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Erma Louise Twitchell
Erma Louise Twitchell
Our cherished mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to everyone, Erma Louise Twitchell, 95, surrounded by her family, passed away on Aug. 20, 2014 at Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee.

Born to Henry and Catherine Schmick in Endicott, Washington on Nov. 17, 1918, Erma joined two older sisters, Eva and Alice. A brother, Byron died at age one in 1908. When Erma was two and a half, her mother died of typhoid fever and shortly after her father's remarriage, Erma was taken to live with her mother's sister, Matilda Klaveano on their farm near Colfax. "Uncle" and "Auntie" Klaveano raised her with their son, Virgil-who was her adored "brother" for her entire life.

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John (Jack) Martin Bywater
John (Jack) Martin Bywater, born June 18, 1933 passed away on Aug. 6, 2014 after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. Jack was the second of two twins born on a farm near Lignite, North Dakota to William and Elsie (Hovland) Bywater. He graduated from Lignite High School in 1952. He attended North Dakota State University from 1952-53. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1953-55 and was stationed in Germany. After leaving the Army he enrolled at the University of North Dakota (UND), where he graduated in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in education. He received a Master's Degree in Secondary Administration from UND in 1966.
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Gary Sauer
Gary Dean Sauer, 72, died in Seattle of complications related to Parkinson's disease on July 1, 2014. He was the third and youngest child of Welcome Friend Sauer and Celia Miriam Knowles Sauer and was born at Cascade Hospital in Leavenworth, Washington on April 23, 1942. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1960. His early years were filled with adventures in the Icicle Valley and the high lakes, including hiking, fishing and hunting trips with friends and family. He received numerous 4-H awards for raising and judging prize livestock and was selected to represent 11 western states at the 1959 National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago. His specialty for the award was "telling the 4-H story." While still a student, Gary worked during the summers for the U.S. Forest Service on the trail crew, and during the summers of 1960 and 1961, at the Icicle Ridge lookout tower watching for wildfires in the wilderness.
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Hank Werner
Heinrich "Hank" Werner of Leavenworth, Washington passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on July 30, 2014.

Hank was born in Lochhausen, Germany on Sept. 20, 1948. He came to the United States in 1956 with his mother, stepfather and baby sister. He lived in the state of Washington most of his life, moving to Leavenworth in 2000 where he felt most at home.

Hank loved playing soccer and especially loved coaching his children and their friends on various teams. He loved the great outdoors, hiking, climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. He also enjoyed a round of golf with friends. He loved traveling, experiencing new places and people.

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B. (Bonnie) Morgyn Taylor and Lois Forte
B. (Bonnie) Morgyn Taylor, 62, a kind, intelligent, loyal, beautiful soul, passed away much too soon, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Morgyn was born on Aug. 9, 1951, and raised in Cashmere, Washington, by her mom and dad, Lois and Bill Forte, and her special Gramma, Mabel Taylor. Recently, Morgyn came to Wenatchee to be with her mom, Lois, who was ill and who then passed away on May 7, 2014. Still in Cashmere, and not feeling well herself, Morgyn soon received a terminal diagnosis, passing away on July 9, 2014.
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"Johnny V" Carl John Vukonich
"Johnny V" Carl John Vukonich, 71, passed away in his home watching "his mountain" on Monday, July 21, 2014.

Johnny was born on Feb. 15, 1943 to the late, John and Eileen (Esterdahl) Vukonich at Seattle, Washington. From an early age, Johnny was performer. Around the age of 11, he remembers bystanders throwing money in his accordion case, while he played outside a bar in Alaska. He would also play for Yugoslavian family parties. Johnny's dad was a welder and he made sure that he passed the trade down to his son. Upon graduation from Bothell High, he became a member of the Operating Engineers Union, working in Bremerton on heavy machine equipment. Years later a friend taught Johnny how to drive 18 wheelers and he then trucked all over the U.S. and Canada. In 1980, he bought his own truck which he operated. Sometime later, Johnny went to work for Cadman Rock as a heavy duty welder and mechanic. He retired in 1997 due to health concerns and to play his music full time and teach accordion playing. Johnny performed in Vancouver, B.C. throughout Washington state and in Arizona. In 2005, Johnny moved to Cashmere where he would tell you it was the most beautiful place he'd ever been.

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