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Laurella J. St. Denis

stdenislaurella.jpgLaurella Jean St. Denis, 63, of Harstine Island  in Shelton, WA passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2011. Laurella was born on December 27, 1947 to Daniel and Laurel (Hansen) Arneson in Northfield, MN. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1965 and attended some college classes in the home health care field. Laurella was the oldest of eight children and attended the Assembly of God Church as a young person.

Her hobbies included horticulture, gardening, cooking, hunting, fishing, traveling and music. She loved her pets and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Her family shared that Laurella was a very social, loving, outgoing person with a peaceful nature.

Survivors include her companion, Adrian Garcia, Harstine Island; mother, Laurel Arneson, AZ; daughter, Sophia Sedge (Markus) Olympia, WA; sons, Mikie Pietsch (Dana), Washington DC and Soren St. Denis (Jaime) of MN; sisters, Danette Holmberg (Harold) AZ, Betty Brishky (Tom) AZ, Joyce Halbraken, CA; brothers, Ed  Arneson (Kelly) CO, Daniel Arneson and Paul Arneson, both of IA; ten grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, James Arneson.

A memorial will be held at the Capital Vision Christian Church, 1775 Yew St. Olympia, WA 98506 on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

William R. Nolte

noltewill.jpgWilliam Robert Nolte, 85, of Shelton, WA died on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Shelton. William was  born on April 28, 1926 in Everson, WA to Ernest C. and Eva L. (Pritts) Nolte. He graduated from Cowiche High School in Cowiche, WA in 1943.

Mr. Nolte served in WWII for the US Naval Coast Guard and was honorably discharged as a 3rd class petty officer. In February of 1969, he married Tanya Carlson in Aberdeen, WA. William was employed in sales for Associated Grocers and then with Keith Uddenberg Co, a retail grocery chain. Mr. Nolte was an honorary lifetime member of the Elks and a prior member of the Moose and the Eagles. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, pool, and wine making. He enjoyed his boat and spending time with his family. He and his wife Tanya did extensive traveling, visiting Finland, Russia, and much of the United States. They went on many cruises and wintered in Yuma, AZ.

Survivors include wife Tanya, Shelton; son, Dale Reed (Maria), Aberdeen; daughter, Kathy Holden, Ocean Shores; ½ brother Harry Rainford (Gwen), Yakima; cousin, Mickey Meador, North Bend; grandchildren, Robert Reed (Erin) and Melissa Piller (Rob), both of Aberdeen and Michael Martinson, Ocean Shores; eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Ernest E. Nolte.

Funeral services will be held at Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” St, Shelton, WA on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 11:00 am. Donations can be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, P.O. Box 19024, J5-200, Seattle, WA 98109-1024 or the Elks Children’s Memorial, c/o Shelton Elks, 741 SE Craig Rd. Shelton, WA 98584.
The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Richard “Dick” D. Doak

doakdickd.jpgDick Doak, 75, Shelton, passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Dick was born on October 27, 1935 to Donald and Velma (Anderson) Doak in Clark, South Dakota. At age 2, he moved with his family and settled in the Skokomish Valley. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1954.

He served in the US Naval Reserves for a brief time before becoming a produce manager for retail grocery stores working in Seattle, Burien and Shelton. Dick enjoyed life to the fullest. In his younger day he enjoyed cars and driving. He was a terrific shuffleboard player, playing on leagues for many years and honored in the Shuffleboard Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed boating, sailing and going on cruises with his close companion, Peggy. He liked playing computer games and playing cards. Dick had a wonderful sense of humor, liked telling jokes and was known to push one’s buttons. He delighted in taking the time to keep in touch with old friends and classmates with just a phone call. His cats, “Silky girl” and “Misty Mouse” brought him much joy, as did his family and friends.

Survivors include his love and companion, Peggy Holman; son, Richard Kallay, Seattle; stepdaughter, Dana Anderson; four grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Billy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Skokomish Grange Hall on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.