Remembering the recently deceased in the Archdiocese of Seattle
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 - https://tinyurl.com/yy58rtll
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Catholic Relief Services at www.support.crs.org
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 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.