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The Issaquah Press


Sharon Ann Griffith

Sharon Ann Griffith, of Issaquah, died July 13, 2011, in Bellevue. She was 81. Get service details at Sharon was born July 12, 2011, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Frank and Hildred Snorf. She was raised in Denver. Sharon married Rowland J. Griffith on Aug. 25, 1950, in Richland. She and Rowland raised their four children in Bellevue and

moved to Issaquah in 1988. Sharon graduated from Columbia High School in Richland, and attended Holy Names College in Spokane. Sharon was a lifelong artist who inspired everyone she met and was an enthusiastic member of the Cascade Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the heart of the family and will be dearly missed. Memorial donations can be made to Pasado’s Safe Haven or the Lymphoma Society.

Donald ‘Mark’ Pieratt Ferndale resident Donald “Mark” Pieratt, 55, went home to heaven June 23, 2011, after a short courageous battle with cancer. He was born Donald Pieratt Oct. 5, 1955, in Kirkland, to Lloyd M. and Barbara Pieratt, and he was raised in Issaquah. Mark worked and played hard. Doing business as Northern Construction, he built houses from dirt to roof while enjoying his free time with fishing (fresh and salt water), boating, camping, snowmobiling, target shooting, hiking, panning for gold, music and playing his Gibson guitar. Mark’s favorite


ple when they have a major problem like this,” Foltz said. Sarah spent the next 16 weeks in a coma, with her husband, newborn daughter and parents visiting her daily. One time, Nate brought in a fussy Sage to visit her mother in the ICU. The moment he laid Sage on Sarah’s chest, the infant fell fast asleep. Since her discharge from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle on Oct. 12, Sarah has undergone all kinds of physical and occupational therapy, dealt with severe short-term memory loss and adjusted to caring for her daughter. “I couldn’t talk for awhile,” Sarah said in an interview earlier this month. “It’s been a really hard time. I just started feeling more like myself.” The family lives near the heart of downtown Issaquah, a good location for Sarah, who can’t drive yet because of her brain injury. She enjoys walking to restaurants and stores. After her hemorrhagic stroke, Sarah said she would tire easily and sometimes feel confused. To help improve her short-term memory, Nate and Sarah hung a white board in the kitchen where Sarah could write herself notes. “It just gets better as time goes on,” Sarah said. “Before, I would do something and I wouldn’t remember it 10 or 15 minutes later.” Patients with lingering brain injuries can continue to improve even two years after a an event like a brain hemorrhage. “It’s not surprising that she should be getting better all of the time,” Foltz said. Until June 2010, Sarah worked with her mother at Issaquah’s Salon Jade, a business she co-owned with her. As a working mother, Sarah had hoped to apply for another salon job, but those plans are on hold. Recovering and parenting are full-time jobs. Now that her memory is improving, her therapist re-


the home of the Weasley family. Of the fans spoken with July 14, many said they had waited in similar lines to see previous “Harry Potter” films. At least among these fans, no other movie franchise had elicited such loyalty, although several admitted they had queued up to see the most recent installment of the “Twilight” series when it came out last year. But among these fans, that movie’s vampires and werewolves aren’t in the same league as Potter and his wizardly crew. Probably not surprisingly, Solem and her friends as well as the group with the Loudon sisters had all read all of the “Potter” books. They also unanimously voiced the opinion that the books are better than the films. While the mood outside the theater was predictably light and fun, for these fans, the fact that

thing to do was to mow the lawn on the rider, and his latest love was cruising on his new Harley. He was preceded in death by his father Lloyd M. Pieratt and brother James L. Pieratt. Mark will be greatly missed by his wife Linda; two stepsons, Eric and Greg Petersen, of Ferndale; his mother Barbara, of Lynden; brother David M. Pieratt and wife Annette, of Bellingham; sister Jeanne Moore and husband Mel, of Idaho; 12 nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and greatnephews; many great aunts, uncles and cousins; and a lot of loving friends. Arrangements are by Jerns Funeral Chapel and onsite crematorium, Bellingham. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Mark’s life at Sandy Point Clubhouse in Ferndale on Saturday, July 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

cently allowed Sarah to spend up to four hours alone with Sage. Though her recovery has been slow, the family still counts its blessings. “I had a really easy pregnancy,” Sarah said. “She is such a good baby. God knew what we could handle.” Sage rarely cries at night, allowing her parents to get muchneeded sleep. “She’s been perfect,” Nate said. “She sleeps all the time. When she’s supposed to nap, she does.” Their friends and family have supported them through thick and thin. Sarah’s parents, Peter and Jennifer Knypstra, have baby-sat Sage and helped Sarah. “It’s remarkable about how she can take on things now as far as daily tasks, as far as getting up and taking care of the baby,” Peter said. “There are times when she needs some help and she still has memory loss. I think eventually she’ll be the same old Sarah.” The grandparents moved from Oregon and are renting a house in Fall City so they can be closer to Sarah, Nate and Sage in Issaquah. “I’ve probably done more babysitting and diaper changing in this short period of time then with my seven kids,” Peter joked. Sarah and Nate attribute their successful marriage to their close friendship before her stroke. The two recently got some alone time. Their friends invited them on an all-expenses-paid trip to Palm Springs for their 10th wedding anniversary. “We just relaxed by the pool,” Nate said. “We got some sun.” Meanwhile, Sage’s grandparents baby-sat Sage, now almost a year old and a super crawler who constantly explores the house. “Just value all the time you have with people that you love,” Peter said. “Sarah was 30 years old and if it wasn’t for certain circumstances that happened when she was in the hospital, we could have lost her. We could have lost both of them.” Laura Geggel 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

“Deathly Hallows” marks the end of the “Harry Potter” films made the July 14 event at least a little bittersweet. “I’ll always wish there had been more,” Loudon admitted. One of her compatriots didn’t totally agree. “It left off nicely. I don’t know where it could go next,” Kara Alden, 15, said of the Potter series. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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students. The cutout’s keys are the same size as a regular keyboard, so when the time comes, “We are prepared to put our fingers on the piano,” Allen said. “It’s just the same.” The students take turns playing a real piano, and everyone plays in class recitals on a real instrument. Teaching piano allows Carson to spread her joy for music. As a child, she would listen to her grandfather, a tailor in New York, sing arias all day. She began taking piano lessons at age 6. “I was one of those weird kids,” Carson said. “I didn’t mind practicing.” One time, after receiving a new music book filled with Frederic Chopin’s waltzes, “I ran all of the way home to show my mother,” she said.


tions, like what kind of fire extinguishers do you have to have on a school bus and how far from a railroad track are you required to stop safely?” The pre-trip is just like the daily check all drivers do before they leave the bus barn to pick up students. In addition, drivers have to know the inner workings of their bus, answering questions about the suspension system or the air supply system. “You have to be able to explain those and describe those to see if they are in proper working order,” Rupp said.

After high school, she attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York, married and began moving across the country every few years with her husband, a military man, their three children and her small upright piano. Moving frequently made it hard for her to create long-term relationships with her piano students, but thankfully her husband’s career took her to Memphis. Halfway through the school year, a teacher who knew that Carson taught piano asked her to fill in for another music teacher. “I walk over there and there was this class of cute second- or third-graders,” Carson said. “Someone said, ‘Say something,’ and I’ve been talking ever since.” Many of her students had access to school keyboards, but they used cardboard keyboards when they didn’t. She learned more about the technique at Rhodes College. With the cardboard, every student can play at the same time without making a medley of noise. Every student is en-

Finally, drivers steel themselves for the driving test. Each transit bus is 40 feet long, and the contestants have to parallel park it in a 46-foot spot and be no more than three inches away from the curb. Bus drivers have to weave their buses through marked tennis ball lines, and “if you even graze the tennis ball, points are deducted,” Rupp said. “It’s kind of nerve wracking. It takes a lot of concentration to go through without hitting anything.” He got zero points for one exercise. “I put my blinker on when I came into the event. When you turn a wheel it cancels your signal,” he said. “I didn’t catch it for 15 or 20 seconds, so I got zero points.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • gaged, too. “No one is looking out the window,” Carson said. A regular piano has 88 keys, while Carson’s cardboard cutouts have 53. “This has four octaves, and four octaves is all you need to learn the piano,” she said. The cardboard keyboards work so well that Carson said she plans to offer a class teaching the technique for school or music teachers in August. With much of school arts funding falling to parent fundraisers, Carson said the cardboard keyboards were a cost-effective way for students to learn the piano. “The benefits of studying music, oh my goodness, it helps with their coordination, it helps them focus, it helps them think,” she said. “We are kind of missing that in youths today. They have too many electronics where you just push the button and you have the answer.” Allen, the ever-studious piano student, said Carson has a talent

Even so, “It’s all in good nature and fun,” he said. About 15 Issaquah bus drivers came to state to see their friends compete, cheering for them the whole time. Rupp had kind words for his co-worker, Lee. “Joe is a great steward of the transportation community,” Rupp said. “He’s an excellent driver.” Lee began driving after he moved to Issaquah to be closer to his grandchildren in 2007. “I do the roadeo because it really makes me a better driver,” Lee said. “Everything that we learn translates into how safely we can operate the bus.” Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at


GET INVOLVED School or music teachers who would like to learn how to teach with cardboard keyboards in August can email Carolyn Carson their mailing address at Carson will mail interested teachers a brochure with information about the details and fee.

for teaching students at different levels. Allen’s granddaughter, a student at Yale University, plays the viola. Allen just learned a song called “Sea Mist,” and plans to flaunt it. “I’m going to sit right down and plop out ‘Sea Mist’ for her,” Allen said. “You got to keep up with your grandchildren.” Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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