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Obituaries - April 11, 2013

Douglas C. Arthur

Doug Arthur, a member of Assumption Parish, died Feb. 22. He was 67.

He was born and raised in Seattle, and he served in the Army for three years. He later received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s in education from Western Washington University. 

He was a lifelong educator, teaching at St. Mary and St. Alphonsus schools in Seattle and Immaculate Conception School in Everett. He served as principal at St. John School in Seattle and St. Anthony School in Renton.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lynn; sons, Craig and Jeffrey; and four grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 1 at Assumption Church.

Mary Ethel Barrett Blinzler

Mary Blinzler, a member of Holy Family Parish in Auburn, died Feb. 24. She was 94.

She was born in Jerome, Idaho, and graduated from Clarkston High School in 1936. She later moved to Auburn and lived there for 42 years.

She enjoyed playing the piano, and was a housewife and a stenographer.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward; sister, Margaret; and husband, Andrew.

She is survived by her sons, Fran, Bob and Jim; daughter, Pat; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was interred March 1 at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Sister Marie Colarossi, SNJM (M. Lucie Ann)

Sister Marie Colarossi, former principal of St. Bernadette School, died of a brain tumor Feb. 22 at St. Joseph Residence. She was 77.

She was born and raised in Seattle, attending St. Mary School and Immaculate Conception High School. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1953 and made her first vows in 1955.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in education from Marylhurst University and Fort Wright College, a master’s in education from the University of Washington and another master’s from the University of San Francisco and the NCEA Principals Academy.

She was a lifelong educator, serving as a music and fifth-grade teacher for over 30 years, and then as principal of St. Bernadette for 15 more. She worked part time for the Fulcrum Foundation, was a consultant and mentor to follow educators, and was said to always have a smile on her face.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Emilia. She is survived by her sister, Lucy Salle.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 2 at Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

Benjamin Martin Diego

Benjamin Diego, a member of St. Edward Parish, died of sepsis and respiratory failure on March 22. He was 88.

He was born and raised in La Paz, Philippines, until immigrating to California. He then moved to Seattle and lived in Western Washington for 21 years.

He worked as a farmer and a fisherman until his retirement in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Agustina; sons, Mario, Artemio, Dencio, Raymund and Agnir; daughters, Arcenia, Estrelita Gapusen and Terisita Corpuz; 31 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 6 at St. Edward Church.

James Kevan Guy

James Guy, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell, died of a heart attack on March 13. He was 52.

He was born in Washington, and received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.

He worked as a lead optical mechanical engineer for IDD Aerospace. He enjoyed ideas and thinking up innovative solutions, and he loved supporting his children in their academic, athletic and artistic endeavors.

He served as a parent volunteer at St. Mary Magdalen School and Archbishop Murphy High School. He coached various sports such as street hockey, baseball, football, track, soccer and basketball.

He is survived by his parents, Bernie and Donna Guy; brothers, Chris and Bernie Jr.; sister, Janine Garrison; wife, Teresa; sons, James and Colin; and daughter, Taylor.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 22 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. 

Phillip G. O’Neill

Phillip O’Neill, a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Covington, died Feb. 25. He was 81 years old.

He was born in Ellensburg and lived in Kent for over 50 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in business from Washington State University and worked as a purchasing agent for The Boeing Company until 1991.

He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge, and a member of Puget Sound Leather Artisans Co-Op and Rainier Antique Tractor Club.

He worked with the 4-H Club and helped in developing St. John the Baptist Parish. His pastimes included leather crafting, camping, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Arthur; and a grandchild.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 2 at St. John the Baptist Church in Covington.

Dolores Perron Rybak

Dolores Rybak, member of St. Pius X Parish, died March 12 of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86.

She was born in New Brighton, Minn., and graduated from St. Anthony High School in Minneapolis in 1944. She later moved from Whitefish, Mont., to Mountlake Terrace, where she lived for nearly 60 years.

She was a housewife and homemaker, and was member of her parish’s Ladies Guild, the Catholic Daughters of America and the Mountlake Terrace Seniors Group.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Richard Rybak; sons, Bruce and John; daughters, Judy, Barbara Asher and Carol Halsey; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 20 at St. Pius X Church.

Robert E. Tobin

Robert Tobin, a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish, died March 24. He was 97.

He was born in Seattle, and except for military service he lived in Washington all his life. He attended St. Joseph School, Seattle Preparatory School and Seattle University.

He worked as a teacher and coach at Marquette High School in Yakima and O’Dea High School in Seattle. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was honorably discharged as a captain.

He worked in real estate, first with his father, then as a partner in First Properties and then as property manager for the Archdiocese of Seattle. During his time in the chancery he helped Archbishop Connolly with the purchase of property for Kennedy High School and St. Thomas More Parish. He then worked as manager of industrial development for the Port of Seattle until his retirement in 1982.

He served as president of the Seattle University Alumni Association in 1950, and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Holy Names Society, and the Carroll Club. He enjoyed playing golf, and he played college basketball for Gonzaga University and Seattle University, remaining an avid sports fan for the rest of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Doris; sons, Tim and Joe; daughter, Marilyn Conant; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated April 11 at 5 p.m. at Saint Joseph Church.

April 11, 2013

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