Obituaries - May 11, 2017

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Annette Theresa Scicutella Jones

Annette Jones, a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish and formerly of St. Jude Parish in Redmond, died April 16. She was 69.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she earned a Master of Science in education from the City University of New York–Hunter College. She married Robert Jones on Aug. 9, 1969. She lived the last 26 years in Woodinville.

She worked as a special education preschool teacher. At St. Jude, she was involved with social justice, the Engaging Spirituality group and making meals for Camp Unity.

She enjoyed gardening, walking, reading, playing with her dog Styx and studying the Bible.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Eleanor; brother, Vincent Scicutella; and granddaughters Ellery and Tatum Jones.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert; sons, Bryce and Dax; sister, Joanne Scicutella Battista; and two grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated May 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church.

Frank George Koepping

Frank Koepping, a member of St. Philomena Parish, died April 18. He was 91.

Born in Port Townsend, he served in the Army Air Corps from 1944-47 and earned a teaching degree from Eastern Washington University. He lived the last 65 years in Des Moines.

He worked as a teacher in the Highline School District for 30 years and as a machinist at Northwest Connecting Rod until retiring at 82.

At St. Philomena, he served for 10 years as a reader and usher.

He was the Des Moines fire commissioner for eight years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, building and remodeling.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Gerald and Frank; daughters, Gloria and Margaret; and four grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 25 at St. Philomena Church.

Father Joseph Petosa

Father Joseph Petosa, a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle for nearly 62 years, died May 5. He was 87.

Born March 11, 1930, in Seattle, he was ordained May 21, 1955, at St. James Cathedral, by Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly.

He served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Everett (1990-94), Assumption Parish in Seattle (1982-88), St. Luke Parish in Shoreline (1971-82) and St. Mary of the Valley Parish in Monroe (1966-71). He also served at St. Brendan Parish in Bothell (1965-66), St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Tacoma (1964-65) and Holy Rosary Parish in Seattle (1955-64).

As a senior priest since 1995, he often assisted at Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonds.

“He was a generous priest in every sense in the word and his joyful spirit, even in the midst of physical trials, was infectious,” wrote Vicar for Clergy Father Gary Zender in an email.

A vigil and rosary will be held May 14 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Edmonds.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated May 15 at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Edmonds.

Gerald “Jerry” Sandschulte

Jerry Sandschulte, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way, died April 24. He was 61.

Born in Seattle, he lived the last 20 years in Edgewood.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda; daughters, Erica Sandschulte and Holly Pendragon; brother, Joseph; and sisters, JoAnne Baker and Donna Gordon.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 1 at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Marilyn Margaret Gibbons Sherry

Marilyn Sherry, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish, died May 4. She was 86.

Born in Spokane, she attended St. John and St. Catherine schools, Holy Names Academy, Seattle University and Shoreline Community College. She lived the last 15 years in Everett.

She founded Save Port Susan Bay and was a CYO coach and advocate for children.

She enjoyed making creative leftovers, doing beer bottle art and coupon clipping.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tommy Gibbons.

She is survived by her husband, Denton; son, Patrick; daughters, Pamela Morrison, Paula Dietrich, Sue Sherry, Colleen Milne and Nancy Baker; sister, Patty Coogan; 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church.


Correction: Annette Theresa Scicutella Jones' date of death was initially misreported as April 14. 


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