Karl Joseph Oldfield
Aural E. Burdick
Nov. 7,1914 – Sept. 24, 2011
Aural Eloise Mathiesen Burdick was born at her grandparent’s home in Lincoln, Nebraska on November 7, 1914. Her parents were cattle ranchers in Northern Colorado. Her grade school education was there in the little village of Carr. As there was no school bus pickup in her area, she rode on horseback to and from the 2-room schoolhouse, which had a 3-stall stable. For high school, her parents sent her to the Seventh Day Adventist Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado. After graduation she attended the School of Nursing at Loma Linda, CA, graduating in the class of 1938.
In 1939 she married Jesse Gordon Burdick, a 3rd year medical student at Loma Linda. Their first child, Dwight, was born there. Gordon’s internship took them to Chattanooga, Tennessee where their 2nd child, Marye Lou, was born. They then moved to Allegan, Michigan where Gordon had a rural family practice for 9 years. Two more children, Bruce and Penny, were born there, but Marye Lou was lost in a tragic traffic accident.
In 1950, in order to have regular work hours and more home time, Gordon became Medical Director for the Ethyl Corporation briefly in Baton Rouge, LA, then in Houston, TX, working in this capacity until his retirement in 1979. Aural had the blessing being a stay-at-home mom during those years. She was active in PTA and along with Gordon, helped found 2 Unitarian fellowships near Houston. Aural was an accomplished seamstress and quilt maker. She and Gordon were avid travelers, visiting many countries during their long lives.
Aural and Gordon moved from Texas to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1980s, living in Issaquah for 15 years. In 2006 they moved to the 5th Ave. Retirement apartments in Sequim. After Gordon’s passing in March, 2011, Aural moved to Sherwood Assisted Living, where she remained until her demise on 09/24/2011. She will be greatly missed by her 3 children (Dwight E. Burdick, Bruce E. Burdick and Penny I. Burdick), 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
A family-only memorial service is planned. Donations to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County would be welcomed, in lieu of flowers.
C.O. (Biff) Davidson
C.O. (Biff) Davidson passed away on September 25, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He was born on September 23, 1938 in Seattle, WA.
Biff’s proudest accomplishment was his service in the U.S. Marines. He spent a majority of his service in the Philippines and had very fond memories there. He recently joined a group of Marines that had also served in the Philippine Islands.
After his military service, Biff went into a career as a machinist. He worked at Boeing, Todd Shipyard and P.S.N.S. in Bremerton, WA until he retired due to disability.
Biff’s favorite pasttimes were watching sports, backpacking in the Olympic Mountains and nature photography. He had many of his prints displayed and sold locally.
Biff is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Virginia of Sequim, a son Kenneth of Alaska, stepchildren Beth Shaw, Richard Perkins, and Michael Richardson, along with 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters, Peggy Tlapak and Gloria Acosta and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gary, and a sister Claudia.
Services will be held at 2 pm on October 22 at Dungeness Community Church in Sequim.
Irene Roney – October 7, 1911 – March 31, 2011
In Celebration of Life
Annie Irene Roney (known to most as Irene Roney, Grandma, Nana and Great-great-Grandma) was born on her grandfather’s homestead on October 7, 1911 to Evelyn Mae Reekie and Russell Drew Wintamute in Dodge City, Kansas where she graduated in 1929 from Dodge City High School. After high school, she went to work
at Gwinner’s Confectionary and Café. For the rest of her life, food was her vocation.
On May 18, 1931, she married Dowling Parker Patison and had one daughter.
In 1937, Irene Patison and her daughter moved to Seattle, Washington. She learned about restaurant management at Washington State University and was a Master Food Preserver. During WWII, she worked for sorority and fraternity houses on the University of Washington campus. When school was out for the summer, she cooked for children’s camps and spent summers as a cook for goldmining camps in Alaska. She ended her career at the Ben Paris Restaurant in the heart of Seattle.
In 1942, Irene met John Clark Roney and they married in 1950. They bought their first piece of property in Sequim and made this their home for 60 years. Irene was a past Honorary Grand Pioneer Queen, president of P.E.O. Chapter F.Y., Matron of Armistice Court Order of Amaranth, volunteer at the Senior Center, and active in helping organize the Sequim Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Irene loved making quilts for the Trinity Quilters, continuing to help others in need her entire life.
Irene was known for her love of cooking. Feeding all her family and friends is what she lived for. Her dinners, pies, cookies, cakes, and canned goods were just some of many items that she shared with everyone. She hoped people would always come hungry and leave full. She always sent her grandchildren home with their “food survival kit.”
Irene’s family surrounded her with love; grandchildren Teri & Jay Engelbrecht; great-grandchildren Bradley (BJ) & Kjersti Engelbrecht, Jason Engelbrecht, Katie Engelbrecht, Cristina & Matt Waters and her great-great-grandchild, 16-month-old Madisyn Grace Engelbrecht.
In honor of what would have been her 100th birthday on October 7, 2011, we welcome all to celebrate her life on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave, Sequim, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, following the traditional church service at 11:00 am.
Jannett Ashby McIlroy
February 3, 1920 - October 4, 2011
Jannett McIlroy passed away at home October 4, 2011, of natural causes, her family was with her. There will be a memorial service Friday October 14, at 3pm at Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel, with a Celebration of Life following at El Cazador, in Sequim. As everyone knew, Jan loved the color red, and the family is asking that in honor of her, to please wear a bit of red.
Jan was born February 3, 1920 in Valdez, Alaska, to Randal and Katheryn Ashby. Jan had two older brothers, George and Harve. She had a wonderful childhood, growing up in a small town. One of her fondest memories was her first plane ride when she was thirteen, with the then unknown pilot Bob Reeve. Jan attended the University of Nevada and University of Washington. During the summer of 1939, she met the new fellow in town, William (Bill) McIlroy. They were married December 14, 1941, and soon moved to Bills home town of Victoria, BC. Jan stayed there and Bill joined the Canadian Navy.
In 1944, Jan returned to Valdez and worked in the family grocery store until Bill returned after the war. She then stayed home and raised their two children. In 1956 the family moved to Anchorage, and Jan was active in the Providence Hospital Auxiliary, Spenard Lionesses, and worked for the City of Anchorage, Traffic Department. While living in Anchorage, the family enjoyed weekends at their cabin on Big Lake. They returned to Valdez in 1962, and Jan was appointed Deputy Magistrate. After the earthquake in 1964, in which they lost their home and business they moved to Juneau.
In Juneau, Jan worked for the Department of Health & Welfare and Department of Labor till she retired in 1983. Jan and Bill both enjoyed their weekends boating with friends and spending vacations at their cabin in Atlin, BC. In Juneau, Jan was active with the Pioneers of Alaska, PEO., and the Juneau Yacht Club.
After Bill’s retirement in 1986 they moved to Sequim, Washington, where Jan kept her involvement with PEO. and was active with the local nonprofit Hospice organization. They continued spending time at their Atlin property and spent many enjoyable summers there with friends and family. Bill and Jan enjoyed traveling. They made several trips to England and Ireland, and countless trips over the Alcan. Even though her heart was always in Alaska, and anyone that met her knew she was an Alaskan within five minutes, she decided to stay in Sequim after Bills passing in 1995.
Jan had a full life, many friends, and an unforgettable voice and laugh. Jan and several friends spent Thursday afternoons together reading and writing their memoirs, which were not to be shared with their loved ones, until they were gone. These were their memories, as they wanted to remember them their own way, not as the family remembered them. She was a wonderful woman who never met a stranger. She was kind and generous, had an unstoppable sense of humor. Her wit and humor were with her till the last. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank Rainshadow Home Health for their services the past few years, also a special thanks to her long time friend Josie Carroll, and the employees of The Fifth Avenue.
She was preceded in death by her son Mike, husband Bill, and brothers George and Harve. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Pat and Jim Miller of Palmer, Alaska; granddaughter Bebhinn McIlroy-Hawley of Lompoc, California; and great grandchildren, Christopher McIlroy, Darby and Sage McIlroy-Hawley, and several nieces and nephews. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County at 540 East 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362, or your local nonprofit volunteer Hospice organization.
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements. Visit www.sequimvalleychapel.com if you wish to leave guest book messages.
A member of “The Greatest Generation”, and WW11
veteran, died October 6, 2011. He was 88 years old.
Carl was born January 14, 1923, to Carl and Alice Textor in Toledo, Ohio. He and his twin brother were both called to active duty in 1944, and Carl served two years on the front combat lines in Europe.
After the war, Carl returned home and met and married his wife, Lillian.
Together they raised Lillian’s 4 children from her first marriage, plus 3 of their own. In 1956, Carl moved the family to San Diego, Ca, where he worked for Convair Airline Enterprises, and in 1962 the family relocated to Seattle when Carl took a job with the Boeing Company. He eventually retired from the US Government Printing Office, Seattle, WA.
After retirement, Carl and LiIlian spent time visiting their children in Long Beach, Ca, Sequim, WA, and Coupeville, WA. They enjoyed the family
gatherings and raised a close, tight-knit family. When Lillian died in 1990, Carl left Coupeville, where he and Lillian had lived for 10 years, and moved to Sequim to enjoy watching his two grandchildren grow up. He lived 16 years at the 5th Avenue Retirement Center in Sequim where he became a favorite resident to many.
Carl was a gifted piano player whose talents were enjoyed by many, and a sports enthusiast. He coached Little League baseball in California and Washington, and had the pleasure of coaching his son Mark for many years. His passion for sports and music were passed on to his children and his grandchildren. Carl enjoyed a healthy and wonderful life, and illness only got the best of him his last few months. He was sharp till the end, and loved by all who knew him.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife Lillian, his twin brother, Paul, his parents Carl Sr and Alice, and children John, Bob, and Donna. He is survived by daughters Alice Textor of Placerville, Ca, and Phyllis Textor, of Laconner, WA, sons Mark Textor of Sequim WA, and Frank Textor (Leona) of Castro Valley, Ca. He is also survived by grandchildren Justine and John Textor, of Sequim, WA, and Debbie Levine and Robert Brisbane of Castro Valley, Ca, and by cousin Carol Gault of Sun City, Fla. Carl is also remembered fondly by extended family members Lucinda Arnold, Lisa Corbett, Susan Nichols, and Trena Page.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 30, from 1:00-4:00 at the home of son Mark Textor, in Sequim. All who knew Carl are welcome to
attend. For directions or more information, please contact either Phyllis or Mark.
ROBERTA BELLE GERTLAR
Roberta Belle Gertlar 79, a long time resident of Sequim went home to her
Savior, Sept 15, 2011. She was born on Nov. 13, 1931 in Seattle to Robert and Ruth (Bena) Denend. The family moved to
Sequim where Roberta attended high school.
In 1949, Roberta married Eugene L. Shaughnessy. Together they had two daughters, Terry Lynne (England) and Constance Joann (Knox).
Mom moved to Spokane in 1979 where she met Howard E. Gertlar. They were married in 1983 and together they moved back to Sequim in 1988.
Mom enjoyed numerous activities including square dancing, sewing, cooking, reading, boating and bird watching with her friends Lynn and Joan. She had a fervent love for flowers, her beloved dog, HoMay and her Dungeness Community Church family.
Roberta is preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband, Howard. She is survived by her two daughters, four step-daughters; Betty (Dave) Harmon, Darlene (David) James, Nancy Gertlar (Larry) and Dianna (Gill) Peckham, 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; sisters Rosalie and Marian, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Interment will be at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington on October 28th at 1:00pm. A celebration of her life will be at Dungeness Community Church in Sequim on October 29th, at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
We, her family are forever grateful to her medical team and all of her faithful friends at Dungeness Community Church. Mom loved her family, friends, church and Heavenly Father with an undying love. She is missed immeasurably and loved beyond description.