Obituaries - March 21, 2019

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Rodolfo Balao


Rodolfo Balao died February 26 after a long illness. He was 90.

He was born in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Philippines and served in the Philippine Commonwealth Army. He was recognized as a guerilla for his service during World War II by the United States Army. He married Ruth on June 4, 1954 and worked as an executive for a U.S. pharmaceutical industry in the Philippines, retiring in 1984. They moved to the United States and he worked for an outdoor clothing company. He spent the last 26 years in Lynnwood.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered at the St. Martin de Porres shelter. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Rotary Club, the Manila Overseas Press Club and the Christian Family Movement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; and nine siblings. He is survived by his sons, Noel and Eric; daughters Marita, Rowena and Richelda; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 15 at St. St. Thomas More Church with internment at Holyrood Cemetery.


Jean Schell


Jean Schell died February 28 of cancer at Franciscan Hospice House. She was 92 years old.

She was born in Longmont, Colorado and married John Schell on November 13,1945. She worked as a waitress and bookkeeper, and also served as a hospital volunteer. She was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She enjoyed cross stitch, bingo, card games, playing slot machines, socializing and shopping.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, John. She is survived by her sons, Tom, Randy and Pat; daughter, Kris; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 7 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with internment at Gethsemane Cemetery.





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