Tuesday, March 15, 2016

J'Nene Staeheli-Boland is planning for the second annual Staeheli Family reunion and has given me permission to post her notice here:

Well it's time to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Staeheli Family Reunion. This year it will be on Saturday, July 9th in Cle Elum, WA at MaMa Vellones Steak & Italian Restaurant. This family owned restaurant has been in business for over 25 years and is owned by my nephew Jim's (James Staeheli) beautiful girlfriend Kelly Vallone's family... (thank you Kelly for allowing us to have our dinner there). Here is the link to the restaurant, the menu looks good and I can't wait to eat there!

Here is a link to the hotels in Cle Elum so you can make your reservations early, hotels book up fast in July.

Please rsvp me at:
or call me @ (425) 512-4507
so we can get an accurate headcount for the dinner.

I will be staying at the Stewart Lodge July 8th-10th.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone again & hopefully we'll see some new faces that couldn't make it last year.
Love to all,

J'Nene Staeheli-Boland

MaMa Vallone's Home Page
Welcome to the MaMa Vallone's Webpage! MaMa Vallone's is an Italian Restaurant that first opened in 1986 in the town of Cle Elum, WA. Inside the website you will find general information and menus for MaMa's and contact information.

Sharon Staeheli Thompson provided information about her mother's passing.

STAEHELI, Lillian B.(Hibbs) (Age 99) was born November 4, 1916 in Colville, WA to Roy and Mable Hibbs, and passed away on March 7, 2016. She moved with her family to Lapwai, ID where she graduated. Lillian came back to Addy, WA in 1940 where she married Robert C. Staeheli. They spent their married life in Colville where Bob was co-owner of the Staeheli Creamery. Lillian's joy was her family.She was preceded in death by her husband Bob; parents; sisters Jean Phillips, Helen Leaf and Ruby Wilson; her brothers Con, Mel and Cecil Hibbs. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Thompson (Travis); sister Jo Jacobs (Warren); grandkids Tricia Thomas (Jeremy), Tina Skidmore (Dwaine); great-grandkids Emma and Zoey Thomas and Kaylee Skidmore; numerous nieces and nephews. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/spokesman/obituary.aspx?pid=177988258#sthash.I8k5a4Hy.dpuf

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Staeheli Family Dinner

J'Nene Staeheli-Boland is sponsoring a Staeheli dinner in Everett, WA from 6 PM until 9 PM on Saturday, July 11.

Details here -


Hannah Jaeger Wedding in Australia

Recently I received photos from Ian and Catherine Jaeger of their daughter, Hannah's, wedding to Jordan, from New Zealand, on March 15.  They were married in Australia.

Photos may be seen here -



Friday, January 23, 2015

Den Dempsey Continues to Improve

January 16, 2015
Den began work at Provail this week. It is an organization that helps people with disabilities. He has computer classes - his teacher said he was excellent !   And he is experimenting with communication devices that will help him. He is really working hard. Irene bought a recumbent cross trainer for him and he is enjoying a new workout on it every day.

Irene has been trying to find a diet that is fat free, calorie intensive and blendable. Not easy to find !  It turns out that Den has GERD and needs a fat free diet.  The blended food is working much better than the canned formula but now weight is a problem.

Den's court date is Jan. 30th when his petition to end the guardianship will be decided. Keep you fingers crossed for him. He really wants to be his own boss. The physical limitations are hard enough for him to accept - he wants at least to control the material things he has worked so hard for all these years.

Irene is looking forward to spring because she has ordered roses to make a rose garden. She is a great lover of roses. The deck is a project for spring as well.

Sam continues to be the best aide ever ! he is Den's best pal and workout trainer. Such a wonderful companion and friend.

Please do come to see us when you can. We love company.
Irene and Den

Friday, October 24, 2014

Den and Irene Dempsey Move to Everett

This report about Den Dempsey is dated October 22.

Den and I are settled into our new home. The address is 4111 Federal Ave. Everett 98203. The phone is the same, 425-353-5905.  Please feel free to come and see us any time.
In early December we will have a little open house to welcome you, but we are happy to see you before then if you have time.
Den is doing really well. We have been going every week to Harborview to the eye specialist there and Den will have a cornea transplant on his right eye in a couple of months. His physical therapy continues to bring strength and agility and he talks a lot and more clearly all the time despite the paralysis on the right side of his mouth.
My blended food for the tube feeding is going very well. It seems to agree far better with his system than the canned formula did.
We plan a little trip to a cabin at Wallace Falls this weekend with my daughter and her husband. Den's big news is that we discovered VELOCITY, a TV channel devoted strictly to cars, their restoration, and value, and car auctions. He watches it whenever possible, and loves it, of course.
Do keep in touch. We send love to you all. Irene 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kathy and I Visit Daphne, Den and Irene

Sunday, September 28, Kathy and I met with Daphne Dempsey at her new residence in Bothell.  She is safe and comfortable in her apartment where breakfast is served in her room and she is surrounded by her artifacts and memorabilia collected over a lifetime.  Daphne treated Kathy and me to lunch in the dining room then we returned to her apartment to meet Den and Irene Dempsey and Den’s care giver, Sam.

Den has been challenged this past year with an aneurism followed by a stroke which has not affected his memory, cognition, reasoning or ability to read, but has affected his motor skills.  He can stand but requires a wheel chair to get around.  He has limited use of his left arm and hand.  He is able to speak, however, the stroke has immobilized the right side of his face which makes forming words difficult. 

Kathy was able to understand much of Den’s conversation and Sam is able to express clearly Den’s meaning.  Irene is arranging for a speech assist device to enable Den to communicate clearly on his own.

Irene explained the medical procedures Den has experienced and their anticipated move to a small home in Everett.  Daphne shared news about herself and told several jokes which caused bursts of laughter.  Den spoke about his experiences and got a few laughs, too.  He asked about my health issues and expressed concern for my well being.  Kathy related news about her quilt making and showed photos on her phone.  Sam good naturedly listened to all the conversation and clarified when needed.

After Den’s visit to the Tri-Cities last year he and I felt not only a kinship but a brotherly affection as we share common values and interests.  Daphne, Bob and Burt have been very generous sharing photos and family history with me.  I will make a priority to visit Den, Irene and Daphne when in Western Washington.