Maxine Keesling

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Mom finalMaxine Keesling, age 94 of Woodinville, Washington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 24, 2017, leaving behind a family which misses her deeply.

Raised in Eastern Washington, Maxine cherished summers at her grandfather’s farm in Waverly, which he homesteaded in the 1870’s but lost in the Depression of the 1930’s.  In her own words, Maxine was “thoroughly inculcated” with her grandpa’s “pay-your-own way, control-your-own-destiny, don’t-fence-me-in” philosophies, as well as a distrust of overreaching government.  Long-time residents of Woodinville and King County may recall decades of her letters-to-the-editors protesting government incursion into private property rights.

Maxine married the late James Keesling in 1944.  They provided an idyllic childhood for their children.  Maxine threw herself enthusiastic-ally into motherhood, as she did everything else, with an effectiveness and generosity that included stints as PTA president and Campfire Girls group leader. Her example and encouragement instilled a can-do attitude, confidence, and love of reading in all her children. 

In a time when it was uncommon for women, Maxine became a real estate broker specializing in vacant or farm acreage.  She used letters-to-the editor to speak out for the rights of property owners and otherwise to hold the feet of government to the fire.  When asked, “What makes Maxine write?” She said, “I’ll continue to act as Paul Revere …as long as my health and the newspaper editors allow.  I consider whatever I accomplish to be a memorial to my grandfather.”  More privately, Maxine routinely contributed to those in need, including help to complete strangers whom she had read about in the newspaper. 

Maxine is survived by her four children (Sherelyn Ernst and husband Jerome, Scott Keesling, Susan Valenta and husband Frank, and Holly Towle), seven grandchildren, & four great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her dearly, as she did them. 

Friends are welcome to join the family in an informal celebration of Maxine’s life on Saturday, November 4, at the home of Frank and Susie Valenta, 15403 154th Avenue Northeast, Woodinville. Please email or call Jessica Valenta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (206)755-5698 for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maxine’s name to the King County Library System Foundation at 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027 (or online at OR  to The American Land Rights Association, a nonprofit organization, at (click on “Donate” or go to or by check to American Land Rights Association, PO Box 400, Battle Ground, WA 98604.

Lee Jacob Taylor

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Lee J. Taylor aka Lindsay L. Neymeyer was born April 18, 1960 passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2017.

A Celebration of Life is planned for October 21, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at Redmond Eagles, 11440 Avondale Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052
More Details on Facebook at Lee Taylor Celebration of Life.

Leonard Karl Mantei

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Leonard ManteiLeonard Karl Mantei, 88, of Woodinville, Wash., passed away on Friday, September, 22, 2017.  He was born January 13, 1929 in Fortuna, (Divide County) North Dakota, the son of the late Rudolf and Mabel Florence (Russel) Mantei. Leonard married Melba Lorraine (Wylder) on January 28th 1956.  She preceded him in death on December 22, 2002. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War; serving in Austria. Leonard was a longtime member of the V.F.W. #2995 in Bellevue. His longest term employment was in Carpentry and he continued to build & remodel his own homes, & otherwise enjoyed tinkering in his work shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Leonard is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Zatrine; step-son, Craig Sanford and wife Barbara; step-son Gary Dethlefs and wife Donna; step daughter, Roberta Skinner; five grandchildren, Elise Skinner, Brett Skinner and wife Lisa, Kristine Silva, Michael Craig Sanford and wife Jeannie and Tracy Dethlefs and wife Francine; numerous great-grandchildren; Anthony Silva, Matthew Silva, Alexander Sanford, Emily Sanford, Lauren Skinner, Brooke Skinner, Keon Dethlefs ; sisters, Rodella Knutson and Delores Wehrman; numerous nieces & nephews, and great & great great nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother Rudy and two sisters, Lorna Torgerson and Ramona Thompson. Arrangements are being handled by Lifetime Celebrations by Washelli, 18224 103rd Avenue NE, Bothell, WA  98011


Harry O. Porter

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Harry O Porter, February 12, 1928-September 22, 2017

Obit PorterHarry was born in San Jose, California to Harry and Pauline Porter (deceased). They moved to Washington state when Harry was six years old. Here he met his spouse, built their family, and enjoyed an active lifestyle. He was a long time resident of the Bothell area, an avid card player, fisherman, airplane enthusiast, and gadget collector. Guests entered his home as friends, and left as family- often newly well versed in all things planes and trains.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years Vivian (Tootie), children: Harry (Mary), Tom (Leslie), Jeff (Vivian) and Sharon (Mike), and a lively combination of 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Harry worked as a diesel mechanic for many years, retiring from the Northshore school district after serving as groundskeeper. Harry was a beloved member of the Woodinville United Methodist Church-often observed in lively conversation with guests and friends alike.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at Woodinville United Methodist Church.

Donna Jean (Evans) Larsen

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit LarsenDonna Jean (Evans) Larsen, age 72, passed away on September 9 at home on Camano Island surrounded by family. Although taken too soon, Donna lived a full and rich life. She was never one to be idle, even in her final weeks. There were always gardens to tend, meals to be prepared, flowers to arrange, people to visit, beaches to walk, and errands to run. The Lord be with you Donna as you take your final journey home. 

Donna was born on Aug. 21, 1945 in Virginia, but spent most of her childhood in Edmonds, Wash.

She graduated from nursing school at the University of Washington in 1967. The first few years of her career were spent at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She then transitioned to public health and spent the rest of her career serving the community as  a  public  health nurse with the Snohomish Health Department. Nursing was not only her profession, it was her true calling and passion.

Donna married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) C. Larsen on Oct. 3, 1969. Bob and Donna were married for 47 years before he passed away in March of 2016. Their marriage was filled with love of family, friends, children and animals. They raised their family of three girls (along with numerous cats, a dog and a few rabbits) in Woodinville, Wash. Life was spent exploring the northwest, camping, snow skiing, waterskiing, and in their later years, traveling the world.

Donna loved life on Camano Island surrounded by the water and views of the mountains. She ingrained herself as part of the community as an active member of the Yacht Club, Garden Club, and several other social groups on the island. She was also a founding and lifelong member of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Dorothy H. Johnson Guild.  She was dedicated to their mission to raise money and support access to service at Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

Donna was a caretaker at heart. She was often the person her friends and family turned to for comfort, advice and as the go-to on-call nurse for questions about newborns, sore throats, an odd looking rash and other medical mysteries. She is survived by her three daughters, Aimee Larsen Kirkpatrick (David), Rebecca Larsen, and Michelle Johnson (Josh), her two granddaughters Isana and Katherine, and her two cats Tater and Lulu. She is also survived by her siblings Carol Speaker, Jim Evans, Steve Evans, Bert Evans and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Donna’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th at Camano Lutheran Church followed by a reception at the Camano Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Donna’s name to Seattle Children’s Hospital (