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Monday, October 25th

Nikki Fink

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Nikki Fink, 28, of Friday Harbor, WA, died of Cystic Fibrosis at University of Washington Medical Center after an extended stay while awaiting a lung transplant.

Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease affecting multiple systems of the body, primarily the respiratory and digestive systems. She was born in Lansing, Michigan, living there surrounded by her father's extended family for her first few years, then moved with her parents to El Paso, Texas living with her mother's extended family until she was seven-years old when she and her family moved to San Juan Island and has lived in the Puget Sound area ever since.

Nikki lived her life joyfully. Her health care needs were considerable, but she took care of them with such diligence and grace it was easy for those around her to be unaware of the magnitude of the burden that it imposed on her life.

Unlike most children, Nikki was in no hurry to grow up. She always said that life went too fast and she wanted more time to enjoy being a kid. Throughout her life she remained a kid at heart with maturity beyond her years. She filled her life with music and sang beautifully. During high school, she was second alternate in the statewide singing competition for two years in a row and was active in other high school performances and community events.

She sang with the San Juan Singers, was awarded a singing scholarship to Western Washington University, and sang in Cystic Fibrosis fundraisers. She was artistic and loved scrapbooking, arts and crafts. She was an avid reader and loved scary movies. When she was well enough, she snowboarded.

During her last stay in the hospital she was learning to knit. Nikki joked that she must be solar powered because she loved the sun so much and spent many long days at the beach playing and collecting beach glass with her son Xander and sweetheart Adam. Her son, extended family and friends were the heart of her life.

Nikki is survived by many loved family members in Washington, Michigan and Texas including: her grandparents, Hortencia Lopez, Jody Jones, Raymond Fink, and Marian Bowman; her mom and stepfather, Yvonne and Gary Bowman; her dad and stepmother, Eric Fink and Lesa Johnson and stepbrother, Nick Johnson; her sister, dearest friend and confidant, Loni Fink and her fiance Darren Jameson; her sweetheart and best friend, Adam D'Errico; and her beloved son, Xander Combs.

We will always remember Nikki's quick laughter, terrific funny faces and sense of humor, her love of music and wicked toe wrestling.

Recently Nikki wrote, "I really know just how much each small moment is worth and I treasure everyone."
We who shared life with Nikki, who loved her and were loved by her in turn, bear witness to her remarkable life. Our lives have been changed; made sweeter and richer by her presence.

A graveside ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 23rd at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Cemetery on San Juan Island followed by an Open House Celebration of Life at the Rumor Mill at 4 p.m. Bring a dish to pass, photos to share and treasured memories of Nikki.

In lieu of flowers please consider a tax-deductible donation to Nikki's Medical Fund, New Horizons Foundation 4570 Hilton Parkway, Suite 203 Colorado Springs, CO 80907, note on the memo line: Nikki Fink Medical Fund.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Nikki, please sign the online guest register at


Saturday, October 9th

William G. Hamel, II

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Oct. 18, 1936 - October 5, 2010

Bill Hamelpassed away October 5, 2010 in Ellensburg, Washington while traveling to Arizona.

He was born in Plattsburgh, NY and moved to Orcas Island with his wife in1985. He came to the Pacific Northwest through his employment with Boeing.He worked on several projects in the mid-west and then settled in the area while working on the 747. After Boeing discontinued the Super Sonic Transport project, he went to work for International Mill Service, a steel mill service company. He started his own steel mill service company in the 1970's. In 1989 he and his wife purchased property on Orcas Island and developed the Eagle Ridge community.

Bill had many interests including sailing, developing properties, making wine and football. He was a member of the Orcas Gun Club and the Boeing Employees Wine and Beer Club.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lillian Hamel; a sister, Elizabeth (Serge) Triau of Derwood, MD; three daughters Elizabeth Harrison of Anacortes, MaryLynn (Mike) Behrens of Payson, AZ, and Tracy Uptain of Orcas Island; one son, Bill Hamel, of Bellingham and Orcas Island; 11 grandchildren and 8 eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Bill's life is being planned for a later date.


Derry Emil Gislason

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August 26, 1936 ~ August 24, 2010

Derry Emil Gislason, husband of Cyndy Gislason, passed away on August 24, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He was 73. Derry graduated from Ballard High School in 1954 and went on to graduate from the University of Washington as a Civil Engineer. Early in his career Derry served in the United States Air Force.


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