With great sorrow Ralph Meenach announces the passing of his beloved wife, Claudia Celeste Meenach. Celeste has courageously battled cancer for two years. Blessedly and as she had wished, Celeste passed away peacefully, Monday afternoon March 20, 2006, surrounded by her loving husband Ralph, family and friends at her side. Claudia Celeste Meenach was born May 9, 1927 in Puyallup, WA to Dr. Chauncey and Hazel Sawyer. She grew up in Puyallup, WA on the WSU Experiment Station where her father was a veterinary poultry pathologist and station director.

M. Joyce McComb born July 6th, 1930 in Littlefork, MN to Albert and Mildred Eide passed away on March 21, 2006. Survived by Steve McComb of Whitefich, MT and Anita Werger of Sarasota FL, sister Carol Hiederichs of Dent, MN. Three grandchildren, three great grand children, two nieces and nephew and two grandnieces. Proceeded in death by her parents and husband Gail "Mac" McComb. She will be missed. Memorial service 11 a.m. March 31, 2006 at Fauntleroy Church, 9260 California Avenue SW, Seattle, Washington.


Lois Hauptli, a former longtime resident of West Seattle and local grassroots activist, died of lymphoma in Seattle on March 10, 2006 at 78.

Born August 21, 1927 in Great Falls, Montana to Christine and Ernest Mhyre, she was raised in Spokane along with her six siblings. Following high school, Lois worked at KXLY radio and the United Press bureau in Spokane before moving to Seattle with her then husband Jack.


Leonard Frank Bedford who was affectionately known as Lenny B, died early on March 14, 2006 in his home in Bellevue, WA, at age 60. He was born on August 24, 1945 in Newbern, North Carolina. After his father was discharged from the Marine Corps, the family moved to Washington when he was 6 months old, where Lenny grew up in West Seattle, involved in scouting, skiing, building model airplanes and playing musical instruments as part of his passions. He graduated from West Seattle High and attended the University of Washington.


April 10, 1974-March 13, 2006

Beloved son of Kathy and Steve Edgell and Bill and Anita Duckworth. Josh graduated from Evergreen College in 1999 with a degree in fine arts. He was an accomplished artist who worked into the wee hours on his art projects. His favorite medium was making large sculptures out of scavenged metal parts and pieces. Josh also made and played the Australian instrument known as the didgeridoo. Josh lived life to the fullest; he was ready to try anything. Josh loved nature, from the smallest flower to the massive trees of the Northwest.


Born October 10, 1922 in Winthrop, Washington Passed away peacefully at Swedish Hospital from MDS (a rare-blood disorder.) She was survived by and will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Walter Roeder, daughter, Debbie Carlin, son, Maxwell Hanna, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Grace retired 1988 from Seafirst Bank, Commercial Mortgage, expert in shorthand and communication with developers.


Arthur Lewis "Lewie" (AKA "Lumpy") Dickert, lifetime resident of West Seattle, passed away in his home on Wednesday, March 8th. He had courageously battled a brain tumor for the past five years. Lewie was the son of Arthur and Nelle Dickert. He attended Lafayette Elementary, Madison Junior High and West Seattle High School before joining the service in 1949. Lewie married Millie Lou Graham, also of West Seattle, in 1953. They were together until her death in 1998.

Born August 13, 1908, died March 9, 2006 in Seattle. Vyvian was a member of the Auxiliary of the Seabees and the VFW, a member of the ABWA and other organizations. No services will be held at her request. Please sign the online memorial guest book at

Calvin E. Claughton, II passed away March 5, 2006 at age 81 in Portland, Oregon. We miss him very much. Born in San Francisco on November 5, 1924 to Calvin E. and Margaret R. Claughton. He grew up in Seattle, attending area grade schools and West Seattle High School. He married Margaret Frankson in Walla Walla, Washington in 1947 and had two children, Margaret Diane (born November 4, 1952) and Calvin III (born May 10, 1955). In the late 1940's and early 50's, he worked as a theater manager for Fox Theaters, Sterling Theaters, Hamrick-Evergreen, and Mid-State Amusement Corp.