Melba Francis Pike, A much-loved mother and grandmother died peacefully on January 25, 2006 at age 88. Melba was born in Dillon, Montana, May 14, 1917 to Don and Beth Francis. She had one sister, Della. Melba married Gerald Zebarth in 1937 and had two sons, Donald and Gary. Later, she remarried Verne Pike and in 1948 moved to Seattle where she and Verne had a son, LaVerne. They lived in White Center for 50 years. Melba spent most of her life as a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her son, Donald and her husband, Verne. Melba was always willing to serve where there was a need.

May 20, 1925 - January 16, 2006

Ron was born in Tacoma, Washington, raised in the Yakima Valley. In 1944 he moved to Seattle where he lived for 41 years. Ron was active in the Steelhead Trout Club, Boy Scots and Eagles.

Ruth Irene Lofthus was born on March 26, 1910 in Adams, North Dakota and passed away on January 21, 2006 in Kirkland, Washington. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on January 28, 2006 at forest Lawn funeral Home in Seattle.


Born July1, 1920, passed away January 23, 2006 at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, Washington. Stan was a US Army veteran of WWII and resident of West Seattle since 1951. Stan is survived by his wife of 59 years, Teri; Children Jim Koziel (Betty), Kay Frederiksen (Glenn), Carol Lohrman (Jon), and Chuck Koziel (Jerri); Eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A Viewing was held at the Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home, 3909 SW Alaska St, West Seattle, from 5-7 pm on Thursday, January 26. A Rosary followed the Viewing at 7 pm.

Esther, 80, passed January 22nd after a stroke three days prior. Born to German immigrants in Chicago. Married Alvin Chrisman in 1946, moving to Seattle where he worked as a Boeing engineer. Active in PTA, Assoc. for Childbirth Education, Seattle Art Museum volunteer, and 50 years at Fauntleroy Community Church (UCC). Enjoyed traveling, photography, hiking and bridge. Survived by Paula (Jim) Oas, Carol (Curtis) Troll and Neil (Carolyn) Chrisman, nine grandchildren and sister Violet (Bob) Halleman. Proceeded in death by Alvin in 1988.

William was born January 10, 1924 in Seattle, WA. He died January 16, 2006 at the age of 82. In college, William was part of the Navy ROTC, and a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity at the University of Washington and also graduate from the U of W. He worked in education for 30 years, working as a principal in the Puyallup, Anacortes, and Parkland School Districts, and then finishing his career in the Federal Way School Dist. as an Assistant Superintendent in Charge of Personnel. William was a member of Rotary and he enjoyed taking time to go Steelhead Fishing.

Darrell A. Walter 59, died January 17, 2006 after a long hospital stay. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1965 and from Puget Sound Christian College in 1970. he was ordained into the ministry in 1971. Survived by wife Diane, mother Merilyn Walter, sister Darlene Firpo (Len), brother Donn (Sabine) and Doug (Elizabeth) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Walter.

Memorial service will be Saturday January 28th at 10 a.m. at West Seattle Christian Church 4400 42nd Ave SW, Seattle.


Ron Shoemaker died peacefully January 13, 2006. Ron was born in Seattle on May 3, 1944 and was a longtime resident of West Seattle. He was a graduate from Santa Ana High School in Orange County, California and later attended Highline Community College and the University of Washington.

Ron was a Lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department and served 15 years until his retirement in 1986.

Alver J. Sanberg; 89, a West Seattle resident most of his life, passed away January 13, 2006. Alver spent his summers on Treasure Island where he resided. He loved boats especially drag boat racing and he was an avid Mariners fan. He served in the Army Air Corp.

Family members include his son, Ken (Pam) Sanberg of West Seattle and two grandchildren, Kim Sanberg and Ken Jr. both of West Seattle. Alver was preceded in death by his wife, Ann.

Memorial services will be held at Yarington's Funeral Home, Wednesday January 25, 2006 at 11 a.m. (206) 242.2771.