Celebrations of Life

Read about some of the wonderful dancers we lost. These Celebrations of Life are for students of Dave Serfling and/or dancers from Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn

Celebration of Life – Bernardo Perez

Celebration of Life – Bernardo Perez

Celebration of Life – Bernardo Perez

Celebration of Life - Bernardo Perez

Bernardo Benny Perez passed away May 9, 2019

He had been very ill lately and a heart attack finally took him. Bernardo Perez was a great dancer and active in country and West Coast Swing events. He enjoyed two special events. The Sweetheart Jamboree where he would be first in line to get a good table for the Saturday night dinner show. He also enjoyed the Seattle Easter Swing. He loved watching the pros and volunteering in the grand ballroom. Bernardo is survived by 6 children, 23 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He loved them all.

Dave Serfling: I remember every dance event I went to there was Bernardo’s smiling face. “Hey Vato” he would say to me and share that laugh of his. He was a great guy. I even saw him at restaurants with his family a number of times The Old Spaghetti Factory, Huckleberry Square etc.. We ran into each other many times.

Bernardo is definitely missed by a huge number of people: Lenda, his family, his friends and the whole dance community!

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Celebration of Life – Myrt Penthany

Celebration of Life – Myrt Penthany

Celebration of Life – Myrt Penthany

Dave Serfling & Myrt Pentheny

Dave Serfling’s Dance Cruise 2010

Passed away April 3, 2019

Myrtle Joyce Pentheny was born February 16, 1931 at the age of 88.

Myrt was a very special person and at times a second mom for me. She was in my Line Dance classes for 25+ years in Kirkland, Bellevue and at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn.

She loved to dance and cruise. When it was too difficult to drive her daughter Debbie would bring her and they both line danced for a while.

 

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Celebration of Life – Lou Homa

Celebration of Life – Lou Homa

Celebration of Life – Lou Homa

Celebration of Life Lou Homa

Passed away March 12, 2019

Louis Joseph Homa was born March 26, 1934 in Budapest, Hungary. You can tell by that date that Lou fell just short of his 85th Birthday. He had been telling me (Dave Serfling) for several weeks he was going to bring a REALLY GOOD CHOCOLATE CAKE for his birthday. Lou was a great host and cook. He invited me, Jimmi and Carolyn F. over to his house for a home cooked dinner a while back, so I knew to be ready for something special. He was a special guy and did nice things for us over the years like bringing me chocolate covered macadamia nuts from Hawaii and he helped me with some of the Barn remodeling projects. He was known as “Poppa Louie” to his family

 

 

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Celebration of Life – Fran Ogino

Celebration of Life – Fran Ogino

Celebration of Life – Fran Ogino

Celebration of Life - Fran Ogino

Passed away November 1, 2018

at the age of 96. She enjoyed the Seahawks, duplicate bridge, and line dancing. Frances is survived by daughters Sandra Timmer, Maxine Ogino, Gail Reed, 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Born FRANCES SETSUKO INOUYE OGINO

“Fran was a great Line Dancer. She could remember tons of line dances and was very dedicated to line dancing whenever she could. She celebrated a lot of her birthdays with me/us over the years and at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn. I remember her birthday because she told me her mother called her ‘Pumpkin Head’ because she was born on Halloween. So every year (on Friday night) around her birthday she would get out in the middle of the floor with others celebrating that week and we would sing Happy Birthday to her and the crowd would go wild when we announced how old she was. I have a picture from one of those dances down below from 2004. I remember her dancing here until she was AT LEAST 92, maybe longer.”

We miss you,

Dave Serfling

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Celebration of Life – Robert Cave

Celebration of Life – Robert Cave

Celebration of Life – Robert Cave

Celebration of life Robert Cave

Passed away October 4, 2018

Robert danced at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn quite a bit back in the day. He attended both the Saturday night dances with DJ Ron Bolin and the Friday Night Dances with DJ Dave Serfling.

Many of you probably remember him and/or danced with him. Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and let his family know if you can make it to his Celebration of Life.

 

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Celebration of Life – Eric Stone

Celebration of Life – Eric Stone

Celebration of Life – Eric Stone

Celebration of Life - Eric Stone

Passed away May 24, 2018

Eric passed away in Arizona with Joyce by his side

Eric Christopher Stone was born on August 19th, 1946, and passed away on May 24, 2018.  He was born in Seattle, WA, spent his early years in Aberdeen, and lived the majority of his adult life in the Kent and Auburn, WA area.  He was a 6 year resident of San Tan Valley, AZ at the time of his passing.

Eric was devoted to God and Country, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend to many.

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Celebration of Life – Bill Tozer

Celebration of Life – Bill Tozer

Celebration of Life - Bill Tozer

Bill Tozer

Passed away June 17, 2018

Bill started taking dance lessons with his wife Gloria back in 1988 or 1989 with Dave Serfling when he stepped in as the replacement instructor at Renton Technical College. They continued to attend his Friday Night dances at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn until it was too hard to dance.

Bill was born in Ellensburg on May 11, 1938. He moved to Seattle in 1958 and he and Gloria were married in 1962. They have two daughters Cynthia and Carina. Bill was an operating engineer for the Rainier Brewing Company. He enjoyed DANCING, boating, fishing, camping and heading down the road with his trailer.

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Celebration of Life – Rosalia Sullivan

Rosalia SullivanRosalia Sullivan

Passed August 17, 2017

As many of you know Rosalia Sullivan became very sick last year (2016). After numerous visits to Valley Medical and then finally a hospital stay at Harborview where they diagnosed her with Poems Disease.

She was in terrible pain but she fought hard to keep it together and to continue to build her strength back and walk. She was finally diagnosed at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with a blood cancer and care was transferred to City of Hope in California where her family could be close.

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Celebration of Life – Carolyn Tomich

Carolyn TomichCarolyn Tomich

Passed away June 27, 2017

Carolyn Tomich started line dancing at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn in a quest to become healthier and later added Yoga at the Barn. She also added dragon boating to the mix (she paddled on a cancer survivor team).

“When Carolyn was in a dance class she added so much joy and laughter. It was fun having her always in her favorite spot to my left. She has been missed by all of us that knew her.” Dave Serfling

You can leave a comment to her family or friends at the bottom of this post.

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Celebration of Life – Doris Knight

Celebration of Life Doris KnightDoris Knight

Doris Knight passed away June 24, 2017

Doris danced at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn for several years. She enjoyed our line dance classes in the mornings. She was always cheerful even after recovering from some injuries and illnesses she would show up ready to dance. After line dance classes she would join the other students for coffee at Starbucks. We all miss her smile and intelligent conversations.

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Celebration of Life – Ardis North

Celebration of Life - Ardis NorthArdis North

loved Ballroom and Line Dancing into her 90s. She started taking Line Dance classes from Dave Serfling at some of the locations he taught many years ago and then at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn. Read more about the upcoming “Celebration of Life – Ardis North” at the bottom.

“She was one of the sweetest ladies I had the pleasure to teach to dance and get to know over the years. She supported me through the good times and the hard times. I didn’t know her kids personally but she told me about them through the years. I had the honor of helping her celebrate at her BIG 80th birthday party with music and dancing. And I still brag about how she was still dancing into her nineties. She will be missed by many” Dave Serfling

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Celebration of Life – Lynn Sherwin

Celebration of Life - Lynn SherwinLynn Sherwin

loved to tap dance and especially Line Dancing. She started taking Line Dance classes from Dave Serfling at some of the locations he taught many years ago and at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn. Her husband John also joined her in some partner classes. After he passed away she continued her Line Dancing classes for years until she couldn’t do it anymore. Celebration of Life – Lynn Sherwin

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