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Author The News Tribune
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Place Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
Year range 2009 - 2009
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Publication Serving the Puget Sound area, The News Tribune is the third largest newspaper in the State of Washington.
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The News Tribune. Tacoma News Tribune Obituaries (2009-April). (Serving the Puget Sound area, The News Tribune is the third largest newspaper in the State of Washington.).
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Obituaries (April 2009)

The following list of obituaries and memorials were published in the Tacoma News Tribune for the month of April 2009. This list contains 391 entries.


Mackenzie Loran Lightfeldt

October 28, 1982 - April 2, 2001 You blessed us and everyone who knew you, with your incredibly beautiful presence. You were the perfect daughter, more than any parent could dream, sister, aunt and friend. Your memory continues to inspire and lead others. You are with us forever. Love, Mom, Dad and all your family.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Anna Washer

Sept. 12, 1921 – March 26, 2009 Anna Sudzina Washer, 87, joined her Lord on Thursday, March 26th. She passed away quietly in Gig Harbor, WA. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 3rd at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, CA at 2 PM with a memorial to be held on Wednesday, April 8th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gig Harbor, WA (8002 Dorotich) at 2 PM. She attended Hunter College and served as a Navy WAVE during WWII. She served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and in the United Nations in its founding. She met her husband who was a pilot at the time during the war. She was the wife of Lorin William Washer for 58 loving years. They were married on Oct 20, 1946 in New York City. They were sweethearts during the war and remained so until his death in 2004. They moved to Long Beach, CA after the war and owned two businesses. She moved to Walnut Creek, CA in 1964 when her husband was transferred for business where she raised their two boys Wayne Richard and Keith William. They lived in Walnut Creek for nearly 40 years. Anna was very active in her church, Walnut Creek Presbyterian where she was a Sunday School Teacher, receptionist, and committee member on several committees. She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren, political causes and especially time with the love of her life her husband. Survivors include her son Wayne Washer married to Diana Christensen; 6 grandchildren, Jessica Swaney; David Washer; Wayne Washer; Benjamin Washer; Ariel Kolste and Andrew Washer; 6 great-grandchildren, Kristen Swaney, Mace Swaney, Kyle Washer, Nolan Kolste, Jacob Washer, Baylee Kolste; and her sister Helen Neugebauer. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Maria Sudzina, brother George Sudzina, sister Mary Malinich, her husband Lorin William Washer and her son, Keith William Washer. In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to Alzheimer’s Disease Research.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Bryna Lynn Johnson

Our beloved Bryna, 28, of Gig Harbor, was unexpectedly ushered into God’s presence on March 27, 2009. As a para-educator in the Tacoma Public Schools, she poured her life into working with the children who suffered from autism. She was also an adoring auntie to her 9 nieces and nephews. Family members include her parents, Dave & Marlys Johnson, and sisters Lynell (Joe) McCrary, Stacey (Jonathan) Minner, Teryl (Jonathan) Isenberg; and grandmother Virginia Farrington and Bryna's precious dog, Zoey. Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 4, at Fox Island Alliance Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Autism Speaks or at the web page walknowforautism.org/ Tacoma /kids . Arrangements by Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor—(253) 851-9991 We miss you so much, Bryna--your giving heart, compassionate spirit, and beautiful smile. You have made a lasting imprint on our lives.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Robert E. Moore

Our beloved and caring husband, father, friend, and mentor passed away peacefully at his home on March 27, 2009 with his loving wife, Betty, of more than 62 years, at his side. Born in Twin Falls, Idaho on December 6, 1920 to Lawrence and Maude May Moore he lived a wonderful 88 years. Bob graduated from Twin Falls HS in 1939 and then traveled to CA to work for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft building planes. One day after his 21st birthday America was attacked at Pearl Harbor and wanting to defend his country he immediately joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific from 1941 until 1945. Bob sent much of his wages home to his family and became a baker along the way. After the war he returned to Twin Falls and went to work for Standard Oil. Lifting 55 gallon drums threw his back out and he started a long and rewarding career as an audiologist and owning his own hearing aid offices for over 28 years. However, his lifetime dream, after being a baker in the Navy, was to open his own pie shop and he made that a reality by opening and operating the Pie Patch on Broadway Plaza in Tacoma from 1975 until 1988 and then retired. Bob will be remembered in many ways, but most of all for his amazing humor that never left him. He loved gardening and sunning in the yard, fishing and hunting, watching and playing football, dancing with his beautiful bride, playing bridge and cribbage, watching movies of all kinds, and had a passion for cars. The person who had the most influence on him was his wife Betty, who took care of him diligently after his stroke, allowing him to stay living at home and enjoying life as long as he did. He is also survived by his three children Brenda Lee, Becky Hagenah (Mark) and Bill Moore (Nancy), six grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held Monday April 6 at 2PM at Oberlin Congregational Church, 1603 Rainier St. Steilacoom, WA 98388. In Lieu of flowers please send donations to Oberlin Congregational Church.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Gregory Anthony Simmons

Mar. 25th, 2009 - Mar. 25th, 2009 You've already touched the lives of many and I know you touched the hands of the angels forever loved by your Mother, Father, Sisters and Brother. Love Bobby Reyes and Anthony Simmons
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Bob L. Weir

June 3, 1932 - March 26, 2009 Always hard working and eager to enjoy all life has to offer Bob L. Weir passed away on March 26, 2009. Bob graduated from Gifford College in South Carolina. He served in both the Navy and the Air Force. While in the AF he studied Russian for a year at the language school at the Presidio in San Francisco. He enjoyed over 30 years in the wine and spirit industry, teaching and leading wine tastings. Bob is survived by his wife Sandy, daughter Theresa Reynolds (Paul), sons’ Douglas Huntington (Laura) and Scott Huntington (Rochelle) and 5 grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held April 19 in Gig Harbor. The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Inouye (trauma doctor) and Dr Jill Mosby and her staff of the Palliative Medicine Service at Tacoma General Hosp.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Jeanette Rose Folden

Jeanette Rose Folden passed away on March 25, 2009. She was born October 24, 1924. Jeanette married Vern Folden Jr. in 1943, having three children, Vern, Carolyn, and Steven. She is survived by Vern (Candace) and Carolyn, grandchildren Shelby, Robert, Zachary, Matthew, and Joshua, and five great grandchildren. Memorial service will be at Mt. View Funeral Home in the Garden Chapel Fri. April 3rd, 2pm.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


GORDON R AUCKLAND

Gordon R Auckland was born in Viscount Saskatchewan July 27, 1919 and passed away March 30, 2009. Gordon was preceded in death by wife Jane, sister Dora and brother Donald, and is survived by sons Dave, Jim, Dan and John, stepdaughter Kipp, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Gordon served in the Army Air Force in WWII from 1942-46 and worked 36 years at Boeing in Seattle and Auburn as a machinist. Gordon enjoyed his latter years traveling in his RV and dancing at local Eagles Halls. Services will be held 11 am, Friday, April 3, 2008 at Powers Funeral Home in Sumner.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Gary Leon Mead

Gary Mead was born February 26, 1942 in Stockton, California, and passed away on March 29, 2009. Gary was preceded in death by his mother and father, Howard and Ruth Mead, and his brother Neil Mead. Gary is survived by his wife, Phiangjai Mead, sons Ron Mead, Ken Mead, Niran Yodthong and Jesse Mead; daughters Marti Mead and Jitlada Rhoads; grandchildren Ken Mead, Kyle Mead, Latisha Mead and Cecil Samson.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Anita DeWitt-Smith

Born May 10th 1926 passed away March 30th 2009. Anita was born and went through school in Eatonville, WA. She graduated from Eatonville High School in 1944. She worked at St Regis Paper Co in the 60's. In 1973 she graduated from PLU with her degree in teaching. She taught at Wildwood Elementary in Puyallup WA until 1989 when she retired. Anita was active with the First Christian Church in Puyallup for over 50 years, she also enjoyed the Bethany Baptist Church on So Hill. Anita was an active member of the Tacoma Banjo Club for over 20 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Ben Smith. Survived by her children Jerry Smith (Marian), Terrie Maas (Ken), Penny Bangert (Dave), Ben Smith (Kathy), 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. A memorial service will be on Friday April 3rd, 11am at the First Christian Church 623 9th Ave SW Puyallup
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Gerald Alan Filkins

Born March 18, 1944; passed away March 28, 2009 at Franciscan Hospice House, University Place, after suffering a massive stroke on March 23, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Vernon Filkins, and his wife Kris Filkins. He is survived by his brother Loyd Filkins, son Thaine (Sharon) Filkins, and their children Hannah, Luke and Lilly, and son Joseph Filkins. He graduated from Curtis High school, then went to work for the family business, Blue Banner Foods. After the sale of Blue Banner, Jerry enjoyed his time as a member of Fircrest Golf Club, selling real estate for Coldwell Banker Hawkins Poe, and let us not forget playing Cowboy! He was a friend to many, and many were friends of Jerry, as was evident by the numerous offers of help and genuine love this past week. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life at an open house held at Dan and Gerri McNally’s home, 1734 N. Jackson, on Friday, April 3, 2009 from 1-4pm.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Barbara Anne White

Barbara White passed away March 31, 2009, born October 15, 1952. Barbara is survived by her husband Mike, three children, Mike Jr., Jeffery, and Rebecca and 10 grandchildren. An informal gathering will be held Saturday April 4, 2009 at 702 East 90th St. Tacoma Wa. 98445 from 1 PM to 4 PM.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Jeffrey R Senecal

Age 58, passed away suddenly on March 27, 2009 at his home in Smyrna, GA. He was a graduate of Stadium High School and Western Washington State College in Washington State. Jeff recently retired from Delta Airlines, where he worked for over 30 years. Jeff is survived by fiancée Jean Aronsen of Smyrna, GA, sister Valerie of Denver, CO, and many friends. A private family memorial will be held in Newport Beach, CA. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the SOUTH in Marietta, 770-420-5557.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Craig Lee Allgier

Age 52, a Bonney Lake resident since 2003, passed away March 29, 2009 after a valiant fight with ALS. Craig was a retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 66, and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and animal lover. He is survived by his wife April and daughter Tiara of Bonney Lake, and son John of Arkansas. Additional family members include his mother Jean, siblings Nikki, Cloyd, Conard, Kristi, Carl, Cory, Cal, and Jeri, and their spouses, as well as numerous stepchildren and grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 4, 2009 at Rosedale Cemetery in Gig Harbor.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Helene Christler

1919 -2009 “One Tough Cookie” Helene Brummond Christler was born November 4, 1919 in Billings, Montana and passed away March 13, 2009 in Puyallup, Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, and her daughter, Naveda Sherk. Helene spent many years in Wyoming, Montana and in the Midwest. She and her family eventually settled in Arlington where they raised their family. She became an LPN, lived in Marysville and when she retired, she moved to Puyallup to be near her daughter. Helene is survived by her son, Emery Christler of Seattle; daughter Vanessa (Ron) Crowe of Puyallup; one grandson, Brad (Heather) Sherk, Bellingham; three granddaughters: Desiree Sherk, Arizona; Bronwyn (Mario) Lyons, Puyallup; and Hillary (Scott) Robinson, Gig Harbor. The joys of her life were her four great-grandsons and four great- granddaughters. Mom was an avid reader and an excellent seamstress, very opinionated and provided us with a wonderful sense of humor and unconditional love. She truly was the definition of ‘character’ and her passing takes a little bit of light out of our lives. The family extends their gratitude to Regence Care Center in Puyallup for their love and care of our beloved mother. A family memorial was held at First Presbyterian Church of Puyallup on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Garnet Smink

1916 - 2009 Garnet Smink passed away peacefully Sunday March 29th at the age of 92 following a long Alzheimer related illness. Garnet was born in Olympia the third of seven children of George and Eunice Haddon. She grew up in Anacortes, WA, but spent her adult life in Tacoma where she loved the outdoors, gardening, dancing and her crafts. She was most proud of her family and her heritage as a member of the Samish Indian Nation. She is survived by her sister Jacqueline Bohn; her children Audree (Rex) Raymond, Alvin (Inge) Knudson, Linda (Larry) Jobst and Darlene Smith. She had 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous friends and family. An open house will be held Saturday April 4th from 1:00pm-4:00pm at 6606 Waller Rd. E.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


EMILIO LEO PECCHIA

1909-2009 Leo was born November 7, 1909 in Campodimele, Italy; passed away March 28, 2009 in Puyallup, WA at the age of 99. Leo was the loving husband of Prena Pecchia for 66 years; father of Stella (Leo) Tandecki, and Vince (Marci) Pecchia, grandfather of Loretta (David), Leo (Tiffany), Michael (Katrina), Monique (Kevin), Vincent, and Maria-Laura; great-grandfather of Andrew, Alessandra, Annie Grace, and Cara Jessica; brother of Assunta Vallone. Viewing will be Sunday April 5, 2009, 2-6 PM at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary 220 134th St. S., Parkland, WA. Rosary will be held Monday April 6, 2009, 10:30 AM followed by Funeral Mass, 11:00 AM, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Parkland, WA Memorial may go to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


Claude W. Ferguson, Sr.

(Joe / Fergie) Born 12/16/1934 to Harley and Freeda Ferguson in Harvey, Arkansas and passed away on 3/26/2009 from heart failure. Joe was the youngest of four boys. Two other children died during infancy. He was very akin to agricultural farming and all of the antics that four boys could come up with. After graduation, he joined the US Navy and honorably discharged in 1958, serving on the USS Missouri and served in the Navy Reserves until 1962. He considered Tacoma his home of more than 50 years, was a retired machinist from Boeing and Tacoma Boat, and had worked in various wood refineries near the Port of Tacoma. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers- Boise (Fuzzy) and Harvey Jr., his spouse Marjorie, and son Kenneth. Joe is survived by his brother, John (Hazel); 4 children, Judy, Sandy, Paula and Joe Jr.; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and had numerous lifelong friends. Our family sends a special thank you to Rose and Sherry for the many years of friendship and companionship. Viewing to be held 5-8PM Thursday, 4/2 at Edwards Memorial Center, 3005 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466. Private family services will be held at a later date. Private family services will be held at a later date. Dad enjoyed donating to various charities throughout the US and the Philippines. Donations to the charity of your choice in his honor would be deeply appreciated. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/1/2009


James R. Zeorlin

WICHITA, KS . Age 41, retired Wichita Fire Department firefighter and Hazardous Materials technician, and United States Air Force veteran who served in operations to include Desert Storm, died Monday, March 30, 2009. Memorial service, 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 4, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Preceded in death by mother, Marie Dowdy; grandparents, Harold and Lorena Powell and Ralph and Lois Zeorlin. Survivors: wife, Angie; children, Alex and Sean, all of the home; father and step-mother, Jim and Dee Zeorlin of Mena, AR; sisters, Theresa and Jeremy DeWit of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Julie and Steve Cole of University Place, WA, Jamie Zeorlin of Ramstein AFB, Germany, Gabrielle "Brie" and Jon Canada of Del Rio, TX, and Heather Zeorlin of Bothell, WA; parents-in-law, Darell and Jo Lindsey of El Dorado, KS; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Troy and Kathy Lindsey of Hoover, AL. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with The James R. Zeorlin Memorial Fund, c/o Wichita Federal Credit Union, 3730 W. 13th St., Wichita, KS 67203. Tributes may be sent to the family via www.dlwichita.com
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Patty Lou Fuller

Was born to Herman (Bud) and Lucy (Lou) Diedrich in Tacoma, WA on August 14, 1942 and passed away at the age of 66 at the Franciscan Hospice Care Center on March 27, 2009. A celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 on Saturday April 4, 2009 at the Puyallup Four Square Church, 601 9th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98372. Please see full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Sholom M. Zhukovskiy

Sholom Zhukovskiy, 90, passed away April 1, 2009. He was born September 7, 1918 in Belarus. He was a physician and served with the Russian Army for 30 years. During WWII, from 1941 to 1945, he accompanied and cared for the troops from Moscow through Berlin. Sholom is survived by children Leonid (Larisa) and Nina Khavina (Boris), three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 3, 2009, 11:00 am Home of Peace Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Robert J. Boush Jr.

Robert J. Boush Jr., 59, of Lake Tapps, Wa. died suddenly on March 30. He was born in Puyallup, Wa., and attended schools in Puyallup and Eatonville. Bob was an owner of the family bussiness, Boush Moving & Storage, in Puyallup Wa. He is survived by his wife, Jan of Lake Tapps, son, J.K., wife Dixie and grandchildren Cruz and Santiana of Enumclaw, mother, Rose Johnson of Spanaway, sisters Deborah Koutney of Mineral, Andrea Aksamit of Bonney Lake and Toni Boush of Avon, Colorado, foster brother Earl Fredrickson of Eatonville. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Boush. Bob's jovial personality and love of life allowed him to have many special friends, young and old. His grandchildren were the “light of his life”. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. A “Celebration of Life” and “Desserts with Bob” will be held on Friday, April 3 at 2pm at Swiss Sportsman Club in Bonney Lake, Wa In honor of Bobs life & love of children, donations made to YMCA Camp Seymour would allow deserving children the opportuity to attend camp. wsww.campseymour.org
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Therese (Terry) F. Lanzon

Our mom, Therese F. Lanzon, passed away suddenly March 30, 2009 in her home. She was born August 20, 1928 in Grand Haven, Michigan. She met and married Joseph Lanzon, a handsome young First Lieutenant in the Air Force on July 25, 1949. She is now reunited with our Dad who passed on October 19, 2006 and their youngest daughter, Elizabeth Anne, who died in 1974. She will be missed by her three daughters and their husbands: JeanMarie Foss (Jerry) of Fircrest, WA, Patricia Ann Bibo (Mike) of Galesburg, IL and Marycatherine Stubbs (Jon) of Tacoma, WA. She’s now watching over her grandchildren, Matt (Sarah), Greg (Jeni), Jillian, Halley (Dan), Neil, and Claire. Mom loved her volunteer work at St John Bosco’sÉ. She always looked forward to Friday mornings in the church office. She was active in the Funeral Ministry and was well know for her Pistachio Salad. For many years she was known as “The Rosary Lady”. She crafted the most beautiful rosaries and many folks would ask for special requests or if she could repair old family heirloom antique rosaries. In addition to SJB she loved her backyard bird sanctuary, to the point of trapping pesky raccoons & possums with her “have a heart” trap; she even would take “pot shots” with her BB gun only to scare off other critters so her birds could thrive. Our mother was such a warm, beautiful person always putting us in front of her needs. In the last few years she had became the most amazing woman: healthy, positive, humorous...we were hoping she would be around for a lot longer. God had better a plan! Rosary will be held at 10:00AM, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00am, Saturday, April 4th, 2009, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Lakewood. A luncheon honoring mom will be held after the service. Memorials may be made to the St. John Bosco Pastor Fund. Please sign online Guest Book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Betty Noble Repp

On March 29, Betty Repp died comfortably at her home of 60 years in the North End. She was 91. Born in Boise, Idaho, she spent her childhood in Portland, Oregon. In the early 1930s, her family moved to Tacoma where she graduated from Stadium High School and the University of Puget Sound, (then College of Puget Sound). Betty was president of her sorority and treasurer of her senior class. Her first teaching job was in Cowiche, Washington where she met Harry Repp at a dance. They were married New Year’s Eve 1943 and moved to Seattle. In 1949, they moved with their two daughters into their North End home. A wizard with needle and thread, Betty made clothes for herself, children, and even sport coats for Harry. She taught sewing at Bates Vocational School and donated many hand-sewn items to charities. She played bridge regularly with friends she had known since college and was an active member of Fircrest Golf Club and Mason United Methodist Church. Betty traveled all over the world with Harry. After his death in 1998, she became good friends with Bernard Blake of Lakewood. Betty welcomed her many friends to her home, treated them to homemade cookies, and introduced them to her succession of well-loved cats. In her last years, she was kindly cared for by Barb McKay, Cindy Hardwick, Jennifer Too, and Stephanie Hall. Betty is survived by daughters Susan Repp of Tacoma and Nancy Lemke of Bonita, California. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 5, at 3PM at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison, Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Franciscan Hospice Foundation, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401, or Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison, Tacoma, WA 98407.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Margaret May Strand

Margaret (Peg) May Strand, passed away on March 28, 2009. She was preceded in death by husband Harold G. Strand and son Kenneth L. Strand. She is survived by son Richard of Gig Harbor, daughter Barbara Lease and husband Bob of Vancouver, WA, daughter-in-law Darla (Strand) Wells and husband Tom of Enumclaw, ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. There will be a celebration of her life at the White River Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 4, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to White River Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


William Bing Conrad Ramm

July 10, 1920 - March 25, 2009 Bing Ramm grew up in Central Washington. Following 3 years of Army service overseas, Bing returned home a decorated World War II veteran, earning a Bronze Star, a Distinguished Service Medal and achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. This past fall, Bing and his daughter Carol traveled to Washington D.C. sponsored by the Honor Flight organization to view the WWII memorial. Bing was honored along with other veterans for his service to our country. Bing met his wife Jennie in Spokane in 1945, where she worked as a railway clerk, they were married on December 22, 1945. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Soap Lake where they raised their four children. Bing started a successful oil business in Soap Lake and Ephrata which became Inland Oil and Propane. Bing retires in 1982 and the business was purchased by his son Gerry. During their retirement, Bing and Jennie enjoyed RV-ing. They wintered in Yuma, AZ for 20 years with many of their closest friends. Bing and Jennie moved to Tacoma in June of 2007 where they have resided at Franke Tobey Jones to be near their daughter, Carol. Bing was an active citizen in the Soap Lake community He served as a volunteer fireman, member of the Lion's Club and Masons, was a Shriner and an avid Eagle Booster. Bing was a leader at Faith Lutheran Church for many years. Bing is survived by his beloved wife Jennie along with his sister Evelyn; daughter and son-in-law Carla and Mario and their children, Jennifer and Kristen; daughter and son-in-law Dena and Dick and their son Nathaniel; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Rob and their children, Jonathan and Tyler; son Gerry and his children, Jessica, Adrienne and Deon. Bing's engaging smile and his twinkling blue eyes will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held on September 12th in Soap Lake. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma. Tributes, condolences or donations may be made at www.tacomamausoleum.com . Arrangements by Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary 253-474-9574
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Josephine Hancock Logan Mullin (Dodie)

Josephine Hancock Logan Mullin (Dodie) passed away, Thursday, March 12, 2009 in Punta Gorda, Florida. Dodie had recently moved to Florida, but had lived in Gig Harbor and Tacoma, Washington for over thirty years. Her husband, Dean Washington Mullin, preceded her in death. She was the daughter of Helen (nee Brocius) McFayden and Frank Granger Logan and was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 3, 1921. Dodie is survived by her five children, Sara Benson (Ed) of Punta Gorda, Florida, John Bermingham (Marie) of Kinnelon, New Jersey, Meribeth Farmer (Phil Joukoff) of Walnut Creek, California, Anthony Brookman of Grass Valley, California and Lindsay Christensen (Conrad) of Alamo, California; fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her stepchildren, Marilyn Kelley, William Mullin and Christopher Mullin, also survive her. Her very dear friends Maxine Bascomb and Judy and Phil Hoeschin and their families will especially miss Dodie. Dodie was an avid reader and shared her love of books with her family and friends. She owned a bookstore in Oakland, California for many years and after she moved to Gig Harbor, continued to share her passion with the many friends she made working with Mostly Books. She was the kind of reader that would find a good book, buy six copies and give them to anyone she knew who might enjoy it. There was nothing better than a lively discussion about a book she had just read. Dodie was a member of the Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma. The family would like to thank Pastor Joe Miller for all of his love and encouragement during Dodie's brief illness. She found great comfort in their long distance chats and moments of prayer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Haven of Rest, 8503 Highway 16, Gig Harbor, WA. Burial will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Dodie's name to your local library or a literacy fund in your community. We know that Dodie would like nothing better than to continue to share her love of the printed word with those who feel the same way.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Earl Engvald Iverson

Earl was born on June 16, 1915 in Tacoma, WA. he passed away peacefully on March 27, 2009. Earl was the son of Anna and Edward Iverson both from Tacoma. Earl graduated from Stadium High School in 1934. Earl met the love of his life “Bonnie” while she was visiting her grandma as a youth. Their friendship grew into a loving and caring relationship, in 1944 Earl and Bonnie were married in Fircrest, where they resided and raised their family. During their 65 years of marriage both Earl and Bonnie followed the word of God and adhered to the marriage vows they committed to in 1944. Earl was an Architect with the firm, Lea Pearson and Richards where he designed many Tacoma landmarks including, Pierce College - Wilson High School. Earl was a 50 year charter member of Fircrest Kiwanis where he served on the board several years. He also was the first president of the Fircrest Community Club. In his spare time, Earl liked to make jewelry, as well as gardening and woodworking, his passion was tennis, competing in doubles tournaments until he was 85. Survivors include his loving wife Bonnie, son Doug of Tacoma, daughter Laurie of Poulsbo. Grandchildren Jason Buckholtz of Bonney Lake. Erin Edwards, Sean Wright, Mckenzie Iverson, Kennedy Iverson. As well as 4 great grandchildren. Earl was preceded in death by his daughter, Joan Buckholtz. Memorial service, Friday April 3rd, 1:00 pm. Life Center Chapel - 1717 S. Union, Tacoma.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Douglas Roy Benson

Douglas Roy Benson, 61, passed away on March 17 at his Uniontown home of complications from diabetes. He fought the good fight with this disease for 58 years. Doug was born in Tacoma, WA July 26, 1947 to Roy and Florence (Gichard) Benson. He was a graduate of Franklin Pierce High School and attended Tacoma Community College and Tacoma Vocational Technical Institute. Doug was a machinist, retired from the Technical Services Instrument Shop at WSU. He loved living in the low-traffic Palouse country where he had resided over 30 years, and seldom ventured west of the Cascades. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by sisters Mary Thorsen and Joyce Moore, both of Gig Harbor, Wa; nephews Eric and Kurt Thorsen and niece Laura Carlson. No public services are planned. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.kimballfh.com . Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Assn. or to a favorite charity.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Donald Franklin Baker

Donald Baker was born May 1, 1939 to LeRoy and Kathryn Baker. He passed away March 3, 2009 after a year-long illness. Donald was the owner of Baker's Old Town Clothing Company, a men's clothing store in Old Town prior to his retirement. He was a member of Rotary and a Huskey Football fan, rarely missing a game. He is survived by his children, Randy Baker, Heidi Mills (Lee), Holly Przelenski (John), Bryan Baker. Grandchildren Merissa Denmark, Daniel Denmark, Hank Przelenski, Jack Przelenski and Bailey Baker. At his request there will be no services. Celebration of life Sunday at 2:00 for family and friends. Call 253 370 4370 for more information. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Ella (Gump) Freeman

8/11/1914 - 3/25/2009 Ella Freeman, 94 years of age passed away peacefuly in her sleep. She was a true Washington native, never leaving the State. On February 28, 1936 she married the man of her dreams, Howard Freeman. They had two children, Ron Freeman and Donna Mae Larsen while building their dream home. They were married over sixty years until her beloved husband's passing. Ella was a lifetime member of the Grange. She loved gardening and life on the farm. She is survived by her 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Spanaway, WA on 4/2/09 at 2:00pm. Reception to follow at the Freeman residence.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Mary E. Skewes (Betty)

12/25/1940 - 3/29/2009 Passed away quietly after a long illness Sunday. She is survived by her son Jim Frederickson, daughters Pam Kaperick and Nancy Leigh Frederickson, and son Eric Bingham, as well as many brothers and sisters. Betty was known for her giving spirit and often baked for and took care of others. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Services will be on April 11, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Island Funeral Services in Vashon, WA. A reception will follow at The Vashon Sportsman's Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


MINA A. JENKINS

1/21/16 - 3/28/2009 Departed this life 28 Mar. 09 in Ozark, Mo. at the age of 93. Mina was a long time resident in Tacoma prior to moving to Ozark 4 years ago. Mina is survived by three sons and daughter in-laws, Herbert and Patricia Towe of Tacoma, Wayne and Donna Towe of Ozark, Mo. and Wendall and Alice of Nixa, Mo.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Mina will be layed to rest at 3 o’clock, Saturday, 4 Apr. at Mtn. View Cemetery, Tacoma. Prior viewing will be from 3 to 9 PM, Friday, 3 Apr. You could not go hungry at Mina’s table for she loved to cook and bake for family and friends. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers and vegetable garden.
Pub Date: 4/2/2009


Desiree Amor Moran (Huera)

04/03/79 - 2/12/09. Happy birthday angel baby We love and miss you. MaMa and the family
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Gerald Edward Capocy Sr. (Jerry Capp)

Was born on July 15, 1937, and passed on March 28, 2009. He was born in Saint Louis, MO and raised in Chicago, IL. Jerry was a resident of Bonney Lake, WA since 1982. He was married for 50 years and 11 days to Margaret Jean Rehor Capocy who passed away two years ago. No love could have been stronger. Jerry was known for his caring, compassion, work ethic, intellect, and sense of humor. He is survived by sister Martha; brother Edward; daughters Kathleen, Michelle, and Aura; sons Gerald Jr. and David; grandchildren Adrian, Alyssa, Cameron, Cayla, Chondelle, Erika, Jennifer, Gavin, Lauren, Mathew, Michael Jr., Miguel, Nicholas, Stacy, and Zachary; and great grandchildren Alex, Damian, Holly, Kaya, Kayden, Kyndal, Madison, and Ryleigh. There will be no service per his request. There will be a gathering on Saturday, May 2nd at 3:00 PM at the Eagles Hall in Buckley, WA, to do what he loved most, visit and debate! Please join us there.
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Robert E. Brown

Was born July 22, 1959 at Madigan Army Medical Center to Ray Brown and Rita Senecal. He passed away March 30, 2009 in Tacoma. He is survived by his son Evan, his parents, brothers, Rainer (Linda) and Rex, sister, Rayona (Scott) and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Rene. Services will be private.
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Kathryn Mary Andersen

Nov. 21, 1960 - March 31, 2009 Kathy passed away at home peacefully Tuesday night March 31, after a long struggle with brain cancer. Radiation therapy saved her life from this tumor when she was 5 years old, and allowed her to achieve a productive adult life and a 27-year career in hospital record keeping at Mary Bridge and Multicare. Her kindness and good humor made her respected and well-liked by co-workers and neighbors. She was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt to 11 nieces and nephews and great aunt to 5. Her family has been blessed by her special life, and takes much comfort in the courage and grace she showed in the last chapter of her life. She was preceded in death by her mother Rosalie and father Harold and is survived by brothers Rick, Bob (Louise) and Tom (Laurie). Memorial service will be at Parkland United Methodist Church, 12223 A Street South, on Monday April 6 at 3:00pm.
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Susan (Gerth) Christensen

Gramma Su left us peacefully March 30th with her daughter by her side. She was born May 4th 1945 in Sacramento CA. Susan grew up in University Place and attended Curtis High School. She was a mortgage banker in Seattle and Tacoma until retirement. Susan is preceded in death by her parents and son Michael. She is survived by daughter Vyky (Eric) Sowers and grandsons Squire, Shawn, Zachary and granddaughter Kirstin. Also survived by her loving sister Joan Evans and brothers Allan and Greg Gerth. Susan will be missed by her BFF Robin Knowlen. Per her request there will be no services. Her ashes will be scattered in the bay on a sunny summer day.
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Diana Marie Cole

Diana Marie Cole, born May 28, 1953, passed away at her home in Tacoma on March 31, 2009. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 4pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 253-272-1414. Please read full obit and sign guest book at www.tuellmckee.com .
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Stanley W."Jed" Tuell, M.D.

Dec. 9, 1918 - Mar. 30, 2009 Born and raised in Tacoma, he was the fourth of five sons of F. Harry and Ann Bertelson Tuell. He graduated from Stadium High School, University of Washington, and Northwestern Medical School. LT (JG) Stan Tuell, M.D., USNR, served in WWII on the USS Highlands, with Battle Stars for engagements at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. A dedicated surgeon, he served Tacoma for over 30 years at Tacoma General, St. Joseph's, Mary Bridge Children's, Mt. View, Doctors, Auburn General, and Madigan. In 1946 he married Stephanie Siskar and loved happily for almost 48 years until her death in 1994. Four children: "Jimmi" Lorene Millard (deceased), Sandy Bradley, Mike Tuell, Colleen Tuell; four grandchildren: Mark Millard, Scott Millard, Tami Millard Dagan, Becky Millard Walsh; three great-grandchildren: Ryan Walsh, Nicholas Dagan, Kyle Walsh. He married Lois Burnham in 1995 and happily added her family to his: Darryl & Debbie Burnham, Vanessa Burnham Perdue, Vonda Charbonneau, Zachary Charbonneau, Kalie Charbonneau, Tracy Tibbetts, Randy Marquard, Heather Marquard, Rebecca Marquard. He is also survived by his brothers Gordon H. Tuell and Jack M. Tuell (wife Marjorie), and many loving nieces and nephews. His affiliations included: Wa State Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, WA State Board of Medical Examiners, WA State Medical Quality Assurance Commission, National Association of Parliamentarians, and Instructor of Parliamentary Law and Procedure at Tacoma Community College. He was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. He set himself a high standard and never wavered in word or deed. His professional, proper, calm demeanor as a doctor belied his often goofy sense of humor with his family and friends. He was, in truth, a constant, good, happy, and lucky man, and we love him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Bridge Children's Foundation or to WICS. A memorial service is Tuesday, April 7th, at 3:00PM at Epworth Lesourd Church. The church was built by Tuell Bros. Construction Co. in 1924. Arrangements through Tuell/McKee 253 272-1414. To sign the online guest book: www.tuellmckee.com .
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Donald D. Glascock

5/13/1923 - 3/30/2009 Don was born on his grandfather's wheat farm, Pearl Hill, located between Bridgeport and Mansfield, WA. He graduated from Mansfield High in 1942 and joined the US Army Air Corps. He received his wings and 2nd Lt. Commission at Deming, New Mexico. He was with the 374th Bomb Squadron, 308th Bomb Group, 14th Army Air Force "Flying Tigers" in China. He made 1st Lt. and was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving his country. He was discharged in 1946. Donald attended Portland University, studying Industrial Administration. He worked for Interstate Tractor, Caterpillar, a heavy equipment dealer in Portland. As the years passed, Don worked and retired from Don Johnson Ford in Aberdeen, WA. Don was a lifetime member of the Hoquiam Elks, Hoquiam, WA, and most recently made an honorary lifetime member of the Gig Harbor Elks, Gig harbor, WA. Don was preceded in death by Lindy, and is survived by their daughters Paula Via and Donna Hobson of Gig Harbor. In addition his four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and his sister Lois Lee Myers of Vancouver, WA. He was also preceded in death by Geraldine Rieby of Hoquiam, WA, and finally by his third wife and high school sweetheart, Liz (Christenson) Lippincott, and survived by her four children, Cathy, Chris, Debbie and Terry, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in his name to the Hoquiam Elks #1082, 624 K Street, Hoquiam, WA 98550.
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Gretchen M. Davis

1908 – 2009. My dearest Aunt Gretchen died peacefully in her home on March 13, 2009. She was 100 1/2 years old and in amazing mental health. Gretchen was born September 10, 1908 in Zanesville, OH and lived in Norwich, OH. She attended Muskingum College and the University of Washington, taught in the Tacoma School District, and was a member of Tacoma Elks Club. Married to John R. Davis in 1940, they resided at Browns Point. A devoted daughter, loving and loyal wife, a darling aunt and a gifted elementary school teacher, Gretchen leaves a living legacy in all who knew her. She was generous, kind and always had a smile and a story. A resident of Tahoma Terrace, she was an active board member until her death. She funded beautiful garden space which brought joy to all who viewed it. At Gretchen’s request there will be no service. Memorials to her life may be given to charities that she supported. We deeply thank Hospice and Helen’s Place for helping Gretchen live in her last months. Tacoma Rescue Mission - www.trm.org, 702 Pacific Ave., Tacoma 98402; Tacoma Youth Symphony - www. tysamusic.org, 901 Broadway Plaza, Suite 500, Tacoma 98402; Mundo Exchange - www.mundoexchange.org, 1435 NW 30th Ave., Portland, OR 97210; Franciscan Hospice - www.foundation.fhshealth.org, PO Box 1502, Tacoma 98466.
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Julia “Judy” Bendien

10/01/1921-- 04/01/2009 1pm service at Our Redeemer Lutheran Chuch in Yelm, WA (360) 458-7310. To be followed at 3:30 by a graveside service at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood
Pub Date: 4/3/2009


Roosevelt Milligan

April 4, 1919 - March 29, 1969 Gone but not forgotten Happy 90th Birthday Wife Ada, girls Geneva, Margie (George), 5 grandkids and 4 great grands, best friend Vollie Johnson
Pub Date: 4/4/2009


Carol Ann Farvour Mangano

On March 23, 2009 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Carol passed away peacefully into the arms of her savior Lord Jesus. She was born in Tacoma September 19, 1951 to Maude and Henry Farvour. She was predeceased by her mother, Maude. She is survived by her husband Bill Mangano of Las Cruces, son Andrew Farvour Thatcher, granddaughters Sara and Olivia Thatcher of British Columbia, her father Henry Farvour, sister Kene Wingard (Bill) of Puyallup, brothers Jim Farvour of Fullerton, California, Vern Farvour (Gay), Milt (Laurie) of Tacoma and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Life was always an adventure for Carol and her cup was always half full. Carol, you are loved by your family and friends and we will always miss you. God speed, Carol. Arrangements handled by Getz Funeral Home, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 575-526-2419.
Pub Date: 4/4/2009


Wayne M. Haverly

May 25, 1927 ~ March 31, 2009 Wayne, formally of Tacoma, passed away peacefully at his home in Forks, WA surrounded by his family. He was a ceramic tile contractor for 40 years in Tacoma. During the summers he enjoyed working in the commercial fishing industry in Alaska. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Elaine, daughters Debby (Frank) Teachout of Forks, Kathy (John) Harris of Lewiston, ID and Nancy (Curt) West of Soldotna, AK. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a brother Cameron. Viewing: 4pm-9pm, Monday, April 6, 2009 at Mt. View Funeral Home, followed by graveside service 1:30pm, Tuesday, April 7 at Mt. View Memorial Park.
Pub Date: 4/4/2009


Ernest Eugene Schreiner

Ernie E. Schreiner, born in Tacoma, WA on May 7, 1946, passed away April 2, 2009 in Tacoma. Ernie was born to Raymond and Jessie Schreiner. He spent his childhood in Blackfoot, ID, where after graduation he entered the US Navy and served in Vietnam. Survivors include his wife Delilah, sister Janice, daughters Chanda (Corey), and Chelsie (Rico), sons Chad (Lily) and Richard, and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2009 at Real Life Family Center, 17708 28th Ave. E., Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 4/4/2009


Lee Erland Johnson

At the age of 60, Lee lost his 3Ú year battle with cancer on March 31, 2009 at the Seattle VA Hospital. He was born September 24, 1948 in Minneapolis, MN to Bror Robert and Marie Johnson. He graduated from Robinsdale High School in MN and later joined the US Navy serving in Vietnam. He worked in the automotive service field for many years. Lee was an avid outdoorsman and cyclist. He loved animals especially his pet “Brutus”. He was preceded in death by his father. Lee is survived by his mother Marie Shields; wife Kim; daughter Kimberly Johnson; daughter Jennifer (John) Barson; grandchildren Sophia and Everett; sister DeeDee (Doug) Looker; stepson Charles. He will be greatly missed and loved by family and friends. At his request, there will be no formal service.
Pub Date: 4/4/2009


Dolores Mae Corrado

1927 to 2009 Survivors twin sister Dorothy Buckley, one daughter, three sons, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Service: Monday 4-6-09, 11:00AM, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 S. 30th St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
Pub Date: 4/4/2009


Scott Alexander Shindle

July 20, 1979 - April 5, 2004 Your memory is a constant in each day. Love, Mom, Dad, Christopher, Yvonne, Ryan and Logan P.S. I'm a big brother! Ryan.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Evelyn Ann Androy

Was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, on March 13, 1953, and died on March 31, 2009 after a lengthy and well-fought battle with cancer. Evelyn (Evie) was a beautiful, kind, loving woman. Her sweet and caring nature was a statement of how she saw and wanted to leave this world. Her life as a wife, mother, grammy and friend meant everything to her. She also enjoyed her flowers, gardening and beloved poodles. She graduated from Franklin Pierce High School, Tacoma in 1971. She then worked as a Pharmacist Technician where she treated all of her customers and co-workers with love & kindness. Through work and everyday life she brought love, happiness and joy to the lives of everyone she met. Evie was preceded in death by her parents Erling and Svanhild Sortland and survived by her beloved husband Jamie Androy, daughters Corrie Robbins (Larry) and Tina Merafuentes (Derek) , sons Christopher Robbins and Jim Androy (Leah), brother Art Sortland, her grandchildren Jaden, Sierra, Christopher, Jordan, Emilina, Parker, Sophia and many nieces, nephews and a family of friends. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Fir Lane Funeral Home, 924 East 176th, Spanaway, WA 98387.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Melba I. Sovde

Was born in Rhame, North Dakota on October 22, 1917. She passed on to be with her beloved husband, parents and siblings on March 22, 2009 at the age of 91 years. She moved to Washington with her parents and 3 siblings when she was 3 years old. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran College (PLU) with a teaching degree. While at college she met the love of her life, Obert J. Sovde. They were married on May 31, 1940. Ob and Melba both had a love of education and pursued their careers in teaching. They moved around the Puget Sound area until finally settling in Federal Way in 1956 with their three children. Melba lived there until her death. She taught in the Federal Way School District until Ob's death in 1977, and then satisfied her love of teaching by leading Bible Study classes. The next 31 years were full of times with her family, friends and involvement in Calvary Lutheran Church. She was actively involved in Alpha Beta Kappa and Retired Teachers. She loved her family above all else, and truly enjoyed watching her 5 grandchildren grow up. She is survived by her son David Sovde, daughter Susan Hubert, grandchildren Angelica Howell (Chris), Jessamyn Carleton (Jeremy), and Julian; and daughter Kristine Sovde (Joseph Beauregard), grandchildren Sadie and Natalie Beauregard. Our mother and grandmother was a very strong, remarkable woman. Her faith in the Lord was immense, and now she is peacefully resting in his arms. She will be missed and we consider ourselves blessed to have had her in our lives for so long. Graveside services were held on March 27, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 S. 320th St., Federal Way, WA 98003.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Loretta Armstrong

Was born in Mannheim, Germany on December 2, 1930 to Karl and Bertha Rottmann. She met and married Milton J. Armstrong and they went on to enjoy 60 years together, spending the last 47 years in Tacoma. She passed away on April 3, 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Loretta was the devoted mother of four children, the grandmother of nine, and the great-grandmother of three. She enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening, and reading. She also managed a ladies apparel store for many years. Loretta is survived by her husband Milton J. Armstrong, son Richard L. Armstrong wife Cheri, Monica Stevens Joe Stevens, Diana Affeldt, Carol Lewis husband Vince. Brother Karlheinz Rottmann friend Hannelore, niece Monika Blum husband Rolf, all of Mannheim Germany. She is also survived by grandchildren Richard J. and Daniel Armstrong, Moeshea Stevens, Jason and Dylan Hellwich, Bryce and Ryan Affeldt, Marcea and Shiann Lewis, great-grandchildren Richard, Augustus, and Zyir, and lifelong friend Lawrence Castleman. She was preceded in death by her parents Karl and Bertha Rottmann, sister Elsa Spitz, son-in-law Steve Affeldt, and lifelong friend Erika Castleman. Services will be held 2 PM Thursday, April 9, 2009 in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood WA 98499. Reception will follow at the Chapel. The family would like to thank the Weatherly Inn and their staff for all the loving care they provided Loretta. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donation be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way, Tacoma WA 98466.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


David L. Helmann

Sept. 22, 1945 - Mar. 28, 2009 Born in Richardton, ND, he served in Vietnam. Dave was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He was an incredible musician and loved playing his guitar. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and dog Peaches. Dave was a member of the VFW and Eagles in Puyallup. He was preceded in death by his parents, Valentine and Marie, sister Valeria, and daughter Valerie. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Susan, son David "Matt" (Audrey Chambers), grandchildren Olivia, Johnathan and Tristan, sister Charlene Kerr and longtime friend Gary Martinson. Services will be held at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup on April 11, 2009 at 11:00am. Graveside memorial will be held April 15, 2009 at 11:30am at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Kenneth Delano Braae (Kenny)

Saddled up for life's ride 3/19/1934, and rode out of town to live with the Lord on 3/26/2009. Born in Missoula, MT; a genuine cowboy who rode the rodeo circuit in his younger years. Kenny worked for Pierce Transit in Tacoma for 32 years and 5 years at Qualex. He lived in Winlock for 18 years, enjoying nature, his animals, garden, and his grand- and great-grandchildren. He left his loving wife Katie and special granddaughter Kirsten at home to tend to his roses. Cherishing his memory are his children Susan (Mike) Campbell, Thomas (Mary Jo) Braae, Mary (Jeff) Braae, Beverly (Wyatt) Lofftus, Tara (Doug) Wilde, Steven (Melissa) Hubbard, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, his brother Butch (Wanda) Braae of Missoula, his best friend Jerry (Betty) Lindsay, and many others. A celebration of his life and a potluck will be held April 25th in Tacoma, WA at the South End Community Center, 7802 South L Street, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Donations can be made in Kenny Braae's name to Human Response Network, PO Box 337, Chehalis, WA 98532. Contact Sue Campbell at itsmesusieq@yahoo.com for more information.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Robert J. Johnston

Robert passed away peacefully on March 31, 2009 at the age of 59 after a courageous battle with cancer. Waiting to greet him into his new world are his beloved parents, Hollis and Jacqueline Johnston. Robert is survived by his "other" mother Margaret Olson, sons Jason (Rhonda) and Andrew, daughter Leah, grandchildren Paige, Pierce, and Rylee, brothers Gary and Jay, sisters Joy Knapp and Jean Archer (Jerry), the loves of his life Joan Underwood and Coral Johnston, longtime friend Butch Farley, several nieces and nephews, and numerous good and faithful friends. Robert graduated from Wilson High School in 1968. He was a journeyman printer at Corporate Express (Pioneer Business Forms) for 28 years. The Johnston family wishes to thank all the hospice nurses and the staff and volunteers at Franciscan Hospice House for their kindness and compassion. God saw he was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around him and whispered, "Come with Me." With tear-filled eyes we watched him suffer and fade away. Although we loved him deeply, we could not make him stay. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Rest now and we will be together in God's time, forever. Graveside services to be held on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 2pm at Old Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA. (253) 472-3369. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, WA 98466 (253) 534-7000.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Curtis A. Baker

Retired Major Curtis Alan Baker, 60, of Fayetteville, NC, died Thursday, March 26, 2009. He is survived by wife Brenda, son Carl, mother Marie Baker, and siblings Susan Cayton and Michael. Funeral services were held in Fayetteville, NC in March.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Sally Kuhlman McMurray

Passed away peacefully on Friday, April 3, 2009. She was born in Spokane, Washington to Hazel and Herman Kuhlman on May 19, 1930. She grew up in Spokane and went to college at The University of Idaho, and completed her degree in Dental Hygiene at Northwestern University. She raised her 5 children in Santa Maria, California, and later moved to Crescent City, California. She later moved to Whidbey Island to be closer to her children living in the Seattle area. She spent the last 8 years living in Puyallup at Willow Gardens. She is survived by her 5 children, Maggie Jane Wall, Bill Tanner, John Tanner, Elise Tanner and Susan Tanner. She also has 3 stepchildren that she has been very close to, June Pusley, Mike McMurray and Brian McMurray. A small family service will be held at the National Cemetery in Kent.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Freeman C. Felt

Passed away March 30, 2009 at the age of 91. Born in Kansas in 1918, raised in Spokane, and graduated from Washington State College (now WSU). Married Belva Carle in 1946, and they moved to Shelton, WA in 1951. Most of his career was as an electrical engineer in the wood products industry. Freeman and Belva lived in Tacoma for many years, and retired to Panorama City in Lacey in 1997. Survived by his beloved wife Belva Felt, son Chandler (Janis) Felt, and granddaughters Jessica (Dan) Miller and Andrea Felt, all of Seattle, sister Iris Westwood of Albany OR, and several nephews and nieces. Memorial service at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 540 School St., Lacey, WA on April 11, 2009 at 11:00AM. Remembrances to Panorama Benevolent Fund, 1751 Circle Ln. SE, Lacey WA 98503.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Maria Antonia Cavin

Our beloved mother took her journey to Heaven 4/1/2009. She was born 11/19/1925 in Trenton, NJ to Vito and Angela (Grande) Annicchiarico. She was a Lt. in the Army Nurse Corps (’48 - ‘52) and a Korean War veteran in the 8055 M.A.S.H. Maria was an RN at MAMC for 22 years, retiring in ’92. She was a resident of Lakewood for over 45 years. Her later years were spent enjoying the companionship of her children and little dog, Molly. She was preceded in death by daughter Sharon and husband A.D. Cavin, Jr., and leaves behind children Sharlene Moats of Florida, A.D. Cavin of Lakewood, Steven Cavin of California, and Susan Thompkins of Tacoma, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:30pm 4/6/2009, and a Funeral Mass at 11am on 4/7/2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 757 138th St. S., Tacoma WA 98444. She will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Lakewood. Mother’s smile and laughter will remain with us always.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Lois Ada Whitsel

Lois was born in Seattle, WA on July 31, 1925, and died in Bonney Lake, WA on Mar. 29, 2009. Survived by daughter Susan Webb, 4 grandchildren, Kim, Monty, Steven, Mark, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


James T. Takemoto

James Takemoto passed away peacefully at his home March 21, 2009 with his beloved wife and daughter at his side. He was born October 28, 1934 on Bainbridge Island, Washington to Saichi & Yone Takemoto and attended Bainbridge High School. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1956 and was an avid Husky fan. James was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roy. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Takemoto, his daughter Annette (Jason) Clark; grandsons Alexander and Jacob; brothers Victor (Lilly) Takemoto, Billy (Nobuko) Takemoto, Fred Takemoto; and his sister, Terrie Sua. James was a kidney dialysis patient for 20 years before receiving a kidney transplant in 1990. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northwest Kidney Foundation, 700 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, Franciscan Hospice Care or the charity of your choice. A family memorial was held April 2nd.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Orietta Hegtvedt

Born in Stigler, Oklahoma on March 3, 1925; died on March 31, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. She was a longtime resident of Lakewood , WA. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Hegtvedt. She is survived by four children: Clifford Cuellar, Jr., Ellen McKinney, Marty Bluewater, and Juanita Winegar; seven grandchildren: Lynn and Kenneth Stagg, Seven and Tawnee McKinney, and Jennifer, Marty, and Michael Winegar; two great grandchildren: Taw-Cre-Nee and Madrona Redhawk. Orietta spent her career working for the U.S. Civil Service, mainly for the Air Force. She retired after spending her last years as a court reporter on McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Washington. (Now say you'll miss me!) There will be a memorial service from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. April 10, 2009 at Lakes Moose Family Center (253) 588-1865, 4220 109th St SW, Lakewood WA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Special Olympics or Planned Parenthood.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Helen Delores Dolph

Born Helen Delores Roth February 12, 1927 in Jamestown, North Dakota to Glen Davis Roth and Augusta Marie (Mary) Klindworth. Married February 19, 1948 to Francis Lee Dolph. Lived in Los Angeles CA, Reno NV and Milton WA. Died April 1, 2009 in Auburn, WA at age 82. Survived by one daughter, Linda Lee (Dolph) Roa, son-in-law Darel, grandsons Christopher (23), and Jonathan (19). Also survived by sister Dorothy (Roth) Ambers and brother Kenneth Roth, of Los Angeles. Preceded in death by brother Harold Roth, and parents. Memorial Service Tuesday, April 7, 11am at Mt. View Lutheran Church, Edgewood WA www.mtviewlutheran.org
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Robert E. Paul

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at home on March 28, 2009 with his loving wife, Betty, of 54 years, at his side. Born in Tacoma, Washington, on May 23, 1924 to Arthur J. Paul and Gladys Young, he was the eldest of four. While a senior at Lincoln High School, he enlisted in the Navy in 1943 to defend his country while at war, and served in the South Pacific until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked as an airplane mechanic for United Airlines for 36 years. In 1954, he married the love of his life, Betty. The two biggest things that would best describe his life were his love and devotion for his wife and family, and the fact that he was a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers! He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, playing basketball, softball, and bowling. He has had a good, happy life, and he would tell you it's because of the Good Lord and his wife, who took great care of him all their married life, but especially in his last weeks and days while he suffered from cancer. Bob was preceded in death by sister Betty Maki and grandson Derek Paul, and is survived by brothers Arthur Paul and David Paul, wife Betty, son Bruce Paul and his wife Dawn, daughter Brenda and her husband Kevin Hunziker, grandchildren Daniel Paul, Kyle Hunziker, and Michaela Hunziker, and great-granddaughter Annabell. Two services will be held on April 24: a military graveside service at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042- 4868, at 12:30 pm, and a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Des Moines Gospel Chapel, 21914 7th Ave. S., Des Moines WA 98198. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to either Highline Medical Center Foundation for the Cancer Center & Hospice, 16259 Sylvester Rd. SW, Ste. 101, Burien, WA 98166, or Lakeside Bible Camp, P.O. Box 310, Clinton, WA 98236.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Beatrice Diaz Quante

Beatrice Diaz Quante, 89 of Las Cruces, NM died Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at her home. A graveside service was held by Baca’s Funeral Chapel at the Doña Ana Cemetery, Friday, March 27, 2009 in Las Cruces, NM. Survived by her husband of 54 years, Harlan M. Quante, of Las Cruces, NM; brother, Fred Diaz, of Santa Paula, Calif.; her children, Charles A., Gilbert R. (Joanne), Edward L. (Leslie) and Teresa A. Quante all of Tacoma, Wash., Rose M. (Sam) Calzadillas, of Deming, NM; 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


William J. Read

April 26, 1924 to March 31, 2009 Bill was raised in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty, son Doug, and daughter Donna Meyerhoff (Jerry). He was preceded in death by daughter Marlene. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 1pm at the Tacoma Elks Lodge, 1965 S. Union Ave. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Elks National Foundation (ENF), Tacoma Elks Lodge, 1965 S. Union Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Annie H. (Van Ogle) Spangler

Annie H. Spangler, born into a pioneer family on July 4, 1918 in Orting, WA, died April 2, 2009 in University Place, WA at age 90. Annie was a life member of Orting United Methodist Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary, also in Orting. She was preceded in death by husband Lester, son Richard, 2 brothers, and one sister. Annie is survived by son Ronald and wife Lily Spangler, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on Tues., April 7, 2009 at 11:00 am at Orting City Cemetery. Arrangements made by Hill Funeral Home, (253) 845-1172.
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Andre Fleming

Andre Fleming, son of Geneva and Francis Fleming, Sr., died April 1, 2009. Survived by partner Sharon Seek, son Eugene Fleming, and four siblings. More information on www.mountainviewtacoma.com . Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Thomas R. McMahon

11-13-41 ~ 3-30-09 Survived by wife Nelda, sons Troy and Tony, 5 stepchildren. He was one hell of a man. No services
Pub Date: 4/5/2009


Viletta E. Johnson

Viletta Esther Johnson, 77, died April 2, 2009 in Puyallup. She was born June 2, 1931 in Kensal, North Dakota, to Calvin and Hazel Steele. Surviving her are 3 sons; Wayne Johnson of Milton, Paul Johnson of Edgewood, and James (Cami) Johnson, of Edgewood, 2 sisters; Emma Mae (Oliver) Martinson of Puyallup and Betty Waterhouse of Edgewood, 4 grandchildren; Ryan Johnson, Ben Johnson, Kimberly Johnson and Cassandra Wall, 2 great granddaughters; Alexis Johnson and Adelynn Johnson. Preceding her in death were parents,husband David Johnson in 1989, siblings; Lewis "Bud" Steele, Alfred Steele and Dorothy Walters. Viewing will be Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 4-8PM, with funeral service Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 11:00AM, both at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup, WA. Interment will follow in Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup.
Pub Date: 4/6/2009


Mary Furnia-Moriarity

It has been 6 long years since you went away. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you several times. You are alway in my thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace, my darling. -- Love, Len
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Anni Allen

7 April 2008 It has been a year since you were called away from us. Not a single day goes by that you are not in the foremost of my thoughts and my heart. I miss you alot. you will always have a warm place in my heart. Please know that you are missed and we all look forward to seeing you again in that “great here after”. I love you. Your friends Gisela and Vaamu, Caroline and Acea miss you too. We all find comfort knowing that you are with God. You loving husband Frank and your children Gitti, Juergen and Silke.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Marien Viola Hoffman

Was born on December 13, 1916 to Lawrence and Jessie Lagergren in Ryder, North Dakota and passed away March 25, 2009. She grew up in Williston, ND and attended Carleton College in Norfthfield, Minnesota. Marien was employed as a secretary in the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, where she met and married Herbert J. Hoffman in 1938. They moved to Seattle, where Herbert worked as an aeronautical engineer for The Boeing Company. In 1939, they moved to Los Angeles with the aircraft industry and lived there for the next 60 years. Marien was active in her church choir, her family's activities, and her bridge group. She enjoyed classical music her entire life. In 2001, Marien moved to Washington State to be close to family. She will be greatly missed by sons Wynn (Margie) and Vaughn (Connie), grandchildren Carter (Kim), Christopher (Joni), Larry (Leah), and Stacy (Jerry Howard), and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held 2PM, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Music Program, 7410 S. 12th, Tacoma, WA 98465, or to Franciscan Hospice, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Joanne M. LaRosa-Rush

Passed away peacefully April 3, 2009 in Puyallup, Washington surrounded by her Family. She was born April 17, 1948 to Hazel and Felix in Auburn Washington. She enjoyed her work as an IT Tech for the State of Washington, getting together with family for dinner and poker and gardening in her yard. Joanne is Survived by her Loving husband Terry, Five children Gene Jr, Jodi, Felix, Danielle, and Tera. Her eleven Grandchildren Brandon, Joe, Amanda, Nick, Megan, JD, Daniel, Chase, Taylor, Blaine and Brenden. Three Great Grandchildren Tyler, Kensington and Shelby. Her Sister Mary, Brother’s John and Jim additional Family & Friends. She is met in Heaven by her parents and Brother Felix Jr.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Naydene Dimond

Naydene passed away April 4, 2009, at age 81. She was born in Puyallup on Feb. 29, 1928, to Henry and Dorothy Veenhuizen, Jr. and lived most of her life in Tacoma and Puyallup. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Dimond, Jr. and is survived by her eight children-Nancy (Dale) Scott, Cindy (Verne) Keyes, Richard Dimond, Janis (Toxie) Case, Jean (Harry) Tuttle, Jeff (Colleen) Dimond, Becky (Pete) Owen and Chris (Jeri) Dimond, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Also survived by her brother Richard (Rose) Veenhuizen, sisters Joyce Beck and Joann (Lyle) Bishop, brother-in-law Robert Dimond, nieces and nephews. Naydene loved flowers and gardening, and took great pride in having raised her eight children. Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 12:00pm with Services at 1:00pm in the Chambers Creek Chapel in New Tacoma Cemetery. 9212 Chambers Creek Rd. W., University Place, WA 98467. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Margaret Ruth Neptun

Margaret R. Neptun, born Jan. 24, 1922 in Detroit, MI, went home to the Lord Apr. 3, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. Preceded in death by husband Carson, and grandson Kenneth. Survived by 4 children Vicki Wolford, Adm. Dan and Wendy Neptun, Steve and Toni Neptun, Kathy Neptun, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, sister Bonnie Malchow, brother Arthur Koch. Memory donations may be made to Concordia Lutheran School (Tacoma, WA), and/or Christ Lutheran School (Peoria, IL). A memorial service will be held on Wed., Apr. 8th, 2009 at 11:00 am, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 720 West Main Ave., Puyallup, WA 98371. Arrangements made by Hill Funeral Home, (253) 845-1172.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Ramona A. Harmon

January 10, 1929 April 3, 2009 Mona was one of six siblings and is survived by two brothers, Raymond and Howard, sister Kathryn, her loving daughter Sherrie and three grandsons. Her husband Paul of sixty years and their daughter Luann preceded her in death. Mona loved gardening, growing beautiful flowers that brought joy to all who saw them. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, making dolls and teddy bears. She was a lifetime member (50+ years) with the Order of Eastern Star and retired as a Day Surgery Secretary at the Baker Street Medical Building in 1992. Mona devoted the last 32 years providing loving care for her ailing husband making his life as comfortable as possible. Services for Mona will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Mountain View Valley Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Lakewood, Washington. She courageously dealt with the debilitating affects of Parkinson's disease for 18 years. In lieu of flowers please make donations, in the memory of Mona, to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, ATTN: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, PO Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0708.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Jacob ‘Jack’Allen Dropulich

Jack died Wednesday evening, March 25, 2009, at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana. Jacob was born on Feb. 4, 1958 in Painesville, Ohio, The son of Jacob Hugo and Clara (Mackevic) Dropulich. Jacob was preceded in death by his father, Jacob Hugo Dropulich and his aunt Anna Richards of Niagara Falls. He is survived by his mother Clara M. Perez, his only brother Chris Dropulich, step-father Ramon Perez, sister-in-law Susan Fox, nephews Christopher Julian Dropulich and Daniel Lee Gordon; three aunts Margaret Sinesky of New Jersey, Helen Oelschlager of Pittsburgh, Martha Crall of Ohio and numerous cousins, also survived by the members of the Perez family and countless cherished friends. The Memorial will be held on April 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lakewood, 5400 112th St. SW, 98498.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Marvin W. Owen

Dec. 17, 1936 - March 30, 2009 Marvin W. Owen passed away Monday March 30 at Kaiser Vallejo Hospital following a courageous battle with complications from diabetes. Marv was born Dec. 17 1936 in the town of Yakima, Wa. to the late Floyd and Georgia Owen. After serving in the military he became a career foundry worker 18 years he was employed at Atlas Foundry of Tacoma Wa. before moving to Vacaville Ca. and retired from civil service at McClellan AFB. Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 27 years Delores Owen of Vacaville Ca.; his son and daughter-in-law Robert and JoAnn Owen of Wa.; his daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Roger Vernon of Texas; his daughter and son-in-law Carol and Tim Fielder of Texas; daughter and son-in-law Lorri and James Arias of New Hampshire; daughter and son-in-law Shelly and Randy Zwart of Mn. He also has 12 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Owen, his grand daughter Carolynn Aguire and grandson Christopher Boyd Dad, Grandpa, you will forever be missed and may our love travel with you.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Leonard L. Lake

Born on Sept. 19, 1925 in Waterloo, Iowa and passed away on April 4, 2009 in Puyallup. Leonard grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 at the age of 18. While stationed at Bremerton Naval-base Leonard met the love of his life, Marion. After the war he married Marion, went to Bradley Trade School in Peoria, Illinois and ultimately settled in Puyallup, Wa. in 1953 where he and Marion raised 3 children. Leonard loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. He was a longtime active member of the Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club and Boy Scout leader. Leonard is survived by his wife Marion; sister Eileen (Wayne) Driver of Virginia; daughters Linda (Chris) Morgan and Caron Huddleston, both of Puyallup, and son Leonard (Marian) Lake Jr. of Albuquerque NM; grandchildren, Demorie (Eric) Smith, Travis Morgan, Scott Lake, Camille and Keylin Huddleston; and great grandchildren Teagan, Nate, and Dagny. Leonard is preceded in death by his parents Selma and Leonard and grand-daughter Erin. A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Puyallup on Friday, April 10th at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer, Puyallup or 911 of Puyallup.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Melvin Mahoney Sr.

Born 12/14/1954 in New Orleans, LA and passed away 4/4/2009 in Tacoma, WA surrounded by his loving family. Service to be held 4PM Wed. 4/8 at Brotherhood Church of God, 2124 MLK Way S., Tacoma, WA. Viewing 1 hr. before service. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please see full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


William Colwell

Assistant Chief William Colwell, born May 6, 1956, in Fort Carson, Colorado, passed away quietly at his home April 5, 2009, in Gig Harbor. He served with distinction the City of Tacoma Fire Department for 22 years. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Dawn; his son Billy Colwell and his daughter Taylor Colwell. Public Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Interment at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be made to MultiCare Hospice, PO Box 5296, Tacoma, WA 98415-0296, 253-403-1264, or www.multicare.org . Arrangements by Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Gig Harbor (253) 851-9991.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Arthur E. SIVERTSON

Art was born in Puyallup, Washington, on September 25, 1912, to Olaf and Helga Sivertson and passed away in Federal Way on March 31, 2009, at the age of 96. Art graduated from Sumner High School and Pacific Lutheran College with additional university work at the University of Puget Sound and Western Washington University. Art's career as an educator included being a teacher in Puyallup and Seattle, a school principal in Walla Walla and Federal Way and an administrator for Federal Way School District from which he retired. Art was a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church in West Seattle. He formerly belonged to the Walla Walla Dance Club and Tahoma Dance Club, and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Sons of Norway and of Marine View Presbyterian Church. Art was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Jane, and is survived by his daughter Jane Ann (Richard) Huff of Langley, BC; son Jack (Carmen) Sivertson of Lake Oswego, OR; grandchildren Rick Huff, Christopher (Nancy) Huff, Jane Huff, Erin Huff, Kristen (Jeff) Woodel, Kevin Sivertson, Kari Sivertson (Jeff Bender); great grandchildren Amy Huff, Olivia Huff, Zackary Woodel, Mason Woodel Rowan Bender; sister Helen Forck and sister-in-law Angela Sivertson. Private family services will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to BONNEY-WATSON. Please sign the online memorial at www.bonneywatson.com. Memorial gifts may be made to Marine View Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Agnes Maxine Casey

Age 82 died Mar. 27, 2009 at her home in Tacoma, WA. Agnes was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Spooner, WI, to Ralph and Etta Jones. She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, retired Army sergeant Earl W. Casey, and three siblings: Ralph A. Jones, Lois Drews, and Richard Jones. She is survived by sister Katherine E. Livingston of Stockton, GA, and brother Alton M. Jones of Portland, OR; her children Barbara E. Ruth of Tacoma, and James E. Casey of Tacoma; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. A devoted wife and mother, she will be greatly missed by family and friends. Mom’s motto: “Go Giants.”
Pub Date: 4/7/2009


Frank Q. Reyes

8 Apr. 1949 - 8 Apr. 2009 Happy 60th Birthday Dad, Asagu Hu You’re forever in our minds and in our hearts Mampos Mahalang Ham Na Dos En Guaeya Hao Frankie (Boo) and Helen
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Mary Ruth Meade

Ruth to people who knew her, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2009 after a short term of pancreatic cancer. Ruth was born in Olla, Louisiana to Russell Ward Tousley and Jane Love Tousley on December 20, 1923. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, younger sister Martha Steele, younger brother Dan Tousley, first husband Cal Rogers, and second husband Robert Meade. Ruth is survived by her daughters Barbara Rogers and Beth Meade Rasmussen, granddaughter Diana Twaddle, grandson Karl Fulton, and great grandson Bay Twaddle, as well as sister-in-law Mary Tousley and niece Danette Roushey. Services will be 1PM Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Mason Methodist Church in Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donation be made to the Group Health Community Foundation Hospice Fund, Dept. 4194, P.O. Box 34936, Seattle WA 98124-1936.
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Floyd Joseph Reynolds

Resident of University Place Floyd passed away peacefully at his home on March 29, 2009. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marlene. He is survived by his brother Bob and Nancy Reynolds of Akron, Ohio and their son, John. Devoted father of Sylvia Smith and Becky Scherz, sons-in-law Tom Smith and Eric Scherz. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Craig Smith, Linsay and Trevor Scherz; and two great grandchildren, Reed Smith and Jenna Smith. Floyd was a longtime University Place resident. He retired from the military where he served for 20 years and he worked at American Lake Veterans Hospital. A military memorial service will be held Friday, April 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Chambers Creek Chapel at New Tacoma Cemeteries & Funeral Home, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West, University Place, WA 98467. Tele: 253-564-1311.
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Raymond L. Mickelson

Raymond L. Mickelson, born May 8, 1913 in Larned, Kansas to John and Olive Mickelson, peacefully passed away on March 19, 2009. Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Edna, in 1993. He is survived by his daughters, Lynn Munneke (Henry) and Diane Cloquet, his son, James Mickelson, 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ray moved to Tacoma at age 3 and left school before graduating to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Ray was a proud WWII veteran, serving with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific and Okinawa. He retired in 1972 after 23 years as a civil service employee at McChord AFB. A member of the Eagles Club, Elks Club, and VFW, Ray also loved traveling, especially to Hawaii, spectator football, but mostly he loved the company of his family. Ray will be greatly missed. A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday April 25 at St. John Bosco Church, Lakewood. The family would like to thank the staff of Patriot's Landing, University Place Care Center, Ray's Physicians, and Franciscan Hospice for their loving care. Memorials may be made in Ray's name to Franciscan Hospice.
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Murray Mr.C Coleman, Jr.

Passed away peacefully on April 2, 2009. Waiting to welcome him to his new home are his parents and two brothers. Murray was born on August 19, 1932 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He joined the Army and spent most of his military career at Fort Lewis, WA. After retiring he decided to make Tacoma home. He also retired from the Puyallup School District, where he served as Operations Supervisor. Murray was a member of the Golden Eagle Social Club, TREA #74, and Egyptian Lodge #44. He is survived by his wife of 35 years Ardangia "Mrs. C" Coleman, sons Dale (Lynette), Murray R, Terrance (Becky), Lawrence, and Darrin; stepson Delwyn R. Blanchard; daughters Janice (Christopher), Velma, and Sheila; brothers John Garrett (Mary), Charles Ray Garrett (Jinny), Odell Garrett (Dellah), O'Neal Garrett (Polly); sisters Bettye Brown and Julia Nell (Harvest) Robertson and a host of other relatives and friends. Viewing will be from 1:00-9:00 PM on Thursday, April 9th at Mountain View Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on April 10th in the Valley Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home. Repass immediately following the burial at the Golden Eagle Social Club, 5808 75th Street West, Lakewood, 98467. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Hilda Mae Aveldson Brawdy

Passed away Friday, April 3, 2009 in Moscow, Idaho. She was born on July 4, 1914 to August A. Aveldson and Etta Trenholm in Didsbury, Canada. Hilda graduated from Lincoln High School in 1934. After graduation she worked at Van de Kamps bakery and Mallon Motors. She then went to work at the National Bank of Washington where she made her career and retired after 30 years as a bank officer. She moved to Pullman, WA in 1999 where she resided in her home until November when she moved to assisted living. She is survived by her son David Brawdy of Pullman, WA, her grandchildren Howard Brawdy and Cheryl Childers and one great granddaughter Dani, all residing in Dallas, TX; her niece Judy Cunningham of Chehalis and her nephew Richard Aveldson of Tacoma. Visitation 10 AM - 1 PM Friday, April 10, 2009 in Fir Lane Funeral Home with graveside services at 1 PM Friday, April 10, 2009 in Fir Lane Memorial Park. Fir Lane Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Daniel “Dan”J. Jones, Jr.

Outdoor Sportsman Mr. Daniel J. Jones, Jr., age 81 of Puyallup, WA, died March 29, 2009 at 12:30 am. He was being treated for a stroke at Tacoma General Hospital and died from complications with pneumonia. Dan was born in Tacoma, WA on July 19, 1927, the son of the late Rose and Daniel Jones, Sr. and brother to the late Jim Jones and Donna James. He is survived by his sisters Gayle M. Hogg and Arlene Dixon, his brother Pete Jones, his two daughters Carol Jones Ward and Lynn Jones Moon, their husbands and five grandchildren. He was married to Ruth Oliver Jones in 1948 in Tacoma, WA. His second marriage was to the late Patricia Knutsen Jones in 1975 in Puyallup WA. During WWII Dan served in the Merchant Marine; he was too young at that time to enlist in the military. He served as the ship's cook and when the war was over he opened a restaurant in downtown Tacoma. In 1954 he went to work for Philip Morris and retired from the company after 35 years. He lived in Tacoma and the surrounding area his entire life and was best known for his outdoor sporting activities. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He belonged to the Tacoma Sportsman's Club for years and was an active member of Ducks Unlimited. What he loved most was his Black Labrador Retrievers. Dan served as the president of the Tacoma Retriever Club for many years. He often served as a judge at local and national trials and was a skilled amateur dog trainer and field trialer himself. He won numerous awards and championships with his dogs over the years including a National Championship for his first and possibly his favorite lab, Sam of Marlboro Country. A memorial service celebrating Dan's active life as a Sportsman will be held at Remlinger Farms, 32610 NE 32d St., Carnation, WA on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 PM. (425-333-4135, events@remlingerfarms.com. His remains will be interred at Sumner Cemetery with his wife Patricia's.
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Norman H. Harrell

Norman H. Harrell was born November 22, 1932 and passed away at his home on April 2, 2009. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a Chevron dealer for over 40 years. Norman is survived by his wife Margaret, his son Charles, daughter Mistine, as well as two grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/8/2009


Joe William Garcia, Jr SMSGT,USAF,Retired

Joe was born on Aug 9, 1952 at Edwards AFB, CA to Joe and Johanna Garcia. That should have been an indication of the importance the Air Force would play in his life. He enlisted in 1970 as a Supply Technician and was honorably discharged in 1991 from the 62nd Supply Squadron at McChord. During those years he was stationed in Germany, Spain, Illinois, Washington and was decorated for his service in Desert Storm. Joe loved model airplanes and cars, along with any science fiction book or movie. He was a big Star Trek fan and watched those early episodes many times. Joe always had a joke for anyone he met; and how he loved his Tab and his gum! Anyone who knew him remembers his infectious smile. Preceded in death by his parents and survived by his wife, Carolyn and sons David (wife Tricia and son Xander), Brian and Sean. His sisters Rosita Garcia, Cynthia Lonctot and Johanna Irwin (Jon) along with numerous nieces and nephews will miss him dearly. After a courageous battle against Multiple Sclerosis, he went quietly in the early morning of April 5, 2009 into the arms of our Father and was welcomed by family members who have passed. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his honor to the National MS Society. Viewing will be at Mt. View Funeral Home Monday April 13th from noon until 9 P.M. Memorial service in the Mt. View Garden Chapel with full military honors Tuesday April 14th at 2:00 PM. Reception following.
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Jessie Lee (O’Gwynn) Totty

Jessie Lee (O’Gwynn) Totty died in Tacoma, Washington on March 16, 2009. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.T. O’Gwynn, she was born in Montgomery, Alabama on November 14, 1917. She graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1934. In 1940 she married A.J. Totty, Jr. Jessie was a professional woman who worked for the Air Force for many years in Texas. She was known in the Northwest for her participation in International Toastmistress Clubs, primarily as International Vice President for Western Regions. Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son Abner J. Totty, III, and four brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughter Syra Beth Puett, her grandchildren Caryl (John) Dowd, Robert (Terri) Puett, and Geoffrey (Linda Robson) Puett, two great-granddaughters, Juliana and Mariana Dowd, three nieces, and one nephew. The family wishes to thank Orchard Park and Franciscan Hospice for their loving care.
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Gerald Wayne Elliott

Jerry was born in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on April 4, 1941 and passed away on March 26, 2009. He is survived by his wife Connie, daughter Corinna (Lawrence) and son Sean (Jocelyn). At his request there will be no services. A donation may be given to the Pierce County Humane Society in his memory.
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Hazle Irene (Foister) Maillard

Hazle was called home on 4/4/2009. She was a lady of grace and love, a mother, a grand- and great-grandmother. But most of all a prayer warrior, who touched and was touched by many lives, all for the glory of God Almighty. She was finally edified, elected and delivered unto Christ's eternal arms after 75 years of life and loyal service. An artist that was never satisfied until realism was brought to life in both her water colors and oils, her ability to see beauty in all she saw and painted is proof of God's promise on talents and their use to His desires. Hazle is survived by two brothers, Gene and Lyle Foister, two sons, Michael and Mark, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five nieces, and six nephews. Welcome home Hazle, thy good and faithful servant, you will be lovingly missed. The family wishes to thank Tacoma General Hospital, CVICU and IICU, and Manor Care Nursing Facility for their watchful and considerate care. They were greatly appreciated during Hazle's illness. Viewing to be held 5-8PM Thursday, 4/9, at Edwards Memorial Center, 3005 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA. Graveside service to be held 12Noon Friday, 4/10/2009 at Salkum Cemetery, Salkum, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com
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Franklin H. Underhill

Franklin H. Underhill, a resident of The Lakes at Gig Harbor, died peacefully at age 81 at Franciscan Hospice in Tacoma on March 28th, 2009. A native of Beloit, Wisconsin, Frank was a veteran of the Merchant Marines on the Great Lakes and in the South Pacific. He began a long and distinguished career in the Federal Civil Service at Clark AFB in the Phillipines, after which he served in Spain and Germany. He and his wife Julie spent over 30 years overseas in service to our country. Frank was a 57-year member and former president of the Eagles, and he also served with the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. A knowledgeable man of strong intellect, vast experience and sharp wit, Frank was an extraordinary storyteller who maintained his independent spirit to the end. He was an avid family historian whose English ancestry is traced to 1547, and an Underhill was among the first English colonists. Frank's greatest passion was his family. He is survived by Julie, his loving wife of 59 years, his sister Mary Lou of Beloit, Wisconsin, his six daughters, as well as 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha Inez (Bennett) and Leslie Homer Underhill, as well as by his brothers Merlyn (Duke), Irving, and Cecil. In accordance with his wishes no service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Merchant Marine Association.
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FRANK McKINLEY RYBIN

Frank was born July 2, 1920 in Butte, MT; passed away March 27, 2009 in Tacoma, WA at the age of 88. He and his wife owned the Span Deli in Gig Harbor for many years. Frank was a veteran, serving in the Coast Guard during world war II. He loved boating and was a lifelong member of the Tacoma Yacht Club and also belonged to the Tacoma Elks RV group "Antlers Astray". Frank was the loving husband of Jane Rybin for 67 years; father of Frank Randall (Deanne) Rybin, Barry Rybin, and Mark (Theresa) Rybin; grandfather of Victoria, Jonathan, and Rayce; great-grandfather of Justin, Kiry, Ashley, and Hayley; and his special dog, Shadow Bear. At his request no services were held. Memorials may go to the Franciscan Hospice with the family's profound gratitude. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
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DONALD PETER EMIL LARSEN

Don died Saturday, April 4, 2009 at St. Peter Hospital in the arms of his wife, Janice. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CWU Athletics, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7570 or First United Methodist Church Youth Ministries, 1224 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington (360) 753-1065 To leave condolences online please visit, www.funeral alternatives.org
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Craig Alan Weathers

Craig Alan Weathers of Puyallup, Washington passed away peacefully on April 5, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He is the son of Dorothy Weathers and the late Bill Weathers. He is also survived by his sister Patti, brother Steve, niece Sierra, and nephew Daniel. A celebration of Craig's life will be held on Monday, April 13th at 11 am Champions Centre Tacoma 1819 East 72nd Street Tacoma, WA 98404 (253) 475-6454 For further information please visit www.curnowfuneral home.com
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Dale F. Yearwood, Jr.

Born January 7, 1960 in Auburn, WA; died March 14, 2009 in Eatonville, WA. Dale was preceded in death by his father Dale F. Yearwood who passed away July 1993. Dale lived in Sumner WA for 3 years. He is survived by his son Jeremy Yearwood, his mother Sharon Yearwood of Sumner, brother James Yearwood of Tacoma, sister Charlotte Slayton of Montana, grandmother Virginia Bowles of South Dakota, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and two great nieces. Services were held Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Sumner Cemetery, joining his father.
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Rev. Gene H. Upton

Born Dec. 28, 1922 in Tacoma, Gene passed away at Avamere Rehab, Hillsboro, Oregon on March 28, 2009. A graduate of Lincoln High, he served in WWII as an Army medic in the Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism. After the war, Gene graduated from PLU and attended San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he received his degree in ministry. His first church was Fife Presbyterian. In 1986 he retired as Pastor Emeritus of Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro. Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley, 5 sons, 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, a sister, and 2 brothers. Memorial services were held April 4, 2009 in Hillsboro.
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Duane Stewart (Uncle D-Wayne)

Born 9-12-19 in Bingham Wy; passed away peacefully on 4-6-09 in Eatonville, Wa. Preceded in death by his one and only true love, wife Stella Stewart. Survived by sisters Imogene Soule’ of Montana and Patricia Stewart of California; loving niece and nephews Denise and Dennis Severson and their children Kathryn and Rachel; many other nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his friends and caregivers Vicki Blount and Carol Baker for their outstanding care and comfort. Graveside service will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park on Friday, 11am, April 10, 2009.
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Robert J Johnston

Born 03/11/1950, Passed 03/31/2009 Survived by his three children, Leah, Jason, and Andrew, also three grandchildren, Paige and Pierce Guthrie, and his newest and favorite, (MONKEY) Rylee Johnston. Graveside service today at 2pm old Tacoma Cemetery.
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Carolyn Virginia Beaver-Hobucket/Adams

Aug. 14, 1947 - Apr. 2, 2009 Born in McAlister, OK. is survived by her husband: Charles Adams, her son Charles Hobucket and his girlfriend Vanna Phal. Five grandchildren: Mycal and Saygan, Medina, Devin Hobucket, Ryan Phal, Javan Phal and one great granddaughter she never met. May she rest in peace.
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Alfhild AlEsther Parks

Alfhild (Al) went home to our Lord on April 2, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. She was born September 23, 1914 in Bismark, North Dakota and moved to Tacoma when she was 3 years old. She is survived by sons Frank (Bernie), Harold (Kathleen) and Don, grandchildren: Vicki (Brent) Polly, Don (Kris) Parks, James (Darlene) Parks and Holly (Virgil) Vetter, great-grandchildren Alex & Brittany Polly, Ashley Parks, Tallana & Dean Parks and Tori, LV & Candra Vetter and her sisters Inga Hemel and Esther (Wayne) Peters. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank in 1976 after 43 years of marriage, baby daughter Darlene, sisters Ruth Hunter, Rosemary Bond and Ilovene Potter and brothers Malcolm & Don Albrigtson. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for over 60 years and had been President of the Ladies Aid for 15 years. She was a Commander of Navy Mothers, both state and local, and a member for over 40 years. She was involved in her son's schools PTA and served as President at Bryant School. Her family was her greatest treasure right next to being one of our Lord's children. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM at Zion Lutheran Church. Memorial gifts may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 3410 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406 or to a charity of your Choice. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
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Stafford Talmadge Carter

25 June 1922—05 April 2009 Stafford T. Carter passed away peacefully at home on the morning of 05 April 2009 surrounded by loving family. Born 25 June 1922, in Coffee County, Georgia, he grew up during the hard times of the depression era. The son of William Bryant Carter and Georgia (Smith) he was the youngest of eight siblings, all who have preceded him in death. Leaving Georgia at the age of 17, he arrived at Ft Lewis, WA to enlist in the service and devoted 24+ years to the Army Infantry, Army Air Corp, and Air Force. During his extensive military career, which included nine military campaigns during WWII, he was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Belgian fourragere, two Presidential Citations, and many more medals and awards. Among his many military accomplishments, Captain (and later Major) Stafford Carter was an integral part of the officer core that developed and implemented the Atlas Missile Project at Vandenberg AFB, California. In 1948, Stafford came home to Georgia to propose to Lois Alma Howell, the love of his life, and in a whirlwind of events, they woke the preacher in the middle of the night and married on 09 February 1948. This marriage lasted over 60 years, until Lois passed on 05 October 2008. Always a farmer at heart, Stafford retired after his service years to a gentlemen's farm in Puyallup, Washington where he applied his extraordinary talent and abilities to gardening, grafting trees, bee keeping, wine making, canning and caring for numerous farm animals. He always had one project or another under wayÉ (and neighbors would comment when they heard him out back with the hammer: “Mr. Carter must have found another nail!”) Stafford is survived by four children: Joy, Michael, Patricia and Pamela; nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Audrey, Steven, Shelley, Leah, Travis, Donovan, Harrison and Stephanie; eight great grandchildren: Triston, Connor, Shaelyn, Emmeline, Max, Olivia, Wyatt and Leila.
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Ronnie Rebecca Rotondo

(Our Little Angel) Baby Ronnie Becca was born on March 22, 2009 and left us early on April 2, 2009. She leaves behind her loving parents Nic and Shannon Rotondo, brothers Nicholas, Dayton, and big sister Bailey; grandparents, Jim and Becky Rotondo, Chuck and Nancy Bridges, and Bill and Lee Branch; great grandparents, Perry and Mercedes Munday, Rick and Gladys Smith and Mirja Bridges; many aunts, uncles, and cousins also mourn our little angel’s passing. Please join us on Friday, April 10th at 2:00 pm at Fir Lane Chapel. There will be a potluck reception to follow at the Roy Grange. For more information please contact 253-843-0346.
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Hilda Mae Aveldson Brawdy

Visitation 10 AM - 1 PM, Friday, April 10, 2009, in Fir Lane Funeral Home with graveside services at 1 PM Friday, April 10, 2009 in Fir Lane Memorial Park.
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DUANE STEWART

Graveside services will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park on Friday, 11am, April 10, 2009.
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Stella Tucker Long

Stella was born in Aberdeen, Washington on December 6, 1916 to Alva and Effa Graves Tucker and passed away peacefully on April 6, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Russell Thompson Long; sisters Rosalie Jones and Vina Patterson; brothers Arnold Tucker, Jack Nixon and Dale Nixon. She is survived by sisters Cleta Larson and Myrna Smiley; sisters-in-law Rita Bradley and Virginia Level and brother-in-law Teck Cheney; daughters Rita (Donald) Cook and Christine Dorsey; grandchildren Steven (Pamela) Cook, Scott Cook, Melissa (Jeff) Roberts, Keith (Robyn) Dorsey, Kevin Dorsey; great grandchildren Ashley and Garrett Roberts, Steven, Brian, Nicole, and Jonathan Cook, Brevin, Brynn and Brooklyn Dorsey and special friend and caregiver Bonnie VanDalen. She also leaves several much-beloved nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff members of Pioneer House in Puyallup and The Arbor Rose in Tacoma and the Palliative Care Team from Group Health for the kindness, patience and care they provided Stella. Services will be held on Sat., April 11 in the LDS Stake Center at 512 Valley Avenue, Sumner, WA 98390. Viewing at 10:00 AM followed by the service at 11:00 AM. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home, Sumner.
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Robert MacLaren Smythe

Robert "Bob" Smythe loved the beauty of the Northwest. It is no coincidence that he spent his last day looking at the serenity of the San Juan Islands from Blakely Island Marina, where he died on Friday, April 3, 2009, aboard his boat, the Island Star. Robert Mac Laren Smythe was born on December 22, 1931 in Seattle, Washington to Ralph and Dagne Vaughn Smythe. His early childhood days were spent in Port Angeles, where he graduated from high school in 1949. He married Luella Joy in 1953. Bob proudly served as a Captain in the United States Army stationed in Alaska during the Korean Conflict. Following the service, he attended the University of Washington and was initiated into Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 1950, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956 and his law degree in 1959. With a keen legal mind and nobility of his principles, he embarked upon a 50-year career as an attorney. While managing an active firm he was elected and served as Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Auburn. He also served with the State of Washington Superior Court, the Western District Court of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court. Bob was affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Pierce and King County Bar Association, and the University of Washington Alumni. Bob pursued his passion to fly and became a licensed pilot and also acquired his beloved second home on Blakely Island. The Island Star served his lifelong quest to learn and grow in God's country. He attached great importance to enjoying family, friends, and pets with generosity, gratitude, and humor. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Luella Joy in 2001. He is survived by his wife Gail, sons and daughters-in-law Brian and Kim Smythe of Sumner WA, Craig and LeeAnn of Kent, WA, daughter Stacey Smythe of Lake Tapps, WA, grandchildren Robert, Tyler, Kendrick, Gary, Katelyn and Ryan, and his latest adorable Dachsunds, Schatzie and Max. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 410 H Street, NE, in Auburn, WA. A funeral service will follow visitation at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Greg Kaurin officiating. A reception will then be held at the Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Avenue SE, Kent, WA. Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at Fernhill Cemetery in Anacortes, WA. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Bob please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com .
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Ralph “Red” Edward Darley

Ralph was born February 8, 1945 in Daytona Beach, Florida. He lived in the Tacoma area for 42 years. He passed away Sunday, April 5, 2009 in Casa Grande, Arizona where he and his wife spent the winter. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Darley, four children Eddie, Cary, Debbie, Rod and five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father and a caring grandfather. We love you Papa you will be in our thoughts everyday and you will be truly missed. Services will be held at Mountain View Cemetery On Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 2:30pm and a viewing from 10:00 am to 2:15pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Heart Association.
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Kenneth Dale Van Winkle

Kenneth Dale Van Winkle, born July 15, 1948 passed on April 2, 2009. He is predeceased by his parents Marvin and Grace Van Winkle of Puyallup. Kenneth was survived by his brothers: Jim (Jane) Van Winkle of Olympia, David (Peggy) Van Winkle of Puyallup and Harold (Cathy) Van Winkle of Cannon Beach, Oregon. Kenneth was a 1966 PHS graduate and 1970 graduate of WSU. At Ken's request services were private.
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Col. (Ret.) Billy Joe Leathers

February 27, 1931 – April 2, 2009 On April 2, 2009, Billy Joe (BJ) Leathers beloved husband of Christa, and father of Karen and Kathryn, surrounded by his family, closed his eyes for the last time. BJ was born in Marietta, Georgia, raised in Belle Glade, Florida. He is the son of Erby Guy Leathers and Jessie Turner Leathers, and brother to Al. He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree. Pushed by his high school coach, BJ turned football into a bridge to his future, and a turning point in his life. He was named Little All American for three years at Stetson College and was a “60 Minute Man”, playing both offense and defense, indicative of how he would lead his life. While in college he entered the ROTC, which eventually led him to a distinguished career in the US Army where he served his country with honor for 30 years. The family settled in Gig Harbor in 1981, where BJ retired on Nov. 1, 1983. His service took him to Germany, Turkey, Vietnam, Norway, Greece, and throughout the United States. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, The Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Cross of Gallantry, and many other service commendations. While in Germany in 1958, he met his beloved wife Christa. From there they traveled the world together, as partners in life. They raised two daughters, who were their pride and joy. As a soldier, husband, and father, he strove to lead an honorable life. He lived his life by some very simple rules: treat others as you would want to be treated, finish everything you start, and act each day with integrity... And we would addÉ with bravery, sacrifice, and determination. He will be missed by his many friends, but most of all, by his three girls, who will continue to try to follow his example and honor him by doing so. If you knew this man it was your privilege. With love, respect, and gratitude that words cannot express, we salute and say goodbye to this officer, gentleman, and dearly beloved husband and father. We will be eternally grateful for the compassion and support that BJ received from his many friends, the amazing staff at Cottesmore of Life Care, Gig Harbor, and by the compassionate care of Franciscan Hospice, Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, The National Emphysema Association, or the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma, WA. “Look death in the face with joyful hope, and consider this a lasting truth: the righteous man has nothing to fear, neither in life, nor in death, and the gods will not forsake him.” (Socrates)
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Bert Don Vanderlaan

Don passed way on April 3rd, 2009 at Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Don was bore on September 22, 1927 in Miami, FL. At age of three he and his parents left for Denver, where they lived only a short while and decided Seattle was a more ideal place to live. Soon after moving to Seattle they moved to Port Orchard, WA, where Don attended his first grades of school. It was in Port Orchard where his father worked at the "Old Soldiers Home" as a landscaper. Finally they moved to the Lake City area which is now part of Lakewood. It was shortly after this move that Don's father became ill and died. Don graduated from Clover Park High School in 1946. After high school, Don joined the Seabees and served in the Philippines. He attended Washington State University for one year. In 1951 Don and his mother drove to Canada, where he was introduced to Josine DeWit. In 1952 they were married in Sumas, WA. Shortly thereafter they married, and Don took a position with the Federal Prison system at McNeil Island, where he retired after twenty-five years in 1980. After retirement from the prison system Don couldn't sit still and went to work as a school bus driver for the Clover Park School district where he spent the next thirteen years. Don loved his family, outdoor activities, visiting relatives in Canada, and had committed his life to the Lord Jesus. Don is survived by his wife Josine, daughters Marlene (Don), Cheryl (George), grandchildren Lauren, Diana, Dylan, Matt, Lacey, Jamie, and two great-children, Reef and Cody. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Tacoma, WA, Friday April 10, 2009, between 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. and Saturday April 11, 2009 between 9:00 A.M - 11:30 A.M., with a graveside to follow at 12:20 P.M. Don's celebration of life will be at Lake City Community Church, 8810 Lawndale Ave. SW, (253) 582-8040, at 2:00 P.M. April 11, 2009.
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James Edgar Eckley Sr.

Born on September 14, 1926 in PA, a WWII Naval Veteran, James, from Tacoma, passed away at home on April 6, 2009 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Nonie, daughter Ramona Phillips, daughter Darlene Johnson, son James Eckley JR. and daughter Zanie Eckley. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sister Norma Sample, brother Richard Eckley and sister Sharon McCurdy. Tributes, condolences or donations may be made at www.tacomamausoleum.com . Arrangements by Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary 253-474-9574
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Betty Joyce Michael

Born on 3/21/37 to Agilene and Bernie Forbes in Florence, Alabama, she went home to be with her savior Jesus Christ on 4/5/09 while surrounded by her loving family. Betty will be greatly missed by all who were touched with her love. Surviving children include Herman Paul, Rhonda McFarland, Pamela Ayotte, Jess Wilson and Stephen Wilson. Surviving sisters and brothers include Helen Gunther, Jerry Forbes, Mary Alice Willhite, Brenda Nolin, Patrick Hendrix, Linda Gail Walker and Vicky Pierce of (Mobile, AL.) and Rita Rock of (Tacoma, WA.) including a legacy of numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition, her loving caretaker & adopted daughter, Tina Campbell. Memorial service and celebration: Saturday, 4/11/09, 4:00 p.m, at 7224 50th Ave E, Tacoma, 98443.
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Helen Mary(Dolan)Duffy Anderson Higgins

Age 94 was born in Cabinet, Idaho May 28, 1914 to Myrtle (Hyatt) and Thomas Dolan and passed away April 2, 2009 at home. Her mother’s forbearers came to North Carolina with a royal land grant. Her father’s family were from Ireland. They migrated to the Northwest after the Civil War during the restoration period. She graduated from Clark Forks High School, obtained her BA in business from CPS and her MA in Sociology from the University of Washington, and worked for the Pierce County Health Department, Children’s Division for many years as a social worker. September 15, 1984 she married John Higgins. Helen enthusiastically enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, rock hounding, canoeing and cards. She was a Brownie and 4H leader. She was a past member of St. Rita’s and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches. Surviving her are: her husband, John Kneeland Higgins of Hoodsport, Wa, her daughters Patricia (Duffy) Layton (Jack), Elizabeth (Anderson) Rubin (Melvyn) of Fort Lauderdale, Fl, her son Guy Anderson (Linda) and stepdaughter Susan Dootson (Al) and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and extended family blessed with her memory. She was predeceased by her husband Patrick Duffy in 1934, husband Ellis Anderson in 1975, sons Carl, Norman and Jimmy Anderson and all her brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held at St. John of the Woods Community Center, 9903 24th Ave., Tacoma , Wa 98445, Friday, April 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
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Alfhild Al Esther Parks

    • Correction** Services will be April 11, 2009 at 2pm at Zion Lutheran Church, 3410 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406.
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Richard Long Sr.

1932 - 1998 Happy Birthday to Dick from all his family and Friends. Mr. Long, Dad, husband, and friend to all who knew him. We all miss you and love you very much. “Go Mariners”
Pub Date: 4/10/2009


Tom Terrien

Thomas John Terrien, a lifelong resident of Pierce County, died Sunday, April 5. He was 92. Betty, his wife of 56 years, died in 1995. Tom is survived by a brother, Ed (Arlene), a daughter Joyce (Ellis) Morehead, a son John Terrien (Lera Hanson), an aunt, Christine Scott, and many nieces, nephews, friends and compatriots. Tom was born on January 18, 1917 in Lake City, one of four children of Antoinette and Edward Terrien. He attended Lake City School and Lincoln High School before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help support his family. Along the way, he learned to play the harmonica, which became a lifelong passion. Tom married Betty Culbert in 1939, and shortly thereafter went to work for Tacoma Transit where he spent 40 years in a variety of roles. In the 1950s, Tom and Betty both volunteered to work in PTA and made friends with several other parents; those friendships continued throughout their lives. During the 1960s and early 70s, Tom attended TCC part time and earned an Associate Degree. During that period, Tom was promoted into operational management positions. He hired the first Black bus drivers at Transit and the first women bus drivers since WWII. At the time of his retirement in 1981, Tom was Superintendent of Transportation. He became active in the Transit Retirees Group, chairing the group for 15 years and participating in it until his death. In retirement, Tom and Betty explored the northwest in their travel trailer and explored North America by attending 11 Elderhostels and flying to many destinations on their own. Tom's other retirement activities included active membership in the Lions' Club, Toastmasters, the Tacoma Historical Society, and the Washington State Old Time Fiddlers group. He also volunteered as a math and reading tutor at Downing Elementary School. Tom was also active in Mason United Methodist Church, where he and Betty had been married, and where they had both taught Sunday school in the 1950s. At age 88, Tom moved out of the family house in north Tacoma and into the Weatherly Inn assisted living center. He spent his last four years enjoying the people and activities at the Weatherly. Tom's family would like to thank the staff of the Weatherly Inn for their care and kindness, Tom's personal caregivers for their empathy and devotion, and Tom's physicians, Dr. John Atkinson and Dr. John Vaccaro, for their skill and compassion. When Tom was at Transit, he had a sign outside his office for all the drivers to see when they came to check in for their routes. It said, "We will treat our customers as ladies and gentlemen -- not because they always are, but because we always are." Those who knew Tom knew that those words described how he chose to live his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom's name to any Pierce County organization or facility that provides services to children or the elderly, e.g., your local elementary school's music program, or any of the City's Senior Centers. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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Susan K. Matesa

Susan K. Matesa was born Aug. 6, 1946 and passed away peacefully at home April 7, 2009 after courageous battle with cancer. Sue spent her early married years as a homemaker, raising her son. She later joined the work force where she made many lasting friendships. Sue was always up for a good game of cards, bingo or a poker tournament in Reno. After her retirement, Sue spent many happy times with Frank down at their farm. She was always planning special adventures with her grandsons on trips with Frank - Reno and the Oregon Coast being her favorites. Sue was preceded in death by her father, Bud, her mother, Carol and her sister Vicki. She is survived by her best friend and husband of 44 years, Frank, her son, Jeff, her precious grandsons, Ryan and Tanner and daughter in law, Julie, as well as many loving friends and family. The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Hospice. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 13, 2009, 1:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment at Calvary Cloisters. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003
Pub Date: 4/10/2009


Crittie J. Shoals

Sunrise March 10, 1944 Sunset April 6, 2009 Funeral services at 12 Noon Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the Mount Tabor Baptist Church, 2302 South Alaska Street Arrangements by the House of Scott Funeral Home
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Robert G. Mann

Robert G. Mann, 69, left us suddenly March 31, 2009, in Tacoma. Robert was born in Santa Rosa, California to Graham and Mildred Mann. Retired from AmerisourceBergen Wholesale Pharmaceuticals and living in Gig Harbor, Washington for the past 14 years, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Golf and fishing were longtime hobbies. Robert will be deeply missed by his wife Charlotte of 49 years, his sons Michael (Marilyn) Mann, Robert (Kari) Mann, and David (Wendee) Mann, grandson Noah and granddaughter Zoey, all of Washington, sister Barbara Haberkorn (Jim) of Florida, brother Gary Mann (Randy) of Santa Rosa, California. Private family services are planned. Remembrances may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure at (877) 465-6636 or ww5.komen.org . Arrangements by Haven of Rest.
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Goldie J. Haas

Our beloved mother took her journey to Heaven on April 4, 2009 in Auburn, WA at the age of 87. She was a longtime resident of Auburn, and was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Haas. Goldie was a kind, loving woman who cherished everyone she met. Her sweet, caring nature was a statement of how she saw and wanted to leave this world. Cherishing her memory are her children, James (Gloria) Hendry of Spokane, WA, Gordon (Patty) Hendry of Gig Harbor, WA, Janis Hendry of San Angelo, TX, and Gail Hendry of Auburn, WA. She had 8 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was also dearly loved by her best friend, Edward George, and his family, and many longtime friends who will greatly miss her presence. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Eastern Star for many years. Services will be held at Price Helton Funeral Home, 702 Auburn Way North in Auburn, at 12:30 PM Friday, April 10, 2009, with burial following at Mt. View Cemetery in Auburn. A memorial will be held at the Auburn Eagles after the graveside. Please visit www.mem.com to share your thoughts and fond memories.
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Florence Katherine Hickey

Flo passed away Sunday, April 5, 2009, at age 92. She was born in Tacoma, WA on September 1, 1916 to Anton and Clara Zurfluh. She was one of 12 siblings. She married the love of her life, Raymond P. Hickey, in 1939. As the wife of a career army officer, she explored the world. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Tacoma, then later retired from Weyerhauser. She enjoyed a long and fulfilling life, with many friends, young and old. Known as "Ma" to many, her door was always open. She was always there to listen and comfort, or share a laugh. She was most proud of living to watch her family grow, with the opportunity to know and love her great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond (1976). She is survived by her son Michael (Jacqueline) Hickey, grandchildren Michele (Casey) Wilkins, Sean (Emily) and Shane (Ruthy) Hickey, five great-grandchildren, Kelly, Kevin, Troy, Ryan and Justin, her sister Dorothy Boehmke, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7:00 pm, at Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma. A memorial in her honor will be held at a later date.
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Ed Sienkiewich

Ed Sienkiewich, age 94, passed away in Everett, WA on April 6, 2009. He was born April 22, 1914 in Milwaukie, Wisconsin. Ed was a WWII veteran. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret. He is survived by his sons, Mike and Bob Sienkiewich; 5 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 13 at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup, WA at 1:00 PM. Viewing will take place one hour before the service. For further information about Ed, please go to www.mem.com.
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Robert R. Burt, M.D.

Dr. Robert R. Burt passed away on his 89th birthday, March 25, 2009. He was born in Portland, Oregon, March 25, 1920, but lived most of his life in Tacoma, WA where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Puget Sound where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Dr. Burt obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Oregon Medical School and served his residency at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He was appointed to a Fellowship in Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he received his surgical training with a specialty in Abdominal Surgery and was certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Burt entered the military as surgeon and obtained the rank of Captain in the Army Medical Corps. He was stationed at England General Hospital, a neuro-surgical center in Atlantic City, N.J. He was transferred to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas where he was a Company Commander. Dr. Burt was a member of the Tacoma Surgical Club, (of which he was a past president,) a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Abdominal Surgery, The Priestly Society of the Mayo Clinic, and The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons. He served on the staff of Tacoma General Hospital, where he was Director of Interns, staffs of Saint Joseph, Doctor’s, and Mary Bridge Hospitals, and was a past President of the Doctor’s staff of Lakewood Hospital. He was a member of the Clover/Steilacoom Masonic Lodge, the Afifi Shrine, and the Scottish Rite. Bob was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golf. He was a member of Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. He loved hiking in the mountains with his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Lorna, daughter, Carolyn Burt of Tacoma; daughter Betty Moses, sister Beatrice Damron, grandson, Scott Bondy of Oregon; grand-daughter SPC Jeannette Tackett who is currently serving in Iraq; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held April 18, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd. N., Tacoma, WA 98406, 253-752-5757. In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Bob may be made to Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, Rehabilitation and Learning Center. 10101 Cedrona St. S.W., Lakewood, WA 98498 253-584-6808.
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Clifford Krentkowski

Born June 23, 1978, went home to be with the Lord on April 4, 2009. He is survived by 2 children Javontae and Jacare Krentkowski, daughters Janay Curry and Jiovonni Robinson, grandson Kavon Collins, wife Nichole, sister Vija Magana, brother Joseph Whearty, mother Marcella Krentkowski, and a host of family and friends. Viewing April 10, 2009 3-7p.m., House of Scott Funeral Services, April 13, 2009 12p.m. Shiloh Baptist Church. If love could’ve kept you here, you would be here a lifetime- Nichole
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Helen Hites

Beloved wife, Mother and sister, Helen J. Hites, passed away at the age of 79. Helen was born in Osage, Iowa. She was the second of 6 children. Her remaining siblings are Joe (Charlotte) Kuhn, Delores (Don) Allen, and Carol (Ron) Eckerman. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Linwood, infant granddaughter Monica DeWitt, brother Bill Kuhn and sister Maryanne Goings. Helen is survived by her eight children, Mary (Bob) Robinson, Tacoma; Gary (Vicki) Hites, Puyallup; Russell Hites, Tacoma; Diana (Merv) Borden, Puyallup; Cathy (Ronnie) Woodruff, Tacoma; Wayne Hites, Tacoma; Sharon (Doug) DeWitt, Miami, FL; and Brenda (Doug) Willis, Puyallup. She also has 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Helen dearly loved her family and friends, especially her Edgewood Thursday breakfast club friends of 40+ years and many friends from All Saints Parish. She filled her days with antiquing, flower gardening and reading. A Vigil service will be held on April 13, at 7:00 p.m. (viewing 6:00-8:00 p.m.) at Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup. The Funeral service will be April 14, at All Saints Parish in Puyallup at 11:00 a.m. A Rosary service will be just prior at 10:15 a.m. A private burial service will follow. Helen's wishes regarding donations are All Saint's Parish designated for masses held in her remembrance; American Heart Association or St. Francis House of Puyallup.
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Atherton Woods Pomeroy

Atherton (Al) Woods Pomeroy of Milton, WA died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of April 4th, 2009. Always a fighter, he courageously faced his latest health challenge these last few years. He was diagnosed with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) in Dec 2006; a rare neuromuscular disorder. He had previously succeeded in defeating non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer in 2005. Whether you met him on the ocean beach smelting, out in his garden, or in the boardroom negotiating a deal, he was a man who was at ease in his surroundings. He loved his family, his work, and life in general. He met every obstacle with determination and humor. Known for his big smile and capable hands, he was a man of patience, a ready laugh and easy friendship. He taught by example, and the lessons he passed on have well served many. Al (Dad) was born in Seattle April 8th, 1927. His father was Albert Atherton Pomeroy and his mother was Dorothy Anne Pomeroy. Together they had five sons, of which two passed away as infants. Al and his two brothers, Phillip Lyde (1922 -1979), Carl Roger (1929-1947) grew up in South Seattle where the Seattle Tacoma Airport is now located. During his youth he made many lifelong friends and had many stories about his escapades with them. He graduated from Highline High School, and was drafted into the Army. He served in Korea from 1944-46. After leaving the Army, he attended Seattle University as a freshman, and then transferred to the University of WA. He graduated with a BA in Sociology and Business. In 1951, he met the love of his life Jacqueline (Jackie) Alice Duncan, while on a summer break at Camp Houston (a retreat camp of the Episcopal Church, in Goldbar WA. She was a counselor and he was an assistant to the chef (his mother). A 57-year marriage ensued which began on February 14th, 1952. Together they raised 4 children through the years - Deborah, Linda, Roger and Paul. As a father, he touched each of their lives in his own special way. Atherton Woods Pomeroy 4/8/1927 to 4/4/2009 Al’s career began in 1952 as the personnel manager for Allied Stores (the Bon Marché). In 1953, he accepted a higher paying position at Boeing. This began his successful 39-year long career, cumulating as VP of Finance for the 777 Program. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and counted many co-workers as his friends – he loved his work and the many challenges and friendships it brought along the way. In addition, he served on the Boeing Employees Credit Union board of directors for 11 years, including 1988-1989 as Chairman. He retired from Boeing in 1992. During this time he also cared for his elderly mother and mother in law; as well as raising his family. Retirement brought lots of travel – mostly cruises with Jackie and the family. They fell in love with Hood Canal and spend many enjoyable times there at their cabin. Cooking, (especially BBQ), gardening and woodworking became his interests. Retirement also allowed him the time to serve his church (Christ Church of Puyallup, WA), lead the Milton Activity Center, and volunteer for Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) as a Small Business Association (SBA) counselor. Mostly he loved doting on the love of his life, Jackie and his grandchildren. All have enjoyed the charms of Grandpa’s care, which shall be sorely missed. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Phillip and Carl. He is survived by his loving wife Jackie; and by his children: Deborah Welte (John) of Beaverton, OR; Linda Pomeroy-Hull (Dan) of Milton, WA; Roger Pomeroy (Sue) of Issaquah, WA; Paul Pomeroy (Jodie) of Auburn, WA; and his nephew James Pomeroy (Pam) of Mountlake Terrace, WA; his grandchildren Sarah, Peter, and Elizabeth Welte; Danielle Hull; Elena, Brandon, Jenae, and Garrett Pomeroy. His family meant so much to him. He will be so dearly missed by all who knew him. Arrangements are by: Washington Memorial Park at SeaTac (Bonney Watson) 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188. Online condolences can be left at www.bonneywatson.com Viewing will be held on Wednesday April 15 from 2 – 5PM A memorial service (reception following) will be held Thursday April 16th at 2:30 PM at: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at Brown’s Point, 6800 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma, WA 98422 www.stmatthew-brownspoint.com In lieu of flowers, remembrances may made be to: CurePSP (The Society for PSP) Executive Plaza III 11350 McCormick Road Suite 906 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 Please call 800-457-4777 if you have any questions about PSP donations. Online giving: http://www.psp.org/page/giftonline Corporate Matching is accepted. For more information about PSP visit this site. http://www.pspinformation.com/disease/psp/pspinfo.shtml
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Larry Russell Apfel

1949 - 2009 Our wonderful loving, supportive and faithful husband, father and papa went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Apr 7. Larry will be greatly missed by his wife Betty of 36 years, his children Jessica (Jared), Steve (Ronda), Rachael (Jason), 5 grandchildren, his Mom, 5 brothers, his sister, and many relatives and friends. Two services will be held on April 13: a military graveside service at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA, at 1:00 pm; and a memorial service at 4:00 pm at CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Church, 2041 S. 66th Street, Tacoma, WA. The family would like to thank his relatives, friends, Church family, St Joseph Hospital, and Franciscan Hospice for their support, which we could not have done without. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Church or Franciscan Hospice House.
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VIRTU E. WIKLUND

A celebration of life will be held for Virtu on April 11, 2009 at 1pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spanaway. A reception will follow at her children’s home.
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Winnie Hollyfield

Winnie was born June 21, 1928 and passed on peacefully, surrounded by love, on April 3, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Al Hollyfield, her sister, Carolyn Warrick, four children, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many wonderful friends and relatives. She retired from US Bank as manager of the Royal City branch. She lived a great life, full of spunk, humor, thoughtfulness and love. She will be deeply missed. Our family wishes to thank both Amalia and Rose of 'Silhouette House' and most recently Jeanette, Bonnie and Mike of 'Welcome Home' for their love and wonderful care of Winnie. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25th at 3:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse at Countrydale Mobile Home Park in Puyallup. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Franciscan Hospice or the M.S. Society.
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William James Michael Bissenas

William was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 25, 1924 to James and Opal Bissenas. He passed away on April 8, 2009, surrounded by his family, and joined his wife Yvonne, who recently passed. Bill grew up in Iowa and California. After graduating high school, he joined the US Army and was deployed to the Pacific during WWII. He was stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland when he met his wife at a USO dance in Washington, D.C.. They married on March 1, 1949. They traveled with the Army to various posts and he fought in the Korean War. He retired from the Army at Fort Lewis, and worked for the US Post Office, also retiring from there. Bill was a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Tacoma Poggie Club, and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. He shared these passions with his children and grandchildren, taking them on many outdoor trips around the Northwest. We will miss his stories and the jokes that he always had at the ready. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Yvonne, his parents James and Opal, sisters Georgia and Anna, son-in-law Pat Coltrain, grandsons Christopher Ray and Andrew Morton, and great-grandson Dallas Weaver. Those left to remember him are his sister Julia, daughter Teresa Bissenas Greenhill and her family Hannah Williams (Matthew, Anna) and Christian, son Thaddius Bissenas, daughter Thalia Davis (Michael) and her family David Bissenas (Samantha, Ethan), Jeffery, Michael (Stacia, Lily), Nicholas (Danyell, Gavin) Illa (Michael, Chloe), daughter Theodora Ray and her family Jessica Flatt (Rob), Anastasia, son James Bissenas (Rhonda, Ernestina, Karen, Alex, Sarah, Xavier), son James (Militza, James III, Jonathan, and Grace) daughter Jazzmyn Yehle (Stefan, Tatiana, Michael, Kohen, Rayne, and Toushyn) daughter Thomasina Rice (Tony) Angelina Colvin, (Thea) Jennifer Craven (Justin, Triston and Jacob) Terry Coltrain (Angela, Nichole, Aurora, and Terry Jr.) Patrick, daughter Thetis Bissenas (Wes) Curtis Clawson (Cyndi, Hailey), Sarah Wood (Taylor Clawson, Jaymison, Spencer and Eric Jr.), Nathan Kirkpatrick, son William Jr. (Gina, Zach Mason, Ashley), daughter Thea Morton (Lincoln, (Melanie, Lucas) Marie, Lincoln, Mary), daughter Thais Bissenas (Kevin, Kevin Gonzales II, Kenneth Gonzales, their dad Kevin Gonzales, Kyle Walton (Sarah, Ava), Kory and Kevin Walton, Jr. and other extended family members and friends. Trisagion (vigil service) will be held 5:00 p.m. Monday in the Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests that donations be made to St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund or your favorite charity in remembrance of William J.M. Bissenas. Our family wishes to express our deepest appreciation to the compassionate care givers at Madigan Army Medical Center. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home. www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
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Georgia R. Whaley

Was born in Puyallup to Charles and Kathryn Cantrell on Nov. 3, 1925. She passed away on April 7, 2009 at the age of 83. She was raised in Puyallup and later moved to Sumner after marrying Vernon Whaley in 1946. He preceded her in death. During World War II Georgia quit school and went to work for Boeing, riveting tails and wings on B-52's and B-17's. She was a 45-year member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary in Puyallup. She loved to sew clothes and made many patterns of her own. She also crocheted and knitted many baby outfits for friends and family. She is survived by her sister Betty Snider along with her son Glenn Whaley (Carol) of Puyallup and daughter Jan Campbell (Gary) of Federal Way. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Amy Wright, Jennifer Noland (Josh), Matt Campbell (Jen), and Michelle Campbell, and one great-grand-daughter, Kylie Noland. She is now at peace with no more pain. She will be missed.
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William Joseph LaBrie

November 28, 1923 - April 9, 2009 William "Bill" LaBrie passed peacefully through death to everlasting life on Thursday, April 9. Bill was born in Ontonagon, MI, a town on the shores of Lake Superior that was always close to his heart and which he visited often. He grew up on a farm, one of 13 children, and enlisted in the Navy during World War II, serving many missions flying off an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean. After the war, he attended Marquette University and received a degree in business. He moved to Tacoma shortly thereafter taking a job at Weyerhauser where worked loyally for over 40 years. In Tacoma, he met Helen Garitone and after a brief courtship they were married in 1958. They soon began a family, ultimately having 5 children and 2 grandchildren, and lived happily together until Helen's death in 1996. After Helen's death, Bill continued on - enjoying his family, especially his granddaughters, and traveling to see his son Joseph in Los Angeles, his siblings and his navy buddies. Bill was a long-time parishioner of St. Charles Catholic Church, a place from which he drew strength and comfort. He was a man of gentle goodness and deep faith who loved his family unconditionally, his friends, his Church, Weyerhauser, and the Green Bay Packers. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his 5 children, Joseph, Mary, John, Elizabeth, and James; his sons-in law Daniel Frederick and Danny LoPiore; his two grandchildren Lauren and Kaitlin Frederick; his baby twin sisters Joan and Jeannette; numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 11:00 am at St. Charles Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited on Monday, April 13, 2009, 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Charles Borromeo School. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003
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Jill Lorraine Miller

Born May 25, 1953; passed away peacefully on April 8, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona from ovarian cancer. Jill was an amazing, beloved mother and daughter. She is survived by her children Carl and Jenna, her mother Ona, extended family, and many friends. Mom, you are my best friend and I will miss you every day of my life. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
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Rubin Dela Rosa

Born 8/27/1932 in Cadiz, Philippines, this kind, loving, gentle man died on Saturday, 4/4/2009, of natural causes. He is survived by his wife Meriam Dela Rosa, his daughters Mercy R. Noonan (James), Grace, son Samson, daughter Jioveb, sons Rubin Jr., and Rudimic, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be held at The Church in Tacoma, 5012 N. 14th Street, on Saturday, 4/11/2009 at 4pm.
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Ann Marie Newland

Age 65, of Port Orchard, lost her long-fought battle with cancer on April 7, 2009 and took her golden chariot ride to be with God. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 2pm at Elim Lutheran Church in Port Orchard. An on-line memorial and guestbook can be viewed at www.rill.com .
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Mark Washam

Oct. 16, 1958 ~ April 8, 2008 Reliable. Loving. Trustworthy. Missing your smile everyday.
Pub Date: 4/12/2009


Chris Lee Turner

11/18/1961 - 4/12/2008 Chris' life on earth ended one year ago today. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. The memory of Chris will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. We love him and we will miss him every day for the rest of our lives.
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Clifford Flanery

10/10/1920 - 4/12/2001 Many times we have missed you. Many times we have cried. If love could have saved you. You never would have died. We love and miss you. Your wife Verna, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
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Doreen E. Kraus

Service to be held 2PM Wed., 4/15/2009, at Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewood. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. See full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
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Arnie Ochsner

Paul Arnold (Arnie) Ochsner passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on April 9, 2009. Arnie was born in Tacoma, Washington on March 23, 1936, and lived in the Sumner-Buckley area all 73 years of his life. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1955. Arnie was the ultimate entrepreneur, but always defended those in need. His active life took him through all aspects of the dairy industry. In addition to farming, he also delivered milk, exported cattle to Hawaii and Korea, sold fence posts, transported cattle to auctions, and was a Bou-Matic dealer for dairy equipment sales and service. He was an active member of the Tacoma Swiss Men's Society and the Swiss Sportsman's Club, for which he was a former President. Arnie was a lifelong member St. Andrews Parish. He loved to fly airplanes and earned his pilot's license. He also joined District 12's Fire Department as a volunteer fireman, and then served as a Fire Commissioner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Isidor and Christina (Muller) Ochsner. Arnie is survived by his loving wife, Teresa, his brother Charles (Loretta) Ochsner, his four children, Marty (Rhonda), Mike (Karen), Kris (Mike), and Jill (Steve), four grandchildren, Hannah, Matthew, Daniela and Nicholas, two step-grandchildren, Alicia and Philip, and three step-great-grandchildren, Troy, Ashlynn, and Kyle, and numerous nieces and nephews. Our family wishes to express our deepest appreciation to the compassionate care given by Good Samaritan Hospital and hospice nurses and doctors. The Rosary will be at 10:30am followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00am on Thursday, April 16, 2008 at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Sumner. A reception will follow at Swiss Sportsman's club in Bonney Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Arnie may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation or St Francis House, Swiss Kids Kamp or Good Samaritan Multi healthcare hospice.
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Marjorie Deloris Crozier-Peace

Passed away on Kristina's 19th birthday Saturday, April 4, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born at Puget Sound Hospital on March 11, 1937. She attended high school in Long Branch Washington. Marge was known for her volunteer work with the Tacoma Public schools and several churches. She attended church at Trinity, Life Center, Calvary, and Rainier churches. She lived a full life and passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She leaves behind two sons, Richard and Don Crozier, and two daughters, Mary Turner and Bonnie Spence, her sister Kathy, cousin Joanne, and aunt Mave. Her beloved grandchildren include, Tabatha, who did an extraordinary job caring for her until her passing, Alicia, Brandy, Stephanie, Kristina, Casey, Tyler, Michelle, Joey, Anthony, Dawn, Robbie, Anna, and Natalia. Marge touched many lives with her kind spirit and gentle acceptance, and was especially fond of her baby pet bird, Pretty Boy, now in the perpetual care of Princess Stephanie. She was a deeply caring and giving person who will be missed by everyone who knew her. Viewing will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Spanaway from 2-7pm, Friday, April 17th, with funeral services Saturday, April 18th at 2pm. Instead of flowers, tax deductible donations for funeral expenses can be made at any US Bank in the name of Marge Memorial Fund.
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Louis LeMoine

Passed away Mar 28, 2009 at the age of 82. He served in the Pacific as a Marine during WWII. In his 40 years at Pierce Transit, Louie held many positions. He had many interests including AARP and was President of the Lakewood Chapter. Louis is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Diane, Yvonne, Gary, Michael, and Kevin; 3 grandchildren, Darrin, Kathryn and Amanda, and 2 great grandchildren, Devon and Natasha. Services will be April 20 at 11:00am at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Lakewood, with reception following. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Arnold W. Franks

P assed away on Thursday, April 9th, 2009 after a courageous battle with mesothelioma. He was a loving man with quiet strength who emulated service to others. He was born on November 18th, 1940 in Merryville, LA. He moved to Seattle in 1953. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 - 1966. He worked for the Lockheed Shipyard from 1966 - 1972. Arnold worked as a special project foreman for Manke Lumber Company from 1972 until his retirement in 2007. Arnold was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hiking, hunting, and mushroom picking. He was a family man who loved time with family. He was an expert with any home or landscaping project. He was preceded in death by his father Arnold L. Franks, mother Oddie Belle Grant, sister Lorraine Storeno, and stepfather James Grant. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 42 happy years, Anna, son Steve (Jodi), daughters Dianna (Russ) and Gina (Dan), grandsons Nicholas, Russell, and Zachery, two grandchildren who will be born in a few weeks, Jaxon and Faith, mother-in-law Rita Storino, as well as many loving friends and family. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 10 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 505 17th St. SE, Auburn WA. Burial service will follow at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery. Viewing will be at Klontz Funeral Home, 410 Auburn Way N., Auburn, WA on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations made in Arnold's honor to The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation www.curemeso.org and Caringbridge www.caringbridge.com .
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Ann Elizabeth Reitz

On Thursday, April 2, 2009, Ann Reitz passed away at the age of 87. She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Dorothy Schnider and their family, and Fred and Bette Schnider, her son and daughter-in-law Ed and Betty Bisig, her daughters and sons-in-law Diane and Ron Scheidt, Debi and Greg Mills, and Marie and Tim DeLong, her grandchildren Jerry, Jeff, Ed, Jodi, Judye, Toby, Kelly, Kerry, Karly, and Ryan, great-grandchildren (Diane's grandchildren) Sierra, Miranda, Katie, Jacob, Anna, Tatiana, Kiara, Jenna, Maya and Ava, (Ed's grandchildren) Tyler, Brittney, Elliot, Kaylee, Cole and Rylee, (Debi's grandson) Cole, and (Marie's grandchildren) Austin, Gabe and Isabelle, and all her friends. Ann was born on July 29, 1921 to Frank and Elsie Schnider in Sumner, Washington. She graduated from Auburn High School in 1939. After high school, she attended Hunter College in New York City and worked as a bookkeeper in Stockton, California before she enlisted in the W.A.V.E.S. (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She attended the U.S. Naval Training School at Indiana University. She served as a Storekeeper in the Twelfth Naval District in San Francisco. Her position allowed her to know the location of all the Naval ships at all times. She married Walter Bisig in 1943 while they were both on leave from the Navy. She later married LaVern Reitz in 1966. She was a lifelong member of the Tacoma Swiss Ladies Society, a member of the Washington State Historical Society, and a volunteer at the Fife Community Senior Center. Ann loved "Noel", her cat of 14 years. In addition, she loved watching sports, especially college basketball, traveling, reading, movies, and camping. Any good deed towards another would honor Ann's memory. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in her name to the Tacoma Swiss Society Scholarship Fund at 9205 198th Ave. E., Bonney Lake, WA 98391. A special thank you to the staff of Rainier Vista Care Center for the compassionate care that was provided to Ann and her family when it was most needed. You are all invited to attend her graveside service on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home, located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Tacoma, followed by a celebration of life at 2:00 p.m. at Mill Ridge Village, located at 607 28th Avenue in Milton. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home will be on Friday, April 17 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 8 to 11:00 a.m.
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Patricia Ann (Johnson) McLeod

October 26, 1938 April 2, 2009 Pat was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and passed away in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 70. At the age of 12, she moved to Tacoma. She performed as a baton twirler at Tacoma Roller Bowl for many years. She graduated from Clover Park H.S. in 1957, followed by business school, then went to work for Tacoma Screw Products. In 1958 she met her husband, Donald (Don) McLeod. They were engaged in Dec. 1958 and married on July 31, 1959. She spent many years traveling and supporting her husband's racing career, and in later years street rodding with her husband until she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension disease in 2005. She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, daughters Tammi Riley and Sheri Letzring (Mark Faul), grandchildren Jacob, Jaclynn, Taylor and Taryn, sister Janice (Jim) Rendell, brother Phillip (Diane) Johnson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Helen, stepfather John Stanton, and her sister Sandra Delano. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She placed her family above all else. There will be a private graveside service on July 31, 2009. A gathering to celebrate and honor her life will be held at the McLeods’ house on August 1st from 1 to 6pm for family and friends. Bring your favorite food dish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, www.phassociation.com , in her name to help support research for the debilitating and fatal disease that took her from us. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Sharon L. Rosevear

Oct. 17, 1944 ~ March 30, 2009 Sheri passed in Puyallup, Wa. after a short courageous battle with cancer. She was born to Harry and Wanda Cozad in Burke, So. Dakota. She worked in the restaurant business for many years. Sheri loved her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her mother Wanda, sister Teresa, sons Gary and Jim, daughters Tracy and Marcy and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Ron. At Sheri’s request, there will be no memorial service. Donations may go to Compassion & Choices, Humane Society or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home of Puyallup.
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Brigitte Marianne Allen

My name is Brigitte Marianne Gort-Allen. I was born to Dirk Gosewinus Gort (deceased) and Elisabeth Maria Alberta Gort-den Boer. My life's journey began in Rheden, the Netherlands, on September 1, 1959, where I grew up in a loving family, falling in between my two brothers, Cees and Onno. Our family eventually expanded to include Cees' wife, Louise Bellersen (and their sons Berendt and Pieter) and Onno's wife, Francis Kappers (and their daughters Evianne and Divera). Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't include the love of my life, Steven Kent Allen, our pride and joy, Benjamin Lee Allen, and Steve's son, Daniel Brady Allen. An expanded biography is available on line at www.sympathytree.com/brigitteallen1959 A private gathering to celebrate Brigitte's life will be held at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please send your memorial gifts to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), 1215 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1600, Seattle, WA 98161-1011; Phone (206) 632-7370, where flowers will bloom forever in the Brigitte Gort-Allen Rooftop Reflection Garden.
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Michael G. Guirsch

Michael G. Guirsch was born in Fife, WA to Martin & June on Aug. 15, 1943. He died on April 8, 2009 at the Franciscan Hospice House. He fought a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. Each time the Dr's said "This is it", he would smile and say "Now you wait a minute". Mike is survived by his three sons. Todd of Tacoma. Mike of Fife and Paul (Shellie) of Roy. His grandchildren, Jessica, Karoline, Tanner & Tyler. His former wife of 25 years Doris, his very special friend Maureen & many others. A celebration of Mikes life will be held on Sat. April 18th, 2009, 1:00pm at the home of Paul and Shellie. 1321 358th St. E Roy WA. "So I said to my girlfriend Bruce..."
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Mike McDonough

Michael D. McDonough, 66, a resident of Ocean Shores for the past 7 years, died March 27, 2009. Mike was employed at Safeway Inc. for 42 years and retired 10 years ago. He was a US Marine Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Linda, four children, Kenneth, Keith, Katherine and Kelly; two sisters, Judy and Marilyn and two brothers, Bill (Tipper) and Dennis; also five grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held in Ocean Shores on April 26th at 3:00 PM at the Ocean Shores Eagles Club.
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Ruth Mickren McLeod

May 27, 1957- March 31, 2009 Ruth was born May 27, 1957 at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma and passed away peacefully, March 31, 2009 in Puyallup, Wa. She is survived by her mother Helen Gray McLeod and daughter Alexandra Colleen Marie McLeod (13 yrs). Ruth graduated from Puyallup High School in 1975. She furthered her education earning her bachelor’s in Political Science at University of Washington and a master’s in International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona in 1983. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted for a college fund for Alexandra, for more information please go to http:\\ruthmcup date.blogspot.com\ for further information. A Memorial will be held April 16,2009 between 1 and 3 pm in the Centennial room at the Puyallup Parks and Recreation Center, 808 Valley Ave. NW.
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Lewis(Lew) Eugene Dibble

Lewis (Lew) Eugene Dibble was born in Wenatchee WA and raised in Winthrop WA. He died April 7, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. Lew was a pioneer in student financial aid for students in higher education. During his career he was employed by the University of Puget Sound, Council for Postsecondary Education, Knapp College of Business and Pacific Lutheran University. He is survived by his loving wife, Clara Mae Dibble; brother Steve Dibble and sister-in-law Linda; and nieces, nephews and grandchildren. At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Geraldine Crosta Greinke Ackerman

Jerry Ackerman, 75, passed away on April 9, 2009. She is survived by her husband Ronald, daughters Cheryl Hackinen (Jim), Laurie Christina, Marla Luppy (Tom), Gail Conelly (Ed); sons Marty Greinke, Kevin Greinke (Teresa); 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Glen Greinke. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 25, 2009, beginning at 1 o'clock, at the home of her daughter Gail Conelly, 1813 S. Woodlawn, Tacoma, 98465. Please visit mountainview.com for additional information.
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Edward Gene Hull

January 20, 1924 - April 4, 2009 Gene Hull, beloved husband father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at home on April 4th. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Donna of 37 years. He is survived by 4 children, Greg Hull (Louise) of Steilacoom, Debbie Fast (John) of Olympia, Michael Hull (Susan) of Roy, and Scott Hull (Janiel) of Yelm. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was born on January 20, 1924 in Aberdeen, WA and lived most of his life in or near Yelm. Gene served his country during WWII in England, in the Army Air Corps, returning to live in Tacoma in November 1945. From 1946 to 1967, Gene worked with his father, who owned E.L. Hull Floor Company in Tacoma. He remained active in the flooring business until his retirement in 1999. Gene was a member of the Elks Lodge for 60 years and an active member of the VFW in Yelm. Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. A celebration of his life will take place at the Moose Lodge in Yelm on Saturday, April 18, 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. Please join his family in this celebration. We will all miss his humor and his smile. The Hull family wishes to thank you all for your prayers and sympathy.
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“Mr. James” Rummel

James Curtis Rummel was born Feb. 20, 1927 in Oakland, CA. He went to be with the Lord and his recently departed wife Jane of 56 years on April 6, 2009. He is survived by his sister Donna Nicholson of California, and his only daughter, Lori Rummel-Underwood, also her husband Tommy Underwood, 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many loved family members. A celebration of life service has been planned for 1pm Sat., April 18, 2009, at Bethesda Baptist Church, S. 45th and L St., Tacoma. John 10:27-28 Please sign the online registry at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Shirley Helen (Sholberg) Mitchell

In Loving Memory Shirley passed away at her home in Rainier, WA, on March 31 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born April 9, 1935, in Everett, WA, to Alvin and Thelma Sholberg, she grew up on Angle Lake in south Seattle and graduated from Highline High School. She is survived by husband Rod Mitchell, her 4 children: Ron Wilson (Alison), Jeff Wilson (Pat), Steve Wilson (Renee), Kevin Wilson (Jannene); 7 grandchildren: Alisha, Brenda, Craig, Brooke, Sarah, Chad, Jessica; two great-grandchildren: Keith, Amy; three siblings: Karen Rolcik (Jim Seifert), Jacqueline Johnson (Bill), Jon Sholberg (Barbara). Shirley loved to knit and crochet and always had multiple projects in progress. She brightened the lives of those around her with her humor, ready laugh, kindness, caring, wisdom, and positive nature. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends. Shirley felt blessed to be able to spend her last month at home because of the extraordinary care given by daughters-in-law Jannene and Renee and stepdaughter Shanna. A memorial will be held April 19, 2009, 2 pm, at Rainier Chapel, 206 Binghamton St E. (Hwy 507), Rainier, WA 98576. Remembrances may be made to Rainier Historical Society, P.O. Box 1024, 207 Centre St. SE, Rainier, WA 98576, or Hirschberg Foundation at www.pancreatic.org .
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Goldie M. Hyatt

Goldie Hyatt, 83, a lifetime resident of the Tacoma/Gig Harbor area, went to be with the Lord April 9, 2009. Goldie enjoyed fishing and hunting with her husband. Her favorite hobby was knitting. Family members include her daughter Beverly (Robert) Homier of Selah, son Walter (Lora) Hyatt of Gig Harbor; grandchildren Lisa Homier, Megan Hyatt, Amanda Hopper, Kathryn Homier, and Amy Hyatt. Goldie was preceded in death by her husband Donald Gene and son Robert. Memorial service will be 2:00 pm Sat., April 18, 2009 at Haven of Rest Chapel. Inurnment at Haven of Rest Memorial Park, Gig Harbor. Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Florence Anna Hankel

Florence Anna Hankel passed away peacefully on March 30 at age 89. Preceded in death by her husband Lyle, brothers Ernst and Harold Hogman, sisters Ruth Johnson and Jane Giuliani. She is survived by her brothers Manford and William Hogman, sister Lila Swift, son Dexter Hankel, daughter Margo H. Mindt and grandchildren Zak Hankel and Aaron Mindt. Memorial service will be held at Bethany Baptist Church in Puyallup on Wednesday April 15 at 2:00pm. In honor of Florence and the wonderful care she received, donations can be made to The Vashon Community Care Center a non-profit organization.
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Ralph SlimCharles Lawson

February 1, 1920 - March 30, 2009 Ralph "Slim" Lawson, 89, of Spanaway, WA, died on March 30, 2009, and was laid to rest next to his wife Jeanne at Fir Lane Memorial Park. He is survived by his son, Gary Lawson of Lacey, WA; his daughters, Linda Eslick of Granbury, TX and Juanita Borstead of Novato, CA; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, May 3, 2009, beginning at 1:00 pm, at the Spanaway Airport. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made to EAA 983, Air Academy Scholarship, P.O. Box 5191, Granbury, TX 76049.
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David George Vodicka (Doust)

David George Vodicka (Doust) was born in Great Falls, Montana May 20th, 1954, and passed away March 4th, 2009 at his home in University Place, Washington. David's family moved from Great Falls Montana to Midland, Washington in 1966. He attended Franklin Pierce High School and then Woodrow Wilson High School, graduating in 1972. David had a wonderful singing voice and could imitate Elvis convincingly. David had many vocations throughout his life, most of them centering on people. David was a successful hairdresser, owning his own salon for years. He spent time driving a cab, and most recently he worked with adult disabled persons. David was preceded in death by his mother Gwinetth Vodicka (Stanley) and stepfather William Edward Doust. He is survived by his father Dr. Harvey G. Vodicka, sisters Denise, Deborah (Jon), Belinda, Cindy, Libbi; nieces Kristin, Jenna, Dionne, Christina; nephews Telly, Cole, Brandon, Nicholas, Brogan; his life partner June Ashbaugh, and friends Ryan, Lynn, Clay, Cheri, and Dane. We would like to thank all the people who have been a part of David's life and assisted during his illness. Remembrances can be made in David's name to the American cancer society.
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Irene H. Lucas

Born on May 23,1940 went to be with her Lord on April 9, 2009 at her home in Lakewood. Visitation Tues. 4/14/09 5-8pm with services following Wed. 4/15/09 at 10:30am at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98403. Burial following at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA, 12:45pm. For full obit and to sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com
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Linda Muller

Born Aug. 11, 1951; passed away Apr. 8, 2009 at the age of 57. She has gone to join her husband of 35 years, who pre-deceased her in 2007. Surviving children are Karol, Koreen, Ron, Joal and Alex. Also 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, along with step-mother Carolyn Meeks and many other family members. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Franciscan Hospice. Funeral service will be held 3PM Apr. 19, 2009, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 205 E. 96th, Tacoma, WA 98445.
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Terry Wayne Schulze

Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and uncle; died at home after an extended illness on March 29, 2009 with his wife of 30 years by his side. He was born in Tucson, AZ on August 8, 1947. Terry was a hard-working family man with a big heart. He served in the US Army from 1968-1971 and enjoyed traveling around Europe during that time. One of his proudest accomplishments was earning a business degree from Michigan Technological University in 1974. Terry worked in the lumber industry for over 30 years and had recently retired from PROBuild. Terry was preceded in death by his son Matthew, and his fathers Harold Schulze and Richard Danger. Terry is survived by wife Debra of Puyallup, daughter Rebecca of Phoenix, AZ, mother Bonnie Danger of Atwater, CA, brothers Greg (Peggy) Schulze of Clovis, CA and Norman (Gloria) Danger of Aurora, CO, sister Denise (Robert) Hernandez of Merced, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on April 14, 2009 at 4 PM at the Puyallup Church of the Nazarene, 1026 7th Avenue Southwest, Puyallup, WA 98371. Pastor Mike Boisture will officiate. Donations made for brain tumor research to UW Foundation, UW Medicine Advancement, 815 Merced St. C-5, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98109 in Terry's name would be appreciated.
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Earl Edward Hatfield

Age 88. Preceded in death by wife Gloria. Survived by daughters Nancy (husband Larry) and Sheri (husband Ed), grandchildren Patrick (wife Rebecca) and Laura, great-grandchildren Annie, Brenna, and Kylie. No services at his request.
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Gloria Whitesel Eckmann

After living, in her words, a "charmed life", Gloria Whitesel Eckmann died peacefully on April 8, 2009 in Tacoma. Born Jan. 4, 1922 in Seattle, she graduated from the U of W in 1944, where she was president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Her degree in home economics was put to use when she answered cooking questions in the newspaper and tested recipes for Betty Crocker. She and Dean were married Dec. 29, 1944. They raised 3 girls in Portland, Oregon, where Gloria was a homemaker and well-known for her gourmet talents, flower arranging, and bridge expertise. When Dean retired, they moved to Port Ludlow and took up boating, fishing, and golf. One of Gloria's favorite outings was a yearly trip to Dent Island to fish for salmon. She and Dean were happily married 63 years, and traveled extensively to all the continents except Africa. Gloria is survived by daughters Mary Elliott and Barbara McElfish, grandsons and their spouses, Nathaniel and Naomi Davis and Steven and Emily Davis with great-grandson Dean, Ben McElfish and granddaughter Ellen McElfish, brother Ed Whitesel, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Dean, daughter Margaret Davis, and brother Bill. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. For service information, please contact Bonney-Watson Federal Way at 253-839-7317.
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Diane Hrvatin

1932-2009 Diane Hrvatin was born on Aug. 20, 1932 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away on April 7, 2009 in University Place, WA. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 40 years, Emil Hrvatin, who was a WW II veteran, sons John Hrvatin, Kevin Hrvatin, and Terry Hrvatin, grandchildren Andrew, Justine, and Jenna, sisters Barbara Endres (Jim), Joan Hogue (Mickey), Pam Wise, Karen Dahl, and Kathy Zachow (Dick), brothers Mike Scott (Dolly), and Dave Kuper (Sharon), scores of nieces and nephews, and special friend, Pepsi Broz. Her brothers Buster Eley and Glenn Anderson preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary on Sat., April 18, 2009, at 11:00 AM. A private inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
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Dagmar (Dee)F. Winters

"Oma" "Miss Me But Let Me GoÉ." Dagmar Winters, born in Munich, Germany on May 23, 1943, died unexpectedly on March 24, 2009. She is survived by: her daughter, Sibyl Glasby, Grandson, Will Glasby, Son-in-Law, William Glasby, her cousins in Germany - Renate, Hannes, Doris, Johanna, Phillip, Wolfgang, Kathrin, Carolin and Isabella Greiner, her "adopted" family - Jan, Gary, Mickey, David, Marian, Pati, Angie, Doreen, Lisa (s), Donna, Arletta, Kelley, Mia, Dallas, Kris, Wendy, Jeff, Junhua, Mary, Jo, Ed, Phil and Myra/ Muschie. Dee was a longtime manager/ administrator in the banking industry and had retired from WAMU in 2005. She was always elegant and graceful and had a wonderful way of bringing people together and creating joyous events. She was known for her extraordinary wit, sense of humor and brilliant mind. She was extremely loyal to her friends and family and dedicated to serving her community including: the Seattle Opera, Dressed for Success, United Way, The Garden Court Condominiums and the National Borzoi Rescue. She was loved by many people and will be deeply missed. A celebration of her life will be held at the 10 Mercer Restaurant in Seattle on April 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Dee Winters to the Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue Borzoi Fund, PO Box 3523, Redmond WA 98703-3523.
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Mark Eagle Eye Kaytna

September 7, 1965 - April 7, 2009 Mark was a devoted son, a gifted artist, an excellent cook and a loving friend. He loved to BBQ and ride Harleys. He is survived by his mother, his brother and sister, and his many friends. Viewing on Friday, April 17 from 1-9p.m. and also Saturday, April 18 from 8-11:30a.m. Funeral service on Saturday, April 18 at 1p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Valley Chapel. 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Lakewood, WA 98499 Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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Geraldine Crosta Greinke Ackerman

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Paul Anthony Holmes

April 22, 1954 to April 8, 2009 "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you so. I go now to prepare a place for you. John 14:1-2 Today, we celebrate the life of a great father, son, and man. Paul now rests and resides with the all mighty Jesus Christ, and God, his Heavenly Father. We express our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the rest of the world that were not able to know him. Paul leaves a beautiful, wonderful daughter, Elishia, and a handsome and intelligent son, Kyle; ages 30 and 22. He will be missed by his parents Frank and Erdell Holmes, three sisters, Mary, Cornease and Carrie, and his only brother Ron. Paul's family extends to a collect assembly of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom he dearly loved. Paul will not only be missed by his family and those closest to him, but throughout his community. The family's prayers go out to those that Paul has touched. Though the physical body ceases to exist, he lives on in spirit and within our hearts. We will celebrate his life on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at True Vine Community Church of God In Christ, 5715 N. 33rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98407. Remembrance: Joy cometh in the morning - Psalm 116: 15. Pub Date: 4/13/2009
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Delbert Prince

1/9/29 ~ 4/14/88 I miss you, Dad. Love Dennis
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William James Michael Bissenas

William was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 25, 1924 to James and Opal Bissenas. He passed away on April 8, 2009, surrounded by his family, and joined his wife Yvonne, who recently passed. Bill grew up in Iowa and California. After graduating high school, he joined the US Army and was deployed to the Pacific during WWII. He was stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland when he met his wife at a USO dance in Washington, D.C.. They married on March 1, 1949. They traveled with the Army to various posts and he fought in the Korean War. He retired from the Army at Fort Lewis, and worked for the US Post Office, also retiring from there. Bill was a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Tacoma Poggie Club, and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. He shared these passions with his children and grandchildren, taking them on many outdoor trips around the Northwest. We will miss his stories and the jokes that he always had at the ready. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Yvonne, his parents James and Opal, sisters Georgia and Anna, son-in-law Pat Coltrain, grandsons Christopher Ray and Andrew Morton, and great-grandson Dallas Weaver. Those left to remember him are his sister Julia, daughter Teresa Bissenas Greenhill and her family Hannah Williams (Matthew, Anna) and Christian, son Thaddius Bissenas, daughter Thalia Davis (Michael) and her family David Bissenas (Samantha, Ethan), Jeffery, Michael (Stacia, Lily), Nicholas (Danyell, Gavin) Illa (Michael, Chloe), daughter Theodora Ray and her family Jessica Flatt (Rob), Anastasia, son James Bissenas (Rhonda, Ernestina, Karen, Alex, Sarah, Xavier), son James (Militza, James III, Jonathan, and Grace) daughter Jazzmyn Yehle (Stefan, Tatiana, Michael, Kohen, Rayne, and Toushyn) daughter Thomasina Rice (Tony) Angelina Colvin, (Thea) Jennifer Craven (Justin, Triston and Jacob) Terry Coltrain (Angela, Nichole, Aurora, and Terry Jr) Patrick, daughter Thetis Bissenas (Wes) Curtis Clawson (Cyndi, Hailey), Sarah Wood (Taylor Clawson, Jaymison, Spencer and Eric Jr.), Nathan Kirkpatrick, son William Jr. (Gina, Zach Mason, Ashley), daughter Thea Morton (Lincoln, (Melanie, Lucas) Marie, Lincoln, Mary), daughter Thais Bissenas (Kevin, Kevin Gonzales II, Kenneth Gonzales, their dad Kevin Gonzales, Kyle Walton (Sarah, Ava), Kory and Kevin Walton, Jr. and other extended family members and friends. Trisagion (vigil service) was held 5:00 p.m. Yesterday in the Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Today in the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests that donations be made to St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund or your favorite charity in remembrance of William J.M. Bissenas. Our family wishes to express our deepest appreciation to the compassionate care givers at Madigan Army Medical Center. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home. www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
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Margaret Irene Munz

Margaret was born September 23, 1916 in National, Washington. Margaret went to be with her Lord on April 6th, 2009 at age 92. She attended Stadium High School in Tacoma, and in 1936 she married her lifetime partner George Munz. She was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Fortuna, California, where she served as a member of the Church council and later as president of the Congregation. She and George were charter members of the Redwood Empire Golf and Country Club. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband George, her loving brother Melvin Monsen, sister Hazel, and her parents Mat and Karen Monsen. She is survived by her son and his wife, James and Barbara Munz of Portland, OR, and her daughter and her husband Georganne and Tom Sawyer of Puyallup, WA; six grandchildren, Laurie (Sawyer) Brigge and her husband Jeff, Neil Sawyer and wife Zifei, Lon Sawyer, Dan Sawyer and wife Tanya, Jon Munz of Hillsboro, OR, and Joe Munz of Topeka, KS; and her great-grandchildren Larissa and Derrick Brigge of Spanaway, WA. The family wants to thank Judy and Tiffany Osage for the care they have provided over the last several years of Margaret's life. No services are planned, but friends are invited to attend a celebration of Margaret's life at the Sawyer-Stewart Lodge on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 from 1 to 4.
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Lucille Cora Anderson

Lucille Cora Anderson was born in Duluth, Minnesota January 22, 1924. She passed away April 11, 2009 at Franciscan Hospice House in University Place, Washington. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Lloyd Anderson; 3 daughters Corrine Pulley, Sandra (Len) Davis, Margaret (Greg) Smith; son Dennis Anderson; 3 brothers Raymond (Jo) Beyer, Ernest Beyer, Herman (Glenda) Beyer; sister Ida Malinosky; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister Eloise Martin. Lucille loved crafts, flowers, and time with her family, especially at their beach cabin. She fulfilled a promise to her parents to graduate from high school and did so with her son in 1962. Viewing will be held from 1:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday April 14, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd. N., Tacoma, WA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Franciscan Foundation, PO Box 1501, Tacoma, WA 98401, 888-814-3740, or to Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd. N., Tacoma, WA. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Janet Ann Talbert

Janet Ann “Jan” was born November 26, 1941 and died peacefully on April 10, 2009. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960 and later received her nursing degree as an LPN; she loved her work and caring for others was her passion. She married her high school sweetheart, Gary, on May 3, 1963. She loved her church, singing, camping, sewing, and most of all being with family. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Gary, Step-Father, Gail Price, three daughters, Heidi Rinker (Duane), Alyse Russell (Paul) and Dayna Hersey (Stuart), grandchildren, Haley, Deven, Joey, Zachary, Lindsay and Ryan, Ryan and Danielle Rinker and one great granddaughter, Sophia. She is also survived by several nephews and a niece. She is preceded in death by her father, Rev. Earnest Durham, mother, Wilma Price, and her brother, Harold Durham. She will be honored at a memorial service at Tacoma First Church of God, 9401 “A” Street, Tacoma, on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to her church in her name.
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Gerald Allen Lynn

Gerald Allen Lynn, born October 5, 1941 in Bronx, New York, came to Tacoma in 1963 with the U.S. Army where he met his wife Karen of 43 years. Gerald spent 20 years in the life insurance industry, and 20 years in computer sales management. In life, Gerald touched many with his vibrancy and sense of humor. His love of fishing was second only to his love of family. Gerald passed away peacefully April 9, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Gerald is survived by his wife Karen; his sons: Mark A. and his son Curt, and Kevin M. (Ashley) and their daughter Kendall; his brother Harvey (Cathy); and a variety of nieces, nephews and loved ones. A private service was held on Monday, April 13 at Fir Lane Memorial Park. Donations in his memory can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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Donald Norris Vig

Donald Norris Vig, 68, of Tacoma, Washington died on Friday April 10, 2009 Donald was born on March 14, 1941 in Veblen, South Dakota to Jeanette and Harry Vig. In 1943 Harry, Jeanette and their children moved to Tacoma. After Harry's untimely death in 1945, Jeanette was left to raise her six children on her own with the help of her family. The family lived in the Portland Avenue area where the boys had many adventures with their friends who went to Gault and then Lincoln. Donald met his bride Sharon while they both attended Luther League at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1954. After a long courtship they where married on December 22, 1961 and were together for the next 47 years. Donald took great pride in the fact that he was a firefighter for the Tacoma Fire Dept. He retired in 1995 after 30 years of service. Donald was a tremendous joy to his family, he was a wonderful father to his children and all of his many nieces and nephews loved to be teased by Uncle Donny. He had so much love for children that he was Grampa not only to his grandkids but to many other children as well. He had a great sense of humor and had the unusual ability to make anyone feel better by telling them a story or making them laugh. Everyone is going to miss his infectious laugh and gentle teasing. Donald is survived by his wife Sharon, his daughter Kimberly (John) Carey, his son Michael (Patti), grandchildren Lauren, Alex and Forrest, and siblings Una Mae (Byron) Holmgren, Elaine (Duane) Erickson, James (Lucille), and Gordon (Judy). He is also survived by a large extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his Parents and his sister JoAnn. There will be a graveside service on Friday April 17th at New Tacoma Cemetery at 12 noon followed by a celebration of Donald's Life at 2 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 101 E. 38th St. Tacoma. Memorials in Donald Vig's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Special thanks to Dr. Catherine Richardson for her help and support through the years. "At Home with the Lord"
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Lois Velma Bacon

Born in Wendel, ID on 6/11/20 passed away 4/11/09 at her home in Tacoma, WA. Memorial services will be held on Fri. April 17, 2009 at 2pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 2215 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403 For full obit and to sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com
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Kenneth Marvin Puls

Born in Enumclaw, WA on September 5, 1928, Ken passed away in his home after a short illness on April 10, 2009. He served in the Armed Forces and met Rose while stationed in Sacramento, CA. They married in Tacoma, WA in 1950. He was a painting contractor in the Tacoma area for 34 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Rose; three daughters Julie (Stan) Johnson, Katie (Rick) Bacon and Diann Puls; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Ethel Puls and his sister Elaine Collins. Ken is the anchor of our family and will be in our hearts for eternity. A memorial service to honor Ken’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 17th at Frontier Lodge at Frontier Park (Pierce County Fair Grounds), 21718 Meridian Avenue E, Graham, WA Remembrances may be made to Franciscan Hospice or your favorite charity.
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C. G. Brown

Born 3/23/1942 in Newellton, LA and passed away 4/11/2009 in Tacoma, WA. Service to be held 3PM Friday, 4/17 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, 253-566-1008. See full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com
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Elijah Jay Neyman

Baby Eli was born February 6, 2009 and left us on April 5, 2009. He was the son of Marisa A. Hilliard and Christopher J. Neyman. He is survived by his grandparents, Margaret Neyman and Mary and Chris Hilliard, and great grandparents, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Please join us on Sat., April 18th, at 1:00 p.m. at Fellowship Christian Church, 860 E. 38th St., Tacoma for a memorial and reception.
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Paul Anthony Holmes

April 22, 1954 to April 8, 2009 He is survived by his parents and children; Elisha and Kyle, sisters: Mary, Cornease, and Carrie, and brother, Ron. Funeral services will be held 1pm, Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at True Vine Community Church of God In Christ, 5715 N. 33rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98407.
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Antone Peter Katich

Antone was born on October 5, 1926 to Mary and Mike Katich who preceded him in death. He passed away peacefully on April 11, 2009. Antone grew up in Gig Harbor and followed his father into commercial fishing at the age of 16. He fished commercially for salmon in Puget Sound, the Salmon Banks, and Southeast Alaska for 55 years, and worked for Pacific Coast Oil and Lilyblad Petroleum during the off-season. Antone is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Gagliardi. They would have celebrated 56 years of marriage on April 18th. He is also survived by son Peter and his wife Liz; daughter Mary Rickert and her husband Barry and grandson and granddaughter Nicholas and Jenna Katich. He will be missed by a large extended family, including several cousins. He attended Gig Harbor High School and served in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the icebreaker "Northwind" on which he crossed the Arctic Circle in 1952. He was a member of the Gig Harbor Fisherman's Club, the Slavonian-American Benevolent Society and St. Patrick's Parrish. He loved dinners with his family and his wife Evie's Banana Cream Pie. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Friday, April 17, 2009 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1122 North "J" Street. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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PRENA PECCHIA

1918 - 2009 Prena was born February 22, 1918 in Barrie, Ontario, Canada; passed away April 12, 2009 in Puyallup, WA at the age of 91. Prena was the loving mother of; Stella (Leo) Tandecki, Vince (Marci) Pecchia, grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 4; sister of Josie Hunter and Mary Gervais. Viewing will be Thursday April 16, 2009, 4-8 PM at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary 220 134th St. S., Tacoma, WA A Rosary will be held Friday April 17, 2009, 10:30 AM followed by Funeral Mass, 11:00 AM, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; donors@stjude.org Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
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Mary Marsh

4/15/1928 - 7/11/2008 Happy Birthday Honey! I love you. Heaven got a beautiful angel. Until we meet again I'll Love and Miss You. Love, ED
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Claude S. Cunningham

04/08/24 - 04/13/08 Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather. We all miss and love you very much.
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Wilbert (Phil)G. Nitschke

Wilbert Nitschke was born in Ashley, ND on January 25, 1929 and left this world for a heavenly one on April 10, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife June, and his brothers Marvin and Floyd. He is survived by his brother Oscar (Phyllis) of Missouri and Roy (Norma) of Tacoma, daughters Ida (Rick) Ernsbarger, Heidi Robbins, his grandson Patrick Breshon II and lots of extended family including those from his wife. He served his country in the US Army in the 50's and was a Life Member of the Amvets Post 5. He retired from Walker Chevrolet in 1991. He loved to travel, camp and garden and boy could he grow a garden. He was a man who loved his family deeply and will be truly missed. Graveside services will be at New Tacoma Cemetery on April 17 at 3:00 p.m.
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Walter Roland Gisin

Walter Roalnd Gisin lost his battle with cancer at age 65 on April 10, 2009. He died peacefully at his home in Tonasket, Washington. He was born in Tacoma on September 16, 1943 where he lived in the Puyallup/Tacoma area for 50+ years and was a member of the Midnight Riders Street Rod association and the SSRA car club for many years before moving to Eastern Washington. After moving to Tonasket he became active in the North Country Car Club then recently formed the new Tonasket Cruisers. His love of old cars both building and driving them filled his retirement years with much happiness. Before retiring, Walter worked for several large companies in the area as a heavy equipment mechanic, truck mechanic, and welder. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers and spent the last 20 years with EJ Rody and Sons and Tucci and Sons. Walt was a vereran serving in the US Army from 1965 to 1971. He is survived by his wife Marlyne, daughter Krystina, son Walter and 4 stepsons, George "Tom" Peterson, John Peterson, Michael Peterson, David Peterson. also survived by 8 grandsons, Jordan, Bradley, Travis, Logan, Joshua, Wyatt, Dustin, Evan and 6 grand daughters, Roshelle, Tiana, Leah, Jasmine, Alena, Alyssa. A potluck memorial service will be held at his home in Tonasket on August 22, 2009.
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Terrance R. Irish

Terry was born on 9/7/1937 in Bismarck, ND and passed away on 4/7/2009 in University Place, Wa. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Toni; Sons; Steve (Jeanna);Robert (Penny);Dave (Sheila);John; Kevin; Kerry; 7 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends. A celebration of his life to held at 1pm on June 21, 2009 at the Family Home 4618 Sunset Dr W, University Place, Wa. Please see full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
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Simone E. Taylor

Simone was born May 26th, 1969 in Tacoma, WA. She entered into eternal rest Tues. April 7th, 2009. She had an infectious smile and laugh, along with a personality that would light up any room. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother Eula (Peaches) Powell, brothers James Cain, Jr., Romell Powell, and Anthony Mandley, and sister Jawana Cain. Simone's viewing will be Thurs. April 16th, 2009, 12pm-7pm, at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home, 253-472-3353. Her celebration of life service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Fri., April 17th, 2009 at 12 pm. www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com .
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Rita A. Breikss

Rita A. Breikss was born Oct. 9th, 1928 in Riga, Latvia. She passed in Tacoma on April 8th, 2009. She spent her childhood in rural Latvia. After World War II, Rita made her way to Tacoma via Germany and Canada. In 1952 Rita married Aleksandrs Breikss in Montreal, Canada. He pre-deceased her in Nov. 1969. She was a resident of Tacoma since 1961. In 1994, Rita retired after a 30-year career with Puget Sound National Bank. She is survived by her son Arvids and his wife Donna, and two grandsons, Brian and Steven, who were her pride and joy. Rita is also survived by a sister-in-law, Rasma Bergman, and brother-in-law, Eriks Avotins, and also numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Evergreen Chapel on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
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Helen Rose Riley

On April 12, 2009, Helen Rose Riley joined her husband in death. She was born on March 26, 1925 in Gifford, IL. Helen was a resident of Sumner, WA for the last 33 years, where she enjoyed many adventures. She is survived by her 3 children, Gerald, Donald & Patricia and numerous grandchildren. Services are to be held Friday, April 17, 2009 @ 12:30 pm @ Washington Memorial Park. Please see her online obituary at www.bonneywatson.com .
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Maxine Jayme

Maxine was lovable, smart and loved to write. She enjoyed Twilight and The Host, she loved to read. She wanted to be somebody and make something of her life. Jayme was laid back, quiet and loved to play video games. She liked to make people laugh, and do crazy things to make you smile. Samantha was funny, loved animals and loved to draw. She always had something to say to make you laugh, and always wanted to be your helper. Heather was a little mommy. She was playful and wanted to be just like Maxine. She loved to play outside and always be by your side. James Jr. was a bundle of energy, crazy and was always on the go. He loved to play video games and the computer. He was the outdoors kinda kid. Samantha Heather James Jr. In loving Memory of the Harrison Children
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Audry Jo Handy

June 9, 1940 to April 11, 2009 Preceded in death by her husband Barry and survived by her sons: Marty (Dee Dee), Michael (Chris), Tim (Sandra), Dwayne (Tony). Grandchildren: Mikey (Teresa), Lyndsy, Joey (Amber), TJ, Ben, Justin, and Nikki. Great Grandchildren: Aidan and Makayla. Services will be held at 2 pm Friday April 17 at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Valley Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA. There will be a viewing on Thursday April 16 from noon to 9 pm. The family thanks you all for your love and prayers.
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Helen Jean Brady

Helen Jean was born Aug. 7, 1914 in Tacoma, WA. For 90 years she lived on N. 29th St., and was blessed to peacefully pass in the home where she grew up, fell in love with her Irish sailor Pete, and raised her children Peter and Kathleen. The first time Pete surprised her with a stolen kiss, her heart was his. It was like “fireworks on the Fourth of July” she would often share. She said goodbye to her fiancé, and instead married Pete on March 26, 1945, and began a joyous life adventure which ended temporarily in 1990 and resumed in Heaven April 10, Good Friday, 2009. Together again are Helen Jean and the love of her life, Pete, who called her “Smoogie.” Helen will be missed by her son Peter, daughter Kathleen and her husband Rick, grandson Chad and his wife Cindy, who is expecting Helen’s great-grandson in June, grandson Brady and his wife Margarita, and many nieces and nephews. Helen’s best friend of 92 years, Sigrid Sowell, lunched with coupons and played Skip-bo with her every Friday, and was reminiscing with Kathleen and Kristi about the trip to Sun Valley when Helen left us. There is no question that Helen Jean had it her way, steadfastly remaining in her treasured home, renewing her driver’s license at 94 years, and relishing her own independent spirit, which was an inspiration to us all. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Mulitcare Hospice, Dr. Allison Odenthal, and special angels Dianna Taylor, Kathy Gaeth, and Michelle Wood. Donations in her honor may be sent to Multicare Hospice or Mary Bridge Orthopedic Children’s Hospital. Helen was a 60-year member of the Martha Webb Wilson Orthopedic Guild. A memorial service for Helen will be celebrated Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
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Ann Elizabeth Reitz

Graveside service on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Tacoma. Celebration of life at 2:00 p.m. at Mill Ridge Village, 607 28th Avenue in Milton. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home will be on Friday, April 17 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 8 to 11:00 a.m.
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Grant Graham

Grant Graham of Gig Harbor was born May 31, 1922 in Tacoma, WA and passed away March 28, 2009. Grant is survived by his wife, Barbara of 66 years, 2 brothers, Dick and Jack and a sister, Grace. He was preceded in death by his brother Laurie and grandson Timmy. He was a devoted father to Ronald (Tami), Pamela (Bill), Lonnie (Karen) and Alan. He was a loving grandfather to 8 and great-grandfather of 5. he was a fatherly figure to Lowell Coonan and Marsha Robbins, he had many friends and was loved by all. After retiring from construction, he enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Canada, raising livestock, farming and walking his beloved property in Artondale. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on May 23, 2009 at the Gig Harbor Golf Course.
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RED GOBEL

Gone HuntingÉ..BowlingÉ.Racing On Easter Sunday, 12 April 2009, our beloved husband, father, grandfather lost his two-year battle with GBM, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. He passed away peacefully at his home in Lakewood, with his family by his side. Francis Ernest Gobel , known throughout his life as "Red" because of his hair and coloring, was born 12 June 1928 in Jamestown, ND, and raised on his maternal grandparents' farm in Albany, MN. About 1940 his parents moved the family to Tacoma, where Red and his brother, Ervin, attended Visitation Grade School, pedaled their paper routes, stacked wood for neighbors, and sold home-grown produce, developing a work ethic that followed him throughout his life. After high school, Red enlisted in the old "brown-shoe" Army Air Corps, completing an in-depth Radio Operator-Mechanic school at Scott Field, IL. He was stationed Japan and assisted on many flights around the eastern theatre. This training also prepared him for his 35-year career as a Federal employee, retiring in 1984 from Ft. Lewis Avionics. Red believed in giving a day's work for a day's pay, and found satisfaction in completing the most difficult jobs. Red had returned to Tacoma in 1949, where he met his future wife, Jean Harrison. On 14 May 2005, Red and Jean renewed their vows at Visitation Church, where they were married on that same date in 1955. Red was a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Church, and a 43-year member of the Elks. Red was one of the pioneer drag racers of the Northwest, running his Chevy-powered dragster in the early years at Shelton Dragstrip, Bremerton Raceways, Arlington, and Mission, B.C. Red held licenses in both Top Fuel and Top Alcohol classes and over the years competed with many of the top drivers in the sport, and at races from California to Canada and beyond. He ran 230 mph at 65 years old, and loved every minute of it. When he "retired" from racing, Red broadened his interest in bowling. Until recently he competed successfully in the 9-Tap Tour and the Amateur Bowlers Tour programs. He looked forward to trips with his bowling buddy, Bill, to Las Vegas bowling tournaments. Another great interest was upland bird hunting. Hunting season found Red and his dog in the field, and many a guest enjoyed a pheasant dinner at his home. Red is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean, their daughter and her husband, Theresa and Scott Walyor, and beloved granddaughters Haley and Erin Walyor. He is also survived by his brother, Ervin Gobel of Lakewood, his uncle, Benedict Auer of Sartell, MN and extended family in the area, in MN and in IL. The family wished to thank Father Lee Hightower for his many comforting visits; Red's doctors: Alex Mohit, Lorrin Yee, and Paul Reilly; faithful family and friends whose frequent visits helped brighten his days: Lavonne, Jean, Marilyn, Peggy, Tom & Sharon, Dick & Roseann, Bill & Larry; our really great neighbors; and all the wonderful people of Franciscan Hospice, especially Cathy, Alene, Tina and Tom. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Lakewood, at 11:00 am Friday, 17 April 2009, preceded by rosary at 10:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Red's name are suggested to Franciscan Hospice, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401, or a charity of your choice. ~ohjeanohjean~ohredohredohred~ Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home 253-572-6003.
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Eva Rose Anderson

Eva Anderson, formerly of Tacoma and Rosedale, passed away peacefully at age 97 on March 26, 2009. She was married to Donald A. Anderson for 61 years before he died in 2000. She is survived by daughters Charlotte Ellis of Medina, WA, June Anderson of Henderson, NV, and granddaughters Allison, Lisa and Emilie Ellis of Seattle. Services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at noon at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor.
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Donald Davis

Donald Davis, 92, a Pierce County resident since 1952, passed away Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. He now joins Margaret, his wife of 67 years, in the presence of the Lord. She passed away in Oct of 2008. Donald attended Grace Lutheran Church in Tacoma and was employed as a mechanic and truck driver. He was devoted to his wife and family. Daughters and sons-in-law are Mary (Larry) Phetteplace, Pat (Doyle) Willis, and Peggy (Ric) Eklund; 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A memorial service for both Donald and Margaret has been scheduled for June 27, 2009 at Grace Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Arrangements by Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor.
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Ronald E. Stettler

December 4, 2009 - April 9, 2009 Survived by loving wife Remona H. Stettler; sons Lane Stettler, Ronald R. Stettler; daughters Seanne Veltkamp, Dayna Stettler; 5 siblings; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Retired decorated veteran Staff Sargent for the USMC. Ron dedicated his life to government service with his military career and his work with the F.A.A. Burial services to be held Friday, April 17. 2009 at 2:30 at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Reception to follow at Dave's Restaurant in Milton, WA.
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Janet Kay Shelton

December 01, 1943-April 09, 2009 Memorial Sat. 04/18/09 @2:00pm Puy. Community Baptist Church 1318 9th Ave. S.W. Puyallup. Potluck following, She will be very much Missed & Loved by all who knew her! For more on Janet's Life see www.oakwoodhillfuneralchapel.com
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William S. Kittrell

Col. U.S. Army Ret. William S. Kittrell Col. U.S. Army Ret., passed away at Madigan Hospital on Friday, the 10th of April 2009 from complications of an auto accident. Col. Kittrell (”Bill”) was born April 25th 1920 in Wallace, Id. He earned a BA degree from Linfield College with continued education at University of Oregon and Stanford University. Bill joined the Army in 1940 and went on to a well decorated 33 year career serving in both WWII and Vietnam. Col Kittrell retired in October 1973 at Ft. Lewis, Wa. After retirement, Bill went to work at the Port of Tacoma where for 21 years he managed the real estate properties for the Port. Bill was very active in the local community in the Kiwanis and the local Chambers of Commerce for Lakewood and Tacoma. Bill served on numerous civic committees including the Regional Area Mobility Program, Military Affairs and Lakewood Citizens Transportation Committee. He is survived by Eve, his wife of 49 years; three sons Bill, Chester (Jennette) and Guy; two daughters Susan (Col. Joe Gill) and Trudy and seven grandchildren; Kevin, Kurtis, Rachel, Ryan, Kylee, Blake and Tara. He is also survived by his sister Melcena Brixey. Memorial Service will be held at 1200 on 16 April at the Mt. View Funeral Home. Internment will be on Friday at 0915 in the Tahoma National Cemetery. A reception will be held after the Memorial Service on Thursday.
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KATHLEEN ANNIE CORMIER

Born September 18, 1908 in Tenbury, Worcester, England, passed away April 12, 2009. Predeceased by husband Gilbert T. in 1972, and a son Raymond Norris in 1935. She is survived by a son, Ted, and a daughter Jill Furseth (Barney), three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. No formal service will be held, except for a private family graveside inurnment. In lieu of flowers, making a donation in her name to the charity of your choice would be very much appreciated.
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Carmen Renee Jackson

Born March 10, 1958 and passed away on April 6, 2009. She leaves behind mother Carol Jackson, father Peter Jacobs, stepmother Helen Jacobs, grandmother Edna Mae Haynes, son Jarone Jackson, four grandchildren, five sisters, Kasandra Robinson, Stephanie (Darell) Cody, Connie (Johnny) Williams, Kimberlon Grasham, and Jane Jackson, two brothers, Warren Jackson and Michael Jackson who is waiting in heaven, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. Services will be held on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Caaren Marie(Storey) Conway

Born 1/9/1964 in Bremerton, WA, and passed away 4/9/2009 in Tacoma, WA. Caaren is survived by 2 children, Jennifer Storey and Ryan Conway, 2 stepdaughters, Dee and Patricia Conway, parents Ralph and Sharon Storey, brother Michael (Jana) Storey, 2 grandfathers, Lawrence Buskala and Frank Storey, numerous extended family and friends. Viewing 6-9PM Friday, 4/17 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Funeral service to be held 11AM Saturday, 4/18/2009 at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St. W., University Place. Interment to follow on Sunday 4/19 at Shine Cemetery in Port Ludlow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Families Unlimited Network (Food Bank), 8101 27th St. W., University Place, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please see full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
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ELSIE M. MILFORD

APRIL 10, 1914 ~ APRIL 10, 2009 Elsie M. Milford passed from our presence in the early morning of Friday, April 10, 2009, her 95th birthday. Elsie was the third of six children born to Philip Sr. and Elsie Walesby. She was born in a home near 56th and Thompson, in Tacoma; however during the majority of her youth she lived with her parents and siblings in the large family home at 801 North “L” St. She was a 1933 graduate of Stadium High School. In November 1934 she married Murray “Doug” Whipple. In 1939 they had one son, Cliff. Elsie and Doug later divorced. In September 1944 Elsie married Charles “Chuck” Sanderson. Elsie and Chuck had one son, Bruce. Chuck preceded her in death in November 1985. In June 1988 Elsie married Donald L. Milford. To her delight that marriage added two step-daughters, a step-son, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren - although Elsie never regarded them as “step-children” - they were always “just a few more of her kids.” They were her family - and they all regarded her as “Mom” or Grandma.” After nine wonderful years of marriage (not one harsh word was spoken between Elsie and Don in the entire nine years). Don unexpectedly passed away in 1997. Elsie was an optimistic soul and as gentle a spirit as the soft pastel colored wardrobe which was almost her trademark. She always viewed the glass as half full. No one ever offended her to the point that she was unable to forgive them. She always had a smile to greet old friends or new. Everyone who entered her life became “special.” Any gathering of friends or family was a reason for celebration. Holidays, birthdays anniversaries, picnics, or “just because” brought excitement to her. Decorating the house for Easter, or Christmas, or Thanksgiving was looked forward to for weeks. She, truly, celebrated life each day. Her appreciation of music extended from Western to semi-classical, to big-bands. Her favorite Christmas carol was “Silent Night”, and her favorite religious song was “In the Garden.” And, oh, how she loved to dance. It was not just a recreation. It was a passion - from high school afternoon matinee dances, to the ball rooms of the 40’s and 50’s to neighborhood basement parties. She found pleasure in yard work, canning fruits and vegetables, digging clams, camping, knitting, needle point, playing cards, family gatherings, travelling, cooking, reading novels and staying up until the wee hours of the morning watching old movies on television. But, without doubt, her greatest pleasure was the opportunity to take care of, and spoil beyond measure, her grandchildren. Over the years Elsie was affiliated with several Christian churches. However, in the end she attended St. Charles Borromeo. As the years progressed her hearing became impaired and it was difficult for her to hear the spoken word from the pulpit. But, she made it a point to sit as near as possible to the choir and found joy in the ministry of music. She looked forward to being involved in her children’s activities. She was a Cub Scout den mother and, it seems, was always a “home room Mom” and active in the PTA. She held several office positions in the Franklin Grade School PTA and was the first recipient of that organization’s Golden Acorn Award. As her boys progressed to Junior High School she remained involved in most anything in which her sons had an interest. The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the Franciscan Hospice staff, especially Gina, R.N. and Chaplain Sherry, for their kindness, guidance and never-ending physical and spiritual care for Mom and the family in recent months. The family also wishes to recognize Dr. Richard Waltman and his staff for their compassionate care over the years and those staff members at the Wynwood Allenmore Assisted Living facility who consistently went “above and beyond” to make Mom’s life as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Elsie is survived by sons, Cliff Whipple of Tumwater and Bruce Sanderson (Jo Anne) of Sumner; a sister Dorothy Hagen, Allyn; daughter-in-law Carole Whipple, Renton; an “adopted daughter” Joan Flowerbird, Olympia; son Michael Milford (Jane), Yakima; daughters Patricia Isard (Geoff), Vernon, B.C.; and Lynda Baccetti (Rod), Port Orchard; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren (with two more on the way), and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. Elsie was preceded in death by brothers Roy, Philip, Jr., and Robert Walesby, and sister Ethel J. Bowman. There will be a private family burial on Thursday, April 16 followed by a memorial service in the Aspen Chapel at 1:00. The burial and memorial service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to Franciscan Hospice Foundation, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98467, or the Tacoma Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1912, Tacoma, WA 98401. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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Annelies Brevik

Annelies Brevik was born in Oppeln, Germany and resided in Tacoma for over 50 years. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed traveling, dancing, fishing, gardening, playing cribbage and spending time with friends and family. She passed away peacefully on April 11th at home with her family after fighting a long battle against cancer. Annelies is survived by her children Dolores Roscow, Monika Brevik, Robert Brevik, Michael Brevik, Peter Kost, granddaughter Rachel Brevik, Significant Other Lloyd Stinson, lifetime friend Maria Cieplik, her faithful dog Georgette and a large extended family. Services will be held Sat. April 18th at 10 am in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. All are welcome. Please no lilies.
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Keith H. Miller

Age 79, of Yuma, AZ, died April 7, 2009 at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Born July 29, 1931 in Spencer, Nebraska and retired from St. Regis door shop in Tacoma, WA in 1994. Keith is survived by Joan of the home, 8 children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. No services are planned. Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
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Glenna May Rudolph

4-22-1920 - 4-13-2009 After a rich, full life, Glenna passed away peacefully on April 13, 2009. She will be honored at her service by sons Alan, Earl, Jim and Don Bacon, Lee Mattox, Dennis and Chuck Rudolph, and her sisters Wanda Salvesen and Verna Harkins. Services to celebrate Glenna's life will be held on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Mountain View Garden Chapel, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Marilyn Caldwell Richardson

2-24-1940 - 4-10-09 Marilyn went home to be with the Lord on April 10, 2009. She was devoted to her family. She is survived by husband, Lloyd Richardson, daughter Terry Ward, son Jerry Caldwell, grandkids and great grandchildren as well as many family and friends. Service will be held at Roots of David, Thur. April 16, 2009 at 12:00pm, viewing at 10:30, graveside service will follow at 1:30 at Mountain View Funeral Home.
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Lyla M. McEwen

1925 - 2009 Lyla passed away peacefully early in the morning on April 6th. Lyla was born in Fauldhouse, Scotland to John and Elizabeth McEwen. She immigrated to Tacoma around 1950 where she lived the rest of her life. She is survived by brothers Ian, Alistair and Henry, and sister Margaret all living in Scotland. Her cheerful smile will be missed by all who knew her. Services will be held at Old St. Peters Church in Tacoma on Saturday April 18 at 1:00 PM.
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Pauline S. Martin

12/23/1935 – 4/10/2009 Viewing 5-8 PM Fri. 4/17 at Edwards Memorial 253- 566-1008. See full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/15/2009


Morton R. Mortensen

"Papa" Morton R. Mortensen, born May 4, 1941, in Juneau, Alaska, passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2009. After spending his early years in Juneau, he was raised in Gig Harbor and graduated from Peninsula High School in 1959. Mort loved fishing with his father. He enjoyed BBQ's, road trips and bargain hunting. Papa dearly loved his children and grandchildren. Family members include Daughters Krista Mortensen, Kerri (Randy) Spears; son David (Denise) Mortensen; extended family Timothy and Danielle Rupe; sisters Karen (Bob) Senior and Marion (Keith) Kilcup; grandchildren Owen Mortensen, Zachary and Jacob Spears, Lauryn, Brooklynn and Timmy Rupe. Preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Cecile and the love of his life, wife of 42 years Carol in 2004. A "Celebration of His Life" will be held next week at a time to be decided. Remembrances may be made to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Arrangements by Haven of Rest 253-851-9991
Pub Date: 4/15/2009


Marjorie Deloris Crozier-Peace

Viewing: Fir Lane Funeral Lane Memorial Park, Spanaway, from 2-7pm, Fri., April 17th, with funeral services Sat., April 18th, at 2pm.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


June Esther (Smith) Rolsma

June Esther (Smith) Rolsma passed away peacefully and joined her parents, husband, and sisters in heaven on April 13, 2009. She was born September 15, 1922 in Potsdam, NY to George S. Smith and Lena (Clough) Smith, the fourth of five children. She grew up in Potsdam, NY and graduated from Potsdam High School and Massena School of Business. June married the love of her life, Barney Rolsma on November 24, 1948 in Potsdam NY. After Potsdam, they lived in Plainfield, NJ, Schenectady, NY, Shelbyville and West Lafayette, Indiana, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Topsfield, Massachusetts. June worked at the American Baptist Convention in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and Proctor School in Topsfield, MA. In 1990, Barney and June retired to Florida and in 2005 they relocated to Tacoma to be close to family and resided at the Weatherly Inn. June enjoyed traveling with Barney and was dedicated to her family. She was preceded in death by Barney Rolsma, her loving husband of 59 years, 11 months and her sisters Virginia (Smith) Campbell of Fine, NY and Jean Smith of Potsdam, NY. She is survived by her children: Greg Rolsma of University Place, WA, his wife Sonja and their children Michelle and Garrett; Mark Rolsma of Salem, CT, his wife Valerie and their children Stephanie and Andrew. Surviving siblings include Viola (Smith) Burkett of Ogdensburg, NY and Aras Smith of Potsdam, NY. A private family remembrance was held. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice or Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma, WA. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


F. GERALD(JERRY) FELL

Jerry Fell passed away on April 13, 2009 a few days before his 98th birthday. Born in Libertyville, Iowa on an Easter Sunday, he resided in the Enumclaw and Milton areas for most of the past 58 years. He had recently moved to Gig Harbor. He was a devoted husband, loving father, accomplished musician, and Eagle Scout who enjoyed working, traveling, reading, tinkering in his garage, and telling stories. His career with Boeing spanned 35 years. He was a member of several Masonic organizations, including Crescent Lodge 109 F. & A. M., Nile Shrine, and was a Past Worthy Patron of Crystal Chapter, O. E. S. He was preceded in death by Katharine, his wife of 71 years; a brother and a sister. He is survived by his daughters Linda (Duane) Damgaard of Ocean Shores and Sandy (Alan) Barrie of Gig Harbor; son Jan (Bonnie) Fell of Auburn; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. There will be no services at his request.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Janice Ilene Smith

Janice was born December 2, 1939 in National City, California; passed away April 14, 2009 in Tacoma, WA at the age of 69. Janice was the loving mother of Harold "Butch" (Jacqualine) Smith Jr., Patricia (John) Wommer, and Jeff (Bridget Yaden) Smith, grandmother of: Courtney, J.T., Quentin, Katie, and Anderson; sister of John (Janise) Black. A Memorial Service will be Saturday April 18, 2009, 3:00 PM, at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary 220 134th St. S., Parkland, WA . Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Ann Elizabeth Reitz

Graveside service on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Tacoma. Celebration of life at 2:00 p.m. at Mill Ridge Village, 607 28th Avenue in Milton. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home will be on Friday, April 17 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 8 to 11:00 a.m.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Jean Koval Odom

Died on April 14, 2009 at the age of 89. She was born Sept. 9, 1919 to Albert and Gladys Sandberg. Jean graduated from Stadium High School in 1938 and worked at Pacific Match Co. and Les Davis Fishing Tackle Co. She leaves behind her daughter Beverly (Jeffrey) Boyle, nieces, cousins, and 3 stepdaughters. Preceded in death by her parents, husbands John Koval and Gerald Odom, and brother Richard Sandberg. She cherished her home and her sweet cat Sammie. A special thank you to Dr. Lance Kirkegaard for his kindness. A private service will be held. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


John W. Elza

Died April 13, 2009 in a Tacoma Hospital. Services will be held Thurs. 4-16-09 at Tahoma National Cemetery at 1:30pm.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Willie Carl Lewis

Devoted Husband, Protective Father, Loving Grandfather Sunrise September 1, 1929 Sunset April 10, 2009 On the morning of April 10th, 2009, after a long illness, Willie C. Lewis departed from this earth, to his heavenly home to receive his glorious crown. I Timothy 4:7-8: (7) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Mr. Willie Lewis was born to Hope Lewis and Jewel (Beachem/ Lewis) Flowers in Dothan, AL, who have preceded him in death. As a very young man he joined the United States Army and served his country for 20 years; afterwards he worked for Boeing aircraft company as a machinist for 16 years. Mr. Lewis loved life and lived his life to the fullest even until his death. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bertha L. (Tacoma, WA), his four daughters, Virginia (Tacoma, WA), Vanessa (Tacoma, WA), Cynthia (Tacoma, WA) and Kimberly (Boynton Beach, FL), 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, his aunts Helen Mitchell (Newark, NJ) and Rachel Pugh (Newark, NJ), and a host of relatives. Viewing will be held Friday, April 17, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home from 2pm - 9pm. The funeral services will be held at Central Bible Evangelical Free Church, 1414 N. Huson, Tacoma, at noon on April 18, 2009. Our family would like to thank the staff at the VA Hospital, Madigan Hospital, special thanks to Diane and Anne at Franciscan Hospice and special thanks to Kathy, Geneva and Christine from Advance Care.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Ronald E. Stettler

December 4, 1935 - April 9, 2009 Survived by loving wife Remona H. Stettler; sons Lane Stettler, Ronald R. Stettler; daughters Seanne Veltkamp, Dayna Stettler; 5 siblings; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Retired decorated veteran Staff Sargent for the USMC. Ron dedicated his life to government service with his military career and his work with the F.A.A. Burial services to be held Friday, April 17. 2009 at 2:30 at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Reception to follow at Dave's Restaurant in Milton, WA.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Jack Hertzog

Colonel Jack McKinley Hertzog, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and patriot passed away peacefully on March 31st at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital at American Lake, Lakewood, Washington. “Just an old hillbilly from West Virginia”, Jack loved life, delighted in leading others to succeed, and in making the impossible happen. Jack was born September 9, 1919 to Russell and Mable Hertzog in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Gifted with strong moral values from his mother and a boundless work ethic from growing up in the West Virginia mountains during the depression, Jack could do everything and everything he did, he did well. As an 8th-grader, he was bestowed with the Knight of the Golden Horseshoe by the State Superintendent of Schools as one of West Virginia’s most outstanding students – an award he wore proudly throughout his life. He was valedictorian of Rowlesburg High and a starter on both its basketball and football teams. He graduated from West Virginia University with honors in 1942 and was about to enter medical school when his beloved United States Army called him to active duty. That was the beginning of a stellar 30-year Army career that took him around the world. Jack began his Army career as an Infantry Second Lieutenant during World War II serving in India and China from 1943 to 1945. During this assignment, he personally worked with the President of China, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, to establish the Chinese Army Command and General Staff College. After the war, Jack was assigned to the Pentagon and then the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Paris. There, as a young major in 1955, he worked with Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, of the famed “desert fox” battles of WWII. Jack was perhaps the last man living to have known and worked with these two titanic figures of WWII. He continued his illustrious military career as the director of personnel for the 4th Infantry Division, the Continental Army Command and the United States Military Academy at West Point. After his military retirement in 1972, Jack volunteered extensively, serving on the Board of Directors of the Regional Red Cross, the Fort Lewis Museum, and the Fort Lewis Officer’s Club, and for many years as the director of West Point recruiting for Western Washington. One of his great joys after the Army was his work as member and chair of the successful Lucky Badger apple orchard cooperative in Wenatchee. He continued his lifelong passion for restoring antiques and salvaging thrift store "treasures". Jack used to say that he was luckiest man alive because he had been blessed in marriage to the two most wonderful women possible. He married his college sweetheart, Ardeth Lucille Hardin, on February 7, 1942, in Kingwood, West Virginia. Jack and Ardeth shared a 44-year love affair until Ardeth’s death in 1986. In 1992, Jack married the second love of his life, Helen Pat Gordon Hertzog. Jack and Pat enjoyed 17 years together as volunteers for Northwest Trek, travelling around the world to exotic locales such as China, Russia, Alaska, Mexico, Bosnia, England, and New Zealand, and enjoying their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Jack is survived by his wife Pat, sister Mary Ellen, children Karen and Jon, grandchildren Laura and Christian, great-granddaughter Carmen, five nieces, and many friends. We thank the superb staff of the American Lake VA hospital for their loving care of our Jack”o”. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 on Sunday, April 26 at the American Lake VA hospital chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s name to a charity of your choice, or to the hospital recreation program he so enjoyed, with checks to “VA PSHCS”, memo “In memory of Jack Hertzog for Am Lake CLC Recreation Fund”, address VA PSHCS, ATTN: Voluntary Service (A-135), 9600 Veterans Drive, Tacoma, WA 98493-5000. Please sign online guestbook at www.thenewstribune.com .
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Sydney William“Bill” Smith

Bill was born in Myrtle Point Oregon November 4, 1936 and passed away surounded by his family in his Rosedale home April 13, 2009. Bill is survived by his loving wife Betty of 41 years, his three children Terrie (Brian) Kloster of Astoria Or., Ed (Amie) Smith of Gig Harbor, Shari (Andy) Pace of Fox Isl. and 6 grandchildren. The family welcomes friends to a gathering at the Gig Harbor Eagles, 4425 Burnham Dr. on Sunday April 19th at 2:00. Remembrances in his name can be made to the Cancer Fund c/o Gig Harbor Eagles Auxillary P.O. Box 192 Gig Harbor Wa. 98335.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Bette J. LaBrie

Bette Joan LaBrie, 88, fondly remembered as “long ball Bette”, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Bette was born in Ringling, Montana to Stephen and Sadie Boyce. She earned her nursing degree from Montana State and soon after was deployed into the eighth Army 5th Air Corps in Japan during World War II. Bette served as a nurse for 50 years for her country and community. As one of the 50 original members of Oakbrook Golf and Country Club, she loved to play golf, and win, with the ladies on Thursdays. That’s where she earned her nickname for the longest drive. Bette is survived by her husband of 59 years, Wally, brothers Robert and Gordon Boyce, sons and their wives, Howard & Dana, David & Helen, Myron & Carol along with her grandchildren, Jeana & Karly LaBrie and Ryan & Adam (Jen) Lang. She will be remembered by family and friends by the twinkle in her eye and her warm chuckle. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 18th at Oakbrook Golf & Country Club from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or charity of your choice. Rest in Peace, Mom.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Evelyn Bacon

Age 95, passed away on April 12, 2009. She leaves to cherish her memory her three children: Sandy Callero, Dorothy Hofmann, and Bob Bacon. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, son Pat, five brothers, and one sister. Evelyn has 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is home now with her Lord Jesus Christ. Services will be held at 1 pm, 4/20/2009, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel, Lakewood, WA. Memorials may be made to Hospice or a Christ-centered charity of your choosing.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Henderson Duke Jordan

Age 85, passed away at his home on April 11, 2009. Most people knew him as "Duke". He was a resident of Tacoma since the late 70's. A memorial service is being held at 6 PM, Friday, April, 17, 2009 at Christ The King Bible Fellowship, 35448 11th Ave. SW, Federal Way, WA 98023. 253-222-5753.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Melvin Wally Wallawine

Age 57, of Bonney Lake, WA. Sunrise June 8, 1951, Sunset April, 11 2009. Wally passed peacefully on April 11th surrounded by loved ones. Wally is survived by his girlfriend Chris and her sons, daughter Crystal, sons Jeremy and Dillon, step-daughter Melony, granddaughter Jessica, and many other loved ones and great friends. Services will be held Saturday April 18, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Calvary Community (Stepping Stones) 1644 Gault St., Sumner, WA.
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Diane Hrvatin

1932 - 2009 Diane Hrvatin was born on Aug. 20, 1932 in Tacoma, WA and passed away on April 7, 2009 in University Place, WA. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 40 years, Emil Hrvatin, who was a WW II Veteran, sons: John (Jodi) Hrvatin, Kevin (Joanne) Hrvatin, and daughter: Terry Hrvatin, grandchildren: Andrew, Justine, and Jenna, sisters: Barbara Endres (Jim), Joan Hogue (Mickey), Pam Wise, Karen Dahl, and Kathy Zachow (Dick), brothers: Mike Scott (Dolly), and Dave Kuper (Sharon), scores of nieces and nephews and special friend, Pepsi Broz. Her Brother Buster Eley preceded her in death. A Memorial service will be held at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary on Sat. April 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM. A private inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
Pub Date: 4/16/2009


Elijah D. Jones

April 17, 1999 - July 22, 1999 Elijah 10 Just a decade ago, an angel came down, and gently turned all of our lives around. Graced us with his presence, and showed us how to love. Thank you Lord for sending us this blessing from up above. Happy 10th Birthday Elijah! Love, sister Essence,Mom & Family.
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Merle L. Holdener

11/24/1928 - 4/17/2007 I miss you every day and know that one day we will be together again. Love, Al
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Walter Frank Cavalier

04/30/1923 - 04/17/2006 Dad, can't believe its been 3 years. Sure you're glad to have mom with you again. She missed you so much! We all love and miss you both. And guess you were right about Griffey!
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Marie Frances (Anich) Wasser

Was born on October 18, 1930, and joined our Heavenly Father on April 14, 2009. Marie resided in Tacoma the majority of her life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her sons Tony and Paul (Diana) Wasser, and her 4 grandchildren Brenna, Stefan, Emma, and Grace. She is also survived by her sister Frances (Tony) Riconosciuto. She was preceded in death by her parents Stefania and Anton Anich, and by her sister Katherine. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church. For more information and to sign the on-line guest book, please visit www.gaffneycares.com .
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Patricia Darlene (Trader) Thomas

Our beloved Grandma Patty passed away on April 15, 2009. She is survived by her husband William "Mac" Thomas, her children Michael, Debbie, David and Cathy, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and everyone else who loved her. Please join us in celebration of her life at High Cedars Golf Course on Saturday April 18th at 1 pm.
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Christine Marie Milne

Born 8/23/64 in Illinois passed away 4/12/09 in Tacoma, WA. Visitaion Mon. 4/20/09 10-12 noon with services following at 12noon at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 2215 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403 for full obit and to sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


RAYMOND R. BAME

Beloved brother and uncle passed away Easter Sunday at age 75 from stroke-related complications. Memorial 5/2/09, 2-4pm at Westgate inn, North 26th, off Pearl St. For further info www.oakwoodhillfuneralchapel.com
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Salme Leps

Age 89, moved to Heaven April 13, 2009 after complications from Alzheimer's. Born 1919 in Estonia, she married Evald Leps in 1939. In 1944 they escaped WW II communism by fleeing to Sweden. They later immigrated to the U.S., where she became a citizen in 1955. She was an expert tailor, homemaker, and worked in various churches they pastored in Washington and California. After retirement, they moved to Lakewood and attended Praise Covenant Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her children Jeannie Mertens, Allan Leps, and Sylvia Thomas; grandchildren Lisa, Krista, Kristiina, Elisabeth, Olivia, Julia, and Natasha; great-grandchildren Spencer, Alex, and Jiggs; and sister Leida Aim. Her funeral will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 1:00 at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9221 Chambers Creek Rd. Her faith sustained her even through the heartache of Alzheimer's; she blessed others with her humor and warmth; she will be missed and remembered.
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Sgt. Eric John Autio

Age 25, was born October 27, 1983 and passed away on April 12, 2009. Eric spent eight years serving his country in the United States Army, which was a career choice he made at a very young age. Eric spent time as a soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division and was most recently assigned to 8-1 Cavalry Squadron, stationed at Fort Lewis. Eric was a shining light in our family. We all agreed that, in 25 years, he was never happier than he was the last few months of his life spending time with his new wife and beginning to build their life together. He was a man of honor and our family's own personal hero. He was hilariously funny, wonderfully charming, and a gentleman of the highest regard. Eric is survived by his wife, Jackie Autio, his parents, Richard and Connie Glenn and Richard and Karen Autio, his sisters, Romy Rogers and Sydney Autio, his brothers, James and Joesph Glenn, and several other friends and relatives. Eric will be laid to rest on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 11:15 am. Please sign our guest book at www.Howden-Kennedy.com .
Pub Date: 4/17/2009


Jerry G. Yeager

July 16, 1935 to April 13, 2009 Jerry G. Yeager was born in Lewiston, Idaho, and passed away at his home. Preceded in death by his parents, Victor G. and Sylvia V. (Hays) Yeager, and brother Royce W. Yeager. Survivors include his loving wife Sonja, daughter Heidi Lamers (Joseph), grandsons Everett, Philip and Daniel, brothers Howard D. Yeager (Marti) and Harold, sister, Sylvia Thomas (Vernon); sister-in-law Teresa Sharp (Jerry), Yakima, numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry and Sonja were married June 27th, 1959 in Manson, WA. After a year of teaching in Yakima, they moved to Greeley, CO, to attend graduate school and to teach. In 1962 they moved to Wenatchee, where they resided for 29 years. In 1990 they moved to Silverdale; later, Gig Harbor; and in 2005 to Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community. Memorial service to be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows, 6730 North 17th Street, Tacoma, WA on April 26th, 2009, 3:00 pm. Interment, Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima on April 23rd, 2:00 pm. Memorials may be made to ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, 19110 66th Avenue S., #G-101, Kent, WA 98032; Tacoma Franciscan Hospice Care; or Organ Fund, St. Mark's Lutheran Church. The family is very thankful for all the prayers of support and encouragement throughout Jerry's illness. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mem.com .
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Judy Lynn Cheney

Judy was born in San Jose, CA on July 23, 1955 and went home to Jesus on April 13, 2009. She is survived by her beloved children, Zachary, Lindsey, Taylor, and Landon; her parents, Leonard and Patricia Ventimiglia; and her brother Lenny and sister Charlene. Above all, her passion in life was being a mother. She excelled in cooking, gardening, and serving others. She loved and studied the Word of God faithfully. The family welcomes friends to a memorial service for her at Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 S. Shirley St. on Wed. April 22 at 1:00 p.m. Remembrances can be made in her name to Care Net Pregnancy and Family Services, 253-383-2988.
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Harold Wilcken Pratt, Jr.

Harold Wilcken Pratt, Jr. was born Oct. 11, 1930, in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico to Harold Wilcken Pratt and Anna Hendrickson. He passed away on April 15, 2009, in Tacoma, WA. He was a faithful servant of God and sought to do His will. His beloved eternal companion Constance Decker Pratt departed this life in 2004. He is survived by his children Keith (Annette), Ron (Pam), Mark (Melanie), Catherine, Gary (Debbie), Dale (Stephanie), and Jared (Barbara); six of his nine sisters, Lucile, Berta, Carmen, Ramona, Doratha Rae, and Kathleen; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was an U.S. Air Force pilot, retired as a Major, and served in many parts of the world including Japan and Panama. He was later a real estate appraiser. He held bachelor's degrees from Brigham Young University and Evergreen State College, and a master's degree in counseling from Central Washington University. He loved his family and family history. He was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served diligently as home teacher, bishop, stake presidency counselor, temple worker, mission president, and stake patriarch. He served five missions, including to Mexico (twice), Texas, Florida, and the Dominican Republic. He gave over 10 years of his life to full-time missions - a generous tithe of his time on earth. He extended his family's heritage of faith. Viewing at 8:30 am, Mon., April 20, 2009, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2455 S. 78th St., Tacoma, with funeral services following at 10:00 am. Interment with be in Snowflake Cemetery, AZ, on Sat., April 25, 2009. There will be a brief graveside service at 12:30 pm. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 253-584-0252.
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Paul J. Baldwin

Born March 13, 1947 in Washington D.C.; died April 16, 2009 in University Place. A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 19 from 3-6 p.m. at Curnow Funeral Home, 1410 Main St. Sumner. 863-2800. A graveside service will be Monday, April 27 at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elmwood, IL. Please visit www.curnow funeralhome.com for his full obituary.
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Charlotte “Char” Barry

Born February 28, 1969 in Tacoma Washington, Char passed away Sunday, April 5, 2009. She is survived by her mother, a brother, two sisters and a host of other family and friends. A Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Greater Christ Temple Church in Tacoma. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park. Friends are invited to express condolences, share memories and sign the family’s guest book at www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com .
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Victor M. Schloer

April 27, 1948 - April 15, 2009 Our beloved Victor was an inspiration to us all, his ability to accept things as they came and make the most of each day, made all of our lives a little brighter. He will be missed by all of us that love him. Survived by his wife, Bonnie, his children, Gina and John, and his two grandchildren, Jessica and Samuel. He is also survived by his mother, Marie Schloer and his 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Please join us in celebration of his life at the Puyallup Eagles on Monday, April 20th at 12 noon.
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Glenn D. Gray

9/15/60 4/15/09 Full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Michael Glen Rundquist

6/12/1956 - 4/7/2009 You’ll be missed. We love you. Services noon Sun., 4/19/2009, Owens Beach, Point Defiance.
Pub Date: 4/18/2009


Dennis B. Horrigan

4/19/1940 - 3/16/2006 It’s our birthday today. Here we are, Spring 1957. Totally cool. Your twin brother Dan.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Dennis Denny Horrigan

4-19-1940 - 3-16-2006 "Happy Birthday, Dad!" from Shaun, Kelly and Shannon.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Robert F. Cummings

WWII Vet Robert F. Cummings hailed from Akron, Ohio. Born January 28 1925 to mother Pauline and father Robert. He was raised with his younger brother Norman (who predeceased him) and sister Jeanne (Jenkins) who resides in Missouri. Bob entered the Navy February 1942 during World War II and was on the ship John Penn when it was sunk by enemy fire. Bob suffered disabilities from the war and was awarded a Purple Heart, bronze star, and other decorations. After his Navy enlistment, Bob joined the Air Force and traveled all over the world, serving in Tripoli, Libya, Thule Greenland and Europe. He met his wife Alice in 1953 in Maine and they married and had five children. Robert and family settled in Tacoma in 1961, and he retired from the Air Force in 1966. Bob worked for Boeing right before the big economic bust. Bob served Veterans and their families as the Director of the Pierce County Veterans’ Bureau for fifteen years. Bob was an avid golfer most of his life, and he enjoyed true crime stories and watching the History Channel. He frequently visited his friends at the McChord base library and was working on writing his memoirs from the war. Robert passed away April 17, 2009 and is survived by his loving wife Alice and five children - Roberta, Paula, Karen, Norma and Mike. Robert and Alice have five grandchildren - Alex, Amy, David, Alicea and Robert and one great grandchild Abi. Robert was a member of St. Joseph’s Church on 34th Street in Tacoma. Please contact Edline-Yahn Funeral Home for details 253-630-2736. Interment at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Albert Lanzilotta

Was born May 1, 1931 to Giuseppe (Joseph) and Rosa (Vitta) Lanzilotta in Cleveland, OH. He died peacefully March 29, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by Elizabeth, his “bride” of 57- 3/4 years, seven of his eleven siblings, three daughters and their very supportive husbands, ten grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, and a number of DEAR caregivers who, over the years, became like family to him. His great sense of humor, even in the midst of dementia, will be missed by them all. Al was a loving husband and father who enjoyed fishing, clamming, gardening and taking his family on many camping trips. He was very generous, sharing his boat, garden, produce, knowledge and especially his time with his family and circle of church friends. For many years he was an Adult Sunday School teacher and a Shop Steward for his union. He retired from the composing room of the Tacoma News Tribune in 1993 after thirty-eight years of service. Al served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army 64th Heavy Tank Battalion during the Korean Conflict. He was wounded in the line of duty, receiving a Purple Heart and an Honorable Discharge. He was known for telling folks that he served for 3 years, 3 months and 29 days! A family graveside service was held Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at Mountain View Cemetery in Tacoma, WA. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 2nd,, 2009 at 2pm at First Nazarene Church, 3640 South M St., Tacoma, WA. All are welcome.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Amanda Joanne Brady

Was born April 12, 1975 in Arlington, VA. She left Tacoma, WA and entered the glory of Heaven April 14, 2009. She is survived by son Sage Brady, father Joe Brady (Barbara), mother Virginia Rober (Marlon), and brother Jason Brady (Monica). She is loved and remembered by them, extended family, Stadium classmates, Franciscan coworkers, NW Medical Specialties, and Franciscan Hospice. Funeral services are at 2 pm, April 25, 2009 in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center, Lakewood, WA. Memorials go to Franciscan Foundation.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Martha Isabel Minkema Lescalleet

Our beloved mother passed away peacefully on 4/10/2009 at her home in Puyallup, WA. Martha recently moved to Puyallup to be near family after living in Bothell, WA for the past 41 years. Born 12/10/1938 in Sandstone, MN to Henry G. and Mildred E. Minkema, Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her second husband Harold, and her first grandchild, Justin S. Robicheau. She is survived by her daughter Rochelle Robicheau Hanson (Jerry), her son Henry Robicheau (Susan), her grandchildren Stephanie K. and Evan. S. Robicheau, brother Henry G. Minkema II (Carol), and her sister Anne Harrison (Richard), along with numerous nieces and nephews. Besides being a loyal mother and friend, Martha spent many years actively involved in Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the Amaranth, as well as Daughters of the Nile. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home, 253-845-1172. More details about Martha and memorial donations can be found at: http://memorialwebsites. Legacy.com/MarthaLescalleet/ Homepage.aspx Friends and family are invited to join us in a memorial service/ reception this Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:30 pm, at Mt. View Lutheran Church, 3505 122nd Ave. E., Edgewood, WA 98372. www.mtviewlutheran.org .
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Steven M. Wing

January 22, 1954 ~ April 13, 2009 Steve was born in Tacoma, WA, the middle son of Ray and Dixie Wing. He was a lifetime Tacoma resident. After graduating from Franklin Pierce High School, Steve made his home in the Midland area. Steve became a journeyman/foreman fence builder and was excellent at his trade. Steve is survived by his mother Dixie, his older brother Gary, and younger brother Rick. A celebration and remembrance of Steve’s life will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Puyallup location, 202 Fifth Street N.W., Puyallup, WA at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 6th. Steve always smiled and was a sweet guy, anyone who spent time with him knows this.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Donald Helmer Lerum

Died April 11, 09 at the age of 74. Memorial Services are at Hope Evangelical Community Church, 158 S. 46th St. Tacoma, Wa. April 25 at 1:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Hope Church. View full Obituary @ www.don.lerum.net
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Allen B. Steedman

Dec. 3, 1926 - Mar. 30, 2009 Allen worked for Boeing almost 40 years. He died of congestive heart failure. His son Michael died in 1997, and his beloved wife, Marguerite, died in 2003. Allen is survived by daughters Cheryl Ball of Burien, and Rev. Marda Sanborn and her husband Doug of Renton. He was a member of Delta-White Center Lodge and Scottish Rite. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church at 24447 94th Ave. S. in Kent. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in Allen's name to St. James.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Jack McKinley Hertzog

Colonel Jack McKinley Hertzog, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and patriot, passed away peacefully on March 31st at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital at American Lake, Lakewood, Washington. "Just an old hillbilly from West Virginia", Jack loved life, delighted in leading others to succeed, and in making the impossible happen. Jack was born September 9, 1919 to Russell and Mable Hertzog in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Gifted with strong moral values from his mother and a boundless work ethic from growing up in the West Virginia mountains during the Depression, Jack could do everything, and everything he did, he did well. As an 8th-grader, he was bestowed with the Knight of the Golden Horseshoe by the State Superintendent of Schools as one of West Virginia's most outstanding students - an award he wore proudly throughout his life. He was valedictorian of Rowlesburg High and a starter on both its basketball and football teams. He graduated from West Virginia University with honors in 1942, and was about to enter medical school when his beloved United States Army called him to active duty. That was the beginning of a stellar 30-year Army career that took him around the world. Jack began his Army career as an Infantry Second Lieutenant during World War II, serving in India and China from 1943 to 1945. During this assignment, he personally worked with the President of China, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, to establish the Chinese Army Command and General Staff College. After the war, Jack was assigned to the Pentagon and then the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Paris. There, as a young major in 1955, he worked with Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, of the famed "desert fox" battles of WWII. Jack was perhaps the last man living to have known and worked with these two titanic figures of WWII. He continued his distinguished military career as the director of personnel for the 4th Infantry Division, the Continental Army Command, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. After his military retirement in 1972, Jack volunteered extensively, serving on the Board of Directors of the Regional Red Cross, the Fort Lewis Museum, and the Fort Lewis Officer's Club, and for many years as the director of West Point recruiting for Western Washington. One of his great joys was his work as member and chair of the successful Lucky Badger apple orchard cooperative in Wenatchee. He continued his lifelong passion for restoring antiques and salvaging thrift store "treasures". Jack used to say that he was luckiest man alive because he had been blessed in marriage to the two most wonderful women possible. He married his college sweetheart, Ardeth Lucille Hardin, on February 7, 1942, in Kingwood, West Virginia. Jack and Ardeth shared a 44-year love affair until Ardeth's death in 1986. In 1992, Jack married the second love of his life, Helen Patricia Gordon. Jack and Pat enjoyed 17 years together as volunteers for Northwest Trek, travelling around the world to exotic locales such as China, Russia, Alaska, Mexico, Bosnia, England, and New Zealand, and enjoying their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Throughout his life, those who encountered Jack met an inspiring man with an extraordinarily positive attitude who truly delighted in everyone he met and who loved living, learning, and exploring. Friends will remember him as brilliant but down-to-earth, loyal, always on the look-out for opportunities to help them grow, and with a seemingly endless supply of fascinating stories and "Jack-isms". Never tied by rules or conventions at the expense of effectiveness and common sense, he was, as in the memoir of one Lt. Gen. and former ambassador "the officer with the greatest ingenuity and initiative I have every known". Soldiers who'd worked for him had a commander who inspired hard work, initiative, and loyalty in the most positive way - by giving them every benefit of the doubt and support from the start. And folks who never knew Jack will continue to benefit from his contributions: whether his scrounging rope (for shoes) and food and hygiene for his Chinese interpreters, to his innovations at expediting spousal benefits at the Pentagon, to improvements he made to Cadet life at West Point that persist to this day. Even during his final "tour" at the VA nursing home, Jack made a job for himself writing commendations for departing staff and initiating a resident-awards program that has taken off and spread to other VAs. Jack is survived by his wife Pat, sister Mary Ellen Gilley, children Karen and Jon, grandchildren Laura and Christian, great-granddaughter Carmen, five nieces, and many friends. We thank the superb staff of the American Lake VA hospital for their compassionate care of our Jack"o". A memorial service will be held at 1:30 on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at the American Lake VA hospital chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's name to a charity of your choice, or to the hospital recreation program he so enjoyed, with checks to "VA PSHCS", memo "In memory of Jack Hertzog for Am Lake CLC Recreation Fund", address VA PSHCS, ATTN: Voluntary Service (A-135), 9600 Veterans Drive, Tacoma, WA 98493-5000. Please sign his online guestbook at www.thenewstribune.com .
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Caren Ann(Silva) Curtis

Caren was born 2/13/1941 in Alexandria, MN, and passed away 4/17/2009 in Tacoma, WA surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her 5 children, Mark, Steven, Dawn, Denise, and Leigh, siblings Lois and Dean, 8 grandchildren, and a multitude of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Virginia, and 2 brothers, Gary and Michael.,Memorial service to be held 4/23/2009 at 2:00PM at the family home. Donations in her memory can be made to your charity of choice. Her warmth and care will be greatly missed. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Sheri Lynn Kroll

Born on August 25 1954, Sheri Lynn Heiden (Kroll) passed peacefully on April 10, 2009 at the age of 54. Sheri was raised in Tacoma Wa. She attended Waller Rd. Elementary, Rogers High School and T.C.C. Surviving husband John M. Kroll, son Justin J. Kroll and his "SWEETHEART" Alexandra K. Freeman. Preceding Sheri, father William Heiden, brother Kurt Heiden and surviving Sheri, mother Janet Heiden of Puyallup, Wa., aunt and uncles Nancy (first husband Pullin), present husband, Ron Early of Centalia Wa.; Betty and Cliff Swearingen of Orting Wa.; and Janet and Bob Heiden of Davenport, Wa.; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Services were already held. Visit our online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Laurie D. Morris

Born Aug. 12, 1942; died peacefully in her home on April 16, 2009. Graduated from Lincoln H.S. 1960. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Ron, 4 children, John, Randy, Michelle, and Sue, and 10 grandchildren. Instead of flowers, please make donations to the Fish Food Bank. Services will be held at St. John of the Woods at 9903 24th Ave. E., Tacoma. A Rosary will be held on Tues., April 21, 2009 at 11am, followed by a Funeral Mass at 12:00.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Billy G Collings

Billy G Collings, 79, passed away on April 13, 2009. He retired from the US Army as well as Oak Brook Golf & Country. Services will be held at 1:15 P.M. April 21, 2009 at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please see the complete obituary at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Aubrey L. Tibbels

Aubrey L. Tibbels, 94, of Federal Way, WA passed away on April 10, 2009. Mr. Tibbels was born on Sept. 8, 1914 in Craig, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Loretta M. Tibbels. Mr. Tibbels is survived by his son Larry (Karen) Tibbels, daughters Joanne (Gary) Wilson, Jolene Peacocke and 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Carol Jean Franke

April 21, 1921 Carol went to be with the Lord on April 10, 2009. For many years, Mom was limited with breathing difficulties, so it brings us comfort knowing she is dancing in Heaven. She is survived by sons Mike (Jane) Franke, Butch (Marion) Franke, Robbie Franke, daughters Susan Stanley, Cindy (Johnny) Schwartz, Judy Eng, 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and her first great-great-grandchild. Service will be held in the Mountain View Garden Chapel April 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Willard “Bill” Smith

Age 92, on April 6, 2009, we lost our Dad. He now joins our Mother in heaven. Mom died December 21, 2002. She was 82. Dad was born in Minnesota March 6, 1917. The family moved West and our Grandfather A.O. Smith got a job at Boeing in 1931. Dad hired in at Boeing in 1939. He became an engineer and met our Mother, Anne, at Boeing and they were married in 1945. They built our house in Normandy Park in 1951 and they both lived out their lives there. Dad retired from Boeing in 1979 with 36 years of service. Dad loved to hunt, camp and spend a lot of his retirement time selling tools and Coleman lanterns at the Midway and Starlite Swap meets. He was also a long time member of the Washington Arms Collectors. He is survived by two sons Mike and Doug and a daughter Paula DeMarks. We’ll miss you Dad. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Please sign the online memorial guestbook at www.bonneywatson.com .
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Grant Williams, Jr.

Age 68, passed away April 14, 2009 at University Place Care Center after a long illness. He was born on March 8, 1941 in Ogden, Utah, and was a retired truck driver. He is survived by a daughter, Betty, and a son, Grant III. "Pops" was lovingly tended by his longtime companion Sandra and stepdaughter Ashley in the last years of his life. A private viewing for immediate family will take place Monday at Edwards Memorial, with cremation to follow. The family wishes to thank UPCC and Franciscan Hospice for their help and support. Remembrances to the animal shelter of your choice.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Alice G. Robinson

2/21/1944 - 4/12/2009 Loving mom to Damon, Vince (Jan), and Lisa (Hallie); Grandma to Joe, Jacob, Alisara and Anthony. Service at RainierView Christian Church, 4/25/2009, 1pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Alice's name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or your local hospice.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Maurice Aldosia Farr

1/8/1956 - 4/17/2009 Devoted husband, protective father, loving brother, Maurice was born in Jackson, TN to Booker T., Jr. and Amanda Farr, who preceded him in death. After a courageous battle with cancer, Maurice departed from this earth to his heavenly home to receive his glorious crown. Maurice loved life and lived his life to the fullest until the end. His passion for taking care of his family was endless. He is survived by Cleo, his high school sweetheart and wife of 33 years, two beautiful daughters, Tiffany LaTonya and LaShawnda Victoria, eight brothers and sisters, Barbara Joyce Woods, Bronx, NY, Shirley Ann Watson, Tacoma, WA, Veda C. Whitfield (Charles), Jackson, TN, Donna Y. Frazier (Emanuel), Miami, FL, Booker T. Farr III (Jacqueline), Talladega, AL, Felicia Farr Fuller (Troy), Jackson, TN, Sarita Poston, Jackson, TN, Shawn Farr, Jackson, TN; two aunts, Kizzie Hunt (James), Detroit MI, and Esther Bridgman, St. Louis, MO, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. As a faithful member of Allen AME Church, he served as a Trustee, member of the Brotherhood, and dedicated counselor of the Youth Usher Board. As President of Usher Board #2 he exemplified the usher's prayer, "I would rather be a door keeper in the house of my God then to dwell in the tents of wickedness." He also had the "community" spirit by participating in CROP walks, AIDS walks, Christmas House and Paint Tacoma Beautiful. In his spare time, he was an avid sports fan and he loved to keep up with current affairs. Maurice graduated from Jackson Central Merry High in 1974, earned an associate degree from Pierce College, and graduated cum laude from Central Washington University in 2004 with a BA in Law and Justice. Maurice served his country honorably in the US Army from 1975 to 1978 with an additional 3 years in the Reserves. After the military, Maurice was employed by DSHS for 20 years, where he was truly loved and respected by co-workers and clients. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 11:00am, at Allen AME Church, 1223 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Tacoma. Viewing will be Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from 12-9 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home (253) 584-0252. Please feel free to sign his online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com . The family would like to thank Multicare Hospice staff and all who helped us during this difficult time.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Franziska E. Tate

"Fran" was born March 3, 1937 in Holtzhausen, Germany, and went home with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on April 17, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Fran most enjoyed her family, friends, gardening, and bowling. She is survived by her husband Robert W. Tate, children Franziska (Daniel), Elfriede, Robert, and Lorene (Nick), grandchildren Joshua (Christine), Rachel, Marcus, Aaron, Stefanie (DJ), Elyssa, Robert Jr., Shawntae, Li'l Nick, Marquise, Chanelle, Aralea, and Laneeka, and sister Leni (Erich). Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Stielacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood 98499, (253) 584-0252. Open viewing will be held Tue. April 21, from 1pm to 9pm, and Wed. 8am to 12pm. Funeral service will be held Wed., April 22, 2009, at 2:00pm in the Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to any "Battered Woman's" shelter.
Pub Date: 4/19/2009


Patricia Bitney

Jan. 11, 1937 - April 20, 2005 My dearest Pat, its been four years and you will always be in my thoughts and heart. Love forever Quentin
Pub Date: 4/20/2009


Donna Wilsie

10/3/47 ~ 4/20/04 Donna, life has not been the same without you. We miss you and will love you forever. All our love, Dave, Alex, Natalie, Jacob, Henry, Marilyn, Dee and Sam.
Pub Date: 4/20/2009


NORMAN O. FORNESS

Norman Forness, 73, passed on April 2, 2009 in Gettysburg, PA. He was the son of the late Olaf and Mabel Forness of Puyallup. He was a graduate of Sumner H.S., PLU, WSU and Penn State, where he received his PH.D in 1964. He began his career as a history professor at Gettysburg College, retiring in 2000. He is survived by brother, Bruce (Marla) and sister-in-law, Lynn Forness. His brother , Lyle, died in 2008. A service will be held on 4/25 in Gettysburg. Memorials may be made to PLU, 1010 122nd St., Tacoma, 98447.
Pub Date: 4/20/2009


Florence Krueger

Seven springs now your spirit strong, uplifting Tangible evidence of 80 years well lived, in His grace Loyal wife of nearly 53 years mom of 4, grandmother of 11 You gave and gave, so freely spreading kindness, and love Your merry smille is visible in Dad's eyes when they twinkle Your kindness and giving hands transferred to our habits Christ's resurrection is the way to everlasting life and peace You prayerfully followed His path here, and now in heaven
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Wayne Robert Kohler

Aug. 8, 1944 ~ April 21, 2003 The memory of a good person is a blessing. Prov. 10:7
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Woodrow Probst Jr.

Woodrow Probst Jr., 63, passed away at his home in Billings, MT. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the LDS Church in Billings, MT. Please see the complete obituary at www.cfgbillings.com .
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Victoria Ivey Settlemoir

Victoria Ivey Settlemoir, 7 of Tacoma, WA died April 19, 2009 peacefully at home with her family. She is survived by her loving parents, Sammy & Laura Settlemoir, her bubba Dominique and sister Haila. She will be remembered by numerous loved ones and those whom she has come in contact with. She will be kept in our hearts forever. In lieu of flowers please donate to the contribution fund for Victoria Settlemoir at any Bank of America, to help take care of medical expenses.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Ida R. Robb

Sunrise 1-8-1916 Sunset 4-18-2009 Ida received her angel wings at 93 and moved on to be with her husband of 54 years, Charles F. Robb. Family was her life, she was an outstanding wife, perfect mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, seamstress and a wonderful homemaker. She was a past-president of the Swiss Ladies Society. One of 13 children and is survived by sisters; Mary Gratzer, Emma Docken and Tootsie (Hilda) Loidhamer. Son, C. Thomas Robb and daughter Charlene E. Ruehle, 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, April 24, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Fife, WA. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Raonda K. Walton

Raonda K. (George) Walton passed away on April 16, 2009. She touched the lives of many. Her legacy can be found in the strength of the family she leaves behind. For over forty years, she shared her love with her husband Jerry. They made a life together that consisted of friendship and devotion. Though born in Tacoma, Raonda and Jerry raised their children in Fircrest. Her love of this community was shown by her activity in local politics and history. Her writing often lit up the editorial section of the News Tribune. Raonda was small in stature, but her gentle spirit was immeasurable. Family and friends could always count on her. She never refused a friend and often sought out those in need. She will be dearly missed by those left behind including her husband Jerry; her children Damian (Donya), Dayna Baird (Vince), and Tarra Corwin (Jeremy); honorary son Greg Rock; grandchildren Alex, DJ, Ashleigh, Taylor, and Emma; twin sister Wanda Renken (Jim) and her special nephew Shaun (Meghan); along with numerous other family members. If a life is measured in love, her life would stretch around the world. Per her request, no service will be held. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Yvonne Cunningham

Our Mom was born in Tacoma on January 19, 1926 and passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her family on April 17th. She was preceded in death by our Dad, her loving husband Wayne of 53 years and is survived by 4 children, Donna (Dale) Pratt, Linda (Jay) Bowen, Brad (Teresa) Cunningham, and Rod. 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren will forever remember there beloved Gama. Services will be held April 23, 2009 at 3pm at Mt. View Funeral Home in the Garden Chapel.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


NELLIE JEAN BRIDSTON

Nellie Jean Bridston passed away peacefully April 17, 2009, surrounded by family, after a short illness. Jean was born to Roy and Nell Colyar in Tacoma, Washington on February 1, 1926. She was raised in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School at age 16 in 1942. She was a proud graduate of the Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946, and was a Registered Nurse at Tacoma General Hospital and Western Clinic for over 20 years. Jean married Army 1st Lt. Robert Bridston on March 8, 1947. An assignment to post World War II Germany in Frankfurt, from 1949 to 1952, was a highlight of their lives. Jean enjoyed a short break from nursing as one of the original seven “Meter Maids” hired by the city of Tacoma for downtown parking enforcement, from 1958 to 1960. Jean was was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, Robert Bridston in November 2007, and her son, Jeffrey. She is survived by her son James (Christina), daughters Susan Swinkels (Phillip), Nikki Anderberg and Cindy Bellejos. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services will be held Thursday, April 23, in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home at 12:00 pm.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Dorothy F. Gunderson

Dorothy (Swanson) Gunderson a lifelong Tacoma resident passed away peacefully on April 14th. She was 84. Survivors include sister Irene Hanssen of Tacoma, daughters Karen Callihan of Salt Lake City, Gail Mangold of Phoenix and granddaughter Mead Genesee Mangold. We will miss her and hope that departed family and friends will joyously welcome her to heaven.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Esther M. Brunelle

Born 1920 in Tacoma, Wash. Esther Brunelle passed away April 16, 2009. She left us with no pain she passed away at a nursery home. She was married to Robert Brunelle for 48 years. She had 3 children Vicki Gatto Santa Rosa, CA, Judy Gustafson Seattle, Brandt Gustafson Tacoma. She had 3 stepchildren Terrie Larson Puyallup, Mike Brunelle Tacoma, and Debra Manner, California. She loved doing counter cross stich and collecting cook books. She love to cook. Her husband Bob will really miss her, because they worked in the kitchen together.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


John Kolilis

Born 12/22/1917 in St. Charles, Mo. passed away 04/19/09 at Hospice House in University Place, Wa. Surivived by his wife, Elvina, daughters, Betty Brown and Janice Piercy and son, Duane, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family. Retired from Payless Drugs after 45 years. In lieu of flowers please donate to Hospice House or Riverside Fire Department. No services are planned at John’s request.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


John E. Barcott, Jr.

Age 85 passed away on April 2, 2009. He was born on January 18, 1924 in Tacoma. Growing up he worked at his Dad’s restaurant the “California Oyster House.” He spent the summers on his father’s fishing boat. He was a decorated veteran of World War II. He joined the Air Force, was transferred to the Army and ended up piloting a boat out of Naples, Italy. After the war he and his wife Wilma drove to Alaska which is an adventure in itself. They managed to open a restaurant. Upon returning to Tacoma they started Johnny Barcott’s Seafood on 38th and Pine in 1953. They ran a successful, well reviewed restaurant until they sold it in 1978. They bought a brand new house on a quiet street with great neighbors. They made friendships that lasted the rest of their lives. He was a lifetime member of the Tacoma Elks Lodge 174. He also belonged to AARP, WICS and VCVS, as well as the Slavonian American Benevolent Society. Proud of his heritage, he flew a Croatian and an American flag in his front yard. He loved cooking, grandfather clocks and birds. He had a miniature aviary of his own for many years. They have found a good home with good friends. Always meticulously dressed he was often asked if he was on his way to a wedding. His father’s original restaurant has found new life. He was very proud of recently being asked to cut the ribbon at the opening of “Stephanie’s.” Naturally he wore a tuxedo. In 2001 he married Roberta Luther. In January at his 85th birthday party he announced they were planning to renew their vows on their upcoming anniversary. And you know he would have worn his tuxedo. He was preceded in death by his first wife Wilma and brother Anton. Those left to remember him are wife Roberta Luther, sister Mary Kazulin, daughter Myra Stewart and granddaughter Shannon Barcott, along with many family members and friends. There will be no service at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in his memory to Elks National Foundation (ENF), Tacoma Elks Lodge, 1965 S. Union, Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


FRANK CHIDESTER

1913 ~ 2009 GIFTED ORGANIST BELOVED PATIENT An informal memorial will be held at Heartwood Extended Health Center Sat., April 25th from 11-1 PM. In honor of him, please take flowers to a lonely person while they are still alive.
Pub Date: 4/21/2009


Joseph Patrick Tierce

Joe was a fine young man with a heart of gold, and had so many dreams he did not get to accomplish in his life. Eight years have passed since he was taken from us, and it still seems like yesterday. You are missed every day of our lives, and we love you so very, very much JOE ! You will never be forgotten! Lots of love, Mom, Dad, Michael, Christina, family and friends. March 17, 1983 - April 22, 2001
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Eric J. Kropelnicki

04/22/1980 – 11/09/2003 Forever young, forever in our hearts. Happy birthday sweetie! Love Mom, Dad, and Adam
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Goldie Ann Brigante

The Lord sent rays of sunshine as Goldie Ann Brigante was blessed with eternal life on April 20, 2009. Marshall and Lillian Brown were blessed with Ann's birth on June 4th, 1938, in Deer Lodge, Montana. Skiing, ice skating and riding horses through her childhood, Ann has always lived life to its fullest. Her dreams of nursing school led her to Great Falls, where she met the love of her life, Matteo Brigante. The two were joined in marriage on September 7, 1957 and made a family as they traveled the world together for eleven years. Ann's family settled in Tacoma in 1968, where she and her husband raised their five children, successfully ran "The Yogurt Machine", and spread her joy and love of life through her involvement in church and community. Ann was a talented artist, seamstress, and gardener, with a love for animals, collecting frogs, and being with her family. Ann is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Janetta Muri and Ellamae Martin. Her memory lives on in her husband of 52 years, Matteo Brigante, her brother, Marshall 'Bud' Brown (Margaret), her brother-in-law, Nick Brigante (Chris), her children, Angela McDonald (Stephen), Darlene Kohler (Daniel), Gena Kreiner (Brian), Steven (Johnine), David (Gabriella), her son-in-law Gregg Volkmer, her grandchildren Jennifer, Jacquelyn, Jessica, ShyAnne, Alicia, Jimmy, Clifton, and Chris, and many nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren here and to come. A celebration of Ann's life will be held Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo, 7112 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA. Remembrance donations may be made in Ann's name to Saint Jude.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Inez Lita Andrade

Sister to Elsa Suazo, aunt to Tony, mother of Isabel, Julio, Lourdes (John), Luz Maria, Ivonne (Carlos) and Nicol (Steve). Grandmother of Ines Patricia (Russell), Virgil, Marco, Kiza, Pamela, Carolina, Jose Carlos, Isabella and Christopher. Born May 12, 1928 in Honduras, passed away peacefully April 19, 2009 in Tacoma. Lita was faithful in her walk with the Lord, dedicated, hardworking, feisty, generous, independent, adventurous, and proud. She loved the simple things in life: gardens, children, food, family and friends. She had a way of becoming a part of your life once you met her. Lita; no nos estamos despidiendo, solo estamos diciendo hasta luego cuando estemos juntos en el reino de los cielos. Te amaremos siempre. En paz descanse. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Friday, April 24, 2009 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Tacoma, WA. Interment at Calvary Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Holy Cross Catholic Church. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Marjorie Schwalen Nelson

Native of Tacoma was born May 19, 1920 at St. Joseph Hospital, to Bernard and Ursula Schwalen. She was a lifelong resident of Tacoma. Marjorie attended St. Patrick's Grade School, graduated from Stadium High School in 1937 and attended University of Washington where she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. She was a secretary at Defiance Lumber Company where she met her future husband, Merritt D. Nelson, and after a three year courtship they were married at St. Patrick Church July 25, 1942. While Merritt was in the service she was able to join him in various military sites in the U.S. After the war Marjorie and Merritt settled permanently in Tacoma and later Gig Harbor where they raised four children. Her chief activities in those years centered on her children, and her husband's business. She was a member of St. Patrick's Mothers Club, Philomathea and Orthopedic Guild, St. Patrick, St. Nicholas and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Churches. She also was a lifelong member of the Rabbit Club. Later her interests centered around golf at Fircrest Golf Course, Sitz Mark Ski Lodge at Crystal Mountain, traveling throughout Europe and Panama Canal, a vacation home on Lake Tanwax in Eatonville and many retirement winters spent with friends at Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert. Marjorie is survived by her husband, Merritt, their four children, Stephanie (Ted), Bruce of San Francisco, Lee (Leslie) of Hailey, Idaho and Keith (Mary Ellen) of Eugene, Oregon; grandsons, Michael and Leif Jensen and Alex Nelson, great-grandson Liam Jensen and sister, Betty Onstad of Tacoma. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Helen L. Clinkingbeard

Mother of 10 Mother passed away Monday April 20th at the age of 90. Born Oct. 7, 1918 in Timber Lake, South Dakota to Mark and Anna Bodine. She grew up riding horses to school when she didn’t have to “walk barefoot because they only had one pair of shoes”. When the dustbowl hit in 1937, mom “rode to Washington State on the fender of a coupe”. She met Bill while working at the Green Parrot Inn and they married in 1941. Dad told her he wanted 4 kids and she said she would surprise him because she didn’t want any. She is survived by 8 children; Mark (Kathy), Nadine Belieu (Jim), Susan Jacobsen (Bob), Father Nicholas-Roger, Greg, Nancy Mettler (David), Dan (Sheryle) and Randy. She was predeceased by husbands Bill Clinkingbeard and Wayne Smith, sons Bernie and Bill and brothers George and Jim Bodine. Also surviving are her sisters Lorraine Hine (Bill) and Marie Monaghan. She had 23 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Mom said to say “I had a very interesting life” (including skydiving at 62). Rosary will be at 7 PM Friday April 24th at Weeks Funeral Home in Buckley, Funeral mass Saturday at 1:00 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Buckley and reception following at the Eagles Hall.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Kyile Lee Schreiner

Local disabled rights advocate and Emerald Ridge graduate, passed away at home on Saturday, April 18th following a prolonged illness stemming from fragile health and digestive tract complications. Kyile was born on September 12, 1983 with severe athetoid cerebral palsy. At the age of three, Kyile met Ardis Schreiner, who later adopted him at the age of seven. Kyile believed it was his mother’s love and tenacious spirit that opened the world to a small boy who could only speak with his bright brown eyes. Kyile experienced life from the vantage point of his wheelchair and required constant care from his family and caregivers. As a non-verbal person, he developed a sophisticated communication system using facial expression and movement. During the last five years of his life, he was also able to communicate using advancing technology, including EZ keys and his laptop. From the beginning, Kyile lived the life of an over-comer. Kyile described his school experience as a special education student as “everything that was wrong and few things that were right about special education.” Due to the severity of his impairments, he was frequently misjudged and mislabeled by many special educators and even had his cognitive-communication abilities described as “vegetative.” His numerous misadventures associated with his school experience solidified his growing desire to advocate on behalf of the disabled. However, Kyile believed he was an expert at waiting for someone competent and compassionate to come along. Kyile credits his preschool teacher, Mrs. Cindy McAuffle, at Sunrise Elementary, for first breaking through and reaching his mind as she gently rolled with him on the floor. At Brouillet elementary school, Kyile was a student of Don Jackson. Don quickly understood Kyile’s keen intellect and became his greatest teacher and life-long friend. One of his favorite memories of Don occurred on a field trip when Don lifted Kyile up out of his wheelchair so he could see the Puget Sound over the ferry railing. Kyile was also grateful for his junior high school teacher, Gary Osbourne, who was able to “think outside the special education box”. Gary motivated Kyile with 7-11 hotdogs covered in mustard. In high school, Kyile acknowledged Luke Zilly for helping him reach for student government and beyond. Kyile thrived in high school and served as an officer both in student body government and in the DECCA program. He graduated from Emerald Ridge with special honors in 2005. Kyile enjoyed life. Kyile’s passions included the Seattle Mariners, and he was a regular season-ticket holder. Kyile savored making his physical therapist and friend, Juanita Nyrider, sweat as she ran behind his electric wheelchair. Kyile had a thirst for travel, enjoying trips in his RV and many trips to Hawaii. Unwilling to ever stop learning, Kyile constantly strived to move forward. After graduating high school, Kyile hired his own team of therapists and educators. Finally able to functionally read and write, Kyile created his own wesite, www.disabilitiesaccess.us and was in the process of writing his life story and using his influence and resources to advocate for the disabled at the time of his death. Kyile is survived by a large loving family: mother Ardis Schreiner, father Chuck Schreiner and his wife Lyda, birthmother Nancy Wayman; grandparents Kim Goodwin, Hugo Beutel, and Alice Purvis; siblings Denise Eaton and husband Ross, Cherrie Kreisman-Carlson and partner Teri, Linda Berman and husband Bill, Peter-Paul Kreisman, Cindy Fulweiler and husband Steve, Barb Glassman and husband Eric; nieces and nephews Aaron Brown, Teresa Rodrick, Shirley Olson, Jason Brown, PVT Kristopher Kreisman, Vadne Domieka, Andrea Doing, Jonathan Walters, Rehonna Wilson, Rick Forman, Carrie Silvey and husband C.J. Silvey, Stephanie Berman, Amanda Berman, MA2USN Jessica Berman, and Brandon Glassman; and numerous extended family and friends. Special thanks is given to: caregivers and loving friends Julie Gainey and Buffie Gingrich for their many years of loving service, trusted and loved physician and friend Ovidio Penalver, many Hawaiian friends, including Troy Yamaguichi - often referred to as Maui Dad, beloved teacher and friend Don Jackson, beloved therapist and friend Juanita Nyrider, and the “crack team of experts” who became treasured friends along the way, Alix Koehler, Hollylu Coon, Laura Garza, Darrell Besel and Valerie Tung. Memorial services for Kyile Schreiner include a 7:00 Friday night, April 24th, Vigil and Rosary service and 11:00 Saturday, April 25, 2009 Funeral Mass at All Saints Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371 (253) 845-7521. A celebration of Kyile’s life will be held immediately following the Funeral Mass at the All Saints Hall. In lieu of flowers, Kyile would like donations made in his name to Children’s Therapy Unit, 402 15th Ave SE, Suite 100, Puyallup, WA, 98372, (253) 697-5200.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


William T. (Tom) Edwards

July 4th, 1941 - April 19th, 2009 The son of William T. (Bill) and Alice (Michaelson) Edwards, has gone to be with the Lord. Tom was the owner of the Service Fuel Logging and Clearing Company. He was a student at Stadium and Wilson High School’s in the late 1950’s, He was a football player. Tom loved football, camping, the ocean and clam digging. Tom’s grandparents were early pioneers to Washington State. Llewellyn (Lew) and Jennie (Ruddock) Edwards, moved to Ocosta, Washington in the mid 1890’s from Wheaton, Illinois. In 1901 they moved to Tacoma, they were blessed with three sons and three daughters. Lew was the owner and operator of the L.M. Edwards Fuel Co., from 1901 until his death in 1928. His son William T. (Bill) Edwards was the owner/operator of the company until his retirement in 1961. At that time, Bill’s son William T. (Tom) took over as owner/operator of the company until the present time. His grandparents Henry and Elizabeth Michaelson moved from Amery, Wisconsin to McNeil Island, Washington in the 1890’s, Henry was a farmer by trade. They were blessed with eleven children. Alice Michaelson married Bill Edwards in 1929, they had three sons and a daughter, Tom is survived by his brother Nick Edwards, his children Tom and Steve Edwards of Tacoma and his daughter Tami (Edwards) Reedy of Buckley, WA. and several grandchildren. Tom is loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed. In the words of his father “When you start something, do a good job and when you’re finished, go out in flying colors.” Funeral services will be Sat. April 25th at 10:00 AM at the Valley Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Tacoma, Wa, 253-584-0252. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


James Thor Slostad

Jim lived a full life from March 12, 1940 to April 14, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thor and Nina Slostad. Survivors are: sons, Jeffery wife Rosa and Steven Slostad, wife Arlene, granddaughter Stevie Lynn, brother John (Marlies) Slostad, sister Maryann (Kenny) Lawrence, and numerous cousins. Jim grew to maturity in Mt. Vernon, Wa., serving in the Air Force after high school graduation. His career was renting and selling heavy equipment. Jim truly enjoyed "meeting customers needs", working on Austin Healeys and restoring a speeder. He met life with a teasing manner, a wrench in hand, and projects in mind. A memorial service will be at the First Baptist Church, 1219 15th N.W., Puyallup. At 3:00pm, April 26th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tall Ships, TTSO, PO Box 2292, Tacoma, WA 98401.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


James D. Tredup

James D. Tredup, born Sept. 21st, 1918 to Frederick and Violette Tredup in Chicago, IL., died Apr. 16th, 2009. He attended Morgan Park High School, Dartmouth College ('40) and Yale Law School. His law school education was interrupted by WWII. A member of the Marine Corps Reserves, he entered active duty on Feb. 1, 1942. As a Captain with Mortar Co. "M", he was part of the first wave to land on Guadalcanal, Aug. 7, 1942. He was nearby when his closest childhood friend, Lt. David Cox, was killed by enemy gunfire at Matanikau. Major Tredup remained in the Marine Corps Reserves following discharge from active duty in Jan. 1946. Following the war, Jim returned to Yale to finish his degree. He practiced in Chicago before moving to Portland, OR, where he was a member of Koerner, Young, McColloch & Dezendorf. He is credited with conceiving in 1962 the idea for the establishment of the small claims division of the Oregon Tax Court, a concept at the time that was an innovative approach for allowing the small tax payer their day in court, and one which was later replicated in other states. Jim Tredup left his memories of WWII on the battlefield, and years later broke bread in fellowship with several men that he had fought in face-to-face combat. He developed a great understanding and appreciation for the Japanese culture, and became involved in US-Japan trade relations. He was a member of the original sister city committee between Portland and Sapporo, Japan. While a practicing attorney, Mr. Tredup was also chairman of the Board of A.L. Randall Co. Following retirement from his law practice, he lived in Molokai, HI, Steilacoom, WA, Norwich, NY, Gainesville, FL and Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Frederick W. Tredup, Jr., and his beloved dog, Luke. He is survived by Alice Tredup, Gainesville, FL, his children, Alice Dickas, Patty O'Grady (Bill), Steilacoom, WA, Fred Tredup (Ziona), Las Vegas, and his grandchildren, John, Jim and Mark Dickas, B.J., Allie (Greg Lawrence) and Cindy O'Grady, and Eli and Jadin Tredup. Deepest appreciation to the Weatherly Inn, special caregivers, Jazz, Genia, Amber and Cassandra, and Dr. Birlenbach and staff for their compassionate care the last seven years, as well as Franciscan Hospice. His daughter will join The Weatherly staff in raising a glass in his honor at 1:00 p.m., Apr. 24, 2009; friends and acquaintances are welcome. Remembrances can be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1035, Paoli, PA 19301, or Dartmouth College Track & Field. See also www.edwardsmemorial.com.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Herman E. Reimann

Herman Reiman, 97, a resident of Gig Harbor since 1989, died April 19, 2009. He was born and raised in the farming country of Landing, Idaho. Herman and Astrid met in their early teen years, and they married May 10, 1936. Shortly after, they moved to California, where Herman got his start in the aircraft industry. Two years later they moved to Seattle and the Boeing Company, where he stayed for 35 years. In his career with Boeing, he worked on every plane that went out of the plant during WWII. When the jet age came in the late 1950s/ early 1960s, he became a vital part of the AOG (Airplanes on Ground). This work allowed him to travel around the world to repair airplanes on the ground, unable to fly. He retired from Boeing in 1974, at the age of 62. Herman was a man with grand hobbies. During his years at Boeing, Herman and Astrid found the time to build several homes, a favorite being one in Federal Way, which continued to grow and grow, finally ending up as a nearly 5000 sq. ft. home! A second special interest was in acquiring and restoring old cars. In his collection Herman had a 1924 Studebaker, a 1931 Hupmobile that had once been used to run moonshine, a 1924 Hupmobile Roadster and a 1920 Buick Touring car. Herman and Astrid moved to Gig Harbor in 1989, enjoying the life that he had worked so hard for. Astrid passed away in 1998. At the age of 95, Herman developed dementia and Alzheimer's. Immediate family members are Daughter Deborah Reimann of Gig Harbor and Brother Paul Reimann of Saint Maries, Idaho. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2 pm Saturday, April 25, at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Hwy 16 West, Gig Harbor (253) 851-9991. Remembrances in Herman's name may be made to Alzheimer's at 1-800-272-3900.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Erna Rutt

Erna Rutt was a deeply religious woman who was called to heaven on April 16, 2009 to be with the angels. She began her life in Tacoma on February 26, 1914, graduated from Lincoln High School, worked as a bookkeeper and medical receptionist, and married Alexander Rutt on October 13, 1934. When Erna was fifteen years old she started a social group of friends - simply called the “Club” - and this group of women continued to meet once a month until they were in their eighties. Erna attended the Life Center Church and gained happiness from the fellowship offered by the Women of the Word. Erna is preceded in death by her husband and five siblings. She is survived by her son Larry Rutt (Sharon), daughter Jevra Bashey (Husain), five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 25th at 11am at Mt. View Funeral Home in Lakewood in the Celebration of Life Center. Reception to follow. Donations in Erna’s honor may be sent to the Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, 12040 NE 128th Street, Mail Stop 5, Kirkland, Washington 98034-3013.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Dorothy Jeannette Markham Linehan

Dorothy Jeannette Markham Linehan passed away peacefully on April 15, 2009 at home in Tacoma. She was born December 4, 1924 in Colville, WA to Forrest and Kathryn Markham, and married her life-long love Thomas J. Linehan in March 1945. After WWII they settled in Tacoma. Dorothy graduated from Lewiston Normal School in 1943. She worked in the Tacoma shipyard during WWII before teaching one year in Plummer, ID. She was an avid gardener, loved to sew and play piano, and was active in scouting and her church circle. In retirement she and Tom loved to travel. Most of all, Dorothy was happiest when surrounded by her family. She was actively involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by Tom on Christmas 2001. She leaves behind daughters: Jeannie (Ron) Fine of Ohio, Kathy (Willie) Stahl of Puyallup, Susie (Rodger) Dent and Dolores Jane (David) Leister of Tacoma; son Joe (Betty) Linehan of Issaquah; grandchildren Kim (Dan) Sullivan, Jennifer (Bill) Pratt, Sara Leister, Patrick Fine, Amy Leister, and step-granddaughter Sue Smith; and great-grandchildren Shay and Sydney Sullivan, Victoria and Elizabeth Pratt and step-great-grandchildren Dan Bond and Marisa Smith. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison 98407, where she was a long-time member. There will be a reception to follow. Memorials may be made to Mason United Methodist Church or Franciscan Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1502 Tacoma, WA 98401. A Special Thanks to the staffs of, The Villa’s at Union Park, Franciscan Hospice, and St. Joseph Oncology Department for their wonderful care. Please sign online guestbook at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Eva Rose Anderson

Delightful grandmother, great grandmother and mother, Eva Rose passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on March 26, 2009. Born in Anacortes, WA and a graduate of Everett High School, Eva worked at Sears & Roebuck where she soon met Donald Anderson and began a lifelong romance and marriage that lasted until Donald passed away in January 2000. They lived in Mount Vernon and Tacoma, later moving to Los Angeles and Portland for Donald’s Sears management career. In 1960 they built their dream home in Rosedale where they spent many years of retirement enjoying the beach, digging clams and entertaining extended family and guests. Throughout their marriage, Eva and Donald shared a sense of adventure. Most especially Eva and Donald liked to travel. They took many trips abroad to Europe, Africa, Thailand, Hong Kong, Alaska, Scandinavia and Australia. Eva enjoyed painting with oils and watercolors, cooking and gardening. Fun and spunky with a wonderful sense of humor and warmth, Eva was always supportive and never complained. She is survived by daughters Charlotte Ellis of Medina, WA, June Anderson of Henderson, NV, granddaughters Allison, Lisa and Emilie Ellis of Seattle, WA and two great grandchildren—all of whom miss her dearly. Services will be held at noon on April 25 at St John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Kim Marie Camacho

April 27, 1957 - April 12, 2009 Kim was born in Seattle, Wa. April 27, 1957 and raised in the NW. She and husband Victor lived in Spanaway and raised their daughters. In July 2007 they moved to Yuma, Az.. Kim had a deep love for her family and for her animals; for many years owning and training horses and dogs. Her beautiful German Shepherds "Haven" and "Tazar" can't understand where she has gone. Kim will be greatly missed by all her family; husband Victor Camacho, daughters Brandi Landis (Jason) of Ellensberg, and Amber Camacho of Chicago; sister Carolyn Boyd (Ed) Tacoma, father Charles Bicknell of Seattle, and granddaughter Katie Landis. Kim, we will always miss and love you. May God keep you safe by his side and at Peace. Services will be held Sat. April 25th 2pm at First Christian Church 602 N. Orchard st. Tacoma.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


ALMA INGBERG-HAGEDORN

Age 91 entered the gates of heaven on April 16, 2009 pain free and standing tall. Born Alma Mae Cartwright on November 8, 1917 in Benedict, North Dakota. Her parents were Joseph J. Cartwright and Grace E. Davis Cartwright. Alma married Lester Donald Ingberg on November 9, 1935 in Wisconsin. They had two children, Carol Jean and Gayle Dawn. Alma had a talent for music and played the organ in several business places and churches. She was a dedicated Christian. Alma was employed for several years at National Bank of Commerce in West Seattle and later at United Air Lines in Seattle. She had been residing at Sumner Meadows Adult Family Home. Alma was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, Lester Ingberg, Edward Haugen, Ozzie Torbenson and Alan Hagedorn and all her siblings, Lawrence, Wesley, Earl and Evelyn Cross. She will be dearly missed by her daughters, Carol Jean (William) Westergren and Gayle Dawn (Ronald Brooks) Clairmont. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Diane Johnson (Tim), Mike Westergren (Carol), Susan Kuhn, Travis Clairmont (Genean) and Tracy Perez (Silas); eighteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Rest in peace Mom. We love you. A celebration of her life will be held at BONNEY-WATSON Washington Memorial, Sunday, 04/26 at 3:00 pm. Please sign the guest book at www.bonney watson.com .
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


William Roger Flaskegaard

Age 61, passed away on April 18th, 2009. Bill is survived by his sisters Deanna and Pamela and their spouses, one niece, three nephews, two grandnieces, and three grandnephews. Bill's great joys were family, friends and fishing. Bill was loved by many. His smile and warmth will be missed. Services 11:00 AM Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Weeks Funeral Home, Buckley, WA, followed by a graveside service 11:00 AM Friday April 24th at Pines Cemetery, Spokane, Wa Memorials to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc., 2141 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Pub Date: 4/22/2009


Willie Lee Evans

Willie Lee Evans passed away on April 15, 2009, at the age of 78, surrounded by family and friends. Willie is survived by: 7 children, Bernice Evans-Mazique, Willie Lee Evans Jr., Olivia Goldsby, Glenn Evans, Jeanette Jackson and husband Steve, Arthur Ronnie Evans and wife Sandra, and Gregory Duke Evans; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Jettie Mae Potts and Juanita Webb; brother Odell Evans; along with numerous other family and friends. Willie is preceded in death by his wife Tai Okano Evans, 2 brothers Roosevelt and Joseph Evans, sister Lillie Mae Smith, and parents Maggie and Jiles Evans. Willie’s Life Celebration will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park. The Viewing will be April 24, 2009 from 2-9 pm. Service will be 1:00 pm, April 25, 2009 at the Valley Chapel. Reception following at the Celebration of Life Center, Willow Room. All events located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd, SW, Lakewood, WA. 98499, phone 253- 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


Marian McMaster McMillan

Passed peacefully with family beside her on April 19, 2009 in Puyallup after living nearly 103 years. We will miss her fighting spirit and eternal interest in the world. Marian was born to Josephine and Cecil McMaster in Seattle on May 11, 1906. She graduated from Sumner High School in 1924 and received her teaching certificate from WA State Normal School/Ellensburg in 1930. On May 12, 1931 Marian married Harry Homer McMillan. They lived in Puyallup and raised three daughters, Anne (Robert) Caughey, Kathryn “Katie” Jaskar, and Martha (Denis) Galvin. She leaves 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Marian worked 15 years for the Tacoma News Tribune retiring in 1973. Her years of community service included PTA, Camp Fire Girls, The Altrusa Service Organization, and the FISH Organization. In May 1964, after serving 17 years in various capacities on the Camp Fire board Marian received their highest honor, the Luther Halsey Gulick Award. She loved hiking the trails of Mount Rainier with the Tacoma Mountaineers and sharing gardening tips with the Root and Bloom Garden Club. No service is planned. Interment will be at Sumner City Cemetery.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


Frederick Davison Swendsen

On April 5th, 2009 Frederick Davison Swendsen, at the age of 88 and surrounded by his family, went peacefully to be with the Lord. He is survived by his wife, Norma, of 62 years and children Judy Smith (Gary), Fred Swendsen, Linda Milles (Ron), and Dennis Garrett. He also was blessed with 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Gloria Binder, sister-in-law Margie Swendsen, brothers-in-law David Furlong and Ron Namma, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He'll be greatly missed by all, especially his special pal, Tina, the Schnauzer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Siegfred and Alice Swendsen, and his brother Harry Swendsen. Fred was born in Jersey City, N.J. on Sept. 19th, 1920. He was raised in New York City with the many challenges of this asphalt jungle and the Great Depression. He finally decided to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1937, which brought him out by rail to the great Northwest. Fred eventually settled in Spokane, working for the Kaiser Aluminum Company until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944. He then spent two years in the South Pacific on the battleship USS New Mexico, fighting in many of the great "victory at sea" battles, especially the one in which a Kamikaze hit the USS New Mexico off Okinawa in 1945, killing many of his comrades. In 1946, shortly after he was discharged from the Navy, he met Norma, "the love of his life" and they married the following year. They moved with a growing family in 1950 from Tacoma into their first home in the quiet community of Fife, where they have lived for the past 59 years. Fred worked at Kaiser Aluminum in Fife in 1949 as a rectifier operator until the plant closed in 1959. He then went to work at Pacific Car and Foundry in Renton as a journeyman industrial electrician until he retired in 1983. His highest priority was his family, and he demonstrated it daily by his unconditional love. He was always available to help, whether it meant rolling up his sleeves or just lending a listening ear. He had a great passion for driving. He and Norma traveled in their motor home throughout the United States. After retirement, they took many trips for weeks and months at a time over the next several decades. They felt blessed beyond measure to personally witness the handiwork of God in all the places they visited. Fred will be honored as a World War II veteran with a private military service at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on April 28th, followed by his inurnment. There will be a memorial service held on May 2nd, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Tacoma's United Lutheran Church, 1231 South 76th Street. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Also special thanks to all the compassionate and caring staff in the Intensive Care Unit at Tacoma General Hospital, who cared for our father in his final days and showed concern for the family members.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


Erika Carlisle

Erika Carlisle, born in Hastings, NE in 1913 passed away at age 95 in Puyallup, WA. She is survived by son, James (Mary) Carlisle, grandchildren, Kris (Erik) Ness, Kim Carlisle, Pat Carlisle, and Kati Messner, along with three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Gloria Lewis, Olga Filley and Linda Loe. Erika was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents, Conrad and Katherine Minch; and her two brothers, Walter Minch and Rudy Minch. Remembrances may be made to charity of your choice or to Tacoma Orthopedic Assn. for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Care Center.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


Dorothy Marie Heller

Dorothy was born the youngest child of six to Andrew and Althea Wagner on 7/27/29 in Biloxi, MS. Upon her marriage to our father she traveled extensively and lived in Texas, Maryland, France, and Washington. Our mother was an adventurous soul willing to explore new ideas, possibilities and cultures. With her husband Vernon they owned and operated several small businesses.Dorothy enjoyed traveling with her best and dearest friend Betty Mason, along with gardening, quilting, needlework, reading, and family get togethers. On April 21, 2009 our mother and grandmother peacefully left this world to enjoy the company of those who preceded her to the house of our lord. She joins her husband Vernon A. Heller Sr., sons Joseph and Robert, a daugher of her heart Lynette (Sissy) and great grandsons Ethan and Jordan. Dorothy is survived by 24 great grandchildren, 18 grandchildren, and her daughter Cynthia Gray, son Vernon Heller and wife Amy, daughter Susan Baggarly and husband Don, son John Heller, daughter Dorothy Johnson and husband Robert, son Stephen Heller and wife Suzette, and the daughter of her heart Diana Heller."In all of us you will live forever until we meet in heaven" Services will be held Saturday, April 25th at 2:00pm in the chapel at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery,37600 Pacific Highway S,Federal Way, WA 98003, (253)927-3350. A reception will be held after at 4:30pm at Dorothy's home at 1102 E. 63rd St., Tacoma, WA 98402. Information phone 253-278-0807.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


C. F. Stillman

Charles F. "Chuck" Stillman a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather (Papa) & great grandfather was born in Puyallup, WA to Ida and Grove Stillman on January 30, 1918 and peacefully returned to our Lord at Providence St. Peter Hospital, in Olympia, WA on April 15, 2009 at the age of 91. He graduated from Puyallup High School in 1936. Chuck subsequently met his future bride at the Crescent Ballroom and on June 6, 1942 he married the former Mariann A. Davis of Tacoma, WA. In 2002 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Honolulu, Hawaii and this June would have been their 67th wedding anniversary. Shortly after high school Chuck paid his way to Aeronautical College in California and soon began his lifelong career with the Boeing Corporation on May 12, 1941. He worked on myriad aircraft ranging from the B-17 "Flying Fortress" to the Boeing 747. Boeing requested that Chuck and Mariann join selected staff and management on the maiden flight of the Boeing 747 for a global roundtrip to South Africa. He received accolades and recognition for implementing corporate cost savings and for teaching evening orientation classes to new Boeing employees. Chuck retired as a Senior Supervisor for Final Assembly and Installation of the 747, in the Commercial Airplane Division, on August 31, 1978 after 37 years with the company. Dad was a long time member of the Puyallup Elks Club (BPOE). Over the years he enjoyed: camping with a group of friends affectionately referred to as "The Royal Order of the Purple Buzzards"; wood working in his back yard shop, communicating globally as a licensed ham radio operator, applying his innate skill with fixing cars (a true Buick man) and tinkering with electrical repairs. In the 1950’s, he built a modest cabin on Lake Whitman and built an equally modest boat which he named "The Mari K" ("Mari" for his wife and "K" for his daughter), which provided for peaceful time away for fishing, boating and swimming. Dad had a passion for his vegetable garden, loved music (especially "Big Band") and dancing. He and Mom often traveled to Jazz Festivals and spent many years as "Snowbirds" in Yuma, Arizona. Their many other travels took them North and East as far as Nova Scotia, North and West to Alaska, and South and West into Mexico. Chuck is succeeded by his wife Mariann A. Stillman (85), his son Randy Stillman (and his wife Norma), his daughter Karren Bartusch (and her husband Bob), 4 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Our family would like to extend our appreciation to the Doctor’s, Nurses and Staff of Providence St. Peter Hospital, Emergency Room and the Family Medicine Clinic for the professional and compassionate care and treatment which they provided for Charles over the past 4 years and in his final hours. We also extend our personal recognition and thank you to the Administration Management & Staff of Roo-Lan Health Care in Lacey, WA. Finally we extend our sincere, warm appreciation; along with our heartfelt recognition to Roberta, Zina, Goldie, Michelle, Rita, Paula, Isabel, Angela, Zimm & Johnny along with all other Nurses, Aides, Assistants, Kitchen & Custodial staff which provided for 24 hour Enhanced Assisted Living care, treatment and support service for Dad while he resided at Roo-Lan, Lodge # 1. Our Dad is smiling down on all of you; surely appreciated you, your dedication and all you did for him. We love and miss you Papa!!!!! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the 2American Heart Association. Private services will be held at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup. Arrangements made by Hill Funeral Home, 253-845-1172.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


Michael C. LaBrash

Age 57, born 02-03-1952 in Puyallup, WA. passed away 04-07-2009. Survived by mother and father Maureen and Clair LaBrash, sisters, Vicki and Julie T., as well as numerous relatives and many friends. All of us will miss you.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


Addie J. (Anderson) Rodgers

Addie Jean (Anderson) Rodgers was born in Spanaway, WA on July 15, 1929. Our sweet and loving mother and friend left to join our Lord on April 19, 2009. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, three brothers, two sisters, her husband of 43 years Everett Rodgers and son-in-law Richard Lipp. She will remain in the hearts and memories of daughters Sharon Lipp of Tacoma, Dorothy Warrum (David) of Tacoma, Barbara Rodgers of Tacoma, son Everett Rodgers residing in California, six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and many friends. During her full and vibrant life Addie enjoyed traveling. After her husband Everett's retirement, they reveled in the freedom of traveling throughout the country. She spent many calm Summers here in Washington, and Winters 4-wheeling in the deserts of Arizona! Addie's greatest love was her children and grandchildren. She shared much of her time with them hiking, camping, fishing and enjoying the beauties of nature. Addie also enjoyed reading. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the loving and wonderful caregivers of Pioneer Place who helped our mother on her journey through Alzheimers. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Alzheimers Association Western and Central Washington State Chapter, ATTN: DEVELOPMENT DEPT Alzheimer's Association, 12721 30th Avenue NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125. Online Guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


JIMMIE DILLMAN

11-2-28 - 4-20-09 Loving husband, great father and excellent provider. He was a machinist, community worker, gun collector, loved horses, fishing and hunting. Survived by wife Illa, daughters Edith Loudermilk, Jackie (Randy) Little, Julie (Don) Comstock, Jeri Distler, grandchildren Susan, Alex, Monica, Jamie, Jesse, Kristy, Stacey, Katrina, Tiffani, Deon, Kallie, Vanessa and also 9 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be at Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave. Puyallup, WA. 98372, 253-845-1172 on Sat. & Sun. (April 25 & 26) from 1-8PM. Memorial Service will be next Sat. May 02, 2009 at 1:00PM at the Orting Community Baptist Church, 308 Kansas St. S. W. Orting, WA. 98360. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church's new building fund.
Pub Date: 4/23/2009


Gregory “Greg” Wood

Greg loved music, dogs, books, and friends. He was a graduate of Bethel High School and St. Martin’s University. Greg was a horseshoer, master gardener, and known for his bright one-line comments. A Remembrance of Life will be held Sunday, April 26, 2009 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Tacoma Polo Club. Donations in Greg’s name may be made to Roy Library, 122 3rd St. E., Roy WA 98580.
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


Clifton Geoffre Nelson

4/24/1987 - 7/20/2005 4 years are gone since I last saw your face. Today you would be 22, and I wonder what you would be doing? I can only hope someone seeing this memorium will remember, and that your death had some purpose in changing one persons life. I love you more than the moon. Mom
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


William O. Woodard

William O. Woodard, age 89, passed Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in Tacoma. William was born August 6, 1919, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Otis Virgil Woodard and Caroline Ruth Place. He retired as a Major after 22 years of service in the U.S. Army. He worked an additional 20 years for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at McNeil Island. He was active in his church as Director of the Genealogy Extraction Program for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tacoma for many years. He enjoyed gardening, square dancing, reading, and playing bridge and pinochle. William is survived by a brother Donald Woodard and a sister Jackie Willis, his sons, William R. (Catherine) Woodard and Gerald B. (Joyce) Woodard, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two step sons, Shawn Patrick (Sherrie) Svedberg and Brian Devin (Kathi) Svedberg, four step grandchildren and one step great grandchild. William was predeceased by Laura De Young Woodard, his wife of 50 years, a son Robert V. Woodard, and Victoria L. Woodard, his second wife of 17 years. Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Chambers Creek Ward, 4219 Beckonridge Drive West, University Place on Monday, April 27, 2009, at 11 am. Visitation begins at 10 am. Grave site dedication will follow at New Tacoma Cemetery.
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


Les A. Johnson

Was born 12-1-17 and passed peacefully, by God’s grace and mercy, 4-19-09 at home surrounded by his devoted, loving wife of 68 years, Marion, Snookie and his family. He is survived by their 4 kids, Kathy Brownfield and Sam Spaid, Mick and Mary Johnson, Dee Dee and Bob Carlson, Dave and Cynthia Johnson, 8 grandkids and 8 great grandkids. For years Mom faithfully cared for Dad because of diabetic complications and dementia. The past year first grandchild, Cynthia Brownfield, has adoringly card for both Mom and Dad. Being a self-made man, Les worked his way up in Hart Construction Co., becoming co-owner and president, bidding and installing the majority of waterfront pilings in Tacoma and Longview. He loved family, boating, golfing and gardening in that order. Our lives are full of treasured memories of camping, boating, 4th of July parties and holiday celebrations in their lovely inviting homes. It’s been a rich life enjoying our parents. Remembrances in his name to Franciscan Hospice or food banks. We express gratitude to Hospice for lovingly assisting us. No service.
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


Loleta Gene Espeseth

Soli Deo Gloria Loleta died peacefully surrounded by family on 21 April 2009. She was born 23 October 1918 in Astoria, SD to Edna and Ole Solem. Raised in Minneapolis, she graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and married Rolf Espeseth of Oslo, MN in 1945. She was preceded in death by her husband on 18 April 1969, and by brother Preston (Jeff) Solem and sister Dorothy Zank. She is survived by brother Paul Solem (Imogen) of West Redding, CT and brother-in-law James Zank of Moorhead, MN, as well as daughters Margaret Nugent (Dennis) and Miriam Espeseth, son Jon Espeseth (Glenice), grandson Tyler Nugent (Jennifer), and granddaughters Mackenzie Nugent and Whitney and Jane Espeseth. Lolly was close to her large extended family and many dear friends here and across the United States. Loleta enjoyed holding down the practical side of family life with artist husband Rolf, whose career as music professor and musician brought them ultimately to Pacific Lutheran University in 1964. After her husband's long illness and death, Loleta found comfort and joy in her close friendships and traveled widely for work and pleasure. A skilled academic administrator, “Mrs. E” retired in 1988 from the Registrar’s Office at PLU, where she had shepherded countless grateful students to graduation. Loleta lived her Christian faith and took great comfort in her church families at Spanaway Lutheran and more recently Saint Mark’s by the Narrows. Her love of sacred music and the arts came together in her longtime support of Soli Deo Gloria (SDG), directed by her husband’s former student John Nelson. SDG is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting classical sacred music through performances, recordings, and commissions of new works. Donations in Loleta’s memory may be made at www.sdgmusic.org . A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd, at Spanaway Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


Ernest F. Anderson Combs, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Ernest F. Anderson Combs, passed away at home in Gig Harbor, WA, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. He was the son of Lola W. Basham and Ernest Anderson and stepson of Charles B. Combs. He was born on May 11, 1931 in Leadville, CO, and lived in nearby Buena Vista until age 5, when he moved to Tacoma WA with his mother and stepfather. In Tacoma, Ernest Combs attended Bryant Grade School and Clover Park High School, graduating in 1949. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout at age 15. He graduated from Washington State University in 1953 and was married the same year to Cecilia Prevost. He earned a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in NY in 1955. Early in his career, Mr. Combs worked in Personnel for Longview Pulp Mill, General Electric Company of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio, and for Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company in Ohio. In 1959, he accepted a position to teach economics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. In 1971, he completed his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and spent the rest of his professional life as a professor of economics at UPS, retiring in May 1997. Professor Combs left behind the legacy of an outstanding Department of Economics, which he conceived of and structured at the University of Puget Sound. He admired and respected each person in the department and the great students the department turned out. He was noted for his humor and teaching style, and for inspiring and shaping many students for successful careers. Ernie was a man of utmost integrity at work, in the community, and with his family. Ernest Combs was married for 56 years and was a wonderful husband and father to his family of whom he was very proud. Surviving are his wife Cecilia, 3 children and 3 granddaughters: Kathryn Combs (Russell Pylkki) of St. Paul, MN; Susan Combs-Bauer (Jack Bauer) of Saratoga, CA; and Robert C. Combs (Sally Rasmussen) of North Bend, WA; granddaughters Krista Pylkki (15); Sinclair Combs (9); and Grace Combs (5). He is also survived by aunts and cousins in Colorado and California. To provide for the family early in his career, Professor Combs taught long hours off campus in addition to his work on campus. He also loved to fish, camp, and hike with his family. He had a special talent for making up puns and humorous poetry on the spur of the moment; he loved music and enjoyed singing ballads and hymns. He nurtured his children's musical education. Ernie entertained his family daily with humor and gave them much love and attention. He was instrumental in developing a close-knit family. His religious faith was strong and inspiring. Our lives are blessed because he was with us. He is resting now with God, but we will have him forever in our hearts. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale Street, Gig Harbor, WA, Monday, April 27, 2009, at 9:00 A.M. A celebration-of-life memorial will follow on Saturday, May 9, at 11:00 A.M. in the Rotunda of the Wheelock Student Union Building, University of Puget Sound, corner of North 15th and Lawrence streets, Tacoma, WA. Chaplain David Wright will be officiating. Cremation has taken place and later an urn will be placed at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


Donald Wayne Brink

Don was born in Grant, Michigan on November 11, 1927, and died April 13, 2009 in Tacoma from cancer. He leaves his faithful and loving wife of 57 years, Julia (nee Klann), son Burton (Mina), grandchildren Jenica Clark (David), Stephanie Hawbaker (Michael), Jeffrey, and great-granddaughter Maleena Clark. son Benjamin (Ming) and granddaughter Zan Zan, and many nephews and nieces. Don served in the Army, Air Force and AF Reserves. He was a Seattle school teacher from 1955 to 1985. His greatest joy was receiving Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Memorial service will be held at the Tacoma Lutheran Home, 1301 N. Highlands Pkwy, on April 29, 2009 at 2 pm. Don will be buried at the Tahoma National Cemetery.
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


June Duey

4/2/1921 - 4/21/2009 Residing in Maui, HI. Formerly of Tacoma, Washington. Preceded in death by Ernest. Survivors include sons Ray and Scott Duey, daughters Janene Warner and Leanne Duey. No services per her request.
Pub Date: 4/24/2009


Donald Shannon Haapala

Donald Shannon Haapala, a devoted husband and father, died unexpectedly on April 21, 2009. He was born on November 29, 1943 in Tacoma, Washington to Andy and Shirley Haapala and lived most of his life in the Tacoma/Lake Tapps area. Don graduated from Franklin Pierce High School and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington. He was employed by the Boeing Company, operated a small family business – A & S Egg Supply, and most recently worked in real estate and transportation. He faithfully served our country as a member of the Washington National Guard and achieved distinction as an exceptional marksman. Don was a member of Creator Luther Church. He enjoyed Husky sports, appreciated good music, put his heart into recreational softball, and found joy as an amateur numismatologist or coin collector. Don is survived by his wife, Linda (Lane) Haapala. They were married for 33 years. Additional survivors include two sons, Aaron and Brian, his father and stepmother, Andy and Jeanette Haapala, and brothers, David (Priscilla Lisicich) and Roger as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 2 PM at Creator Lutheran Church, Lake Tapps. A viewing will take place at Curnow Funeral Home in Sumner on Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 3 PM. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.
Pub Date: 4/25/2009


Wilma VanVolkenburg

Born April 9, 1908 to Clare and Eva Beal, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on April 20, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zack VanVolkenburg (1991), and her eldest Daughter, Veda (Willard) Miller (2007). Wilma lived part of her childhood in a train boxcar with her six siblings, all now deceased, and was mostly unschooled. She married "Zackie" January 1927. Wilma made spending-money baby-sitting and assisting Zack selling cotton candy and snow cones at various events around Tacoma, including every Halloween at a local funeral home. The two were a popular Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at various functions. Wilma became well known for her amazing crochet work, a skill she perfected by magnifying photos from a newspaper she could not read. She also shared an organic vegetable garden with daughter Veda, and was known by some for her delicious apple cobbler and gifts of homemade applesauce. In her later years, Wilma was a grandma to every child in church, frequently swarmed for the love she always carried in her heart and the candy she always carried in her pockets. Her quick mind and exceptional hearing belied her 101 years. Wilma is survived by four of her children, Charles (Helen) VanVolkenburg, Obed (Lorraine) VanVolkenburg, Nelda (Norman) Behling, and Donald (Marie) VanVolkenburg; by 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great-grandchild. Graveside services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park at 1:30 P.M. on Monday, April 27, with a reception to follow at Olympic View Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in Wilma's name to Multiple Sclerosis Society, Olympic View Baptist Church, or Multicare Hospice.
Pub Date: 4/25/2009


David R. Palamidessi

9/22/37 ~ 4/21/09 David was born 9/22/37 to Gena and Nello Palamidessi in Tacoma, WA. Growing up in the Depression, he grew a passion for watching the trains go by his home on Washington Street. After graduating from Stadium High School, he began his lifelong career with the Burlington Northern Railroad. Upon retirement, he enjoyed hunting in Columbia, his dog Bruna and many other activities. Survivors include his brother Richard, his niece and nephew-in-law, Susan and Tom Redding, nephew Dick, many cousins and friends. At his request, no services will be held.
Pub Date: 4/25/2009


Vito Nicola Laudadio Nick

1932 - 2009 Nick Laudadio was born on February 24, 1932 in Mola di Bari, Italy. Nick came to the United States in 1949 at the age of 17 with his mother Anna, joining his father who had come to work on the bustling Tacoma Waterfront. His brother Leonardo arrived the following year and the family lived in South Tacoma. Very soon Nick found himself laboring on the waterfront, learning to speak English and building his proud legacy of hard work and family pride. It was through his work as a longshoreman and later in the steel foundries that Nick met his most treasured and lifelong friends. Although his heart was always in the old country, Nick loved America greatly. Perhaps even more so, he loved the American political system. On July 22, 1954 Nick registered to vote, only 5 years after coming to live in America. Nick traveled back to Mola several times and in 1968 he married his love, Rosa and brought her to America. Nick and Rosa settled in the North end of Tacoma, near family and close friends. Nick loved great food and good wine, especially in the company of family and friends. Nick gardened vegetables and made his own wine, which often was the centerpiece of a great meal at the Laudadio home. Nick loved basketball and often somewhat disappeared from any social scene during basketball season. He reveled in politics, world affairs and was an astute student of current events. Accordingly, he loved bantering opinions on such with his brother, good friends and later his sons. The most distinctive characteristic of Nick was his unending devotion to his family or otherwise "La famiglia". Any endeavor Nick pursued was resolutely focused on benefiting the livelihood of his past, present and future family legacy. His father Vito Laudadio, beloved mother Anna Laudadio and brother Leonard Laudadio precede Nick in death. Nick is survived by Rosa, his wife of 41 years; two sons "Vittorio" Victor (Marcie) and "Pietro" Peter (Melinda). Nick is the extremely proud Nonno (Grandpa) of Nicolas and Andrianna Laudadio. Many cousins, in-laws, nieces & nephews in the United States, Canada and Italy also survive Nick. Nick was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church for more than 60 years. Rosary service will be recited at 6 pm Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 am, both at St. Rita's, 1403 S. Ainsworth Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to St. Rita's Church or the Tacoma General Hospital Cardiovascular Unit. The family also wishes to recognize the work of the Doctor's and Nurses of Allenmore and Tacoma General Hospital's. We thank you for your amazing compassion and care of the Laudadio Family. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home 253-472-3353 www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
Pub Date: 4/25/2009


Corinna Erika Lillie

Sept. 3, 1955 - April 26, 2001 Remembering you on this day, Comforted by so many memories. In Loving Memory of
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


David Allen Brame

7/28/1958 - 4/26/2003 We will love you, miss you and positively believe in you forever, David. We know the truth. We haven’t seen our grandchildren for six years. Your loving family.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Jon E. Nichols

Was born on March 30, 1955, and died on Thursday, April 23, 2009.He bravely battled advanced pancreatic cancer for 2 1/2 years. He died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Jon was the son of Nadine and Paul Nichols (predeceased) of Federal Way, the current husband of Dr. Lorri A. Nichols of Lake Tapps, the former husband of Cindy Nichols of Prescott, AZ, the father of Staci Marquez-Nichols of Beaumont, CA, and Levi Nichols of Puyallup, the brother of Steve Nichols of Federal Way, Tonya Lenting of Enumclaw, Kristi Frawley of Buckley, Dan Nichols of Tacoma, and Tim Nichols of Puyallup, the step-father of Elizabeth O’Hollaren of Bellevue and Kelsey O’Hollaren of Lake Tapps, and the grandfather of Maelie and Wyatt Nichols of Puyallup. Jon said playing high school football was the best time of his life. He was very proud of his time serving in the Marine Corps. After the Marine Corps, he started Nichols Truck Tire and, by the time he retired, he had over 20 employees and several business locations. He was also a professional hunting guide in Alaska and a successful investor and real estate mogul. Jon was passionate about hunting, guns, backpacking, working out, lifting weights, mountain biking, and martial arts. He loved to watch documentaries and read about history and nutrition. He enjoyed cowboy poetry, country and folk music, health food (and ice cream), telling stories and jokes, and being with his family and friends. Jon was larger than life, a true legend. He influenced everyone who was close to him in more ways than he will ever know. He was known for his tenacity, discipline, toughness, business sense, fearlessness, adventurous spirit, connection to nature, healthy lifestyle, hearty sense of humor, and his quirky sayings and nicknames. He will be deeply missed and remembered with honor and distinction forever. A memorial service will be held at Brooklake Community Church in Federal Way at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 2, 2009. Donations may be made in honor of “Big Jon” to Safari Club International and Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center. “Life is not a spectator sport.” –Jon E. Nichols
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Veda D. Ledbetter-Weaver

Time To Cha Cha! 07/25/26- 04/18/09 Veda had a full life, born and educated in Birmingham, England. She came to the states after WWII, when she married. She retired from Ft. Lewis as a budget analyst with 28 1/2 years, Civil Service. Veda was a dedicated ballroom dancer and had taught for Arthur Murray. She was involved in many dance clubs, member of the Tacoma Elks, Eagles, No. 3 Narfe, and many others. She was involved in many pet agencies and foundations also in Tacoma. She traveled from here to England 12 times to see family. She loved gardening and decorating her home for every holiday, but her greatest love was her pets. Her survivors include her adopted girl Lisa, and family of Roy, brother Roy, and nieces and nephews in Tamworth, England. No service per her request. Remembrances in her name be made to Tacoma Humane Society.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Susan Mildred Livingston

Sue Livingston passed away peacefully in her Seattle home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 24th, 2009. Sue was born in Sheboygan, WI on March 26th, 1932, the daughter of Hazel and Levi Martin. She met her husband Marlin "George" Livingston while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. They made their home in places as varied as Anchorage, AK and Bermuda, finally retiring in Lakewood, WA. In their 44 years of marriage, she was a devoted wife, homemaker, avid reader, incredible baker, impromptu seamstress, professional volunteer, charitable giver, and loving mother of four. Her greatest joy in life was being involved with her family and sharing in her children and grandchildren's lives. She was preceded in death by her husband, George. To cherish her memories, she leaves her four children, Steve (Patricia), Kathy (Pat), Bruce (Jodi), and Lynn (Gregg), and her nine grandchildren, Ian, Neil, Kyle, Ryan, Mindy, Ruben, Nelson, Lauren, and Kate. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at noon at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park, in the Garden Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98496. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, or other charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Ronald Eldon Evans

Ron was born on 4/27/1942 in Bremerton, WA and passed away 4/17/2009 in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lynette, daughter Shannon Gaul, stepdaughters Danielle Chapman and Maile Chapman, and was preceded in death by his son Shawn Evans. Ron leaves behind many friends from his volunteer service at the Tacoma Police Department North Substation, the Tacoma Park Watch Program, and the Classical Glass Corvette Club of Tacoma. Please share memories and condolences online at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Margaret (Peggy) Russo

Peggy left us on April 22nd, 2009 surrounded by her family, recounting memories she could no longer remember due to her dementia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Ralph Sr. Peggy was born on Staten Island, N.Y. to Florence Walsh on Sept. 2, 1932. She was raised in an extended family that included her Aunt Ruby and Uncle Jimmy Brown, and several cousins including her closest, Nancy. She met Ralph at a roller skating rink and they were married Jan. 14, 1951. After Ralph Sr. retired from the NYC Police Dept., they moved to Fircrest, WA. And she devoted herself to creating a wonderful home. Peggy returned to school and earned an associate’s degree. She worked as a bookkeeper for a few years, still finding time to explore the world with Ralph. Her favorite times were family celebrations, especially when grandchildren were involved. Her family and friends will remember her kind and fun-loving spirit. Peggy is survived by her son, Ralph Jr. (Doris), and daughters Leslie (Lonny) and Lori (Tye). She has five grandchildren, Nick Russo, Krystal Newman (Ben), Shannon and Daniel Blackburn and Alex Russo A special thanks goes out to the owners and staff at Jade Park Care Center for providing loving care in her declining years. Please join family and friends in a celebration of her life Thurs., April 30, 2009, 5:30 to 8:00 pm in the Sam Allen room of the Tacoma Elks Lodge located at 1965 Union Ave.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Stella Anastasia Mary Landers

On Sunday morning April 19th 2009, Anastasia Mary Landers "Stella" passed peacefully in her sleep. She is survived by her loving husband of forty years, Al Landers, her three children, Bill Landers, Cheryl Landers, and Joanne Hamblen, son-in-law Heath, and her granddaughter Morgan Landers, also her grandpuppies Bodie, Bubba, CJ and Lincoln. She is also survived by her aunt Elizabeth Beyers and her sisters and brother Kathie Higgins, Carolyn Flemming-Oquendo, and Tommy Flemming. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Flemming. She was loved by many and will be missed forever.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Lawrence J."Larry/Lornie" Merkle

Larry was born on December 2, 1916 in Tacoma, WA and passed away after a short illness at the age of 92 on April 22, 2009. He attended Holy Rosary and Visitation schools and graduated from Bellarmine in 1934, where he participated in baseball, basketball, football and tennis. He was one of the City's best and the #1 man in Bellarmine's first-ever tennis team, and was the City of Tacoma's Junior tennis champion in both singles and doubles. He continued playing tennis well into his 80's. Included among his memories, he caught the winning touchdown pass in Bellarmine's 6-0 win over Stadium in midget league football. In 1933 he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Tacoma Junior City Baseball League. He was elected President of the Tacoma Umpires Association in 1951. From 1956 through 1958 he was selected by the Washington Athletic Association to conduct officiating clinics throughout the State of Washington. Following high school he went to work at the Northern Pacific Shops as an apprentice in the freight car department. Later he spent some time as a rigger at the Tacoma Shipyards during WWII. He also spent a short period of time with the City of Tacoma Fire Department until they were called out to a fire in the middle of a televised major football game that he was intently watching. That was when he decided to quit that career. He joined the Tacoma Times as a district manager in 1946 and then went to work for The Tacoma News Tribune in 1950 after a year at Nalley's as a salesman. Larry spent 21 years as a District Manager at The Tacoma News Tribune working with young people which he enjoyed immensely. The next 10 years were spent there as Circulation Manager before retiring in May of 1981 with a total of 31 years of service. Despite his many jobs, he maintained an active role in sports and played second base for the Pacific Match Company baseball team in 1934, the South Tacoma Athletic Club baseball team followed by the Model Lumber Company baseball team in 1937, Olympic Ice Cream in the City League, the Washington State Hospital and Olympia Senators teams of the Northwest League, and for the South Tacoma Pines in 1953. Larry was equally active in basketball and suited up for the Visitation Athletic Club in 1936, Anders Florists, the Pierce County League champion Tacoma Chillas of 1940 - they were Pierce County champions and played in the 11th annual AAU basketball tournament at the University of Washington. He played for the Pacific Mutual Fuelers, who represented Tacoma at the Northwest AAU basketball tournament in 1941, and he also played against the Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the Tacoma All Stars. "Lornie's" nickname was "Shorty" but he wasn't short on ability or judgment, which is why he refereed ten years in the Pac-8 Conference (now Pac-10) and was called on to umpire in the Pacific Coast League at both Cheney Stadium and Sick's Stadium. He also worked two national fast pitch tournaments, one in Miami in 1949 and the other in Seattle in 1973. He worked exhibition games for the Harlem Globetrotters, the National Professional League All Stars, and the National Industrial Basketball League. Larry was one of the top high school and college basketball officials in the area and retired from officiating in 1976 after 40 years and 4,500 games on the fields and courts. His last game of officiating was on December 30, 1976 - Wilson High School vs. Federal Way. Larry was one of the few that officiated all three sports - football, basketball, and baseball. Larry was a member of the ASA Northwest Regional Softball Hall of Fame, the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Hall of Fame. He is a past recipient of the WIAA Meritorious Service Award and the WSSAAA's Honor Award. Larry spent a good deal of time in Kihei, Maui over the past 36 years where he traveled annually for extended vacations. He was a former longtime member of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club and hole-in-one recipient. His favorite participating sports in his later years were confined to golf and tennis, both of which he thoroughly enjoyed and continued to be a fierce competitor. He missed golfing, tennis, and being able to drive when he began to lose his eyesight due to macular degeneration. He was an active participating member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Known for his wit, humor, charm, and friendly nature, he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He was predeceased by his parents Matthew and Alice Merkle. Survivors include a son, Larry F. Merkle, of Palm Springs, CA, a brother, Matthew Merkle, of Springfield, VA, nieces Dr. Christine Merkle of Boston College, Maureen Merkle of VA, nephews Brian Merkle of FL and Phillip Merkle of AZ, as well as longtime beloved friend and companion Ann H. Marinkovich of Tacoma. There will be a Funeral Mass held on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, North 12th & J Street. There will also be a vigil rosary service Friday evening at the Gaffney Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Bellarmine Prep, the Shanaman Sports Museum, 9908-63rd Ave. Ct. E, Puyallup, WA 98373, or to a charity of your choice. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Johnnie Leo York, SFC Retired

Johnnie passed on April 22, 2009 at the age of 82 and was born in Mayflower, Arkansas on Nov. 19, 1926. Johnnie was preceded in death by Detta York, wife of 63 years, and son of 8 years, Johnnie Leo York, Jr. He is survived by 3 children, Dottie Mazza (Nick), Tom York (Colleen) and Donald York; 3 brothers, Joe York and Elmer York of Arkansas, Glenn York of Mississippi; and sisters Christine Green of Arkansas and Ellen Crowder of Tennessee. Johnnie was blessed with 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren who called him "Pa-Pa." He served his country in three wars, World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. He was very proud of his military service and retired in 1967. Johnnie owned South Way Motors Car Lot in south Tacoma from 1969 to 2000. He was the happiest when he was taking care of his wife, who passed away November 28, 2008. She's been waiting for them to be together and now they will be together in the house of the Lord forever. Services will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at at Mountain View Funeral Home, with full military honors at graveside. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


James Robert Suggs

Jim passed away April 16, 2009. He was born August 26, 1935 in Lynn Haven, Florida. Jim is survived by his brother Thomas Delano Suggs, his sister Imogene Suggs Meyers, son Robert D. Suggs and his wife Misty L. Suggs, grandchildren Daniel R. Suggs, Holly A. Suggs, son Thomas A. Suggs and his wife Ilene P. Suggs. Jim is preceded in passing by his wife Shirley Ann Suggs. Jim came to Washington with the Army. He met his wife Shirley and made her family his own, yet never forgot the family left behind in Florida, and traveled home to visit as often as he could. He cherished each of the nieces and nephews and his own children. He most enjoyed time spent with any of his family, fishing, and playing golf. Jim retired from WA National Guard and Fort Lewis Civil Service. He was a member of the Masons, Elks, Eagles and the Brookdale Golf Club. Funeral services will be held May 2, 2009, 2 PM, at Fir Lane Memorial Park. A celebration of Jim's life will be held following the service.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Jeanne LaClede Moyer (Hohenleitner)

January 30, 1929 - April 20, 2009 In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen! On Monday, April 20, 2009, our mother began a new journey. In her last hours with us, she prepared for her passage by sharing her love for her children (Peter, Charles, Michael [aka Andrew] and John), daughters-in-law Mary (Mello) and Concepcion (Cadelina), two sisters Annamerle and Lois Hohenleitner and her friends, especially Ruth Neher and Janet Mello. As she was setting out, she also received the nourishment of the sacraments and prayers for the dying. Jeanne was the youngest daughter of William Joseph and Marie LaClede Hohenleitner (Kreider) and began her life in Portland, Oregon on January 30, 1939. Mother grew up in La Grande, Oregon and at a very early age worked the counter at the "Mrs. Hohenleitner Bakery". Her early schooling and experiences led her to pursue nursing as a vocation, spending the vast majority of that service at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma. While attending Seattle University in the mid-fifties, mom met a shy and honorable man, Ardelle Moyer, and their time as husband and wife began at Holy Rosary Parish on April 23, 1955. They were to spend the next twenty-seven years together, sharing their love with their four sons and friends until his death separated them. A University degree, a profession in nursing and an attempt at gaining an MA to teach nursing all point to a woman who was ahead of her time. Though she embraced a changing world in terms of its role for women, she remained rooted in her Catholic faith and her family. Mom's many loves included The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the American Conference of Catholic Women, traveling, volunteering, reading, music, cooking, card parties and anything that involved people. The last years of mom's life were to involve great joy and sorrow. Grandchildren (Jacob, Gabrielle, Alex and Rebecca) and her work with children at Holy Rosary School were bright spots. Physical decline, exacerbated by the onset of kidney disease and eventual dialysis, was a great challenge. To the very end, mom strove to live life fully, employing all of the wisdom, with and grace that she had been given. It is simply impossible to thank everyone individually here who has played a role in these last days. We would, however, like to recognize the care exercised by Dr. Thomas Martin, Carol Kinzner and the staff at the St. Joseph's Renal Unit, as well as Dr. Kelvin Krank, Sarah Larson, Patty Fuchs and the staff of Intensive Care. We would also like to thank the many priests and parishioners at Holy Rosary for welcoming mom into their lives and helping her to grow in faith. Both St. Joseph Hospital and Holy Rosary Parish were a part of mom's life for over fifty years. A Rosary will be offered on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 512 South 30th Street, Tacoma. The Mass of Christian Burial will also be celebrated at Holy Rosary on Tuesday. April 28, 2009 at 10:00 am with open casket viewing one hour beforehand. The Reverend John Wilkie will be the Principal Celebrant. Entombment will be at Calvary Cloisters. In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to contribute to the renal unit at St. Joseph Hospital, Holy Rosary Parish/School or any other life-giving organization. Requiescat in Pace . Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Jacqueline M. Thompson “Jackie”

Jackie was born in Tacoma on May 27, 1924, and died April 23, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Jack, her children Bob (Evonne) Thompson, Peggy (Larry) Smith, and Joe Thompson, grandchildren Michael Smith and Jeff, Michele and Danny Thompson, and great-grandchildren Alyssa Thompson and Keenan Smith. She is also survived by her brother John (Sonny) Morgan and his wife Aileen. Jackie and her husband Jack were early residents of University Place, and she was active in her children's school and community events; she also was an advocate for disabled individuals. She enjoyed gardening, reading, crocheting, and beachcombing. When she could no longer care for herself because of Alzheimer’s, her husband and son Joe cared for her at home until recently, when her care was entrusted to the staff at Orchard Park. Thank you to those at Orchard Park who cared for her. Jackie requested that no services be held.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


EDITH IRENE MICHAELSON

Edith Irene (Eigner-Crotty) Michaelson was born on March 7, 1932 in Portland, Oregon, was raised in Bremerton, Washington and passed away unexpectedly at her vacation property in Desert Hot Springs, California on Good Friday, April 10, 2009. Edith, known as Edie to her many friends, moved to Tacoma to attend St. Joseph's School of Nursing in 1950 and lived in Tacoma for over 50 years. Edie graduated as a surgical registered nurse and spent her entire career in the nursing profession. She was particularly proud of being the first nursing director of the newly opened St. Joseph's outpatient surgery clinic. She also worked as a surgical registered nurse at Puget Sound Hospital, Hawaii, and TASC. Edie married William J. Crotty, Jr. in 1954 and together they had seven children, Sheila (Patrick), Dan (Marla), Sean (Mona), Brian (Cindy), Colleen, Jim and Kelly (Dustin). Edie married Delbert Michaelson in 1991 and gained 4 step-children Brent (Melinda), Steve, Paul and Julie (Dan). It was a good thing she really loved Christmas and birthdays! Edie had a passion for reading. She loved flowers and gardening. In her later years, mom's favorite pastime was going to the casinos. Heaven cent was her favorite! She was a member of AORN, Elks, Red Hat Society and the "Out to Lunch Bunch". Edie was predeceased in death by her husbands, Bill and Del and is survived by her 7 children, 4 step-children, 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sister, Mike, Bob, Pat, Gretchen and Virginia as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was known for her strong and feisty spirit and especially for her unbounded and unconditional love for her family and friends. We will miss her more than words can possibly say. There will be a Rosary at Gaffney Funeral Home on April 30th at 7:00 pm. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on May 1st at 12:10 pm at St. Leo's Catholic Church. There will be a private family service at a later date to spread her remains on the waters of Puget Sound in accordance with her wishes. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


James Bender

Died. Any Info, please Call 253-566-1008.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Constance Mary Nelsen

Born on October 31, 1927, died peacefully on April 21, 2009 with her family by her side. Connie is survived by her beloved husband Norman, three daughters Leslie, Erica, and Victoria, and her two grandchildren Lauren and Kaitlyn. A Celebration of Life will take place on May 2, 2009 from 12-2pm at 8921 Dalwyn Ct. SW in Lakewood. Please visit the complete obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Julia Cecilia Spangler

Born June 9, 1912, passed away April 21, 2009 at the age of 96. The last 68 years of her life she resided at her home in Federal Way, Washington. She is survived by her youngest son Larry A. Spangler, who was her caregiver for the past 15 years, and by her children Julie D. Smith of Missoula, Montana; John E. Spangler of Stanwood, Washington; William C. Spangler of Federal Way, Washington; Duane J. Spangler of Freeland, Washington; and Ron E. Spangler of San Jose, California; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Vernon C. Spangler and husband Charles E. Spangler. Her biggest feeling of accomplishment was raising 7 children in a 1200 square foot home with a wood stove for heat and cooking.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Leonard P. Ereth

Born in Mandan, North Dakota 6/13/1924 passed away peacefully on 4/21/2009. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Bertha Ereth, his son Lenny (Diana) Ereth, his two daughters, Debbie (Dale) Schubach and Corrine (Martin) Davis. He is also survived by his sister Irene Smith, and sister-in-law Jean Ereth, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and an extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. His smile filled our hearts. We love and miss you. A celebration of Leonard's life will be Sunday 5/3/2009 from 1-4 P.M. at Canyon Terrace Clubhouse, 9314 Canyon Rd. E, Puyallup, WA 98371.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Avis Ione Olson

Born 8/10/1917 in Ralph, South Dakota; went to be with our Lord on April 24, 2009. She moved to Gig Harbor with her husband and 5 children in 1942. She worked in the Brush Packing business for 30 years, and enjoyed crocheting and painting. Surviving family members include her daughter, Dorothy Goodell of St. Clair, Michigan, and sons Roy Robin of Naples, Italy and William of Olalla, WA, 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Ole and daughters Ellen and Coleen. Services will be held at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Gig Harbor on Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Remembrances in her name can be made to Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


George “Scott” Lamb

Born 12/15/1951; passed away 4/20/2009. Attended Mt. Tahoma H.S.; served in U.S. Army Engineers in Germany. Worked for Tacoma Transit, also a truck driver, and worked with his brother and best friend “Casey” Construction. He was preceded in death by his mother Josephine, brother Casey, and nephew Shawn. He is survived by his daughter Desiree, father Kenneth, stepmother Valerie, sisters Joanne (Skip), Therese (David), brothers John (Althea), Steven, stepsisters Sharon, Patty and stepbrother Allen, and his dearest friends Mrs. Barna and family, and many friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please donate to VA “Mental Health”. Private services. Casey and Scott are laughing and building again.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Suzanne Seil English

Better known as "Sue," devoted wife and mother of ten children, long-time Social Worker for Catholic Charities, lover of good conversation, possessor of a quick wit and unflagging humor, aficionado of fine chocolates and Irish whiske, and accomplished hula dancer, died on April 22, 2009, at the age of eighty-nine. Sue was born January 6, 1920 in Walla Walla, WA to Edward and Edith (Cosgrove) Seil, and was especially close to her only sibling, Margaret Seil Gose, who passed away in 2007. Sue attended Sharpstein's Elementary School and St. Vincent's Academy, where her Aunt Mary Jane "Mamie" Thomas was the principal. She set out from Walla Walla to attend Dominican College in San Rafael, CA. Upon graduation, she furthered her education at Catholic University in Washington D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in Social Work. Returning to the Northwest, she began a 40-year career with Catholic Charities. She worked for Bishop Thomas Gill in the Seattle Archdiocese, opened the Yakima branch of Catholic Charities, and was director of the Tacoma office. It was in Tacoma that Sue met John English, the love of her life. They were wed in 1950, had ten children, and lived in the city's North End overlooking Commencement Bay. Sue took a sabbatical from work to raise her children, then returned to social work, serving on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities. She derived much satisfaction from her career but always considered her greatest accomplishment the raising of ten children. In 1988, Sue lost her beloved husband, and in 2002 moved to Spokane, where she resided at Rockwood Lane retirement community. She is survived by children Joan Apostoli English, Terrence English, Edward English, Maureen English, Marian English, Suzanne Damore, John English, Thomas English, Margaret English, Michael Page-English; grandchildren Shawn and Adrienne Stanley, Kevin and Elizabeth Damore, Autumn Thomason and Stephan English, and Joshua English; great-grandchildren Benjamin and Shepard Thomason, Irelyn and Ashlyn Stanley. The Vigil Service in honor of Sue English will be held at Sacred Heart Church Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, April 27 at 10 am. Donations may be made to Catholic Charities. The family would like to express special gratitude to Harriet Wawroski, Laura Thomas and Sandy West for their devoted care. Please visit Sue's online memorial and sign her online guestbook at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com . Arrangements have been entrusted to Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Bertha Evelyn (Healey) Morrison

Bertha Evelyn (Healey) Morrison, 85, passed away at home on the morning of April 21, 2009. She was born at home in Worcester, MA on March 29, 1924, the third child of James and Mary (McKeon) Healey. She graduated from Commerce High School in 1943, and was a former parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. Bertha worked at Crompton & Knowles and at Torry Razor Company, where she met her future husband, Raymond Morrison. They married in 1951 and proceeded to raise two daughters in North Grafton and Worcester, MA before moving to the Pacific Northwest and settling down in Tacoma, WA. Bertha enjoyed numerous trips to Maine and Cape Cod and spending time with family and friends. She always enjoyed taking long walks and admiring flower gardens and sunsets. Bertha was devoted to her family and was guided by her faith. She will be remembered for baking wonderful cookies and for all the cards she sent to family and friends letting them know that she was thinking of them. She was very proud of her Irish Catholic heritage and of all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bertha is survived by her loving husband of nearly 58 years, daughters Christine (Michael) Perry and Nancy (David) Morgan, grandchildren Julie (Matt) Morton, Christopher and William Morgan, great-grandchildren Jackson and Ava Morton, and her wonderful childhood friend of 80 years, Marge (Cove) Mills of North Grafton, MA. Bertha was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church for more than 35 years. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 11:00 am at Holy Cross, 5510 N. 44th Street, Tacoma, WA. She will be buried at Tacoma National Cemetery, Covington, WA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in her honor may be made to the Holy Cross Church Bell Tower Project or to the Arthritis Foundation/ RA ( www.arthritis.org ). Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Chris J. Walters

An angel among us, Christopher James Walters, born January 16, 1980, rode his chopper into the arms of the Lord on April 19, 2009. Chris will forever be loved and remembered by many friends and family. Chris is survived by his wife and sweetheart, Heidi, his parents Rick and Lynne Walters, and Debbie and Julian Mandapat, brother Jayson and sister Ashley, his step-siblings Brian, Jen, Kelli, Tony, Tim and Chris, his grandparents Peggy Brown, Larry Walters, Ron and Jan Orton, aunts and uncles, especially Tammy and Roger, and many adoring nieces and nephews. We will always cherish Chris for being a hard-working devoted husband, an extraordinary son, dependable brother, favorite uncle, and a loyal, funny friend. Chris enjoyed spending his time riding his chopper, especially with his wife, his dad, and good friends Allen, Larry, Rayna and Ronnie, as well as spending time at car shows with his grandpas. Chris always put his family and his friends first, and his positive outlook on life impacted all those around him. Chris, may the days for you be sunny and the roads wide open!! A celebration of his life will be held at 1pm on Sat., May 16, 2009 at Fellowship Christian Church, 860 E. 38th St., Tacoma 98404, and a BBQ will follow at Rick and Lynne’s house. A memorial ride is also planned for Sat., May 30th at 10am, meeting at Psycho Bros Bike Shop, 14806 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, 98444. In lieu of flowers, well-wishes and donations are being accepted via www.psychobros.com .
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Paul William Gerber

Age 73, died April 15, 2009 in Yelm. Paul was born August 28, 1935 in Cresco, Iowa to Fred and Mary (Wade) Gerber. Paul married Betty Lou Burns in Tacoma on April 11, 1959. Paul served in two branches of the military, first with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. Paul continued his career at Ft. Lewis Logistics Management Corps where he retired. Paul also served in various clubs and organizations. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #244 F. and A.M. in Yelm for 41 years, President of the Ft. Lewis Flying Club, and President and Co-founder of the Ft. Lewis Rodeo Cowboys Association. Paul is survived by his two sons, Daniel Gerber and Glen Harbin, a daughter, Lori McCann, three sisters, Lucille Byrnes, Hazel Gerber and Donna Ault, also 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife in 2000. There will be a Celebration of Life in Yelm, WA at Lake Lawrence Lodge from 1-4 pm on May 24, 2009. Arrangements with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, (360)753-1065. Please leave condolences online at: www.funeralalternatives.org .
Pub Date: 4/26/2009


Marjorie E. Myers

It’s been a very long year without you. We miss you and love you very much. Dick, Greta, Cyndi, Aril
Pub Date: 4/27/2009


John Henry“Joe” Moore, Jr.

August 12, 1951 ~ April 27, 2008 Our one-in-a-million husband, father, brother and friend departed from us one year ago. Because of our love for you, we are hosting the first JHM Golf Scramble on May 17, 2009. You are deeply missed. Wanda and Jonathan
Pub Date: 4/27/2009


Melvin Jacob Gustavson

March 12, 1918 - April 24, 2009 Melvin J Gustavson, 91, of Spanaway, WA, passed away April 24, 2009. Funeral Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, Garden Chapel on April 29th at 4:00 P.M. Melvin is survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 4/27/2009


Lois Jane Langlois

Lois Jane Langlois born in Dixon, IL on Sept. 21, 1914, passed away in Tacoma on Apr. 21, 2009. She moved to Tacoma in 1934. Lois is survived by her son, Lou (Barbara) Langlois of Tacoma, 9 Grandchildren, 17 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Donald Langlois in 1980, and her daughter Jacklyn B. Foxworthy in 2001. At her request, no services will be held. Charitable contributions in Lois’ honor can be made to Multicare Hospice, PO Box 5200, Tacoma, WA 98415. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home (253) 272-1414.
Pub Date: 4/27/2009


Cindy Rose Dean

January 15, 1927 - April 16, 2009 Cindy went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, April 16. Cindy was born in Wisconsin to Cecil and Letha Crombie, lived in Illinois, and then resided in Auburn for over 40 years with her husband, Bill Dean, who preceded her in death. Cindy is survived by her children Allen Buchanan, Albert Dale Buchanan, Gerald Buchanan, Herb Buchanan, Ralph Buchanan, and Mary Hertz; stepchildren William V. Dean, Jr., Deana Chapman, and Shawn Dean; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Cindy and Bill ran a jewelry making business (ABCD Co) for many years; at one time Cindy's creations were sold in over 21 jewelry stores. Cindy was also a wonderful gardener - many people stopped by to admire her flowers. Cindy will be missed by all for her humor, laughter, caring, nurturing, poetry, creativity, and love of life. "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him." 1 Thess 4:13-14 NIV Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 1:45 p.m., at Tahoma National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 4/27/2009


GERALD D. KOENEN

(BIG JERRY) 1937-2009 Jerry passed away of heart failure on Tuesday April 14 2009. Jerry retired from the Navy after 22 years of service. He also retired from the Machinist union after 25 years as a Heavy equipment Mechanic. Jerry is survived by: Wife, Patricia Koenen Son, Peter Koenen (Martha)of CA. Daughter, Angela Booth (Tom) of MN. Step sons Hombre (Leila) and Joe Perez(Cindi) of WA. He had 5 grandchildren that adored him. Hunter, Tiffany, Jasmine, Cruz, and Savannah. Jerry is also survived by two brothers Kenneth and Vernon Koenen of MN. Jerry will recieve full honors at: TAHOMA NATIONAL CEMETERY on Wednesday, April 29th at 12:45pm. 18600 SE. 240th S Kent, WA. 98042(425)413-9614
Pub Date: 4/27/2009


John Henry “Joe” Moore, Jr.

August 12, 1951 ~ April 27, 2008 Our one-in-a-million husband, father, brother and friend departed from us one year ago. Because of our love for you, we are hosting the first JHM Golf Scramble on May 17, 2009. You are deeply missed. Wanda and Jonathan
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Michael T. Bingham, Sr.

Was born 1/5/49 in Seattle, WA, passed away peacefully on 4/18/09 in Roundup, MT. He is survived by daughter Michelle, son Miguel, grandchildren KayLie and Cody, sisters Loma (Paul), Kim (James) numerous family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his father LeRoy, and mother Winona. Service: Tacoma Eagles Aerie #3, 4810 South Tacoma Way, May 2nd, 2009, from 12-4pm.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Blanche “Grandma” Robinson

Sunrise Oct. 12, 1920 Sunset April 23, 2009 Survived by son, Edmond, daughter Sierlinde, sister, Clara Thomas, niece Claralitha, nephew Frank, 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood April 28, 2009 9am - 9 pm. Celebration of Life service to be held at Tacoma Christian Center April 30, 2009 at 11:00am.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Marian I. Puariea

Peacefully passed April 16, 2009. Born in Montana. Raised and schooled in Seattle. Predeceased by parents Bjarne/Gladys Bergesen; husband Homer Puariea. Survived by Cheri/Steve Nolen; Patti/Mike Peluso; Juli/John Miller; Tanya Parieaux; Dick/Shelley Puariea; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Bergy/Jan Bergesen; sister Gloria/Tony Gamba and many extended family and friends. Family members wish to thank the caring staff of Franciscan Hospice and Heartwood Care Facility. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marian's name to Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 4, 2009 at the Pagoda in Point Defiance Park Tacoma at 11 AM.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Lee Clifton Wornell

Passed away peacefully in the comforting presence of family in Tacoma Washington on April 24, 2009. He was born and raised in the Ozark town of Brumley Missouri and was well known for his raw view of life and country colloquialisms. After serving in the Navy in WWII he moved with his family to the Yakima area and later settled in the Tacoma. He worked for years as a diesel truck mechanic at Western Farmers Association in Tacoma where he later served as fleet manager. Lee was actively engaged in Boy Scout troop 47 in Fircrest and participated in 50 and 100 mile hikes including the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier. He was also engaged in hobbies such as woodworking, photography, genealogy and computers. Most of all Lee will be remembered as a good friend and family man. His years as husband and father were a blessing to his family. Lee is preceded in death by his oldest daughter Judy. He is survived by his wife Betty, sons Ron (Kay), Doug (Shellie) and Greg (Patty) and youngest daughter Patty (Scott). He was the grandfather to eight and great grandfather to three. Lee will be dearly missed by all who knew him. The world is a better place for countless who didn't. The family is planning a private memorial gathering at a later date.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Ken Sagami

Ken was born March 4, 1916 in Fife, WA and at the age of 93, died peacefully April 24, 2009. Ken graduated from Fife High School and lived in the Fife area most of his life. He was a member of Whitney Memorial United Methodist Church and Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League. He enjoyed watching sports, especially football and baseball where he excelled in high school. Ken is survived by sons; Tony of Bigfork; MT and Wesley of Seattle, daughter; Sheila (Kemal Gencoz) of Brier, WA, sister; Hayato Wallen of Chicago, brothers; Soya of Mazomanie, WI and Tom of Henderson, NV, 5 grandchildren; Kenji, Keiko, Kobe, Alex and Derek. He was preceded in death by his wife Hiroko, sister Michiko, brothers Jin, Wakao, Yohei, Yahachi and Kosumo. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, April 30, 2009, 3:00 pm at Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer, Puyallup, 98371. There will be a viewing prior to the service in the Fireside Room at the church beginning at 2:00 pm. Interment at New Tacoma Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Joseph W. Brower

Joseph was born May 5, 1917 in Tacoma WA, and passed away April 27, 2009 in Gig Harbor WA. He graduated from Lincoln High school in 1935. He was married to Doris (McKee) Brower for 53 years. Joe worked in the Bremerton Naval Ship Yard from 1941 to 1946. The family then moved to Tacoma where he established a heating and air conditioning company named Havre and Brower. The firm later became J.W.Brower and is still in operations today. Joe was loved and will be missed by his family including his three children, daughter Beverly Peterson (who preceded Joe in death in January) son Allen Brower, and daughter Carol Wilson. He was blessed with 6 grand children and 12 great grandchildren. He was dedicated to his church and its congregation. Joe passed away peacefully in his 92nd year, after enjoying a long and fulfilling life. Services will be 2:00pm. Thursday Apr. 30 at Stone Chapel, 22272 Foss Rd.N.E. Poulsbo WA. Please sign online guest book at www.lewischapel.com
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Cindy Rose Dean

January 15, 1927 - April 16, 2009 Cindy went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, April 16. Cindy was born in Wisconsin to Cecil and Letha Crombie, lived in Illinois, and then resided in Auburn for over 40 years with her husband, Bill Dean, who preceded her in death. Cindy is survived by her children Allen Buchanan, Albert Dale Buchanan, Gerald Buchanan, Herb Buchanan, Ralph Buchanan, and Mary Hertz; stepchildren William V. Dean, Jr., Deana Chapman, and Shawn Dean; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Cindy and Bill ran a jewelry making business (ABCD Co) for many years; at one time Cindy's creations were sold in over 21 jewelry stores. Cindy was also a wonderful gardener - many people stopped by to admire her flowers. Cindy will be missed by all for her humor, laughter, caring, nurturing, poetry, creativity, and love of life. "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him." 1 Thess 4:13-14 NIV Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 1:45 p.m., at Tahoma National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


GLENN B. MORGAN

Glenn Morgan, 87, of Puyallup died on April 23, 2009 in Lakewood, Washington. He was born on December 14, 1921 to Harvey and Sarah Morgan in Brooten, Minnesota. Glenn had three brothers and two sisters all who pre-deceased him. He served in the Armed Forces in Europe during World War II. After the war he worked for a short time for a Dairy Farm in Tacoma, Washington. The majority of his worklife, 31 years, was spent as a faithful and devoted civilian employee for McChord Air Force Base. Glenn retired from Federal Service on December 31, 1977 at the age of 56. Glenn is survived by two grandsons, Todd V. and Darin B. Grewell; their father, Gary Grewell and Glenn's various nieces and nephews. Glenn loved to bowl and belonged to several bowling leagues during his life. His favorite past time, however, was to meet with his friends at McChord to assist in restoring aircraft for the McChord Flight Museum. He was a lifetime member of the Tacoma Elks. On Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm there will be an open viewing at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup. A celebration of life service is planned for Friday, May 1, 2009 at 11:00am at All Saints Parish in Puyallup with a reception following. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, Washington.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Lauretta M. Wiebe

Born 1/11/1924 in Odessa, WA and passed away 4/24/2009 in Tacoma, WA. Memorial Service to be held 3:30PM, Wed. 4/29 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please see full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Cordelia Ann Robertson

Ann was born May 13, 1909 in Tishomingo, OK. and passed away April 24, 2009 in Sumner, WA., just 19 days short of her 100th Birthday . She was the last member of her immediate family. She was a homemaker, PTA member, past President of Puyallup’s Rotary Anns and a proud member of the Chickasaw Tribe. She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce in 1998. She is survived by her children, Donald (Nancy) Robertson, Gene (Linda) Robertson, Reed (Marilyn) Robertson, Chiquita (Jim) Haugen, 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Private services were held at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup. Arrangements through Hill Funeral Home. 253-845-1172.
Pub Date: 4/28/2009


Nicole Shawn Harrison

Our precious angel Nicole was born on July 14, 1990 and went to the Lord in Heaven on April 26, 2009. She has her wings and will be missed. She is survived by her loving foster family Darrell and Nicki Robertson and their children and the Harrison, Dint and Cowden families. A memorial service will be held at Powers Funeral home in Puyallup, Tuesday May 5th at 10:00 a.m.
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


Myrtle M. Yocum

Myrtle M. Yocum was born in Seattle, WA on January 18, 1923 to Arvena & Preston Richardson. Myrtle passed away peacefully in Gig Harbor, WA on April 24, 2009 in the arms of her husband, with family at her side. Family includes Myrtle’s beloved husband of 67 years, Carl W., and children George (Sheila), David (Susan), Joan (Martin) Adamczak, Thomas (Paula), and Patricia (Rick) Sego; 16 Grandchildren, 12 Great grandchildren; brothers James (Lysbeth) and Paul (Margie) Richardson, sister-in-law Eleanor DuLong, and numerous nieces and nephews. Myrtle’s life was blessed with many enduring friendships including Sylvia Dunn, her Hudson Street & Rocky Bay neighbors, “Sewing Club” and her “family” at St. Nicholas Church. The family wishes to thank her many loving caregivers, especially her “tall one” Linda Vukelic, Fr. Fred Mayovsky, SJ., and all at Gig Harbor Renal Dialysis. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:15 am Friday, May 1, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Remembrances may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Nicholas Parish. Arrangements by Haven of Rest 253/851-9991.
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


Sharon Staples Lambertsen

May 27th, 1937 - April 25th, 2009 Sharon, 71 died peacefully at home with her family by her side. Her long battle with COPD finally ended and she is now at peace. Sharon was born in Lakewood, WA to Lewis and Pauline Staples. Sharon is survived by her loving husband Harold of 47 years and a wonderful care giver over the past few years. He truly knew the meaning of in sickness and in health. Daughters Karen Priest (Gary) of Tacoma, WA, Carol Winkles (David) of GA. Sister Susan Houck of Ohio, step mother Ursula Staples and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and very special grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her beloved son David, and her parents. A special thank you to Tita and Susan from Hospice for providing loving care and support over the past 2 years. Sharon requested any donations be made to Franciscan Hospice at 2901 Bridgeport Way W. University Place, WA 98466 or Tillicum Community Center at 14916 Washington Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday May 2nd at 1:00pm at the Valley Chapel. 253-584-0252.
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


Angela Renee Heiser

May 2, 1985 - April 25, 2009 Our beautiful angel, Angela was tragically taken away from us on April 25 after a sudden and brief illness. She was deeply loved, more than words can be expressed, by her family. Angie was a very compassionate young woman who loved her dog Ozzie, her kitties, Marley, Gracie, Cleo and most of all, Baby. Her infectious smile and beautiful blue eyes made our world a wonderful place. She was, and always will be, the light of her mother and father's life. Angie appreciated the simple things and was a very strong willed young lady. She leaves behind her parents, Scott and Wendy Heiser, brothers Noel (Shannon) Carlson, Seth (Jennifer) Carlson, niece Cora and nephews Tate and Cole. Angie is also survived by her uncle, Michael (Melanie) Heiser, cousin, Drew, aunt, Marcia Drake, cousins, Todd (Starla) Drake, Chad (Heather) Drake, grandparents Arlen and Ute Heiser, special cousin Shana Heiser-Nash and several other family members and friends. Angie was a 2004 Wilson High School graduate, attended Tacoma Community College and most recently had been a crew member at Trader Joes in University Place. She had a charming personality and enjoyed 'hanging out' with friends, listening to music, going to concerts and bringing joy into other people's lives. Angie, you meant the world to your family and friends, our beautiful young daughter. We were blessed and are so thankful for the time that we had with you. We will miss you and love you. Angela, you were my only child. I will always cherish the time we had together and will always love you - more than you could ever know. You were my life and I have never been so heartbroken, but your courage and strength have helped me to become a stronger person. Though, I know you are no longer in pain and are at last in peace, I will keep you in my heart until I can hold you in my arms again. As you have written to and told me "I will always be your little girl." Mom and I will see you in our dreams my precious one. I will love you - always and forever - Dad Angie, my beautiful little girl, how I love you. Our time together was short but precious. I wanted so much for you in your life - maybe more than you wanted for yourself. You have always danced to the beat of a different drum. Never stop dancing. I love you sweetheart and will miss you terribly - Mom Angie, you are our beloved little sister, now as free as the wind. We are all deeply grieving. Time and space will never keep your spirit far from our hearts. We love you so much and are proud of your courage and the way you fought until the very end. -Noel, Seth, Jen and Shannon. Our sincere gratitude goes out to the doctors and nursing staff at Allenmore Medical Center for their caring and support. Remembrances may be made to PAWS or your local Animal Rescue. A celebration of life reception will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 2, 2009 in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center building. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


Gisela Reier

Gisela Reier, 73, died Sunday, April 26, 2009 at home in University Place surrounded by her family. Gisela was born in Kirn, Germany, She raised four children while moving many times during 20 years of military life, yet always made each temporary spot a haven of warmth and stability for her family. Gisela worked for many years as an accountant and retired from the Fircrest Golf Club as the Controller. In retirement, she treasured not only her family but also her friends, many of them from her water aerobics and mall walking groups. We will always remember Gisela’s amazing warmth for people, her inspiring independent spirit, and her passion for her family, friends, and interests. Gisela is survived by her four loving children, Kathy (Randal) Henzler, Tom (Christine) Reier, Patty (Kirk) Cornell, and Shirley Reier; five grandchildren, Sharon and John Henzler, Justin Brodie, Stephanie Pim, and Kashmir Reier, and her dear cousin, Ruth Buch. The family is planning a memorial service at the Point Defiance Pagoda House on Thursday, April 30, 2009, from noon until 3 pm . In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Tacoma Musical Playhouse or the Northwest Harvest Food Bank.
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


Charles E. Snyder, Jr.

Charles (Chuck) Snyder was born November 22, 1927 in St. Joseph, Missouri, and passed away on April 24, 2009 at the age of 81. His family moved to Tacoma in 1942; his father seeking work for the war effort, arriving on his fifteenth birthday. He graduated from Lincoln High School, class of 1945. In 1950, during the Korean War, he was drafted. He married Lois Armour December 4, 1950 in the post chapel at Red River Arsenal, Texarkana, Texas, during his 2-year enlistment. In 1959 Chuck began working at Boeing as a draftsman. As the years passed his duties and titles changed. He was most proud of his accuracy in forecasting fuel requirements. At retirement in 1986 he was in Supporting Services for Flight Test. Upon his retirement, he bowled in several senior bowling leagues, traveling with his wife, enjoying many trips to Hawaii, and joining the New Horizon Band, playing his clarinet. Chuck and Lois joined Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1957. Chuck was active in his church, serving as an elder and singing in the choir. Chuck is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois, children Nancy (Rob) Thomas, Rick (Suzanne) Snyder, Kathy (Richard) Bratcher, and Janet (Dave) Gibson, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and sisters Barb Naccarato and Joyce Becker. A celebration of Chuck's life will be held with a memorial service on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 3:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5236 East B Street (54th and East B), Tacoma, WA. A private scattering of his ashes will be done at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Franciscan Hospice House. The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Joseph Medical Center for their care and the brief but compassionate care by the Franciscan Hospice House.
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


Betty J. Noble

Alpha 3/29/1931 - Omega 4/23/2009 Rev. Betty Jean Brocks was born on March 29, 1931 to Judge Brocks and Ollie Mae Sanders in Northport, AL. She attended Tuscaloosa County Training School in Northport. At the age of 17, she met and married John H. Noble. His military career in the US Air Force led them to Sioux City, IA. During their tour in Sioux City she attended Mt. Sinai Holiness Church and accepted the Lord. There she grew in the Lord under the pastorship of Bishop Frankie Q. Roberts and was called to the ministry. Shortly after that they were transferred to McChord Air Force Base, where they were blessed with a daughter, Deborah Diane Noble, on January 15, 1965. At this time she worked as an evangelist at several churches in the Tacoma area. Rev. Noble joined New Covenant Pentecostal Tabernacle, pastored by Dr. Edna Travis. The Lord led her in 1978 to open a work and Mt. Sinai Deliverance Church Inc. began. The work was supported by her husband John and their daughter Diane. Pastor Noble worked endlessly for the church. Through her ministry many were led to the Lord and Mt. Sinai grew. Many were blessed through Pastor Noble's excellent cooking. Not only could she prepare soul food, she could cater for any occasion and did so many times. She fed with natural food, as well as spiritual food. Rev. Noble was known as a woman of wisdom. Overseer Noble taught us to pray, trust God, and to live Holy. She will be greatly missed by her children in the Lord at Mt. Sinai, where her legacy and love for souls will continue. She was preceded in death by her loving husband John H. Noble, her grandmother Annabell Moore, her mother Ollie Mae Sanders, her brother Colonel James Howard Brocks, and sisters-in-law Alberta Noble and Mattie Witherspoon. She leaves to cherish her memory daughter Deborah Diane Martinez, grandchildren Ramon Martinez (Robin), Jean Angelina Kennedy (Josh), Johnathon Kearns, and TaLeah Weinburger, great-grandchild Jayla Kennedy, sister Evelyn Levels (Northport, AL), sisters-in-law, Ruth Brocks (California), Eddie Mae Johnson (Tacoma, WA), Roberta Noble (Indianapolis, IN), brother-in-law Lewis Noble (Indianapolis, IN), dear cousins Claudette Whitson (Northport, AL) and Charles Nettles (Pacoima, CA), and a host of nieces and nephews. Services will be held Friday, May 1, 2009; 1:00 P.M. at New Covenant Pentecostal Tabernacle, 2516 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Tacoma, WA. Please visit online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


Romona MonaJane Hanson

Age 52, died April 24, 2009, at her home in Bonney Lake, WA, after a year-long battle with cancer, with James D. Miner at her side. Mona was born to Fred M. Spradley and Anna Jane (Hill) Spradley on August 15, 1956 at Puyallup, WA. Survivors include her father Fred Spradley, James Miner, and daughter Sylena Harvey, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her mother and grandparents predeceased her. A special thanks to Hospice (especially Marjie) and caregivers Jackie and Eola. Memorial services Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 1 pm at Orting United Methodist Church. For more info, call 360-893-6290.
Pub Date: 4/29/2009


William B. Lindberg

N7GHC April 30, 1922 to August 27, 2003 Happy Birthday! We love and miss you every day of our lives. Love, IZ and Sam
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Vera Lynn Schlepp

Feb. 11, 1957 - Mar. 25th 2009 Born in Anaconda Mt. and a long time resident of Tacoma/Gig Harbor area. Vera will be long remembered and dearly missed by many friends. She was an accomplished cook and full of life and energy. Her smile was infectious. Her passions were reading, cross stitching and entertaining friends and family. Merle, Ida Mae, Endo and Baja welcomed her in heaven and she will forever be in our hearts.
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Richard B. Ferguson Sr.

Dad, you taught us to navigate our way through the obstacle course of life. We love you and miss you. Your wife, children and grandchildren. In Memory of Richard B. Ferguson, Sr. 1/5/1930 - 4/30/2003
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Mikayla Dawn Mattingly

4/30/95 - 3/2/2004 It seems like each day that goes by we miss you more. Happy Birthday, Brown-eye baby girl. Gramma and Poppa
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Autumn Richell Franks

10-10-04 - 04-30-08 One year ago you were taken from us. The pain and sorrow will never die. Love you so much, mommy Amanda, big brother Jeff, grandma Debbie, papa Wes, aunts, uncle, and, cousins.
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Thomas Glenn Moore

Thomas "Tommy" Glenn Moore, of Tacoma passed away on April 29th in Tacoma. He was born to Margaret Thomas Moore and Harry Moore on January 21, 1924 in Everett. He served in the Air Force and worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern. He was preceded in death by parents and a brother, Richard "Dick" Moore. He is survived by a daughter, Susan Lawless, and son Kevin Moore (Jody) of Puyallup; two granddaughters, Shaylon McCarter (Patrick) of Indiana and Tara Harrison (Nick) of Tacoma; four great grandchildren, Cierra and Justin Sanford of Indiana and Ellee and Brayden Harrison of Tacoma; a sister, Mary Ellen Glockner of Tacoma; a brother, Harry Moore (Kathleen) of Edmonds and several nieces and a nephew. At his request, there will be no services.
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Lawrence J."Larry/Lornie" Merkle

There will be a Funeral Mass held on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, North 12th & J Street. There will also be a vigil rosary service Friday evening at the Gaffney Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m.
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Robert Walter Meints

Robert, 81, of Auburn, went home to be with our Lord on April 21, 2009. He was born at the family farm near Easton, Kansas to Christian and Lillian Meints on June 22, 1927. After high school he served in the US Marine Corps. He resided in Kansas until 1968, when he moved to Washington to work at Seattle Salvage Pool. He retired from there in 1992. Family, friends and his church were very important to him. He was a faithful volunteer for Labors for Christ and New Hope's food bank. He is survived by his children, Robert of Marysville, Sheila (Jerry) Smith of Snohomish, and Mike of Cordova, AK, grandchildren Michael Meints, Travis (Melanie) Smith, Megan (Jason) Taylor, Genevieve (Tim) McCabe, and Christopher Meints, great-grandchildren Logan and Bow Smith and Hayden McCabe, sisters Ethelyn of IL, Gertrude, Shirley and Carolyn and twin brother Richard of Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogen Bland Meints, and his parents. Memorial service to be held Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 2 pm, New Hope Lutheran Church 603 3rd, Pacific. Donations can be made to New Hope Lutheran Church memorial fund.
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Robert David Burrows

Robert D. Burrows passed away peacefully at home with family and friends on April 24, 2009 at the age of 72. Bob is survived by Vivian Camus, siblings Cora Wade, Blanche Nilsen, Edward, Jim Burrows; his children DeAnna (Greg) McKillip, Clint (Maria) Burrows; grandchildren Andy McKillip, Amy (Michael) Davison, Lyndsey McKillip, Tyler, Kelsey Burrows; and great-grandson Jacob Davison. Memorial service will be held at Camp Kilworth, Federal Way, on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm. Donations can be made in Bob's name to BSA, Pacific Harbors Council, Tacoma, WA 98405. For full obituary http://robertdburrows.life memory. com
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Mary White McDaniel

Mary White McDaniel born May 25, 1923, was called from labor to rest on April 25, 2009. Mary leaves to cherish her memory two children; Willie Ann Newell and Ellis Lee McDaniel, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Services will be held at Tuell McKee funeral home Saturday, May 2, at 11:00am. 2215 6th Ave 98406 Viewing will be held Friday May 1, at Tuell McKee from 4-8pm.
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Norman Melvin Strom

January 21, 1915 - April 27, 2009 Norman was born in Tacoma, Washington. His parents Lena and Severn (Sam) Strom had emigrated from Norway. Norm’s childhood centered around Normanna Hall and the vibrant immigrant community that surrounded Sheridan Street. He attended Stanley, McCarver and Lincoln High School. In 1937, while at a dance, Norm met Irma Mullen. She could dance, had a captivating sense of humor, and he fell in love. They were married in 1940, and celebrated 68 years together last September. Irma and family were always the focal point of Norm’s life. Norm was a carpenter by trade. After the War he formed Strom Construction Company and became a prominent Tacoma general contractor. He built the Tacoma Elks, T.C.C., Mt. Tahoma and Allenmore, along with buildings at U.P.S., P.L.U., and numerous schools and churches in the area. Norm’s interests and activities were varied, as were his many friendships. He enjoyed boating, fishing in Alaska and British Columbia, cooking (applesauce, seafood, and his very special banana pancakes), experimenting with wine making, and restoring antique cars. Norm traveled the world, seeing countries with Irma as his tour guide. Two events highlighted his year. Each centered around family. The annual Christmas Norwegian Lutefisk dinner and the 4th of July. The smell of Lutefisk cooking brought wrinkled noses to the younger generations, but that was just part of the fun. It was all about continuing to celebrate his proud Norwegian heritage and passing this tradition on to his family. On the 4th of July Norm and Irma would gather family, neighbors and friends to their beach home on Horsehead Bay. Anticipation began in June with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren eagerly asking what kind of fireworks he had bought for that year. He would just grin and say “plenty”. He delighted in providing a spectacular nighttime show for all of Horsehead Bay to enjoy. Seeing friends was part of his daily routine. Meeting one group for an early breakfast at the Tower Lanes and then later another group for lunch at the Harbor Lights, the local and national news was always thoroughly discussed. He never stopped learning and listening, loving to debate his opinions with others. Even as his health declined, Norm managed to visit his office several times a week and join friends occasionally at the Harbor Lights. Health challenges brought a new group of friends: his doctors, nurses, and entire medical teams. They greeted him by name, and he responded with a compliment. A very special relationship developed, and the feeling was mutual. They admired how, at age 94, Norm faced each new challenge and offered compassion and support. Norm was predeceased by his sisters Marie Verity and Selma Fink, and brothers Stan and Clarence Strom. He is survived by his loving wife Irma, sons Mark (Kathy) and Norman W. (Julie), and daughter Suzanne Simchuk; seven grandchildren, Alisa (Luke) Xitco, Heather (Mike) Monahan, Luke (Emily) Strom, Amie (Ed) Smith, John (Carrie) Simchuk, Jennifer (Kelly) Curd, and Jill (Rusty) Hurd; fifteen great-grandchildren, Lucas and Chase Xitco, Kaelise and Layla Monahan, John, Anna and Sonja Strom, Ben and Sam Smith, Alex and Stella Simchuk, Hannah and Hillary Curd, and Noah and Tyler Hurd, along with many loving nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed but always remembered. A private family burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. The family invites all to a celebration of Norm’s life at 3pm on May 1, 2009 at the Tacoma Elks. The family wishes to thank the medical staff in the oncology and radiology departments of Tacoma General Hospital and Cindy Fobes for her devoted care. They ask that remembrances be made for Parkinson’s research: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109-1024, or the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, 400 Mercer St., Ste 401, Seattle, WA 98109-4641.
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Eugene “Dale” Allen

In Loving Memory of Eugene Allen, born 8/28/1946 in Tacoma, WA and passed away 4/27/09 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his 2 children: Michelle and Brent; daughter-in-law Tricia; siblings Jerry and Carol; and 2 grandsons. Memorial service to be held Friday, 5/1/09 at 1PM at the Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. He will be greatly missed. Please see full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
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Joyce “Toni” Jorgenson

Born on 3/23/1929 in Tac., WA to Andy and Berdine Jorgenson, passed away after a brief illness with her children at her side. Joyce attended Stadium HS and UPS. She married Ellis Ryan. They raised three children. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis, and her son Rick. She is survived by her son Alan (Gail) Ryan, daughter Polly Ryan and “favorite son-in-law” George Twardus, brothers Jim (Barb) Jorgenson, Mike (Devi) Jorgenson, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joyce had a zest for life, enjoyed an active social life and never stopped learning. Family and friends were very important and she was involved with programs that changed many lives. Donations may be made to Joyce’s favorite charity: YWCA Women’s Shelter. Celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at Titlow Beach Lodge 4pm, Sunday 5/3/09.
Pub Date: 4/30/2009


Joseph Mike Kearney

1941 ~ 2009 Mike passed away of heart failure April 26, 2009. Mike, retired U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Controller and Vietnam Veteran, Served his country proudly for over 20 years. His passion was his family and the time he spent volunteering as the manager of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, which provides Veterans rehabilitation through golf. Mike is survived by his wife Charlotte of 49 years, children Dave, Jay, Joe, Dan, Julie and Jeff; their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and sister Maryann. He is now in the loving embrace of his first born daughter Donna. Mike will be honored at a Funeral Mass on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 9:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Tacoma, Reception immediately thereafter. Interment will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA at 2:00 pm. Viewing will be on Sunday, May 3rd from 12:00 - 6:00pm at Gaffney Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in honor of Mike to The Friends of American Lake Golf Course, 10101 Cedrona St., SW, Lakewood,WA 98498, 253-584-6808. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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