Born June 19, 1927 in Dodge, Nebraska and passed away April 16, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. Survived by wife, Patricia; son Kit (Jenny); daughter, Denis Stahnke (David) and grandchildren, Kelly, Kristina and Matthew. Also survived by his sisters, Doris Launer of Grand Island, Nebraska, Dorothy Baumgartner (Walt) of Dixon, California, Lou Ann Riggs (Gordon) of Stanwood, Washington and Kathleen Fox (Gary) of Sunnyvale, California. Funeral Service will be held at 12:30 p.m, Friday, April 21, 2006 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 6701 30th Ave. SW, Seattle.

Passed away April 9, 2006 after a brave battle with cancer. A Remembrance Gathering will be held Saturday, April 29 at the WS Golf Course Clubhouse from 3-6 p.m.

Ralph L. Headman was born June 29, 1936 at home n West Seattle and passed away April 20, 2006. Ralph grew up and lived in West Seattle until September 2000. He and his wife, Mary, currently reside in Maple Valley.

Throughout the years, Ralph exhibited strength and unyielding determination.

Seventeen years ago, he suffered a major stroke which caused paralysis and affected his ability to communicate.

Born 13 November 1920. Died 19 April 2006

He leaves behind his wife, Margie, and four daughters. Jack was born in West Seattle and lived here all his life, expect for five years spent in the Army during WWII. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1938 and spent several years at the UW. He retired from the Seattle Fire Department after 25 years of service. At the time of his death he was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Donald L. Backman passed away peacefully Easter Sunday at the age of 83. He was a man of kindness, gentleness and an easygoing spirit who was the truest of friend and could always be counted on by people in need.

He is survived by his wife, Janet T. Backman, of 62 years, 3 children Meredeth Stucky, Marilyn Crandall and Fritz Backman, 9 grandchildren, sister Doris Kirkpatrick and brother Fred Backman.

Donald was born in Fargo, N.D., moved to Seattle in 1942 where he spent the rest of his life.

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Kris Prestrud passed April 6, 2006 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Son of Ken and Lois Prestrud. He is survived by wife Becky and two children Peter and Alise and sister Suzanne Anderson of Boulder, Colorado. Kris grew up in West Seattle, graduated Sealth High School 1973, WSU 1978 and lived in Jackson Hole over 25 years.

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Maye Kempski, 78, of West Seattle died peacefully at home on March 21 after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Her tenacious spirit and iron will served her well throughout her life. During WWII at age 18 she was a true "Rosie the Riveter" at the naval shipyard in Bremerton. She had various jobs in Bremerton until she moved to West Seattle in 1983. She volunteered in the soup kitchen at Holy Rosary Parish until being hired as a medical receptionist.

She overcame many medical challenges and triumphed over several cancers.

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The "Lady known as Lou" peacefully fell asleep April 3. She came to Seattle at the tender age of 19, hitchhiking with a girlfriend from her hometown of Mayville, Wisconsin. The youngest of eleven children, she was the last of her siblings to leave this earthly realm. Her nearest and dearest sister, Marge Lewis, had joined her in Seattle and they remained close until Marge's death in 2003. Her relationship with Marge's daughter, her niece, Shirly Miller, gave her great solace.

Norma Carlsen was born on August 30, 1914 in Kalispell, Montana and passed away on April 11, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband George B. and son David. She is survived by Bernie, Russell and families including eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was a retired teacher from Alki and Lafayette schools. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at forest Lawn Funeral Home with graveside service and reception to follow. Donations to Seattle Milk Fund or Alki Congregational Church.