Published on Wed, Feb 3, 2010
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No service was reported for Sequim resident Darwin Brown, who died Jan. 26, 2010, at the age of 71.
He was born Aug. 1, 1938, in Port Angeles to Foster Robert and Mildred Carrie Pangborn Brown.
He served in the United States Army.
He married Patricia Dewey on June 18, 1960, in Spokane.
Mr. Brown was a cable maintenance supervisor with Qwest Communication.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children Tracy Brown of Puyallup; Corinna and Steven Osborn of Carbonado; and Debra Shaver of Idaho; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Donald Stuart 'Stu' MacRobbie
A family memorial gathering for Sequim resident Donald Stuart "Stu" MacRobbie will be held at a later time. He died Jan. 29, 2010, at his home, missing
his 86th birthday by 25 days.
He was born in Sharon, Mass., in 1924, to William and Beatrice Hayes MacRobbie. He grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts College, Boston, with a science/pre-med degree in 1950. He graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1954 and interned at Roosevelt Hospital in NYC and in San Francisco. He became board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1958.
He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, administering to brainwashed, disoriented veterans at Brooks Hospital in Texas.
He established a psychiatric family practice in Berkeley, Calif., for 35 years and then continued another 10 years doing locum tenons in many states including Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, South Carolina and Washington.
Retiring to Sequim in 1991, the MacRobbies built a home in Jamestown and later in Sequim in 2004.
Mr. MacRobbie belonged to the Sports Car Club of America and was a strong proponent of seat belt safety and actively pursued the legislative action to make them mandatory in the United States.
He was a lifelong member of Sierra Club and Audubon Society, was a board member of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society for many years, and served as president from 2002-2004. He volunteered at the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, was a member of the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and belonged to the Olympic Driftwood Society.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Patricia Kerst MacRobbie; his children Leslie Wollins, of Denver, Colo.; Stuart MacRobbie Jr. of Maui, Hawaii; Pam Krans of New Hampshire and two grandchildren.
Gifts in his honor may be made to the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society or the Olympic Driftwood Society.
Shirley June Schach
Private services will be held for Port Angeles resident Shirley June Schach, who died Jan. 25, 2010, at the age of 82.
She was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., to Edward S. and Reta C. Roberts Southard.
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ottilie 'Tillie' Stepetak
No service was reported for Sequim resident Ottilie "Tillie" Stepetak, who died Jan. 29, 2010, at the age of 86.
She was born Dec. 3, 1923, in Vienna, Austria, to Kasper and Ottilie Jezek.
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
EDITH R. ELLIOTT
Edith R. Elliott, 89, who passed away on January 17 with loving family in Greensboro, Vermont.
Mrs. Elliott was born October 10, 1920 in Dunsmuir, California to Grace Morrison Holland and James L. Holland. She spent her childhood in Dunsmuir and, after high school graduation, went to Berkeley to attend the University
of California, graduating in 1942, with a BA degree in journalism. She worked for several newspapers in the Bay Area as a reporter and editor, and also in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Edith Holland was married to Cecil Elliott November 19, 1949 while living in northern California. She began teaching elementary school in the area. Later, the family moved to Marin County (in the bay area) and she continued teaching, retiring in 1978.
Music always has been an important part of Mrs. Elliott's life. She played the violin in high school and college orchestras and served as church organist for many years in Methodist churches. She was an organist for 12 years at the Sequim Methodist church before she retired in 1998. Mrs. Elliott also enjoyed playing dance music on the piano. She and her husband met while playing in a big dance band in northern California. Many years later, after moving to Sequim, they began playing "forties" music in a small band for dances and various community events in the area.
Besides her music, Mrs. Elliott was active in community groups, serving a term as president of Monday Musicale, Clallam County, Retired Teachers Association, and P.E.O. Reciprocity.
Mrs. Elliott is survived by her two daughters, Susan Auguste Elliott of East Calais, Vermont and Arloeen Sciaroni of Los
Banos, California. Three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to Trinty United Methodist Church, Sequim.
At her prior request, no formal service is planned.
Margaret Dow Junk
Peggy Junk passed away January 17 at age 93 in Sequim from complications following a long illness. She lived with rheumatoid arthritis for over forty years and while it slowed her down she didn't let it stop her from doing the many things she loved, including swimming, cooking, traveling, and playing bridge with friends.
Peggy was born in Clinton, MA to Stella and Stephen Dow, on September 20, 1916. She grew up on the family farm in Myricks, MA. After graduating from Taunton High School, Peggy moved to St. Joseph, MO to attend business school. Here she met the love of her life, Frank Junk. They were married on August 30, 1940. In 1949 the couple and their son Bill moved to Moscow, ID when Frank accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho.
Travel was in Peggy's blood. Summer vacations to surrounding states were a family tradition, along with periodic trips to the midwest and the east to reunite with family and friends. Hawaii and the Oregon Coast were her favorite places to visit. During 1967 Frank and Peggy took a trip zigzagging around the globe, visiting many friends and former international students. In 1972 she lived for a year in Tainan, Taiwan while Frank was a visiting professor at Chenkung University. She was a wonderful cook, always trying new recipes to share, and following her experience in Taiwan, developed a particular fondness for Chinese food and Chinese cooking.
In 1979 they moved to a home in the SunLand community near Sequim which they used as a travel base and a place where they could play golf, bridge, swim, and enjoy the company of their many friends. Frank died in 1986.
Peggy is survived by her son Bill and his wife Ginny of
Boise, ID, grandsons Cliff of Lewiston, ID and Liam of
Pocatello, ID, sister Marianna Edgerton of Greensboro, NC, and brother Arlon Dow of Kennebunk, ME.
The family offers a special thanks to the caring staff at Sherwood Assisted Living in Sequim and for many years of wonderful care by Dr. Charles Sullivan. A celebration of her life will be conducted this summer and her ashes will be scattered in a place that she loved. To share memories with the family you may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to the University of Idaho College of Engineering, P.O. Box 441011, Moscow, ID 83844-1011.
DONALD STUART MACROBBIE
died January 29, 2010, at his home. He missed his 86th birthday by 25 days. Donald, known as "Stu" by his many friends and family, spent those years living, learning and loving life to its fullest, giving a strong voice and action to his core beliefs as a physician, a scientist, and an environmentalist, never hesitating to speak out even in a minority position.
Stuart was born in Sharon, MA, in 1924, to William MacRobbie and Beatrice (Hayes) MacRobbie. He grew up in Massachusetts, winning his school letter at Newton High in tennis, and graduating from Tufts College, Boston, with a science/pre-med degree in 1950. He graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1954, and then interned at Roosevelt Hospital in NYC, and in San Francisco. He became board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1958. During that time he served in World War II, the Korean War, and yet again during the Vietnam War to administer to brainwashed, disoriented veterans at Brooks Hospital in Texas. Stu established his psychiatric family practice in Berkeley, CA. for 35 years and then continued another 10 years doing Locum Tenons in many states including Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, S. Carolina and Washington.
Retiring to Sequim in 1991, the MacRobbies built their first home on Jamestown Beach Lane, protecting the habitat and enjoying birds and sea life in their wetlands beach property. When they became "Sequim townies" in 2004, they paved the way in Clallam County for home solar power by installing a photo voltaic sun tracker system to generate electricity for their house, plus solar tubes for heating hot water for radiant heat flooring.
He belonged to the Sports Car Club of America, loved driving, going to races and restoring automobiles; his favorite was a Lamborghini. He was a strong proponent of seat belt safety and actively pursued the legislative action to make them mandatory in the United States.
Stuart was a lifelong member of Sierra Club and Audubon Society, He supported the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society activities, was a board member for many years as well as president from 2002-2004. He volunteered at the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, was a member of the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the
Olympic Driftwood Society.
He is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Patricia Kerst MacRobbie, his children Leslie Wollins, of Denver, Stuart MacRobbie, Jr. of Maui, Pam Krans of New Hampshire and grandchildren, Alexandra and David, Jr., his sister, Beatrice Taylor of Yountville, CA and nieces Lynn Taylor/Hurley, Sandy Ward and Jean MacRobbie and nephews Bill and Alan MacRobbie, plus his cousins Winifred Milne, Frank MacRobbie, and Doris MacRobbie
of Inverness, Scotland.
Stuart was a loving, highly moral person, with a quick wit bringing joy & laughter to any gathering of friends and family. He will be sorely missed in our lives.
A family memorial gathering will be held at a later time. Gifts in his honor may be made to the Olympic Peninsula