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Roger Easton

Dear friends of Bigelow House Museum
Our dear friend and board president Roger Easton passed away yesterday, July 2, after a short illness.
Roger was a faithful advocate of local and regional history, and loved the Olympia community.  His decades of contributions and leadership in numerous historical societies, projects and events can not be overestimated.   Along with his time at Bigelow House, Roger helped found the Olympia Historical Society, he served on the Olympia Heritage Commission, Lacey Historical Commission and the Thurston County Historic Commission.  He also volunteered his time with the Washington State Archives, transcribing and indexing innumerable documents for public access.

Roger was a lifelong teacher and a good friend.  We will miss him terribly.

Memorial arrangements TBA.  

-Edward Echtle
On behalf of the Bigelow House Preservation Association Board

  • Chrisanne Beckner
  • Lynn Erickson
  • David Goularte
  • Tom Lockhart
  • Shanna Stevenson
  • Craig Swalling

Dear friends of Bigelow House and local history,
 
You are invited to a community gathering to remember our friend, historian Roger Easton.  This is an informal event where you can share your memories and talk with others about Roger and his life and work.
 
The event takes place Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the historic Jacob Smith House in Lacey Washington: 4500 Intelco Loop SE  Lacey, WA.
 
Donations to the following organizations may be made in Roger's memory:

 
Sincerely,
--Edward Echtle
On behalf of the Bigelow House Preservation Association Board

Shirley D. Winkelman

WinkelmanShirley.jpgShirley Dorothy “Punky” Peste- Winkelman, 72, of Olympia, WA (formerly of Shelton) passed away at her home unexpectedly from natural causes on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Shirley was born on June 4, 1940 to Fred and Helene (Devlin) Peste in Shelton, WA. She graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1958 and married Frank Winkelman. They had two children, Tracy and Teresa.
Shirley was a lover of life and was a homemaker for a number of years and was an entrepreneur of her eccentric journey at various careers. She was very proud of her achievement at graduating from Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1997. She most recently was employed as a travel agent at ACT Travel of Olympia before her retirement. Shirley enjoyed the Casino, traveling and gardening. Her yard was beautiful and she was also an avid reader and a gifted writer. She was president of the Capital Cruisers (car club of the Chrysler PT Cruisers), Altrusa, Relay for Life Team Marlene/50’s Class, two time volunteer of the year recipient for Thurston County Kiwanis, a huge supporter and volunteer with the Olympia Children’s Hands on Museum, and of the SPCA. She loved her two dogs that she lovingly dubbed “her girls”, two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, “Lacy” and “Honey”. Although she will be greatly missed because of her tenacity, candor, strength, humor, warmth and generosity, we are blessed that she went while very busy with business of her full life. She was unflappable, unstoppable and determined, admired and adored.
She is survived by her son, Tracy (Suzanne), Apple Valley, CA; daughter Teresa Winkelman-Amburgy, Chehalis; sister, Sharon (Gib) Johnson, Shelton; grandchildren, Bailey and Madison Amburgy, Frank, Elise, Greyson, Jenna and Emma Winkelman and Amanda Baxter. She had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and was preceded in death by her husband Frank; mother, Helene Peste and father and stepmother, Fred and Lillian Peste and sister Marlene Peste-Davidson.
Memorial donations can be made to the Relay for Life Team Marlene of Mason County.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” St, Shelton on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 11:00 am. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.

 

Merline M. Lewis

Lewismeri.jpgMerline Mae Lewis, 68, of Kamilche, WA passed away at her home on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. She was born on September 25, 1943 to Wallace and Ida (Van Esson) Dorey in Yakima, WA. In April of 1966, she married David “Toby” Lewis in Mason County. Merline was a member of the Jehovah Witness’ Kingdom Hall. She did a lot of fishing with her husband in many different places and enjoyed traveling with the senior group (Mexico and Alaska). Her hobbies included beading and gardening. Her sons shared that she was a huge fan of the QVC channel and was also well known for her cooking, especially her quiche. In 1986, she was well known in the Shelton area for “Lewis’ Lunches”, a company she owned and operated serving and delivering box style lunches. She retired in 1994 but was always an entrepreneur. Everyone knew her as “grandma” and her grandbabies were everything to her. She was big-hearted, caring and always there to lend a hand to anyone.
She is survived by her husband, David “Toby” Lewis, Kamilche; sons, Bear Lewis, Kamilche and David Lewis (Jennifer), Tumwater; grandchildren, Payton and David Lewis, Brendan Bellon, and Kandan Adams-Lewis.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Larrinea Lee Lewis.
Services will be held at the Squaxin Island Gymnasium on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.