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Rosalinda Salting Aspiras


Rosalinda Aspiras, a member of St. Paul Parish, died August 31. She was 97. Born in San Diego, she moved to Seattle from New Orleans 68 years ago. She was self-employed, running Rosalinda’s Beauty Salon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maximo; a sister and a stepbrother. She is survived by her son, Steven; daughter, Maxine; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was interred at Calvary Cemetery.


La Mae Petrek Poxton


La Mae Poxton, a founding member of St. Paul Parish, died August 29. She was 98. Born in Kensal, North Dakota, she attended high school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She moved to Washington from Vancouver, British Columbia, 75 years ago. She was a homemaker and worked as a caterer until her retirement in 1995. At St. Paul’s, she was a member of the Father Joseph Vogel Circle. She enjoyed gardening, card games, casino trips, ladies’ luncheons and traveling in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; son John; two brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her son Tim; daughter, Kathy Dunham; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was interred at Calvary Cemetery.


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Ellen LaVerne Rassilyer


Ellen LaVerne Rassilyer (Ramsden) passed away peacefully on August 7, 2020. She was 98.

Born on August 30, 1921 in Filmore, North Dakota to James Leroy Ramsden and Ellen Smith, she was the youngest of six children, including Clarence, Lloyd James (Red), Everett Glen (Rusty) and a twin brother who passed at birth, June, and Marvin Lee. After her mother passed when she was less than a year old, Ada Ruth Hicks married her father and raised her as her own. During the depression and her younger years, the Ramsden family travelled west, working in various fruit orchards along the way until settling in California. During high school she traveled to Washington State and lived with one of her closest friends, Dorthy Mae Dennis, and godmother to her son Robert. She graduated from Lincoln High School, and remained in the area for the duration of her life.

Working as a nurse’s aide at the Providence Seattle Medical Center, she met her husband Claude Rassilyer whom she married October 25, 1941. Together they raised Ronald, Robert, Sharon, Celeste, and MaryAnn. With the children grown, she worked at Sears Roebuck Company, supporting their order and shipping department. A Seahawks fan from the inception, she and Claude were inaugural season ticket holders and bonded over their love of the sport. They were known for their warm and welcoming spirit, hosting family and friends with openness and generosity. Lovingly known as Gigi with the onslaught of great-grand children, she is best remembered as a matriarch who had the resilience and love that led several generations.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her sons, Ronald and Robert; daughters Sharon, Celeste and MaryAnn; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated August 18 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Federal Way, with interment at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery.


Thomas Jacobus Moons


Thomas Jacobus Moons died on August 9, 2020. He was 86.

He was born in Linschoten, Netherlands in 1933. The second of 13 children and oldest boy, he worked on the family dairy farm, went to seminary at age 12 for six years, and transitioned to get a degree in automotive engineering. In 1956 he came with his family to the United States as a refugee through Catholic Relief Services. Originally in Iowa, their entire family eventually relocated to Southern California. It was there he met his future wife. In 1963 he married Ethel Bettencourt who would be at his side until his last day here on earth.

Soon after their first daughter was born, they moved to the Yakima Valley to start a dairy. With bailing wire, hard work and Ethel at his side they turned a rundown dairy farm into an award-winning prosperous business and beautiful home for their daughter and two boys.

During this time, he was active in the Dairy Federation, also serving as DHIA president for a term. He kept steadfast in his faith as a Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus. After retirement, he volunteered with a focus on children and teens. He helped first graders learn the computer in the early years of computerization, worked with high schoolers in woodshop, and mentored young boys.

In 1999 he and Ethel moved to Edmonds, WA. Tom would spend the next 20 years watching his grandchildren grow, recruiting more Knights, watching the Sounders, and of course always tinkering with projects including Christmas mangers for all his children and grandchildren. He never lost his Dutch roots, mischievousness, twinkling smile, and desire to reach out to family and strangers alike.

Within a week of celebrating his 57th wedding anniversary, he breathed his last with wife at his side as always. He was called to be with God on August 9 as he was saying the rosary with his wife, reflecting his love of Mary and dedication to his faith.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel; his sons, Brian and Jonathan; daughter, Carolyn and nine grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Friday, August 28 at 10:30 am at Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonds, WA. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance is by invitation only. Everyone is welcome to watch the live-streamed Mass -

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Catholic Relief Services at


Senka Juana Pavlinovic


Senka Pavlinovic died of congestive heart failure August 14, 2020. She was 87.

Born on April 5, 1933 in Knin, Croatia. The only child of Branimir and Adela, she was a citizen of three countries. She survived World War II and graduated from the University of Buenos Aires as a Certified Public Accountant. After their marriage, she and Tomislav moved to Seattle in 1960. Besides being a loving mother and spouse, she was a gifted businesswoman who started with one boarding house and created a real estate empire for her family.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament parish and enjoyed swimming, hiking and volunteering for multiple children’s organizations.

She is survived by her husband, Tomislav; son, Lawrence; daughter, Adriana and two grandchildren.

Her funeral Mass will be held August 21, 2020 at Blessed Sacrament Church, with interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. COVID restrictions will limit participants to invited guests only.


Gerardo Juarez


Gerardo Juarez died of a heart attack August 19, 2020. He was 57.

He was born September 9, 1962 in Durango, Mexico. He married Maria Guadalupe Devora on December 22, 1979. Together, they had a son and four daughters. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish.

He is survived by his parents; six brothers; four sisters; his children and one grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated August 21 for invited guests only due to COVID restrictions.


Marge Angeline Mattson


Marge Mattson died in her home on June 5. She was 97.

She was born August 17, 1922 in Tabor, Minnesota. She was raised by her sisters as her mother passed away before she was a year old. She was poor and made some money babysitting her nieces and nephews in nearby East Grand Forks, Minnesota. She was the only sibling to graduate High School where she then went on to business school in Minneapolis and met Richard Mattson.

They married after World War II in 1946 and headed west to Spokane Washington where she had three children. In 1956, she moved her children to Astoria, OR where Richard was waiting, stationed in the Coast Guard. In Astoria, she had a fourth child who died from SIDS six months later.

She was always active. As a young mother, she volunteered at her children’s schools, and began working when all her children were in school. She went to work for Sears in Seattle as an auditor working there over 30 years until retiring at age 62.

She was a strong woman who grew up in the Great Depression of the 1920’s and 1930’s. She knew how to make a dollar stretch. She only bought groceries on sale, cut milk with powdered milk, cut dishwashing detergent with water, and made good use of the prized meat freezer they had saved for. She made and mended all of her children’s clothing until they started wearing uniforms in the Catholic schools.

After retirement, she volunteered more, traveled, bowled twice a week, went for walks every day, and organized family and friends gatherings. She was a volunteer, and couldn’t just sit home after retirement, she volunteered at St Bernadette’s Parish in Burien and the Burien Senior Center until she was in her 90s.

She was a daily walker. Over the years, while walking, she would find money in the street—coin and folding. She kept it in a special jar, collecting over $150.00. She walked up until age 97. She bowled in two leagues averaging between 140 and 148. She has several awards for high games and series. She bowled at Highline Lanes until she was 95.

She loved to have gatherings of family and friends at her house in Burien. Every holiday was celebrated by family and friends there. She hosted two “Card Ladies” afternoons at her house where they played different card and board games. These were two separate groups of ladies too. She loved people getting together.

Everyone she came across, she’d make them feel important, and upon leaving, she’d tell them, “I’ll pray for you.” She was very spiritual and a devout Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna; husband, Richard; brothers, Charles, Johnny, Frank, Stephen, Joe and an infant brother; sisters, Annie, Pauline, Mary, Emma, Susie, Julia, Helen and Agnes; and daughter Maureen. She is survived by her sons, Ray and Rod; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of life was not possible at this time. Interment is in Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery.


Sister Kathleen Marie Carr, BVM


Sister Kathleen Marie Carr, BVM died Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 73.

She was born February 19, 1947, in Seattle to James Patrick and Genevieve Agnes Kuhry Carr. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation on July 31, 1965, from Christ the King Parish, Seattle. She professed first vows on February 2, 1968, and final vows on February 2, 1974.

She was the director of campus ministry at Clarke University in Dubuque. She worked as a program administrative assistant at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She ministered as a secondary teacher in Wichita, Kansas, and in Rock Island, Illinois, where she also served as retreat director. She was a parish social ministry coordinator in Corvallis, Oregon. She served the community as initial membership coordinator.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Michael. She is survived by brothers William and Patrick; sister Mary Ann: nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 55 years.

Sharing of memories via Zoom, virtual visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held on June 22, with interment in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at

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