Randy M. Cowin was called home to his Heavenly Father unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, March 30, 2021.

  On March 30, 2021 Beverly A. Sterk was welcomed into the arms of her Heavenly Father and was reunited with her beloved husband, Martin, exactly four years after his passing.

  Walter “Bud” Kamppila was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 29, 1934, to Alice (Brown) and Walter Kamppila Sr. Bud grew up in and around Quincy until his family moved to Sacramento, California, when he was 17, where he graduated from Sacramento High School in 1952. Bu…

  Terry “Mateo” Mattson died at his home in Lynden surrounded by loved ones on March 27, 2021, at the age of 76 from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

  Aaron Michael Case, age 42, passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2021, at his home in Whatcom County.

  Gene Nims, age 79, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Bellingham.

  Harold Lee Davies, who will be remembered for his commitment to family, fine craftsmanship and heartwarming laughter, died on March 27 at 92.

  Beverly Sterk passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the age of 90.

  Kay June (Vander Pol) Ezell was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world peacefully on Friday, March 12, 2021, at age 78 after a 40-year battle with MS.

  Carnell Mitchell Jr., beloved father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, age 48, of Bellingham, died in March of 2021.

  Ted Lautenbach passed away on Saturday, March 20, after a long battle with the coronavirus.

  Carolyn Jean Calman was born March 31, 1945, to Hazel Marie Chambers and Orville Daniel Taylor in Berkeley, California. She lost her battle with cancer on March 20, 2021, in Lynden.

  On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Glen Huleatt went home to his Heavenly Father at the age of 90.

   Carolyn Jean Calman was born March 31, 1945 to Hazel Marie Chambers and Orville Daniel Taylor in Berkeley, California. She lost her battle with cancer on March 20, 2021 in Lynden, Washington.

  Wesley B. Blow, age 78, passed away very peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at the Whatcom Hospice House.

  Virginia “Irene” Lagerwey, age 66, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

  Glenn Wilburn Terpstra, age 82, passed away peacefully at his Lynden home on March 6, 2021, surrounded by his children and loving wife, Marilyn. Glenn lost his battle to melanoma that had been recently discovered.

  After battling cancer three times in the past 19 years, Marie E. Bonsen, having fought the good fight, went home March 20, 2021. Her last weeks were spent surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and such a steady stream of siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins and f…

Malorie and Derek Tjoelker of Lynden welcomed a son, Dekker Lee, on March 12, 2021, at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and joins Macy, 9, and Briggs, 4. Grandparents are Lauren and Doreen Meenderinck of Lynden and Dave and Kim Tjoelker of E…

     Elizabeth “Betty” De Boer was welcomed into Heaven on the morning of Sunday, March 14, 2021, just in time to sing in the choir. She had just celebrated her 93rd birthday in the weeks leading up to her journey home.

Kaysha and Joel VandeHoef of Everson welcomed a son, Jack Walker, on March 9, 2021, in Bellingham. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and joins Peyton, 8, and Jude, 4. Grandparents are Rod and Joan VandeHoef of Everson and Monte and Tammie Stap of Everson. Great-grandparents are Jake and Jeanette…

     Longtime Whatcom County resident Gertrude L. Lamoureaux, age 93, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021, at her home.

     Gertrude Tjoelker, age 86, of Lynden, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 8, 2021.

     William P. Zuidmeer, 59, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021, with his wife of 36 years, Denise, at his side. Also surviving are his son Peter (Isobel) and grandson Robbie, and sister Jane (Verne) Christianson. He was preceded by his parents, Pete and Bunny, and his daughter Chelsea.

     With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Leslie Rae Kiel, who left this world peacefully and was welcomed into heaven on March 10, 2021. Our beloved daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Dave and Kathy (Heutink) Buys of Custer are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 19, 1971, in First Christian Reformed Church of Lynden. Both are retired. Their children are: Shannon and Denise Buys of Oak Harbor, Rebecca and Kevin Hansen of Lynden, Vincent …

Karen and Kenneth DeWaard of Ferndale welcomed a son, Austin Lee, on Feb. 16, 2021, at the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Childbirth Center in Bellingham. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and joins Hazel, 4, and Ivy, 2. Grandparents are John and Mary Meyer of Lynden and Terry and Karen DeWaard of Ferndale.

     Ralph C. Farrar, Ph.D., a 19-year resident of Ferndale, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by family, at the age of 90 on March 12, 2021.

The work crew pauses from flower cutting at Alm Hill Gardens of rural Everson on Friday, March 5. From left are Sarah Sankey, Amelia Pichardo and co-owner Gretchen Hoyt. Sales of cut flowers from Alm Hill continue at six outlets south to Seattle including Pike Place Market, said Hoyt, even t…

     Ethel Louise Gobbato (Noni to her family and many friends), 91, of Lynden, passed away at PeaceHealth of Bellingham on Feb. 8, 2021. She passed from complications of aspiration pneumonia (not COVID). She would be the first to tell you that she still had more living to do — she had such …

Tena Speelman, a resident of the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden since September 2018, will celebrate her 90th birthday on March 21, 2021. Mom has always been a card-sending, letter-writing lady, said her daughter, and would love to hear from friends and family; send to CHCC Room 307,…

Florence Farmer, age 89, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021. Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Glenn Terpstra, age 82, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2021. Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

      Madeline Jensen was born on Dec. 27, 1931, in Elk Point, Alberta, Canada, and passed away on Feb. 28, 2021, in Bellingham.

    Alvin L. Bajema, age 89, passed away from COVID-19 on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

    In the Lord’s time, He took our dear mother and grandmother, “Oma” Johanna Heystek to Himself on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. She was 84 years old.

     Michael Lyle Tjoelker, aged 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Feb. 12, 2021.

     Judith (Sebens) Stebbins of Long Lake, Minnesota, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 17, 2021, at the age of 78.

     Our dad, John Calvin Kok, passed away on Feb. 20, 2021. He was 82 years old.

WHATCOM — The novel “Greenwood” by Canadian author Michael Christie has been named the Whatcom READS 2022 book selection. The announcement was made at the close of a March 4 event featuring Esi Edugyan, author of the 2021 featured title, “Washington Black.”

     Leo Dale Cornelsen, age 78, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, after suffering a stroke.

Five generations of the Ronhaar family gathered recently at the home of Jerry and Brenda Roosma of Lynden. Pictured are Bea Brune Ronhaar, 93, a life-long resident of Lynden; Bill Ronhaar, 68, of Mount Vernon; Connie Talbot, 40, of Mount Vernon; Olivia Temple, 21, of Nashville, Tennessee; an…

      Debra Wilkinson, age 67, of Blaine, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 27, 2021.

      Alice A. Erickson, age 84, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. A family gathering will take place in the summer.

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