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Obituaries for Sunday, May 3, 2020

Frances Olivia Ohman

Frances Olivia Ohman joined the heavenly orchestra on April 26, 2020. She was born in Hoquiam, Washington, on May 31, 1922, to Gustav and Goldie (Gronlund) Johnson.

She married Ernest Arthur Ohman in 1941 and together they raised five children in Olympia, Washington. She taught violin in the Olympia Public Schools for 17 years before she retired to Kaua‘i. True to her passion and first love, she spent the next 30 years teaching countless students and playing in various music groups. In 2015 she returned to Olympia.

She was preceded in death by husband Art, sister Dorothea Johnson, son David and granddaughter Andra.

She is survived by Karen (Hank) Reeber of Watsonville, California, Robert (Danna) of Buckley, Washington, Jon of Kalaheo, Lori (Bob) Heckman of Olympia, Washington, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her caregivers on Kaua‘i were on Jon Ohman and Pat Simpson.

She fell in love with the violin at the tender age of 9 when she first encountered its music. She’s shared that love with hundreds of students over the years, and many continue to play and make beautiful music today. As an artist at many levels, she enjoyed pottery, raku and sculpting. She continued using her hands until they became too crippled later in life.

She loved the Lord, attended church regularly, taught Sunday School and music to the many children in the congregation. She was a member of Gloria Dei and Good Shepherd in Olympia and Kapa‘a Missionary Church. In lieu of flowers, consider donation to any of these churches where she worshipped, Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia or The Salvation Army.

She will be remembered fondly by many in Olympia, Kaua‘i, Sweden and beyond. She was a generous and loving woman who created lasting friendships wherever she went. Our hearts are filled with gratitude and memories, and we wish her aloha.

A private graveside service is planned, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Funeral arrangements are through Mills and Mills, Tumwater, Washington.

Sandra Gaal-Oshiro

Sandra Gaal-Oshiro of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, passed peacefully away at home on April 15, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was 73.

A lifelong loving mother and registered nurse on Kaua‘i, she devoted much of her time to taking care of others.

She is survived by daughter Jade, son Wade and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband Roy.

The family will share plans for future burial services at Olinger Chapel Hill in Colorado and Mililani Memorial Park in Hawai‘i.


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