Charles Lawrence Vassar

January 1, 1957 – October 8, 2022

    Charles Lawrence Vassar was born a New Year’s Baby on January 1, 1957 in Everett, Washington to Magdalen L. “oudy” Monger. He passed away on October 8, 2022 and was preceded in death by his mother, siblings Totums, Ernest, Joey, Anita, Daryl, Robert, Tina, Mark and his first grandson Dallas Kane Taylor. 

Growing up he was known by all as Chuck. He was raised in Everett, in the Riverside neighborhood, where he met many of his lifetime friends and made many trips home to be with family on the Tulalip Reservation. At the age of 12, he moved to Idaho as part of the Indian Child Placement Program through the LDS church. Chuck lived with a few families there, even working on a chicken farm where he lost his sense of smell. He yearned for home and it was time to return. At the age of 15 he met his one true love, penny who was 14 at the time. One year later they were wed in penny’s parents home, just 12 short days before their first daughter, Anita Kay was born in 1975. Always having open doors, chuck and penny helped raise chucks brother Mark and well as his special nephew Jamie for many of his younger years. Family was EVERYTHING and being rich in family was worth more than any amount of money! Chuck was a plumber for many years spending most of those years at Robinson plumbing. In April of 1981 they were blessed with their one and only son Adam Richard. Chuck, penny and the kids lived all over Everett but never too far to make sure their kids never had to switch schools or friends. They spent many years living and loving with their family and friends. Many trips traveling to Oregon to be with his sisters Anita and Rose’s families, dance party weekends with Craig and Vickie Jean and many others. In 1994 when his only daughter met her husband Scott and told him she was moving to Tulalip, he quickly moved right after getting his forever home on the reservation where’s he’s lived for 28 years. In 1995, his world changed forever when his first granddaughter and new best friend Brooke Laccie was born. From the second she was born he never left her side, their bond was like nothing anyone could explain! This is when he became papa and his world forever changed. Papa traveled for every softball game near and far, both in Washington and elsewhere. In 2003, he was blessed with his first grandson Kavan Andrew and a whole new love. Taking his grandkids for so long, we had to beg for our kids to come home for a day or two! In 2004 his (never say step) granddaughter, kirsty came home and made 3! In 2009, Keegan Adam was born, and became his best buddy for life and the bond was sealed! Keegan and papa did EVERYTHING together! From camp outs in the yard, watching shooting stars, chasing down classic rock CDs, stopping by his daughters work or families houses to check in, they were together! In 2016 Adam met the love of his life Caurie and papa gained two more granddaughters, Emma and Lilly. Also In 2016 he became a great grandpa to his baby Kyla. This year Brooke brought home his newest grandson, Jere who he already loved tremendously.

Papa had a very special bond with his son in law Scott and spent much of his time with him or calling him!

Papa enjoyed the company of his small circle and ate dinner at his daughter’s house every single night for over 20 years!

Papa loved with all he had and had so many adopted grandkids, Shaylene, Jenny (Lenny) Abbey-do, Kristen, Chloe and Lauren, Kahryn and Summer along with many other softball girls including his special friends Steve and Lynn, Matt and Lisa, and Donna. He had special bonds with his nieces Dushaine and Dani and his nephew Joey Lee and many other Nieces and Nephews that he loved.

Papa loved his Seahawks and NASCAR and you know where you would find him any given Sunday, in his Jammie’s eating fried chicken watching his tv!

He is survived by Anita and Scott, Adam and Caurie, Brooke (Jere), Kirsty (Luis), Kavan, Keegan, Emma, Lilly and Kyla.

George W. Lewis

August 1, 1934 – August 7, 2022
George W. (Bill) Lewis, 88 of Tulalip passed away on August 7, 2022.

Bill was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on August 1, 1934 to Oscar and Edith joining siblings, Nancy, Tom, Sandy, Hilda, Candy and Penny. His children included Denise, David, Bill, Crystal, Jackie and Gay.; Step-children, Datasha, Lynn, Richard, Gail and Ken, whom he added when marring Bernita Brown in 2001 until her passing in 2007,

Although Bill lived in Washington State for over 20 years, you would find him in front of the TV on Saturdays watching his Ohio State Football Team and rooting on those Buckeyes. Bill also enjoyed the Seahawks, Mariners, playing bingo (In his earlier days), singing Karaoke, going to Vegas and the Kentucky Derby. You might have even seen him driving around town on his Vespa Scooter.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Edith; brother, Tom; wife Bernita; and grandson Dylan.

Bill leaves behind numerous family members.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 15, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9-10:00 AM. Burial at Mission Beach Cemetery.

Robert Wade Monger

February 17, 1959 -August 6, 2022
Robert Wade Monger, WHAAKADUP from Tulalip, went to the be with his creator in Eternal life on August 6th 2022. Whaakadup was 63 born on February 17th 1959 to Hirontimus Monger and Magdalene L Cladoosby in Everett Wa. 
Robert gained his Indian name Whaakadup from his Aunt Beverly Grant Cladoosby, who raised him for the first 3 yrs. of his life. Whaakadup continued his younger year in Everett with his parents and siblings, traveling back to Tulalip visiting friends and relatives. Whaakadup at 14 met and married Darla Imhoff Perry where they moved back to Tulalip living next to the Taylors and they had Jennifer. Whaakadup worked with his Uncle George building Dock on beach for the fisherman, where he learns from his elders the love of the water that lasted his whole life. 
Whaakadups #1 love was Fishing with his partner Rodney and Glen Simpson on the Fishen Magician he referred to as a high liner. 
Whaakadup later met Brenda having his second daughter Danielle, in 1982. 
In 1994 Whaakadup did his tour of duty (as her referred), in Washington State corrections, this is where the story begins with the Love of his Lisa A Monger Stakiyote meeting at Pine lodge prerelease, a program for first time offender and a chance at a new life, Whaakadup became the drum carrier for the Native Circles, running sweats and drumming. This is the start of his passion for helping other offenders find a new way to live, once release from prison. Whaakadup was the Native American Chaplin from 2006 to 2012, in this year starting the battle to bring back the rights of the Native Americans incarcerated. Whaakadup stated this fight with Gab Galanda to advocte the right of Natives to have their Ceremonies and Tobacco other medicines, returning Frybread and other culture foods to the Powwows along with the families and Children. This was the birth of the HOYT foundations, Whaakadup ran sweats, drumming and beading circle as part of the culture. 
Whaakadup and Lisa became very well known in the Native Circles around the State of Washington as those to protect the rights.
Whaakadup worked with Skipper Jones on the Skipper J for many year digging Ducks, where he almost lost his life. This is when he retired for Gooey ducken.
Whaakadup worked for many years for the Tulalip Tribes in different areas including, Casino, Boys and Girls Club, and the Tulalip Government. Whaakadup worked for the Healing Lodge as a Recovery Coach sharing his passion and life and Culture in the teachings. Mentoring many young men and women on the road to recovery. Whaakadups current position was spiritual recovery at Family Service, where he continues sharing the passion of stay clean and sober through life. 
Whaakadup was also the Native American Roadman for The Fireplace of Man, caring songs and prayers to many. Whaakadups love for his Culture and sharing the gifts of Songs, Drum making, jewelry making, paddles, actually what ever it was he would learn and do it well. 
His life and love are his girls, Jennifer Marie, Danielle Ruiz Monger (Eli) Brittany Monger (Joel) son Caleb his grandkids, Wesley, Autumn, Julie, Kiara, Lexi, Izzy, Sajali, Leondra, Nathan, Ryan, and Dylan, Journey, Adela, Madalina, Caleb Jr, Dekota, Tony. Great Grands, Emily, Brexley, Royce, and Champ. Many more kids calling him Grampa. 
Whaakadup is survived by his Wife of 27 years Lisa anne Monger, brother Chuck Vasser, sisters, Lucina Jo Cladoosby and Rose Webb (Kevin) , many nieces and nephew, great nieces and nephew, and great great nephews and nieces with extended family and friends he called family.
He was preceded in death by his patents Hirontimus and Magdaline Monger, brothers, Joey, Daryle, Richard, Jack, Robert, Jim, Totums, Ernest and Mark sr. sisters Anita and Tina louise and son Dylan Dale Monger. 
Remembering the words of Whaakadup: 
Its better to speak with less Thunder in your mouth and more lightening in your fist, in other words don’t talk about it, be about it! Say what you mean and mean what you say or don’t say it at all, cuz words don’t impress, the world is full of Betty Crockers, Big Talkers. 
We have been Blessed for many Generations with The Man The Myth The Legend.
Whaakadup Monger 

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.

Alice Mae Carpenter

1951 – 2022

Alice Mae (Hunziker) Carpenter was born to Genevieve and Earl “Mick” Hunziker on July 2, 1951 and passed on August 5, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. Alice graduated in 1969 from Marysville High School. She loved painting ceramics, bowling, camping. Visiting her grandkids having picnics and fishing with her family were favorite things. Many road trips to the ocean and Deception pass. She loved watching her husband race motocross every weekend. Alice loved traveling to car shows and showing off her green Mustang. Alice’s favorite job was working as a Manager at the Tulalip Stanley Jones Retirement Home and taking care of our elders. The shinier, sparklier, and more fashionable, the better. Alice loved being 100% put together from head to toe. In addition to her own kids, Alice was a Mom and Grandma to so many in the community. 
She leaves behind her husband of 42 years Don “Wheatie” Carpenter, Son Bryce (Andrea), Daughter Sarah (Anthony), Special Daughter Roxy, Grandchildren Bryce Jr., Mikey, Melissa “Sissy”, Juanito, Olivia, Dorothy, Jaxson, Neil, Donovan, Nicholas, Brianna, Liz, Emilee, Ben, Phil. Great grandchildren Aniyah, Adrianna, Nevaeh. Siblings Jim, John, and Judy. Mother-in-law Ginnie Carpenter, brother-in-law Gene Carpenter, sister-in-law Lou Ann Carter, Nieces Mandy, Rosie, Angela. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law George Carpenter. Sister-in-laws June and Barb, and her cherished nephew Shawn. Her favorite message to her family was always “Love you to the moon and back.”

A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted tp Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.

Norma Y. Comenote

1950 – 2022

May 21, 1950 – Our beloved Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, “Aunty” and Friend Norma Comenote, 72 of Marysville/Tulalip passed away July 29th 2022

Norma was born in Everett, Washington to George and Pauline Comenote. She was raised and lived in Tulalip all of her life, and graduated from Marysville High School

Norma’s passion & lifetime work was dedicated to the children, all of the children at Tulalip in Education. Beginning with the Tulalip ECEAP Pre-School, onto Tulalip Boys & Girls Club, and retired from her work with the TTT Tutorial Program. She loved to work with all the students and was “Aunty” to everyone. 

She is survived by her Sons Mike (Leslie) and Paul (Christine) Mitchell, Grandsons Shawn (Val) Comenote and Joseph Fryberg, Great-grandchildren Terrance and Noelle Comenote-Montoya, Makanna Fryberg and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Preceded in death by her parents George and Pauline Comenote, her son Shawn, Grandparents Mitchell and Ella Zackuse, brothers George Comenote Jr, and Francis “Frenchy” Comenote Granddaughter Shareese Comenote. 

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial following at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, Marysville.

Terrance Rollo Williams

APRIL 23, 1948 – JULY 19, 2022



Terrance Rollo Williams left this world at age 74 on July 19th, 2022. He died peacefully in his sleep with loving family members nearby, just days after he and his wife Suzanne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Terry was a Tulalip Tribes elder, servant of God and one of Mother Earth’s champions. His mission to protect and restore Her resources for future generations was deeply rooted in an intimate relationship with Spirit. A powerful yet humble man, he attributed his accomplishments always to the Creator. “When I look back on all I’ve done,” he said recently, “… something greater [was] guiding me, helping me.”

Terry was born April 23,1948, the second of four children of Reverends Adam Williams and Marjory Williams. His parents’ community-service ministry in the Tulalip Church of God defined Terry’s spiritual and cultural formation. “I was an egg of the Church,” he liked to say. Tulalip’s Mission Beach was his playground, Nature his teacher, timeless Salish tradition and Christian faith the pillars of his lifelong values. From their parents, Terry and his siblings learned unconditional generosity and an indefatigable work ethic.

Before enlisting in the army, Terry studied nursing; returning from Viet Nam a decorated US Army veteran, he earned degrees in Mechanics and Law and Justice over a thirteen-year period while working for the Burlington Northern Railroad. Tulalip Tribes leaders Bernie Gobin and Stan Jones recruited Terry to the tribal Police Department where enforcement issues soon led him to Fisheries and, over the years, to Natural Resources and Treaty Rights. In Washington DC he “worked the Hill” for twenty-five years alongside the revered Nisqually activist Billy Frank, Jr. to advance the Treaty Rights cause. Terry was appointed to a series of influential leadership positions by Washington State Governors Booth Gardner and Chris Gregoire, national EPA Administrator Carol Browner and Presidents Clinton and Obama. In collaboration with a network of expert colleagues, Terry opened doors for indigenous peoples to enter the halls of power, not merely as equals, but rather as confident experts. At the United Nations and the Conventions on Biological Diversity, indigenous representatives now participate in environmental policy-making that codifies their rights of survival and stewardship and strengthens climate change legislation.

Terry had a gift for finding common ground. As the Tulalip Tribes’ environmental justice spokesperson, this tireless warrior fought to bring together traditional knowledge and western science on the battleground of climate action. Clocking hundreds of thousands of air miles, he spread the message of indigenous leadership on environmental issues and spearheaded the creation of numerous tribal, governmental, business and non-profit coalitions. He forged alliances among disparate, often adversarial stakeholders; he taught the players to listen to each other with the same compassionate attention that he gave unfailingly to each and every one. For his well-earned reputation as a thought leader and for the magnitude of his contributions, Terry received countless honors and lifetime achievement awards. 

But in the end, that is not what folks are talking about today. Above all, his family, friends and colleagues remember this: Terry embodied agapé, love and kindness. He wished no one ill, spoke gently and looked into people’s eyes with a penetrating warmth, whether they’d just met him or had known him for decades. His older grandchildren recognized and loved his quiet, gentle spirit, while the little ones approached him with joy and delight. We’ll remember that his brilliant mind reached thousands of years back into history — to the moment the people first welcomed the salmon to the watersheds of his beloved Puget Sound. And just as easily, he turned his eyes towards a future centuries away, where he saw indigenous leadership empowering the generations to reap again the abundance they once knew. 

Terrance Rollo Williams has joined the ancestors. His mission, far from done, is only enhanced by broader scope and sharper vision. He is survived by the love of his life Suzanne Claire Tabacco Williams, sons Joshua, Jesse and Jamie Williams, grandchildren Alysa, Camila, Isla and Noah Williams, sister Sandy Tracy and brother Daryl Williams.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 10 am at the Tulalip Gathering Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Terry’s memory may be sent to:

Global Ocean Health, NFCC, PO Box 30615, Seattle WA 98103

Carl Robert Romero

Carl Robert Romero, 39 went to be with the creator on June 29th 2022.

He was born November 7th 1982 to Angie Jones and George “Bobby” Romero

As a kid, he loved hanging out with his brother Jerry at the Beach looking for crabs under rocks and fishing at the hatchery with just a hook, line and bait. He loved cruising with his Grandpa Jerry, jamming to loud tunes in his truck. As he got older, he loved to spend hours in his room blasting jams with his headphones on, playing his NINTENDO, Grand theft auto, Street fighter and Mortal Combat. At the age of 18, he and his dad got into some trouble and he ended up in prison for 5 years. When he got out he just kind of lost his way and got into drugs that took over his life. Carl always had a funky sense of humor, he liked to tease and joke around with everyone. 

He leaves behind his mother Angie Jones-Burkland (Stan), grandma Shirley, brother Jerry Mykel Jones, sisters Kelsey Christine and Chambray Burleson, cousins Jonathan Trobee, Brandi Jones, Dillon, Loyal, Jarrell, Syrille, Silas, Nolan, Ellis, aunts Penny, Jackie and Tillie Jones, Dad George “Bobby” Romero. He was preceded in death by his grandpa Jerry Jones, Auntie Carla R. Jones and grandma Pearl Romero .

A celebration of his life will be held Monday, July 25, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, Marysville.

Brandon Simpson, Sr.


November 6, 1991 – Brandon, a brother, father, beloved son, and partner, went to be with the lord on 7/18/2022. Brandon cherished his family, his son and his pets. He loved dirt bike riding, camping, fishing and being out on the water. He was a heavy equipment operator at our family business for over 17 years. 
He will be forever missed. He leaves behind his son, Brandon A. Simpson Jr., his fiancé, Stephanie Carlson, his Mother and Father, Danny and Christy Simpson, brothers, Dan & Melissa Simpson, Michael Simpson, nieces, Kaylie & Macy Simpson and nephew, Landon Simpson, Grandparents, Dawn Simpson, Polly & Jim Carlson, Aunts, Debbie (Howard) Brown, April (Rocky) Brisbois, Sjeabon Simpson, Uncles, Rod Simpson Jr., and John Carlson, along with many loved, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. 
Brandon was preceded in death by, Grandfather Glenn Simpson, Grandpa Mike Near, Aunts Sharon Comenote, Renee Simpson, Kim Simpson and Mary Kay Maltos, Cousin Bridgette Simpson and brother Jason Porembski. 
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman 

Paul Eric Shay Jr.

July 6, 2000 – June 29, 2022

Paul Eric Shay Jr., 21, of Tulalip, WA passed away June 29, 2022. He was born July 6,, 2000 in Edmonds, WA to Paul and Nicole Shay. He graduated from Heritage High School where he played basketball., He was on a championship team that went to State. He was a sports junkie, knowing stats of all the players at eight years old. Was a coach and mentor for youth basketball. He was loved wherever he went and he treated everyone as family.

He was survived by his great grandfather, Richard Muir Sr.; great grandmother, Elizabeth Penn; grandparent’s Richard Muir Jr. (2 Dogs) and Teena Muir, and Kim and David Golden; siblings, Cierra (Trevor) Fryberg, Dalton (Brittney) Shay, Mason (Ayla) Shay, and Kendall Hayward; Nephews, Dylan Shay, Madex Fryberg; and niece Violet Fryberg; the love his life, Ariel Ellenwood; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Paul Shay Sr. (Spooky); great grandmother Donna Muir; and grandmother Deanna Van Doorn. He was also preceded in death by his special brother, Jayden Brashears.
A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 10 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.

Rose M. Buck

Sunrise: August 8, 1965 Sunset: June 30, 2022

The family of Rose Marie Buck regretfully announce that Rose passed away on June 30, 2022 at her home in La Conner WA.

Rose was brought up Seven Drum and was a member of the Spee-Bi-Dah Drum Group. She also danced Fancy and Team Dancing when she wasn’t singing on the drum. Rose leaves behind her mother Judi Patrick, siblings Marvin Edwards, JoAnn Begay (Landry), Francis Williams Sr. (Sugar Bill), children Gerry Williams, Michael Likakur, Tah-Sheena Williams, Charlene Williams. Preceding Rose in death are Bernard Williams Jr., Roberta Suppah, Baby boy Williams, Clarissa Williams, Bernard Williams III. Rose will come home to Tulalip for interment.

Arrangements by Shaefer-Shipman Funeral Home and The Tulalip Tribes. Service will be at 10am on Thursday, 07/07/2022, at the Gathering Hall in Tulalip WA