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Frank Earl Rush
Frank Rush died July 4. He was 95.
He was born October 4, 1924 in Tacoma. He lost his father when he was two years old and was raised with his three older siblings by his single mother. His family enjoyed the stories he told of his childhood playing stickball and kick-the-can in the street with the neighborhood kids, and of sharing one bike with his brother and two sisters.
After high school, he was recruited into the Navy as an Officer Candidate and in 1945, he received his commission as a Lieutenant JG. His assignment was on a minesweeper in the Pacific.
After leaving the Navy he used the G.I. Bill to complete his degree in electrical engineering at the University of Washington and began a 44-year career at the Bonneville Power Administration. During this time he met and married Donna, a local girl, having fallen for her beautiful smile. This October would have marked 70 years together. He and Donna raised five daughters and a son.
As a child of the Depression era, he had a dream of living on a lake. With his brother-in-law’s help, he realized that dream by building the family home on Trout Lake in 1957. They lived there for 25 years.
As a devoted Husky fan, he spent many fall afternoons “coaching” Jim Owens and Don James from his living room sofa, on the finer points of winning. He was also especially fond of “Sing Along with Mitch”, Gilbert and Sullivan and Broadway show tunes. However, his very favorite musical act was his children singing.
He was the spiritual head of his family, quietly modeling a prayerful life of faith. He and Donna were active at All Saints Catholic Parish in Puyallup until their move in 2013 to Foundation House Retirement Community. They began attending St. Vincent de Paul in Federal Way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Eleanor; and siblings. He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Larry; daughters, Judy, Debra, Carla, Cynda and Martha; nineteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
A private funeral Mass was celebrated on July 18 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, with interment at Gethsemane Cemetery.
Felina Afinidad, SP (Sister Lina)
Sister Felina (Lina) Afinidad, a Sister of Providence for 56 years, died July 9 at St. Joseph Residence. She was 90.
She was born in the City of Iloilo, Philippines on May 3, 1930 to Nicasio Afinidad and Marta Aranador. Her father was a farmer, and she enjoyed helping him raise vegetables, which they shared with their neighbors at harvest time. She became a postulant of the Sisters of Providence in 1962, made first profession in 1965 and final vows in 1970.
In 1954 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy at Central Philippine University, Illolo City, Philippines. In 1967 she graduated from St. Peter Hospital School of Nursing in Olympia as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In 1974 she went to St. Patrick Hospital School of Nursing in Missoula, Montana to finish her RN coursework.
She began her health care ministries as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1967 at St. Clare Hospital in Fort Benton, Montana, where she served for three years. In 1969 she transferred to Columbus Hospital in Great Falls, Montana. In 1974, she went to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. She also ministered at St. Joseph Care Center in Spokane. She was one of the five foundresses of the Providence Philippine Foundation in 1989, and served as a missionary in the Philippines for nineteen years.
In July 2008, she returned to Spokane to retire at the age of 82. She moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle in 2012, where she always greeted others with her lovely smile, her heartwarming personality, and beautiful flowers from the gardens at St. Joseph Residence.
A vigil service will be held on Monday July 27 at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Seattle. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, also at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please contact the parish if you wish to attend the vigil or funeral, to find out if you are able to under current COVID-19 restrictions. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Roberta Ann McCann
Roberta McCann died of cancer July 18. She was 86.
She was born April 6, 1934 in Oakland, California. Her family moved to Seattle when she was 12 and she spent the rest of her life in Washington. She graduated from Ballard High School in 1953 and married Kenneth in 1954. Together they raised four sons. She spent the last 30 years of her life as a resident of Stanwood.
She enjoyed serving others, working at the Stanwood food bank and spending time with her family. She was an active member of St. Cecilia Parish.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William; sister, Jane; and son John. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; sons Jeffrey, Joseph and Jerald; thirteen grandchildren and seventeen grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia Parish on August 7 at 11:00 am. Please contact the parish if you wish to attend the funeral, to find out if you are able to under current COVID-19 restrictions. Interment will be at Holyrood Cemetery.