John J. Belarde, age 90, born April 15, 1927 on the family ranch in Gulnare, Colo. to Francisco Belarde and Anna Pais, passed away on August 8, 2017 in his home in Woodinville, Wash.
John was orphaned at the young age of 11 with his other siblings in Colo. when both parents passed away. John enlisted in the army just one day after his 18th birthday and was a solider in WWII. John met the love of his life, Rosemary Belarde, in Seattle. They married on June 11, 1949 and would have celebrated 68 years of marriage if not for Rosemary’s passing in 2013.
Rose Marie Tehee passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the age of 88 surrounded by her four children at Summit Pacific Hospital in Elma, Washington. Rose gave of herself unselfishly, loved all, embraced life’s challenges bravely and now rests in peace.
Mrs. Peggy (McDonald) Banker of Woodinville, passed away in her sleep on July 18, at the age of 101.
Mrs. Banker was born in Sedro Woolley, Wash. in 1916, the daughter of Norman McDonald and Maude Oughton McDonald. She attended public schools and Mt. Vernon Junior College before transferring to Washington State College (now University), graduating in 1936. For 33 years, she worked for Seattle First National Bank, rising to the position of head teller for the bank’s entire system and becoming one of the first woman vice presidents.
She was a past matron of Eastern Star and also belonged to the Daughters of the Nile, the Bothell American Legion Auxiliary, the Lake Washington VFW Auxiliary and the Delta Zeta sorority.
Mrs. Banker was preceded in death by her husband Casey Banker and siblings Gene McDonald and Dorothy Freeman. She is survived by her daughter Carol (Banker) Gittins, son-in-law Boyd Gittins, and granddaughter Renee Gittins. She also leaves behind her beloved companion of 39 years, Arthur Hammond of Redmond.
An ardent traveler on both land and sea, Mrs. Banker requested that her family take her one final cruise and scatter her ashes on the ocean. Arrangements have been made through A Sacred Moment Funeral Service.
Mrs. Banker asked for remembrances to be sent to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children, 500 NE 205th, Edmonds Wash.
Mr. Carol Stipek, 93 of Bothell, Wash, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017 at his home. He was born February 26, 1924 in Rimrock, Wash., the son of the late Frank Joseph and Eleanor (Harris) Stipek and was the third of 12 children. He grew up in Tacoma and Seattle. After graduating from Ballard High School, Carol enlisted in the US Army. He served from 1943 to 1946 as a Gunnery Instructor. Carol’s first wife Lillian Sphung, with whom he had a son David, passed away on August 26, 1950. Carol was introduced to Shirley Mae Olson by close friend, Fr. William Treacy. He married them on May 16, 1953 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Seattle. Shirley preceded him in death on January 9, 2014. They moved to Bothell in 1956 and raised their large family on the five acre farm north of Bothell, which later became Stipek Park. Carol was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church for over 60 years. He retired as Postmaster from the Bothell Post Office in 1980 with 34 years of service. Carol was on the Bothell Park and Recreation Board, an Honorary Lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, was active with Rotary International, his church and the Democratic Party. Carol and Shirley traveled extensively. He also loved to play dominoes.
He is survived by his children, David Stipek (Toy), Mike Stipek (Cheryl), Tracy Stipek (Betty), Carole Tucker, Mark Stipek (Marcia), Betsy Black (Bob) and daughter in law, Pat Stipek; 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five siblings. He was preceded in death by his son Tim Stipek, great-granddaughter Emma Johnson and six siblings. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 11, 2017 at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 10100 192nd Street NE in Bothell. Inurnment will follow at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline. Arrangements are being handled by Lifetime Celebration by Washelli, 18224 103rd Avenue NE in Bothell.