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In Memoriam

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James Albert “Jim” Lee


James Albert “Jim” Lee passed away

Friday afternoon, August 26, 2005, at the

VA Hospital in Seattle after a courageous

battle with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s

lymphoma. He was 63 years old. He was

born on May 30, 1942, in Gian, Arkansas.

His family moved to Wenatchee in 1945.

He went to various schools throughout the

valley. He served in Viet Nam from 1965 to

1967. He began working as a roofer at the

age of 14 and developed a reputation for

being dependable and hardworking. He married LoLita Fisher on

March 21, 1964. The couple have two daughters, Christine Lee

Amadio of Cumberland, RI and Jaimee Kathleen Lee of

Wenatchee. Mr. Lee loved his wife and daughters very much

and was very proud of them and their accomplishments. In

addition to his wife and daughters, Mr. Lee was blessed with two

loving grandchildren, Victoria Christine Amadio and Maxwell

James Amadio both of Cumberland, Rhode Island. They will

miss their “Papa Dad” very much! In 1990, Mr. Lee welcomed

his son-in-law, Paul Amadio to his family. The New Yorker and

the Wenatchee guy managed to find plenty to talk about.

In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Lee was blessed with

two sisters and three brothers. Lucy Howard, Lynwood, WA,

Jack Lee, Kalispell, MT, Larry Lee, Longview, WA. Mr. Lee loved

and cared for his sisters and brothers very much and enjoyed

spending time with each and every one of them. In 1988, he

donated a kidney to his sister, Bea Owens. Mr. Lee was blessed

with numerous nieces and nephews. He found a great deal of

pleasure in teasing each and every kid that walked through his

front door! Mr. Lee had a large eclectic group of friends

that brought a great deal of happiness to his life and gave

him the company he needed to share in his multiple hobbies.

Among these hobbies were riding his motorcycle, miniature

car collecting, rebuilding antique cars, NASCAR racing and


It is with great sadness and tears in our eyes that we say

goodbye to husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend,

James Albert Lee. He will be greatly missed, but he is finally at

peace and no longer in pain.

Mr. Lee is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and

Thelma Lee; his sister, Bea Owens; his brother, Gary Lee; his

brothers-in-law, Wendell Owens, Larry Howard and Teddy


LoLita, Christine, Jaimee, Paul, Victoria and Max want to thank

everyone who has been so supportive during this difficult time,

most especially Lucy Howard, Lacey Shafer, Bill and Susan

Pearse and Sandra Howard. Your loving care has meant the

world to us and we cannot thank you enough.

A Memorial Celebration will be given in James Lee’s honor on

Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 5:00 p.m. at the Masonic

Center, 811 North Chelan, Wenatchee. Please bring a memory

to share.


Frederick J. Brim


Frederick J. Brim, 83, a longtime

resident of the Quincy/George

area, who farmed for 40 years on

Frenchman Hills Road, north of Royal

Slopes, died Friday, August 26, 2005,

as the result of an automobile


He was born on May 15, 1922, in

Salem, Oregon to Charles Richard

and Flora (Cone) Brim. He moved at

an early age with his parents to

Coulee Dam where he graduated

from Mason City High School in

1941. Immediately upon graduation, he enlisted in the United

States Marine Corps. He did boot camp at Camp Pendleton, CA

and Radio School in San Diego, CA. He then served with the

First Marine Raider Battalion in the New Georgia campaign in

1943, and the Fourth Marine Regiment during the assault on the

Island of Guam in 1944. He later landed with the Fourth Marine

regiment to become one of the first units to occupy Japanese

territory after the surrender.

After the war he met and married Velda Floy (Teddi) Clark on

Thanksgiving Day, 1946. He was a cement mason in Coulee

Dam and Seattle. In 1964, the family moved to George and

began farming operations. Teddi preceded him in death in

February, 1984.

On October 5, 1985, he married JoAnn Day at a ceremony at

the family farm. Some of his favorite moments were spent at the

Farmer’s Table at Martha’s Inn which he called the coffee pot of

the world. His friends and family were the most important things

in his life.

Fred is survived by his wife, JoAnn Brim of the family home;

four children; daughters, Pauline Brim of Seattle, Nancy Macha

of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Barbara Brim of Ellensburg; son,

Richard Brim of Spokane; step-children, Darrell Hendrickson of

Ellensburg, Christy Massey of East Wenatchee, Sheila Schenck

of Quincy, Shelly Sanderson of Hamilton, MT and Sharma

Williamson of Quincy; 16 grandchildren; brother, Robert Brim

of Seattle; sisters, Josephine Ayers of Coulee Dam and Lolly

Dunlap of Elmer City. He was also preceded in death by one

sister, Barbara Long.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, September 2,

2005, at 2:00 p.m.. at the Church of the Nazarene in Quincy.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy in charge of



Joseph Alois Niderost


Joseph Alois Niderost, 70, and retired

farmer of George, passed away on Sunday,

August 28, 2005, at Central Washington

Hospital in Wenatchee surrounded by

his wife, Gail; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Rainy,

sister-in-law, Marilyn and her husband

Oscar; and good friend, John Rylaarsdam.

Joseph was born October 8, 1934, in

Brunnen, Switzerland, he enjoyed his

childhood growing up in the valley of

Schwyz, Switzerland until the age of 14 when he immigrated

with his parents Frank and Marie to the United States. Joseph

spent his youth in LaConner, WA and graduated from LaConner

High School in 1954. He went to Skagit Valley Community

College where he earned a degree in business in 1956. While at

college he was involved with the newspaper, and the arts, he

was also a member of the tennis team. In June, 1957, he was

drafted and served at 5th Army headquarters in Chicago. While

there he worked at the Chicago Tribune. Stories of his army

buddies were a source of great humor and pride. The best was

the story of how he and his three friends went to Europe in 1958,

visiting Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France. After Joseph’s

honorable discharge in March 1959, he moved to George to

begin farming. He started working for his Uncle Joe at the

Dehydration plant outside of George. During this time he was

able to begin farming south of George on Beverly Burke Road at

the foot of Frenchman Hills. He farmed there until 1993, when

he sold the farm to a longtime friend. Joseph was an

accomplished farmer in alfalfa, selling hay to many a Swiss

Dairyman on the coast. After semi-retirement, Joseph moved to

his parent’s farm southeast of George and continued to farm

eighty acres. He was able to pursue square dancing with his

friend Delores Ward. There were many, many trips to the

Washington State Square Dance Festival. Joseph was also able

to take trips to his birthplace in Switzerland to participate in his

class reunion and visit his friends in Switzerland, Willy Fossler

and Walter Inderbitzen, the three were known as Willy, Waddy

and Nidi. Joseph’s life was his friends; he loved to tell stories

that got his sense of humor in an uproar. He was larger than life

and everyone who knew him could never forget him. The things

that were important to Joseph were important to his family and

his friends also. Laughter, dancing, sharing and loving were

among his favorite things. Taking trips to the North Cascades,

Mt. Rainier and picnicking at Mt. Baker gave him joy because it

reminded him of Switzerland. Joseph went to dance in

Leavenworth before it was a Bavarian Village and had

maintained his friendships all over the world. The last year and a

half of Joseph’s life was at its fullest. In February 2004, Joseph

met Gail Moats of Quincy. It was soon apparent that Joseph had

met his match. They made many trips all over. A very special trip

was to the Grand Canyon. Joseph always wanted to go there

and he enjoyed it. They were also able to go to Switzerland, Mt.

Rainier, Mt. Baker and two class reunions. A lot of card playing

went on at Bea Weinands. They loved to go dancing and attend

plays in the area. Joseph and Gail were married on July 24,

2005, in Wenatchee. He belonged to Tacoma Swiss Society,

North Central Washington Swiss Club Helvetia, Charter member

of Sagebrush Swingers, a member of Buds & Blossoms and a

member of The Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Niderost of Wenatchee;

daughter: Rainy (Phil) Smelser of Snohomish; and son, Jeffrey

Niderost of Wenatchee; stepchildren, Dennis (Debbie) Young of

Auburn, Denee Gates of Sweet Home, OR; grandchildren,

Geoffrey and Maggie both of Snohomish; step-grandchildren,

Kandice & Ryan Gates of Sweet Home, OR, Tami Young of

Auburn; cousins, David (Vicki) Niderost of George, Corey

Niderost of Quincy, Joe Niderost Jr. of Mt. Vernon.

Visitation will be held at Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. and

Thursday, September 1, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. until Noon.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 1, 2005,

at 2:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 301 I Street S.W.,

Quincy, WA. Concluding Services and Interment will follow in the

Quincy Valley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Home

Health. Swiss attire would be appreciated. Scharbach’s

Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy in charge of arrangements.


William F. Melang


William F. Melang, 78, of Wenatchee, Washington, died

peacefully on August 27, 2005. Bill was born July 15, 1927, in

St. Louis, Missouri to William F. Melang Sr. and Helen F.

Melang. He attended school in Granite Falls and was a Korean

War Veteran. He followed in his grandfather’s and father’s

profession and became a brick mason. The last 40 years he has

resided in the Yakima, Wenatchee areas, continuing his trade as

a mason for many years.

He leaves his daughter, Sharon Goodman; 3 granddaughters,

Amber, Lindsay and Ashlie; and 5 step-children.; his brother,

Leo Melang; niece, Leslie; and his special life-long friend,


He will be remembered and missed greatly. At his request, no

services will be held.

His daughter would like to thank all his many friends in the

Wenatchee area.


Barbara Joyce Zook

Barbara Joyce Zook passed away August 29, 2005, in

Harborview Hospital after fighting valiantly for her life for over

30 years with multiple serious health problems, the last of which

was a fatal E-Coli infection. She was born in Ellensburg, WA to

Adolph James and Beulah Marlene (Retherford) Sandretto,

January 29, 1951. She lived in WA her entire life, graduating

from WHS in 1969. She attended WVC for a time and later

completed training for CNA and Phlebotomist certification. She

operated her own Massage Therapy business for a time. She

had a great love for people - always reaching out to help those

in need, and filled those needs even while fighting for her own

life. Survivors are her children, Bianca, Rex, Miketo and Mei-lan;

8 grandchildren; sister, Glenna VanDorien; mother, Beulah

Lezard; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death

are brother, Jim Sandretto; and father, Adolph Sandretto. She

will be missed by all who knew her, especially cherished friends,

Darrell Loveless and Robert Windom who provided loving care

for her until the end. May she rest in peace. Graveside Services

will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2005, at Olivet

Cemetery, 100 Blaine Ave NE, Renton, WA 98057.


Loyd D. Page


Loyd D. Page, 81, of Wenatchee,

went to be with the Lord, Sunday,

August 28, 2005. Born April 17,

1924, in Izzard County, Arkansas

to Ollie and John J. Page. Loyd

worked very hard all his life to

support his family. At a very young

age, his father passed away

and Loyd had to take over the

family farm. In 1942, he came to

the Yakima Valley to work in the

hop fields, that is where he met

his future wife, Dorothy Ann

Whitehead, and on Oct. 21, 1949,

they were married in Yakima. In

1953, Loyd went to work for Alcoa (Wenatchee Works) as a

pot tender until his retirement in 1986.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy Ann

Page of Wenatchee; 4 sons, Gary Page of Wenatchee, Bob

Page of Bellingham, Eric Page (Wendy) of Lake Stevens, Allan

Page (Tina) of Wenatchee; grandchildren, Brandon Page of

Marysville, Tyson Page of Wenatchee, Terra (James) Cole

of Wenatchee, Travis Page (Tina) of Wenatchee, Jeremy Page

of Missoula, MT; and 2 great-grandchildren, Alaina Page and

Harley Cole; 1 brother, Horace Page (Robbie) of Yakima; and

1 sister, Hazel (Ed) Eberle of Wenatchee. Loyd will be greatly

missed by all.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 2,

2005, at Betts Memorial Chapel. Graveside Service will follow at

the Wenatchee City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to

8:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Chapel. In Lieu of

flowers, donations may be made to Columbia Valley Community

Health (Helping Hands Fund) 600 Orondo St. Suite #1 or The

American Heart Association. Arrangements are made by Betts

Funeral Service.


PHOTOS NOT SHOWN: James Albert “Jim” Lee/Frederick J. Brim/Joseph Alois Niderost/Loyd D. Page

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