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Micah Bigelow

Lovingly memorialized by Jimmy Bigelow on May 18, 2022

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Micah Bigelow

Lovingly memorialized by Jimmy Bigelow on May 18, 2022

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Robert Duffy

Lovingly memorialized by Tom Duffy on May 5, 2022

Dr. Robert Joseph Duffy passed away after a brief illness on April 26, 2022 at the age of 90.

Born October 9, 1931 in Enid, Oklahoma, he was the son of Dr. Francis Michael Duffy and Anna Ruth Kelly.

After serving in the Air Force, he completed his Bachelor's degree from Seattle University and then graduated from Dental School at Creighton University in Omaha. He married Patricia A. McGee on August 16, 1958.

Bob had an adventurous spirit that led him back to the Northwest after completing dental school. He loved all things outdoors, including fishing, boating, hunting, skiing and many more. In the summers, he took his boys fishing at Neah Bay and the whole family water skiing at Lake Chelan. In the winters, he took the family snow skiing. Skiing became a lifelong passion that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Stevens Pass Ski Area became our home away from home in the winters, in addition to many road trips in the RV for spring and Christmas breaks with other ski families from Stevens. Upon retiring from his dental practice in 1993, he and Pat enjoyed traveling around the world and lived for a time on Whidbey Island. His adventurous spirit continued as Pat and Bob learned to sail and then bought their own sailboat. He and Pat explored the San Juan Islands for 8 years travelling around the San Juan's, Vancouver Island and sailing to Alaska. They continued to ski at resorts in the Colorado Rockies and Sun Peaks, Canada. The pinnacle of Bob’s sailing career was participating in the 2000 Vic-Maui Race. As the oldest crew member at 68 years old, he helped crew the Fastrack around the clock from Victoria, BC to Maui over 14 days. He often spoke proudly and fondly of his accomplishment. In later years, he enjoyed golfing with friends in Tucson during the winter.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brother Fr. Tom, sister Genevieve, daughter Dee, and granddaughter Elizabeth. Bob leaves behind his wife of 63 years, children Liz (Bernd), Tom (Joyce), Frank (Heidi) and Kathy (Dan), son-in-law Tom, and grandchildren Brian (Kristy), Hanna, Morgan, Grant, Colin, Max, Maura, Carson, and Caroline.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
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Peter Drake (Hexham) Science teacher (QEHS)

Lovingly memorialized by Peter Drake on April 19, 2022

"Petey D" (Peter Drake) has died while visiting his son's family in Hexham, Northumberland, UK, after falling sick with Covid. Petey was born in Carmarthen, Wales, UK and attended the local "Queen Elizabeth High School" (QEHS) before heading for London to train as a teacher of chemistry and science. He was later made a schools advisor to the British government (many of of his academic papers and presentations are posted at and ). After reaching retirement he fulfilled a long-standing promise to his wife by moving to his her hometown of Northumberland, NY. He was the kindest of men blessed with both a sharp intellect and a wicked t sense of humor - sad faces were "banned from every classroom" when he was in full flow!

He leaves two children (Peter and Joan), wife Sharon, and his two Jack Russell dogs (his "teenage girls"!).

Tributes will appear in Chronicleonline (…), The Mirror (… the "Hexham Courant" (…)
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Ike (Richard) Ellison

Lovingly memorialized by Janet Steinkamp on April 15, 2022

Ike left this world on April 11, 2022, at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Nancy (Budoff-Ellison), children Brad (Jill), Janet (Matt); grandchildren Anthony (Amanda), Zachery (Hollie), and Brianna (Brandon); great-grandchildren Exekial, Maddox and Brooklyn. And, his treasured dogs Ginger and Muffy.

Everyone who knew Ike enjoyed the pleasure of laughing with him. His sense of humor and the sound of his laugh were two of his most endearing qualities. Ike used respect, empathy and wit to put others at ease. He always looked for the positive in his circumstances and in the people around him.

Ike lived life to its fullest, sought adventure, and raised his family to value and protect our earth. Ike understood and taught that natural resources need to be used but used with respect and good stewardship. He was a hunter-fisher woodworker and a fierce defender of our natural world. Ike took it upon himself to advocate for responsible management of wildlife at every opportunity. He was most at peace in the wilderness - his spiritual home - and we know he finds comfort there now.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask, as Ike would, that you find ways to help others and improve the world around you - at every opportunity. Find a neighbor in need and offer a helping hand. Plant a tree, pick up litter, avoid using plastic bottles and bags and use alternative transportation.

If you are interested in supporting a cause in Ike’s name, he invested in the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Nature Conservancy. As a fierce advocate for the humane treatment of animals, he would also ask you to consider supporting your local animal shelter.

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John Oberbrunner

Lovingly memorialized by Gary Oberbrunner on April 9, 2022

John Oberbrunner, a pillar of the Central New York music community for more than 60 years, died on March 31 at age 92. A charter member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra as principal flutist, Oberbrunner performed in hundreds of concerts around the world, including multiple appearances at Lincoln Center and other major halls. He recorded extensively in a variety of instrumental settings, produced concerts in and around Syracuse, hosted radio programs, and taught generations of musicians on the college level and in private lessons at his highly regarded Oberbrunner Flute Studio, in addition to his longtime work as instrumental music instructor in the Syracuse public schools.
The son of professional musicians Madalyn and Carl Oberbrunner, he was raised in New York City, where he attended the High School of Music and Art and the Mannes School of Music. Recognized as a gifted young flutist, he worked for two summers in the training orchestra of the National Orchestral Association, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall while he was still in his teens, the earliest of multiple concerts there. Before he became a much sought-after teacher himself, Oberbrunner studied with the flute masters Julius Baker, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, George Hambrecht, Henry Hambrecht, and Mildred Hunt Wummer.
Oberbrunner was graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Music Education. He taught flute at his alma mater for decades, while also teaching a wide array of band and orchestra instruments to students in the Syracuse school system. For nearly half a century, literally everyone in Syracuse who ever took a music lesson on any instrument other than strings studied under John Oberbrunner.
A leading force in the presentation of high-level music, Oberbrunner performed prominently in and often produced concerts of woodwind ensembles, chamber music, and "new music" throughout the Syracuse area, including the Flutessence series that he created and led in his later years. A highlight of his legacy in music advocacy is the Mid-Winter Concert of Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music (SFCM), an annual event he initiated 20 years ago, produced, and nurtured fervently until as recently as early 2021. Working further with the SFCM, he inaugurated an annual chamber-music contest for young musicians, which continues to thrive.
His musical interests were as expansive as his gifts, as he demonstrated in the wide range of his work, recording notably with the "third-stream" jazz musician Eric Dolphy and performing with the jazz and cabaret singer Karen Oberlin, his daughter. An ardent vocalist himself, Oberbrunner sang in a variety of choral groups with his beloved wife of 61 years, Dr. Carol Oberbrunner, a professor of philosophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
In addition to Dr. Oberbrunner, he is survived by their three children, Gary Oberbrunner, LisaAnn Oberbrunner, and Karen Oberlin Hajdu; four grandchildren, Rowan Livingston, Anna-Astrid Oberbrunner, Carl Oberbrunner, and Emery Hajdu; and two step-grandchildren, Jacob Hajdu and Victoria Abramson. The family asks that those wishing to donate in John Oberbrunner's name do so to Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music or Symphoria. A public memorial will take place at a later date.
Written by John Oberbrunner’s son-in-law, David Hajdu
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Tatum Nichole Moleski

Lovingly memorialized by Sara Moleski-Rice on March 27, 2022

Tatum was born on February 9th, 1998, in the middle of the Winter Olympics. When she arrived, she had a shock of black hair and solemn back eyes, gazing at everything around her. She was named after her Great Grandfather Willard Tate. She was a happy baby and didn't cry often. As her black eyes turned to dark brown, she gazed at the world around her. She was quick to do everything- stand, crawl, talk, walk, and observe people. Early in life, she noticed that some children didn't want to play with others because of how they looked, dressed, or how they talked. We spent hours discussing this at home. It made her incredibly sad at a very young age.

When she was five, her younger brother was born. Alexander William was her best friend throughout her life, they played lacrosse, fished, argued over the front seat, and spent countless hours in the backseat on family trips. She was fiercely protective of him and would remain so throughout her life. She only wanted the best for him.

In 5th grade, she found a list of the classics and decided to read all of them. From this endeavor, she realized that what happened in her local school had been occurring for thousands of years and continued worldwide over race, religion, wealth, and a myriad of other issues. It seemed so much for such a young mind to grasp. As one of her friend's recently stated," she carried simple love for all of humanity."

As Tatum moved forward in school she achieved more than I can remember between Honor Rolls and Dean's Lists. She was President of the National Honor Society in High School and earned a Redhawk Merit Scholarship to Miami University. While at Miami she was a Student Instructor in the Biology Department, a Student Senator in the Associated Student Government, and President of the College Democrats. Tatum was also part of several research labs- a particularly proud day was when her first journal article was published.

Tatum had become increasingly involved in issues relating to women and minorities since high school. She was particularly concerned about vulnerable groups that lacked a voice. Her friends described her as "fearless"; there wasn't an institution, protest, or position she was afraid to take. At Miami, she became engaged in the fight against the university to provide better mental health services for sexual assault victims. Back home in Detroit, she was increasingly engaged in human rights issues across the city. I often wondered why Tatum had neither time nor money, but everything she had went to people in need,

When the pandemic hit, Tatum put her graduation plans on hold and joined a team of pharmacists and techs traveling around Michigan nursing homes to deliver the vaccine. It was a challenging experience, particularly meeting patients who hadn't had visitors in several years. That was hard for Tatum to understand. Equally difficult were the issues with insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies causing problems for her beloved patients. This triggered a change in Tatum's post-graduation plans to a focus on Medical Pharmacology.

But Tatum had a fun side as well. She loved her dog. She loved gardening and spending time in the co-op garden at school, creating nutritious meals. Tatum was also an avid weight-lifter since early high school. Tatum loved music, particularly 70's music. She also loved festivals and rallies. She was an avid sports fan- you name a sport, she followed it. But her favorites were football and lacrosse. And she loved being out on the golf course. Growing up in Michigan, Tatum was a water baby. She loved to kayak, canoe, camp, and swim. She enjoyed annual trips to Florida and cruises.

Tatum returned to Miami this spring to finish her final semester and graduate. She was so excited about her next steps, to move forward with graduate school. Tatum was writing her senior thesis about the parallels between historic pandemics in underdeveloped countries and having fun with her friends.

On Saturday, March 19th Tatum quietly passed away in her sleep.

When I think of Tatum, I picture her reading a thick book about some medical breakthrough or human rights issue while lying on her bed, on a beach, in a hotel room, or in a hammock with her dog. She looks up at me with a big smile and says "Guess what I'm reading?"

Tatum, we love you forever.
John 5:24

Instead of flowers, please make donations to Forgotten Harvest
In memory of Tatum Moleski
29455 Juneau Lane Farmington Hills, MI 48336
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Sally ann Makin

Lovingly memorialized by ANTHONY MAKIN on March 13, 2022

Sally was diagnosed with a rare Ovarian cancer that could not be cured but it could be treated, unfortunately sally only managed to have one chemotherapy treatment and sadly fell ill and couldn't proceed with her treatment, when sally was diagnosed she only managed to live 7 months sally fought this rare cancer right till the end she was a fighter until the cancer took her away from me.
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Brian Hill

Lovingly memorialized by Mike Yada on March 7, 2022

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Meggie Ruf

Lovingly memorialized by Jessica Bell on February 28, 2022

We have the painful duty to inform you that our valued work colleague Meggie Ruf has sadly passed away. We are deeply saddened. We will always remember her outgoing and direct manner.

With Meggie we have lost a valuable employee and a good colleague. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the relatives.

Please feel free to use this space to leave any thoughts and messages of remembrance for Meggie.
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