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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDA~ DECEMBER 16, 2009 * B3 OBITUARIES Darlene Haugen-Marron Darlene Hangen-Mar- ran died Dec. 3, 2009, in Bothen. She was 76. She was born March 21, 1933, in Salmon, Idaho, but was a long-time resi- dent of the Puget Sound Darlene Haugen-Marron region, partic- ularly the Issaquah area. Darlene was preceded in death by her husbands Larry Murphy, of Seattle, and Jan Haugen, of earned a master's degree in spe- cial education from Central Wash- ington University. She also at- tended Seattle University and Brigham Young University-Idaho (Ricks College). Darlene was a school teacher in the Idaho Falls, Idaho School Dis- trict (an grade levels) in the 1960s, and a special-education teacher in the Federal Way School District in the 1970s, where she specialized in teaching children with autism. Darlene was a member of the Elected Women of Washington, serving three full terms as school board administrator and president in the Issaquah School District from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s before retiring from Ruth Norstedt Croft Ruth Norstedt Croft, of Issaquah, died Dec. 5, 2009. She was 80. A memorial was Dec. 14 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Belie- Ruth Croft vue. Ruth was born Sept. 3, 1929. Memorial donations are pre- ferred to the Church of Mary Mag- dalene, 766 Thomas St., Seattle, WA 98109. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home. Heidi k Raphael Bergen, Norway. public service. Heidi A. She is survived by her children She was a strong advocate for Raphael, of David Murphy, Victor Murphy, children and the elderly. Darlene Providence Deborah Baden and Valerie Riehl- had a passion for the cultural arts Point in Is- and the return of Christian values saquah, died Dolley; four grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and several in our society. The true passion of nieces and nephews, her life was children in the spirit She graduated from Holy An- of the master teacher: "Bring the gels High School, in Seattle, in little children unto me." 1950. Darlene earned two bache- In lieu of flowers, memorials lor's degrees from the University may be made to the American Di- of Washington, majoring in edu- abetes Association at www.dia- cation and child psychology, and betes.org. Ruth LaVon Pierson Ruth LaVon Pierson, of Is- saquah, died Nov. 21, 2009, surrounded by family. She was 82. Services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 27 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue. Ruth Pierson LaVon was born June 7, 1927, in Davenport, Iowa, to Conrad and Ruth Johnson. She lived her early years in South Dakota, in Stockholm and Watertown. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1945 and Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1949. She married Paul Branstad Pier- son on July 16, 1950. They lived Teachers Association. She shared her talents as both organist and pianist for the churches they served. She is also a lifetime mem- ber of the American Association of University Women. LaVon leaves behind many friends. She had a gift of gracious- ness, a generosity of spirit and a deep faith. LaVon had the ability to connect and appreciate anyone she met, via church, community, travels, support of the arts and charities, and in her day-to-day interactions. One of her favorite quotes was, "Forgive everything, remember the best," by Gerhard Frost. LaVon is survived by three of her children and their spouses: Gerhard and Valerie Pierson, of eowell, Wyo., Kristine (Pierson) and Ken Matthews, of euyallup, and John and Gaye Pierson, of Connell, Wash. She has seven grandchildren. She also leaves be- hind two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband Pastor Paul B. Pier- son, son Paul Conrad Pierson, and daughter Ann LaVonne Pier- son. LaVon requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Luke's. Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Belle- vue, 745-1400. Dec. 11, 2009, in Kirkland. She was 60. A visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Flintoft's Is- Heidi Raphael saquah Fu- neral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1011 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. A reception will follow. Heidi was born in Modesto, Calif., on Feb. 22, 1949, the daugh- ter of Carl and Martha Schmidt. After early years in Modesto, the Mary k Ruthruff Mary A. Ruthrnff, for- merly of Pre- ston, died Dec. 7, 2OO9, at Val- ley Medical Center, Renton. She was 90. A viewing, funeral Mass and reception was Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Sorrows Mary Ruthroff Catholic Church, Snoqualmie. Mary was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Grand Forks, N.D., the daugh- ter of John and Alvina Gordon. She was raised and graduated from high school in Grand Forks, NID, She lived in North Dakota un- ti11950, when the family moved to the Seattle area. She married Jess H. Ruthruff on Sept. 29, 1962. They lived in Pre- in Germany and Minnesota prior to Paul's first call as a pastor in Lead, S.D. In 1959, they moved to Bellevue when Paul was called to serve as pastor at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. LaVon has been an active mem- ber of St. Luke's for the past 50 years. LaVon taught piano and guitar for 17 years and was a member of the Washington Music Mary Boni Rider Mary Boni Rider, of South Seat- tle, died Nov. 23, 2009. She was 93. Private family services will be held in the spring. The 1934 Issaquah High School graduate was mother of Carol (John) Banks, sister of Dan Boni and a grandmother. Mary's great passions were her grandchildren, gardening and baking. Mary was a longtime member of Rainier Beach Ladies Club. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home. See the full obituary and on- line guest book at www.flintofts.com. family moved to San Francisco, where she attended St. Stephens Catholic Elementary from first to eighth grade. After graduating, she attended Mercy Ali-Girl Catholic High School in San Francisco and graduated in 1967. She married Fred M. Raphael on May 25, 1986, in Fremont, Calif. They moved to Issaquah in 1989. Heidi loved her arts and crafts room, making holiday decorations, camping and spending time at the ocean. She had a lifelong love for ducks, and had many wooden and stuffed replica ducks. Survivors include her husband Fred M. Raphael; sons Ryan Sar- gent, of Sultan, and Brandon Sar- gent, of Castro Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren and another grand- child who is due in July. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to share mem- ories and sign the family's online guest book at www.flintofls.com. ston from 1969-1983, when the family moved to Snoqualmie. She was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Is- saquah. In her leisure time, she enjoyed gardening, and socializing with family and friends. Survivors include four daugh- ters, Vicky Cuvelier, of Renton, Ann Maline, of Nebraska, Darleen Allen, of Kent, and Bonny Bunt, of Sun City, Ariz.; three sons, Larry Ruthruff, of Spokane, Greg Ruthruff, of Grangeville, Idaho, and Clayton "Buzz" Hagen, of Sno- qualmie; 20 grandchildren; nu- merous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. The family suggests remem- brances to Northwest Harvest. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's online guest book at www.flintofts, com. The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following students as its students of the month for November: Allison Bolgiano School: Liberty High School Category: Language arts Parents: Sharon Hopkins and Doug Bolgiano Sponsoring teacher: Kris Daughters Achievements: Advanced Placement Scholar Award, 3.91 grade point average, seven AP classes taken, PTSA Reflections finalist in literature, co-editor in chief of Patriot Press Athletics: Varsity swim and dive letters Activities: Issaquah Youth Advi- sory Board chair in 10th and llth grades, city of Issaquah Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2008, raised eight guide dog puppies Outside school affiliations: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Is- saquah Youth Advisory Board, YMCA Camp Orkila Interests: English, social stud- ies, journalism, raising guide keting management and com- peted at state Activities: Social sciences, gov- ernment, U.S. history, math, physics; technical theater, stage and production management; light and sound technical work Outside school affiliations: Vil- lage Theatre, KIDSTAGE, techni- cal theater Future goals: Go to a Washing- ton, D.C., university (American, Georgetown or George Washing- ton), major in political science for a career as a political operative in a campaign, with long-term goal of chief of staff at the White House Ahren Stroming School: Liberty High School Category: Social studies Parents: Susan and Steve Stro- ming Sponsoring teachers: Jann Longman/Amy Cooke Achievements: National Merit honorable mention, Honor Soci- ety, honor roll, outstanding attor- ney mock trial, best new writer/2009-10 opinion editor Athletics: Fourth overall in Salmon Days 5K, senior cross dogs, kayaking, photography Future goals: Attend liberal country team captain arts college, maioring in political , Activities: Mock Trial, journal- science or sociology; career in ]sm, government, psychology, ski- law, foreign service, journalism ing, climbing, Frisbee, baseball or nonprofit management Jayden Long School: Tiger Mountain Com- munity High School Category: Language arts Parents: Kjirsten Long Sponsoring teacher: Lane Helgeson Achievements: Outstanding stu- dent, Canned Food and Coat Drive organizer for Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, organized rum- mage sale for African orphans, or- ganized art shows at Firehouse Teen Center in Redmond Activities: Language arts, mu- sic, drawing, reading and biking Outside school affiliations: GSA, yearbook Future goals: Evergreen State College, teen counselor Michael McManus School: Issaquah High School Category: Social studies Parents: Karen and Richard McManus Sponsoring teachers: Doug Jones and Jeremy Ritzer Achievements: Four Advanced Placement classes with scores of 5 on calculus and U.S. history AP exams, AP Scholar with honor; stage managed "West Side Story" at Village Theatre, placed in DECA area competitions for mar- Outside school affiliations: REI Future goals: Four-year col- lege/university, political science major, psych minor; career as at- torney Anja Speckhardt School: Issaquah High School Category: Language arts Parents: Thomas and Bernice Speckhardt Sponsoring teacher: Melanie Boaz Achievements: Advanced Placement scholar with honors, outstanding student of French language (Alliance Francaise), three-time participant in Project Compassion (humanitarian aid project to Romania), three-week hospice internship Activities: Politics, debate, lit- erature, foreign language, Junior Statesmen Foundation member, chemistry tutor, reading, writing, poetry, singing, running, German and French literature, obnox- iously enthusiastic cheering at Is- saquah football games Outside school affiliations: Church worship team singer and Youth Compass student leader Future goals: Applying to seven universities, with plans to maior in international relations an(] go on to law school; work in Foreign Service, CIA or a non- profit organization Sunday Worship 8:30 AM ~t 11:00 AM Sunday School Education 9:45 AM JOIN Us FOR ADVENT SEASON & CHRISTMAS DEC 24 CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP carols & candlelight 7:00 pro, 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm Everyone's Welcome! LIVING GOD'S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah 425-392-4169 www.oslcissaquah.org Transformation. Formation. Mission Christmas Eve Services 4:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. Call 425-747-0515 or visit our website www.newportcov.org Corner of Coat Creek Pkwy. & Factoria Blvd. St. Joseph Taize Prayer Catholic Church c.2#7:00PM Of Peace Catholic Church Christmas Mass Schedule Christmas Eve Christmas Day Thursday, December 24th Friday, December 25th 4PM, 7PM, 10PM 8AM, 10AM 1121 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish * (425) 391-1178 * www.mqp.org NEWPORT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Welcoming in Spirit; Progressive in Theology 4010 - 120th S.E. Bellevue, WA 425-746-6111 Please Join Us Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 4:00pm and lO:OOpm newportpres.org Pastors: Jim Patten & Janet DeWater Join us for worship on Christmas De(:ember 24 Eve 5:00pm Family Worship 8:00 pm Candlelight Service with Holy 11:00 pm Candlelight Service with Holy Co mu i Iew's .... Sa'::;: d 2650 148th Luthei:an Church Affoss year! P/ease Join l/s~ 600d Samaritan Episcopal Church ]757- 244th Ave fit, Sammamish 4z546~-z~z~ www.p0dsamepisc0pal.0rg We welcome everyone tbis Cbristmas. Sunday, December 20 3 p.m. Live Nativity (East parking lot) ~Ibursday, December 24 4:30 p.m. Family service with special music for children LIVE NATIVITY Live Actors and Animals December 19-20 (6:30-8:30pm) CANDY CANE LANE Children's Musical i December 19 DLELIBHT SERVICES lssaquah Christian Ch n'ch 24 (5:00 & 6:00pm , /