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February 19th, 2014

Deer Park woman wins Lotto "jackpot"

February 19, 2014

A Deer Park woman recently hit the jackpot while playing the Washington Lottery’s “Hit 5.”
The lucky winner, who asked Lottery officials not to release her name, visited the Fred Meyer store on N12120 Division on Feb. 14 and decided to check her Hit 5 ticket.
Thinking that she had won, she had her grandson check to ensure she did in fact have a winning ticket.
She shared, “this is just unbelievable!”

Samuel M. Castro, 83

February 19, 2014

Samuel Marcelino Castro, a longtime resident of Springdale, slept away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the age of 83.
He was born on April 26, 1930, to Joseph and Mary (Harmes) Castro in Gardner, Colo. As a young boy, Samuel had a love for horses in which he enjoyed riding them and tending to them with great care. As he grew older, Samuel took to gardening and would spend hours in the garden caring for it and growing the best vegetables around.

February 11th

Carol M. Eckhart, 85

February 11, 2014

Carol Maureen Doane Eckart, age 85 was born on Jan. 2, 1929, in Wilbur, Wash., the youngest child of Maurice Jasper Doane and Tillie Evers Doane. She grew up in Govan, Wash., graduated from Wilbur High School in 1947 and worked as a bookkeeper until 1953. She passed away on Jan. 29, 1914, in Spokane.

Sammie F. Cheak, 85

February 11, 2014

Sammie Faye Cheak, softly and tenderly passed into the arms of her Savior on Feb. 6, 2014.
In her 85 years, she built a life of unfathomable beauty and grace, having written a song of deep, abiding, genuine love on the hearts of her husband, family, and every person she knew. All who knew her loved her, and became blessed beyond measure to have parts of their lives intermingled with hers.
She was our Mother, "Momo," pastor's wife, teacher, counselor, mentor and friend.

Marjorie C. Denny, 72

February 11, 2014

Marjorie Carolyn (Strong) Denny, 72 years of life and after a life spent teaching the importance of family, faithfulness, integrity and hard work, our devoted and most beloved mother and best friend passed away on Jan. 27, 2014.
Her past few months had been very hectic, complicated by health issues with which she faced with great inner strength and quiet dignity, providing one last lesson on facing the obstacles life presents. We are now comforted by the assurance that she is enjoying her well-deserved reward in Heaven.

February 3rd

Bad news: Pete sees his shadow

February 3, 2014

By ZAK LANTZ
(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney (Pa.) Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)
This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.

January 30th

DP Yoke's store part of URM cyber attack

January 30, 2014

Deer Park’s Yoke’s Fresh Market was one of the stores affected by a criminal cyber data attack last fall. It is not known whether any store customer had their credit or debit card information compromised.
The two-month-long security breach impacted a number of URM stores in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana.
The Secret Service began the investigation after a number of fraudulent credit and debit card purchases were made nationwide last fall.

January 28th

Bobby Joe Harris, 79

January 28, 2014

Longtime Deer Park area resident Bobby Joe Harris (1934-2014) passed away on Friday, Jan 24, at his home with his family by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna; a daughter, Fawn Tipton; a son, Joseph Harris; five grandchildren, Micheal (Jeanne) Flugel, Bobby and Justin Harris and Alex “Squeak” and Dallas Tipton; and one great-grandson, Jackson Harris Flugel.
There will be no service at his request.

Renee H. Olalia, 76

January 28, 2014

Our beloved mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, Renee H. Olalia passed away at home in Deer Park on Jan. 14, 2014.
Renee was born on Nov. 11, 1936 in Seattle to James and Mildred Davis. Her family moved to Cashmere, Wash., when she was a little girl, where her parents owned and operated an apple orchard.
She was a youth leader at the community center in Wenatchee. She also was on the board to help fight for Indian rights in Spokane.

Jean Gellner, 73

January 28, 2014

A funeral service was Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Riplinger Funeral Home, N4305 Division, for longtime Spokane area resident Jean (Cobane) (Rouleau) Gellner, 73, who passed away on Jan. 21 in Spokane.
Born on Jan. 14, 1941, in Ellensburg, she graduated from Connell High School in 1959 and later attended Kinman Business College.
Mrs. Gellner moved in the Spokane area in 1979 and was the first female manager for Met Life Insurance.
She was married to Al Rouleau from 1960-81. She later married Jon Gellner in 1982. Mr. Gellner passed away in 2007.

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