Monday, April 5, 2021

Class of 1970-71 Reunion Information

 From Caryl Maddy deJong:

Please find attached the flyer with details for our class reunion (51 years, since we couldn't do 50 years due to COVID-19).  We are combining with the class of 1971, and the event will be held at The Farm at Swan's Trail.

All COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

If you are in touch with any other classmates who are not shown in the email group, please give a copy of the flyer to them.

Looking forward to seeing you all, and if you have questions, please email me back.

Caryl Maddy de Jong

  Click to enlarge and download the flyer.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Dann DeBellis 1952-2021

 I am very sorry to report that our classmate Dann DeBellis died on March 8, 2021. He has a lovely obituary in the Everett Herald.

Here's the test of the obit.

Snohomish County lost a legend early Monday morning. 'Dann the cabinet man' (aka "Big Steve") seized the beautiful, blue skies morning for his amazing spirit to take flight. God called him home, and he answered the Heavenly call.
Danny delighted in his vast variety of his chosen life rolls as a husband, father, friend, cabinet maker, coach, teacher, football player, counselor, comedian, memory maker, song writer, poet, cartoonist, story teller, musician, and so much more. He was also known for his avid enthusiasm for hang gliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, and parachuting over the fields around his hometown he loved, Snohomish, WA. His love for camping and four-wheeling with his family took him on many road trips to areas of the United States he enjoyed getting to experience.
Dann had several motto's he would quote for all to hear; some traditional and familiar, though many were original to him. 'I work hard and I play hard!' is how he started every vacation or seated to take off on his beloved quad into the hills of Idaho. Danny thought time stood still when he would be seated by a campfire at his favorite campground in Rockport. Making memories was always the goal because they were precious to him and he called them 'smile makers' for the fun at the time and for later when looking back on the important moments of life.
Dann's music room served as his sanctuary to recharge. It was his refuge from stress and negativity. Filling the air with sounds from his many musical instruments filled him with the joy he spread to others. Laying down tracks of his original songs with his mandolin, ukulele, or banjo fed his positive energy and maintained the stockpile smiles his heart shared so freely with everyone who chose to be around him.
Danny accomplished much in his 68 years on this earth; far too many to fully list here. He had his favorites he took particular pride in, and loved to share with his family the stories and friends who were important players in the achievements he felt worthy of feeling proud of; Snohomish Panthers '69 football season 10 - 0 record his Senior year of high school; his 1976 Intramural Basketball Championship team, the Gay Caballeroes ('Happy Cowboys'), made up of Viking football players from Western Washington University; his graduation from WWU in 1976; building multiple successful businesses by his constant desire to make builders and customers happy with his final product and service; and most importantly to Danny was his pride in helping to raise his three children to be responsible adults who adored him to his core and the beautiful home he and Rachel built for their family. He truly felt blessed beyond his imagination allowed him to hope.
Danny is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rachel; Son Casey and his wife Tomiana; Daughter Chloe; Daughter Marielle Adamson and husband Brett; Mother Shirley Filbert of Mount Vernon, WA; Brother Jay DeBellis of Snohomish, WA; and herd of 5 dachshunds, including his best girl, Lucy. Dann was preceded in death by his father, Frank DeBellis, in 2007.
Danny felt rich with love from all of you, and would want us to include a heartfelt thank you for touching his life.
This extra-long obituary is due to the possibility of preventing a timely celebration of Danny's life hoping to take place at a later date. But then the length reflects the embodiment of this cherished man. Please visit to leave memories and condolences. July 6, 1952 - March 8, 2021

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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2021
Thanks to Steve Humphries for the news.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Robert Wahlstrom

I am sorry to report that classmate Bob Wahlstrom died November 7, 2019, after a battle with cancer.
Thanks to Steve Humphries for the information. Bob's obituary is here.

Ken Bailey 1952-2019

I am sorry to report that classmate Ken Bailey died June 16, 2019. Thanks to Steve Humphries for the notice, and to Cindy Grow Warring for confirmation that he was our classmate.  The obituary is here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ken VanAssche 1950-2019

I am sorry to report that classmate Ken VanAssche died in a plane crash on May 6, 2019. His Everett Herald obituary is here.

Here's the text:

April 9, 1950 – May 6, 2019 Family, friends, planes, motorcycles, snowmobiles, heavy equipment and epic parties at the river… these were a few of Ken's great loves in life. It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we say goodbye. On Monday, May 6, 2019, Kenneth W. VanAssche, 69, of Chelan, WA, died shortly after take-off at the Chelan Airport in his plane. It was a beautiful day and he was ready to soar. After learning to fly recently, he wanted to check flying off his "bucket list of life". His list was long, exciting and filled with adventures. The stories of his life were great and we have lost a true legend among us. Ken was born on April 9, 1950 in Everett, WA to Calvin and June VanAssche and was the second of 13 children. He was raised in Snohomish, WA. Ken moved to Sultan, WA where he raised his son and daughter with their mother, Ginny, and he later moved to Chelan, WA. Throughout his life, Ken owned and operated Ken's Tractor Company. Everyone Ken encountered came away enchanted with his stories and excitement for living life to the fullest. He had many friends in the Cascade Driftskippers Snowmobile group that he'd built lasting friendships with. He loved a good party and took every opportunity to gather family and friends and share his home, hospitality and love of life. May you soar on wings of Eagles, Ken. Your family and friends all love you and will miss you dearly! He is survived by his daughter, Jessie Kindle (Byron); granddaughters, Faith and Isabelle; father, Calvin W. VanAssche; siblings: Genny Arnold (Tony), Rodney VanAssche (Gail), Margaret Griffiths, Lorie Berkey (Walt), Pat Malgesini (John), Janet Thibert (Lee), Keran VanAssche (JD Johnson), Pete VanAssche (Jackie), Barbara Appleby, Steve VanAssche (Christel), Jim VanAssche (Joy), Jay VanAssche (April) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Dez VanAssche and his mother, June VanAssche. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ken VanAssche Memorial Fund, in care of Jessie Kindle, 41421 Nelson Place, Gold Bar, WA 98251 Condolences may be left on the Ken VanAssche Memorial Page on Facebook. We will have a celebration of life on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, WA from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 19 to

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

George Nowadnick 1930-2019

I am sorry to report that former SHS Principal George Nowadnick has passed on. He became SHS Principal in 1968, and remained in that position for many years.

Here is the text from the Everett Herald Obit

Thanks to Steve Humphries and Harry Renken for the info.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

GoFundMe link for Ellaine Bates Hanke's daughter

Classmate Ellaine Bates Hanke's daughter and family lost their home and business in the Paradise, CA fire this week. A GoFundMe account has been set up for them to help with their recovery. Please consider a donation.

Joy Lynn Hartley Family Recovery

This is the text from the GoFundMe page:
Paradise may be lost for now, but it will be back and better then ever with your help.

As you all are probably aware, the fires in Northern California flared up this week and completely demolished the beautiful town of Paradise, California. Unfortunately for our friends, the Hartley Family, they have lost everything in the blaze. Two family homes and the beloved family business, Joy Lyn's Candies, which was recently passed from Bill & Pam to the next Generation of Harley owners Glenn & Jody, were all gone in less then a day.

The Hartley family has touched the lives of countless people through their Family Candy store as well as all of the tireless hours they have put into events such as "Chocolate Fest" which brings the community together in support of non-profit youth organizations. You all will remember "Billy Wonka" wandering the festival taking pictures with everyone, making sure the event is a huge success and that all attendees have a deliciously good time.

The Hartley family has been doing things for their friends, family and community for a very long time, and now it is our time to show them how much we appreciate them and help them get back on their feet as they rent a home together and work on rebuilding their lives, homes, and their beloved Joy Lyn's Candies.