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John Whalen

whalen_john.jpgJohn Whalen, a former long-time Mason County PUD No. 3 commissioner and Belfair resident, passed away on November 26 at the age of 94. 
Whalen was swept into office in 1983 in a special election to fill two positions on the PUD board. Two commission spots were vacated by a recall election over financial obligations related to the failed Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear power plant program.
 
Whalen retired from the PUD 3 commission in December of 2008 after serving 25 years. He was replaced on the board by Tom Farmer, an Allyn-area businessman.
 
In announcing Whalen’s passing, Farmer said at today’s (November 27) commission meeting that the person he succeeded was a brave and strong man and that he will be missed.
 
During Whalen’s multiple terms, the PUD
 
·         Increased its commitment to energy conservation.
·         Instituted the “Project Share” program to assist financially distressed customers.
·         Helped form a cost-effective self-insurance pool with other public utility districts.
·         Emphasized a commitment to customer communications and outreach.
·         Introduced the budget billing plan for customers.
·         Worked diligently to control its budget and financial management to minimize rate impacts on customers while maintaining safe & reliable service.
·         Was granted, along with other public utility districts, authorization by the Washington State legislature to provide wholesale telecommunications services to their communities.
·         Connected its substations and other facilities via a fiber optic network,
·         Began the planning process and the purchase of property which eventually led to the construction of PUD 3’s Johns Prairie operations center.
 
In 2005 he received special commendation from the Washington PUD Association for his years of service to Public Power. He served for many years on the Public Power Council executive committee and was a long-time member of the Public Utilities Risk Management Services (PURMS) board.
 
Whalen was well regarded by his peers in the Pacific Northwest energy community for his passion for public power utilities and the important role they play in the everyday lives of the customers they serve.
Photo of John Whalen, taken at a PUD 3 function in 2008

 

Dorothea Virginia Brickert

Brickert_Dorothea.jpgDorothea V. (Fox) Brickert, was born August 15, 1923 in Yakima, WA and departed this earthly life November 25, 2012.
 
The daughter of Harvey Bryan and Gladys Tiny Fox, Dorothea was the youngest of three children. The family moved from Yakima to Seattle, WA early on and in 1941 Dorothea graduated from Queen Anne High School. Known as “Sis” even to her teachers, Dorothea  didn’t become known as “Dottie” until she went to work as a secretary for the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad located in the Joseph Vance Building on Third Avenue and University Street in Seattle.
 
Dottie enrolled at the University of Washington to enhance her secretarial skills. She met her sweetheart, Bill Brickert, in 1942, and married him June 3, 1944. They were just 25 days shy of their 68th wedding anniversary at his passing May 9, 2012.
 
In 1952 Dottie went to work as the city editor for the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum when the youngest of her three young children was in Kindergarten.
 
Bill took a job in Shelton in the fall of 1954. Dottie went on ahead to scout for housing and a job. She worked as a secretary at the old Shelton Hospital for a year and a half, before being employed at the Mason County PUD #3. Dottie was one of the first computer operators of the PUD’s “new” large mainframe computer. She retired in January 1980.
 
Dottie excelled in both swimming and roller-skating, and served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jaycee Wives. In 1962 Dottie was installed as Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Welcome Chapter #54. Throughout her marriage, she devoted her life to supporting the interests of her husband, Bill, and family.
 
Dottie is preceded in death by beloved husband, Bill, her parents and two brothers, Robert and Ralph Fox, and is survived by daughter, Wendy (Gerald) Selde; sons, Brian (Chriss) and Mike (Diane) Brickert; grandchildren, Dan (DeaDea) Brickert, David (Darcy) Brickert, Ryan Selde, Joy (Greg) Fulling, Donovan (Jena) Russell, foreign exchange student, Per Nolen of Sweden, and 13 great grandchildren.
 
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A private service will be held for the family as according to her wishes.
 

 

Genevieve R. Ford

Ford_Genevieve.jpgGenevieve Ruth Ford, 91, of Shelton, WA passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center. Genevieve was born on January 6, 1921 to Harry E. and Genevieve (Waclaski) French in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Red Bank High School in New Jersey in 1939. It was also that year that she married Eugene Augustus Ford in Red Bank. They moved to Shelton in 1968. Genevieve worked as an Electronic Radar Assembly person before becoming a certified nursing assistant and working for various nursing homes. She raised five children and is survived by two of them, daughter, Barbara Kealy, Shelton and son, Mike (Deborah) Ford of Bremerton;   brother, Ed Steffen, VA; sisters, Barbara McLaughlin, TX and Bernice (Ken) Turner, SC; seventeen grandchildren, twenty eight great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. Genevieve was a member of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints and was an avid reader, She also enjoyed crocheting, travel, classical music and her family. She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene; sons, Ronald, Gerald, Eugene and beloved dog “Ralph”. A private family service will be held at a later date.