VALSVIG, Douglas Arnold - A memorial service for Douglas Arnold Valsvig of Blaine will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Northwood Alliance Church, with the Rev. Charles Gibson officiating. Mr. Valsvig died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999. He was 43. Born May 26, 1956, to Curtis and Jean (Watson) Valsvig in Rapid City, S.D., he graduated from high school in Kelowna, B.C. in 1974. Mr. Valsvig served in the British Columbia Military Division of the Dragoon's Brigade. Mr. Valsvig worked various construction jobs and also installed TV cable in Texas. His brother Craig Valsvig preceded him in death. Survivors include son Joseph and daughter April Valsvig, both of Blaine mother Jean and stepfather Chuck Day of Blaine sisters Charlotte Stockton of Phoenix and Loretta Cupp of Mack, Colo. brothers Brian Day of Port Moody, B.C., and Brett Day of Hendersonville, N.C. stepbrother Charles Day of Arlington, Texas stepsisters Louise Williams of Oklahoma City and Darlene Koch of Georgetown, Texas ex-wife Julie Valsvig of Blaine and many other relatives. Arrangements are by Greenacres Funeral Home of Ferndale.

VANDIVER, Florence - A resident of route 1, Custer, for the past fourteen years, Florence Ann Vandiver, aged 78 years, died Monday. She was a member of the Baptist church of North Carolina and is survived by one daughter, Ethel L. Baxter, of Custer. Funeral services will be held at the Monroe chapel in Ferndale Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Gust Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn cemetery.
(From the Bellingham Herald, January 2, 1945) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

VAN BEEK, Gerrit    d. 15 May 1996    Image

VAN HORN, Constance, passed away Sept. 13, (2002) at Mesa, AZ. She was born to Daniel & Elizabeth Wash- burn in Pateros, WA Dec. 19, 1908. She attended Washington State College where she met William (Bud) Van Horn and they were married in 1928. She was active in local, county and state Granges and a life member. She was past Matron of Ferndale Lodge of Eastern Star and past president of Whatcom County Federated Women's Clubs. Most of her married life was on a poultry farm at Marietta, then in the early 50's reef netting brought her and her husband to Lummi Island and they built their home on Lane Spit. In later years their winter's were spent in Arizona. Her husband preceded her in death in 1991. She is survived by two daughters, Beverly and husband Bob of Lummi Island and Betty and husband John of Renton. There are eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and three great-greats. We'll all miss her and the fun we had around the card table.

VAN LUVEN, Owen Keith, 67, 116 B St. Blaine, died Monday (Dec. 30, 1985) at home. Born on June 22, 1918, in the Haney area, he was a lifelong resident of Whatcom County. He had been a warehouseman for Alaska Packers Association in Blaine for 25 years and Bumble Bee Seafoods in Bellingham for 23 years. Survivors include his wife, Florence; daughter Lucille Ewing, Custer; two brothers, six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous other relatives. At his request there will be no services.

VANNEBO, Mattie, aged 31 years and formerly a resident of Bellingham, passed away at her home in Centralia, Wash., March 20, (1926) after an illness of several months. The body now rests at the Harlow mortuary home, Holly and Forest streets, and funeral announcements will be made upon the arrival of relatives.

VASELENKO, Mary Ann - Funeral service for Mary Ann Vaselenko, age 71, of 1401 Alabama, will be Wed. Aug. 28, 11 A.M. Greenacres Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Norton, Seventh-Day Adventist Church officiating. Interment Greenacres Memorial Park. Mrs. Vaselenko passed away Sat. Aug. 24, 1985. A Bellingham resident for 15 years, member of Seventh-Day Adventist Church, she is survived by her husband John; 2 sons, Reuben Vaselenko and Sunnyvale, Calif. & Gene Vaselenko of Portland, Oregon; 7 brothers, John Pollock, Bill Pollock, Fred Pollock, Alec Pawluk (sic), David Polllock, Enoch Pollock and Reuben Pollock; 1 sister, Rhoda Andronik all in British Columbia. Jones Funeral Home.

VAUGHAN, Dallas, 50, who for the past five years has lived in Seattle where he was a building contractor, passed away Tuesday (28 May 1946) in a Renton hospital, his remains received Thursday in Bellingham for burial. Prior to going to Seattle Mr. Vaughan had lived 36 years in Whatcom county, working as a logger. He is survived by his wife, Edna, in Seattle; one son, Donald, of Bremerton; two daughters, Mrs. Elsa Strong, Seattle, and Mrs. Betty Rose, of Salmon, Ida.; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Lula Henry, of Edison in Skagit county; Mrs. Clara McDonald, of Deming, and Mrs. Ruth Rosenhall, of Bellingham; also a brother, Erwin Carl Vaughan, of Edison. The funeral services will be held in the cathedral chapel of the Westford-Beck funeral home Saturday at 1 p.m., Rev. William H. Phillips, of the Eureka Methodist church, officiating. Interment will take place in Greenacres Cemetery.

VELIE - Margaret D., aged 75 years, beloved wife of Orville D. Velie, 1207 1/2 State Street, passed away at a local hospital Thursday, May 4, (1944) following a lingering illness. Mrs. Velie had resided in Bellingham for the past 41 years and was a member of the Rebeccas. Surviving relatives besides her husband include, two brothers: John Fenton, of Washington, D.C. and Roger Fenton, of Elmira N. Y.; three sisters, Mrs. Nan Southwick and Mrs. Julia Campbell, of Elmira, N. Y. and Mrs. Nell Pulver, of Detroit, Mich.; also numerous other relatives. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at the Bingham-Dahlquist Funeral Home conducted by Rev. James M. Wilson. Cremation.

VERBRUGGE, Lawrence Servaas   d. 13 Feb 2008   Image

VILLALUZ, Tiara Dawn    d. 17 Jun 1995    Image

VITT, William passed away January 9, 2004 in Bellingham after complications from surgery. Born in 1918 in Whitefish, Montana, he spent his life perfecting his musical talent, construction skills, teaching ability, and family relationships. Bill began playing music professionally at age 15 and continued to play until his illness at age 85 he mastered the clarinet, saxophone, vibraharp and piano. His professional skill flourished during the golden age of music- the swing years and beyond, but his passion was always jazz. Bill is best known in Bellingham as the leader of the Bill Vitt Quartet, playing dance tunes at the Bellingham Yacht Club & Everett Yacht Club for over 25 years. Bill always tempered his passion for music with a pragmatic sense for financial and personal responsibility. He completed his education in teaching to be able to leave the sheet metal trade. He played music 5 nights a week while he taught school. He cared for his first wife Goldie (Budge) through her battle with multiple sclerosis. He helped his sons Bill Jr. (Cloverdale, CA), Laurie (Norman, OK), and Mickey (Bellingham) in building their education & their homes. Retiring from teaching at Whatcom Middle School at age 62, Bill pursued his interests actively: winemaking, camping, performing, traveling, building, visiting friends and family, the Wednesday lunches with the Musician's Group, Friday lunches with David and Deanna, driving his Mercedes with the top down and the jazz loud, & taking care of his cat, Chelsea. Bill is survived by his sister, Mavis Steffanich of Helena, MT his three sons and their wives four grandchildren one great grandchild his second wife Jeannette Dupey stepdaughter Lois Dupey and life-long friend Florence Anderson of Billings, MT. He leaves a legacy of relationships from his 25 years with the Bill Vitt Quartet: Mark Schlicting, Chuck Stanford, Paul Schlichting, Bob Copeland, Ralph Pauley, Bob Storms, Dick Stensland, and a host of other musicians. He also leaves his friends at the Leopold: Jerry, Doris, Berta, Everett, and Mary.

VOGEL, Hermina   d. 17 May 1999  Image

VOGT, Robert Charles, age 88, passed away December 26, 2004, in Blaine. He was born in Birch Bay on April 2, 1916, and attended Birch Bay Elementary School, then was bussed into the Blaine School District where he graduated in 1934. Bob worked at the original Birch Bay Golf Course that his parents had built. In 1942, he married his sweetheart, Anne Peterson, and 6 months later he joined the US Navy. He was in the Navy from 1942 until 1945 when he came home and built Edgewater Resort which included the cottages and a grocery store. Later on was when he built the trailer park. Bob was a member of the Elks, the American Legion and a former member of the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his wife Anne, of 62 years; his son Gary and wife Cindy Lou Vogt; four grandchildren and five great-grand-children. Two sons, Terry and Larry, preceded him in death. There will be a Service of Remembrance on Monday, January 3, 2005, at 2:00 pm at Jerns-McKinney Funeral Chapel in Blaine. Arrangements by Jerns-McKinney Funeral Chapel

VON BARGEN, Tina passed away Thurs., Jan. 29, 2004, at The Courtyard in Bellingham. She had celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 8, 2003 with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry von Bargen, in 1977. Tina was born in Alfstedt, Germany in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. with her husband and daughter Inge to Freehold, New Jersey in 1926. In 1946, they moved to Bellingham and became the owners of the Coconut Grove and Pastime Café. They retired in 1961 to Hawaii and in 1992 Tina returned to Bellingham. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and well loved by everyone. Tina had traveled extensively, loved music and dancing, was an artist and made feather leis to adorn her hat which she was well known for in Hawaii. "She will be greatly missed, a true lady." She leaves daughters Inge Thurston & husband Gilbert and Dorothy Wilkins all of Bellingham six grandsons Grant Thurston & wife Sandy of Portland, OR, Mark Thurston & wife Nancy of Seattle, Brian Thurston & wife Pam of Seattle, Drew Thurston & wife Marlene of Bellingham, Stephen Wilkins & wife Linda of Bellingham, Clark Wilkins & wife Mary Jo of Kennewick two granddaughters Brooke McCreery & husband Michael and Lisa Huffaker & husband Mitchell all of Mineral Wells, TX 15 great grandchildren and one great-greatgrandson. A memorial service will be held Sat., Feb. 7, 3 pm at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St., Bellingham with a reception to follow. Officiating will be Pastor Mary Robinson-Mohr. Memorials may be sent to Whatcom Hospice Foundation.


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