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The following is from Larry Ackerman's funeral program:
Lawrence Carl Ackerman
October 30th, 1939 -- April 20th, 2007
Lawrence " Larry" Ackerman was born in Walla Walla on October 30th, 1939 & grew up in Walla Walla and Dayton Washington, where he excelled in many sports.
One year after enlisting in the army he married his high school sweetheart in 1960, the army meant being stationed in Germany during the Cold war. While living together with three generation German family, Larry guarded the Czech border while Rosalie worked for the Red Cross.
Honorably discharged, Larry moved his family, including newborn son, Erick to the Seattle area. Later came daughter Yvette and son Christofer.
Larry's lifelong passion was coaching, teaching and participation in sports. Whether it was swimming, water skiing, snow skiing, fishing, hiking, Little League, boys soccer, girls soccer, adult soccer (including Gateway and The Old Diehards), or golf. He supported his family-- coaching Erick's team The Bullets from 1970-1983, on a European tour and 4 State Championships. He supported Yvette in her dancing, acting and singing. He supported Cris' music career. His quiet time included classical music, studying German and the Bible.
Larry lived a full life and there was never a dull moment. As a caring person for his family, friends, co-worker and team players, he helped better their lives in many ways. He was a mentor to many. Above all, Larry was devoted to his lifelong love, friend and companion Rosalie.
Thank you Larry. You have touched all our lives and we will keep you in our hearts forever. Friday, April 27, 2007
Retired - Owner/Manager Widowed 6
My dear wife, Petra, died of colon cancer last year. This after five colonoscopies failed to detect anything – (Dear friends, if you have any family history of this, get a CT Scan).
We sold our family business three years ago at a very good time – and got paid. I had worked at Adams Tractor Company in high school and operated the company for the last 25 years. During this time, I remained in the Air Force Reserve working as a Combat Crew Commander and Launch Officer on the Titan II ICBM’s, and later, as a liaison officer for the Air Force Academy – retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
Also, I became a director of First Federal Savings and Loan (now Banner Bank) 25 years ago and continue that activity.
Three of the children, their families, and my Dad (now 94) live in town, so between them (and golf-(God help me)), I stay busy.
Lynne Aldrich (Gottschling)
Enjoying the quality of life Married
Wow! Fifty years and counting on the next fifty. I went away to college after Wa Hi and graduated from Washington State University in 1965 with a couple of journeys mixed in. One journey was time spent in Hawaii (with my classmate Ilene Arnoldt (Woodd). After graduating from college I moved to the San Francisco Bay area in California and went to work at Stanford University as a Hospital Administrator. I had a fantastic career there and had the great fortune to meet the love of my life (Peter Gottschling). Peter and I share not only the love and adventure of life itself but many, many other things that bring great joy to us. Bird watching, camping, travelling, wining and dining, cycling and hiking are always high on our list. We figured out we could keep busy 24 hours/day by bird watching during the day and then watching stars at night so we invested in some nifty telescopes for night viewing. Our bird watching has taken us to some great places - Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, New Guinea, Venezuela, and next year we're off to Argentina. I spent a month in England riding my bike in the country side and staying in hostels. Was fantastic. All through our trips we take pictures (me video, Peter still) and I record the birds and mammals as they sing and call. When home I spend a lot of time with my editing programs to put all of this into DVD's (now Blue Ray) for our viewing pleasure and for torturing our friends. But, they can usually sit through the whole thing.
After many, many years in California Peter was transferred to Houston, Texas. I landed another great hospital job at MD Anderson Cancer Center then the University of Texas Medical Center. We spent nearly fourteen years in Texas then found ourselves in Columbus, Ohio. Fortunately Peter's job kept us in places that had medical centers so I could continue my career - this time at THE Ohio State University Medical Center. After five years there we were ready to move again - but this time I said "one more move and I don't think I will be seeking work again". So, on to Montreal, Canada and then Toronto, Canada where I began my "life of leisure". I had absolutely NO trouble transitioning into NOT working and found I filled up every single hour of every day. Peter then got an offer he (we) could not refuse to return to Texas - this time the Dallas/Fort Worth area (north Texas). We love Texas, had always wanted and intended to return and besides had purchased some property in West Texas (Fort Davis) that we missed visiting as frequently as we wished - where the skies are truly dark at night. So here we are - back in the best state there is. Peter still works - I still find I don't have time enough in a day to do all I want. I've been extremely active in environmental organizations (the Houston Audubon Society where I was President for two years and the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory where I remain very active on the Advisory Board). We continue to ride our bikes, bird watch, travel, camp (now in a small trailer), and enjoy all things outdoors. I have a tradition of riding my bike each year around my birthday in the miles I am old. Obviously this is getting harder and harder to do but I do it - although it now needs to be done in two days rather than one day. This year those miles will be ridden while we are 'camping' at of our place in Fort Davis where there are hills to add a special challenge!!! A friend of mine in California who is of similar age puts me to shame by riding those miles in one day still. Oh well. Something to shoot for!!
I am sorry to miss this reunion - a truly historic one. In reading what folks have been up to I am reminded of how interesting we are and am truly proud of all of our successes. I will be thinking of you.
Judy Alexander (Selleck)
Retired - Employee Benefits Consultant Married 2
Children: 2 Sons
Grandchildren: 2 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies: Travel, Music, Bridge
After graduating from the University of Washington and serving my active duty time in the Army Reserves, I met and married my wife Dana in 1966. We have two sons, Bob and Brent, who both graduated from the UW and live in the Seattle area. They each have a little girl giving Dana and I two darling and much loved granddaughters.
My career consisted of 35years in the employee benefits field. This included: (1) 6 years at King County Medical Blue Shield in Seattle where I was Director of Underwriting and (2) 29 years as a Health and Welfare Benefits Consultant to large employers in the Western and Southern United States. During my years as a consultant, I was a Principal in the Seattle and Memphis Offices of William M. Mercer, the world’s largest employee benefits consulting firm, and later, became a Partner in the Charlotte, N.C. office of Arthur Andersen. While at Mercer, I developed a financial analysis system, which was adopted nationally by the firm. I spent a considerable amount of time implementing the system in various Mercer offices across the country. I was subsequently recruited by Arthur Andersen to build and manage a health and welfare consulting practice in the Southern US, where I remained until my retirement in 2001.
We built a retirement home in Brevard, N.C., which is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Ashville. We lived there for three years before family matters and the birth of our first grandchild beckoned us back to the Seattle area. During our twenty years in the South with stops in Richmond, Memphis, Charlotte and Atlanta we made many wonderful friends. Dana and I became very active as volunteers and board members with the arts communities (Symphony and Opera) in Memphis, Charlotte and Atlanta.
We now reside in the city of Sammamish and enjoy renewing old friendships, spending time with our families, traveling, playing bridge and generally celebrating life.
Marilyn Aliverti (Harrison)
Mill Creek, Washington -- Native Walla Wallan Marilyn Aliverti Harrison, 58, died at her home Oct. 7, 2000.
Marilyn was born Dec. 26, 1941, in Walla Walla to Frank and Linda Ponti Aliverti. She grew up in Walla Walla, graduated in 1959 from Walla Walla High School, where she was homecoming queen, and attended two years at Washington State University.
She married Gary Harrison in 1989 in Everett and they lived in the golf community of Mill Creek. After 25 years she recently retired as manager of academic personnel in the dean's office at the UW School of Medicine.
Survivors include her husband, at home; two sons, Lance West of Huntinton, W.VA, and Lincoln West of Seattle; a stepson, David Harrison of Seattle; her mother, of Walla Walla; a brother, Gene Aliverti of Walla Walla; and three grandchildren. Her father died in 1980.
(note: obit dated 10-10-2000)
Retired Banker Married 3
Spouse – Karen Poulsen Arbini
Children – 2 Daughters, 1 Son
Grandchildren – 3 Boys, 1 Girl
Activities/Hobbies: Tennis, Clay Target Shooting, Reading, Travel, and Mariners Baseball
After graduation from Wa-Hi, fellow classmate Karen Poulsen and I discovered each other during our freshman year at Whitman, were later “pinned” (does anyone do that anymore), and were married following graduation in 1963. We then moved to Seattle where I began what was to become a 36 year career with Seattle-First National Bank and, subsequently, Bank of America.
Our three children arrived in 1966, 1968, and 1969, each in a different city around the state, which kept Karen pretty busy during their growing up years. In the early 1970’s the bank transferred us to Tacoma where we enjoyed active involvement in community affairs and where we continue to live just to the south in Lakewood. After managing Corporate Banking in Tacoma and Southwest Washington for several years, as well as numerous supervisory positions in Seattle, I retired in 1999 having served the last three as Senior Credit Officer for Bank of America’s Northwest Region. That was well before the sub-prime lending debacle of the last few years I might add!
Following retirement, Karen and I had a second home built in Sunriver where the high desert of Central Oregon is a great alternative to the liquid sunshine and ever growing population of Puget Sound. Giving up the daily commute to Seattle for one to Sunriver every 3 or 4 weeks was an easy decision to make. We now spend about a third of our time there throughout the year, and since our children all live in the Greater Seattle area we are fortunate to enjoy numerous family events and holidays together. Nothing beats the sound of grandchildren playing during the day and the quiet of star filled skies at night. Life has been good to us and we are very thankful for its blessings.
Marian Arbini (O'Dell)
Marian Amelia O'Dell, 57, of 1918 S. Third Ave. died Oct. 21, 1998, at Walla Walla General Hospital.
Marian was born July 30, 1941, in Walla Walla to Angelo and Emma Entze Arbini. She attended Davis Elementary School and Sager Middle School and graduated in 1959 from Walla Walla High School.
She received beautician certification from a school in Seattle and taught at the DeMers Beauty School in Walla Walla.
On March 23, 1963, she married Calvin M. O'Dell in Walla Walla. A homemaker, she was a seamstress and enjoyed horses from childhood. She made many quilts and painted, made ribbon flowers and did needlepoint.
The O'Dells bowled in a mixed league and Mrs. O'Dell attended horse shows with her daughter. She loved animals, including her 14-year-old Schnauzer, Sweetie. She was also a former 4-H leader.
Survivors include her husband, at home; a daughter, Tammy Bradford of Walla Walla; two grandchildren; a niece; a nephew; and several aunts and uncles. Her son-in-law, Garland Bradford, died in 1997.
(note: obit dated Oct. 1998)
Ilene Arnoldt (Woodd)
Retired - Owner/Bar Liquor Stores Single 3
Ora Lee Ault (Kapp)
Retired - public school music teacher, voice teacher, & church soloist Married 3Spouse: David
Children: 2 Sons & 1 Daughter
Grandchildren: 1 Grandson & 2 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies: Music, playing flute, reading, mostly enjoying my husband, children & grandchildren
I received a BA degree in Music and Music Education in 1963 from WSU, and after graduate studies at UW and USD an MA in vocal performance in 1968, also from WSU. I taught elementary and junior high music in Enumclaw, WA, then taught voice part time at AMU, ACC, UAA, and APU in Anchorage, AK and later at LBCC in Oregon. I performed as soprano soloist in faculty recitals, concert programs, opera productions, Christian Science churches and played flute in the Anchorage Symphony.
My top priority roles through the years have been wife to David (46 years so far!) and mother to Henry, Harold and Kathryn (and her husband Chris Wagner) and now Grandma to our adorable grandchildren (aren’t they all?) Kora Lee and John David Wagner, and Penelope Louise Kapp (Henry’s daughter.)