Obituaries — April 17, 2019

Elaine Marie Stern

Elaine Marie Stern died of pneumonia at age 79 in her Sequim home on April 3, 2019.

Stern was born July 11, 1949.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Carol R. Barker-Leon

Port Angeles resident Carol R. Barker-Leon died because of complications of diabetes at age 57 on April 10, 2019, in Port Angeles.

At her prior request, there will be no services.

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Margaret “Peggy” Rinker

July 18, 1930 – April 3, 2019

Margaret “Peggy” Rinker, 88, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed at home April 3, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Born to Arthur and Jessie Chestnut July 18, 1930, in Seattle, she graduated from West Seattle High School and began working at Seattle First National Bank, where she met her husband, Jack.

Jack and Peg were married, in 1952, and raised three boys, Steven (Lynn) Rinker, Scott (Teresa) Rinker, Brad (Lisa) Rinker, eleven grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

Peg loved her boys and was a beloved “hockey-mom.” In Jack’s retirement, they settled at Sunland Golf Course in Sequim, where Peg sold real estate for many years.

Peg was most known for her quick wit, fabulous parties, and epic peanut butter cookies. Peg loved, and was loved by, all who knew her.

For memorial information please contact the family.

Teresa Marie van Dyken

May 19, 1972 – March 18, 2019

Port Angeles native, Teresa Marie van Dyken, passed away of natural causes on March 18, 2019.

Teresa was born on May 19, 1972, to Jeanne Marie (Hart) van Dyken and Martin Leendert van Dyken. She graduated from Sequim High School and then went to cosmetology school.

She was a beautician in both Port Angeles and the Seattle area. She then returned to Sequim and started working for her father and brother, as a dental assistant, in Port Angeles. Teresa was also very artistic. One project was designing the logo for the Lutheran preschool in Sequim.

Teresa began to struggle with mental illness and hearing voices. In spite of this battle, she would respond with love and a helping hand when she saw need, even if it meant going without for herself. She was very friendly and would greet people as she went about in town. Teresa loved to make phone calls to her friends and enjoyed their visits. She was continually searching the Bible, for God’s truth, and so wanted to trust in God’s promises. She longed for God’s peace and forgiveness. The loss of her mother, 18 years ago, was very difficult for Teresa. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, in Sequim, since childhood, but also attended other churches with friends in Port Angeles. Teresa was a sincere believer in Jesus Christ and is now at peace with her Lord.

Teresa is preceded in death by her mother, Jeanne M. van Dyken.

She is survived by her father and step-mother, Martin L. (Audrey) van Dyken of Vernonia, Oregon; sister, Debbie (Larry) Tiemersma of Port Angeles; brother, Scott M. (Lise) van Dyken of Port Angeles.

There will be a graveside service, Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 11 AM, at Sequim View Cemetery. Everyone is welcome. A open house reception with food and fellowship will follow the service at 486 Conner Rd., PA, (2 miles up Blue Mt. Rd. Right on Conner Rd., straight back to gravel road and up the driveway (follow the balloons).

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in memory of Teresa van Dyken at Peninsula Behavioral Health for Residential Program at Arlene Engel Home. Memorial contributions in Teresa’s name may be sent to Peninsula Behavioral Health at 118 E. 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362, or can be given online at

Nancy Lee Chevassus

Nancy Lee Chevassus, 89, passed away, in Sequim, on April 3, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Edouard Arthur Chevassus; and her children, Caron Sue Brown, Marcelle Louise Witko, Edouard Gustave Chevassus and Girard Arthur Chevassus; seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

For years, Nancy and Ed and their family lived in Sacramento, California, where she was a loving, supporting wife and mother. They were members of All Hallows Catholic Church and were active in many church clubs and activities. For years, Nancy was involved in countless fund raisers, bake sales and crab feeds, supporting the church and the associated grammar school, All Hallows Catholic School, which all four of her children attended. Her volunteerism was extensive, and she was well loved by all who met her and volunteered by her side.

She grew up in San Francisco, California, where she graduated from Lincoln High School.

At the age of 19, she married Ed, her husband of 70 years, and raised four children, as he served in both World War II and the Korean War.

Nancy was a dedicated mother, a caring wife, an excellent cook and a wonderful friend to many neighbors and church members. She will be missed by her friends and family for her quick wit, loving support and outgoing personality.

A private mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic church, in Sequim. The family asks that condolences be sent to 101 Amethyst Drive, Sequim, WA 98382 C/O Ed Chevassus.

Beatrice H. McCullough

Mrs. Beatrice H. McCullough, 97, a former resident of Sequim, passed quietly on March 14, in her home in Dupont

A memorial service in her honor was held at Tahoma National Cemetery on April 15, 2019 at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Tacoma Franciscan Hospice, Soldiers Organized Services (SOS) or charity of your choice.