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Helen Lucille Albrecht-Steenberg
Helen Lucille Albrecht-Steenberg
Though I entered the world in a pioneer cabin near Hawkins, Wisconsin on Nov. 14, 1921, some of my earliest memories were of the sounds of foghorns off in the distance on Lake Superior, lulling me to sleep at night on the east side hills of Duluth, Minnesota where I grew up. My grandparents, Carl and Marie (Wagner) Albrecht emigrated from Germany in 1881 along with my aunt and three uncles. Two other uncles and my father, Henry William Albrecht, were born in the USA. My other grandparents, Nik and Sofia (Hongisto) Simi both emigrated from Finland and their first child, my mother Dora, was born in Minnesota. She and Henry married in 1913 and I became the fifth of their six children, and have outlived all but my younger sister.

For years, mother was a telegrapher for the railroad and an instructor at a local school of telegraphy. After successfully completing the classes required, I followed in her footsteps as railroad telegrapher. Railroad publications referred to us as a rarity: a "mother-daughter" team, but also because we were ladies working in a male dominated profession. Motley, Minnesota (the toughest little town in Minnesota) was one of numerous stations I worked at in more than a decade with the Great Northern Railroad. The local sheriff insisted I carry a gun to protect myself, the mail and money bags from notorious gangsters. I was not afraid but did agree to carry a gun, and though there were a few close calls, I fortunately never needed to use it. Years later, our knowledge of the Morse Code enabled my mother and I to communicate after she had suffered a stroke, leaving her unable to speak. We tapped out the code on the arm that had not been affected.

Eventually I married and raised a family of my own. Once my children were grown, I then was able to devote time to personal interests such as gardening, playing music, travelling, and foreign language study at the university level. I enjoyed the latter immensely, learning the languages of my foreign ancestors, and a highlight in my travels included a trip to Germany. As a girl, I'd been told I was "descended from Dukedom" on my Albrecht line. A fire in the early 1900's destroyed all the family records and photos that had been brought from Germany and this oral tradition has, to date, been unsubstantiated. However, in my last years, it was always fun for me when the friendly staff at Mountain Meadows would frequently refer to me as "Princess Lu."

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Donald LeRoy Ells
After many years of suffering with Alzheimer's and Dementia, our beloved Don is now in heaven with his Lord, his soul finally filled with peace.

Don was born Jan. 26, 1936 in Leavenworth, Washington to John and Penny (Rhyne) Ells, the seventh of nine children. He was raised in Leavenworth and Medford, Oregon, eventually returning to make Leavenworth his earthly home. Preceding Don in death were his parents, John and Penny, his brothers, Robert, Jack, Harold, Ray and his sister, Clementine. Don is survived by his brothers, Otis, Cashmere, Washington, Ken (Frosty) Pyuallup, Washington, and sister Darlene (Mickey) Oldham, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, his sweetheart of 58 years, Susan; sons: Mike (Debbie) of Leavenworth, Joe (Betty) of East Wenatchee, Washington, Todd (Kellie) of Leavenworth, and daughter, SuAnn LaRee (Robert) Goulet, Biddeford, Maine. Grandchildren, Eric of East Wenatchee, Washington, April (Josh) of East Wenatchee, Washington, Kevin, Santa Cruz, California, Kyle (Athena) Ft. Benning, Georgia, Ashley, Ariah, Bonnie Brian and Bryce, all of Leavenworth, and four great-grandchildren, Brodie, Max, Alexandria and Andrew. Don is also survived by many nephews and nieces, including special nephew, Rusty and special niece, Connie.

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Lorene Evelyn Goehner-Bischoff
Lorene Evelyn Goehner-Bischoff was born on Nov 21, 1924 in Dryden, Washington. Her Aunt Emma Radach served as midwife and she was delivered in her parent's home. Lorene's life on earth came to a close on June 20, 2015. She is now with her Lord and Savior.

Lorene graduated from Dryden High School. She married Otto Goehner on June 4, 1943. He was her husband until his passing on December 13, 1990. During their 47 years together, they purchased an apple orchard and home on Pine Flats Loop. She loved gardening and had a beautiful yard with two large flower beds and a rock garden. Even after moving to their new home in Cashmere, she received the "Passing Motorist Award" by the Cashmere Garden Club. Her many talents included sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, music and hospitality. In everything she shared God's love for others through word and service. The Dryden Congregational Church was her church home where she served in many leadership roles directing VBS, teaching Sunday school, directing and singing in the choir. Her vocal talent was shared in both church and community events. Lorene and Otto loved to travel, see new places and visit relatives. Their travels included every state in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Germany. After Otto's passing, she spent a month in Australia with a friend. When her children entered college, she began full time employment at Aplets and Cotlets candy factory. Her tasks were diverse and included giving tours of the plant.

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Maxine Elizabeth Zirbel
Maxine Elizabeth Zirbel, born April 16, 1945, died June 27, 2015. Micki was a longtime resident of Leavenworth and had many good friends here. She was a volunteer at many local charities and enjoyed every one of them. In June of 2001, Micki was honored to be named a (Dame of the Realm) by the Royal Council of Rosaria and spent several happy years working with them and their charities.

Micki's greatest joy was her grandchildren. They were her everything and her greatest accomplishment.

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Sandra (Sandee) Larue Hills
Sandra Larue Hills passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 16, 2015 in Sequim, Washington. Sandee was born April 1, 1942 to Mildred (Evans) Hills and LaVern Hills in Wenatchee, Washington. She was raised up Blewett and attended school in Peshastin. Sandee was active in band and choir earning a voice scholarship to Central Washington University. She was active in Campfire for many years. Some of her most treasured memories were of being a camp counselor at Zanika Lachey in Lake Wenatchee. Sandee graduated from Peshastin-Dryden High School in 1960. After graduation she attended CWU and later the Wenatchee School of Beauty. She worked as a beautician for many years, living in Wenatchee and Lynnwood.
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Rudi Forhan
Rudi Forhan

God made room in heaven last week for our dearly loved father. It was his prayer to be able to join his mother, father and siblings.

Rudi, age 92, died Sunday June 7, 2015 at 9:40 a.m., surrounded by loving family at his home in Vacaville, California. He had been ill for a short period with pneumonia, sepsis and heart failure.

Rudi is survived by his wife of 69 years, Alice (Mehrens), his son William (Bill) and wife Carol of Leavenworth; his daughter Gayle (Elizabeth) and husband Dale Schendzielos of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter Diane (DuBose) of Vacaville; and son Edward and wife Cami of Clayton, California; thirteen grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Rudi was born on March 12, 1923 in Kalispell, Montana to William Forhan and Hermine Bozane Forhan (Merker) He was the youngest of his clan of Irish and Czechoslovakian immigrants and loved to celebrate his Irish heritage.

He was preceded in death by his father William, his mother Hermine, his sisters, Sally, Midge, Florence (Tetler), Laura Josephine (Measure), Margaret (Smith), Nelle (Hartley), and brothers Edward, and William (Buz) Forhan.

During the "Great War" Rudi served in the Merchant Marine service hauling war supplies to the troops in Europe and the South Pacific. He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point where he was commissioned as an ensign in the Maritime service. He served as a navigation officer who was responsible for guiding his unarmed supply ship through submarine infested waters in order to unload munitions and supplies for the troops in New Guinea and France.

After the war Rudi attended the Montana School of Mines in Butte, Montana where he received a degree in Geological Engineering. He injured his knee playing football and ended up in the hospital where he met Alice, a fastidious nurse who caught his eye and stole his heart. Rudi and Alice were married on January 22, 1946 in Butte at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

The couple lived in Butte for most of their early years of marriage where Rudi worked for the Anaconda Company ultimately heading up the work on the Berkley Pit. From Butte, Rudi's work took him to Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies, Grants, New Mexico, and Denver, Colorado. He retired in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Vacaville, California to be closer to family four years ago.

Rudi loved to fish and was especially fond of practicing the art of dry fly fishing on the many rivers of Western Montana. When it was too dark to see a White Wulff floating on the evening ripples he would retire to his family camp trailer where he taught his preteen children to play bridge.

Rudi was a loving father and friend to all he met. His quick humor and warm smile could diffuse the most difficult confrontations. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

A memorial service to celebrate Rudi's life is being planned for later this summer at one of Rudi's favorite Montana trout streams. Those wishing to make a donation in Rudi's memory can contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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