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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.




 

 

David W. Whitener Sr., “ahkwateed”

Whitener_Dave.jpgOn Friday, November 2, 2012, David Wayne Charles Whitener Sr. of the Squaxin IslandNation passed away peacefully with family at his side after a long, courageous journey with Parkinson’s disease. Dave was 78. He was born on January 6, 1934 to Percy W. and Ethel (Richards) Whitener at home in Kamilche. He graduated from Irene S. Reed in 1951, served in the US Army, and obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Western Washington University. In his younger days, Dave worked as a logger and in the construction business and enjoyed fishing with his family in Alaska. He married Elaine Moore in 1957 and they later divorced. Dave was principle and teacher at Southside School from 1965 until 1969 and was also the principal in Neah Bay for a time as well. From there, he carries a tribal name in the Makah language. Mr. Whitener was dedicated to education and the Native American heritage. He was faculty in the Native American Studies Program at Evergreen State College for 17 years and was co-convener of that program for several years. He was instrumental in the planning and building of the Evergreen Long House on campus, which opened in 1995. Retirement in 1996 did not slow Dave down. He served on the Board of Indian Affairs, Olympic National Forest Advisory Board, Mason General Hospital Board and was the Deputy executive director for the Squaxin Island Tribe. He served in many capacities on the Squaxin Island tribal council. Part of Dave’s ancestry is Tsimshian from Alaska; he is of the Raven Clan. Dave was a member of the St. David’s Episcopal Church of Shelton and the Toastmasters. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling, especially for Indian affairs and cultural events, smoking salmon, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of  23 years, Barbara (Greene) Whitener, Shelton; sons, David (Sotheary) Whitener Jr, Olympia, and Jonathon (Marty) Thompson, Seattle; daughters, Connie Whitener, Parker, AZ, Mitzie “Rhonda” Whitener, Shelton, Annie-Beth (Cameron) Henry, Shelton, and Jessica (Nathan) Hoppe, Helena, MT; sisters, Ruby Fuller, Shelton and Mary Bell Whitener, Shelton; his brother, Donald Lynn, Shelton; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Martha. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Little Creek Event Center on  November 15, 2012 at 11:30. Donations can be made to the Evergreen State College Foundation; with reference to David Whitener Sr Scholarship Fund, Olympia, WA. [At this time there is a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.]
 
Dave was an amazing man who left an unimaginable legacy and will truly be missed by all that knew him.