2005 News and Developments
Date News and Developments
5/1/2005 Jane Cartano died on May 1, 2005 in Bellevue Washington. The schedule for Jane Cartano's Memorial is as follows:

Sat., 7/9 6:00 pm
Dinner at the beach or under Joan's deck. Julie will bring dinner. Bring your own drinks. The out-of-towners will be David, Margaret, Rich, Jane, Julie, Kyle, Tyler and Cousin Ross Fletcher. Dad will come by cabulance.

Sun., 7/10 2:00 pm
Memorial service for Mom at 10519: Please arrive promptly at 2:00 pm so that you can be seated. Please leave room in the driveway so that the priest and Dad can be driven to the top of the steps. The service will be held in the living room. We will have Mass and then dinner at the beach if weather permits.

Each of the 7 Cartano siblings or their designated family member will have an opportunity to speak for 5 minutes if they wish. We must limit the time due to the priest's schedule and Dad's lack of endurance. We will have ample opportunity during the rest of the evening to speak after the ceremony has concluded.

Mon. - Fri. 7/11-7/15 - Work party to clean up house.

We are all looking forward to seeing everyone!
Julie Cartano Rourke
5/7/2005 The Seattle Times published the following obituary for Jane Cartano on May 7, 2005:

Jane Bronson Cartano died May 1, 2005 in Bellevue at the age of 84 after a long illness with Parkinson’s.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John Daniel Cartano; their 7 children, Julie Rourke (Robert) of Bellevue, WA, David Cartano of Los Angeles, CA, Robert Cartano (Maureen) of Seattle, WA, Anna Gascoigne (Robert) of Lynnwood, WA, Helene Marcelia (Jeffrey) of Bellevue, WA, Margaret Hewes (Richard) of Portland, ME , and Joan Savard (Steven) of Bellevue, WA. She had 13 grandchildren, Kyle and Tyler Rourke, Joe and Jill Cartano, Angela Aichinger, Alicia Lydick, David Gascoigne, Geena and John Marcelia, Jane and Julie Hewes, and Katie and Jack Savard. She also had three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Evelyn and Elaina Aichinger. She was preceded in death by her sister, Louise Bulman of Maryland.

Jane was born on February 5, 1921 in Las Cruces, New Mexico to Florence Delaney Bronson and David Edgeworth Bronson. Her father was the Editor of the Las Cruces Sun News. She graduated from Loretto Academy in Las Cruces in 1938, and went on to graduate with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from New Mexico State in 1942. During her college years she held various campus leadership positions, had the lead in two plays and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She earned a Masters of Science degree in Nutrition from Iowa State University in 1944.

A position as Chief Nutritionist for the Washington State Dairy Council brought Jane to Seattle where she soon met local attorney John Cartano. After a whirlwind courtship, they married in Las Cruces, NM on November 1, 1946, and settled in Bellevue to start their family.

Jane was active in the East Lake Washington Home Economists, the Dr. James B. Eagleson Guild of Childrens Hospital and Medical Center, the Seattle Tennis Club, and supported her husband John’s many political and civic activities. She and John enjoyed dancing with the Arcadian Dance Club. She volunteered for a number of years to bring bread from a local Bellevue bakery every week to the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle.

Jane was a very devout Catholic and an active parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue, WA. All seven of her children graduated from Sacred Heart School.

She enjoyed playing golf, skiing with her family, gardening and traveling all over the world. However, her greatest passion was cooking delicious meals for her family and friends. As a special tribute, her daughter, Margaret Hewes has compiled a cookbook entitled, Just Like Mother’s, featuring Jane’s memorable recipes for her delicious cooking.

Jane spent her last afternoon in the company of her husband and several of her children and grandchildren. She was even treated to a visit to a nearby park. She faced her 20 year struggle with Parkinson’s with dignity, courage and a positive attitude. She derived great strength from her Catholic faith and the loving support of her husband and family. She was known by all as a very caring individual who never complained and always had a kind word for everyone she knew.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Remembrances may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Washington State Chapter, PO Box 75169, Seattle, WA 98725-0169.
6/9/2005 Remarks given by Julie Cartano Rourke at the Memorial Service for Jane Bronson Cartano (2/5/1927 to 5/1/2005).

When I think of Mom, there are so many memories that come into my mind, flashbacks from the past. I like to think of her as she was, not just in the past few years as she suffered from Parkinson’s, but of the person she was for the 56 years that I was privileged to have her as my mother.

I don’t think I ever truly appreciated what an amazing woman she was until I had a family of my own. Since raising a family, and a small one at that, I have asked myself so many times, HOW DID SHE DO IT? HOW DID SHE DO IT SO WELL?

When I was little, she and Dad raised vegetables on the property that is now the Hoverter’s and she would bring the harvest home to the dinner table. As her family grew, she would shuck ears of corn , string beans, section grapefruit, hull strawberries, pit cherries, can fruit, and make jam – all in huge quantities. We had a different salad every night it seemed. It was all made from “scratch,” except for the occasional cake mix, which Grandma disapproved of. She would pack the picnic basket during the summer with food for 8 to 10 people, and help Dad carry it to the beach. How did she prepare such quantities every night, do it so well, and with so many little ones underfoot?

The house was always clean, always straightened up. Even when there were 10 of us in the house with Grandma, the living room always looked ready for company. I remember coming into the house shortly before she moved to Sunrise to find her pushing the mop across the kitchen floor while holding onto her walker.

Remember all of our wonderful trips? I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but she would help us all shop for new outfits for the trips, pack for all of us, and then wash our clothes out each night when we traveled so we would have fresh shirts, socks and underwear the next day.

We took up skiing when I was 9 years old – I never realized at the time that she had to dress 3 children in ski clothes, pack our lunches and see that 2 younger children had a sitter for the day! How did she even have the strength to ride the rope tow?

She hated to shop, but she always had a beautiful dress ready for the many occasions that she went out with Dad. I especially remember her bubble skirt, her mink stole, her Mikimoto pearls, her Indian jewelry and fiesta skirt with the little people on it from New Mexico. Even when she lived at Sunrise, she liked to pick out her clothes each day. She cared about her hair, even at the end! She was a lady.

She never gossiped. I remember my first experience with having long conversations with a friend on the phone in about the third grade. She overheard me gossiping about someone at school, and she would not allow it. When we would “tattle” on someone’s behavior in the family, she never seemed to take sides, but would help us work out our differences.

She loved each one of her children unconditionally. She didn’t have favorites. She always made you feel special because she actually felt that way. She was so thrilled with the arrival of each new baby. She would tell us how beautiful and innocent a new baby was. She treated each one of her children as a gift from God.

How did she live through 7 teenagers? She had teenagers in the house for 18 years, and I certainly remember that we were not always easy to get along with. Later, she made it a point never to interfere with our choices of mates, and welcomed each spouse into the family with open arms. She never interfered with our marriages either, however, she advised us to see how a person treated their parents before deciding to get married, because that was how they would treat us later. That was good advice.

She was very close to her parents. I was about five and we were in Birch Bay. I remember how upset she was to get the call from New Mexico that her father had suffered a heart attack. She hated having her parents live so far away when they needed help, and she was so happy to have them move to Mercer Island so that she could look after them. She helped Grandma furnish her new apartment, took her to her hair appointments, helped her find Bridge partners, and brought her to the house every night for dinner for about 10 years after Granddad passed away. She missed her mother terribly when she died.

Her strong faith was central to her life. She always tried to practice the “Christian Virtues,” as Dad called them, although I think they just came naturally to her. She insisted that we never miss Sunday Mass, even when we were on a trip. We went to Mass in Hawaii, in Germany, and in Indonesia. We all went to Sacred Heart School , and we always ate fish on Friday when that was the rule. In later years, Mom and Dad’s car could be found parked in one of the handicapped spots in front of Sacred Heart every single Sunday. She even had Dad wheel her upstairs each week for Mass at Sunrise.

She was so brave in dealing with her illnesses. She never complained. She always said was “getting better.” I had to take her to the emergency room more than once after she these periods of “getting better.” In fact, she went around for almost year with a broken hip, never complaining about the pain, until I finally dragged her to the doctor and demanded an x-ray which showed the break. She was probably the only resident at Sunrise who never complained to the staff, even though she certainly had plenty to complain about. She was so loved by all the staff because she always had a smile for them and a whisper of appreciation for their care. Jasbir said that Mom would always ask HER how SHE was doing, never complaining about her own condition.

As I look around today, I see Mom’s legacy – her family – my father who enjoyed 58 years happy years marriage with her, my six brothers and sisters, my sister- and brothers- in-law, my nieces and nephews, my husband, and my two sons. After all these years, we’re still gathering here together as a family in her living room and at her beach, still enjoying each other’s company.

Mom’s legacy is all around us because I think she has left a little bit of her in each one of us.
6/9/2005 Memorial services were held for Jane Cartano at her family home in Bellevue on July 9, 2005. The program for the memorial services read as follows:

In Celebration of Jane Bronson Cartano
February 5, 1921-May 1, 2005

Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4.

Celebrant: Father Richard Gallagher

Opening Hymn: Angela Aichinger


First Reading: Helene Marcelia
Isaiah 25:6-9

Reader: The Word of the Lord
All: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm: Jill Cartano

All: The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.

All: The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

All: The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

All: The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come.

Second Reading: David Gascoigne
Matthew 25:34-40

Reader: The Word of the Lord
All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel: Father Gallagher

Prayers of the Faithful:
Jane and Julie Hewes

Bringing up the Gifts:

Katie and Jack Savard
Geena and John Marcelia


Angela Aichinger and David Gascoigne

Blessing and Dismissal

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

Washington Irving
7/14/2005 A message from the “other” David Cartano!!

From: David and Jo Cartano [mailto:dgcartano@earthlink.net]
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 7:51 PM
To: Julie Cartano Rourke
Subject: summer plans

Hello Julie---hope all is well with the Washington families--- we are back in Iowa and getting settled in for the summer. first of all, wanted to know if you plan to visit your son, kyle, again this summer and if so, would hope to be able to get together if only for a short time. I don't have Kyle's e-mail or tel no.-- will try to locate him soon as well. We have had an interesting year with the hurricanes, the whole community is just now coming our of the repairs and final cleaning up. We decided to build a new home on the lot next to our house in Vero B. All spring have been wrestling with a designer, a builder, the county agencies, who have been overwhelmed with the rebuilding permiting, and ourselves "oh, we have to have that"! Just before heading to Florida last fall, I gutted the upstairs bathroom and so now am neck deep in renovation of a very old structure. I have become an expert on wood rot, out of plumb wall studs and unsquare corners. Anyway, just wanted to check in and say Hi-- if you have any plans for this area during the summer let us know. Dave and Jo
7/19/2005 John Cartano died on July 19, 2005 at the age of 96. The Seattle Times published the following obituary for him in August 2005:

Mementos told life of John Cartano, 96
By Bob Young
Seattle Times staff reporter

One of the few things Seattle lawyer and civic activist John Cartano wasn't good at was throwing things away.

Mr. Cartano, who died July 19, was a distinguished orator, decorated veteran, business leader and devoted husband. He was also something of a pack rat, according to his oldest daughter, Julie Rourke.

"He had a house full of everything he wrote, every picture he took and every important newspaper headline. Everything was filed," Rourke said.
Mr. Cartano died at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Bellevue. He was 96.

His life provided a museum's worth of mementos. He was a commencement speaker at his West Seattle High School graduation and a state champion high-school orator. He used his debating skills to graduate from Harvard Law School. During World War II, he commanded a PT boat and received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor for helping rescue 35 survivors from a burning troop-transport ship, John Penn, in the Solomon Islands area.

After the war he was a founder of the Seattle law firm Cartano, Botzer & Chapman. He served as president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce in 1961-1962 and was a member of the steering committee that brought the World's Fair to Seattle. He also served as manager for Dwight Eisenhower's 1956 presidential campaign in the state of Washington.

As a lawyer, he specialized in personal-injury cases. "He was a great trial lawyer. He was a great communicator, related to people in juries and exuded confidence," said Frank Birkholz, a Seattle attorney, who joined Mr. Cartano's firm right out of law school and later became a partner there.

Rourke remembers going downtown as a young woman to visit her father. "He would take us to the courthouse to meet judges and attorneys, then we'd go to lunch at the Rainier Club, and it seemed like everybody on the streets knew my dad and shook his hand," she said.
Despite his many accomplishments, Rourke said, her father put family first. Mr. Cartano never tired of taking his seven children on skiing and boating trips, she said. He also took them on meticulously planned adventures abroad, including a six-week 1968 tour of Asian countries, including Indonesia, Taiwan and Cambodia. "We didn't go to stay in fancy resorts," said his daughter, Margaret Cartano Hewes. "We went to obscure places and saw people eat beetles."
Hewes said her father was curious about everything. "In the 1960s he was interested in what young people were doing so he bought a Beatles record just to find out for himself."

Mr. Cartano was married for 58 years to Jane Bronson Cartano, who died May 1.
When her parents first met, Rourke said, her father was immediately smitten with his future wife, and he proposed to her every day for three months until she accepted.

Later, the couple shared a passion for tending to about 30 fruit trees at their Bellevue home. "They enjoyed making jam and canning all kinds of fruit together. They made a huge production of this," Rourke said.

During his wife's final years, Mr. Cartano was a devoted caregiver as she battled Parkinson's disease, Hewes said.

In addition to Rourke and Hewes, Mr. Cartano is survived by five other children: David of Los Angeles, Robert of Seattle, Anna Gascoigne of Lynnwood and Helene Marcelia and Joan Savard of Bellevue; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. Remembrances may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.
7/22/2005 Memorial services were held for John Cartano and his family home on July 22, 2005. The memorial services program read as follows:

In Memory of John Daniel Cartano

April 4, 1909 — July 19, 2005

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

On This Day

Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.

Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more.

Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.

Pastor Mary Klug

Opening Hymn
Alicia Lydick - “How Great Thou Art”


First Reading
Helene Marcelia - 1 Corinthians 13:4-10,13

Second Reading
Joan Savard - Colossians 3:12-16

Pastor Mary Klug

The Lord’s prayer

Symbolic Gifts

Julie Cartano Rourke
David John Cartano
Robert James Cartano
Anna Cartano Gascoigne (poem)
Betty Hoverter

Family Prayer
Margaret Hewes

Ending Hymn
Alicia Lydick - “Amazing Grace”


“This is the most important one,” said Jesus ...“The Lord our God is the only Lord.
You must love the Lord your God with
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:29-3
7/27/2005 Ross Fletcher wrote the following poem to Jane and John Cartano after their deaths:

To Uncle John and Aunt Jane:

The best memories of childhood
Are not of places or things,
But of strong caring people
Who greatly shape what you become.

No one meant more to me
Than my Uncle John.
You had the quiet equanimity
Of your father, my grandfather, Dan.
You had vigor and ambition
Mixed with gentle kindness.

While you became a War hero
On the Pacific,
You were a larger hero to the Fletcher kids,
Ross Martha and Susan.
Could it be the ice cream brick you always brought,
Which doubled our usual portion.

You were always actively interested
In our progress sending "congratulations"
After any personal triumph.
We wondered why this handsome intelligent Uncle
Remained unmarried so long.
Perhaps you needed time with the Fletcher kids
To train for your own.

Once you met your talented and loving Jane
You quickly made up for lost time.
First Julie, then Dave, Bob, Anne,
Helene, Margaret and Joan.

What a passel of cousins,
Bright, compassionate, vigorous;
Each new girl as beautiful as the last;
More importantly each individually
Reflecting the countenance and
Kindness of your sister, my mother.

The Fletchers have been incorporated
Into the lives of John and your talented Jane.
You have always lived on water.
Amidst lush gardens and visiting fowl.

I learned to swim in your lake.
I learned to eat spaghetti on your porch,
I strived for a perfect A and at times succeeded.
When I married my Margaret she had to see
John, Jane and my cousins,
Who gave her a perfect A.

My kids, John, Jim and David,
Were brought early to John and Jane,
And loved you as we did,
Despite young David's 6 mo old swim under the dock,
And Jim's misadventures in your cherry trees.

You knew all along you had plenty of time for family.
Here you are on your 50th.
Here we are still following
The role model of a lifetime.
As we strive for your example
Our lives are enriched.

Thank you John and Jane
Your nephew Ross

7/29/2005 The Seattle Times published the following obituary for John Cartano on July 29, 2005:

John D. CARTANO John D. Cartano, prominent retired Seattle attorney and business leader, died Tuesday, July 19th in Bellevue. He was 96. Cartano was born on April 4, 1909 in Seattle to Daniel A. and Margaret Cartano. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1926 where he was honored as a commencement speaker and 3-year letterman in tennis and golf. At the age of 17, he distinguished himself as Washington State's champion high school orator, and went on to place 3rd in the semi- finals of the National Oratorical Contest, behind the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Carl Albert. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1930 where he served as the Vice-President of the student body and was a Phi Beta Kappa. He received a doctor of law degree from Harvard Law School in 1934. During World War II, he served as the naval commander of a destroyer escort that was part of the fleet leading the invasion of Japan. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor for, according to the citation, "heroism displayed in the rescue of approximately 35 survivors from a burning transport which had been subjected to an enemy aerial attack in the Solomon Islands area." Cartano married Jane Bronson Cartano on November 1, 1946 in her home town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She predeceased him on May 1, 2005. He celebrated his 58th wedding anniversary with Jane on November 1, 2004. Cartano was the founder and retired senior partner of Cartano, Botzer & Chapman, a Seattle law firm, where he worked for over 40 years. He served as President of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce in 1961-62 during the period spanning the Seattle World's Fair. He was an instrumental member of the steering committee that brought the World's Fair to Seattle and obtained the funding for the Space Needle and the Seattle Center. He served as the campaign manager for Eisenhower's presidential campaign in the State of Washington in 1956 and continued to be active in Republican Party politics for many years. Also included in his long and distinguished record of accomplishments and public service were positions as President of the Seattle Chapter, United Nations Association, President of the Seattle Chapter of the Naval Reserve Officer's Association and Vice-President of the World Affairs Council. Cartano has been a member of the Rainier Club, Washington Athletic Club, Harvard Club, College Club, Seattle Tennis Club, Breakfast Club, Speakers Club, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Olympic Club and the World Affairs Council. He and his wife Jane were members of Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue. He is survived by his seven children, Julie Rourke (Robert) of Bellevue, WA, David Cartano of Los Angeles, CA, Robert Cartano (Maureen) of Seattle, WA, Anna Gascoigne (Robert) of Lynnwood, WA, Helene Marcelia (Jeffrey) of Bellevue, WA, Margaret Hewes (Richard) of Portland, ME , and Joan Savard (Steven) of Bellevue, WA. He had 13 grandchildren, Kyle and Tyler Rourke, Joe and Jill Cartano, Angela Aichinger, Alicia Lydick, David Gascoigne, Geena and John Marcelia, Jane and Julie Hewes, and Katie and Jack Savard. He also had three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Evelyn and Elaina Aichinger. The family held a private memorial service. Remembrances may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.
Published in print on 7/29/2005.
9/24/2005 Requiem services were held for Jane Cartano and John Cartano by the husband of Martha Fletcher Lynch on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Martha's husband is an Orthodox priest. Martha's mother is Margaret Cartano Fletcher, the sister of John Cartano. Martha's telephone number is 815-444-8419.
9/26/2005 Joe Cartano accepted an offer to work with Microsoft Corporation when he graduates with a degree in computer engineering at the University of Washington in 2006.