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.


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.

Robert L. Prescott 98 years old, 1907-2006 went to the Lord March 31,2006.

He was born November 5, 1907 in Helena, Montana, the youngest of five children. In 1926 he attended the University of Montana, then transferred to the University of Washington where he graduated in Business Administration in 1930.

In 1931 Robert married Lurene Ramsey of Philip, S.D. They built their home of 63 years in 1941, in the Fauntleroy community. Since that time Robert was very active with the Fauntleroy Congregational Church and other community service oriented positions.

Passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2006 at the age of 52. He was a well-known and highly respected businessman in West Seattle with Quality Auto Rebuild for 27 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Jenny Wallace; daughters Kristy Hoppenrath, Kellee Wallace and Shelly Wallace-Skaro; mother Patricia Wallace; stepmother Bonnie Eglin; uncle Lee Frazier; aunt Shari Lee; brothers Todd Wallace and Dale Gregerson; grandchildren Jordan Skaro, Dylann Peterson and Annabelle Wallace Hoppenrath; dogs Jake and Sadie; cats Tigger, Speed, Suki and Smokes.

Born in Columbus, North Dakota on May 23, 1918. Died on March 19, 2006 surrounded by his loving family. He spent his early years in Minot, North Dakota and learned to play all sports, including ice hockey on the frozen ponds. He hopped a freight train heading to the West coast when he was a teenager and settled in Everett with his Dad. His love of sports, especially basketball, opened doors for him and led to a full scholarship at WSU where he led the Cougars in scoring from 1938-1940 and was referred to as a "flashy ball handler".



Hugh has gone to be with the love of his life Mary Lou. They both now reside for eternity with God in Heaven. For those of us that remain here on earth we find comfort in the knowledge that they are reunited once again. Hugh has been in mourning for thirty-two months since Mary Lou departed to secure their reservation with our Heavenly Father. His spirit was reawakened on the 25th of March when he became aware that God was ready for him. In passing Hugh experienced the same dignity with which he lived. Hugh was gentle giant among men.

Charles A. Learmonth, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 15, 2006. Born April 12, 1932, Charles and his wife worked and lived for 40+ years in West Seattle Alki Beach until 1999 when they moved to Port Ludlow. He is remembered as a strong, caring man who adored his wife, Barbara, and loved his family, including their dog Meghan. Also known as Uncle Charlie and Grandpa- he could always bring a smile to anyone and everyone.

Laura Jane Kurpius age 78, passed away March 24, 2006. She is survived by two sons, Joseph and John; four Grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests that remembrances be made to Providence Home Care and Hospice or your favorite charity. Arrangements entrusted to Yarington's Funeral Home, (206) 242-2771.