks, of Las Vegas; sister Susan Gainer, of Wilder,.Idaho; and father Dennis Chandler, of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his daughter Monica Lee Chandler, his grandparents and aunt. Anna Maria Dunmore Anna Maria Dunmore, resident of Issaquah from 1968-2007, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, in Everett. She was 77. Anna is survived by her loving children, Valerie and Peter. Check www.flintofls.com for service date and time. A full obitu- ary will appear in the next edition of The Issaquah Press. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory. Jim Olsen Jim Olsen, of Issaquah, died Nov. 25, 2009, of a long illness. He was 84. A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Is- saquah. Jim Olsen Born in Httle Marais, Minn., on Dec. 17, 1925, Jim moved to Issaquah in 1962 and married Rosemarie Warren in 1969. Jim is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rosemarie; his sons Jerry (and wife Rhonda) and Tom (and wife Connie); daughter Sheri; brother Allen, of Minnesota; stepchildren Bill Warren and Tina Drtunheller; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. . Jim was preceded in death by his son Kenny, sister Helen Camp- bell and brothers Erling, Norman, George and Johnny Olsen. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimers' foundation. menting, at least they're thinking about it." Pushing fonvard Through their presentations at lo- cal schools, youth groups and other service organizations, the Torks hope to end the choking game. "I would love the chance to speak to my son's school, and to his peers, and tell them that this doesn't just affect them. It affects everyone around them," he said. The family has begun to heal, they said, through the speaking engagements, which include a Powereoint presentation, and video clips of Kevin's friends and family and his funeral. By keeping Kevin's message alive, his death won't be in vain, the family said. "The vast majority of kids re- ported that they could not imagine doing this. In their middle school words, they said it was 'stupid, Meissner wrote. "When kids come to that conclusion on their own, we have made an impact." The family's spirituality has also helped them come together. "We are stronger as a family, stronger in our faith and stronger as a community," Ken Tork said. "We hug, we hold and we cry." This summer, they also took va- cations. "I have a clarity about every day. It's almost like a fog has lifted," Kathy Tork said. 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