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86th Annual Memorial Day Service

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Memorial Day at Evergreen Washelli

On Monday May 28th, 2012, Evergreen Washelli will host our Annual Memorial Day Commemorative Service. Please join us as we honor America’s fallen and salute the flags on our “Avenue of Colors”.

The 1:30 p.m. concert will feature marches, patriotic selections and other music provided by the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corps. The Service of Remembrance begins at 2:00 p.m.

Captain Pete Mingo

This year’s speaker is Captain Pete Mingo. Captain Pete Mingo received his commission in 1990 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After graduation, he served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON home ported in Boston, MA where he qualified as an Engineering Officer of the Watch and Officer of the Deck. Following this tour, Captain Mingo completed Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL and received his wings in December of 1995. He was subsequently stationed at Air Station Cape May, NJ and later relocated to Coast Guard Group/Air Station Atlantic City, NJ.

In 2000, Captain Mingo transferred to Jacksonville, FL and became a plank owner of HITRON-10, the Coast Guard’s only aviation-Counter Drug squadron. After four years of flying the MH-68A he transferred to the Maritime Security Response Team and completed an aircraft transition course. He then flew MH-60’s out of Air Station Elizabeth City, NC as part of the Coast Guard’s only Counter- Terrorism unit, focused exclusively on maritime security threats.

Captain Mingo was assigned to Aviation Training Center Mobile, AL in 2006 as the Chief of the Aviation Special Missions Branch. This Branch was responsible for Airborne Use of Force, Rotary Wing Air Intercept, and Joint Air-Surface Tactics. In 2008, Captain Mingo assumed the position as Chief of the Training Division, and was placed in charge of Aviation Training for the entire Coast Guard. With a staff of approximately 130 active duty and civilian instructors, he was responsible for initial and proficiency training in all of the Coast Guard’s fixed and rotary wing airframes.

In 2010, Captain Mingo was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC where he assumed leadership of the Future Forces Project Division and later transferred to his current assignment in Seattle, WA as the Chief of Incident Management for Coast Guard District Thirteen.

Captain Mingo has amassed 3300 flight hours in Coast Guard helicopters and is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2) and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (4). Captain Mingo is a native of New London, CT and currently resides on Bainbridge Island, WA with his wife Patricia and two teenage daughters

Following the Memorial Day Commemorative Service, we invite you to attend a guided tour of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery and learn about the remarkable lives of the Medal of Honor recipients in our care.

Our guide this year will be David Bloch, son of the Medal of Honor recipient Orville Emil Bloch. We are extremely honored and excited to have him as our tour guide.

David will guide us through the history of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, as well as teach us about the stories of Private William C. Horton, PFC Lewis Albanese, PFC William Kenzo Nakamura, 2nd LT Robert Ronald Leisy, Coxswain Harry Delmar Fadden, and of course Colonel Orville Emil Bloch.

Kindly meet us at the Doughboy Statue in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 3:15 pm. We ask for a $5.00 suggested donation for attendance, which will go to the purchase of flags for the Avenue of Flags. For more information, and to reserve a spot, please call us at (206)362-5200 or email


Loss And Anger

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Anger can be part of the grieving process

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Anger can be unattractive, there’s no question about it. It’s messy and unpredictable, sometimes loud and violent. And in a world where we like things to make sense, it’s often unacceptable. But never more than when you’re grieving. There’s a long list of people we can be angry with:

The person who died: why didn’t they take better care of themselves? Why did they take such a stupid chance? What were they thinking?

The medical community: why didn’t the doctor force them to take better care of their health? Why didn’t the paramedics get there sooner? Why hasn’t someone discovered a cure for cancer, etc.?

God: why did you make a good person suffer? Why did you leave those children without a parent? Why them? Why now? Why not someone else? Why not me?

The family: why didn’t they make him go to the doctor? Why did they let her live alone?




Death is, after all, the great unknown. Despite stories of white lights and visions of deceased relatives, no one’s come back from any extended time in the afterlife. We don’t know what awaits us.

And we REALLY don’t know why people die when they do. We say “it was just their time,” and obviously, it was. As a friend, that sense of helplessness can create even deeper anger.

Many times when I’ve grieved I’ve been angry, although I rarely shared those feelings. Despite being one of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ famous stages of grief, it’s probably the least acknowledged.

Anger can be useful, but when turned inward, is more likely referred to as depression. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about white-hot, body-shaking, screaming-at-the-top-of-your-lungs anger.

You’ve already realized that the grief you feel for your friend is being devalued because you’re not family. And that can add to the anger you already feel.

Even those who are also grieving are unlikely to accept your anger. Think of Sally Field melting down in the cemetery in Steel Magnolias, and the shock on her friends’ faces. The minister in The Big Chill – “I’m angry, and I don’t know what to do with my anger” – is much calmer about it, but the look in his eyes is anything but.

The problem with suppressing the absolutely justified anger we feel when a friend dies is that it will bubble up eventually. It will present itself suddenly and loudly and often in a completely unrelated situation. And that presents its own complications. Screaming at a barista who doesn’t know you won’t bring back your friend.

So, if you’re angry that cancer treatments and cures came too late for your friend…

If you’re angry that your friend’s family dismissed her threats of suicide…

If you’re angry that your friend drove drunk…

If you’re angry that an evil person chose your friend at random to kill…

Embrace that anger: accept it and embrace it. You’re angry because of the pain that your friend’s death has caused. That’s, dare I say it, normal. Frankly, it would be strange if you weren’t angry. You’re angry because you loved them and wanted them to stay close to you always. Selfish maybe, but normal and human.

So, as long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else, you have my permission to be angry. Then you can work on channeling your anger into positive action, to keep your friend’s memory alive every day of your life.


Is Your House in Order?

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Is Your House in Order?

Join us at Áegis at Northgate for our Ask the Experts Seminar “Is Your House In Order”

Presented by Sandi Colleton, Family Services Manager, respected expert on cemetery and funeral law in Washington Evergreen Washelli Cemeteries and Funeral Home

Thursday April 26th

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Topics of discussion include:

• Essential legal documents to protect yourself, your family and your assets

• Money matters: How to save money on final arrangements

• How to legally shelter funds when you may outlive your assets

• Everything you want to know about cremation but were afraid to ask

Excellent information for families and senior care professionals!

This is a FREE event, open to the public.

Please RSVP to or 206-440-1700 to reserve your space.

Door Prizes and Light Refreshments served.

Áegis at Northgate

11039 17th Ave. NE

Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 440-1700


Walter Gallagher, Veteran, Memorial Day Constant

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The following article was written by Jack Broom, Seattle Times Staff Reporter. He showcases a beloved fixture of Memorial Day celebrations at Evergreen Washelli, Walter Gallagher.

Veteran, 87, a Memorial Day fixture since 1953

Walter Gallagher, Photo Courtesy of John Lok, The Seattle Times

Navy veteran Walter Gallagher believes in honoring those who fought for his freedom and on Memorial Day he’s done so faithfully — since 1953.

No, says Walter Gallagher, he didn’t personally know any of the men or women whose earthly remains lie beneath some 5,000 white marble tombstones on a peaceful knoll just off Aurora Avenue North.

But he wouldn’t think of spending Memorial Day away from them.

“They served their country,” said Gallagher, 87. “That’s what matters.”

Gallagher walks the trimmed lawn between rows of freshly cleaned headstones at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Seattle as comfortably as if he’s among old friends. And in a sense, he is.

Since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House, Gallagher, a Seattle-born Navy veteran, can remember only one time — about 10 years ago, when he was sick in bed with the flu — that he failed to attend the cemetery’s annual Memorial Day observance.

And on Monday, he’ll once more climb behind the wheel of his green ’92 Chevy Caprice wagon (which recently passed 200,000 miles) and drive the 15 minutes from his Wedgwood rental house to the cemetery, making sure he’s there well in advance of the 2 p.m. ceremony.

For years, Gallagher carried an American flag in a parade of colors at the event, with members of his American Legion post. More recently, since he banged his shoulder in a door jamb a few years back, he has turned to handing out small flags to people as they arrive.

Over time, he’s seen sunny Memorial Days, cloudy Memorial Days, breezy Memorial Days and at least one drenching Memorial Day that forced part of the event indoors.

One of his five sons, Garry Gallagher, of Woodinville, often joins him, and said it’s no mystery why his father considers this a solemn obligation.

“He appreciates his freedom,” said Garry Gallagher, 55. “It really boils down to just that.”

A free America isn’t something Walter Gallagher’s generation could take for granted when — five days after his 18th birthday in December 1941 — Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan.

Within weeks, Gallagher enlisted. There was no question about joining the military, he said. “We were under attack. People were signing up faster that they could take them in.”

The only issue was which branch of the service to join, and Gallagher’s choice was influenced by summertime “Fleet Weeks” of his childhood, when Navy vessels welcomed visitors on the Seattle waterfront.

“To me, the Navy looked like clean quarters and good food.”

That’s not exactly what he got. He became a bombardier and gunner in a unit of PBY Catalinas, military floatplanes armed with machine guns and bombs, carrying nine-man crews.

Gallagher flew in numerous South Pacific missions as part of the “Black Cat Squadron,” known for aircraft painted all black. They made their perilous bombing, patrol and reconnaissance missions at night, when their dark color made them difficult for the enemy to see, even with searchlights.

After the war, Gallagher returned to Seattle, where, from 1946 to 1981, he delivered bundles of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to racks, stores and newsstands around town.

These days, Gallagher, who said he has survived two ex-wives, has a simple daily routine that nearly always starts with coffee with regulars at the Little Red Hen near Green Lake and often ends with a drink at the Baranof in Greenwood.

He visits the veterans cemetery, which is part of Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, not just on Memorial Day but usually on Veterans Day and often on Independence Day as well.

“We used to have World War I veterans (at the events) and they’re gone now.” he said. “And us World War II veterans are fading fast … As long as I can drive and walk, I’ll be there.”

Jack Broom: 206-464-2222 or


War of 1812 Bicentennial Monument Dedication

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, The Washington State Society, U.S. Daughters of 1812 cordially invites you to attend the dedication of:

War of 1812 Bicentennial Monument

Veterans of the War of 1812 Who Died in Washington Territory

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10:30am

Washelli Veterans Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133

The Unveiling Ceremony will begin at 10:30am at the Bell Tower in the Washelli Veterans Cemetery.

The ceremony includes presentation of colors, the national anthem, unveiling of the monument, bell ringing for each veteran, echo taps and a gun salute.

The Dedication Program will begin at 11:00am in the Evergreen Washelli Chapel

Guest Speaker will be Jerry Handfield, Washington State Archivist

A short slide show will follow about the veterans

Descendants of the veterans will be acknowledged

Reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony

Please RSVP to: Linda Rae Lind, Washington State President, U.S.D. 1812 at or (360) 830-4529

For more information on the veterans being honored please click here.

War of 1812 Monument


Honoring Technical Sergeant Gerald M. Henderson

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Technical Sergeant Gerald Henderson

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Family friends, veterans and general public are invited to join us in paying tribute to Technical Sergeant Gerald M. Henderson and all veterans who participated in D-Day.

Technical Sergeant Gerald M. Henderson was killed in action on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.  For this activity, Technical Sergeant Henderson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Retired Colonel Phil Smart, Sr. of Seattle has assisted the family in obtaining the Distinguished Service Cross to honor their loved one. General Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.), formerly Vice Chief Staff of the United States Army, will present the award to the family.

This event will take place on June 6th, 2012 at 3:00pm in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Evergreen Washelli, located at 11111 Aurora Avenue, Seattle, WA 98133.

We will also place a wreath in the Normandy Section of our Veterans Memorial Cemetery to honor the memory and sacrifice of all the members of the 18th Infantry Regiment in Technical Sergeant Henderson’s honor.

The President of the United States takes pride in awarding the Distinguished Service Cross (posthumously) to Gerald M. Henderson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One), in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in Normandy France, on D-Day.

Technical Sergeant Henderson, while exposed to intense enemy artillery mortar, machine gun, and small arms fire, heroically supervised the unloading of men and vehicles from his landing craft. Observing that a vehicle from an adjoining craft had stalled, he voluntarily drove a truck along the fire swept beach, plunged in the water and fastened a cable to the disabled vehicle. After towing it safely to shore, he personally carried two wounded occupants to covered positions and rendered first aid. He returned to the beach, and amid bursting shells and devastating small arms fire, courageously continued his rescue work. While carrying a wounded soldier across the beach to safety, a shell landed near this valiant soldier fatally wounding him. His heroic achievements during the initial landing resulted in the saving of many lives and much vital equipment. The self-sacrificing devotion to duty, personal bravery and valorous leadership displayed by Technical Sergeant Henderson exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.


The Services Offered at Evergreen Washelli

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The Services Offered at Evergreen Washelli


What is a Celebrant?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Having a memorial event is important. A Celebrant officiates at and helps you create personalized remembrance ceremonies.  Families and survivors work together with their Celebrant to design a meaningful end of life tribute about their loved one.  While visiting with your Celebrant, you will be asked questions about their life to learn how to best tell and present their story.

Our trained professional will schedule a special family time to learn more about your wishes and your loved one, including their career, hobbies, interests and attitudes to learn how to best tell and present their story.  He or she will then help you develop a life celebration theme based on your conversation.

Certified Celebrants are trained professionals who can help make a very memorable, meaningful service

We can add personal touches like:

  • Music
  • Poetry readings
  • Special prayers
  • Photographs
  • Memory tables
  • DVD tributes
  • Memento displays
  • Favorite foods and beverages

As a Life Celebration expert, our Certified Celebrant offers the following benefits:

  • Specializes in celebrating lives
  • Provides structure and leadership to the Life Celebration
  • Coordinates with the family, venue and all other contacts to bring the elements together
  • Helps families and guests celebrate their loved one in a positive and memorable way
  • Incorporates favorite music, poetry, scripture, prayer and much more from a library of resources 


Our Certified Celebrant is trained to serve all families, regardless of religion, faith or background.  Whether you are choosing burial or cremation, or are not connected with a church, you may not want a traditional funeral.  A funeral doesn’t have to be a time to mourn—it can also be a time to celebrate. Our upbeat Life Celebrations are completely different from the traditional funeral. With these customized ceremonies, you can honor your loved one in any way you see fit, whether it may be an informal gathering, a casual dinner or a champagne toast.