In Memoriam

In Loving Memory of Keith Stanford Johnson

July 6, 1932—October 21, 2017

Keith Stanford Johnson, 85 died on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at home in Mount Vernon, Washington. Keith was born in Burlington, Washington on July 6, 1932 to Beatrice and Arthur Johnson, joining brother A. Elliott Johnson. Keith attended and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1951 where he was a varsity member of the Bulldog’s first wrestling team.

After high school Keith joined the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Roosevelt during the Korean War. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1953 he returned to Mount Vernon and enrolled at Skagit Valley Junior College (Associates Degree). Is was here he met his future wife, Alison Roberta Johnson, in typing class. Keith and Alison were married at the Lynden Methodist Church on March 12, 1955, with Rev. Wells officiating.

Following in his family’s footsteps, Keith began his career in real estate. He Joined his brother at \Johnson Realty. Keith then opened his own office, Riverside Realty. Deciding he wanted more challenges, in the mid-1950s Keith created his first residential development. In ensuing decades, he created well thought-out developments including Parkway Drive, Thunderbird, Cascade Ridge, Thunderbird village, College Heights and Colonial Mobile Home Park. He became known as “The King of Trades”. He also acquired and managed the popular Riverside Lane bowling alley and built the John King Rehabilitation center, a.k.a. Skagit Recovery Center. His last major acquisition was the Cedardale Meadows horse farm.

Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, especially to his cabin at Lake Francois, Canada. He and Alison also made several treks to Homer, Alaska by way of driving the Alcan Highway and traveled to Shishmaref, Alaska to visit daughter Kari. Keith was an avid card player, especially bridge, playing weekly since the 1950’s with his brother, Elliott. Keith was also an avid Husky fan.

Keith is survived by his four daughters: Danya Wolf (Don) of Mount Vernon, Lale Johnson (Tony Flynn) of Wickenburg, Arizona, Kari Greiner (David) of Homer, Alaska, Moni Butler (Jim) of Porter, Texas. He is also survived by brother A. Elliott Johnson, as well as grandchildren Seaver and Rogan Milnor, Bryson (Kari) and Landen Campbell, Louden (Sydney) and Jorden Greiner, Brooke (Hans) Heinzer and Kellen (Megan) butler, step-grandchildren Chris Wolf and Amanda (Les) Wolf Walters and Shane Flynn, and greatgrandchildren Hans, Andrea and Archer Heinzer, and step great-grandchild Emma Flynn.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alison , and his parents.

In Memory of Elizabeth Lee (Zita) Lenski

To Helping Hearts and Hands, Joanne and Louise,

Thank you so much for the lovely flower basket for Lee’s funeral, and also for your attendance at the service. The basket adorns my dining table, a tangible reminder of my mother.

Again, thank you for sitting overnight with Lee, making sure she was properly cared for, being her advocate, and your gentle guidance. The work you do is so important, and so greatly appreciated.


Elizabeth Lee (Zita) Lenski was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 7, 1921. she was the youngest of nine children of Rose Pagano and Vincent Zita. She died in Burlington, Washington on December 16, 2016.

Lee received her formal education in New York City, graduated as a registered professional nurse, and soon after, entered the Army Nurse Corps during World War ll. She served in North Africa and Italy before her discharge from the Army as a first lieutenant in March 1946.

Lee married Francis B. Lenski on October 6, 1945. Their 33-year marriage produced three children. During this time she continued her education earning three more college degrees including a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Lee used her knowledge to teach; from elementary age through to adult learning.

Lee had strong faith and lived her life according to the teaching of St. Benedict; “that we may prefer nothing to the love of Christ”.

She served as a Eucharistic Minister, prison ministry, and Catholic radio program, and attended her church faithfully.

Proud of her Italian heritage, Lee wrote short stories about her family and their lives in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. That experience developed a sense of compassion that helped to sculpt her life. As an independent, forward-looking woman, she placed high value on education and autonomy for herself. With a keen intellect and a radiant smile that flashed often, she strove to judge people by the depth of their character and taught her children to do the same.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, son Laurence Joseph, and three brothers and five sisters. She is survived by two children, Francis Lee (Susan) and Carmel Lynn (Don), her daughter-in-law (Terry Lenski), six grandchildren — Brian, Kathryn, Emily, Nikolas, Luke, and Bianca — and many nieces and nephews. Ever loyal to family and friends, Lee is dearly missed by all.

The family wishes to thank the medical staffs and caregivers who helped to sustain and extend her rich, accomplished life. Memorial Mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Mount Vernon, Washington on January 6, 2017.

In Memory of Pauline Gallanger

December 6, 2016

To Helping Hearts and Hands,

My wife and I wish to donate to your charity, Helping Hearts and Hands – in Memory of Pauline (Polly) Gallanger. This donation of $100.00 will be in her memory, by Paul L. and Genora (Olson) Powell. Thank you so much for your community service.

Paul L. Powell, Jr.