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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-March). (Serving the Puget Sound area, The News Tribune is the third largest newspaper in the State of Washington.).
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Obituaries (March 2009)

The following list of obituaries and memorials were published in the Tacoma News Tribune for the month of March 2009. This list contains 410 entries.


Rev. Amzie L. Woodruff

In Loving Memory of Rev. Amzie L. Woodruff; April 8, 1932 - February 26, 2008. Not a day goes by that we don't miss you. Your Loving Wife Mrs. Woodruff and Family
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Beverly Jane Trummert

Went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. Beverly was born in Tacoma on June 20, 1923 to Hugh and May (Doeg) Smith. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband Dwaine “Skeet” Wesley Trummert in 1974 and her sister Mavis Elizabeth Smith Swift in 2003. A member of Mount Tahoma Baptist Church, she was a longtime treasurer of the Ladies Activity Group. She and Skeet were charter members (#19) of the Tacoma Webfooters Jeep Club. At the age of 71 she retired from See’s Candies, but her main role in life was always that of wife and mother. She is survived by four children, Dwaine Wesley Trummert, Jr. of Puyallup, Janis Eileen Trummert Young (Dennis) of Olympia, Diane Elizabeth Trummert D’Andrea (David) of Tacoma and Brent Alvin Trummert of Tacoma; one sister, Shirley Hazen of Tacoma; two brothers, Hugh L. Smith (Joan) of Oregon and Phillip Smith (Esther) of University Place; and one brother-in-law, Eldon “Pete” Trummert of Olympia; eleven grandchildren, Dwaine Wesley Trummert, III (Deanne) of University Place, Rachel Lorraine Trummert (James Barnett) of Puyallup, Justin Jon Legarsky (Janice) of Columbia, MO, Richard Christopher Young of Olympia, Michael Frederick Young of Boyds, Shannon Rene D’Andrea Ryan (Jason) of University Place, Bethany Jane D’Andrea Boustedt (Chris) of University Place, David Alan D’Andrea, Jr. of Tacoma, Jacob Wesley D’Andrea of Tacoma, Brent Dwaine Trummert (Wendi) of Puyallup, Kyle Sonny Trummert of Tacoma; ten great-grandchildren, Dana May Trummert of University Place, Carson Quinten Barnett of Puyallup, Elizabeth Lynn Legarsky and Alexander Scott Lagarsky of Columbia, MO, Michael Jonathon Young of Boyds, Tabitha Anne Ryan of University Place, twins Christopher Allen and Christian Leigh Boustedt of University Place, Kailey Noel Trummert and Alexis Madison Trummert of Puyallup, and many nephews and nieces. A memorial service and reception will be held at Mt. Tahoma Baptist Church at 5220 74th St. W., Lakewood on Sat., Mar. 7, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Mount Tahoma Baptist Church.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Roberta H. Wolfe

Roberta H. Wolfe, 70, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. She was born July 28, 1938 in Lancastor, Penn. to Robert and Anna Liller. She moved to Bremerton with her family & attended Bremerton High School and WWU in Bellingham. Roberta met her loving husband Ralph of 41 years of marriage at Pacific Northwest Bell/US West where she retired after 29 years. She has two daughters Cathy Blumlein (Mike) and Patty Bogue and two sons Gordy Wolfe (Jenni) and Tim Bankson (Mindy). She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters & one grandchild. Her family also included 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild which were the light of her life. She loved spoiling & buying things for all. She also had many nieces & nephews. She was a devoted wife and mother and had several friends she loved enjoying her monthly lunches with. Her favorite thing was to travel with her husband which they have traveled many, many places together. We will all miss her funny, spunky and energetic personality. She was a character to be around you never knew what she was going to do next! We Will Miss You MOM! Services will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home Friday, March 6th, 2:00 p.m. at 924 E. 176th St. in Spanaway, WA. A reception following will be next door at Parkside Room.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Paul Duane Poyner

Paul D. Poyner died peacefully surrounded by his family on February 22, 2009 at his home in Dupont, WA. He was born in Everett, WA November 21, 1928. He was employed by the Olympia Brewing company for 32 years. Paul was a dedicated and loving family man and enjoyed gardening and fishing. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sylvia, sons Rick, Jeff (Suzanne), stepsons Ward Dunn (Lagean), Wayne Dunn (Kat), brother Armouse (Cathryn), and 5 grandchildren, Nigel, Ben, Zachary, Andrew and Ian; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Auda, daughter Paulette, grandson Brian, brothers Gordon, Shed, and sister Deloris. A private family gathering will be held. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Oswald R. Gaeir

Oswald R. Gaeir, born March 1, 1920 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada passed away February 27, 2009 in University Place. Oswald was a longtime resident and berry farmer in the Puyallup Valley. He was a member of Valley View Christian Fellowship. Oswald is survived by his wife, Beulah; Son, Steven; Grandson's, Jeff and Mike. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 11 a.m. at the Valley View Christian Fellowship, 3735 Waller Rd. E. Tacoma, 98443. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Fund at the church. Please sign the online guest book at: www.curnowfuneralhome.com Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 863-2800.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Carol Irene Gilbert

Of Bonney Lake, died in Tacoma on Feb. 22, 2009. She was born to Alfred and Rosa Borg on Dec. 4, 1926 in Libby, MT. She married Kenneth on June 28, 1947, after his return from WWII. Carol enjoyed playing the clarinet, poetry, finch snow birds and chickadees, reading novels and mysteries, the outdoors and camping with her family. She also loved Siamese cats. She was preceded in death by her sisters Arlene, Lillian and Evelyn, brothers Eugene and Alfred, and her granddaughter Mirinda. Carol is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth, sons Thomas (Karen) of Dupont, and Steven (Kay) of Bonney Lake, daughter Sheri (Richard) Brittain of Snohomish, sister Eleanor (Ken) McGregor of Missoula, MT, 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. A memorial service will be held Sat., March 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Weeks' Funeral Home, Buckley WA. Please sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com .
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Maude Elizabeth Alleman

Maude was born June 17, 1912 in Duluth, MN. She passed away peacefully February 26, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. She is survived by daughter Beverly Friend (Bill), two sons, George Nelson (Janice) and Donald Nelson of Tacoma, daughter Marilynn Lovell (Jack) of Honolulu, step-son Douglas Nelson (Gert) of Duluth, MN, brothers Ed Larkins, Frances Larkins and sister Betty Johnson of Tacoma, WA. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens. She was a past Vice President of the local United Garment Workers Union and for many years worked in the tailoring business in Tacoma. She was past Royal Matron of the Lincoln Court of The Amaranth Lodge. She was also a fifty-year member of the Moose Lodge. At the age of 85 she earned her G.E.D. (Good for you, Mom). A Memorial service will be held Sat., March 7, 2009 at 1:00PM in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. Viewing will be Friday, March 6, 2009 from 1-8PM. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Assn. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Lois Pfeffer

Lois peacefully passed away on February 20, 2009, after a short illness. She was born May of 1920 in Topeka Kansas and attended Seaman High School. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Earl. Lois is survived by two sisters, Ina Patterson and Marcial Lambert, and many nieces and nephews. Lois was a Past Grand Royal Matron of the Grand Court of Amaranth. She was an active member of the Naomi Chapter of Order of Eastern Star of Puyallup, the Daughters of the Nile Zora Temple #5, the Puyallup Valley Nile sewing circle, and the Ahlab Court of Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America. She will be greatly missed by her family and all that knew her. Private interment will be at Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, WA. If desired, memorials may be made in Lois’s memory to Shrine Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, Oregon or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma, OK. 73123.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Alma A. (Kimball) Emm

June 22, 1926 - Feb. 21, 2009 Alma, age 82, died peacefully at her daughter’s home at Mt. Laurel, NJ, surrounded by her loving family. Alma was born in Tacoma, WA to her parents Henry and Anna Kimball, who immigrated from Russia. Alma graduated from Lincoln High School and was a resident of University Place for over 60 years. Alma met her husband, Richard J. Emm, Sr., who was an officer stationed at Fort Lewis prior to being deployed to the Pacific Theater during WWII. Alma worked for Van de Kamp’s Bakery until her retirement. Alma and Richard traveled to Europe, Central America, and Hawaii multiple times. Alma and Richard hosted many neighborhood parties and had many life-long friends of 50+ years. Alma was a founding member of United Church of Christ in University Place. Alma’s father made much of the church’s woodwork. Alma was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Kimball, her brother Donald Kimball, and her sister Dorothy Webb, all of Tacoma. Alma is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Dr. Carl Hajduk, of Mt. Laurel, NJ, Richard Emm, Jr. (Vicki), of Cottonwood, AZ, and her son Stephen (Rosemary) Emm of Tacoma. Alma’s grandchildren are Dr. Robin (Church) Hajduk, Todd Hajduk, Veronica Luciani, Jason Emm, Jamie Vanderbie, Stephanie Hickok, David Emm, Megan Emm, and Morgan Emm. Alma had multiple great-grandchildren. In addition, Alma is survived by two very special people who she loved as her own: Mr. and Mrs. Chic and Connie Torrence of Mt. Laurel, NJ. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at 1pm at United Church, 3912 Grandview Dr. W., University Place, 98466 (next to Curran’s Apple Orchard). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite #300, Marlton, NJ 08053-3101. Alma will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Tammy Jean (Stanley) Perona

Jan. 24, 1964 - Feb. 26, 2009 Tammy was born in Tacoma to Travis and Barbara Stanley on January 24, 1964, and passed away in Florida on February 26, 2009. Tammy attended both Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way and Bethel High in Spanaway. Tammy is survived by her loving family, mother Barbara and Joe Short of Tacoma, grandparents Victor and Wanda Rice of Tacoma, sisters Sheryl and Billy of MO, Sandy and Randy of MO, and Teresa and Andy of Pacific, WA. She will also be missed by her husband, children, and grandchildren. Forgiveness is the answer... always say “I love you." A gathering and potluck will take place on March 7, 2009 at 3pm. at the First Church of God, 9401 "A" St., Tacoma, in her honor and memory.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


DAN V. LUPPINO

Dan was born on 21st and M Street in Tacoma, WA on Nov. 10, 1921. He was called home to God on Feb. 20, 2009. Survived by his wife Josephine, daughter Paula (Doug) Lindsay, son Mark (Donna) Luppino, granddaughters Ilona and Miriam Lindsay and grandson Keaton Luppino. Surviving siblings are Beatrice Verone and Natale Luppino. Celebration of his life will be at Post #1 AMVETS Hall, 5717 S. Tyler in Tacoma, Mar. 6, 2009, at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any Veterans Organizations or Franciscan Hospice. Please sign the online guest book at www.granddepartures.com .
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


David James “D.J.” Lopez

Born in Fort Hood, TX on December 24, 1980. DJ spent his life growing up in Orting, WA where he attended New Hope Christian School and Orting High School. While living in Orting, DJ was an active member of the wrestling community, starting out at Jr. Wrestling and then, throughout High School. DJ was an outgoing charismatic person and loved the people in his life with passion. On March 31, 2001, DJ’s life was brightened with the birth of his first son, Daniel. On May 16, 2006, he was blessed again with another son Justice (Moody). DJ’s life took him on many adventures. On January 17, 2009, DJ married Shannon and accepted Chet and Coven as his own. DJ was very excited and looked forward to the birth of his expecting child due September 18, 2009. On February 25, 2009 DJ left us. That infectious smile and larger than life personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him. DJ is survived by his loving wife, Shannon and baby, sons, Daniel and Justice and their mother, Amanda Brock, Chet and Coven, beloved mother E. Irene Gonzalez and siblings: Kim Stiles (Nat), Chas Mullins (Mark), Rhema Lopez, 6 nephews and 4 nieces. DJ is preceded in death by his loving brother, Daniel D.R. Lopez. Interment will be held Monday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m at Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup, WA. Celebration of DJ’s life will be held at Faith Family Church, 1702 Milton Way, at 1:00 p.m. in Milton.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Esteban (Steve) Rios Nezer Ben Reyes

Born in Elko, NV 7/12/1952; passed into the arms of the Lord 1/26/2009. Services were held at Mountain View Funeral Home. He is survived by wife Carrie Rios, their 3 children, his 3 adult children, and many siblings and other relatives. He was a loving father, Pa-Pa, and good friend, always helping others less fortunate. We will all miss his passion for life, his humor, love of music, hospitality, and love of Torah. We will always love and remember him!
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Patricia A. Combs

Born 12/31/1945 in Prescott, AR and passed away 2/24/2009 in Lakewood, WA. Viewing Mon. 5-8PM at Edwards Memorial Center, 3005 Bridgeport Way W., University Place and 1 hour before service. Service to be held 2PM Tuesday, 3/3/2009 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Questions call 253-566-1008. See full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Marilyn S. Boston

August 7, 1927 - February 9, 2009 Born to Virginia and Clement Schwartz in Perry, Iowa. Moved to Seattle in 1942. She was active in The Ladies Elks. She is survived by her husband Bob Boston and his daughter Sandy, and Marilyn's four children Michael, James, Steven and Kathleen Hobson, her brother Joe (and Joanne) Schwartz, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorial Services to be held March 14, 2009 at Brooklake Community Center, 726 S. 356th St. at 1:00.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


MARILYN A. BRYNER

Age 60 passed away 2/26/09. She was born on 8/19/1948. She is survived by her husband Clyde; sons, Steven Bonholzer and David Bryner; daughters, Julie Mills, Emily Terry, Heidi Tutton, Julie Bryner, Sara Matheson and Kathleen Bryner; sisters, Sandy Williams, Connie Fidler, Patty Sullivan, Dianne Osborne and Janice Eakin; parents, Bill and Margaret Avery and 12 grandchildren. Funeral Service will be on Monday, 3/2/09 at 11am with viewing 1 hour prior at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 841 S. 308th St., Federal Way, 98003. For complete obituary please visit www.yahnandson.com .
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


George Grimm

1920 - 2009 Loving Father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Feb. 24, 2009. Born Dec. 12, 1920, in Ellensburg WA. George was preceded in death by his sweetheart of 48 years Vera, who passed in 1989, sons Lonnie & Steven, and his parents. George was survived by oldest son Gary Grimm and daughter, Debra Jones, 12 grandchildren & 9 great Grandchildren. George graciously served his country in W.W. ll & Korean war. George’s dedication to family, personal integrity, and work ethic, were attributes greatly admired by all who knew him. George was a loving humorous man and he will be greatly missed by all those who had the opportunity to share in his life. A viewing will be held on Thurs. from 4-8 pm at Curnow Funeral Home, 1410 Main St. Sumner. A graveside service will be held on Friday March 6, at 2 p.m. at Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup. A luncheon for family and friends will follow at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1015 13th St. S.W. , Puyallup. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 863-2800.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Thomas L Misner

12/12/60 - 2/19/09 Twenty year employee of Tacoma Public Schools. Enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycling, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. Survived by loving companion of 26 years Leroy, son Joshua (Brandy), grandchildren Michaela, Ethan, Oliver and several siblings. Special thanks to Lillian (mother in-law caregiver). Tom touched many lives in special ways and will be greatly missed. We're all travelers in the world, from the sweet grass to the packin' house, birth to death, we travel between eternities. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tacoma Rescue Mission in Tom's memory. Per request, no services.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Dan Michael Ruffo

11/26/49 – 2/19/09 Dan passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 19, 2009. Dan was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend. Dan’s life passion, aside from his family, was being involved in the local music community. Dan spent the last ten years of his life promoting local music talent in the Tacoma area. He was an avid sports enthusiast, and he loved to travel, entertain and cook. He volunteered in the community as an empire, referee and firefighter for many years. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Ruffo Sr. and Mary Ruffo and by his brother, Gary Ruffo. He is survived by his brother, Frank Ruffo Jr. and Frank’s wife Sandy; his daughters, Diana Ranger, Sandra Chandler and Carrie Ruffo-Garcia; his son-in-laws, Chris Chandler and Edgar Garcia; his grandchildren, Christopher, Mason, Bryson, Blake and Camaryn; his nephew, Brian Ruffo; and niece, Christina Knutson; and his friend, Julie Ruffo. Private funeral services will be held for immediate family members. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held this spring at the Imperial Dragon Restaurant in Tacoma. We would like to thank the doctors and staff at Allenmore and Tacoma General Hospitals and St. Joseph Medical Center for their help and assistance.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Dian Alyea

10/14/1951 - 2/20/2009 Dian was born in Oakland, CA, lived in Topsail Island, NC, and then Glenview Naval Air Station at the edge of the airfield. Dian's father was in the Marines and NJ was his final station. The family moved to Tacoma in 1968. Dian attended Clover Park High School, received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Puget Sound, and then a master's degree in computer science from Seattle Pacific University. Dian worked most of her life at Boeing as an aerospace engineer. She loved her work and admired her team. Dian played field hockey and tennis, loved nature, orcas and the San Juan Islands. She was an active member of the Sierra Club. She bicycled coast to coast for the US Bicentennial. Dian was the kindest, most accepting and generous person imaginable. She will be deeply missed. Dian is survived by father Clifford Alyea, mother Phyllis Russell, brother Alan (Marie), niece Rachael and nephew Eric, devoted dog Maggie, and many beloved friends. Memorial service March 27, 2009 at 1:00 at Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St. She requests donations to any conservation group or public TV.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Justin Lewis Elliott

"Our Sunshine" October 22, 1990 - February 24, 2009 He is survived by his father, Donny; mother, Kathy; brother, Nicholas; sister, Amanda; Grandparents, Edward, Mary Ellen, Fred & Diane; Great Grandparents, Evelyn, Ada, Lester & Frances; and numerous members of his extended family and friends including Tiffany whom he loved dearly. Justin was a free spirit, had a deep love of music including playing guitar with his father, enjoyed time spent with family and friends, enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping at Timberlakes. Reading and writing were also some of his favorite activities. Services will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Spanaway. Viewing will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2009, from 2-7 PM. Please join us in celebrating Justin's life at a memorial that will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 2 PM. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to honor Justin through casual dress and tie-dyed apparel.
Pub Date: 3/1/2009


Diane Marie Bill

Surrounded by her family, our beloved daughter, sister and aunt passed onto the arms of her Savior on February 27, 2009. Diane will forever be the family’s guardian angel remembered for her kind nature, calming presence and strong faith. Diane was born February 24, 1951 in Tacoma, WA to Felker and Dora Bill. Diane was a proud enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. With a gentle heart and a beautiful smile she took great joy in the simple pleasures of life. Her family and faith were the most important things in her life. “Auntie Di” loved spending time with her nieces and nephews and had a personal relationship with each. She will be greatly missed by never forgotten. Diane was preceded in death by her father Felker Bill. She is survived by her mother Dora Bill, her brothers Wayne Bill (Virginia) and Ken Bill (Cathy), and her sister Alretta Howard, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life and graveside service will take place on March 3rd, 2009 starting at 11:00am in the Garden Chapel at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. A dinner at the Tacoma Indian Baptist Church will follow.
Pub Date: 3/2/2009


Dennis Ackers

Dennis, one more year gone without you. We all miss you very much. Love Erin, Megan, Candy, Sandra, Dad.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Raymond Louie

03-03-44 - 10-10-08 Happy 65th Love! My Prince, My Life, My Love to you Forever.. I miss you always, Kim
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


La Vonne Ione Hailey

On Feb. 27, 2009 La Vonne passed away in Puyallup at the age of 92. La Vonne is survived by her son Wayne Clevenger, daughter Joan Clevenger Lloyd, many grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She will be missed by so many. La Vonne loved traveling, camping, being with her family and friends. La Vonne attended Central Baptist Church of Tacoma. She was a true Lady! Services will be held 2:00pm, Fri., March 6th, in the Valley Chapel at Mt. View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Pamela A. McMicheal

On 25 Feb. the great spirit called Pam back home, her pain has stopped and her soul has found eternal rest. Anyone that met her, knew from the start that she was a very kind and caring person. Pam has left behind her loving husband Rod, her 3 kids Jim, Kevin and Staci, 2 daughter in laws Erin and Cori. She has also left behind the loves of her life her grandkids Dylan, Jacob, Gabriel, T.J., Nathan, and Taylor. We all love you and will miss you greatly until we join you in the great beyond, be at peace and rest in his hands.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Margaret M. Syverson

Margaret was born July 23, 1918 in Blowing Rock, NC. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She passed away on February 19, 2009. In 1930 her family traveled from NC to Bellevue, WA in search of work. Margaret lived most of her life in the Northwest. Margaret’s many accomplishments include graduation from Bible College in 1935, LPN license 1963, first solo flight in private plane 1976, author of ‘Nuggets of Truth’, and extensive Airstream travel in the U.S. She is survived by her daughter Norma J. Boggs of Cottage Grove, OR, son William A. McNeely, Jr. of Blacksburg, WV, son Tom McNeely of Lakewood, WA, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. For those who knew her, Margaret was an indomitable spirit of determination, courage, and action. Her faith saw her through many of life’s challenges. Mom, we love you and we will miss you. Special thanks to Franciscan Hospice. Service at Mt. View Funeral Home is 11:00am on Saturday, March 7, 2009.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Kathryn E. Stein

Mar. 30, 1926 to Feb. 26, 2009 Kathryn lost her 3 month battle with Bone Cancer peacefully at the home of her daughter and son-in-law with family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years “Our Dad” Kenneth E. Stein in 2007, her borthers Alvin and Elroy and her beloved sister Leila. She leaves behind to mourn her with a HUGE hole in their hearts her daughter Dianne Brown (Bob), sons Darrell and Ervin Stein (Bonnie), a grandson Spencer Stein and 4 granddaughters Hillary, Teresa, Brandy and Erica and 3 great-grandchildren Tyler, Ashley and Garrett. Kathryn is also survived by 2 sisters Mary Heaton of Fargo, N.D. and Delphia Johnson of Wahpeton, N.D. Mom was loved by so many friends and family. A special “THANK YOU” to all for the cards, the visits and the many prayers during her illness. Many thanks to Hospice and especially mom’s gal “Pat” who allowed her to retain her diginity to the very end. Memorial services is Friday, March 6, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. Aspen Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home. No flowers please! If desired please make donations to (Good Sam Hospice, P.O. Box 5200, Tacoma, WA, 98415) Or your favorite charity. MOM WE LOVE YOU
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Lorraine (Gordon) White

Lorraine May Gordon was born February 28, 1929. She lived in the Tacoma area most of her life and moved to Olympia 20 years ago. Lorraine adored her siblings: little brother Joe Gordon, older brothers Dick and Bob Gordon, sister Maxine Boyd of Alaska. She was an elder in the Lac Courte Oreilles band of the Chippewa tribe. Lorraine had four children: Candy (Shanley) Johnson of California; Steve Shanley, who died in 2005; Dawn Doyle and Lorin Doyle, both of Olympia. She had two granddaughters: Jennifer Johnson and Angela Herbert, and five great grandchildren. Our family has fond memories of Mom clam digging at Penrose Point State Park, playing scrabble and working crossword puzzles. She died peacefully on March 2, 2009. At her request, no memorial service will be held.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Kenneth G. Harper

Kenneth G. Harper, 62, passed away on February 27, 2009 in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Ken was born July 22, 1946 to Darrell and Dorothy Harper; he was the oldest of their three boys. He grew up in Marysville, WA, graduated from Marysville High School and served in the United States Navy for four years. He enjoyed the challenge of building numerous successful businesses throughout his life. He retired four years ago to travel and live in Mexico, He is survived and dearly missed by his wife, Marie Harper; his mother, Dorothy Harper; two brothers, Kevin Harper and Kelley Harper; three children, Eva Greenwalt, Ken (Maria) Harper and Shawn (Emily) De Cicco; and eight granddaughters. At his request, no memorial services will be scheduled.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Joseph Krenisky

Joseph, a long time Steilacoom resident, was born on 4/10/1931 in Virginia and passed away 2/24/2009. Joe retired from the US Army as a Combat Medic; he then worked and retired from the VA Hospital. He was a Korean and Vietnam veteran, receiving the Bronze Star while in Vietnam. Joe enjoyed boating, fishing, and sports. He was a long time member of the South Sound Seahawkers, and a past President of the Lakewood Knights Lions Club. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Maria and long time friends: Mike & Veva Maddox (Steilacoom), Scott & Kathleen Maddox (Ketron Island), Jon, Sara, JJ, & Barrett (Steilacoom). He leaves many friends and neighbors who will miss him greatly! A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 4th at St. John Bosco Parish, with a reception following. Interment will be at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Friday, March 6th at 12:45 PM.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Bob “Grumpy” Johnson

Grumpy was born on Oct. 21, 1940. He quickly departed from us on Feb. 27, 2009. Bob is survived by his loving wife Sharon of 48 years, his sisters Linda, Diane and Karen; his daughter Debbie “Missy” (Sherman) Portzer; his daughter-in-law Jody Johnson; grandchildren Jenny, Madeline and Kelton. Bob is preceded in death by his son Danny “ReRun” Johnson. Grumpy was a collector of many toys. His pride and joy was his Harley. We welcome you to his viewing beginning on Wed. March 4 till Sat. Please attend his service on Sat. Mar 7 at 2pm at Mountain View Funeral Home. Please wear clothes that Grumpy would recognize you in. He will be casual. Reception to follow service.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Christa Smith

Born September 28, 1927 in Berlin, Germany; passed away on February 28, 2009 in Tacoma, WA at age 81. Christa worked 20 years for Puget Sound Bank retiring in 2000. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Christa is survived by 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Viewing will be held at Piper Morley Mellinger Funeral Home on Wed., March 4 from 3PM to 7PM. Service will be held at Piper’s on Thursday, March 5 at 11AM. www.oak woodhillfuneralchapel.com
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Rose Mary Henry

Born Oct 27, 1942 in Lewiston, MT, Rose passed away on 26 Feb 2009. She is survived by her husband Joseph of 48 1/2 years; two sons Thomas (Mylynn) Henry of Fircrest; Michael (Maria) Henry of Spanaway; and daughter Debra Martin of Spanaway. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren as well as sister Margaret Shuler of Missoula, MT, and two brothers John Sramek of Lewiston, MT and Robert Sramek of Anchorage, AK. Rose enjoyed bowling and bowled in three leagues a week. She also enjoyed volunteering at Shinning Mountain Elementary School for the past 9 years. She encouraged every student to work hard and give their best effort. She never met a person she didn’t like. She could talk to everyone, praise those who needed encouragement and assist those who needed help. She will be sadly missed by everyone who came in contact with her. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Mar 5, 2009 from 2:00-7:00 pm; service will be held on Friday, Mar 6, 2006 at 11:00 am. Both will be held at the Fir Lane Memorial Park, 924 E 176th St, Spanaway, WA.
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Richard W. Rupert Bubba

April 24, 1923 - February 2, 2009 Richard W "Dick" Rupert, beloved grandfather, father, uncle, and spouse quietly passed away on February 2nd. He is proceeded in death by his wife Beje of 49 years, his two sisters Jacquelin (Fox), Millicent (Caruthers), and his parents Walter M. Rupert and Flourence (Nelson). Dick was well known in Tacoma. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School, where he played football and was a varsity letterman. After high school Dick was drafted into the Army where he served during World War II in Europe primarily in Italy. After the war, he attended PLU where he established his teaching credentials and again lettered in Football. Dick was both a commercial fisherman and an avid sports fisherman. He was an acomplished craftsman having built several houses in his lifetime. Dick also enjoyed restoring antiques and antique furniture. His biggest joy in life was working on his farm in Gig Harbor with his grand children and his two Dalmatian dogs Daisy and Gobi. Dick touched so many lives though his teaching, and through his happy warm sense of humor. He will be missed by many. Memorial Service is planned for Saturday March 7th at the Tacoma Yacht Club beginning at 2:00 pm. Contributions can be made to the Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society in lieu of flowers.
Pub Date: 3/3/2009


Susan K. Cheetham

After 90 years Susan K. Cheetham, a Puyallup resident passed away on March 02, 2009 after a brief illness. She was born September 1, 1918 in Minneapolis, MN. She was an avid supporter of the Fraternal Order Of Eagles. She loved her family and friends and loved her weekly games of Bingo. Sue was preceded in death by her husband Duane, and is survived by brothers John and George Kissel of Minnesota, her two daughters, Debra Then of Puyallup and Linda Stephenson of Arnoldsville, GA., four grandchildren, Dana, Chris, Jennica and Nick. A memorial service will be held at a later date and her ashes will be scattered over Puget Sound. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the FOE Aerie 2308 Daffodil.
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Charlotte F. (Anderson) Bumgarner

03-10-1920 ~ 02-28-09 Survived by daughter Geraldine F. Rebol and husband Gary, son, Howard L. Shafer and wife Patsy, 5 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, brothers Jack, Sweed, and Lon Anderson. Laid to rest in Purdon, Nebr- aska. www.pipermorley mellingerfh.com
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Richard Dean Patterson

3/18/1931 - 3/4/2000 Dad/Grandpa, We know that the memories we shared and the lesson you taught us from the start will always be with us wherever we go, like you, they'll be kept in our hearts. Love you forever. June, Tom, Deb, and Craig
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Ralph Hamlin Robinson

1942 - 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph Hamlin Robinson. Ralph passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma on February 19th. He was 66 years old. Ralph was born Washington, DC in 1942. He was the son of Mary Helen and Hamlin Robinson. While he lived in many places around the world, he always called Rosedale (Gig Harbor, WA) home. His mother's family purchased property at Rosedale in the early 1900's. It evolved from a summer gathering place to the family home that has brought delight to five generations. Growing up, he spent summers here with his family as his parents had done before him. Ralph followed both of his parents to the University of Washington where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1966 in Political Science. He received his Master's Degree from Claremont Graduate School in Pomona, California in 1967. He spent his professional career working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, first in Washington, D.C. and then in Moffett Field, California. He served as the Chief Financial Operator for NASA Ames Research Center. Following his retirement 1997, Ralph enjoyed volunteering in the community by staffing the crisis hotline at the Bill Wilson Center in San Jose and supporting the food program at the Sunnyvale Community Services Center. He loved to play poker, golf and attend Husky football games. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. Whether it was baseball, soccer, volleyball or playing trains and trucks, Ralph was actively involved with his children and grandchildren's interests. Ralph was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife of twenty-seven years, Elizabeth Robinson. He leaves three children, Dan (San Carlos, CA), Erin and Emily (Gig Harbor, WA). He was Papa to five grandchildren, Payton, Darren, Claire, Madeline, and Taylor. He is also survived by his sister, Katie Collins (Olympia, WA), his brother, Alan Robinson (Tacoma, WA), his uncle Dick Robinson (Gig Harbor), nephews Andy & Greg Collins and many, many wonderful friends. Ralph, with his endearing smile, quick wit and sharp mind, was truly one of a kind. A memorial service will be held at the Rosedale Community Center, 8205 86th Avenue, NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332, on Saturday March 7th from 1-3pm. We encourage guests to wear purple in honor of Ralph's U Dub Huskies. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Hamlin Robinson School at 10211 - 12th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98168 or The Lung Cancer Alliance at P.O. Box 630972, Baltimore, MD 21263-0972.
Pub Date: 3/4/2009


Fructuosa Nene Espanto

08/23/1930 - 03/04/1999 Grandma Wa.~ It's been 10 years since you've left us, time has flown and your love has grown. But you'll never be forgotten, because~ you'll always be.."Forever in our Hearts"!! Love~ CJ We Miss you!! Your Loving Family
Pub Date: 3/4/2009


Coral Fay (Murphy) Kooser

Sep. 8, 1906 to Mar. 1, 2009 After a productive 102 years of life, Coral has passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. Preceding her in death was her husband of almost 70 years Floyd Kooser, her eldest daughter Marilyn Bekken, her granddaughter Sandra Bekken, and son-in-law Jack Elms. Coral loved and cared for her family and friends. She was beloved by all who met and knew her. She was very dedicated to service in the Puyallup Seventh-day Adventist Church. Coral is survived by her sister Lucille Baird of Sacramento, CA.; her brother Tom (Pody) Murphy of Longbranch, WA.; her son Wayne Kooser and his spouse Cosette of Kettle Falls, WA.; her daughter Beverly (Elms) Meschke and her husband Lou of Puyallup, WA; and her son-in-law Ron Bekken of Puyallup, WA. Coral had 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren. Coral will be greatly missed by the many whose lives she has touched. There will be a memorial service for her at the Bonney Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church at 11503-214th Ave. E., Sumner, WA. at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 8, 2009.
Pub Date: 3/4/2009


In Loving Memory

Robert “Bob” A. Warren Robert “Bob” A. Warren, born in Tacoma Nov. 12, 1936, passed away on Feb. 27, 2009. We are all saddened by his sudden departure. He was a proud man with a big heart who loved his family deeply. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Preceded in death by wife Mary, daughters Lesa Erker, Dena (Ray) Brown, Kris (Terry) Andrews, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 3 sisters. A celebration of his life will be held at the Eagles Lodge Aries 2933 at 1pm on March 7th, 7037 S. Pine St., Tacoma.
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Peggy Lucille Spencer

Peggy Spencer died February 26th at her home following a sudden illness. Peggy worked many years as a teacher, an advocate for the disabled, then as a mental health therapist. She touched many lives through her selfless work. She was able to spend time before her death retired, enjoying her home, family and friends. She will be remembered most for her humor, generosity and kindness. Peggy is survived by her daughter Sarah (Derrek Berkompas), grandchildren Madeleine, Margaret, Quinton, Elizabeth and Lydia, her father Bob Cooper, sister Connie Harmon (Ron), close family Dana Spencer (Bruce Miyahara) and Robin Oppenheimer, dearest friends Jill Harding and Carol Buchholz. Funeral Mass will be held 12:00pm, Sat., March 7, 2009 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Sumner with brief reception to follow. Peggy's love of learning and reading led her to be a generous supporter of the Pierce County Library Foundation. If desired, remembrances may be made to Pierce County Library at any local branch or via www.piercecountylibrary.org/aboutus .
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Ivonette Malloy

Patricia Ivonette Malloy passed away on February 23, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. Ivonette was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 27, 1935 to Melvin and Julia Jackson. Ivonette grew up in San Diego and graduated from Helix High School in 1953. After graduating from high school and working as a flight attendant for Pacific Southwest Airlines, Ivonette married her husband and soulmate in August, 1955 --- a marriage that lasted an all-too-short 53 years. Ivonette lived a life of service to family and community: she was a dedicated wife to her husband Don, and a loving mother to her four children Jimmy, Curt, Diane, and Brad as well as to their spouses Ana and Greta. Ivonette reveled in her role of grandma to Juliana, Thomas, McKenzie, Matthew, and Luke. Ivonette's undaunting inner strength, love of family and friends, beautiful smile, and kind heart will be missed but never forgotten. Ivonette is survived by her husband, three children, five grandchildren, twin sister Elaine and brothers Richard and Lloyd. Ivonette's family would like to thank the staffs of the University of Washington Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, and Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland for their care, respect, and support. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on March 7th at the United Methodist Church (1919 West Pioneer Ave in Puyallup). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Yolanda (Lundy) Dodaro

Lundy was born May 17, 1926 in North Bay, Ontario Canada. She passed away peacefully on March 2, 2009, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her daughters Julie (Gordon) Lueck and Pattie (Bob) McBurney, two granddaughters, Julianna (Rob) Martin and Katie (Robert) Dearborn and three great grandchildren, Marcus, Mikhail and Brooklyn. Lundy was preceded in death by her husband, Saverio. She was a wonderful mother, wife and grandmother and will be missed by all. The Rosary will be 7PM Thurs. Mar 5 at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30AM Fri., Mar 6. at St Rita Catholic Church. A special thank you to the wonderful staff of Pioneer Place Alzheimer Residence for their loving care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Rita Catholic Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home 253-472-3353 www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
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Felicia Erlich

June 21, 1924 - Feb. 25, 2009 Longtime Monterey Peninsula, Calif., resident and Holocaust survivor, Felicia Erlich died peacefully in Portland, Ore., Feb. 25, 2009, after a six-year battle with cancer. Felicia Lewkowicz was born June 21, 1924, in Crakow, Poland, one of seven children of Zygmund and Rozalia. Once the Nazis invaded Poland, they forced the Jews of Crakow into a ghetto. Felicia escaped and made her way to Vienna, where she worked as a maid. She was arrested there because of her connection with the Polish underground. After her capture, she was sent to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Felicia met her future husband, Arthur Erlich, at a displaced person's camp after the war. They eventually immigrated to Ontario, Canada, where four sons were born - one of whom died in childbirth. The family moved to Minnesota, where a fifth son was born. By the mid-1960s, the family moved again, this time to the Monterey Peninsula. The couple divorced and Felicia worked as a banquet waitress until retirement. She is survived by four sons: Richard, a superior court judge in Kotzebue, Alaska, who formerly was a general manager for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and his wife, Suzy, a superintendent of tribal schools; Andrew, a musician and Michael, a financial analyst, both in Portland, Oregon; and Matthew, a spokesman for Tacoma Goodwill. Felicia spoke at Gig Harbor High School and Temple Beth El in Tacoma, among many locations, about her Holocaust experiences. A graveside service was held March 1 at Monterey City Cemetery. Condolences for her family may be left at www.thepaulmortuary.com .
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Jean R. Zeren

Jean Zeren was born August 14, 1934 in Norwich, England, she passed away on February 23, 2009. She is survived by husband Eugene & daughter Kim. A Celebration of her life will be held at Haven of Rest Memorial Park on March 7, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
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Dwaine Vernon Rhoades

Dwaine V. Rhoades, better known as "Dusty", passed away at home on Saturday February 28th at the age of 70. Given a grim prognosis in 1978, this retired City of Tacoma police officer spent the next 30 years defying the odds. Through what we believe was sheer stubbornness, Dusty experienced life events he had been told would be missed. He walked his daughters down the aisle, met his grandson, and watched him grow into a man. He influenced people he never would have dreamed possible through years of selfless acts such as taking food and supplies to shelters, working with local animal groups to capture and find homes for injured and stray animals, and one of his favorite things, baking peanut butter cookies for the Curtis High School girls swim team. His desire to live was only outshined by his love for his family, youngest daughter Rhonda Rhoades-Payne and her husband Alex, middle daughter Page Gaeir and husband Jeff, eldest daughter Michele Wurges, only grandson Dustin "Dusty" Wurges, son Gary Wurges and little brother Rick Rhoades and family Kathy, Misty and Dusty. Although his time was short, we are comforted in knowing it was a gift to have loved, laughed and cried with him as long as we did. He departed this life surrounded by those he loved, and our heart felt understanding that it was his time to finally join the little ones who have gone before him. They have been waiting patiently and with them he will truly be whole again. Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1102 South Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 11:00 am. Reception to follow.
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Donald R. Grover

Donald R. Grover died at home peacefully surrounded by his family on Fed. 27, 2009. He was 78. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gayle Grover of Enumclaw, sons: Dean (Leigh Anna) Grover of Buckley, Bill (Teresa) Grover of Renton, daughters: Linda (Gregg) Crusen of Enumclaw, Donna (Jim) Miller of Buckley, brothers: Wallace (Mary) Grover of Garden Grove, CA Jim (Sue) Grover of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A memorial service Tues., March 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, with burial at 11:00 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 50020 Seattle, WA 98145-2020 Service directed by Weeks' Funeral Home, Buckley Please sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com
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Clifford Andrew Bjork

Clifford Andrew Bjork, March 17, 1927 - February 28, 2009, a Seattle native and resident of Fox Island, passed away quietly surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held at 11 am Friday, March 6, at the Fox Island United Church of Christ. Cliff was a devoted family man, retired TWA pilot, avid sportsman, expert gardener and all-around handyman. He was survived by his wife Juanita; sons Dan (Kathy), Tom (Karen) and Cliff (Lesa); eight grandchildren and six great granddaughters. Born in Ballard, Cliff graduated early from Ballard High School in 1945 to join the Navy. Soon he was on his way to the South Pacific, but arrived in Pearl Harbor just in time for VJ day. He spent the rest of his time in the Navy on the USS Kwajalein. In 1949, Cliff married Phyllis Ann Duggan. They started a home and family while Cliff worked as a mechanic at Boeing. In 1954, Cliff joined TWA as a Flight Engineer, and the family ultimately moved to San Jose. At TWA, Cliff rose to captain Boeing 707s, Convair 880s and 990s, flying literally around the world. He retired from TWA in 1984. During the 50's and 60's, Cliff was also a journeyman finish carpenter between his flights for TWA. Throughout his life he constructed and modified many household and garden projects and maintained rental properties. During his "retirement" years, Cliff took on several community-service positions. He served in leadership positions at the Fox Island United Church of Christ, the Gig Harbor Country Club, the Fox Island Cemetery Board, and the TWA Active Retired Pilots Association. In 1973, Cliff married the late Lorraine (Chris) Bastenelli. In 1976, they moved from Saratoga, CA to Fox Island and joined Fox Island United Church of Christ, where they became quite active. They enjoyed over twenty years of gardening, fishing, and traveling the world. They also loved spending time with Chris" children, Linda, John and Janet and their families. Cliff will be interred next to Chris and their beloved dog, Klondike. In 1997, Cliff married Juanita Fowler. Together they enjoyed gardening, traveling, and were active at Fox Island UCC. They frequently spent the winter months soaking in the sun and enjoying the company of life long friends in Palm Springs. Remembrances may be made to the Fox Island United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Haven of Rest.
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Robert Burns Poe

Burns was born to Elsie and Robert Burns Poe on June 20, 1922 and passed away on February 28, 2009. Burns attended Tacoma Public Schools and graduated from Stadium High School in 1940. He served his country in WWII as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1947, Burns married Phyllis Hoskins and they raised their three children in Fircrest. Phyllis preceded him in death in 1981. In 1983, Burns married Bea Adams and she passed away in 2002. Burns was president and owner of Hawkins-Poe Real Estate, Inc. from 1959 to his retirement in 1984. He was past president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Real Estate Association and was presented with the Life Member Award in Recognition of a Lifetime of Outstanding Service to the Real Estate Industry in 1987. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Real Estate Educational Foundation and received the Presidents Gavel from the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. Burns was a member of the Fircrest Golf Club since 1959. His father made a hole-in-one in the early 30’s and Burns finally made his own hole-in-one in 1990. This feat was replicated in 2003. He is survived by his children: Robert Poe (Mary), Gary Poe (Julie), and Debra Dahl (Robert); grandchildren: Alyssa Poe Ryan (Connor), Ross Poe, James Dahl, Nick Dahl, and great-grandchild, William Poe Ryan. Burns is also survived by siblings: Helen Goodrich (Jim) of Portland, Maine, and David Poe (Marie) of Tacoma, and of course his constant companion “Charlie” the Scotty dog. We love our Dad and will miss him dearly. The Scottish side of Burns would like us to keep this short. At his request, there will be no service. If you wish, please leave on-line condolences at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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Clarence Leroy Lofing

Bud Lofing (as known by friends and family), will have a small service at the Lakeview chaple in Lakewood, WA. on the Friday the 6th of March 2009. The address is 4606 108th St. S.W. just off Bridgeport to the east at 108th and Kendricks St. If you knew Bud Lofing please feel free to attend to say your good byes.
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Catherine Alice Matthaei

Born April 14, 1922 Died March 3, 2009 Cay was an active member in her community. She was a member of St John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor where she enjoyed working in the thrift shop once a month; a member of Stars; active in her high school group from Stadium High School; a member in Golden Girls; and many other groups. She truly took pride in her dear friends, many she knew since childhood. Cay was a past president of the Pierce County Realtors and was known throughout the Peninsula because of her many years in real estate. She was active until her death, and enjoyed driving herself to her many engagements every week and enjoyed her visits to Curves and would never miss her Wednesday hair appointment. She will be sorely missed by all of her longtime friends and neighbors, and of course her family to whom she was dedicated. Cay lost her first husband Harold Vizina during the Korean Conflict and was remarried to Arnold Matthaei. Arnold passed away in 2004 after a happy marriage of 50 years. She is survived by her children Susan McDonough, Steve Vizina and Loie Matthaei. Her first son, Harold Michael Vizina, preceded her in death 28 years ago. She was delighted to be a grandmother and great-grandmother to a large family, and was looking forward to three more great-grandchildren due this year. A memorial service will be held at St John's Episcopal Church, 7701 Skansie Ave., Gig Harbor, on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm. Interment will be at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St John's Episcopal Church memorial fund. Arrangements are by Haven of Rest Funeral Home.
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Jacqueline Lee Kendall

Beloved mother, daughter, sister and aunt who will be missed by all. Services will be held at Fellowship Christian Church, 860 E. 38th in Tacoma on Thursday, March 5 from 1pm to 2pm.
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Tommy D. Cooper

April 16, 1952 - Feb. 24, 2009 Services will be held at Adesa Seattle Auto Auction, 621 37th St. NW, Auburn, WA Saturday March 7, 2009 at noon. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up at Sterling Savings Bank, Auburn, WA, 1261 Auburn Way N., Auburn, WA 98002
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Selma (Strom) Fink

Age 96, was born October 17, 1912 in Tacoma, WA to Sam and Olene Strom, and passed away on Friday, February 27, 2009. Selma grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1931. She married Raymond E. Fink on July 31, 1937 and had 3 children. Selma was passionate about her Norwegian heritage, RV camping, and her family. She was deeply loved and will be missed. She is survived by her daughters Carole (George) Marten and Rayanne (Greg) Halsey, grandchildren Michelle (Rick) Roof, Julie Marten, Joe (Stacey) Marten, Scott and Russ Halsey, great-grandchildren Derek, Chris and Kayla Roof and Logan and Austen Marten. Preceded in death by husband Ray, son Raymond, brothers Stanley and Clarence, and sister Marie. The family wishes to thank Cora's Elder Care for their excellent support of Selma the last 2 years. A celebration service of Selma's life will be held in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 10:00 am.
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William S. Crawford

Age 82, formerly of Puyallup, WA died in Bismarck, ND on March 1. Go to www.weigelfuneral.com for more information.
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Kim Feldhaus

A party in memory of Kim March 7, 6:30pm, Pythian Temple.
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Beulah M. Sheridan

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, 3806 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma, 98404 with reception following. Full obit and sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com .
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Craig Lawerance Buchman

1947-2009 Please see the full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 3/4/2009


Carole L. Rottle

1923 - 2009 Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on February 25, 2009, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born to George and Edna Wright, Carole grew up on a farm in the town of Michigan, North Dakota. After graduating from high school there in 1941 she moved to Seattle and worked for the Boeing Company. In 1944 Carole married Don Rottle in Bakersfield, California where he was serving in the Army Air Corps. At the war's end the couple returned to Auburn where they raised four children and expanded Don's family business, Rottle's Department Store. While unconditionally dedicated to her family, Carole was also instrumental in behind-the-scenes operations of the business and an active Auburn community member. She was a longtime member of the Children's Orthopedic Guild where she provided fund-raising leadership in earlier years and later volunteered at the Children's Orthopedic Thrift Store. She was recognized by the American Cancer Society for her service in assisting cancer patients, and was honored to be a member of the Philanthropic Education Order (PEO) and a 50-year member of the Cyclamen Chapter of Eastern Star. In their 64 years of marriage she and Don enjoyed boating, skiing and traveling with their family and friends, in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. Grandma Carole found exceptional delight nurturing her seven grandchildren. Carole possessed a deep belief in God and the innate goodness of people. She approached the world with an attitude of understanding and compassion, and responded with selflessness and unending kindness. More than anything she cherished her family and friends and loved to help and visit with them. She found joy in making others happy, preferring giving rather than receiving. Her quick wit, winsome smile, generosity and insightful thoughtfulness towards others endeared her to all who knew her. Preceded in death by her parents and brother Kenneth Wright, she is survived by her husband Don; sister Ruth Reiten of Sun City AZ; children Pamela Epeneter (Mike) of Sumner, Nancy Rottle (Paul) of Seattle, John Rottle of Sumner, and Jim Rottle (Tanya) of Auburn; grandchildren Jason, Chad, Haley, Jamie, Jodie, Anneka and McKenna; and ten nieces and nephews. We will so miss her sparkle and loving kindness. A celebration of Carole's life will be held on Friday, March 6 at 1 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn. Donations in her memory can be made to the F. D. Merritt Guild of the Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 50020, Seattle, WA 98145, or to a charity of choice.
Pub Date: 3/4/2009


Patricia K. Flores

I Thought of You Today I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new, I thought about you yesterday and days before that too, I think of you in silence I often speak your name, All I have are memories and your picture in a frame, Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part, God has you in his keeping I have you in my heart, My love, I saw this on a bronze memorial by a bus stop and it spoke the words of my heart. I love you so much and miss you every single day. I will see you some day and my heart will be full again. Rudy
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Stephanie Toyo Lang

8/10/1956 ~ 3/5/2008 One year has passed since you went away. We miss you so much, every moment of everyday. But we know you’re in Heaven as you said you would be: helping the Lord prepare a place for your family. Love Eternally!
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Sandra Joy Hentze

Sandra Joy (Reynoldson) Hentze, born on 11/12/36 in Tacoma, passed away on March 1st. She graduated from Stadium High School and The University of Puget Sound with a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry. She adored animals and treasured her grandchildren. Vivacious and outgoing, she enjoyed helping others. She is survived by her brother Jon Reynoldson; son Andrew Swanson; two daughters, Karla (John) Anderson and Kimberly Swanson; and two grandchildren. Services to be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA, on Friday March 6th. Viewing from 11:00- 1:00pm; graveside services at 1:30 pm. Donations in her honor can be made to the Pierce County Humane Society.
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Donald L. Green

March 21, 1929 – March 3, 2009 Don passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He lived all his life in Tacoma, Washington, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1948. He served in the Army during the Korean War and then attended the University of Oregon. He became an outstanding salesman and was associated with Brown & Haley in sales and merchandising for many years. After retiring, he especially enjoyed his cars & garages, his coffee clubhouse with “the boys” and watching his grandchildren grow into teenagers. Don was a wonderful man who cared deeply for his friends and family. He will be greatly missed. Don was preceded in death by his twin sister, Donna Halladay and his son, David. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joline; his daughter Diana Martin (Keith) and grandchildren David and Roslyn. At his request, there will be no formal funeral service. A celebration of his life will be held between 2:00 & 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 8 in the reception room at Captain Nemo’s Restaurant: 4020 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place.
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


FRANCES D. CAPPA

Frances D. Cappa, 86, died March 2, 2009. She was born and raised in the Tacoma and Fife area where she attended St. Leo's Grade School and graduated from Fife High School. Frances worked for many years at Sears first in customer service and then in parts department. A sweet and somewhat shy woman she was a devout Catholic and attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Frances is survived by her sisters, Eva Kuenzli, San Francisco, CA, Angeline Cappa and Betty Cappa, both of Tacoma. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 6, 2009, 11:00 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited prior to Mass at 10:30 am also at the church. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Doris A. Nielsen

Doris A. Nielsen, 89, of Lakewood, Washington, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2009 at her residence. Doris was born December, 11, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. Doris and her beloved husband, Axel, were married June 24, 1941. Doris worked with Axel in the baking industry throughout her working career. She was a talented, creative cake decorator. The only time they were apart was during World War Two and since Axel’s passing in 2003. Doris retired in 1986. Together Doris and Axel built a 40-foot, wooden schooner, “The Robert L.” They launched the boat in 1986, and it is still being sailed by her family. Doris was a loving wife to Axel for 62 years and dedicated herself to her family and friends. Doris is survived by her son, Larry; daughters, Shirley Pollock and Jeanne Wohlford; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. The memorial service to celebrate Doris’s life will be held at the United Lutheran Church, 1231 South 76th St., Tacoma, Washington. The service will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will be held at the church following the service. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Ione “Caswell” Werle

Born Little Rock, Ark. July 23rd, 1917; died Feb. 23rd, 2009. Ione passed away peacefully with her loving family surrounding her bed. Her last days were spent at the Franciscan Hospice on Bridgeport Way in University Place. Ione was a real estate broker. She loved buying and selling houses. She was well-known in and around the Lakewood area. In later years, she and her son Richard developed commercial properties in and around the Puget Sound area; most recently were the waterfront townhouse apts on Commencement Bay. Her second love was raising thoroughbred race horses on her 75-acre ranch in Mossyrock, WA. This ranch was where her beloved “Agitated Native” was from; he would end up being one of the winningest stakes winners that came from the old Longacres track. One of her favorite sayings was, “I love to watch that horse run (and win)!!!” She is survived by her husband John Werle, her son Richard (Sandra), grandchildren Howard (Kathy) Beaber, and Robin (Jim) Anderson, great-grandchildren Nathan, Carissa, Parker, Colin, Samantha, and Alisha. There was a private burial held for the immediate family. A memorial service will be held March 7th, 2009 at Manitou Presbyterian Church at 10am. The family wants to thank the doctors and staff at the Hospice in U.P. and especially Maggie, Pat and Resa, for love, kindness and compassion. Instead of flowers, please donate to the Hospice Association.
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Blanche (Krogh) Hastings

Born 10/7/1918; Died 2/24/2009 Survivors include daughter Judie Doonan and son Bill (Sharlee) Hastings, granddaughter Dianne Doonan, grandsons Michael (Kay) Doonan, Scott (Britney) Hastings, Steven Hastings and Mark Hastings, and one very special great-grandson, James Matthew Hastings; also survived by brothers Glen and Howard Krogh, several nieces, and one nephew. Blanche retired from Allied Paper Company as a full-charge bookkeeper after 28 years. She traveled in Europe and greatly enjoyed her grandchildren. All of the grandchildren have handmade afghans to remember their grandmother. A special friend is Alice Beckham, with whom she spent a lot of fun times. In keeping with her request, there will be no services. Mom will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren. Rest in peace. You were the best mom! Many thanks to Heartwood Care Center. Your care was so awesome. The family really appreciated her personal care.
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Donald M. Nelson

Beloved child of God, passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 1, 2009. Don was born July 31, 1914 to Ollie and Dianitha Nelson in Burley, ID. As a teenager during the depression he worked on a gold dredge in Warren, ID and went on to being a heavy equipment operator for many years. He was retired out of the power house in SAGE at McChord as shift foreman. Don is survived by his wife Myrna of Puyallup, daughter Carma Lea Prater (David), grandson Donald, son Dean, stepson Randle Matson (Nancy), grandchildren Brian and Katie, stepson Royce Matson (Vela) grandson Christian. Don was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years Louise. Don was an avid baseball fan. He had a wonderful sense of humor, even laughing at himself. Not letting his disabilities hinder him. We loved him and will miss him so much. Memorial donations can be made to Edgewood Bible Church’s parking lot fund. Memorial Service, Fri. March 6th at 11am at Valley Bible Church, 14024 Stewart Road East, Sumner, WA
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Leslie W. DeBord

Age 51, passed away suddenly Feb. 27 in Puyallup. He was born Jan. 30, 1958 in Ontario, OR. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Kenneth, parents, and 3 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, sons Jeff (Sarah) and Scott (Deanna), and grandchildren Connar, Destiny and Isabella. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Memorial service will be held March 17, 2009 at 3pm at Orting Community Baptist Church, 308 Kansas St. SW, Orting.
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Dolores M. Kingsley

9/9/1944 - 2/27/2009 Dolores Margaret Kingsley passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer. Dolores was born in San Francisco on September 9, 1944 to William and Dolores Machado. Always on the go, Dolores loved spending time with her family and friends, loving the freedom felt only on a Harley. Her closest friends knew her as "Sunshine". She was a very loving and compassionate woman and will be missed by many. She is survived by her loving Mother Dolores Machado of Napa Valley, brother Paul Machado of Napa Valley, her three children, Debbie of Yuba City, Justin of Keizer, and Tasha of Port Orchard, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father William and brother Ron Machado. A gathering will be held at the home of Justin Timms in Keizer, Oregon on Saturday, March 7, 2009.
Pub Date: 3/5/2009


Allen M. McKinnon

10-16-1961 - 03-06-1990 It seems like only yesterday, but it’s been 19 years ago today. Miss you very much. Allen’s family
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Richard C. Lewis

Richard C. Lewis, born October 1, 1969 in Puyallup, WA, passed away March 3, 2009. He is survived by his father Billy L. Lewis and mother Vicky; sister Jody Crim. Please sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Judge Richard M. Ishikawa

Judge Richard Moriye Ishikawa born September 4, 1932 in Seattle Washington, our loving husband and father passed away peacefully with several family members at his side on March 3, 2009 at Overlake Hospital, Bellevue Washington. Judge Ishikawa is survived by his wife of 48 years, June; sons Kevin, Steven and daughter Lisaye (Thomas, Alyssa & Hallie Manning). He is also survived by his sister Yoshie (Martha) Kaisaki of Spokane, Washington and several nieces and nephews. Judge Ishikawa is preceded in death by his parents Shichiro (Fred) and Kimi Ishikawa of Spokane, Washington, brother George Ishikawa of Seabrook, Texas and sister Namiko (Tomeo) Mukai of Spokane, Washington. Judge Ishikawa served as a King County Superior Court Judge for over 22 years and was the first Japanese American to be elected to the bench. Judge Ishikawa is a retired Colonel from the United States Army serving in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) unit. Judge Ishikawa was a proud Alumni of Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington where he attended Law School and enjoyed being a member of the Gonzaga University Glee Club. Judge Ishikawa was an avid fan of the Gonzaga University basketball team and frequently cheered them on to victory. Judge Ishikawa touched so many people with his exuberant laugh and his caring personality. Judge Ishikawa will be sorely missed by his family, friends and those that knew him. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm. at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple located at 1427 South Main Street, Seattle, Washington.
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Toni Georgeanne Campbell

GONE TO HAWAII Toni Georgeanne Aloisio Campbell, 54, fought a courageous 5-year battle against inflammatory breast cancer. She passed away at her home on March 2, 2009 with her family at her side. Toni was born in Munich, Germany on November 22, 1954 to MSGT Anthony and Lavelle Aloisio. Toni is survived by her husband of 25 years, Richard D. Campbell, and daughter Carrie (Adam). She is also survived by sisters Lauri, Gina (Steve), Edie, and Nicki, brother Mark (Kim), step-children Gina, Gloria, Richard (Christine), and Kori (Rob), 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Toni enjoyed spending time with her family, vacationing in Hawaii, camping, and playing cards. Toni worked for many years taking care of children for working parents. She provided a loving home and care for these children. Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. on March 10, 2009 at St. John of the Woods Catholic Church, 9903 24th Avenue East, Tacoma. A celebration of life will follow in the church hall with refreshments being served. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The family would also like to thank Dr. Saif M. Kasubhai and his wonderful staff for the excellent care provided for Toni and her family. We love you Toni
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Antonina Sabile Tanhueco

February 19, 1926 - March 2, 2009 Beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, went to be with our Lord on March 2, 2009. She was born in the Philippines and married Eduardo P. Tanhueco in 1943. She came to the United States in 1962 and resided in Lakewood for 47 years. A devoted mother, she enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with family. She is survived by her children, Romeo, Nestor (Terri), Roland (Hanna), Oscar, Delfin (Kathy), Susan (Dan), Sabile (John), Mario (Christine), niece Adonna (Tony) and 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We will deeply miss her tender smile, generous heart and loving ways. Viewing Fri., 11-9 PM. Funeral Services at Mountain View Garden Chapel, Sat., March 7, 2009, 10:00 AM.
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Robert Tom Long

Born Dec. 16th, 1946; passed away on Feb. 28th, 2009 at 12:16am. Tom was known for his vast military accomplishments, his love for woodworking, his wisdom, and his ability to make fast friends. He is survived by his sons Darron and Robby Long, by his daughter Britta Long, and by five grandchildren.
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Brookie Mae Warren

Age 84. Survived by husband Leonard Warren, daughters Patricia and Paulette, sisters Marcella of Hunington, WV and Rhoda of Ashton, WV, brother John of Mansfield, OH, grandchildren Michael, Joleen, Julia and John, 9 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was a passionate gardener and had a beautiful rose garden. She grew a large variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit, especially berries. Graveside memorial service held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor on March 6th.
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Gerald (Jerry) Maloy

Age 66, died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at the family home in Puyallup, WA. He is survived by his wife Sue; son Jerry, Linda and grandson Tyler of Smithfield, VA; daughter Theresa of Tacoma, WA; brother James Maloy of Sherman Oaks, CA; sister-in-law Heather Maloy of Puyallup, WA; niece Julia Maloy of Honolulu, HI; nephew Tom Maloy of Sea Tac, WA. He graduated from Puyallup HS in 1961 and joined the Navy. After retiring from the Navy, he and family returned to Washington in 1982. He retired from Boeing in 2004. Memorial services will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 7410 Myers Rd, Bonney Lake, WA, at 11AM, Saturday, March 7, 2009. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Bonney Lake Church of the Nazarene or Navy Relief.
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Lt. Col. Russell H. DeSomer

(USAF Ret.) The many friends and tennis buddies of Lieutenant Colonel Russell H. DeSomer (USAF Ret.) are saddened to hear of his passing on February 27, 2009. He was born January 23, 1922 in San Diego, CA and is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, of 62 years. He leaves a family of two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Colonel DeSomer served in the Air Force for 28 years; his most cherished memory was flying his beloved P-51 Mustang. It was his dream and his joy. He served in World War II, Korea, Southeast Asia and Viet Nam. As per Russell's wishes there will be no funeral, but rather the following appropriate expression of his life: Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark nor even eagle flew- And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
Pub Date: 3/6/2009


Joseph “Joey” Matteo

9/2/1955 ~ 3/7/2008 It has been a long and sad year since you left us. We love and miss you every day, and you are constantly in our hearts and prayers. - Mom and Dad, and family
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Happy Birthday Delilla M. Jensen

03-07-44 - 01-26-09 We all love and miss you Your family and friends
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Ozella Cooper

Ozella Cooper of Gig Harbor, WA passed on Monday, March 2nd. She was a native of Abilene, TX, where she graduated high school. She and her late husband, Jack Cooper, were married in Ipava, IL while Jack was stationed at Camp Ellis. Jack was a native of Yuba City, CA. She and Jack came to Sacramento in 1947, and spent most of their lives in the Sacramento area. Jack passed away in 1993, in Wheatland CA. In 2002, Ozella moved in with her grandson in Washington. She retired from Weinstocks Department Store in Sacramento, after 19 years of employment. She was a longtime member of the Charles Eggen American Legion Post 82. She was a past President of La Sactete De Femme Cabane 262 from 1978 to 1979. She is survived by: 2 daughters, Judy West of Sacramento, CA and Cathy Smith of New Mexico; grandchildren, Leanne Wyatt of Sacramento, CA, Eric Ludwig of Gig Harbor, WA, Jody Smith of Devil's Lake, ND, Jana Waltman of Sacramento, CA, Shellee Shields of Sacramento CA; 5 great-grandchildren, and many, many dear friends. Services will be held in Yuba City at Ullrey Funeral Chapel, 817 Almond Street, Yuba City, CA 95991 on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 1 PM. Burial services will be directly after at Sutter Cemetery, in Sutter, CA. Memorials can be sent to Shriner's Hospital for Children of Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817.
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Neva Katherine Phelan

Neva K. Phelan, 96, died March 6, 2009 in Puyallup. She was born May 7, 1912 in Vader, WA. She was very devoted to her family and is survived by 4 grandchildren; Lori Heiman, Keri Eaton, Dan Eaton and Jodi Eaton, 2 great grandchildren, Stacy Heiman and Chad McNew. Graveside service is Tues., March 10, 2009, 12:00PM (Noon) at Little Falls Cemetery in Vader, WA. Arrangements are by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, WA.
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Tony Chan

March 3, 1962 - March 6, 2009 Tony Chan passed peacefully in his sleep early Friday morning. We will be honoring his life on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Aspen Chapel, Mountain View Celebration of Life Center, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


EDWARD MARGOLIS

Edward Margolis, born March 12, 1930, in Los Angeles, California, died in Tacoma, Washington, March 5, 2009 of heart disease. Edward was known by all as a kind and gentle soul. He was predeceased in 2001 by his wife of 50 years, Helen. He is survived by his sons: Glen and Russell; brother Harold; nieces Sandy Carter and Sharon DeLeo and nephews Joel, Jonathon and David Margolis. A Graveside Service will be held March 8, 2009, at 2:00pm at Home of Peace Cemetery, Lakewood. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Thelma Ouida Williams

Born Aug 12, 1928 in Birmingham, AL; went to be with our Lord on Feb 28, 2009. She died peacefully at her residence in Tacoma. Thelma worked as a housekeeping supervisor for the Doric Hotel for over 20 years. She leaves to mourn, 4 children Beverly Williams, Roderix Williams, and Valerie Davis, all of Tacoma, and Vanessa (Warren) Wallace of Anniston, AL; sister Johnnie Clark of Gig Harbor; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Thomas, son Juan, and sister Christine Terrell. A memorial service will be held at St Leo's Catholic Church on Tues., March 10, 2009. Viewing will begin at 10am and Mass at 12:10pm. Interment at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. She will be missed by all that she touched.
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Alan D. Kluwe

Age 57 of Elk Grove Village, IL, passed away Feb. 7, 2009 at his home of a heart attack. Alan was born Feb. 9, 1951 in Tacoma, WA. Son of the late Norman Kluwe and Hazel (Bartlett) Kluwe. Alan graduated from Meridian High School, Bellingham, WA, attended Junior College in Mt. Vernon, WA. He was employed by Fiserv in different states for 20 years, ending in Chicago where he passed away. Survivors include mother Hazel Kluwe of Puyallup, WA, a sister Debbie (John) Lorz, of Oklahoma, aunt Florence Thomson, of Puyallup, uncle Kenny Anderson of Puyallup, many relatives and friends in many states. A Memorial will be held March 14th at 2:00pm at the Peace Lutheran Church, 2124 East Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98372.
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Maria M. Mosby

A lifelong Tacoma resident was born May 19, 1917 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away March 1, 2009. She is survived by sister Gertrude Carter of Portland, OR, and brother Albert Benson of Portland, OR, and five nieces, a nephew and cousins. She will be interred with her parents Albert & Theresia Benson at Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma, WA. For full obit and to sign on-line guest book: www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Muriel I. Soine Potter Meredith

9-18-1910 to 2-27-2009 Muriel was born to Alfred and Syneva (Lula) Soine at Ray, ND and passed away in Milton, WA. She graduated from Ray High School in 1929 and from PLU in 1931. During her lifetime Muriel worked at many professions during and after the great depression as teacher, apartment manager, waitress, clerk, census taker, worked with the literary council and taught English to new citizens and troubled youth. She had her own radio program (Stitch in Time) in Sitka, AL and retired after 25 yrs from Fisher Flouring Mills in Seattle. Muriel had a good sense of humor, making people laugh without trying. Hobbies included bridge, reading, crossword puzzles, traveling abroad, and knitting things like blankets, sweaters, hats and teddy bears giving these away to friends, family and charities. She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands Dewey Potter and Dick Meredith; siblings Arthur, Jesse, Maurice, Claude, Leslie, Martha and Jean. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Michaud; sister-in-law Donalda Tuttle and many loved nieces and nephews, who affectionately called her "Auntie Mur." No services. Donations to your favorite charity in her name would be appreciated. Arrangements by Powers Sumer Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 3/7/2009


Gail W Simmons

Was taken from us to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 5, 2009. She was the second child born to Edward and Charlotte Weisenbach in Trenton, NJ on December 18, 1933. Gail attended several colleges and began her teaching career on the East Coast. Gail married her soul mate, Duane, on February 11, 1956. They moved to Washington and raised six children while she was teaching full-time and substituting until her retirement from the Sumner School District in June, 2000. The very next fall she was back at school, volunteering her time where and when she was requested. Gail's passion was spending time with children and teaching. She took every opportunity to advance a child's education, with focus on those with special needs. In addition, if there was extra help needed with studies, she did not hesitate to offer her help in tutoring those children. Hobbies she shared with her family included Girl Scouting for over 15 years, clam digging, gold prospecting, cooking, sewing, gardening, and beachcombing. She was also an avid sports fan, especially of her grandkids' activities. Gail is survived by her loving husband Duane, their six children: Debra Makowski (Brian), Jay Simmons (Debbie), Glenn Simmons, Kip Simmons, Sue Cearley (Terry) and Tammie Dahlquist (Tim); seven grandchildren: Kristi, Justin, Duane III, Miranda, Kaden, Kayla, Kelsey, and Anthony; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother Charlotte Weisenbach (102), siblings Connie Wolfe, Jack Weisenbach (Gail), and James Weisenbach (Janet). Gail was preceded in death by her father, Edward Weisenbach. Funeral services are to be held at Sumner United Methodist Church, 901 Wood Ave, on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 11:00 AM with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sumner School District (memo to Gail Simmons) and mailed to Liberty Ridge Elementary School, 12202-209th Ct. E, Bonney Lake WA 98391. Please visit www.curnow.com and sign her guestbook. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 863-2800.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Colleen E. Isakson Spencer

Was born November 4, 1967. Colleen’s death was a result of an unresolved homicide. She has joined her Heavenly Father on Feb. 22, 2009. Colleen graduated from Wilson High School in Tacoma and then moved to upstate New York shortly thereafter. She enjoyed a peaceful, quiet life in the small towns of Castile, Perry, Swain and Dansville. She had a love for the outdoors and of animals, and left behind two Labs called Buddy & Zoey she fondly referred to as “her children.” Colleen was a valued employee at Gunlock Mfg. Co., Wayland, New York where she worked for a number of years leaving many grieving friends. She is survived by her loving family: mother, Barbara Wasser, sisters Kathy Turner, Kris Isakson and Debbie Reneman, and brothers Tony Wasser & Paul Wasser. Her death was an unexpected tragedy and she will be missed by friends, family, and those lives she touched along the way. A private grave dedication will be held on March 14, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. An Open House to celebrate her life will also be held on March 14th between 1-3 at 3414 N. 35th St., Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


W. Tom Carrigan

Tom was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada on Dec. 1, 1954. He was called to rest in peace and without pain on March 3, 2009. He graduated from Stadium High in Tacoma in 1972. Tom was a very caring and compassionate person. His personality said it all. He was preceded in death by his dad Bill and stepbrother Barry. Many wonderful and fond memories are left with his faithful friend and companion Darin, mother Iryne Johnson (Jim), brother Bob, sister Sandi, and extended family members in California and Canada. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Tom’s memory to NOAH. A private service will be held.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Richard “Dick” Hudson

Richard Hudson, 92, a world traveler, tireless storyteller, and devoted father, passed away March 2, 2009 on Vashon Island. He was born in 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri. Dick was preceded by his beloved wife Valeria. The two were married just shy of 60 years, and raised four children, sons James (Mary), Robert (Dorothy), Gregory, and daughter Jeanette (Larry). He is survived by all four children and five grandchildren, J.J., Rich, John, Laura and Jenny. Dick grew up in El Portal, the gateway to Yosemite National Park, and was fond of cruising the Sierras on his Indian motorcycle. He served in the Army Air Corps and was awarded the Bronze Star for performance of duties maintaining aircraft during World War II. After 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, with stints in Germany and California, Dick retired as a chief master sergeant and the family settled in Lakewood, Washington. In his later years he enjoyed being near his daughter on Vashon Island. He made many friends at the Vashon Community Care Center. Dick, and his tales of the Yosemite Valley Railroad, visiting the Holy Lands, and witnessing cobra charmers in India, will all be missed. Remembrances are encouraged in the form of donations to a charity of your choice or to Vashon Community Care Center, 15333 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon, WA 98070.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Dana K. Stacks Sr.

Nov. 21, 1951 - Mar. 3, 2009 Dana Sr., loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on March 3, 2009. He left behind his devoted wife Liz, children Dana Jr., Kelly, and Chris, grandchildren Gaige and Shantel, as well as many other friends and family who cared for him and shared his life. Dana enjoyed traveling with his wife, fishing, and working on cars with his son Dana Jr., as well as building and shooting off rockets with his grandson Gaige. He can be best remembered for his wisdom and adventurous ways. When he left, he took a little of each of us with him. What he gave us was so much more. Services will be held on March 14, 2009 at 2:00pm at the Senior Center in Pacific.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Michael Joseph DiCicco

Michael Joseph DiCicco, 21, had his life cut much too short on March 3, 2009. Michael was an incredible and loving son to Robin DiCicco and Daniel DiCicco and a much-loved little brother to Shannon Rich, Jennifer Pifer, and Marco DiCicco. Family members also include his grandmothers Margaret DiCicco and Bonnie de la Ossa. The family would like to thank the many friends that touched his life and heart. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m.
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Mary Margaret Dittmann

Mary Margaret died peacefully at home on March 5, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, to whom she was married for 42 years, and by her sister Jane McKenna. She is survived by her children Susie Hughes, Joe Dittmann, Margaret Unwin, Dan Dittmann, Jane Dittmar and Mary Julie Gole. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Mary Margaret lived her life guided by a strong faith in God. She will be remembered for her insightful wisdom, which often influenced people to make positive and important changes in their lives. She had a fabulous sense of humor and often joked that her obituary should include that she was a preferred shopper at Albertsons and a card-carrying member of Triple A and AARP. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Cabrini Outreach. Rosary will be at Gaffney Funeral Home on Mon., March 9th at 7:00 pm. Mass will be held Tue., March 10, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Lakewood. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Mary Helen Ovist

Mary H. Ovist, born in Tacoma, WA on June 13, 1951, passed away at her home March 4, 2009. Services will be held Sat., March 14, 2009 at 2pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1001 Princeton St., Fircrest, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to University of Washington Transplant Center or Pierce County Humane Society. For full obit and to sign online guest book www.tuellmckee.com . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Ralph “Harpo” A. Sharp

March 24, 1950 ~ March 1, 2009 Preceded in death by father, Herschal Sharp, survived by mother Virginia Sharp, sister Gail Ellison and brother Doug Sharp. Celebration of Life March 14, 2009, 11:00 AM, Summit United Methodist Church, 5316 104th St. E., Tacoma, Wash. 98446
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Dorothy (Molund) Tiedeman

Loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, confidante, friend, was taken suddenly from us on March 3, 2009. Dorothy was born to Swedish immigrants Erik and Elsa Anna Molund October 17, 1927. She joined brother Elmer (Swede) and sister Inga to begin a wonderful Scandinavian childhood. Dorothy's life was dedicated to her home, family and church. Taken to Sunday school at Mt. Zion Lutheran Tacoma as a little girl, she continued in her strong faith throughout her life. Her family worshipped at Resurrection Lutheran as well as Peninsula Lutheran in Gig Harbor. Dorothy was gifted with a beautiful solo soprano voice, which earned her a music scholarship to Ellensburg College after she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946. She continued her education at Pacific Lutheran University, earning her teacher's degree in 1951, and taught for 32 years at Browns Point Elementary School. It was during her years at PLU that she sang, toured and soloed with the Choir of the West. She will be remembered for always having the choir solo in “Beautiful Savior," treasured to this day. She loved teaching elementary students and living summers on the beach in the beautiful view home built by husband Stanley. She continued singing in choirs, church, and Ladies Musical Tacoma. As a young woman, following family tradition, she was Worthy Advisor in the White Clover chapter of Rainbow for Girls. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley, and is survived by brother Elmer (Pauline), children Stanley, Lantz and Denise Tiedeman, grandchildren Ryan, Lantz Erik, Evan, Anna, Thomas and Caroleann, and many cousins in Sweden. Dorothy was lovingly called "Gramma Dot" by all her grandchildren and still called “Auntie Dot" by the many loving nieces and nephews who joine to celebrate Dorothy’s life. The family misses her dearly, but knows there is much celebration in Heaven as Gramma Dot joins her heavenly family with Swedish meatballs, krumkaka, Swedish pudding, and spritz cookies. Sov gott, lilla flicka (Sleep well, little girl). Visitation will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home from 8:00 am to graveside service, which will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, followed by a celebration of her life held at Peninsula Lutheran Church, 6509 38th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA, at 2:00 pm. Reception following. Please leave condolences at www.mountainviewtacomac.com
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Leonard L. Jacobsen

Leonard passed away in Tacoma on March 2, 2009. He was born on July 26, 1928 in Iowa, and came to Tacoma to work for the railroad in 1950, retiring after 40 years from the BN Railroad. Len is dearly missed by all of us who loved him: his wife Shirley, and their blended family of eight children, Terry, Jimmy, Danny, Debbie, Joni, Dee-Dee (who greeted Len in Heaven), Laurie and Jamie. Len had 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Len was an avid outdoorsman who taught his kids how to hunt, fish and camp. Traveling was an important part of Len and Shirley's lives, whether camping in their 5th wheel or driving to Reno. Len loved his family and his life. He worked hard, played with passion and loved strongly. “Know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em.” At his request, no services will be held.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Joy V. Seamons

Joy V. Seamons died February 21, 2009 in Lacey, WA at age 77. Joy is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Joy was born in Brookland, AR November 19, 1932, where she grew up until she moved with parents to the pacific Northwest where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was a member of the L.D.S. church. Joy enjoyed charcoal sketching, poetry, square dancing, animals, and historical epic movies. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. The memorial for Joy Seamons will be held at the Lacey 2nd ward L.D.S chapel March 13, at 3:p.m. 1601 Ruddell Road, Lacey, WA, 98503. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bank of America 1-360-876-4471 in the name of Stephanie Bartely for cancer fund. Stephanie is Joy's great-granddaughter who has leukemia.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


John Jack Pasic

John "Jack" Pasic, a lifelong Tacoma resident, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009 after ongoing health issues. He was born February 20, 1920 to John and Anna Pasic, the youngest of 2 sons. His brother, Harvey H. Pasic, preceded him in death. Jack graduated from Stadium High School in 1938, and attended Knapp Business College. World War II called him to serve in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Asiatic-Pacific area campaigns until the end of the war in 1945. January 23, 1943, Jack married Marcia Wells, who was in nurse's training at the time. They were happily married for 66 years and raised 2 children. Jack was a skilled fine woodworker by trade and a longtime member of the Elks. He had many lifelong friends who will remember him fondly for his honesty and wry sense of humor. He enjoyed his family, friends, travel, fishing, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Wells Pasic, daughter Terra Kelsey, and son Brian Jay Pasic, along with nieces, nephews, and one cousin. Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel at 2:00 PM, followed by a luncheon at the Celebration of Life Center. Acknowledgements may be made to the American Heart Association. Visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Jan Grabski

Jan Grabski, born February 26, 1947, passed away February 22, 2009. In all her life, the thing she loved and what she was happiest about was being a wife and mother and Grammy too. Jan was talented at so many things; most especially gardening, home improvements, sewing her special baby blankets, and her famous care packages and homemade treats. Jan’s yard was an oasis of flowers and trees that was special to her family and friends and all who visited. Jan is survived by her daughter Heidi Grabski of Chicago, IL, daughter Holly and son-in-law Ryan Wickenhagen, grandsons Roman and Adric of Dupont, WA, sister JoAnn Briske (husband Dwight) of Tacoma, WA, brother Gary Pennewell of Milton, WA, many other family and friends and her beloved cat Tasha. Jan is preceded in death by her dear husband of 40 years, Raymond Grabski on February 28, 2006. A private family memorial service was held at the Chehalis River in Pe Ell, WA on Saturday February 28th, 2009. Remembrances may be made in lieu of flowers to Habitat For Humanity, a charity that both Raymond and Jan Grabski had plans to participate in upon their retirement together.
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Charles A. Peterson

Charles A. Peterson passed away peacefully on March 3, 2009 with his wife Joanne Peterson and daughter Jennifer Peterson Barnett by his side. Charlie was born in Kansas on August 1, 1929. Charlie had a lifelong journey of fun, accomplishment, and faith. After serving his time in the army, he completed his education with a PhD in Business at University of Minnesota. He taught at PLU for twenty years and began and ran numerous businesses including Sunrise Terrace land development, Century 21 Sunrise Brokerage, Price-Peterson Travel, and Peterson Financial Services. In 1980 he moved his family to Kona, Hawaii. He ran the 700 Club Operation Blessing and its counseling center. He was scheduled to run a mission school in Hong Kong, but returned to Puyallup after suffering a stroke and contracting multiple sclerosis. A memorial service will be held at 2:30pm, March 15, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Puyallup, 1219 15th St NW.
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Barbara May Huston

Barbara Huston, 86, of Puyallup, Washington, passed away on February 27, 2009 following a brief illness. Born in Yakima, Washington, to Guy and Ella (Enochs) Huston on January 11, 1923, Barbara leaves her sister Elaine Todd and niece Nancy Todd, brother E.M. (Bud) Huston, sister-in-law Nancy, niece Kyle Kincaid, and nephews Guy and Bret Huston. Barbara obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Central Washington University before embarking on a 38-year career teaching elementary school. Assignments took her to Japan and Portland before she settled on teaching for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe. She subsequently taught on United States military bases in Germany, Italy, France, Ethiopia, Turkey and England. While in Europe, Barbara obtained a Masters Degree in Education from Michigan State University ‘s overseas program. In 1987, Barbara retired to Puyallup, but continued to travel, and enjoyed keeping in touch with far-flung friends. She also became a faithful volunteer at the Meeker Mansion, pouring tea for numerous events, although she personally preferred coffee. Barbara’s family wishes to express profound gratitude for the doctors, nurses, therapists and assistants at Good Samaritan Hospital. Their care and attention made Barbara’s last days as comfortable as possible. Family and friends will celebrate Barbara’s life on Sunday, March 29 at 4:00 P.M. at the Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring Street, Puyallup.
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Doris “Dori” Jean Nelson

Age 78 of Fox Island, WA passed away Thursday February 26, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma after a pro-longed battle with multiple illnesses. Dori was born September 1, 1930 in Tacoma Washington to Howard & Trude Beardsley. She grew up in Tacoma graduating from Lincoln High School in 1948 where she led and was active in a number of organizations. She continued her schooling at the University of Puget Sound where she was active in many clubs and her sorority Delta Alpha Gamma. After college Dori worked for the telephone company until she married her high school sweetheart, Gene Nelson on June 27, 1952. The family eventually settled on Mercer Island WA. Dori put her career on hold while she focused all her time, energy and love to raising her three boys. In retirement she and Gene moved to Fox Island WA where they built a beautiful home in which she loved to entertain friends and family. Dori had a passion for travel, and after her children were grown she had a successful career owning her own travel agency. Her travels took her to China, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico, Africa, Indonesia, and Hawaii in addition to several Caribbean cruises. In recent years she loved spending her winter vacations in Mexico. Dori was an active member of the Fox Island Yacht Club and loved cruising the waters of the northwest. In her younger years she was an avid tennis player & always an active bridge player. Above everything Dori’s greatest passion was her family, her children and her grandchildren. She was loved by her friends and even more by her family. Dori is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gene C. Nelson of Fox Island; their sons Craig (Sheri) Nelson of Sammamish, WA; Howie (Julie) Nelson of Gig Harbor, WA; Ron (Tami) Nelson of Redmond, WA; grandchildren Jesse, Kallan, Gage, Lars & Gus; her mother Trude Beardsley and siblings Ron Beardsley and Mary Ames. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the Fox Island Yacht Club, 1061 12th Avenue, Fox Island, WA 98333, 253-549-2603, on March 21st at 1pm with a reception to follow until 4pm. Memorial donations can be sent to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA or charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Hyland H. Stebbins

1926 - 2009 Our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully on March 4, 2009 after a courageous battle with congestive heart failure. Hyland was born on June 6, 1926 in Greenville, Michigan to Hyland W. and Helen Stebbins. He graduated from high school in 1944 and was immediately drafted into the Army Air Corps. Upon discharge he attended and graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Economics. In 1954, Hyland met and married his best friend Dona, to whom he was married for the last 54 years. Together they had a daughter, Karen. He spent 40 years in the insurance industry, eventually settling in Tacoma, WA. Hyland’s life-long dream was to have his own sailboat and to travel the world, both of which he was able to accomplish in his lifetime. He had many adventures and made many friends along the way. He never met anyone he didn’t like. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hyland W. and Helen, and is survived by his wife Dona, their daughter Karen (Chris), and grandchildren Rebecca (Sean), Lara (Seth), and Jordan. Interment will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Friday, March 13th at 1:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at University Place Presbyterian Church, located at 8101 27th Street W., University Place, on March 14, 2009 at 2:00 PM. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Hyland’s name.
Pub Date: 3/8/2009


Edward “Don” Buckley

Pops gone trucking!! Edward “Don” Buckley Born to Edward J. & Mary Buckley February 21, 1931 At Tacoma General Hospital passed away February 18, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. Don lived his whole life in the Tacoma area except for the time he was in the Marine Corps. He went to Korea with the 1st Marine Division 5th Battalion 11th Marines were he made the Inchon landing participated in the capture and securing of Seoul, fought on the Chosin Reservoir were he proudly became a member of the Chosin Few and many other Campaigns during the war. Upon return from Korea to Camp Pendleton Ca. where he was assigned to the Motor Transport Battalion he began his long career as a truck driver and worked for Hayes Truck Lines, Gordon Fast Freight, Randle Sand and Gravel and Leonard and Sons Excavating from which Retired in 1996. During his retirement He, Joann and Baxter took many trip throughout the United States. Don hardly missed an afternoon lunch with his friends at Little Park during his retirement. Don is survived by his wife and soulmate Joann, his little buddy Baxter, his brother Dick (Barb), his sons Mike, Matt (Karen), Troy, Eric, daughters Vickie (Don) and Lori, and over 35 grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. His family would like to give special thanks to the staff of St. Josephs Medical Center 8th floor. Graveside Services will be held at Fir Lane Memorial Park 924 East 176th Street Spanaway, WA 98387. On Friday March 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Pub Date: 3/9/2009


Raymond A. WEDDE

Born March 30, 1933 in Lake Township, Michigan; died March 5, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Survived by Severa, his loving wife of almost 10 years; his children, Billie Jean Warwick, Deborah Sue Dill, Janice Marie Millfelt, Michael Lee Wedde, Mary Ann Murray, Killiam (Gilbert) Lord, and John Walter Ray Wedde, his sisters, Ellie Collins, Sophie Shull, Lilian Scott and Lucille Peterson; preceded in death by his daughters, Cheryle Diane Monroe and Cynthia Lynn Wedde. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 11th, from 1 - 6 PM and Recitation of the Rosary at 6 PM, both at Hoffner Fisher & Harvey Chapel, 508 North 36th St., Seattle, Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, March 12th, at 10 AM at St. Benedict Church, 1805 N 49th St., Seattle.
Pub Date: 3/9/2009


Lill Woodruff

March 10, 1929 - Feb. 20, 2000 Happy 80th Birthday Mom! With special love from all of us.
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


Violet (Vi) L. Greer Glein

Violet (Vi) Lorene Greer Glein, age 99, of Gig Harbor, passed away on March 5, 2009. Vi was born Dec. 19, 1909 in Great Falls, MT to Alexander Greer and Harriet Goodreau. Violet’s family moved to Seattle after her father’s accidental death in 1919. Vi was a pretty and popular girl who was also athletic and enjoyed sports. She graduated from Broadway High School in Seattle and moved to Tacoma. She married Bjarne John Glein, one of Tacoma’s early ‘barnstormers’ and flight instructors, on Sept 24, 1932 in Tacoma. In 1940, they built a house on 8th and S. Mason where she lived for fifty-five years. Bjarne died in 1993. Vi is survived by her 3 children and their spouses: Richard (Linda J.) Glein, Janet (Andrew) Ritting and Gary (Linda D.) Glein, all of Gig Harbor. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Vi worked as a bookkeeper for Heidner’s Shipping and Export, Zingler Electric in Tacoma and in the Glein family vending business, Kwik Kafe Coffee Service. She was active in PTA, a member of Job’s Daughters and the couple belonged to the Tacoma Elks Lodge. The family thanks Chris and Julie Thompson and the staff of Family First Adult Family Home where Vi lived for the five years. Vi loved children and reading the newspaper. Memorial donations may be made to the Tacoma News Tribune’s Newspaper in Education program. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Violet’s life at the Ritting home on Lagoon Lane in Gig Harbor at 2:00 pm, Sat., March 21.
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


Major Lyle E. Dodd

Nov. 16, 1918 - March 7, 2009 Born on a farm in Beloit, Kansas to James and Jessie Dodd, Lyle attended a one room schoolhouse and was active in 4H and the CCC. After studying at Kansas State University, he enlisted in the Air Corps and flew as a navigator. Later, his B-29 was shot down over North Korea. Only Lyle's strong will to live enabled him to survive three years as a POW. While stationed in Spain, he met his wife of 47 years, Rosita. Retiring to Spanaway, he raised his family and worked for the Postal Service. He enjoyed travelling and gardening. Lyle joins his parents, his sisters Thelma, Zelda and Marvel and his brother James. Survived by his wife, his daughters Inmaculada (Mike) Dodd-Barton and Karen (Kurt) Deissler, son Douglas and grandchildren Javier, Elizabeth, Belen and Katherine. Special thanks to the Hospice staff for their compassionate care. Service to be held March 13 at 1:45pm at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Remembrance gathering follow at the Dodd home.
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


Herbert J. Weisenbach, Sr.

Herbert J. Weisenbach, Sr., born July 28, 1931 in NJ, passed away March 6, 2009 in Tacoma. Funeral services will be held on Wed., March 11, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 Sixth Ave., Tacoma with graveside services following at 12:30 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent. View full obit and sign on-line guest book: www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


Beverly Tyleen Callaghan

Her name was Beverly Tyleen Nora Anne Schott Callaghan. But she was known as Bev, Mom and – to 13 grandkids who were crazy about her – Nana. She was 90 when she died on March 6, at home, surrounded by her family. Bev was born in Java, South Dakota., on Aug. 26, 1918 – a few months prior to the end of World War I and exactly two years before women gained the right to vote. Her father was George Schott and her mother was Gertrude Thielen Schott. The eldest of five children, Bev was raised in the little Eastern Montana town of Terry. She was valedictorian of the Class of 1936. The Depression put college out of reach so she went to work in Terry and six years later she and her sisters took the train to Seattle to “help win the war.” In 1946 she married a returning GI named Denis Callaghan and enlisted in the Baby Boom, having six children in 10 years while living in Seattle, Longview and Tacoma. After surviving breast cancer, she returned to full-time work in 1961 as a bookkeeper and office manager. She retired, reluctantly, at age 63 but returned to work five years later and had a 12-year career as the aide to the late-Rep. Ruth Fisher. In Olympia Bev was known as the Cookie Lady for the tin of treats she had at the ready for the aides, constituents or lobbyists who stopped by to consult with Fisher, or often with Bev herself. She liked to give fellow House staffers who were expecting a child a copy of “Good Night Moon.” Nana loved to spoil her grandkids, relishing their visits and accomplishments and attending many ballgames, band concerts and graduations. She also loved to watch, talk and debate politics and required larger and louder TVs as her eyesight and hearing began to fade. Bev joked that her father forgave her for converting to Catholicism but not for becoming a Democrat. She insisted on living long enough to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama and rose unusually early to watch the festivities. Her sister Dody Hauter died in 1998. Her other siblings survive her: sister Wini Haug and brothers Don Schott and George Schott. Also surviving are children (and in-laws) Nora Jangard, Denis (Deb Kenworthy), Hannah (Bob Weaver), Kevin (Patsy), Liz Shaub (Scott) and Peter (Suki Dardarian). And then there are all those grandkids: Lynn Jangard, Christian Jangard (Carissa), Jennifer Callaghan, Mike Kenworthy, Emily Sikorski (Jason), Claire Weaver, Ian Callaghan, Ellen Callaghan, Melissa Shaub, William Shaub (Suzanna), Kevin Shaub, Anna Callaghan and Blair Callaghan. She leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A rosary will be recited Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Gaffney Funeral Home, 1002 S. Yakima in Tacoma. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, North 12th and J, Thursday at noon. She will be buried at Calvary Cemetery next to her husband, who died in 1974. The family thanks Bev’s caregiver Linda Fischer and suggests that memorial donations go to Franciscan Hospice, which helped make her final days comfortable and dignified.
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


Charles Robert Kendall, Jr.

Charles Robert Kendall, born May 25, 1944, in Owensboro, Kentucky died March 5, 2009, in Tacoma Washington. A decorated Vietnam Veteran he retired as a Major from the US Army. Charles attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Charles was preceded in death by his daughter Laura Kendall; and is survived by his children, Jill Smith, Charles Kendall III; mother, Alvina Kendall; brothers, John Kendall and Tim Kendall; sister, Linda Tierney and three grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 9:00 am St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Interment at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


Allen Dwayne Jones

Al passed away on Saturday March 7th 2009. Al was born in Tacoma on August 12th 1928 and graduated from Clover Park High School in 1946. After high school, Al served our nation as a Navy Seabee from 1948 through 1953, when he was honorably discharged after serving in the Philippine Islands. Al was married to Betty Garner in 1950. In 2000 Al married Olga Millar Jones. Al owned Lakewood Electric and joined IBEW local 76, where he spent his career as a journeyman wireman. Al finished his career with Olympia Electric, where he worked as an estimator and superintendent. Al had a great many friends and he lived life to the fullest. He was an active member of the VFW post 969. Al was preceded in death by his mother and father Allen and Lena Jones and his son Douglas Allen. Al is survived by his wife Olga, his sons Michael (Marilyn), Bruce (Chrissy), Mark, and stepdaughter Karen Brown, sister Donna Floss (Bill), grandsons Conner, and Alex, and granddaughters Alexis and Stacey. He is also survived by an extended family. Al's family would like to invite all his friends to celebrate his life on Sunday, March 15, 2009 from 2-4pm with a potluck at the VFW Post 969 at 3510 McKinley Ave. Tacoma.
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


William B. Ellington, III

“Gone Riding” William (Bill) Ellington left us on March 8, 2009 and joined mom and dad at the big party in the sky. He lived his life of 58 years with love for his wife, his family and friends. He enjoyed Harley riding, fishing, skiing, watching Nascar, and entertaining; but the light of his life was his two granddaughters. Everyone knew him as the man with the biggest heart, but few know that he served in the National Guard, was a master chef, and a master gardener. He cooked a better prime rib than anyone can imagine and operated the lawn care service of Lady Bug Services in the Tacoma area for the past 35 years. His legacy will carry on in his business and with the recipes and memories he leaves with all of us. Bill was born in Tacoma, WA, on April 7, 1950 and is survived by his wife Sonja, his son William B. Ellington IV. and wife Paige, his stepchildren Anna Gibbs and husband Patrick, Matthew Weaver, his brother Tom Ellington and his love Jody Martin, his sisters Kathy Hand and husband Ken, Cindy Gray and husband Larry, granddaughters Teagan Ellington and Olive Gibbs, and many beloved nieces and nephews. We all love you and will miss you, but will be seeing you soon at the big party in the sky. The family wishes to thank all of the staff at the Cardiac Study Group, the staff at Good Samaritan ER and ICU, especially Judy, for their care and compassion, Dr. Egge and staff, and most of all, Central East Pierce Fire for their quick response both this time and in 2007. We encourage everyone to support our Fire and Rescue. The family also thanks all of Bill’s friends who helped him with work around the house when he was not able to do it. Your love, support, and friendship means so much. We thank you and love you all. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association, the local food banks, to Safe Crossing any used clothing or cell phones, or just do a good deed for someone in need. Bill’s service will be at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma at the Celebration of Life building on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
Pub Date: 3/10/2009


Kenny Jacob Brisby

3-11-1979 - 2-19-2005 Happy Birthday, Kenny.... We miss you more than words can even say. Love, Mom, Dave, Amy & Rosie
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Vera J. Ranger

Vera J. Ranger 84, went to join her loving husband, Wallace G. Ranger on March 6, 2009. She is survived by her daughters Donna Dopson, Cheryl Cornett, Sandi McMillion, and Tami Volk. 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren, and of coarse her very best friend, her dog Chico. Her family would like to thank the St. Joseph Hospital Dialysis West for their help and hard work over the past several years. Also thanks to Franciscan Hospice for making her and her family’s last days comfortable. A private family gathering is planned.
Pub Date: 3/11/2009


Ronald H. Cornell, Sr.

Ronald H. Cornell, Sr., born December 29, 1944 in Adrian, Michigan, passed away March 1, 2009 in Seattle after a 10 month battle with cancer. A Vietnam Veteran, he retired as a 1st Sgt. from the U.S. Army Special Forces in 1990. He recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service where he worked for 14 years in Puyallup. He is survived by his wife, three children and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, 320 West Pioneer Ave, in Puyallup with burial services on Monday, March 16 at 11:15 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent.
Pub Date: 3/11/2009


Jennings Blaine “Jack” McCollam

Passed away at home in Toledo, Washington on February 12, 2009, after his long and noble fight with cancer. He was born on November 26, 1936 in Dallas, South Dakota to Bryan and Vivian McCollam. Jack was a 32nd degree Mason and a Past Worshipful Master of the Lakewood Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, a charter member of the Lakewood Elks, a Past Grand Noble of Tacoma IOOF, a member of the American Legion and an active member of the Cowlitz Prairie Grange. After retiring, Jack and his wife Marlene, Tacoma residents for 35 years, built the new family farm in Toledo where he lived out his final years away from the city, enjoying his family and friends, and working the farm with his John Deere. A remarkable man, Jack was loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years Marlene, brother Darrell, daughter Julie, son Mark, grandchildren, Jennifer, Heather, and Jonathan, and great grandchildren, Nevaeh and Tukker. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cowlitz Prairie Grange in Toledo on March 28, 2009, at 2pm.
Pub Date: 3/11/2009


Norma (Jaquish) Nemeth

Norma (Jaquish) Nemeth passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2009. She was born October 29, 1926 in Omak, Washington to Edward and Frieda Jaquish. Immediately upon high school graduation she moved to Hollywood to study singing. There she met Stephen Nemeth and the two were married for 48 wonderful years. Music has always been in her heart. During her life she sang with the Roger Wagner Corral, Sweet Adelines and with church choirs until her 80th birthday. Norma was preceded in death by her husband Steve, her son, Leslie, her granddaughter Carrie, her parents, and her brothers Ottis, Rollin and James. She is survived by her sister Ferne, her daughters Cathy (Craig) Koppenberg and Julie (Tom) Villani, her son Kevin (Treva), eight grandchildren and two great-grand children. A memorial service will be held at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Friday, March 13 at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Norma’s name to Hospice, Peninsula FISH food bank, Chapel Hill church or a charity or your choice.
Pub Date: 3/11/2009


John Dee Hudson - 45

March 5, 1963 to March 3, 2009 John was born at Madigan Hospital to Mother, Judy and Father, Jack. He grew up in Parkland, Wa. and settled down in the town of Bremerton, Wa. He graduated from Washington High School in 1981. He fell in love and married Lisa Dillon in 1983. Together for over 25 years, they found faith and followed the path of our dear Lord. John attended Washington State University and graduated in 1986 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He later received a masters degree in Engineering from Penn. State University. John was a Systems Engineer for the Aerospace Company Boeing for over 10 years. He enjoyed playing with his dog Zoey, playing computer games, traveling, golf, and working on cars. He was Mr.Fix It and always gave wonderful advise to family and friends. John was a great father and provider. He is survived by his wonderful wife Lisa, his daughter Suzanne, his son Alex, his mother Judy, and brothers, Dan and Ferrell. "John's life would seem too short to many, but those who knew and were touched by him, understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives" The family would like to thank the Peninsula Bible Fellowship for the beautiful memorial service in the honor of our brother John.
Pub Date: 3/11/2009


Florence L. Dines

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt went to be with our Lord on March 6, 2009, at the age of 79. She was born to Charles Berend, Jr. and Mabel (Voelker) Berend on April 1, 1929, in Frazee, MN. Her parents and one sister, Lois Kathleen, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Gerald Dines, of Graham, WA; a daughter, Cheryl (Dines) Patterson (Charles) of Baumholder Army Base in Germany; a son, Kenneth Dines (Sheila) of Roy, WA; two grandsons, Justin and Jared Dines of Roy, WA; a brother, Myron Berend (Barbara) of Fergus Falls, MN; a sister, Marlene (Berend) Shasky (Bob) of Frazee, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews, all very dearly loved. Florence grew up in Frazee, MN, graduating from Frazee High School in 1947. She attended Business College in Detroit Lakes, and worked as a bookkeeper in the Frazee Creamery Company. She also worked in the Welfare Office in Fargo, ND before moving to WA where she worked as a legal secretary. She married Jerry on March 11, 1955. Florence was a mem ber of the Lutheran Church of St. Paul, Graham, WA, and a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for many years. She enjoyed quilting, crafts, making greeting cards, reading, and traveling. She and Jerry traveled by RV about six months each year after they retired, she from being a legal secretary and he from the Washington Army National Guard. They enjoyed the ocean and Florence was an avid Mariners fan, so they went to Spring Training in Arizona for many years. Florence was also an angel collector and co-founded the Pacific NW Chapter of the Angel Collectors Club of America in 1985. A Memorial service celebrating her life will be scheduled in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MDS Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 353 Crosswick, NJ 08515, or the charity of your choice.
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GARY DALE DOUGHERTY

June 9, 1958 - March 7, 2009 Gary was a loving and devoted husband, brother, son, grandpa and friend. He was a wonderful father of four, but like a father to many more. He was was taken from us too soon, but he left a legacy of love behind for us all. For nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much by so many. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 3/11/2009


John A. Axlen

John A. Axlen, born Dec. 13, 1925, graduated from Lincoln High School and served in the Navy during World War II. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and clam digging. Married 63 years, John lost his wife on Jan. 20, 2009; he missed her dearly and has gone to join her. He is survived by his sister Jewel Graham, his children Cheryl and Don, Pete and Chris, Steve, Rick, and Lisa, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2009 at New Tacoma Cemetery.
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Dorothy Proctor

Dorothy Proctor passed away March 5, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. She was born Oct. 9, 1919. Dorothy graduated from Whatcom High School and married George Roessel. They had 2 daughters, Karen and Georganna. George and Dorothy were happily married until his death in 1968. Dorothy married Steven Proctor Oct. 10, 1971. They had a wonderful 30-year marriage. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Karen (Jim Brown) and Georganna (Dennis Mallon), her grandsons Jerry Brown (Kathleen), Randy Brown (Denise), and her great-grandsons Tim, Christopher, Steven, and Nick. A service will be held Mar. 12, 2009 at 1pm in the Evergreen Chapel, New Tacoma Cemetery. Please join us in your casual attire.
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Leslie Suzanne Sandblast

Departed quietly on 3/5/09. She is survived by a loving husband and son, six siblings, three step-siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Joe Ann Rawlings

Changed her address on March 2, 2009. She is the mother of Randy Rawlings and Priscilla Jackson. Viewing will be held Fri., March 13th, 1:00-9:00 p.m. at Mt. View Funeral Home. Celebration of Life will be held at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 5314 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma, WA on Sat., March 14th at 11:00 a.m.
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Artheline Madeline (LaBreck) Werner

Born Oct. 1932 to Joseph and Madeline LaBreck of Caswell, ME. In 1952 she married Ernie Werner and spent the next 56 years as his loving partner. “Artie” is survived by her children Carolyn (MacLeod) (Mark) of Gig Harbor; Vickie (Glastetter) (Kurt) of Puyallup; Dennis Werner (Sheila) of Spanaway; Madeline Werner (Sharon Hollen) of Roy; and Gregory Werner (Dawn) of Puyallup, grandchildren Colleen, Kelli, Nicholas, Mia, John, and Scott. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Burson of Limestone, ME, brother Gilbert of Norwich, CT and their spouses and children. She was predeceased by her son, Perley and husband Ernie. Service will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven at noon, Friday, 3/13/09.
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Dorothy Proctor

Dorothy Proctor passed away March 5, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. She was born Oct. 9, 1919. Dorothy graduated from Whatcom High School and married George Roessel. They had 2 daughters, Karen and Georganna. George and Dorothy were happily married until his death in 1968. Dorothy married Steven Proctor Oct. 10, 1971. They had a wonderful 30-year marriage. Dorothy is survived by her daughters Karen (Jim Brown) and Georganna (Dennis Mallon), her grandsons Jerry Brown (Kathleen), Randy Brown (Denise), and her great-grandsons Tim, Christopher, Steven, and Nick. A service will be held Mar. 12, 2009 at 1pm in the Evergreen Chapel, New Tacoma Cemetery. Please join us in your casual attire.
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Leslie Suzanne Sandblast

Departed quietly on 3/5/09. She is survived by a loving husband and son, six siblings, three step-siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Joe Ann Rawlings

Changed her address on March 2, 2009. She is the mother of Randy Rawlings and Priscilla Jackson. Viewing will be held Fri., March 13th, 1:00-9:00 p.m. at Mt. View Funeral Home. Celebration of Life will be held at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 5314 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma, WA on Sat., March 14th at 11:00 a.m.
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Artheline Madeline (LaBreck) Werner

Born Oct. 1932 to Joseph and Madeline LaBreck of Caswell, ME. In 1952 she married Ernie Werner and spent the next 56 years as his loving partner. “Artie” is survived by her children Carolyn (MacLeod) (Mark) of Gig Harbor; Vickie (Glastetter) (Kurt) of Puyallup; Dennis Werner (Sheila) of Spanaway; Madeline Werner (Sharon Hollen) of Roy; and Gregory Werner (Dawn) of Puyallup, grandchildren Colleen, Kelli, Nicholas, Mia, John, and Scott. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Burson of Limestone, ME, brother Gilbert of Norwich, CT and their spouses and children. She was predeceased by her son, Perley and husband Ernie. Service will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven at noon, Friday, 3/13/09.
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William (Bill) V. Dolan

Bill was born July 7, 1941 and passed away suddenly but peacefully on March 4, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA with his wife, children and several loved ones by his side. Bill was passionate about spending time with his family (always with his wife), camping, cheering on the WSU Cougars and riding his Harley. Bill was a wonderful man who cared deeply for his family and friends and will be missed more than words can say. Bill, known to his girls as Papa, is survived by his true love and wife of 31 years, Jill; his daughters Becky, Traci (Bryon), Shannon, Tammy, Terri and Rikki (Carey); his sisters Nancy (Butch), Dixie, Jackie and several grandchildren. At his request, there will be no formal funeral service. A celebration of his life was held Sunday, March 8 at his home in Sumner, WA Never was there a man who has touched so many lives the way he did. We will miss you Papa.
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Marion Alice (Mundy) Pattee

August 24, 1921 to March 3, 2009 Born August 24, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Lloyd and Nellie Mundy, Marion A. Pattee passed away March 5, 2009. She was an active member of the Puyallup SDA Church and local business owner. She leaves a legacy of love and many hours spent helping others. Marion was preceded in death by her husband John of 63 years and daughter Sandee. She is survived by her daughter Carolyn, her sons David and Donald, and 12 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 3:30p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer in Puyallup.
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Leo Malcolm Bonfoey

Aug. 17, 1918 ~ March 8, 2009 Leo passed away surrounded by his family. Leo was raised in Corona, CA and served in the Navy from 1940 to 1946. He met and eventually married Vida Gardner in 1949. Out of that union came Sharon Koeingsfeld, Linda Marasco, Richard and David Bonfoey. He joined the the Operating Engineers Local 302 in 1949, and was a member up until the year of his passing. He is preceded in death by 5 brothers. He is survived by his children, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Private service will be held at Weeks’ Dryer.
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Julie M. Kalnins

1923-2009 Julie, Born in Germany, died in Tacoma where the family moved in 1960. Julie Retired from the Fort Lewis PX in 1987 after 26 years of service. Julie will be remembered for her love of family, cooking, gardening, and animals. She is survived by her children Susan Bishop, Art (Joanne) Weaver, and Tim (Diane) Weaver, her grandchildren Travis, Jamie, Rachael, Corey, Sam, Brandon and Brittany, and seven great grandchildren. Julie requested no memorial; a private family service is planned. Our Family would like to thank St. Clare Hospital Staff for her care and all our friends for their support. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Heart Association. Tributes, condolences or donations may be made at www.tacomamausoleum.com . Arrangements by Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary 253-474-9574
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RICHARD J. MOFFAT “Rick”

Rick was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 18, 1941 and passed away in Des Moines, Wa. on March 08, 2009. He proudly served our Country in the United States Navy. He was a refrigeration pipefitter, organizer and member of the J.A.T.C. Committee with Local Union #32 of Seattle, WA. He was also a member of the Redondo LDS Ward, an avid fisherman, gardener, loved to cook and most importantly, spending time with his family. In 1994, he was preceded in death by a son, R. Lance Moffat. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Judy; son Vince (Donna) Moffat, grandchildren Dana, Anthony, Taylor and Chanele, also, sisters Judy (Dick) Dyson, Darlene Kellett, Shelly (Steve) Glezos and several nieces and nephews. Private Interment will be at Sumner Cemetery. Memorial services will be Friday, March 13, 2009, 1:00PM at the Redondo LDS Ward - 841 S. 308th St., Federal Way, WA. 98003. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup, 253-845-1172.
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Dorcus Delores Romo

17 May 1935 - 12 Mar 2004 Dear Sweetheart, We Love and Miss You very much. Rest in Peace. Leo Romo and family.
Pub Date: 3/12/2009


Harry F. Thomas

1/20/31 ~ 3/12/08 A year ago on this date, God chose to take you to His place. Some time has passed but our sorrow is still great. Our only comfort is knowing that you are in peace and in God’s grace. We love you more than mere words can say. We think about you always but especially on this day. Love Wilma and family.
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Richard Dick Carrig

Richard "Dick" Carrig passed away peacefully on March 4, 2009 after a valiant battle with cancer. Dick served selflessly for 27 years in the U.S. AirForce, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant with numerous decorations. He was an active member of the community in both the business and the civic arenas. Dick is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gladys; son, Chuck (Shannon) and grandchildren Gary and Gabrielle; daughter Jenny; brothers Ray and Bob; sisters, Karen, Sharon and Babe; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 Noon on March 29, 2009 at the Moose Lodge in Yelm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation, or the "Gift of Life" at any Puget Sound Blood Bank. www.oakwoodhillfuneralchapel.com
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Patricia Adams

Passed away March 8, 2009 in Federal Way, Washington at the age of 76. She was born June 2, 1932 in Tacoma, Washington to Clarence and Edna (Callanan) DeMars. After graduation from Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA, Patricia entered the University of Puget Sound, graduating in 1954. After time spent at home with her young family, she went on to teach special education throughout Highline School District for 20 years, retiring in 1995. She loved reading, traveling, spending time at the beach house and with her family. Patricia is survived by her husband of 54 years, William Adams of Des Moines, WA; son, William P. and wife Joy Adams of Seattle, WA; son, Scott D. Adams of Seattle; son, Christopher P. Adams of Vancouver, WA; granddaughters Julie and Rebecca Adams; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her sister, Shirley Crase, precedes her in death. A Memorial Service will be held at Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel, 27221 156th Ave. SE, Kent, WA, Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: A.D. Alzheimer's Association, 12721 30th Ave. NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125 -or- American Heart Association, 710 - 2nd Ave., #900, Seattle, WA 98103
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Richard (Dick) Eric James

Of Gig Harbor, passed away March 9th, 2009. Dick was born in Tacoma October 12th, 1928 to parents Eric and Kathleen James. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy, his children Mary (Dino), Paul (Kim), Linda (Mike), Karen (Russel), John (Colleen), Steve, and Dave (Sara), and his grandchildren April, Aubrey, Kyle, Eric, Angelia, Maria, Lena, Jesse, Taylor, Kirsten, Gabrielle, Vanessa, Emily, Katie, and Calvin. He was a Korean War veteran and a machinist of 33 years with Section 40 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, including several trips to Scotland to work on submarine tenders. He knew what it meant to do a good job whether it was on the job or at home. Dick was a good man, a great husband, and a wonderful father and grandfather. He loved his family more than anything. He taught us all well and his legacy lives on. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Gig Harbor on March 16, 2009 at 10AM. Reception to follow in the parish hall. Arrangements by Haven of Rest.
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Merlin M. Madison

Merlin was born on March 17, 1931 in Oklahoma and passed away on March 9, 2009 in Federal Way, Washington. He worked for the Buffelen Woodworking Co. for 36 years. He is survived by wife Jung Hwa, daughter Seyong (Jung Sang) An, and grandsons Michael and Phillip An. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 14, 2009 in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center building with viewing starting at 9:00 AM. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Robert Dean Bennett

May 16, 1965 - March 9, 2009 Bob passed away peacefully on Monday March 9, surrounded by his immediately family after suffering a massive stroke. Bob joined his grandparents, his beloved Aunt Shirley and his best buddies 'Chevy' and 'Tanzie' in heaven. Left to mourn his passing are his parents Robert and Kathleen Bennett of Lakewood, WA, sister Stacey (Juan) DeJesus of Lakewood, WA., nephew Rick Madrid Jr. serving with the US Army in Colorado Springs, Co., and niece Brianna Madrid of Lakewood, WA. Bob also leaves behind numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins and his pup's Little and Grinder. After attending Mt.Tahoma High School, Bob went to work in the family business where he was employed until his passing. There wasn't anyone who really knew Bob who didn't love him for his BIG heart and gentle soul. Bobby loved fast cars, fishing and camping with friends. He was a gifted mechanic who could build a race car or 4 wheel rig from scratch. There are no words to describe how much our Bobby Dean will be missed. The family would like to thank the staff of the ER and ICU at Good Samaritan Hosp., with special thanks to Dr. Mann for his kindness and gentle care. Viewing will be held at Mt. View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW on Friday March 13, 2009 from 3:00PM to 9:00 PM. Memorial Service will be held Saturday March 14 at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, 5400 112th St SW, Lakewood, WA. At 11:00 AM. Reception to follow.
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Gary Dougherty

June 9, 1958 - March 7, 2009 Preceded in death by mother Alice. Survived by wife Tina, daughter Randi, sons Rory, Jessy, D.J. siblings Randy, Kacey, Rick, Karrie, Christeen, Kecia, Kellie, and 7 grandchildren, father Richard. Services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home, Valley Chapel March 14th at 3pm with a private viewing 2-9pm, March 13th.
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Joe Rozenski

Joe Rozenski, a lifelong resident of Fife, passed away on March 9, 2009. Joe was born in Fife to Gus and Mary Rozenski on April 24, 1914. Joe was the eldest of three siblings. Joe was raised on the family farm located in what is now the heart of Fife. Joe attended Fife schools, graduating Salutatorian of his class. His distinction as Salutatorian was an early indicator of the standards Joe set for himself and expected of others. Following high school, Joe spent several years in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) was a familiar term to our country at the time and a fond memory for Joe. Joe always felt the hard work on the farm and the CCCs prepared him for his fifty-year career as a conductor for the Milwaukee Railroad. Like many of his generation, Joe lived through the "Great Depression" and never forgot the lessons he learned: thrift, hard work, and self reliance. Those traits were admired by others who asked for his leadership as President of the Local Brotherhood of Trainmen for twenty five years, a long time member of Fife, Drainage Board, Planning Commission, City Council, and ultimately as Mayor of Fife. In 1941 Joe married Elenora Larson. They built a home together in Fife, and were married 60 years before she preceded him in death. They were blessed with one child, Janell. In addition to his wife, Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill, his sister Helen, her husband Arthur Brown, and his nephew William Salamone. Joe is survived by his daughter Janell and son-in-law Dan Orr of Richland, WA, three grandchildren, Rob Keating of Boulder, Colorado, Deric Orr, Seattle, Lindsay Gray and her husband Mark and their son, Joe's great-grandchild, Jacob Daniel Gray, of Pasco, his niece and nephews Arlene, John and Michael Salamone of Fife, dear friend Marion Dacca, and good friends Werner and Manfred Scharmach. Services will be held March 14, 2009, 9:00 am, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Reception following in the Oak Room. Please send condolences to Mountain View online site, www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Jim Kight

Jim was born in Perry, Florida, on Sept. 22, 1919, died on Feb. 21, 2009, and was laid to rest at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in California. He married the love of his life, Virginia (Ginny) Hillje, on April 20, 1946 in Seattle, Washington. They had a son, Wayne, now deceased, and daughter Lydia. He enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and served in WWII, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Vietnam, received 3 bronze stars, and retired after 30 years of service. After his retirement, he began his next adventure. He devoted his days to Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society in the education department teaching children. He also visited nursing homes and handicapped and abused children's homes with pet therapy. In 1999 he was honored to be elected their volunteer of the year. In addition, he assisted needy and homeless families through Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH. He was a member of branch 104 Fleet Reserve Association, Tacoma. In 2000, Jim and Virginia moved to Apple Valley, California, to be near their family. He is survived by wife Ginny, daughter Lydia (Woody) Hudson, grandsons Peter Hudson and Jacob (Lisa) Hudson, great-granddaughter Quinn Hudson, and sister Louise Jeannie Hayes. If desired, contributions can be made to your favorite charity, Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH, or Coalition Humane, Tacoma.
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Darlene Lyon

Darlene passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 6, 2009. She was born October 9, 1939 in South Bend, WA. After graduating in 1958 from South Bend High School, she met and married Jim, the love of her life. They welcomed three wonderful sons, and were married over 48 loving years. Darlene is survived by her husband Jim, sons Tracy (Christie), John (Teresa), and Jeff (Kim), her mother Wilma Pundars, brother Earl (Marilyn) Nelson, sister Corinne Pundars, grandkids Tracey (Tiffany), Brittney (Dan), Larissa, TJ, Kelsey, and Brett, great-grandkids Parker and Fallyn. Darlene enjoyed travelling, spending time with her family, and caring for her home and yard. Many creatures found their yard a sanctuary. Her hummingbirds, blue jays, and squirrels would often come right up to her. She was very proud to be a wife and mother, raising three wonderful sons who have become wonderful parents themselves. She showed grace, strength, courage and dignity while recovering from surgery in January, but was called home to Heaven after recent complications had placed her back in the hospital. Her family would like to thank her doctors, the ICU staff and home-health services at Good Samaritan for their outstanding care of our beautiful wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. We could not have wished for better care. We will miss your laughter, guidance and stories, but know you are resting now in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with your sisters Dolores and Jeanette, whom you have missed so much. We are forever grateful that our lives were blessed and better because you were in them. We will hold your memory close and keep your love forever in our hearts. We love you. The family is holding a private memorial. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Pierce County Humane Society in Darlene's honor.
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Sivasa “Joe” Fiu, Jr.

Born on March 7, 1960 in American Samoa, he left us on March 9, 2009. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he was devoted to caring for his family and friends. He joined the US Army at 18 and retired after serving 23 years. While stationed at Ft. Lewis, he met his wife of 20 years, Carole M. (Whiteman) Underwood. Retiring to Tacoma, he enjoyed his family and friends. He loved BBQing in the back yard and going fishing. He worked for FedEx a number of years. Sivasa joins his father, uncles, and his sister. Survived by his wife, his mother Palepa Sofai Matuu, 2 brothers, his sister, son Anthony [partner Yvette], daughters Jennette and Tiana, grandchildren Josef (Joey), Stephanie (Jade), Justice, Britney, Jessica and Allie, as well as aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Special thanks to the FedEx family for all their love and support. Services will be held March 14, 2009 at 11am in the Mountain View Valley Chapel in Lakewood. Remembrance gathering to follow. Please leave online condolences at www.mouintainviewtacoma.com .
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Annie Josephine Peterson

Annie was born in MN on August 21, 1919 to C.P (Pete) and Anna Howe Christensen and was one of eight children. She went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2009. Annie was raised on the family homesteaded farm and attended a one room country school a mile from home through 8th grade. She always wanted more education and after many years attended several night school classes at Franklin Pierce High School, to later proudly pass her G.E.D. test. Always a hard worker, Annie was a cook and/or waitress for several years in MN and WA, then worked for many years at Fors hatchery in Tacoma, retiring at 67 years of age. She was a homemaker in every sense; a great cook, besides making her own bread, delicious pies and cinnamon rolls, also canning fruits and vegetables, etc. No one visited her home and left hungry. Annie was married to George Cronkright of Tacoma for 32 years, then to Eugene (Gene) Peterson of Midland for 10 years. She loved to travel, especially cruises through the Panama Canal and around the Caribbean or by train to visit family in MN. Music and dancing was a passion that she and Gene shared, often going three afternoons a week. Annie loved being with people. With her ready smile and talkativeness, Annie made many friends everywhere she went. Annie leaves behind her sister, Ella Brynjulfson of Osakis, MN; her four children, June (Gene) Asselstine, Carol (Dick) Charette, Dennis (Carol) Christensen, and Dean (Linda) Christensen, also 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren, besides many extended family members. Annie was a strong lady overcoming many trials and illnesses in her life time but even as the butterfly endures, struggles and overcomes to emerge from its cocoon finally free, so Annie is now free and rejoicing with her Lord. Viewing 4-7 PM Sunday at the Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1PM Monday in the Piper-Morley-Mellinger Chapel, 253-472-3353. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
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Jeff (Aussie) Salter

May 3, 1920 - March 13, 1992 You’re in my thoughts each and every day. I hear your voice, I see your smile, and I feel your warm heart. You said, “Don’t worry, Baby, some day your ship will come in.” You’d be proud, Dad. It has come in, and life is good. Till we meet again 1 4 3
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Thomas P. Birch, Jr.

3-13-1962 (Tommy) 4-6-1998 HAPPY 47TH BIRTHDAY You are always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. We love and miss you very much. Until we are together again. Love, Dad, Janell, Kristy, children: Andrew, Alex, Aileenah, relatives and friends.
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Gary F Hansen

11/22/1950 - 3/13/2008 Faithful Friend Loving Husband Dedicated Father
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William C. F. Hauss

William C.F. Hauss was born on Nov. 25, 1915 in Tacoma, Wash. He left this world to be with the love of his life of 58 years, Maydine on Feb. 19, 2009. He was a proud World War Two veteran, serving with the 1st Armored Division in Europe and Africa. William is survived by his sister Eleanor of Seattle; son, Bill (Becky) Hauss; granddaughter LaDawn (Tanner); great grand-children Sierra, Cheyanne, Christopher and Kaden of Roy; son Tom (Melinda) of Vancouver, Wash.; grandson Travis (Amanda); great grandchildren Carsen and Sophia of Olympia, grandson Kyle of Yacolt and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maydine; brother Robert; sisters Esther, Aletta, Minnie and Dorothy. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Yelm Community Methodist Church, 408 Second Street, Yelm, Wash. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Yelm Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 837, Yelm, WA 98597.
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Fred J. Sanchez Sr.

Went home March 10, 2009, Seattle, Washington. Funeral services Chief Leschi School, 5625 52nd St. E., Puyallup, Washington, Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 10am. Burial Cushman Cemetery. Dinner held at Chief Leschi. www.oakwoodhillfuneralchapel.com
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Reuben Rios (Uncle B)

Reuben was born on August 17, 1971. He left us too soon on March 2, 2009. He was survived by his mother Donna Fossella, his brother Carlos Rios and wife Marianne and their children Kimberley, Angela, Jennifer, and Carlos Jr,. brother Christopher Rios his son Christopher Jr,. brother Conrad Fossella his children Ivory and Autum. Preceded by his father Reuben Rios Sr. Reuben was a loving man; he will be missed by many. He dedicated his life to his family but most of all he was dedicated to being the best uncle. We will all miss saying “Uncle B”. Services will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home, on Saturday March 14th at 2:00 p.m.
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James N. DuBey

On March 2, 2009, our beloved Jim went to be with the Lord after a long, courageous battle with heart disease. He was born in Alpena, Michigan in 1930. He served his country for 22 years in the US Air Force around the United States and in England and Iceland. This was followed by 15 years with the FAA at the Seattle Center. Faithful Christian and devoted husband, Jim is survived by Iva Lee, his wife of 59 years. Loving father of four children, Robert, (wife Linda), Barbara (husband Steve), Forrest (wife Deborah), and John, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Traveling was one of his many interests, seeing the country and spending time in the Southwest. He had a love of fishing which he enjoyed from boyhood on. In later years he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Always a lover of books, he spent many hours reading and researching genealogy. Jim's life will be celebrated in a memorial service March 14, 2009, 11AM, at the First United Methodist Church, Auburn, Washington. He will be laid to rest in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
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Marlys V. Anderson

Marlys Anderson, age 81 passed away March 9th at her home. She is survived by 7 children, 23 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation and funeral service will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, March 15 from 11 AM to 4 PM, Funeral Services will be held Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 11 AM. For a more complete obituary go to Fir Lane obituary page www.firlane.com
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Joseph J. Gorshe

Joseph J. Gorshe passed away on January 3, 2009 in Kirkland, WA. He was born in Anaconda, MT on April 25, 1950. A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at St. Peters Church, Anaconda, MT followed by internment at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be made to donors choice.
Pub Date: 3/13/2009


John Bertram Troup

John (Bert) passed away with a full moon guiding his path in the morning of March 12, 2009. Son of John and Emma Dyer Troup; he was born June 23rd, 1928 in Hoquiam, Washington. He was a graduate of St. Mary's Grade School, Aberdeen, attended St. Edwards Seminary, and graduated from Bellarmine Prep, served in the US Marine Corps, graduated from Seattle University and Gonzaga University Law School. In 1954 Bert married Betty Fleischmann, walking partners for 54 years. He began his career with Northwestern Mutual Insurance in Bellingham; he was admitted to the practice of law in both Washington State and in the local federal courts, opening a Tacoma law firm in 1957, partnered with George Christnacht and eventually the firm became Troup Christnacht Ladenburg McKasy & Durkin. He was the 1984 President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. He served four years as a member of the Washington State Higher Education Personnel Board and three terms on the Washington State Bar Association's Committee on Professional Conduct and on Unauthorized Practice of the Law. He was a member of the Puget Sound Inn of the Court. He was the recipient of the 2004 Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Lincoln award. He was a longtime parishioner of Holy Cross; member of Serra Club, Knights of Columbus and served on the board of the Friends of Tacoma Dominicans. Additionally he served as the 1992 mayor of his beloved Northilla Beach on Vashon Island. Survivors include his wife Betty Fleischmann Troup, four children: John (Peg Staeheli), Kathryn Troup (Albert Greenberg), Mary Nordi (Scott), and Carol Troup (Pete Johnson); grandchildren Rita and JT Troup, Emma, Alice, Molly and Joanna Greenberg, Nicole and AJ Nordi, Torben and Vincent Johnson; brothers James Troup (Edith) and Francis Troup (Della); sisters-in-law Eileen Hines, Lucille Fleischmann, and Dorothy Fleischmann; and many nieces and nephews. Remembrances: American Parkinson’s Disease Association or Bellarmine Prep. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church; Rosary will be recited on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/13/2009


Donna Marie Wilson

Born Jan. 8, 1923 in Oak Park, WA, to Clifford and Mary (Duncan) Stewart; was called home by her Lord on March 1, 2009. Donna was preceded in death by her son Greg (2006) and is survived by Mel, her loving husband of 66Ú years, a retired Air Force officer and pilot; her youngest son Jeff of Edmonds, WA, daughter Rosemary Bilikas of Lakewood, WA; and five grandchildren, Kayleen and Shannon Wilson, Gregory Wilson, and Michael and Scott Bilikas. She was a true military wife, who managed the many separations, long and short, military wives must handle. Their duty stations took them from WA to CA, AZ, AL, FL, MT, VT, Japan, Iceland, and through long separations with Mel overseas in Korea, and Vietnam. She helped the family enjoy the variety of life the military offers. No matter where they lived, base housing, off-base rentals, in the US or overseas, Donna made sure that every house was a "home". In retirement, this same dedication was evident. She enjoyed her many friends, her dog Coco, garden club, and working in the yard with Mel. She lived every day to the fullest, never slowing down, in spite of major surgeries and the final test of kidney failure requiring dialysis, which she faced and had begun to conquer. She worked very diligently to begin home dialysis to allow her and Mel the opportunity to enjoy every day and to fulfill their desire to visit Hawaii, Florida and Costa Rica while continuing to relax and enjoy their many memories of a long and happy marriage. Our lives will surely miss this loving and special person who made every event in our lives something special, and taught us the true meaning of love and happiness. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 20, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Lakewood, WA. Interment will be held at a later date at the family plot in Trout Lake, WA. The family gratefully appreciates all the Lakewood Fire Department and Madigan ER did for Donna in her final hours. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers a donation is made to the Northwest Kidney Center or any charitable cause.
Pub Date: 3/13/2009


William Ronald Sanders

August 16, 1929 - March 10, 2009 Ron peacefully passed away surrounded by loving family. Ron was born in Casper, Wyoming to William Lawrence Sanders and Martha Ellen Sanders. Ron graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1947. After serving two years in the Navy, he met and married his wife, Joni. While raising their family, Ron attended Seattle University and graduated with his EE Degree in 1962. Ron retired from Boeing as an Electrical Engineer in 1987, and continued to reside in Kent, WA. Ron enjoyed music, dancing, sports, literature, and the outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife, Joni; four children Elizabeth Key, Pamela Sanders, Jeffrey Sanders, and Douglas Sanders; sister Leta Hicks; grandchildren Tina Key, Shannnon Key, Joseph Wallace, Sabrina Furby, Michael Sanders, and Nicholas Sanders; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Ron was a loving, helpful, and humorous husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, brother-in-law. His wisdom and wit will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Memorial service celebrating Ron's life will be held at Yahn and Son Funeral Home on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1 pm.
Pub Date: 3/13/2009


Robert S. (Bob) Downing

2-22-1934 to 1-31-2009 Dad lost a long battle with diabetes. He was born in Tacoma, attended St. Leo's catholic schools and graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 1952. He belonged to the Eagles club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Racing Pigeon Assoc of Tacoma. He loved baseball, bowling, fishing and pigeons. Mostly he loved the company of his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Elizabeth. He is survived by his companion Joyce, his sister Delores (Bob) Wellentin, his children Robyn (Sean) Ryan, Mark (Lisa), Bobby, John and Matthew Downing, his grandchildren, and many extended relatives. Remembrances can be sent in his name to the Holy Rosary Church of Tacoma. A family gathering will be held at a later date.
Pub Date: 3/13/2009


Max Ai Warren

09/09/1923 to 03/06/2009 See full Obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 3/13/2009


REUBEN RIOS

Services will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home, 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, WA on Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 pm.
Pub Date: 3/14/2009


John Carbone

John Carbone, born August 6, 1918 in Tacoma, WA died March 10, 2009 in Fircrest. A lifetime area resident, he was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Federal Way Elks Lodge. John is survived by his wife Vera, children Frank (Jan), Mike, Tami (Ron) Cushway, John, and Jeff, a brother, Tony, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited Monday, March 16, 2009, 7:00 pm at The 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: 3/14/2009


David A. Snead

David A. Snead Sunrise June 22, 1952 Sunset March 7, 2009 David is survived by his mother, Zena Snead; brother, Harry Snead (Diana); and uncle Fred Harper; 1 nephew, 3 nieces and numerous football players and friends, he coached over the years, who loved him and will miss him. Celebration of Life March 17, 1pm at Tacoma Christian Center, 3507 McKinley Ave., Tacoma.
Pub Date: 3/14/2009


Phyllis Jean McVicker

March 15, 1928 - Nov. 4, 2004 Happy Birthday to the brightest star in the sky. We love you the mostest. Ray and your 3 Angels.
Pub Date: 3/15/2009


Marvin L. Christiansen

Dad, it’s been a long, sad and lonely year since we lost you. You’re in our hearts and thoughts every day. We love you and miss you so much. Until we are together again, we love you. -- Mom, Kathy, Janie
Pub Date: 3/15/2009


Virginia L. Orr

Virginia Lee "Ginnie" Orr, age 85, of Grants Pass, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at a local foster care home. Born in Danville, IL to Clarence and Mame (Shean) Alison, Ginnie moved to Bremerton, WA, where she met her future husband, William Orr, at a USO dance. They married in March, 1944. Bill returned to active duty during the Vietnam Conflict, and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Ginnie earned an LPN degree and worked at Tacoma General Hospital. In 1988 they moved to Grants Pass, where Bill passed away in 1993. They were married for 49 years. She is survived by two sons, Gary and partner Kathy, and Marc of Tacoma, WA; a daughter, Cindy Orr and husband Terry Messmer, of University Place, WA; grandson Micah Orr, granddaughters Saraliese (Jason) Keel, Kylie (Bill) Murray, and great-granddaughter Hallie Ann Keel. A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m.Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Grants Pass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grants Pass Lions Club, PO Box 6, Grants Pass OR 97528, or Lovejoy Hospice, 939 SE 8th St., Grants Pass OR 97526. Online guest book available at Hull & Hull, www.since1928Hull.com.
Pub Date: 3/15/2009


Sherman Ray Hinton

Services will be held Mon., March 16, 2009 at 1pm at House of Scott, 1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma.
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Richard Rick Olsen

Rick was born February 25, 1951, in Tacoma, Wa. He died March 7, 2009 in Harrison, Idaho, after being diagnosed with ALS in July of 2007. Rick graduated from Puyallup High Scshool in 1969. He attened WSU and graduated from CWSU. Rick taught school in the Kootenai Sschool District for 34 years. Rick spent 24 years with his true love, Gisele Magnuson. Together they enjoyed life, traveling, golfing, driving their cars, boating and watching the sunsets over Lake Coeurd'Alene. Known for his honesty, patience, intelligent wit, Rick was a special person of uncommon talents; a true craftsman. Rick was predeceased by his parents Bob and Lillie Olsen, Fox Island , Wa. Survivors include his wife of Harrison, Id. Two sisters, Lynn Torgerson (Jon) and Gail Olsen (Ken Radeke), three nieces, one nephew, two great nieces and one great nephew. A gathering of friends, family, and students will be held at the Kootenai High School gymnasium March 13, at 3:30.
Pub Date: 3/15/2009


Zelma Barnhouse

Previous longtime Ohio resident Zelma Ruth (Huffman) Barnhouse, 90, of Puyallup, WA, passed away peacefully at 12:15 p.m. Wed., March 11, 2009. Born Jan. 17, 1919, in Zanesville, Ohio, she moved with her family to Steubenville, Ohio, where she attended school. While working as a legal secretary in Steubenville she met and married Russell S. Barnhouse and became the mother of two girls. As a member of the Pleasant Hill United Presbyterian Church near Steubenville, she taught for many years children’s Sunday School and held various offices in the church women’s organization. In 1974 she moved to Puyallup, WA as a widow of one year to live near her two daughters who had relocated in that state. Again, she was active in church service and also became a longtime volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents Victor and Katie (Dixon) Huffman, her sister Verla (Huffman) Moore, her brother Warren Huffman, stepfather Chauncey Hellyer, and by one of her daughters, Donna Lynn (Barnhouse) Rockhill, who died in 2002. Zelma is survived by her other daughter, Diane Kay (Thomas) Whitehouse, of Puyallup; three grandchildren, Susan (Whitehouse) (Russell) Snyder of Tacoma, WA, David (Lora) Whitehouse of Minneapolis, MN, and Daniel Whitehouse of Puyallup, WA; and four great-grandsons, Joel Snyder, Thomas, Joseph, and Henry Whitehouse. Services will be held in both Puyallup and Steubenville, with burial in the Ft. Steuben Burial Estates. In Puyallup visitation will be Wed., March 18, 2009, 5-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Sumner, and Thurs., March 19 at 12:00p.m. at Puyallup Nazarene Church with funeral service at the Church at 1:00p.m. Reception following. Your preference of memorial to Zelma is acceptable.
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Mary Jane Overland, RN

Our beloved mother and grandmother Mary Overland passed away peacefully March 9. She was born March 30, 1925 to Mamie McGuire and Arthur Smith in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Due to the loss of her mother at a very young age, Mary was raised in the convent under the care of Sister Angela. After graduation, Mary reunited with her father and 2 brothers, Hubert and Paul, in Tacoma. Mary was a registered nurse; graduating from Tacoma General Hospital. She retired from TGH in 1987, having enjoyed many years in Labor and Delivery. She was also the recipient of 2 awards from the Tacoma Family Medicine Residency Foundation. Mary loved many things: Jesus, her family, her church, Skip Bo and Pinochle, and cats. Mary was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church; attending most recently Holy Rosary. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Martin in 2005. She is survived by her children John, Karen, Kevin, Mitzie and Rod; her grandchildren Ryan, Karley, Erica, Gregg, Colin, Weston, Chad, Anna, and Colby, and many other family and friends. A special thanks to Dr. Paula Schulze, Elizabeth, her caregiver, Mary Lynn, her nurse from Sound Options, and Father John for his recent home visit to her. The Rosary will be held at Holy Rosary Church, 6 PM on March 19; viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home, noon to 4:30 on March 19; and services in the Mountain View Valley Chapel at 3 PM on Friday, March 20, 2009. Donations may be made in her name to Holy Rosary School, 424 South 30th, in Tacoma. Sign the guest book online at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Betty Nease

Of Issaquah, died in Issaquah on Thursday, March 6, 2009. She was 82 years old. Betty was born in 1926 in Springfield Missouri. While bringing up a family in Neosho, Missouri, she created a successful ceramics studio as well as teaching art in the Neosho schools. After she and Roland moved out to Seattle in 1969, she was able to do post-grad work in England and at the UW, completing her MA in art education. She helped to design and build the unique octagonal seafront house on Case Inlet which they cherished for the next 25 years, where she continued painting, sculpting and drawing. Betty also taught for many years at Wilberton, Ringdall, and other East-side schools. Roland’s position at the Port of Tacoma made it possible for them to travel to many seaport cities around the world, where they made lifelong friends. After Roland’s death, she moved to the Providence Point community in Issaquah where she found many friendships and enjoyed taking geology and philosophy classes and teaching drawing. For 5 years she taught a class called “You Can Draw!”, which was always full. At home she painted, often entering paintings into the art shows at Providence Point. On the day she died she was working on a new painting and enjoying a stack of letters from former students, thanking her for bringing the joy of drawing into their lives. She is warmly remembered and fondly missed by daughter Linda of Camarillo CA, sons Pat, Mike and Gary of the Seattle area, plus a brother in Missouri, 4 grandsons (one of whom is the local hydrofoil pilot Kip Brown), a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter and many international friends and grateful students. Friends and former students are invited to read Betty's full life story, share memories, service information and sign the family’s on-line guest book at http://www.flintofts.com . Instead of sending flowers, the family asks that you consider a small donation to a favorite charity, http://www.heifer.org .
Pub Date: 3/15/2009


Mary E. Syverson

Mary Elizabeth Syverson, Libby as her family and friends referred to her, passed away on January 23, 2009, just a couple weeks shy of her 96th birthday. Born in Benson, Minnesota on February 8, 1913 to Daniel and Mary Carney, Libby, along with her younger sister Virginia, enjoyed the life of growing up in a small town. Eventually, Libby caught the eye of a young man in Benson named Arthur M. Syverson, and on August 3, 1939 she married the love of her life. Shortly thereafter, the newly married couple moved to Tacoma, WA. The early 1940s brought lots of exciting moments to Art and Libby, most notably the addition of their sons Peter and Edward. The Syverson family enjoyed many outdoor activities throughout the years like camping and hiking, and very much looked forward to these events and the times spent together. When their sons were just entering their 20s, a tragic and unexpected auto accident took the lives of both Peter and Eddy. Art and Libby understandably never quite got over the loss of their boys, but did all they could to enjoy what they still had left, each other. In 1987, Art too bid his farewell after a long bout with mesothelioma. With the love and support of family and friends throughout the past 20 years, Libby's strong spirit, sense of humor and determination kept her going until she could join her beloved family and see her three favorite men again. Services to celebrate Libby's life will be held on March 27th at 11 am at MountainView in their Garden Chapel.
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Charles D. Grobey Jr.

Lived in Tacoma from 1926-2009. He is survived by ex-wife Pauline and five children, Steve Carlson, Rick Carlson, Judy Hetzler, Jim Rodgers, and Shelley Martin. "Charlie" was a Korean War Hero and active in the VFW #969. Services will be March 20th at Tahoma National Cemetery (Burial) in Kent at 12:15 p.m. March 21st at the VFW #969 1:00 p.m. for the reception.
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E. Janet McDonald

July 29, 1929 - March 13, 2009 I fell in love in a Latin American Literature class. She sat behind me and I wished I could spend a lifetime with her. And I almost did, until last week, when, after 55 years of marriage, she left me forever. Our love was nourished simply by being together. She was so smart - a cum laude graduate of the University of Pacific. After college she wrote for a radio station and a San Francisco newspaper. Then, when the best of all things happened and our first child Stephanie was born, her career took a new direction, our family. Soon after that another beautiful girl joined us, Alexis. Jan believed it took two to make a successful career. She supported my efforts in business and I hers with our children. She led us through four distant moves San Francisco, Milwaukee, Tacoma, and Rochester. Each move meant a new house, new friends, a new church, new schools, and a whole new culture. In Milwaukee another daughter joined us - Elizabeth, or Libby. And the next move to Tacoma brought another surprise, a son, John. As the years passed and the children became more independent, Janet went back to college and we all got to attend her graduation with a Masters in Psychology. This was a vocation she enjoyed both in Tacoma, Washington and Rochester, New York. What joy and adventures we shared in our family life: cruising on chartered sailboats in the San Juan Islands, in Greece, and in the Caribbean; a birthday gift for me, a month living in an apartment in Paris with a long list of places to see. We found so much happiness in each other. We talked and talked about children, books, the state of the union, theater. There was always a lively topic at hand. A week ago we went to bed pledging our love to each other, as usual. The very next day we learned Janet had an untreatable lung infection. Seven days later she left us forever. At our wedding we played music from Broadway musicals. One of the lyrics from Guys and Dolls goes, "Velvet I can wish you for the collar of your coat, And fortune smiling all along your way, But more I cannot wish you than to wish you find your love, Your own true love this day." For me that wish came true and will last, at least in my memory, forever. There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on March 19th, 2009 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove St., Tacoma, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research http://www.michaeljfox.org/ .
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Francile Faye Trotter-Kirkpatrick

July 11, 1943 - Feb. 5, 2009 Fran died at the age of 65 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. She was a gifted pianist, teacher, avid gardener, and rescuer of animals. Fran graduated from Wilson HS in 1961, continued to the University of Mississippi, receiving a BA with a double major in English and German in May of 1993. While continuing her education through 1995 at Old Miss, she was actively involved in Coffeeville and Charleston schools in Mississippi and donated her time supporting the benefits of the arts in young adults. Fran also spent many years working at the Ted Brown Music Company. Fran was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Helen. Survived by her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Paige, Rick, Emma and Kayla, as well as step-children, Meg (Steve), Heather (Dave), Kelly, Dan, Alan, and Colin, and her second husband, Ernest Kirkpatrick. Memorials in her name to Pasado's Safe Haven in Sultan.
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Frank W. Graffis

January 11, 1915 - March 6, 2009 Frank Graffis of Puyallup passed away on March 6. He was preceded in death by his wife Tilly, and is survived by Jerry (Pat) Graffis of Fife; Judy Skinner of Puyallup and Peggy (David) Duncan of Moses Lake, 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren. No service will be held as he requested. Please visit on-line guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Jane N. Swanson

Jane Catherine Nelson passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 10, 2009. She was born April 5, 1924 to Swedish immigrant parents, John and Anna Nelson, in Everett, Washington. She grew up in Snohomish on a ten-acre farm. She graduated from Snohomish High School in 1942 as Valedictorian of her class. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved son Mitchell Swanson. A warm heart, a beautiful soul, a keen mind, and a deep love and concern for her family's well being describe her best. Her pleasures were simple: the smell of a rose, the color of her dahlias, and a sweet dessert after dinner. She leaves behind her son Steve Swanson, daughter Mary Ann Floyd, six grandchildren, Sarah Lewis, Ben and Jacob Swanson, Josh and Jon Floyd, and Travis Swanson, who she helped raise from the age of two, and four great-grandchildren. A special thanks to her oncologist, Dr. Coleman, who helped her battle multiple myeloma for 15 years, and the numerous staff members at Allenmore Hospital for their kindness and compassion.
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Max Al Dunlap

In early November of last year, our Dad looked out the window at Tacoma General and asked, "Do you think Mom and her sisters are making sauce in Heaven?" We assured him they were cooking up a huge pot and would have it ready when he joined them and all the other departed family members. On March 12, Dad joined Mom and all the relatives for sauce and pasta. Dad was born October 1, 1914 in Spokane. He was orphaned at an early age and grew up on farms in the Spokane and Reardan areas. After graduating from Reardan High School, his first job was as a laborer at Grand Coulee Dam. He greatly enjoyed relating his experiences on this monumental project. With the completion of Grand Coulee, Dad moved to the Tacoma area and joined Local 252 Labors Union. He worked on area dams, Alder, LeGrande, and Mud Mountain, large regional projects like the County-City Building and Interstate 5, and residential homes and area businesses. Dad worked hard all his life. At age 58, he said he'd worked long enough and retired. Retirement years were spent pruning his roses, tending a large garden, tinkering around his shop, fishing, and traveling with our mother. Until our mother Yolanda's passing in November of 2004, Dad was her care provider for nearly 5 years. He is survived by sons Jerry (Maren), Larry, and Dick, all of Tacoma, and daughter Donna Burt (Dan) of Spokane, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Dad was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Helping Hands Adult Family Home in Lakewood for the love and care they provided our father during his stay there. A family celebration of our father's life will be held at a time when the weather is warmer and his roses and other flowers are in bloom.
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Pastor Willie Lee Holland

Feb 13, 1953 – Mar 6, 2009 Willie is survived by his wife Deborah, sons Armondo, Toby, Jeremy, Rashad, daughter Rachelle, step daughters Candice, Natalya, Ayonna, and 7 grandchildren. We love you, miss you, and we’ll see you again! Service will be held on Monday, Mar 16th, 9:00am, New Covenant Pentecostal, 2156 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405.
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Elmer J. Price

Elmer passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 9, 2009. He lived 95 years full of adventure, iris growing, mountain climbing, and fatherly guidance. He was born in 1913 in Tacoma, and lived nearly all of his life there. We believe Elmer to have departed on the ultimate backpacking ascent to the high meadows. He was a man most accustomed to wearing boots, either for hiking or work, and those boots, with legs attached, took him ever higher. He was a member of the Tacoma Mountaineers and led many hikes through the Cascades and Olympics. He served one year as the organization's vice president. As he slowed down just a little in his 80s, he led shorter hikes through Point Defiance Park. He served MetroParks Tacoma by maintaining trails through Point Defiance. He continued to be active into his 90s by doing his ten minutes on the treadmill at the Wellness Center at Franke Tobey Jones. Even when working he often went higher than most, climbing up the old ASARCO Smelter smokestack. He worked for ASARCO in instrumentation and environmental controls for many years until retiring in 1978. In retirement, he continued hiking, documenting the beauty of the mountains with his camera, and growing iris in his garden and in the gardens at Point Defiance. He was a lifelong member of the Pierce County Iris Society and a Master Gardener. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts, serving as a district commissioner. Growing up in Tacoma, he was one of the region's first Sea Scouts. He was fond of rowing around Puget Sound and lashing his boat to the barges going here and there. Elmer worked for the CCC during the Great Depression and during World War II, was a recipient of the Bronze Star and a member of MacArthur's rear echelon. While in occupied Japan, he was discharged from the U.S. Army and worked for the Civil Service. There he met his wife Teruko, and thus began a 62-year romance. They were married in 1947. He WAs preceded by his father Joseph Price, mother Dorthea, and brother Erwin. He is survived by his wife Teruko, daughter Mary Hudson, her husband James, son Joseph Price and his wife Denise. He has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of Elmer's life will take place in the Mountain View Garden Chapel, Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Elmer's memory to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
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Doreen Ransom Hughes

Doreen entered the world in Puyallup on November 9, 1952, to parents LaVerne Marcoe Ransom and William B. “Bert” Ransom, both of whom preceded her in death. Doreen passed away at home in the company of her loving family, and in care of Franciscan Hospice, on March 12, 2009. She attended All Saints School and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1971. She is survived by children Corey and Amy Wecker and Kasie Hughes; her sister, Susan (Russ) Clary and brother Bill (Jill) Ransom; beloved grandkids Ayrin, Kristine, Larry and Brandon; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many, many cousins. Doreen enjoyed her home life, family and friends, reading, the occasional casino visit, her co-workers and her job as head cook at Prosperity Wellness Center. Doreen wanted to offer a special thanks to Dr. Oliveira and his staff for their care and kindness over these past 10 months. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to either Franciscan Hospice or Prosperity House in Doreen's name. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup with viewing prior to the service. Interment will be at Sumner Cemetery followed by a potluck reception at the Puyallup Elks Club.
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Ronald Raymond Sobie

Devoted Husband, Father, Friend, Soldier! Ronald Raymond Sobie passed away March 10, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 76. He was born June 10, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. Ron joined the United States Army in 1951. A veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars, Ron retired as a Master Sergeant from the Army in 1975. He continued as a civilian employee for the Morale Welfare & Recreation Dept. and managed the Ft. Lewis Bowling Center until his retirement in 1998. An avid sportsman, Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and boating. He was most involved in his children's activities and school. Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years, daughter, son and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two brothers and sister. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2009, 11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Parish, 25810 156th Ave. SE, Kent, WA, followed by burial service at Tahoma National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
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Beverley Gail Welch

Born on May 8, 1934, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2009 with her family at her side. Beverley was born to Fred and Berniece Russell in Ontario, Oregon. She grew up on a farm in Vail where she had her own Jersey cow as a pet. She had a lifelong love affair with animals and always had pets by her side. Her passion were her pugs, which she proudly raised and showed. Beverley was a woman who was filled with a lot of love, laughter and kindness, but most of all she was a lady with amazing strength and determination who lived her life to the fullest extent possible. Beverley is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clifford Welch, son David Welch (wife Denise), brother Graydon Russell (Janice), sister Shirley Caron (Bill), 6 grandchildren, Jennifer and Christopher Welch, Kenney Ferguson, Rachel Hines (Thomas), Rebecca and Grey Chase, and 9 great-grandchildren. Beverley was also blessed with a lifelong best friend of 60 years, Shirley Solomon. There are no words to describe how much our loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend will be missed. We have all been blessed by having Beverley, who touched our lives in so many ways. We all love her and will miss her very much. Memorial services will be held March 18, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA at 2:00PM in the Valley Chapel. Following the service a reception will be held in the Oak Room, Mountain View Celebration of Life Center. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (253) 584-0252.
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Robert (Bob) Nicholas Brisky

Born July 21, 1934 in Cashmere, Washington to George and Evelyn Brisky, Bob passed away at his home in Puyallup on March 4, 2009. Bob grew up in Bellevue, Washington, attended Bellevue High School, served five years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, including volunteer duty involving Naval nuclear experimentation in the Pacific. Bob established a retail business in Los Angeles which he later moved to Federal Way, Washington, then to the South Hill Mall in Puyallup. Selfless, honorable, tenacious, hardworking, Bob loved life. He is survived by his partner in business and life, Ray Linton; two sisters, Betty Bicknell and Marie Trotignon; four nephews, Lee Bicknell, Nicholas Bicknell, Marc Trotignon, Michael Trotignon, and one niece, Patricia Pelton. Our deepest gratitude to the caring hospice and cancer staff at Seattle's VA hospital. Donations can be made to the Cancer Society. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday March 20, 11:30 a.m. at Holy Disciples Catholic Church, 10425 187th St. E, Puyallup. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
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Carol Harrison Lessard

Born in Tacoma to Bert E. and Margaret L. Harrison on Oct. 15, 1932, Carol spent most of her life in physical and musical exertion. A skier, hiker, boater, bicyclist, water-skier, and tennis player, she graduated from Annie Wright in 1951. She studied Music (harp) and Physical Education at University of Oregon, and graduated in 1955. She returned to Annie Wright as PE teacher, and, after her marriage in 1969 to Robert A. Lessard, moved to Vashon Island where they built their Sandy Shores home, and where she spent the rest of her life when not in Sun Valley on annual ski trips. She took up the recorder and played with groups on and off the island. She served as the local Republican Precinct Committeeman. She died on February 11th, 2009, with the Hospice harpist playing at her side after a year-long fight with brain and lung cancer. She is survived by her long-time husband Bob, her sister Joan (Barnes) of Seattle, her sister-in-law Elaine (Tanner) of Westport, her niece and nephews, four great-nephew/nieces, and her beloved Akita, Hannah. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 1:00, at Church of the Holy Spirit (Episcopal) on Vashon Island. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society or Church of the Holy Spirit.
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William C. Miller

Bill was born June 8, 1922 in Graceville, FL and passed March 2, 2009 in Seattle. He leaves his wife Betty of almost 64 years, sons Charles (Alvera), David, and Edward, siblings Lucille (Bud) McNeal, Louise Leach, Vileta Hicks. He spent WW2 in US Army Engineers. Served the American Legion Post 138 well. He was District Comdr. and Dept. Vice Comdr. Active in Voiture 94, 40et8. He was Grand Chef de Gare, achieving many honors and fun. Well read, he could talk history, politics, and countries to all age groups anywhere, including his Ruston Way walks. You have a chance to out-talk him at the memorial service on March 21, 2009 at the American Legion home, 7515 Cirque Dr. W., University Place. Come and share memories.
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Beatrice Ann (Lindsey) Wenn

Bea was born on February 13, 1934, and passed away on March 11, 2009. She was 75. She is survived by her daughter Tana (Nic) Stallone, her granddaughter Genevieve, her brother Robert (Emma) Lindsey, 1 niece, 1 nephew, 2 great-nieces, 4 great-nephews, 1 great-great-niece, lots of extended family, and tons of friends. She was dearly loved by all, and her passing has created a huge gap in our lives. Please join us in celebrating her life at a memorial service on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Christ Community Baptist Church, 8016 176th St. E, Puyallup, WA 98375. If you wish, you may donate to the Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society in lieu of flowers.
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Esther Petersen Scherich

Age 93, a resident of Windsor Park Manor, Carol Stream, IL, died Friday, March 6, 2009. She was born May 18, 1915, in Tacoma, WA, and was reared in Cove, Vashon Island, WA. She received her BS in Biology from Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, ID; and a Masters in business from OSU, Stillwater, OK. She taught business subjects at the Kuna, ID, consolidated high school and at OSU in Corvallis, Oregon. For 13 years she was an executive secretary at the Amoco Research Lab in Naperville, IL. She had a great love of botany and was known for the beautiful plants she cultivated. Mrs. Scherich is survived by her children, Anne, Tom, and Mia; her grandson, Paul; her granddaughters Regina, Erika, and Ashley; her great-grandson, Corbin; her brother, Harvey Petersen; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Scherich, her parents, Anna Foss Petersen and Peter August Petersen; and seven siblings. She was a member of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois; Faith Fellowship Church in Oak Brook, Illinois; and P.E.O. chapter EN in Wheaton. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 20, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Windsor Park Manor, Carol Stream, IL; & Saturday, March 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Fellowship Church, 3724 North Washington, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Memorials should be directed to Faith Fellowship Church and the Johnson Health Care Center, Windsor Park Manor. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staffs of the Johnson Health Care Center and CNS Home Health and Hospice for the compassionate care they gave her in the closing years of her life.
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Ellen B. Van Buskirk

Age 90, of Regency of Puyallup, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009 in a local hospital. She was born in Bingham, Nebraska March 7, 1918. She married George B. in 1942, and moved to Casper, Wyoming. They later moved to Washington in 1954. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in Lakewood and Tacoma until she retired in her late 70’s. Survivors include a son, Woodrow G., a daughter, Mrs. Donna J. Ferrell of Bonney Lake, Washington, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 P.M. on 3/21/2009 at Fir Lane Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest beside her loving husband and granddaughter.
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Patricia Georgia Allan

Age 73, passed away on March 9, 2009. She is lovingly survived by 6 children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, and several cousins. She will be greatly missed but will always remain in our hearts. Donations may be made in her memory to the YWCA Women's Shelter, 405 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.
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Lois Irene Mix

Age 71 passed away March 6, 2009. Family is planning a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 28, 2009, Rainier View Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Road South, Tacoma, WA 98444. You may leave memories and condolences online at www.funeralalternatives.org Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives, Tumwater 360-753-1065.
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Roy C. Gablehouse

3/8/1927 - 2/22/2009 Dad passed away peacefully after a short illness. He is survived by his 3 sons, Gene (Sherry), Ron (Peggy), and Randy Gablehouse, 6 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Private services will be held in the spring. Arrangements by Haven of Rest Funeral Home.
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Robert D. Matthew

1958 - 2009 Robb was born in Tacoma on June 11, 1958, and passed away peacefully in his home in Puyallup on March 10, 2009. Robb was the son of Glenn and Mary Ann Matthew. After graduating from Curtis High School in 1976, Robb went into the family business, Van Court & Matthew, Inc., where he worked for 33 years. Robb enjoyed the great outdoors; camping and fishing were his favorites. He bowled in several leagues over the years and made many, many friends. Robb had a huge heart of gold and would lend his hand to anyone needing his help. He will always be loved and missed by his family and friends. Robb was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Mike, his sister Pam Leingang, and his daughter Brynna Matthew. He is survived by his two best friends, Kim Rawlings and Tylee McMullen, brothers Ron Matthew (Jamie), Scott Matthew (Krista), sister Debra Hale, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Chapel located at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West, University Place, WA.
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Allen Kalehua Wong

12/6/1955 ~ 3/7/2009 Allen was born December 6, 1955 in Puunene, Maui. He passed away after a courageous battle with ALS, dying as he lived, surrounded by family and friends in his home on Fox Island, Washington on March 7, 2009. Allen grew up in Makena, Hawaii. He attended Kahuku High School where he was an accomplished athlete receiving multiple honors both as an All-State Basketball and All-Conference Football player. His talents awarded him a full scholarship to BYU. Allen was known as a loving, devoted, loyal, hardworking man who played as hard as he worked; he enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a generous man, sharing his time and talents with anyone in need. He was employed by American Airlines as a Fleet Service Clerk for 25 years; his work ethics & winning ways earned him the respect and love of all who knew him both at work and in life. He will be deeply missed by wife Elisa; their daughter Cheyenne and son Allen "Kale" Wong; his first wife Susana Wong and their children, Otis Wong, Cory Horton, Kazera Tilo, Orlando, Annoria, and Onosai Wong; 12 grandchildren; brothers Henry and Wendell Wong of Ulupalakau, Maui; sisters Lamalani Alo and brother Kimo Alo, both of Maui and many Aunties and Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and too many friends to count. A Celebration of Allen's life will be 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2009 Alliance Church, 655 6th Ave, Fox Island, WA Aloha/Casual Attire Arrangements by Haven of Rest, 253-851-9991
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Shirley Campbell Inveen

"Not only have I lived with ovarian cancer, I have thrived with it." Shirley Inveen was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer July, 1996. Statistics were not on her side for surviving two years. However, as in everything she did, she became a zealous researcher into the disease and its treatments. When one no longer worked, she moved to the next (170 courses of chemotherapy). She participated fully with her oncologists in treatment decisions. The community of women Shirley met while navigating the disease became her extended family. The international web-group discussions led to her spearheading the formation of the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Foundation, now in its 13th year sponsoring a national retreat for survivors of ovarian cancer at Camp Mak-A-Dream in Montana. She screened clinical trials as a patient advocate, attended national research conferences, and helped organize support groups for women with ovarian cancer. Shirley was born in Vancouver, BC in 1932. She came to Tacoma to attend the University of Puget Sound to pursue Occupational Therapy. While there, she met Dan, and they married in 1952. After taking time from her career to have her children, she went back to school to finish her degree. When UPS added a master's program to its OT department, she was the first candidate. That was followed by a master's in computers from St. Martin's, allowing her to specialize in adaptive technology for children with disabilities. She worked in that field with the Tacoma School District and Washington State Special Education Technology Center. Shirley was a mentor and example to many: fellow ovarian cancer survivors, her treatment team, occupational therapists, book and golf group members, gardeners, and family. Shirley died on her own terms March 11, 2009, a sunny day in her home overlooking the Puget Sound and the Olympics and 6 weeks after her last round of golf. Having learned there were no more treatment options just 5 weeks before, she had fabulous visits with friends and family, great meals, and good laughs. In addition to her children Laura (Bill Shaw), Dan (Sara), and Scott (Pamella), Shirley is survived by six grandchildren: Hale and Reid Shaw, Arielle, Anna, Cooper, and Veronica Inveen. Her husband Dan died in 2001 after almost 50 years of marriage. The family wishes to thank all of those who supported them during Shirley's treatment and last days, including Franciscan Hospice and the office of Dr. Lauren Colman. She asked for no services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Foundation, 416 Coventry Court, Helena, MT 59601, or Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, www.marsharivkin.org .
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Dennis Brent Horrigan

4/19/1940-3/16/2006 In Remembrance Dan and Pat Horrigan
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Viktor Schanz

Viktor Schanz, born April 23, 1933, in Odessa, Ukraine, to Christian and Julitta (Bernhardt) Schanz, passed away on March 13, 2009, with his wife of 54 years, Margarete, at his side. Retired USAF SMSgt, and retired also from the SSA, he made his home in Milton these last 27 years. He will be missed by all for his sense of humor and forthrightness. He is also survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Henkel (Tom), grandchildren, Viktor and Larkin, as well has his brother, Christian, of Illinois. Visitation at Powers Funeral Home (Puyallup), Tuesday, March 17th, 2-5 pm. Memorial service to follow at a later date.
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Marian Jeanne Sohn (Olsen)

Marian Jeanne Sohn (Olsen) passed away on March 13, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Raymond G Sohn. She is survived by her children Ray and Jacquie, her grandchildren Seth and Isaac Sohn, and by her siblings Teresa, Jacquie, and Edsel as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Marian was a teacher at Karshner Elementary and remembered each and every student she ever taught. Memorial services Wednesday, March 18th, 3 pm at the United Methodist Church at 1919 West Pioneer in Puyallup. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice or the Puyallup Education Association Student Scholarship Fund.
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Lael L Headley

Lael Headley, 90, of Puyallup changed her address to "Heaven" on March 12, 2009. Left to miss her until we see her again are her daughters Karen (Wallen) Shearer, and Diane Headley. Her grandchildren Gary Kolberg, Ward Shearer, Brett (Katie) Shearer, Vicki Sorrels, Steven Kolberg, Brian Headley, Nadine (Tony) Prather. Her great grandchildren Amanda Murdock, Roxanne Headley, Angelica Sorrels, Kaycee Shearer, Desiree' Shearer, April Shearer, Leanna Bates, Christopher Sorrels, Piper Sorrels, Chante' Oliver, Nevaeh Shearer. Her great-great-grandchildren Christian Schmidt, Gabriel Schmidt and, soon to enter this world Kaitlyn Schmidt. She also leaves two dear friends who were like daughters to her, Linda Chelius and Laura Castelo-Toledo. Graveside services will be Thursday, March 19 at 12:30 at Mt. View Funeral Home in Lakewood. Viewing will be from 11:00 to 12:00 Thursday.
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Kelly M. (Jennings) Rose

Kelly M. (Jennings) Rose, age 44, lost her battle with cancer on March 8, 2009, and passed away at her home in Puyallup, WA. Her family was by her side. Kelly was born on July 24, 1964, in Lakewood, WA, to Brian Jennings and Cheryl (Jennings) Rosskopf. Kind hearted, friendly, spiritual, and with positive energy, she made friends easily and had a large circle of close friends. Kelly graduated from Wilson High School in 1982. In 1984, Kelly's adventurous nature had her moving to Denver, where she worked for TRW. From Denver she moved to the New York City TRW offices. In 1984, homesickness and her desire to be with friends and family brought her back to Tacoma. Kelly soon found work in her chosen career as a Commercial Property Manager. Kelly worked for the Neil Walter Company in Tacoma, and then CB Richards in Seattle. In October of 2008, she accepted a position with the Egis Company of Tacoma, and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with cancer. In 1990 Kelly married Frank Rose in Olympia. It was this union which gave rise to one of Kelly's favorite sayings, "Kelly Rose - such a beautiful name." In 1993, their daughter, Mackenzie, was born. "Kenzie" was the delight of Kelly's life and the two had a very special relationship and bond and loved spending "girl-time" together. She was involved with her daughter's gymnastics, dance, and Puyallup High School cheerleading activities. She was very proud of Mackenzie and all that she had accomplished. Kelly and Frank divorced in 2004, but both focused their energy on raising Mackenzie and remained good friends. An avid snowboarder, Mariner, and Seahawks fan, she loved going to games, cheering loudly for the teams. Kelly had boundless energy and lived life to the fullest. However, cancer confronted her with that mountain she could not climb; that disease she could not beat. Kelly was preceded in death by her father, Brian Jennings. She is survived by her daughter, Mackenzie; mother and step-father, Cheryl Jennings Rosskopf (Karl), Olympia, WA; brother, Sam Jennings, and nephews, Taylor Jennings and Zackery Willis, Tacoma; Grandmother, Carolyn (Simons) Boone, Olympia; fiancé Rory Doering, Tacoma; Uncle Dan (Phoebe) Simons, Denver, CO; Aunt Pearl (Pete) Fjugstad, Randle, WA; Aunt Thelma Smart, Renton; and step-sisters, Kari Rosskopf, Yelm; Kelli Bennett (Bruce), Olympia; Kimberly Carter (Rob) of Sedro Woolley, WA.; and numerous other relatives and friends. A "Celebration of Life" service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at 4 p.m., at the Puyallup Foursquare Church, 601 9th Ave. SE, Puyallup. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelly Rose Memorial Fund at any Columbia Bank. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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Adella E. Welfringer

Adella passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, surrounded by family. She was born to Daniel and Katherine Radke June 20th, 1919 in Tacoma, where she lived most of her life. She was preceded in death by her loving husband (Marcian) of 65 years. She will be joining her parents Daniel and Katherine, her brothers Eddy Tomal and Henry Radke, sisters Doris Gerritz and Eleanor Wixon. Mom is survived by her four children, Brian (Miki), Ricky (Amy), Marcey (Spud) and Mark (Jeannie), also many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She graduated from Lincoln High school, worked briefly as a stenographer and married "Curly" August 31, 1941. She then settled into homemaking and motherhood. She loved to read, shop, and work in her garden. The family would like to thank Roo-Lan Heathcare Center in Lacey for helping her through these last difficult months. Memorial service will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 5930 Mullen RD SE in Lacey, WA at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 19th 2009. Reception to follow at the home of son Mark. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Thurston or Pierce Counties or American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 3/16/2009


Joseph Patrick Tierce

March 17, 1983 ~ April 22, 2001 Happy 26th Birthday, “Joe” We all love and miss you so much Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Lots of Love, Mom, Dad Michael, Christina, family & friends
Pub Date: 3/17/2009


WARREN G. DIXON

Warren Dixon was born in Coffeyville, Kansas on March 4, 1921. He lost his mother at a young age. He passed away after a long illness on March 11, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army for over twenty years. he was a Master Sergeant and served in New Guinea, Europe, Korea, and Vietnam and was awarded a bronze star. He also worked at the B & I Lumber, Boeings, and Georgia Pacific Lumber Company. He was married to Lilo Dixon for 21 years. he leaves many friends behind. He loved to travel and work in his yard. Funeral services will be at the Valley View German Church, 3735 Waller Road East on Saturday, March 21 at 11 A.M. Inurnment will be at the National Cemetery in Kent at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remebrances may be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466 or to Davida Dialysis Center, 5919 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S. W., Lakewood, WA 98499. Many thanks to all the VA Hospital doctors and nurses in Seattle and Tacoma, Madigan doctors and nurses and employees, Dr. He from Davida and employees, Dr. Patterson and employees of Hospice House.
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Ruth Stippich

Ruth Stippich, a longtime resident of Pierce County, passed away at the age 81 on Saturday, March 14, 2009, in Graham. Ruth was born December 8, 1927, in Richardton, North Dakota, to Gust and Caroline (Huber) Miller. On April 10, 1956, she married Raymond Stippich in Deadwood, South Dakota. Ruth's primary joy and responsibility was raising her family. She also enjoyed Bible Study and camping on the family's ocean property. In later years, Ruth and Raymond enjoyed traveling by RV to Arizona where they would enjoy the winter months. She loved crocheting and would offer her artistic creations to family and friends as gifts. Ruth is remembered by her family as someone who was easy to please, did not complain, and loved her family - especially her grandchildren. Ruth is survived by her son, Ezra Stippich (Debbie) of Tacoma; daughters Penny Lee (Leroy) of Tacoma and Bonnie Monnett (Steve) of Federal Way; grandchildren, Luke, Leah, and Hannah Stippich, Taylor, Zachary, and Marcella Lee, and Connie, Billie Jo, and Angel Monnett; and sister, Elma Lorenz. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Raymond Stippich, and brother, Robert Miller. A funeral service is scheduled for 2:30 PM, Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4519 112th Street East, Tacoma, 98446. Interment will be at New Tacoma Cemetery, University Place.
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Robert B. Olsen

Robert B. Olsen, a resident of Bonney Lake died in his sleep on March 12, 2009 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 33 years Judith; Son, Anthony R. Magub and wife Stacey; Grandson, Anthony R.R. Magub; Granddaughter, Nichole Seago and husband Paul; Great-great grandson, Aiden Hunter, all of Colorado; Daughter, Stormy Gail Olsen, E. Washington. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, 1:00 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent. A celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. at the New Peking Chinese Restaurant, 21179 St. Rt. 410 in Bonney Lake. He will be missed! Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 863-2800.
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PEARL M. KELLY

Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Pearl M. (Rider) Kelly passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009, in Tacoma, WA. Pearl was born a "Virgo", August 25, 1927 in Oklahoma. Pearl moved to Kansas City, Kansas at the age of four, where she lived until she married the love of her life, John W. Kelly, in 1949. He joined the Air Force and together they traveled throughout the United States and Europe before settling in Tacoma, WA. Pearl worked for Nalleys Fine Foods, Heritage Rehab and Specialty Care, Goodwill Industries and Tacoma School District. Pearl loved family, "Word Search", people of all ages and a good joke. Her spunky personality and amazing strength will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Pearl is preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Lula Rider, brothers, Otis Rider, Raymond Rider and Jim Rider. Pearl is survived by son John Kelly (Hallis), daughters, Elizabeth Amet (Jim), Kathleen Johnson (Scott), Colleen Kelly, 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, sisters Irene Stogsdill, Mabel Bohrer (Harry), Mary Flowers (George), Helen Rider and many nieces, nephews and close friends. She will be forever in our hearts. Viewing will be held from 12:00-9:00 PM, Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM, Friday, March 20, 2009 at Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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James Lee McAlinden

James died on March 11th after a short illness. He was born to Edward and Lillian McAlinden on Aug. 18, 1926, in St. Maries, ID. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ellen, and baby son Michael. He was a navy veteran, serving on Okinawa, during WWII. He was employed by Super Valu Grocers, retiring in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Isabel, two sons, Edward and Larry (Billie) McAlinden; three daughters, Colleen Gray, Doreen Bonell (Dan), and Caroline Henry (Mark). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Alanna Martin, Miranda and Brad Bonell, and Jossalyn McAlinden. In addition, he has four great grandchildren. His thoroughly enjoyed hobbies included fishing, hunting and traveling. James was loyal, hard working person and will be missed by his family.
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Ina Marie Spicer

Ina Spicer was born on April 15, 1910 in Tacoma, WA and passed away on March 13, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. Ina is preceded in death by her husband Almond Spicer, daughter Ellen Peterson and Stephan Peterson. She is survived by daughters, Diane Howard (William) and JoAnn League (Mike); seven grandchildren, Jonathon Peterson, Clinton Peterson, Lisa Peterson, Loren Zarelli, Gina Campanoli, Dennis League, Danielle Faucett and several great-grandchildren. Services will be held today, Tuesday March 17, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home.
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William Forrest Durst

Feb. 26, 1937 - Mar. 14, 2009 William Forrest Durst, age 72,was born in Tacoma, WA on February 26, 1937 passed away in his hometown of Tacoma, WA on March 14, 2009. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955 and was married shortly thereafter to his high school sweetheart, Carley Purcell. Bill had a long career as a janitorial supply salesman throughout the Tacoma area. Bill, a Born-Again Christian, had the lowest handicap at his golf game, but when it came to seeking the best in people and making people laugh, he had no handicap at all. He is survived by his second wife, Robbi Durst, his daughters Tammara Mason and Kendra (Allen) Beeler, and his grandson, Timothy Mason. We love you Bill/Dad/Grandpa, and will miss you! The 19th Hole awaits you! A celebration of his life will be held this Saturday, March 21st at 1pm at the Skyline Christian Church, located at 626 N. Skyline Dr., Tacoma, WA 98406. In leiu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home (253) 272-1414. Please sign online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 3/17/2009


EUNICE MOTTLE

Eunice was born in Tacoma, WA November 26, 1924 and passed away March 10, 2009 in Sun City, Arizona. Eunice was predeceased by her husband, Ed Mottle and her parentsJoseph and Katherine McGowan. She graduated from St. Leo High School in Tacoma in 1942. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday March 18th in Sun City, AZ at the Church of St. Joachim & St. Anne. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 3/17/2009


David Edward Wilhyde, MD

David E. Wilhyde MD passed away at home the morning of March 9, 2009, after a long fight with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was born in Forks, WA March 28, 1934 to Edwards and Marjorie Wilhyde. He was raised in Tacoma, attended Mary Lyon Elementary, Stewart Jr. High and graduated Lincoln High School in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956 at the College of Puget Sound and graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in 1960. He married Alice Anderson in 1960 and they traveled to Chicago where he interned at the University of Chicago Hospital, returning to U of W for his pathology residency. He was a pediatric pathology fellow in Cincinnati, Ohio for 2 years and then returned to the Northwest. He spent 38 years of his medical career as a pathologist at St. Joseph Hospital where his many friends and colleagues became family. Dave was a fellow of the College of American Pathologist, AMA, WSMA, and PCSMA. he served as Chief of Staff at Allenmore Hospital in 1988. He was a mentor and tutor to many in the community. He was a great proponent of amateur boxing and spent many years as fight doctor for Golden Gloves. His personal interest were varied and he took each one to the limit. They included, skiing, squash, flying, scuba diving, cycling, tennis, and golf. He loved to ski with family and friends here and in Europe and loved the many cruises he took with Alice. Dave had many sports buddies and a few crossed over into true best friends and multi-sports accomplices. They always had a smile, a joke, and fierce determination to get everyone back safely. Because golf was his latest passion, these friends are and will always remain treasured. A devoted family man, he is survived by Alice, his wife of 48 years, daughter Jocelyn Elliot (Sean), son Mark (Carol Styner), granddaughter Jaimine Brown (Shawn), great-grandson Elijah Brown, his sister Margaret Wilhyde, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both his parents and his beloved dog Samantha. he lived life to the fullest because of the excellent medical care he received. A celebration of his life will be held at Tacoma Country and Golf Club, Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite medical education scholarship fund or the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society. Thank you all for your friendship, love and laughter, thoughts and prayers.
Pub Date: 3/17/2009


Steven C. Graves Sr.

Born 1/26/1953 in Omaha, Nebraska to Sherman and Dorothy Graves and passed away 3/13/2009 in Puyallup, WA. Memorial service to be held 11AM Wednesday, 3/18 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. See full obit at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 3/17/2009


Robert W. Ryan

Bob Ryan, Buffalo Bills Football Scout, died in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 11, 2009, while on vacation with his wife, Joan Ryan. Growing up in Gig Harbor, Bob Ryan played football at Union High School. After spending time as a Corporal in the Army's 125th Br. during World War II, he came home to attend and play football at Washington State University on the GI Bill. He finished his undergraduate work at CPS (now the University of Puget Sound) in 1951, where he played quarterback and blocking back from 1947-1949 and was a member of two Evergreen Conference championship teams. He did his graduate work at the University of Oregon. After coaching and teaching at Montesano and North Kitsap High Schools, he spent eight years as the head football coach at Puyallup High School where he won three South Puget Sound League championships. He then returned to UPS where he became head football coach and athletic director from 1965-1972. Bob then left UPS to become an assistant football coach first at the University of Hawaii, and then at the University of Washington. From there he coached as an assistant for the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions. After leaving the BC Lions, he spent time in the Gig Harbor community teaching and coaching football at Peninsula High School. In 1979 he joined the National Football League's Buffalo Bills franchise as a scout. He continued in this work until his last day. A man for all seasons, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, chopping wood and spending time with his family at his home in Wauna. From his morning coffee group to his Old Jox Lunch club friends, Bob never stopped taking an interest in and enjoying his family, friends, former players and their stories. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan; his children with Jayne: Sharon Ryan-Benson, Michael (Jane) Ryan, Patrick (Tari) Ryan, and Sandi (Jarrod) Ryan; Joan's children: Leanne (Arthur) Bunning, Russell (Michelle) Kennedy, Bradley (Kelly) Kennedy, Craig (Cynthia) Kennedy; eighteen grandchildren; his sisters, Marjorie Parish and Sue Jones. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jayne and his brother Ellis. A Memorial Service at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Gig Harbor, will be held Saturday, March 21st, at 1:00 pm. If you wish, donations may be made to your local food bank. Arrangements are by Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor, WA, 253-851-9991.
Pub Date: 3/17/2009


Allice Veola Michael

Allice Veola Michael, known as Bodie to family and friends, passed away March 13, 2009 at the age of 87. She was born July 2, 1921 in Booneville Miss. She is survived by her sons Gary and Kirby and his wife Brenda, her grandsons Scott, John, Brent, Dana, Cory and Erik, her grand- daughters Jaime, Kristi and Nati, great-grandchildren Derrick, Joshua, Christopher, Ashley, Lauren and Celia, sisters Christine, Lora and Betty and many very special nieces and nephews. Services will be held at the Garden Chapel at Mt. View Cemetery at 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 19, 2009. Reception to follow at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 38th St. E. In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to Multicare Hospice or St. Judes Children’s Hospital in her honor. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/17/2009


Charlene Rae Bowen

Till we meet again. I miss you, and love you. Chuck
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Roanne (Myers) Estell

March 18, 1961 ~ Sept. 23, 1984 Sadly missed on your 48th Birthday. Our beloved Roanne. Your loving family
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Walter Lee Weatherspoon II “Butch”

3-18-1979 to 3-6-2004 Happy 30th B-Day. It’s been five years since you left us. Our hearts are still heavy with grief. You are the wind beneath our wings. Love you, Mom, Keyshia and your entire family.
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Wayne V. Burnside

Wayne V. Burnside, 99, passed away just short of his 100th birthday, at his home in Sound Vista Village, Gig Harbor, WA., with his family at his side. born April 20th, 1909 in Enid. Oklahoma. Wayne had an adventurous soul and at the age of 16 he left home and joined the Mounted Marines in 1925. Many of his stories that he loved to tell told of his service in the Marines; Wayne rode Mongolian horses in Peking, China patrolling the China wall in the 1920’s and sailed through the South Pacific. The Philippines and many other exotic places. he served in the Mounted Marines until his honorable discharge. Wayne moved with his wife Oleva Hildahl and their daughter Beverly to Bremerton, WA. in 1941. There he worked as a police officer in the PSNS police department. He advanced to Chief of Police before retiring. After retiring Wayne continued his active life. He was a commercial salmon fisherman out of Westport, WA. for 6 years. He loved to garden and always had a garden filled with flowers and fruit which he grew and attended every year until his death. Wayne lived a rich, fast-paced life filled with excitement, accomplishments, love, and laughter, which he said was his secret to his long and healthy life. Wayne’s life spanned an era of invention. He was already five when the first train came through his frontier town of Enid. Oklahoma. he drove a model T as a teen. Watched the first plane fly over San Francisco in his 20’s, and was already into his 60’s when man landed on the moon. He is survived by his only child Beverly, and her husband Larry Carver, their four children: Debbie Carver, Valerie Lee, Greg Carver, and Mike Carver, and eight great grandchildren: Craig and Olivia Corliss, Janssen and Hannah Olson, Ryan and Cory Carver, Maddi and Lily Carver. At his request there will be no service. The family will celebrate his 100 years of life by releasing his ashes onto the Pacific Ocean where so many of his adventures took place.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Vera Alice Piper

Vera Alice Piper, 90, of Tacoma, passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, February 2, 2009. She was born and raised in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School, class of 1936. Vera lived for many years in University Place, with her loving husband Pat, and raised her three children there. She was born Vera McConnell, a member of a large family, with four sisters and three brothers, and lived all her life in Tacoma. Vera was an avid golfer and was a Past President of Spanaway Women’s Golf Club. She was a member since 1940 of the “Lonely Hearts Club,” which was started during World War II by women who were left behind by boyfriends who were serving in the military. She loved playing cards and was active in several card clubs over the years, one of which has been active since 1945. She loved cultivating her large flower garden and was known for her skill with flower arranging. She was a member of several garden clubs over the years. Vera was known for her sense of humor, and for her skill as a hostess who loved family gatherings. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Pat, her children Mark, Jim, and Patti (Crump), her sister, Clara Dilley, nine grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Vera’s family wishes to thank the caring staff of Allenmore Hospital for their compassion and support.
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Gertrude Johnson

Trudy Johnson born May 12, 1913 in Worms, Germany. Went to be with her Lord and Savior March 13, 2009. Survived by daughter Renate Turnipseed, grandson David (Cheryl) Boswell, great grandchildren Desiree, Jonathan and Austin. She will be greatly missed. Memorial Friday March 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm, Rainier View Christian Church 12305 Spanaway Loop Road, Tacoma. Donations may be made to Franciscan Hospice in lieu of flowers.
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Ruth Canale Ward

Ruth was born 11/13/1919 in Tacoma, WA. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1938 where she was Yell Queen. Ruth was one of the city's more accomplished golfers, having been City and State Jr. Champion. She was three times Women's Golf Association Champion. Ruth was also named by the Tacoma News Tribune in 1950 as one of the ten most beautiful blondes in Tacoma. Ruth was married in 1942 to a well known Tacoma boxer, Davey Ward, and they were blessed with two children, Danny and Angela. Ruth lived the last five years of her life with her daughter and son-in-law off the 13th green of the Desert Springs golf course in Surprise, AZ. Ruth died at home with her daughter by her side on 2/26/2009. Her mind was as bright as a twenty-year-old, but her lungs (copd) let her down. Angela discovered a legacy of journals that her mother kept from 1932 until 12/25/2008; they tell the family stories of her love for life, family and friends. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Davey, son Danny, sister Marilyn Benthin, parents Vollie and Dick Canale, dear friend and sometimes golf opponent Joan Mahon Allard. Survivors include daughter Angie Woodward (Ron) of Surprise, AZ, Danny's daughter Anastasia Harvey (Brian) of Fair Oaks, CA, great-grandchildren Dylan and Arielle Harvey, cousin Beverly Ginnis of Tacoma, WA, brother-in-law Bernie Benthin of Seattle, WA, sister-in-law and Angie's Godmother Margaret Hoffman (George) of Tacoma, WA, plus many nieces and nephews. No services will be held.
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Rena Blodgett Myers

Rena loved flowers. She was the ultimate lady and a true friend to all. Rena died on Monday, March 16 at the age of 94. She was born in Malden, WA, married Lovell “Bump” Blodgett from Spokane and there they raised their two children, James Daniel (now of Green Valley, AZ) and Anne Lorene (Heineman) of Spokane. She and Bump later “adopted” the late Dolores Belmont (Parisot), also of Spokane. After Bump’s death Rena married Colonel Robert H. Myers, retired, of Fircrest, WA, and moved there in 1975. Bob and Rena were married for 33 years, and he now resides in Puyallup, WA. Bob’s daughters, Judy Tricoli of Florence, AL and Karin Rutt of Gig Harbor, loved Rena as a mother. Rena was passionate about beauty and flowers, and was active in garden clubs wherever she lived. Her interest eventually led her to become a Master Flower Show Judge. She spearheaded the placement of two Blue Star Memorials in the Tacoma area, adopted by local garden clubs. Rena worked for the American Cancer Society as an area manager, and she and Bob were the founders of the Discovery Thrift Shop in Tacoma that supports the Cancer Society’s research efforts. Through Bob’s military involvement, Rena was active in the Military Order of the World Wars auxiliary, as well as the Association of Retired Officers’ Wives. She was beloved by her family and her many friends who knew Rena as a generous, thoughtful and beautiful lady. Rena is one with the beauty of the universe and will be missed by all. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:15am at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. For full obituary and to sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414
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MARGARET P. KIRSCH

Peggy was born March 13, 1919 in South Hampton, England to James and Florence (Foord) Bainbridge. She graduated from Lincoln High in Tacoma. Soon after, Peggy married Arthur J. Kirsch. In 1948 they moved to California where they both attended college and became teachers. Peggy earned an Associates Degree at Compton District Junior College, a Bachelors Degree at the University of California, Berkley, and a Masters Degree at Los Angeles State College. Art earned Associate, Bachelors, two Masters, and PHD degrees respectively from Compton, UC Berkley, LA State, UCLA and Cal State - Los Angeles. She was an elementary school teacher for 27 years in the Los Angeles City School District while Art was a professor of economics at Cal State - Los Angeles. Peggy was a travene member of student teachers for Occidental College and Cal. State - Los Angeles. Peggy loved to play the autoharp and enjoyed the arts immensely. Peggy and Art also loved to travel. They retired and moved to France in 1980 and lived in Paris and Nice while attending the Alliance Francaise for French grammar. They returned to Tacoma in 1986 where they joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Peggy was active in the Alter Guild and Eucharistic ministry Peggy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arthur J Kirsch, on June 18, 1997, and later her brother, Doug, her sister-in-law Pat Matthees and nephew, Barry Bainbridge. Survivors in California include: niece Pamela Kennedy (Rick) and great nephews, Brian, Stephen and Paul Kennedy; nephew Jim Bainbridge (Mary) and great niece and nephew Tami and Todd Bainbridge. Survivors in Washington include: her brother-in-law Al Matthees, nephew, Roger (Marcee) Matthees, Scott (Mary) Matthees and niece, Sandy Papacek. Peggy enjoyed and loved her friends of many years: Elsie and Eldon Cowling and Len and Jean Mathy (California) and her in-laws Pat and Al Matthees. She thanks the help of Sandra Papacek in many memorable affairs. The family would like to thank the awesome staff at Heartwood Nursing Home for there loving care. Peggy's Celebration of Life Service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 East 38 St., Tacoma, Wednesday, March 25th at 11:00 a.m.
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Laurine R. Buckler

Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother died peacefully on March 4, 2009 at the age of 90. She was born Laurine G. Rhoads in Bremerton, WA on February 11, 1919. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 1937. She married her high school sweetheart, Franklin W. Buckler in 1939. He preceded her in death in 1996. She spent most of her married life as a homemaker. She is survived by four children: Susan Myers, Tacoma; Lynda Rollins, Spanaway; F.W. Buckler, Jr., Lynnwood and G.C. Buckler (Anne), Yakima. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren; Jeffrey Myers, David Buckler, Kitrina Buckler, Jennifer June and Kami Buckler. She is survived by 1 great-grandchild, Kayla Buckler. Per her request there will be no service. Her ashes will be interned in Port Townsend, WA.
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DonnaLee Nelson

October 14, 1961-March 5, 2009 DonnaLee Nelson born DonnaLee Arbogast (aka Johnson) passed away March 5th while visiting Palm Springs, CA. DonnaLee was born at Tacoma General Hospital and grew up in her family home in Parkland, WA. DonnaLee was the second of three daughters born to Donald and Carolyn Arbogast. DonnaLee is survived by her husband Richard Nelson, parents, Donald Lee and Carolyn Arbogast, daughters, Krystle and Brittney Johnson, and sisters, Autumn Arbogast and Anne Kinsey. Church services for DonnaLee Lee will be held Friday, March 20 at 2:00 PM at Temple Baptist Church, 1108 Columbia Ave, Fircrest, WA 98466. A DonnaLee celebration of life event will be held Saturday, March 28th at the American Legion on Whidbey Island, at 1:00 PM, located 5 miles from the Clinton Ferry at mp 14. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions for DonnaLee's local charities be made out in C/O Richard Nelson, addressed to DonnaLee's Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1602, Coupeville, WA 98239. Need further info, call Debbie at 206-406-4917.
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Melvin L Boesche

Mel Boesche, 94, passed away peacefully March 13th with his wife Virginia, son Robert, and daughter Barbara at his side. Memorial service at Tahoma National Cemetery on Friday, March 20 at 2:45 p.m. with reception following.
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Kenneth Michael Lynn

May 2, 1947 - March 10, 2009 Surrounded by his loving family, Ken passed away in the early morning hours due to complications from pancreatic cancer. In his final hours he was honored by many who were touched by his overwhelming generosity and his loving spirit.Ken is survived by his mother Roxanne Pace, his wife Angie Lynn, his brother Robert Crandall (Faye), his sister Pat Marshall (Ron), Children, Anna Lynn (Denise), Michael Buck (Debbie), Dawn Hanson-Hyatt (Billy), Kimberlea Hawk (Matthew), Megan Keilbart (Mike), Patrick Lynn, Justin Lynn and seven grand-children. A celebration of Kens life will be held at Life Christian Church in Tacoma on Saturday, March 28th at 1PM. All who were touched by his life are welcome. A complete biography is available to view at caringbridge.org/visit/kennethlynn
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Mary Elizabeth Reba Sigafoos

Mary E. "Reba" Sigafoos, 81, of Orting died March 16, 2009 in Puyallup. She was born May 19, 1927 in White Cloud, Kansas. She is survived by children; Arnold L. Sigafoos, Jr., Sandra L. Ryan, and Randy W. Sigafoos, Sisters: Gladys Schoenbachler, Sandra Davidson, Debra Forbes and Bro.; Raymond Cox, 2 grandsons; Michael and Christopher Ryan, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold L. Sigafoos, Daughter; Pamela Meek and Grandson, Brian Meek. Funeral service is Thursday, March 19, 2009, 1:00PM at Powers Funeral Home, 15124 Main St., Sumner, WA. Interment will be at Orting Cemetery, Orting, WA. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


John W. Becklund

John W. Becklund, 64, passed away at his home on the morning of March 15, 2009, with his family at his side. John was born in Tacoma, January 25, 1945 to Roy and Doris Becklund. He was raised in Tacoma, attended Ruston Elementary, Hunt Junior High, and graduated from Wilson High School, in 1963, and from TCC. John spent 24 years with his true love, Linda Becklund. Together they shared a deep faith in Jesus Christ and enjoyed life, family, gardening, and traveling, especially in their motor home. John worked for the City of Tacoma as a truck driver for 35 years. John was known for his warm selfless heart, his keen mind, his intelligent wit and a deep unconditional love for his family's well being. He is loved and missed by his family and friends. John was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his brother Harold; and is survived by his loving wife, Linda. "Papa" to the ones he loved and they were many: his daughter Lisa Makowichuk (Kenny), sons Scott and Shawn; along with step-children Michael Lewis and Sheri Harper (Fred); six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many cousins and a great extended family including many friends. John's love was apparent with his demonstrative show of affection for each and everyone of his extended family. A special thanks to his oncologist and friend Dr. Frank Senacal with his wonderful staff, and the very good people at Franciscan Hospice. Viewing will be at Fir Lane Memorial Park and Funeral Home from 2:00 - 7:00 pm on March 19th. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at New Hope Community Church, 9308 Meadow Road S.W., Lakewood, at ll:30 am on Monday, March 23rd. Memorial donations may be made in John's name to Christian Biker Tabernacle, 2702 East 112th Street, Tacoma 98445. Thank you all for your friendship, love and laughter, thoughts and prayers.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Joan Hutson

Joan went to be with Jesus March 13, 2009 after a valiant fight against Amyloidosis. She was born in Cos Cob, CT and moved to Graham in 1963. Joan enjoyed living the country life while working many years in the interior design industry. She then changed careers and became a dental office manager until she retired. Even though she worked full time, Joan still found time to belong to many charitable organizations. Her passion was women and children. Joan had great faith in God and the goodness in people. She led her life by the example of hard work, commitment and compassion. She would challenge you to find your spiritual gifts and use them for greater charity, works and grace. Joan leaves behind many friends and family. Please join us in the celebration of her life March 20, 2009 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1 pm. Tribute gifts to Children's Home Society of Washington in honor or memory of a loved one are most appreciated. A special Tribute Card acknowledging your gift will be sent to the recipient you designate. Tribute gifts can be made by phone or mail. Please remember to indicate the name(s), what occasion the gift will honor, and the name and address of the person you wish to receive the Tribute Card. By mail please send your gifts to: Children's Home Society of Washington 5929 Westgate Blvd., Suite D, Tacoma, WA 98406 To give a Tribute Gift by credit card by phone, please call 253-472-3355. For more information regarding Children's Home Society of Washington, please visit our website at www.childrenshomesociety.org Tributes, condolences or donations may be made at ww.tacomamausoleum.com. Arrangements by Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary 253-474-9574
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Genevieve Agnes (McCarthy) Hoffman

Jan. 3, 1909 to Mar. 14, 2009 Our Lord and Savior gently carried you home. You leave us memories of your sincere love of God, a loving and caring heart and always that big happy smile. Genevieve was born Jan. 3rd in Baribou, WI, 1909 to Joseph J. McEnaney and Emma Louise Volke. She was married in St. Paul, MN on May 27, 1929 to John (Frank) McCarthy and had a family of 7 children. She was preceded in death by husband Frank McCarthy and late husband Andy Hoffman, also daughter Dolly Webster, son Bob McCarthy and 2 sons-in-law Dick Webster and John Ehrler, also granddaughters Debbie Romero and Leah. She leaves to cherish her memories her five living children: Betty Johnson (Ken) AK, Patricia Hoerling (Ken) MT, John McCarthy, Tacoma, Mary Ehrler, Tacoma, and Rose Sapp (Elden) MT, Phyllis McCarthy (daughter-in-law), Tacoma. She leaves 20 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren. Genevieve also leaves an extended family Thersea Butterfield (Skip “deceased”) VA, Peggy Erickson (Larry) Olympia, Andy (Verna) Hoffman “deceased”, Donald Hoffman (Lorraine) Tacoma. A rosary will be prayed on Thursday 3/19/09 at 7:30 p.m. at Piper Morely Mellinger Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial 12:00 p.m. on 3/20/09 at Visitation Catholic Church. Celebration of her life at Visitation Parish Hall following. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Young Ladies Institute 5739 52nd St. Ct. W., University Place, WA, 98467. or South Tacoma Eagles #2933 7037 S. Pine St., Tacoma, 98409 We wish to thank Crissy and Bert Sawyers and complete staff at Heavenly Acres for their exceptional care of Mom.
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James Harrison Downing

James Harrison Downing, 69 of Auburn died on March 12, 2009 in Seattle. Survived by his wife Inok of 37 years; Children, Maria Delk and James Downing. Memorial Services 11:00 AM Saturday March 21, 2009 at White River Presbyterian Church, 526 12th St SE, Auburn, WA. Arrangements by Klontz Funeral Home, Auburn.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Butch “Matchbox” Wolfe

He left us, Feb. 27. A memorial potluck will be held on Sat., March 21st, 1-4pm, 1st Cong. Church 209 S. J St. in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Esther Ruth Olsen

Feb. 24, 1912 - Mar. 12, 2009 Esther was born to Ralph and Floy Bulkley in Wakaruse, Kansas. She was the last of twelve children: Clyde, Clair, Wayne, Chester, Ray, Bruce, Viola F. Kiehl, Maranda Morgan, Doris Simonson, Josie Lidaky, and Edna Kuns. In the 1940’s Esther moved to California where she met a young Norwegian fisherman named Ed Olsen. They married on November 16, 1948 and moved to Tacoma, Washington. Becoming and adopted Norsk, she learned to camp, fish, dig clams, shuck oysters, and even dip smelt, usually in a raincoat. Together they would build a fine home that was shared with cats, dogs, and even Tweety, the bird. Their home was filled with fun, joy, and often the smell of turkey or lutefisk. Losing Ed in 1990, she found the strength in her faith and family until the day they met again. The family would like to thank Peoples Retirement Community for their four years of assistance. We also wish to thank the staff of Cottesmore for the care and kindness she received in her last four months. A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, march 21st at 11:00 am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 101 East 38th Street in Tacoma. The 2:30 graveside service will be at Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. in Lakewood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Cynthia Ann Daugherty

Cynthia (Ann) Daugherty passed away at her home in Yelm, WA on March 11, 2009. She was 65 years old. At her side was her husband John Wesley Daugherty. She was a wonderful Mother to her three children James Daugherty and his wife, Barbara, Kelly McGregory and her youngest daughter who preceeded her in death Jeannetta Daugherty. Ann was blessed with six grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service to be held Sat. March 21st. at 1:00pm at the Sun Break Missionary Baptist Church located at 7722 Yelm Highway SE Olympia, WA 98513.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Raymond & Ruth Stippich

A funeral service for Ruth Stippich is scheduled for 2:30 PM, Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4519 112th Street East, Tacoma 98446.
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Renee Tompkins

9/15/1950 - 3/16/2009 Our beloved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and friend to so many passed away on March 16, 2009. Renee made Tacoma her home when she and Jim married in 1978 and spent the next 30 years as lifelong companions while raising their family. Renee is preceded in death by her parents Charles Morgan, Liz Morgan and son Joseph Charles. Renee is survived by her loving husband Jim, her children Casey and Anna-Lee (Mark Manning), her grandsons Max and Leo, sister Valerie Donahue and so many extended family members. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in memory of Renee to St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Tacoma. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 9:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Tacoma followed by burial at Mt. View Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Lillian C. Krois

12 July 1935 - 15 March 2009 Lillian left this world after a courageous 7-year battle with breast cancer on 15 March 2009 with her husband of over 52 years, Jack, at her side. Born in Tempe, Arizona, Lillian moved with her family several times with her husband's government career, settling in Seattle. Lillian and her husband spent the past 7 years at their retirement home on Fox Island. She is survived by her children, Deborah Robinson, Kirkland, Daniel Krois, Donna Neal, and Derek Krois,and her 9 grandchildren. "Nana Lil" as known by her grandchildren was an extremely caring, thoughtful, and beautiful individual who gave so much to her family and loved ones. She possessed uncompromising love for her family, and her love and support will be solely missed. Beside her family, she made numerous friends throughout her life, and through her friendships and love touched many individuals in her simple ways. Lillian was an extremely caring and giving individual who accepted all as they were, focusing on their best attributes, traits and giving hearts. She viewed her family and friends as her most prized possessions in life. Lillian is to be cremated and a Mass to be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale Street, Gig Harbor, WA on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. A reception and memorial will immediately follow the services in the church social hall. Her family wishes to acknowledge and suggest donations in lieu of flowers to the Franciscan Hospice Organization of Tacoma, Washington, who without their help would have made Lillian's preparation for her last journey a most difficult road. They were always there to assist the family at the most difficult yet blessed time.
Pub Date: 3/18/2009


Anthony (Tony) Coffee

Tony passed away peacefully on March 13, 2009 at the age of 50 after a courageous battle with cancer. he was a devoted son, dad, brother, uncle and friend. Many who were fortunate to know Tony, were blessed with his loving, caring, and outgoing personality. His generosity to all will be remembered forever. Tony was gifted in many ways. Artistically he shared his talent by donating handcrafted drums to Chief Leschi School. Life was a canvas to Tony. He also had a passion for cooking. Landscaping was another gift of Tony’s. He could turn a mound of dirt into a beautiful landscaped setting. Tony is survived by his mom, Fredia, step-parents Carlos and Kumiko, daughter Katiya, former wife Tonya, brothers Rick, John, Mike, and Mitch, sister Becky and nieces and nephews. He’s preceded in death by his dad, Dale, grandma Nadine, and Aunt Pam. A celebration of Tony’s life will take place at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Spokane Hospice.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Phyllis Elaine Magarin

Surrounded by loving family Phyllis Magarin, age 85, peacefully passed away on February 12, 2009. She is survived by one sister, Deloris Harlow, of Lincoln Nebraska. And by two daughters and sons-in law, Lyn and Martin McLaughlin of Sumner, and Judy and Jerry Kamalieh of Nebraska City, Nebraska. She was loved and will be missed by her 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, along with several friends she touched along the way. She was a strong and feisty woman who will be remembered for her great sense of humor, her love of reading, word puzzles and a warm blanket. We will miss you very much!
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


MARION (ODOM) FISHER

Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend went to be with our Lord on March 15, 2009. She passed peacefully in the presence of family at Orchard Park Convalescent Home. Marion was born on July 2, 1922. She will be remembered for her love of God, devotion to family, being a hard worker and having an outgoing personality. She was a lifelong member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She will be truly missed by daughters Gerilyn Arenas, Linda (John) Jaquez and Janis (Keith) Madden; Son-in-law Manuel Arenas; sister Marilyn Scott; brothers Edwin (Darlene) Lindmark, Charles (Lucille) Harris; six Grandchildren, six Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her husband Ernie Fisher and brother-in-law Dr. James Scott. Remembrances may be sent to Concordia Lutheran School 202 E. 56th 98404 or a charity of your choice. A memorial to celebrate her life will be held Sunday March 22, 2009, 2:00PM at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. Lakewood
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Barbara Jo Hawkins, Bretta Joan Hawkins

Mother and Daughter Together Forever Barbara Hawkins, 52, was taken from us on March 13. She was born in Tacoma on May 5, 1956 to Dolores (Halverson) and George Hawkins. Barbara worked for King County as a Corrections Officer for nine years and prior to that with the Des Moines Police Dept. She resided in Orting and enjoyed spending time with her daughter, Bretta, cooking, and taking care of her horses and dogs along with the many other animals on her farm. Bretta Hawkins, 33, was taken from us on March 14. She was born in Tacoma on October 12, 1975 to Barbara Hawkins. She graduated from Lincoln High School and had worked the last seven years for the Renton Police Department as a Specialist. She resided in Milton and loved baking, taking care of her horses and pets, listening to country music, collecting anything Disney-related, and spending time with her mother and friends. Both are survived by: Joan (Keith) Stubblefield, Jerry (Donna) Hawkins and family, Michele (Dan) Floyd and family, and Erik (Kristine) Gibbons and family. Memorial Service will be on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. at The River of Life Church, 10615 SE 216th St, Kent. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pierce or King County Humane Society or WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Both were dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Mark Stephen York

Mark Stephen York, University Place resident went to be with his Lord, March 17, 2009. He was an appraiser for State Farm since 1987. Mark enjoyed life including activities such as snow skiing, guitar, cooking, boating, movies, and music. He loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Sheila; son Shea and daughter Shana; mother Marianne; brother Ted (Julie); sister Heather; and a multitude of family and friends. Memorial Service will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Praise Covenant Church (1st Covenant), 3501 South Orchard, Tacoma, WA, 98466. Arrangements by Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor, 253-851-9991.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Mabel M. Sanders-Bodenhorn

Mabel passed away peacefully in her home in Tacoma on March 15, 2009 at the age of 87. Mabel enjoyed gardening, fishing, and loved a trip to the casino. She played pool, darts, and shuffleboard in numerous leagues over the years and made many, many friends. Mabel had a huge heart of gold and was there for anyone needing help. She is survived by four children, Juanita Keeling, Gloria Jones, Lillian Robison, Roberta Bailey (Neal), and 13 grandchildren. Services will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home. Mabel will be greatly missed, and will always remain in our hearts.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Mae Harden

July 30, 1939 to March 15, 2009 Mae Elliott Harden was born July 30,1939 to Hazel Boring and Lawrence Elliott in Akron, CO. She married Lavern L Harden on Feb 9, 1957. She was the loving mother of Jerri (Neil) Anderson, Barbara Predovich, Tanya Raven, Alva and Robert (Jamie). Mae had a life long love of sewing and crafts and especially enjoyed sharing her talents by teaching and giving her creations to others. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma on Sat., March 21 at 1pm. Visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com to sign the guest book.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Dorothy Bichsel

Dorothy (Klinge) Bichsel passed on Monday March 16 at the age of 92 of congestive heart failure. It's hard to recall Dorothy without seeing that beautiful smile that always graced her face. It revealed the soul of a warm, wonderful woman who was loved by many and liked by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. Like a welcome blanket, Dorothy wrapped her generous spirit around family, friends and strangers alike. The home and tavern she owned with her late husband were havens to many. Dorothy gave and received love easily. We will never forget her annual New Years Eve parties. Dorothy, who was simply Dot to many, was born on New Years Eve, 1916 in Spokane, WA. She was the only daughter of Herman and Wilomina (Rudolph) Klinge and will be greatly missed and always remembered by her surviving daughter, Glenadine Hoglund and daughter-in-law Norma Bichsel; her grandchildren Susan Raftery (Mike), Jack Hoglund, Sam Rust, and Sally Mix (Walt); and her great-grandchildren Michael and Alicia Raftery, Emma Mix, Jacqueline and Randy Hoglund, and Lindsay Rust. She will also be missed and forever in the hearts of her dearest friends, Laurie Tocher, and Lorene Fortner, and her large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert E. (Bob), daughter Sally Jo Rust, sons Charles (McDowell) and Robert G. (Bobby), and grandchildren Richard and Robert Hoglund, brothers Willard, Dick, Charles and Gordon. She loved the outdoors, especially the beach, hunting (many trips to Canada and Alaska), fishing and clamming and she always had the biggest catch. She was always prepared for family and friends who visited with tuna casserole, apple pie, potato salad or spaghetti. Dorothy grew up in Dash Point where she was very athletic and always around the playground. She was the director of the Central Playfield in Tacoma. Dorothy and Bob owned Mac's Tavern in Federal Way and many other real estate properties in the complex. When she retired, she moved to Long Beach, Washington, until returning to Tacoma in 2004. The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Gaffney's Funeral Home 1002 South Yakima, Tacoma, WA. Mass of Christian Burial will be officiated by her brother-in-law Rev. Bill Bichsel, S.J. at Holy Cross Church in Tacoma Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. The family requests memorials to: Guadalupe House, 1417 S. "G" St., Tacoma, WA 98405. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Amalia Ostroska

Born November 22, 1929, passed away on March 16, 2009. Amalia brought much joy and love to her family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Frank; daughters Margarita Rose, Alina Urbanec, Francine Cuchine and son Frank Ostroska, whom she loved with all her heart. Grandchildren Ron Ingels, Nicole Elliott, Michael and Matthew Robinson, Jessica Martinez, and Monica Ostroska. Amalia had many sisters in her Laureate Beta Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She embraced life and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. A Funeral Mass will be held at Church of the Visitation, 3314 South 58th Street, Tacoma 98409, on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, Tacoma, WA 98466.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Gene B. Hopper

Born March 1, 1922; passed away peacefully on March 16, 2009 with his family by his side. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Mary Louise Hopper of 60 years. Gene is survived by his 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Visitation Sunday, March 22nd, 2:00-5:00PM, with the funeral service Monday, March 23, 2009, 11:00AM, both at Bonney-Watson Federal Way, 1535 SW Dash Pt. Rd. Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-7317. Memorials to Browns Point Kids Fishing Derby. Please sign the online memorial at www.bonneywatson.com .
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


David Erwin McCallen

Born in Portland, Oregon on March 13, 1942. Passed away on March 15, 2009 after a two-year battle with Leukemia. Went to Beaverton High School and then attended Portland State University. He worked in the automotive service industry all his life. First as a store manager for over 26 years for Firestone and then for Hiatt Pontiac as a service manager and then as a customer service representative. David is survived by his wife Marita, daughters Shellie (Rob) and Katie (Corde), and five grandchildren: Alayna, Carson, Callen, Caden and Mary Jane; brothers Edward Junior, John (Loraine), and Robert (Ellie); and other relatives throughout Washington and Oregon. David enjoyed fishing and boating on the Commencement Bay and at his home on Anderson Island. Celebration of David's life will be held on Friday, March 20th at the Evergreen Chapel of the New Tacoma Cemetery. Services will be held at 1 p.m. and viewing starting at noon. Remembrances: American Heart Association and Lymphoma/Leukemia Society.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Leland M. Fry

Born Dec 18, 1949 passed away Mar 13, 2009. He was loved.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Barbara Elizabeth McGalis

Barbara Elizabeth Ferris McGalis Died on March 5 in Puyallup. She was born August 4, 1934 in Hoquiam, Washington. She was a resident of Puyallup. She was a member of Easter Star. She was survived by two sisters Gail Rolfe and Dorthory May Greenly both of Montesano, Washington. She had two children Cindy Gibson of Orting and Michael McGalis of Puyallup, Washington. She had five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Her parents Homer L. Ferris and Dorthory E. Ferris her ex husband Craig Mcgalis and several Aunts and Uncles preceded her in death. There will be a memorial date to be set later. She will be missed by all who know and loved her.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


CATHERINE C. JACKSON

04/20/1923 - 03/12/2009 Preceded in death by her husband Frank Jackson, daughter Helen and son Robert. Survived by sisters Evelyn & Margaret, sons Ken & Gary, daughter Kate, 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren 1 great great-grandchild. Service will be Saturday March 21, at 11:30 AM at Calvary Community Church at 15511 Gray St. Sumner, WA
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Navarre D. Dixon

“Mr. Dee”, passed away on March 15, 2009. The days leading to his passing was spent with his family. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph and Ella Dixon. During his 22-year service in the USAF he traveled to many countries including Vietnam. He was survived by his wife Mai Dixon, 7 sons, 4 daughters, 15 grandsons, 18 granddaughters. The Viewing will be held on March 19-22 at Mountain View Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will be held at the Valley Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on March 23rd at 2:00pm.
Pub Date: 3/19/2009


Thomas Daniel

2002 - 2009 You are remembered by your wife and family. We miss you.
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


Harold Dickinson

Sgt. Harold (Grampy) Dickinson joined us on March 25th. 1926 in Mt. Caramel, Penn. He left us on March 15th, 2009. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife Helen Ann (Gram) Dickinson and his son Steven Eugene Dickinson. He is survived by his sister Edwina Dickinson and daughter Patricia Dickinson. He has 2 grandaughters and a grandson from Patty. He has a grandson and a grandaughter from his late son Steven Dickinson. He is survived by 13 great grandchildren. The services for Sgt. Harold Dickinson will be held at Tahoma National Cemetary. Memorial arragements will be held Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 16417 Field Ct. Se. Yelm, Wa. 98597
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


Russell L. Adey

Russel was born on 1/22/60. Our beloved son, brother, friend. Left us on Wednesday morning (March 18th) to the arms of out heavenly father. A gathering at his home will be held on Wednesday March 25 from 1-3.
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


AVIS JENNISON

Nov. 16, 1927 - March 18, 2009 Avis (Antilla) Jennison was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN., and in 1943 at age 15 she moved with her family to Tacoma. Avis was a beautiful, gifted young woman, loved by many. She enjoyed singing and playing the piano. She attended Bethel Assembly, and was employed at Fishers and Rhodes Dept. Stores. She met John Jennison in Mt. Vernon and they married in Pasadena, CA., in 1947. John was an accomplished musician. Their only child Bruce Allen was born in 1951 in Eugene, Oregon. He was Avis’ greatest joy. They then lived in Tacoma for several years before moving to California where Avis and John lived for many years. After John passed away in 1995, Avis returned to Tacoma. She was not well, and the family would like to thank her caregivers she had over the years. Now she is in Heaven with her Lord and Savior and loved ones who have gone before. Avis was preceded in death by her husband, John, her parents, Emil & Marie Antilla (Magnuson), and three brothers: Allen, Burtis, and Raymond. She is survived by her son Bruce, grandson Shawn (Jodi), granddaughter Jamie, and two great grandsons, Austin and Riley. Also her brother, Don Antilla, sister Lois Putnam, and many nieces and nephews. A service will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at Mt. View Funeral home in the Garden Chapel. Internment will follow.
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


Marian E. Storino

Marian E. Storino passed away at the age of 72. She is survived by son Michael, granddaughters Candice and Stephanie, great grandaughter Marijane, great grandson Malakai. There will be a private service at a later date.
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


Jennie Mae (Regel) Herzog

Jennie was born in Winchester, Idaho on January 17, 1917, and passed away in Puyallup, Washington March 8, 2009. She is survived by her daughter Judy (Milt) Nelson and son Robert (Kathy) Regel, sister Katherine Carter, three grandchildren, and three great-granchildren. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


Ruth Offutt

Born on July 7, 1935 and died on March 18, 2009. Ruth moved to Tacoma in 1991 to be near her daughter. She met a lot of wonderful people, especially at Barbara Fox's Book Store. One of them turned out to be the love of her life, Kirby Offutt. In 1992 they moved to Portales, NM. They did a lot of traveling and exploring. While in NM, Ruth became involved in the Senior Olympics. She organized a group that was very active. 16 of the participants went on to the State Games. In 1995 they decided to move back to Tacoma as all the family was here. Ruth joined the Highlands Golf Ladies Club where she met another wonderful group of ladies. She had her only hole-in-one at Highlands. In 1999 Ruth organized the Greater Tacoma Senior Olympic Games. In 1998 she joined The Aquabelle's, a water aerobics group. Once again she met wonderful ladies. Ruth was preceded in death by her son, Donald Wayne in 1969 and the love of her life, Kirby in 2003. Ruth is survived by daughters Pamela Butler and Rhonda Anderson, 6 grandsons, 2 great granddaughters and 1 great-grandson. Ruth is always included in any Offutt gathering by son John, wife Dyanna and daughter Hannah, daughter Susan Moss, husband Brent, daughters Amanda and Amy, and daughter Irene Offutt. Kirby left me the greatest extended family anyone could ever hope for. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


DWIGHT WENDELL GAUSE

Beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather Dwight Wendell Gause peacefully passed on Thursday morning, February 26, 2009. He joins his loving wife, Eleanor Gause, who preceded him last May after 59 years of marriage. He was born May 24, 1922 to Lester and Clara (Lory) Gause in Searsboro, Iowa. He grew up on a farm near Lynnville, Iowa, the sixth of seven boys. In high school, he and his brother Ralph were on the only Lynnville boys’ team to advance to the state basketball tournament. Dwight served his country in World War II from 1942 – 1945 in the Army Air Corps as a pilot primarily flying the B-24 Liberator, as a First Lieutenant, with the 11th Bomb Group in the Western Pacific. After returning from the war Dwight used the GI Bill to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His roommate Jim Oxley introduced him to his sister, who became the love of his life. Dwight was united in marriage to Eleanor Oxley on March 19, 1949 in Boulder, Colorado. Dwight graduated from CSU in June of 1949 and went on to receive his Masters in Forestry from CSU in summer of 1950. After logging in the forests of Colorado and Mississippi, he joined the Weyerhaeuser Company in 1957 at Longview, moving to Tacoma in 1961. Dwight retired as Manager Special Projects in 1987, concluding 30 years with Weyerhaeuser. He and Eleanor loved spending time with their family, traveling, and maintaining the “flowering manicured yard” of their Auburn home. Dwight’s love for basketball continued throughout his life watching his grandsons all play basketball for Bellarmine and following the current Lions’ efforts. He is survived by his son Randy (Sherree) Gause, grandsons Phil, Scot and Greg Gause, great grandson Luke Gause, and brother Ralph (Virginia) Gause of Indianapolis. Father Jerry Chapdelaine, SJ will preside over a memorial service celebrating Dwight’s life on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 11:00 am at Bellarmine Preparatory School’s St. Aloysius Chapel. He will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery on April 2nd at 10:30am. The Gause Family wishes to thank the professional and compassionate staff of TG’s new Cardiac Care wing. We treasure you all. Thank you to Fr Seamus Laverty, Fr Jerry, friends and family for their loving presence and prayerful support. Continue to celebrate Dwight’s life by donating to the family’s designated charities: Bellarmine Preparatory School’s gym fund, Bellarmine Development Office, 2300 S Washington,Tacoma, WA 98405; Tacoma General Hospital, Cardiac Care Unit, P.O. Box 5296, Tacoma, WA 98415
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


William E. Jackson

Age 74, born April 28, 1934 to Gertrude and William Jackson, he was preceded in death by his brother James, and loving wife of 48 years, Shirley. He is survived by his children Frances and Wesley, sisters Frances and Joan, brothers Tyrone and Marvin, grandchildren Monica, Briana, Jordan, and Jackson; relatives and friends. After 25 years of service, he retired from Kaiser Aluminum. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved helping people. Viewing will be at New Tacoma Cemetery at 10AM and services will be at 11AM on Saturday, March 21, 2009.
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


William C. Miller

1922 - 2009 Our talkative Bill will be missed by many. (See his obituary in the Sunday, March 15, 2009 News Tribune). Come and share memories at the American Legion Post #138 home, 7515 Cirque Dr. W., University Place, at 2pm on March 21, 2009.
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


Ernest Andrew Holroyd

“Andy” Andy Holroyd, 70, passed away March 13th in Rancho Mirage, CA. A Tacoma native, he was graduated from Clover Park High School with the class of 1956 and attended the University of Washington where he was affiliated with the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He later attended both the University of Puget Sound & Pacific Lutheran University. He and his brother managed their family business, Holroyd Co., for 35 years. He is survived by his wife Cynthia, his son Jim (Mary), his daughter Amy (Pat), & six grandchildren: Amanda, Annie, Molly, Sarah, Matt, & Andrew. He is also survived by his brother Jack Holroyd & his sister Florence Thomson & their families. Andy loved hunting & fishing. For those fortunate enough to have known him, they will remember his humor. At his request, there will be no formal services.
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


Anthony Wayne Sauro

“Tony” 10/25/1955 - 3/13/2009 Tony was the oldest child of Vete and Garnet Sauro he was proceded in death by his mother and brother Larry. He is survived by his father, his only child Jason, sister Debi, brothers Bob and Mike, and other family and friends. He died unexpectedly at the age of 53 and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at Mountain View funeral home on Tue., March 24 at 1:00 in the Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Life Center in Tacoma, Wa. www.life-center.org/donate
Pub Date: 3/20/2009


ELLEN B. VAN BUSKIRK

Services will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home at 2 P.M. on March 21, 2009.
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


Brooke Lyn Wells

03/21/06 - 04/01/06 Happy 3rd birthday sweet angel. Your short journey on earth brought us so much love & joy. We think of you daily & miss you tremendously. Love Grandma Jean & Marsha
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


Russell L. Adey

Russel was born on 1/22/60. Our beloved son, brother, friend. Left us on Wednesday morning (March 18th) to the arms of our heavenly father. A gathering at his home will be held on Wednesday March 25 from 1-3.
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


Lois Loyd

Lois (Smith) (Hazen) Loyd, 84 passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009. She is survived by her daughters, Kerri Robberson (Mike) & Melinda Redfield, grandchildren Lisa Robberson, Lee Redfield & Jesse Lincicome, sister Wanda Bisconer (Eddie), brother Leonard Dickinson (Della), sister-in-law Dorothy Dickinson and many, nieces, nephews and her precious dog Charles. The family would like to thank all those who cared for her during her stay at Clare Bridge and Hospice. She was a beautiful and accomplished woman who was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Private services for family only.
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


Kenneth Eugene Schultz

Kenneth E. Schultz, 66, Died March 16, 2009 in Federal Way. He was born Sept. 23, 1942 in Lakota, No. Dakota. He was a graduate of Port Angeles High School and entered the U.S. Navy Sept. 8, 1960 and released from the USS Turner DDR834 in Norfolk, VA, Sept of 1963. He was a member of the Lynnwood Eagles #2888 and retired from the International Order of the Teamsters #741, working at SeaLand Freight. In semi-retirement he worked at Penske Trucks in Tukwila, WA. He very much enjoyed being a "Big Truck Driver Man" and was honored as one by his 6 children; Shelton, Maurice, Leo, and Dennis Pritchard, Doreene Hulford and Marleene Mann, 28 grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. He enjoyed his fellow workers and was a regular at Dave's in Milton, WA for over 20 years. He met Helen Benoit, Sept. 23, 1973 and they were married May 29, 1988. A viewing is TODAY, Sat. 3-8PM at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup. Memorial Service is Monday, March 23, 11:00AM at Edgewood Bible Church, recently named Edgewood Community Church before a very recent merger, where he attended, when able, since moving to the Milton-Edgewood area. Memorials may be made to American Cancer or American Diabetes.
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


Alfredo (Fred) George Gasperetti

Fred Gasperetti was born on April 19, 1936, and went to be with his Lord on March 13, 2009 at the age of 72. Fred will be remembered and cherished for his loyalty to family and friends. His strong work ethic began at the age of 9, when he worked for his father doing odd jobs such as selling flowers and delivering newspapers. He was a powerful role model for his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. Fred is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Laura Myers and Cynthia Turco (Patrick), grandchildren Ashley Hundt (Peter) and Michael Myers, Dominic and Antonio Turco, 2 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Susanna Hundt, and sister Joanne Thomas (Ron). Fred had a life-long love of music, having participated in band at Clover Park High School. He was first chair saxophone the first year of the Washington All-State Band. Fred will also be remembered for his beautiful baritone voice, which he gladly volunteered as Cantor at St. Rita’s Church, where he was a life-long member. Fred proudly served his country as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. He founded his company, Gasperetti’s Distributing, in 1973. Fred grew Gasperetti’s to be the number one distributor in the state. At the time of his death he was continuing to manage the company he loved. Rosary will be recited 6:30 PM Monday, 2/23/2009, at St. Rita's Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 AM Tuesday, 3/24/2009, at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Rita's Catholic Church, 1403 South Ainsworth Avenue, Tacoma WA 98403. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home, 253-472-3353. www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com . “Be brave and steadfast. Have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you, He will never fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31.6
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


Donna J Delph

Donna J Delph age, 57 born to Edward and Irene Mackowiak, on 29 May 1951, lost her battle with brain cancer on March 19, 2009 and passed away at home. She is survived by; Gary Delph, her husband of 38 years, a daughter, Michelle Robertson, a son Kirk Delph, a brother Larry Mackowiak, a sister Mary Mackowiak, and 5 grandchildren; Chiara, Jasmine, Dakota, Johnathan and David and a host of cousins. During her lifetime she accoplished many things in her community and at the workplace. She graduated from Hammond Tech in 1969. She was then married to Gary in 1971 and spent the next 25+ years as a strong Army wife in addition to working on her own career in Civil Service for 29 years. Donna spent her last days surrounded by her family and closest friends. She will be missed. We love you. A memorial service will be held Mon., 23 Mar. 09, 1:00 PM at the Woodlawn Funeral Home in Lacey, WA. In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


Ruth Offutt

    • CORRECTION** She is also survived by family in Murray, Kentucky, mother Reba Hernden, sister & brother-in-law Wanda and Green Bailey, 2 nieces and a nephew along with extended family. She will be greatly missed.
Pub Date: 3/21/2009


William C. Winden

William Craig Winden passed away in the early hours of February 12th, 2009, as a result of complications arising from pancreatic cancer. A native son of the Northwest, Bill was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 22nd, 1931, and graduated from Stadium High School in 1949. Bill spent his life torn by his desire to pursue both art and music, and this was already evident at Stadium, where he sang, played the cello, studied figure drawing, and edited the school newspaper. Bill received a bachelor's degree in art from Stanford University before studying opera performance under Lotte Lehmann at the Music Academy of the West and completing an MA in music, with an emphasis on opera production, at the University of Washington. Together with his wife, Joan Stensen Winden, he embarked on an international opera career in Germany and Switzerland. Returning to the U.S. in the late 1960s, he accepted a position developing an opera program at the University of Maryland and was the bass soloist at St. John's Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square across from the White House. While at Maryland he earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. Having spent his childhood summers boating on Puget Sound and hiking Washington's woods and mountains, and his college summers working and singing at the Inn at Paradise on Mt. Rainier, Bill developed an abiding affinity for the transcendent beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Ultimately, Bill's love of the Pacific wilderness drew him back to the Northwest to take a position on the faculty of the Evergreen State College in 1972. At Evergreen, Bill finally found his true intellectual home - a place where he could teach and practice both art and music, in the studio and the classroom, separately and together - Bill was always fascinated by the lessons learned from addressing multiple disciplines in an interdisciplinary manner. Throughout his life, Bill managed to bridge the academic and professional worlds, serving as both teacher and exemplar to his students. For some years after joining the Evergreen faculty, Bill continued to sing with the Seattle Opera and in community events around the Northwest with Joan and their son Andy. In his later years, Bill took up the brush in earnest again and painted a large portfolio of watercolor images of his beloved Pacific Northwest in his studio on Puget Sound surrounded by the firs, cedars, maples, rhododendrons and ground cover that serve as the subjects of many of his works. A trusted teacher and friend of many, Bill will be remembered for his heartfelt warmth, his wisdom and the power and peacefulness of his presence. His secret was simple: he was an ardent practitioner of the Golden Rule throughout his life. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan; his son, Andrew William Winden, of Tokyo, his wife Masami, and their sons, Kennet and Eirik; sister Eloise Grondahl and husband Jim; brother John Winden and wife Sharon; several wonderful nieces and nephews and many great friends. A memorial to remember Bill will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 357-3386. Evergreen is establishing an award in Bill's memory for students demonstrating oustanding achievement in the Arts. Donations may be made to the The William Winden Achievement in The Arts Fund, The Evergreen State College Foundation, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505, (360) 867-6300 or foundation@evergreen.edu .
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Rose Marie Evans

Rose Marie Evans, born July 28, 1933, was greeted into Heaven by her daughter Stacia on March 16, 2009. She is survived by John, her loving husband of 57 years, son Christopher (Sally), and grandchildren Steven Bisig, Christa and Ryan Evans, Corey Kerrigan. She was a secretary at St. Ann's School, a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, enjoyed music, reading, gardening, and her family. Please join us in a celebration of her life at an open house on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 1 - 5pm, at the home of John Evans.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Ronald L. Bekken

Ron was born in Grandville, ND January 20, 1930, passed away on March 16, 2009 at the age of 79. He was a Puyallup resident for 63 years. He went to Puyallup High School and was in the US Marine Corps until 1960. He worked for the Puyallup School District in the Maintenance Dept for over 30 years. Ron was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn of 50 years and his daughter Sandra Bean. He is survived by his son David (Kim), his grandchildren Kim Saucier, Darryl Bean, Matthew Bekken, Janelle Bekken, and 3 great grandchildren, his sister Thelma and brother Arnold. Ron will be gretly missed and forever in the hearts of his family and friends. Remembrances may be sent to a charity of your choice. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, March 24th at Powers Funeral Home 320 West Pioneer Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Peter J. Girodat, Jr.

Peter J. Girodat, Jr., born in Cleveland, Ohio May 22, 1924, passed away March 19, 2009 in Lincoln, CA. Visitation Tues., March 24, 5-8pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave., Tacoma 98403. Rosary 10am with Mass following 11am Wed., March 25, 2009 at St. John Bosco Church, 10508 112th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Interment with full military honors will follow at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. For full obit and to sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Maryle Guylene Walters

Passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2009. She was born on July 10, 1932 to Guy Schmitt and Ruth Grant at Vally Falls, KS. Maryle was preceded in death by her husband Wilbert Walters on Feb. 10, 1981, and 3 sons, Donald, David and Darren. Maryle is survived by a son Daniel (Carol) Walters, 2 daughters, Debra (Ben) Barabas and Denise Walters (Steve Fritz), 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Also survived by 2 sisters, Barbara (Walter) Rohr, Rebecca Grant, 2 brothers, Robert (Grace) Schmitt, David (Sylvia) Schmitt, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be Monday, March 23, 2009 at 11:00 am at Fir Lane Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Spanaway, WA. Burial will be at Chapel Lawn, Schererville, IN.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


James Thomas Lane, Jr. (Tom)

Papa, originally from Austin, TX, lost his battle with cancer Thursday evening, 3/19/2009, in Puyallup, WA. Tom is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 45 years, and children Shawn, Tommy and Alisa, 1 sister, 6 grandkids, and mother-in-law Evelyn Gray. Tom retired from Walmart in 2006. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, 3/24/2009, 2:00 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, 214 East Pioneer, Puyallup, (253) 845-8819. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home, Puyallup. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Peace Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


John W. Ball

Of Puyallup, Passed away at age 61. Memorial services will be held at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup on Mar. 28, 2009 at 1 pm. John was active in the Meeker Fellowship. He was loved by all who knew him.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Clara M. Cole

May 3, 1928 - March 12, 2009 It's with a heavy heart that we as a family helped our beloved mother crossover. Clara was an incredibly brave woman, as dying is not for sissies. Clara is survived by Rory Miller, Jill Amidon, Randy Miller, Shawn Roper, grand childern and great grandchildren. We love you Mom and will see you when our time comes. A celebration of Clara's life will be held May 3, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m. @ 226 Nisqually cut off rd. se.Olympia call Rory 360.491.9416 for directions
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Karin Easterwood

Karin passed away on March 11, 2009 after a courageous bout with cancer. Born in Berlin, Germany, Karin came to the United States in 1965 and was employed by St. Joseph’s Med Center for 35 years. Karin was an avid traveler, an animal lover, and above all a loving mother and friend. She is survived by her son Martin, brother Frank, sister Barbara, cousins Doris and Dagmar, plus nieces and nephews. Karin will be missed by all of the people whose lives she touched in so many ways. Thanks to Ginny, Thavy, Natasha and Mandy from Franciscan Hospice, you were wonderful. And a special and loving thanks to Sharon Kelly and Brenda Shindell, who made Karin’s last months with us a much better place. We love and appreciate you more than you will ever know. For full obituary, see www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Judy M. Vadnais

Judy M. Vadnais (71), began her new life on March 3, 2009. Born in Glendive, MT and went to school in Laurel, MT. A resident of Tacoma, WA, she was employed at COPES, where she worked with the elderly and handicapped for 4 years. Judy touched a lot of lives, bringing sunshine and humor to all she met. Our beloved mother passed away peacefully. She is survived by her daughter Diane Beard, her son Darren Vadnais, her four grandchildren: Sheena and Cory Cavanaugh, Lacey and Tiffany Johnson, 2 great grandsons, and her sister-in-law Helen Harper. At Judy's request, there will not be any services. In place of flowers, please send contributions in Judy Vadnais' name to: Canterbury House c/o Resident Fund, 502 29th St S.E., Auburn, WA 98002
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Alice “Jane” Rummel

Jane (Buckner) Rummel was born Oct. 29, 1930 in Tacoma, Washington. She peacefully went to be with the Lord on Mar. 17, 2009. Jane graduated from Lincoln High School and Multnomah School of the Bible, where she met her husband and love of her life, James C. Rummel. The two were married 56 years. They had one child, Lori Rummel-Underwood. She is survived by her husband, her daughter, four sisters, one brother, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service for all has been planned for 1pm, Mar. 28, 2009, at Bethesda Baptist Chuch in Tacoma. John 3:16
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Gordon E. Wingard

Gordon E. Wingard, 81, passed away on March 17, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, his two daughters, Cynthia Ford and Nancy Breuer, his siblings Sigurd Wingard, Elsie McKee, David Wingard and Wesley Wingard, and two grandchildren, Megan and Matthew Breuer. Ceremony will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines, where he was a member.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


George F. De Shon

George F. De Shon passed away on March 13, 2009 at age 82. He proudly served his country in the Army during WWII receiving an honorable discharge. George retired from the City of Tacoma as Chief Examiner and the State of Wash. as Chief Pers. Officer. George was a follower of all things historic and was greatly admired by all who knew him for his intelligence and sense of rightness and humor. He will be remembered for his many talents. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Merna, sister and daughter and extended immediate family. Per George’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Society. Life’s Work - Well Done
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Etta Mae Settles

Etta Mae entered her heavenly home on March 19, 2009. She was born in Tacoma on May 15, 1911 to H.D. and Kitty Coffee. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1929, and attended the College of Puget Sound, now the University of Puget Sound. In Nov. 1942 she married Hollis E. Settles of Seattle, who preceded her in death. Etta Mae worked twenty years for the I.R.S., working in several different departments. She was a member of Praise Covenant Church, and greatly appreciated the faithful visits of Pastor Doug Stave. Etta Mae and her family are very grateful for the loving care given by the staff at Manor Care. Funeral services for her family and friends will be held at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home at 11am on Friday, March 27, 2009. Private burial will follow at Old Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, WA. Please sign on-line guest book at www.tuellmckee.com . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Ellen Marie Stalcup

Ellen, 88, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 at her home in Olympia. Ellen was born March 26, 2009 in Tacoma. Mrs. Stalcup is survived by her husband of 67 years, S. Layton Stalcup, daughters Pat Mickelson and Marjorie Miller, daughter-in-law Mary Stalcup, grandchildren Craig Mickelson, Shelley Weatherby, Amy Chung, Teresa Bass, Andrea Ryckman, and Morgan Miller, great grandchildren Charlie and Louie Mickelson, Gabrielle and Kyle Chung, Abbey and Gracie Bass, and Kaleb Ryckman. Preceding Ellen in death is her son, Roger Neal Stalcup. Please join us in a Celebration of Life in memory of Ellen on March 28, 2009 from 1:00 - 3:00p.m. at her home, 2111 63rd Ave NW, Olympia. Call Layton for directions: 360-866-4488.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Dorothy Christiansen

Dorothy Christiansen, 91, died peacefully on March 17th. Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ernie, 8 brothers and sisters, and her parents. She is survived by son David (Judy) of University Place, daughters Julie (Bob) Hesla of Beaverton, OR, Susan Snow of Abilene, TX, sister Evelyn (Ray) Baird of Puyallup, 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy will be greatly missed, but her love for family and friends and her kind and gentle spirit will never be forgotten. Family wishes to acknowledge and suggest donations in lieu of flowers to Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence of Gig Harbor, or Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma. Services at 1:00pm Saturday, March 28, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


James L. Tucker

Born on November 11, 1943 in Caldwell, ID; passed away March 19, 2009 in Puyallup. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 23, 2009, 7 p.m., at the Sumner United Methodist Church, 901 Wood Ave. Please view his full obituary at www.curnowfuneralhome.com .
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


FLEMING GEORGE

Born on March 5, 1932 in Calvin, ND, he was the first of three children born to Elizabeth A. and Stanley R. Fleming. The family moved to Tacoma in 1936 where George attended Jefferson grade school, Mason Jr. High and graduated from Stadium High School ('50) and the College of Puget Sound. He is survived by Gerri, his loving wife of 30 years; children: Julie Fleming-Suttich (Greg), Gig Harbor, WA; Carrie Magnuson, Federal Way, WA; Lisa Palmer (Bill), DuPont, WA; Tim Fleming, Maui, HI; sisters: Mary Llewellyn (Paul), University Place, WA; Donna Heath, Fircrest, WA; Linda Molina, sister-in-law, and Ken Molina and Leonard (Louella) Molina, brothers-in-law; plus eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George started his career with the Travelers Insurance Company. He later started Cascade Insurance Underwriters with his cousin, Duane Fleming where he then branched off and formed his own agency, George H. Fleming Insurance. In 1968 he merged with Arthur B. Comfort, Jr., forming Comfort & Fleming Insurance Brokers. And in 1988 merged with Bratrud Middleton Insurance where George retired in 1990. Upon his retirement George was elected to the Board of Directors of longtime insurance client DBM Contractors, Inc. headquartered in Federal Way, WA. He remained active in the operation of the company, steering it through periods of economic trial as well as of more recent rapid growth and escalating success. He was also instrumental in DBM's community involvement. George will be truly missed by many family members, friends and associates and the industry as a whole. In lieu of a service or flowers, Mr. Fleming wished donations to be sent to the DBM memorial fund for The Boys and Girls Club at: http://bg-clubs.com/extras/Events/DBM_Memorial_Golf_Tournament.htm George Fleming March 5, 1932 - January 27, 2009
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Arlene Frances Gibbs

Arlene Gibbs was born July 9, 1933 to Raymond & Mary Gross in Wayland, New York. She married Robert G. Gibbs on November 9, 1957. Arlene was the loving mother of Timothy, Theodore, and Robert Jr. Arlene's greatest joy was seeing the smiling faces and hearing the laughter of her family. She also found hours of pleasure tending to the numerous flower gardens in her yard. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew her. Services will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Sumner, on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home (253) 863-2800. Please sign the online guestbook at curnowfuneralhome.com
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Letha Louise Scott

1921 - 2009 Letha Louise Scott passed away peacefully on March 16, after a brief illness, at the young age of 87. Letha was born in Weatherford, Texas; her family moved to the Pacific Northwest when she was a young girl of thirteen. Following graduation from Puyallup High School in 1939, she met and married W.C. Scott (Scotty), also a native Texan, in 1940. She was always a dedicated mother and homemaker; later in life she enjoyed working as a finance clerk, for the Federal Post Office in Tacoma, WA. After retirement, Letha and Scotty loved spending time with family, tending their beautiful yard, mall walking and traveling. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years; her parents, sister and brother. Letha is survived by her daughter, Donna (Ed) Romjue of Bellingham; son, Wayne (Judy) Scott of Tacoma; four grandchildren, Kevin Scott of Puyallup, Scott (Shara) Romjue of Lynden, Shannon Scott of Las Vegas and Curtis (Grace) Romjue of Seattle. In addition, she has three great grandchildren from Scott and Shara. She will be dearly missed by ALL who had the opportunity to know and love her. A celebration of Letha’s life will be held in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View on Monday, March 23rd at 12pm, followed by a gravesite prayer. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (to honor her loving husband) in her name.
Pub Date: 3/22/2009


Jonny Bergo

March 23, 1937 - November 21, 2007 HAPPY BIRTHDAY (PAPA) Love, your family
Pub Date: 3/23/2009


Annette M Urness

3/23/1946 - 3/19/2006 Happy Birthday Mom! We miss you each and everyday. Until we meet again, all our love Rich, Melanie, Jeff, Mike, Cathy & Carson Anne
Pub Date: 3/23/2009


Norma Ann Marvik

May 9, 1931 - March 15, 2009 Passed unexpectedly on March 15, 2009. She was born on May 9, 1931 in Courtland, KS to Elmer and Elva Pahl. Norma graduated from Parkrose HS in Portland, OR. She moved to Gig Harbor and met and married her husband, John in 1955. She is survived by her husband, John, their daughter, Anna (Sam) Shumaker, grandchildren, Ashley Shumaker and Joel Shumaker. Also, her sisters, Sharon (Ron) Miller, Karen (Barry) Stokke, and sister in law, Norma Hardy, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She joins her family and friends that have gone before, in their Heavenly home. For Memorial info. Anna: 253-405-4026.
Pub Date: 3/23/2009


Jack Neil Schneider Sr.

Jack was born in Lancaster, Ohio on July 1st 1925 and passed away peacefully in Tacoma, on March 18, 2009, at the age of 83. Jack was the son of Walter & Pauline Eck. He was a longtime resident of the Tacoma area. He worked in the carpet industry and the landscaping trade. He served in the U.S. Army. He was also involved in the Manhattan Project in 1954. Survived by daughters, Tammy Young, San Angelo, TX, Jacki Howard of Coppell, TX and son Jack N. Schneider JR. of Tacoma. also, Lancaster OH relatives: June Walter, Linda Lozier, Tom & Betty Pierce, Maggie Eck and other cousins. Special thanks to friends, Kathy and Bob Bennett for their wonderful friendship and help over the years. Services to be held Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 2pm At New Hope Community Church Lakewood Church of the Nazarene, 9308 Meadow Rd SW, Lakewood, WA. 253-588-0808. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, University Place, WA. 253-566-1008.
Pub Date: 3/23/2009


Donald Dean Steffensen

Donald Dean Steffensen, 61, died suddenly on March 19, 2009. Don was born November 14, 1947 to Herloff and Edith (Anderson) Steffensen in Sioux Falls, SD. The family later moved to Tacoma, WA. A viewing and time of reflection will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 from 6-9pm with a memorial tribute on Wednesday, March 25, 11am, both at Rill’s Life Tribute Center, 1151 Mitchell Avenue, Port Orchard, WA, followed by a reception. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park in Tacoma. Online memorial at www.rill.com .
Pub Date: 3/23/2009


Joseph Langer

Our wonderful, loving father Joseph passed away on March 20, 2009 in Renton, WA surrounded by his family. He was born on March 1, 1926 in Ft. Totten, ND. He was a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Nation. He is survived by his children: John Langer, Carol Houlihan, Patricia Koth, and Colleen Good Bear; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 4415 S. 140th St., Tukwila, WA.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Mary A. Holland

Mary A. Holland, 88, died peacefully on March 19th. Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband Willie one brother and her parents. She is survived by son William “Billy” Holland of Tacoma and many nieces and nephews. Mary had a passion for flowers an gardening and would never miss a chance to plant or work in the yard. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. A viewing will be held Thursday March 26, 2:00-9:00 pm. Services at 2:00pm Friday, March 27, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Omer E. Hyde

March 14, 1920 - March 22, 2009 Omer E. Hyde, 89, went to be with our Lord. Omer was born in Walters, OK, and grew up in Friona, TX. He graduated from Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, TX and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. He married Neva Ruth Hayes in 1944, for 64 years of marriage. He was ordained to the ministry in 1939, and pastored Baptist churches in Texas, Oklahoma, British Columbia, and Oregon. He was appointed by the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as Area Director of Missions and church starter, serving in Washington from 1957-1974 and in Oregon from 1974-1985 before retiring. For the last several years he led a Bible study at the retirement village where he and Neva have lived since 1995. He is survived by his wife, Neva of Tacoma; sister Eva Kimbrough and husband Don of Friona, TX; brother Truell Hyde of Temple, TX; son, Richard Hyde of Tacoma, Treva Hall and husband Warren of Waco, TX; Paula Price and husband Peter of Graham, WA; four grandchildren, Ian, Kelly, Kevin, and Kendra; and two great-grandchildren, Karis and Karston. Visitation will be 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at New Tacoma Funeral Home, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West, University Place. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., March 26, at Highland Hill Baptist Church, 901 S. Pearl, Tacoma, WA. Remembrances may be made to the student scholarship fund of the Northwest Center of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary through Northwest Baptist Foundation, 3200 NE 109th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98682-7749.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Erna Anna Louise Jensen

June 3, 1907 - March 20, 2009 Erna Anna Louise Weller Jensen passed away peacefully on March 20, 2009, after nearly 102 years of life devoted to her family and her many friends she had throughout the Tacoma area. She was born in Tacoma to Otto and Olga Weller on June 3, 1907. Erna's father and two uncles migrated from Germany in the late 1800's and settled in the small town of Steilacoom. Some years later, her parents and her two siblings, Grace and Robert, moved to fourteenth and So. J Street where her father and uncles established and operated Weller's Meat Market until the early 40's. While working as a dental assistant in 1935, she met and married Everett Jensen and lived in North Tacoma where they raised their two sons, James and Ronald. Erna devoted herself to promoting her husband in his civic affairs and being a wonderful mother to her children. Golf, bridge and gardening were always an important part of her life, but family was always her main focus. She gave her family happiness, laughter and a wonderful sense of humor towards life. She is survived by a sister: Grace Gilmore, her sons: Jim (Marlyn) and Ron (Mischel), six grandchildren: Krista (Kevin), Eric, Lisa, Christopher (Erika), Johanna, Jim and four great-grandchildren. There are no words to describe how our loving mother, grandmother and friend will be missed. We have all been blessed by having Erna, who touched our lives in so many ways. We all love her and will miss her very much. Private services will be held for Erna's family. She will be laid to rest at New Tacoma Cemetery. The family also wished to express their deep appreciation to all the wonderful care givers at Clare Bridge Shoreline facility in Gig Harbor.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


James C. Doherty

Jim, 77, of Gig Harbor passed away 3/19/09 at Tacoma General Hospital. Jim was born in Tacoma on 12/4/31 to Rose and John Doherty. He worked for Nalleys Fine Food and the East Asiatic Co. for 35 years. Jim was a volunteer at the Peninsula Fish Food Bank and attended Peninsula Lutheran Church. Jim is survived by his wife Donna and daughters Karen (Mike) Cameron, their children, Jillian, Justin and Lydia; also Patricia Doherty and children James and Kali. He is also survived by twin brother Frank and sisters Rosemarie Price and Grace Hart of Tacoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Harkins and brothers Father John Doherty and Cornelius. Memorial services will be held Thursday, 3/26/09 at 2:00pm at Peninsula Lutheran Church. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Peninsula Lutheran Church or Peninsula Food Bank.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Jennie C. Turnbull

Jennie C. Turnbull, a Tacoma and Gig Harbor area resident her whole life passed away March 21, 2009. Jennie was a homemaker and past member of the Tacoma Elks. She loved music and loved to sing. Her husband and children were the loves of her life. Family members include her husband of 69 years, William of Gig Harbor; daughter Karen (Dennis) Tilley of Gig Harbor; son Gary (Susan) Turnbull of Gig Harbor; daughters Connie Fenton of Gig Harbor and Carolyn (Bob) Werner of Gig Harbor; son Charles Turnbull of Gig Harbor; sister Laura Neslund of Kapowsin; 16 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by an infant son John Turnbull and her twin sister Clara Anderson. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the wonderful, compassionate care given by caregivers Pam Knapp, Heather Kopsho, and Gary Bravo. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, March 28, 2009, Haven of Rest Chapel. Interment Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Remembrances may be made to the Catholic Community Health Services or Multicare Hospice.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Harold (Harry) Breshon

Harry passed away on March 18th, 2009. He is survived by his sons Paul & Patrick, sisters Dorothy & Ruth and brother Jack. Also many nieces & nephews. He was also loved by many grandchildren & freinds. A celebration of his life will be held on Apirl 4th @ 1p.m. @ 30230 152nd. Ave. S.E. In Kent, WA. Potluck, Please e-mail hsccoachpaul@aol.com or call 253-737-9070 to rsvp. For full Obituary see www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Joan Louise (DuCharme) Phillips

February 19, 1935 - March 6, 2009 Born to Paul and Thelma (Otness) DuCharme of Tacoma. Preceded in death by brother, Paul David DuCharme; survived by husband of 52 years David E. Phillips, SR of Gig Harbor; sister Patricia Engle (Francis); daughters Belinda Jane, Serine Marie Newman (Dan); son David JR (Christine); grandchildren Serine Louise Liebe (Eric), Daniel and Jennifer Newman, David III and Gwilym Phillips. Joan graduated Stadium High in 1953. She worked at two family businesses: Tide Bay and DuCharme Industrial before working at Puget Sound Bank (Key Bank) retiring after 15 years. Joan will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Memorial Services are to be held March 28, 2009 at 11am at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, 8503 Hwy 16 NW, Gig Harbor with reception following at David Phillips JR home. In lieu of flowers please consider giving to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Edward John Kovacevich

Ed was born in Des Moines Iowa on Oct. 16, 1931, he passed away peacefully March 19, 2009 at the age of 77. Ed was a Sumner/Puyallup resident for 66 years and upon his retirement moved to Packwood, WA. Ed represented the best of his generation by quietly serving his country in The Korean War receiving the Bronze Star for Valor. He was a dedicated employee for 45 years at Sonoco in Sumner. Ed is preceded in death by his parents John and Katherina and daughter Susie. He is survived by his wife Mary of 54 years, daughters, Julie Jones (Todd), Kathy Mchugh (Craig), son, Scott Kovacevich (Mary) brother, Bob Kovacevich (Yvonne). Ed is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed will be remembered and cherished for his loyalty and generosity to his family and friends. he was a powerful role model for his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and forever in the hearts of his family and friends. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on March 26th, 12:30 PM at All Saints Catholic Church, Puyallup, WA with a reception following the interment at Woodbine Cemetery. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home, Sumner, WA. 253-863-2800
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Doris Jane Bloom

Doris Jane Bloom passed away peacefully on March 20, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Doris was born in Mill City, Oregon and spent her life in Tacoma. She graduated from Stadium High School. Doris had a gift for music and participated in her church choir and productions of the Tacoma Opera. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald Bloom; her two daughters Linda and Marianne; and three grandchildren, Carolyn, Jon and Kyle. A memorial service will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Friday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the American Lung Association or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


David G. Wilson

David G. Wilson, 81, passed away on March 18, 2009. David was born on November 22, 1927 in Los Angeles, CA to George and Mamie Wilson. He served in the US Army for 20 years and retired in 1967. He also worked at Boeing for 22 years, retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife Emmy, his sons William (AnneMarie) and David (Mary), 4 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Services will be held on March 27, 2009 at 11:15 am at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Reception will follow at Emmy Wilson’s home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


I.G. (Swede) Turnquist

Born March 23, 1936 and passed away March 8, 2009. A gathering for friends and family will be at 12 noon on Friday, March 27, at Burs restaraunt in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Joseph Willard Sonnier

Born January 3, 1938 in Oberlin Louisiana to McKinzie and Easery Sonnier. Died March 20, 2009 in Lakewood, Washington. Joseph is survived by his wife of 47 years, Myrna Sonnier, son Brian Sonnier, daughters in law Kara Sonnier and Debbie Weller, grandchildren Joshua (wife Rena), Kyle and, Solana Sonnier. Joseph retired from the US Air Force in 1976 and has worked at Boeing, Life Center, N C Machinery and currently at the Doubletree hotel in Seatac. Please join us March 28 at 11 am for a celebration of Joe's life at Peace Assembly church, 2213 N. Warner, Tacoma, WA 98406. Reception to follow at the church,
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Fritz E. Bohren

Born April 19, 1933 in Warren, PA; passed away March 19, 2009. Fritz moved to Tacoma in 1944 and later to Fife where he graduated from Fife High School in 1951. He joined the Army after high school and retired as a Major in WA National Guard. He later retired from Pierce County as a Building Inspector. Fritz is survived by his 2 sons, 2 grandchildren, a brother and sister and beloved companion Viva. Memorial service will be held March 25, 2009, 2 pm at The Church at Lakewood, 7912 Lakewood Drive. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


GERALD G. BOWEN

"GERRY’ 1918-2009 Gerry Bowen went to be with Jesus on March 20, 2009, which is very fitting that it should be the first day of spring, since dad loved his yard and gardening. Gerry was born in Spokane, WA. Gerry and his brother Willard spent their youth in Sandpoint, ID. Their family eventually traveled to Tacoma, where Gerry graduated from Stadium High School in 1937. Our dad was part of the "Greatest Generation" and proudly served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. His duty took him to Europe as an airplane and engine mechanic, repairing B25 and B26 aircraft. Before and after his war service he was a printer at Pioneer Business Forms. Gerry also spent several years with the Tacoma News Tribune, where he eventually retired. His strong work ethics and printer skills allowed him to work on numerous elections. Marrying his beloved wife Marie in 1980 was the highpoint of his life. Hand in hand they shared a twenty year adventure together. From the simple task of making applesauce each summer to traveling the globe, their marriage was a celebration of love at its finest. Never one to let grass grow under his feet, our dad spent his twilight years volunteering with many organizations. He spent years delivering Meals on Wheels, and the Senior Scene paper. He diligently drove to Kent and worked at the cannery preparing fruit and vegetables for the various food banks. Gerry was a member of the Tacoma Elks Club, where he volunteered and supported many charitable events. He held the position of president with AARP for several years. He attended Life Center Church. Gerry is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marie and his grandson Jimmy Tiffany. He leaves behind his daughters: Bernie Finklein "Terry", Shelly Tiffany "Jerry", Grandsons: Adam Finklein "Beret", Ben Finklein "Jessica", Jake Tiffany "Ashley", Justin Tiffany and great-grandson, Nickolas Finklein, and his wonderful companion Emily Bachelor. Our Dad's strong patriotism has been proudly passed on to his grandsons, Ben Finklein, USMC and Jake Tiffany USAF. Our dad left this world the same way he lived, with a quiet gentle and unpretentious spirit. Military service to be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, March 27, 2009 at 1:30 PM. Memorial service, Monday March 30, 2009 At 1:00 PM, with a reception following at The Tacoma Elks Club. As a loving tribute to our dad, May each of us, whether family, friend, colleague or veteran generously give of our time and volunteer in some capacity in memory of Gerald G. Bowen. Our thanks to Franciscan Hospice and the staff at Franciscan Hospice House for their expertise and compassionate care delivered with love and kindness during those difficult final days of our Dad's life. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
Pub Date: 3/24/2009


Missy Mahlen

Happy Birthday Missy! 3/25/1962 - 3/26/2004 You've been in Heaven for 5 years, and now Dad is up there with you. Are you showing him around? Tim, Randall, and Naomi are doing just fine. You would like Mary, Dylan and Connor. You are always in our thoughts. We love and miss you. Mom, Don, Marilyn, Charlene, Mary Ann, Merlin, and Mike
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Elizabeth Meadowcroft

"Wiz" April 19, 1933 - March 25, 2007 Mom, not a day goes by that we don't think of you. We love you. Laura Hofberg, Lisa Politeo, Anne Henderson, Mark and Dave Meadowcroft
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Stanley Russell Engle

Stan Engle, son of Kathryn and Russell Engle, was a Tacoma grocer, mountain climber, and long time University Place resident. Born in Yakima Nov. 12, 1921, he passed away March 23, 2009. Stan graduated from Stadium High School in 1939 and became a journeyman welder in a local shipyard while pursuing his hobbies - model airplanes with the “Tacoma Gas Wings,” bicycle trips, sports cars and camping. He served in Germany and Austria in the Army’s 71st Division to the end of WWII, returning home to work in the “Market Basket,” his dad’s independent grocery store. After his dad’s passing he ran the store, Lakewood Thriftway, and eventually other stores in Tacoma. A lifetime member of The Mountaineers, he was recently awarded honorary status. He climbed the six major glaciated peaks of Washington and ascended Mt Rainier over 20 times by many routes, once bivouacking in the summit crater on a winter climb. He helped build the Quonset hut at Camp Schurman on Mt. Rainier and was active in Mountain Rescue. He organized many Cascade mountain climbing adventures, summited Alaska’s Denali in 1969, and climbed in the Alps, Kilimanjaro, and the Andes. Stan was also an avid backpacker, runner, cyclist, and kite-flyer. Stan served in leadership roles in many citizen organizations advocating for wilderness, parks, and trails. He was a charter member of Tahoma Audubon Society and also the Foothills Trail Coalition, serving on its board many years. He created furniture in his shop and his benches, arbors and trellises grace many local gardens. Stan’s gregarious personality made him many friends, ensuring a ready supply of companions for his adventures. He leaves a loving family including his wife Helen, their seven children, David (Margaret), Chris (Dianne Bennett), George (Janet), Gretchen (Al Bolinger), Bill (Alison), Heidi (Rob Sandelin), and Melanie; six grandchildren, Aaron (Gina) & Erica Engle, Robin Engle & Avery Winslow, Kara & Helen Sandelin and great-grandsons Emmett and Aidric Engle. Our family is so thankful for the loving and professional care of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospice team. You’re invited to a celebration of Stan’s life March 28, 2 PM, at Epworth LeSourd United Methodist Church, 710 S Anderson, Tacoma. Stan would be honored with remembrances to The Mountaineers Foundation, Foothills Trail, or Tahoma Audubon.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Pomla Adelaide Felt

Pomla, 87, born Pomla A. Normand on November 29th, 1921 in Sedro Woolley, WA, was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who passed away on March 21st, 2009 to join her late husband Eddie C. Felt in heaven. She was a retired school teacher from Kapowsin Elementary after 33 years of being an educator. She loved teaching, the outdoors, books, animals and most importantly her family. Pomla was a strong, admirable, kindhearted woman who made a remarkable impact on every life she came in contact with. Words cannot express how deeply she will be missed. Proceeded in death by her parents, sister and husband of 51 years. Survivors include her three sons Douglas, Eric, Bruce, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Viewings are on Sat. April 4th and Sun. April 5th from 10am-5pm at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup. Graveside service held on Mon. April 6th, 1pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Lakewood, WA, 98499. Donations can be made to The Nature Conservancy of Washington, 1917 First Avenue. Seattle, WA, 98101 (206)343-4344.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Pastor Darrel Bellville

Pastor Darrel Bellville's memorial will be held at First Baptist Church in Shelton, WA, 1:30pm Saturday, March 28, 2009. A Celebration of Life will be held at Sylvan Way Baptist Church, Bremerton, WA in May of 2009. McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


DeWayne David Sharlow

May 2, 1963 - March 19, 2009 Funeral service Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11:00am at Oakwood Hill Funeral Chapel. Burial at Cushman Puyallup Tribal Cemetery. www.oakwoodhillfuneralchapel.com .
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Lucille Winnifred Roth

Lucille Roth, 91, died at her Naches home on Friday, March 20, 2009. Born in Montana, Lucille grew up in Seattle and lived most of her life in Lakewood where she raised three children. She attended St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church and belonged to Catholic Daughters of America and The Lakewood Hospital Auxiliary. She spent her last years in Naches, enjoying the sunshine and mountains. Lucille is survived by her husband Jack, her children Ron (Susan) Roth of Las Vegas, Nevada, Greg (Becky) Roth of Juneau, Alaska, Carol Roth of Naches, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Vigil service will be at 6:30 pm Friday March 27, 2009 at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Saturday March 28, 2009 at St. John Catholic Church in Naches. Burial will follow at the Naches Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Yakima Valley Pet Rescue, or Catholic Life Ministries in care of Langevin-Musseter Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Larry T Klapperich “Hippie”

Larry Klapperich, born in Aberdeen, SD, November 7, 1944, passed away peacefully at his home in Renton, WA on March 15, 2009. After driving dump truck a few years for Iddings Sand & Gravel, Larry spent more than 38 years in the maritime industry with many different companies working on tugs and barges. Upon retirement from that industry, he managed Butch’s Stump Grinding, a small tree removal service. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 43 years, Janice (Berglund), daughter Kris (JR) Jensen, sons Eric (Cindy) and Matt (Michelle), grandchildren Amanda, Ashley, Keaton, Kelsey, Tom, Michael, Kelly, Josh and Kristina, four brothers, five sisters, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, March 29 from 1-4 pm at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Covington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


King Odell Davis

King Odell Davis, 68, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 21, due to an accident at his home on Surprise Lake in Milton. Born June 16, 1940 to Fred Sr. and Cecil Davis, King grew up in Kansas, graduating from Abilene High in 1957. As a young man, King enjoyed playing tennis, his guitar, singing, and music. King met Carol Phillips, the love of his life, in April 1971 and they married on October 19 of that same year. Together they spent more than 37 years of laughter and love. Possessed with a natural talent for all things mechanical, King excelled as a machinist. It was at Machinists, Inc in Seattle that he found his niche. Respected and admired by those with whom he shared his knowledge and skill, King was a mentor to many. His quick wit and strength of character made him a friend to all who met him. King retired from Machinists in 2002 after 30 years, leaving behind innumerable stories of his humor and a “golden touch” that is legendary. King enjoyed every moment of retirement and filled his days with the hobbies he loved. He gathered with friends weekly to shoot skeet and trap and earned bragging rights for perfect 25s. Always fond of electronics, he became active in a local radio club and communicated with friends around the world via a ham radio in his “man cave.” King most recently added remote-controlled-vehicles to his hobbies. RC airplanes perfectly matched his life-long love of aviation. King spent hours on the dock in front of their home running his boats and planes – always with a smile on his face. In addition to Carol, King is survived by a son, Bill (Nicole) Davis of Edgewood; a daughter, Samantha (Scot) Thomas of Arizona; and granddaughter, Courtney, also of Arizona. King is also survived by one brother, Fred Davis Jr., of Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joyce. A viewing will be held at Gaffney’s Funeral Home, 1002 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma, on Thursday, March 26, from noon to 8:00pm. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.gaffneyfuneralhome.com . Services will take place at the Tacoma Sportsmans Club, 16409 Canyon Rd E., Puyallup 98375, on Sunday, March 29 at 11:00am. A luncheon reception will follow. All who knew and loved The Big Guy are encouraged to attend.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Maria (Mimi) Zagorski

Jesus took her by the hand to paradise on March 22, 2009; born in Bucharest, Romania March 28, 1927 to Karl and Maria Fischer. During the war they emigrated to Germany, settling in Bamberg where she met her husband of 54 years, Thomas. She also leaves behind 1 son, William, from Bellingham, sister Erika and brother Carl, both in Germany, and many wonderful friends who will miss her radiant smile. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on March 27, 2009 at 9:00 am at St. Charles Catholic Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma, followed by a reception. Remembrances may be made to the Franciscan Foundation and St. Joseph's Hospital in Maria's name. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003 .
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Marshall E. Christopherson

Jesus said to Marshall E. “Chris” or “Pops” as his children called him “I’m here for you, the fishing is great and the 18 hole golf course is fabulous”. So “Chris” left this earthly world to be with Jesus March 13, 2009. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years Viola, his two sons Ken (Linnea & family) of Tacoma, Dar (Katherine) and Granddaughter Rochelle of Auburn, Grandson Kit (Christine) and great grandsons Josiah and Joel of Oak Harbor, Sister Lois (Jim) Cameron and nephews Gary and Scott of Lakeland, Florida, also numerous cousins in Minnesota. Chris was born in Brainerd, Minnesota February 17, 1920 to Carl and Matilda Christopherson. He grew up in Guthrie, Minnesota and graduated high school in Bemidji in 1938. While stationed in Rapid City he met and married Viola Svoboda on March 1, 1943. In July of 1943 he was deployed overseas, Beginning at Omaha beach Chris drove 50,000 miles over two years convoying ammo throughout Europe. He was discharged in August 1945 in Utah. In 1952 Vi and Chris moved to Tacoma where he was the Transportation Motor Pool Officer for 28 years retiring in 1980. “Pops” enjoyed his family, golfing, fishing, and traveling and was an inspiration to all that knew him. A military service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery at 18600 S.E 240th St Kent, Wash. At 12:30pm March 30, 2009. With a celebration of his life from 2-4pm at American Lake Lodge at 9050 Eagle Point Loop Rd SW in Lakewood, (Tillicum). In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Franciscan Foundation (Hospice House) or charity of your choice. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


James Patrick Walls

James Patrick Walls (Jim) was born November 27, 1938, in Seattle, Washington. He graduated in 1957 from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, WA. Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon; three sons: Bill (Cathy), James Timothy and Daniel (Melissa), two daughters: Colleen and Victora, nine grandchildren: Sierra, Kyle, Kelly, Christopher, Matthew, Zachary, Levi, Ashlyn and Hailey, his mother, Marguerite and sister Diane. As a young man he served in the army. He was a working longshoreman for almost thirty years. Jim held the office of business agent for local 23 of the I.L.W.U. He retired from longshoring in 2003. After retiring, Jim and his son, James started their own business, Advance Cash. He has fished commercially, for salmon, in Cordova, AK since 1983. Before that, he fished the Columbia River, and Willapa Bay and Puget Sound areas. He was a member of the Elks Club in Valdeze, AK. Jim had many loves: his family, hunting and fishing, his business, and lately, his writing group, in Key Center, WA. Jim was a very talented man, who loved life and was much loved. He always said he was never happier than when he had the wheels of his truck under him, heading out on another adventure. He's done it again....heading out on another great adventure, this time with wings. Memorial services to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 28, 2009 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cardiology Program at Tacoma General Hospital, P.O. Box 5296, Tacoma, WA 98415. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Gust Lovstrom

Gust Lovstrom, 98 years of age, died Friday, March 20, 2009. He was born September 10, 1910 in Hennan, Sweden, the son of Olaf and Carolena Lovstrom. He came to the U.S. in 1929, spending time in Minnesota and North Dakota and eventually settled in Tacoma where he worked in logging, construction of the Mud Mountain Dam, and later retired from Pioneer Sand and Gravel. He was a longtime member of the Swedish Order of Valhalla. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Esther (Anderson), sons Larry and Jim (wife Marsha), grandsons Michael and Glen (wife Kim), and great-grandchildren Jamie and Dylan. A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Gust will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2009 starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Lovstrom's home in University Place.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


George Walter Przybylski

George, age 86, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2009 with his daughter, Betty, by his side. He was born February 15, 1923 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Agnes and Walter Przybylski. George worked on the family farm growing up in South Dakota. At the age of 17, he and his family moved to the Puyallup Valley where they lived in a streetcar and George attended Puyallup High School. After graduating in 1941, George went to work for the Army Transport Services during World War II. He married the love of his life, Margaret Bachmann on October 24, 1946 and they established residence on South Hill in Puyallup. They lived in their home for nearly 50 years, raising a loving and prayerful family and running a farm of pigs, calves, cats and dogs. George worked most of his life as a Milkman for Sanitary Cloverleaf Dairy. By example, George passed down his work ethic, both on his job and the farm, to his children and grandchildren. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed family gatherings. George loved to play Cribbage, Pinochle and Swiss Jass; He was the guy to beat. He and his wife were active members of All Saints Catholic Church. He loved road trips to Reno and putzing on the farm with his dogs, Red Dog and Benny. George is survived by his sister, Olga Steeves, brother, Floyd (Bill) Przybylski, his children: Thomas Przybylski and Rosemary, Betty Ray, Patrick Lyons-Przybylski, Lucian Lyons-Bridges and Mark; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and another due in May. George was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, who passed away in August 2005 and son, Paul Lyons. His family is consoled knowing that George is finally home with the Lord and his beautiful wife of 59 years. A Rosary Service will be held Saturday, March 28, 12:00 pm at All Saints Catholic Church, Puyallup. A funeral mass to follow at 1:00 pm. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home, 253-863-2800. Donations can be made to Hospice of Spokane or any Hospice of your choice.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Edith V. Spain

Edith V. Spain passed away peacefully on March 21, 2009. Edith was born in New Iberia, LA and moved to Chicago, IL to marry Louis A. Spain, Sr., her cherished husband of 61 years. She retired from the Chicago Board of Education after teaching for more than 40 years. Edith moved to Washington State and spent the last 10 years living in Lakewood, where she shared her love, concern and support for everyone that she met. Edith was very active in the Catholic Church and constantly gave of her time, talent and treasure. She leaves behind her husband, Louis, Sr., five children, Louis, Jr., Anne Marie, Loren, Ellen, and Claire, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She also leaves two brothers, Murray and Walter, Jr. Visitation will be held at Piper-Morley Funeral Home, Friday, March 27 from 12:00 to 8:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Bosco Church in Lakewood at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 28, 2009, following the Rosary at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in her name, to Phoenix Housing through the Bellarmine Preparatory School Development Office. www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Marvin (Kosokoff) Kaye

Born in Seattle July 2, 1929 to Belle and Joseph Kosokoff. Marv graduated from Garfield High School and the University of Washington. He enjoyed football, cars and racing. Marvin was an Insurance Adjuster and helped to establish Public Insurance Adjusting in Washington State. He leaves behind his wife Cara and his children: Pamela Fox, Brenda Bryson, Michael Wilson, Paul Wilson, Monica Budgious and Lori Jones. Marvin died March 20, 2009. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 28th at the Fife City Grill from 1-4pm.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


William A. Floss

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Bill passed away peacefully at his home in University Place, Friday, March 20, 2009 at the age of 78. Bill was born in Chicago, IL. Nov. 08, 1930 to Harold and Margaret Floss. He was a proud veteran of the Korean war serving our nation in the U.S. Air Force. He was last based at McChord AFB where he met the love of his life, Donna Jones and they were married Nov. 26, 1955 in Chicago and moved back to Tacoma in 1957. Bill retired from Albertsons in 1992 after 35 years in the grocery business. He was a member of UFCW #81. After retiring Bill went to work part-time for the Tacoma schools in Fircrest at Whittier & Wainright Elementry, then on to University Place schools as playground supervisor and crossing guard because he had such a love for the children who always called him ”Grandpa”. He also had a great sense of humor and a love for life that touched everyone he came in contact with and he will be greatly missed by all. Bill leaves behind his loving wife of 53 years, Donna, son James, daughters Deborah Tribble and Janet Sundstrom, grandchildren Nicole and Brian Tribble, Dylan Sundstrom, brothers John and Robert Floss, sisters Lorraine Kolo and Rosemary Sullivan, many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, daughter Karen Floss, brothers Harold, George & Eugene. Services will be held on Saturday, Mar. 28th at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. Reception to follow the service at the Celebration of Life Center.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Barbara Hoirup

Barbara May Hoirup passed away peacefully on March 20, 2009. Barb was born in Missoula, MT Sept 29, 1939 and moved to Washington with her husband Peter Hoirup in 1962. Barbara fought a short battle with pancreatic cancer and died shortly after final good byes to her children Dave (Rachelle) Hoirup, Tracy (Pamela) Hoirup and Teresa (Jeremy) Kaiser. Barbara was able to spend her last day with her greatest pride; Grandchildren Brittany, Reganne, Alyssa, Hannah and Spencer. Barb was a giving person and animal lover who touched many lives in Washington and Montana. She was a wonderful Mom and fun Grandmother who worked hard, gave to everyone and loved life. A Service will be held to honor Barbara (Bobbie) on Friday March 27th at 2 pm at the Sumner United Methodist Church 901 Wood Ave, Sumner, WA 98390. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Pierce County Animal Welfare 8504 Chambers Creek Rd Univ. Pl. Tacoma, WA 98467
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Alice Lorraine LaPlante

Alice "Lorraine" LaPlante, born Feb. 21, 1924, passed away, leaving behind a daughter and son-in-law, 2 granddaughters, and 4 great grandchildren. At her request, no services will be held. "Take a friend to Lunch". Memorials to Eatonville Fire Dept. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, 253-845-0536.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Elsie Wood

11-29-1916 3-20-2009 Elsie lived most of her 92 years of life in Tacoma where she was born and raised. Mom never had any of her own children, but she met our dad in 1963 and married soon after. She always said Dad blessed her with 5 wonderful children, whom she loved and treated as her own. As the years passed, she became a grandmother to 11, and a great-grandmother to many. Mom worked several jobs through the years, but retired as a waitress from Horlocks Cafe in downtown Tacoma. When Dad retired, they became snowbirds. They flew south to Arizona for the winter, and returned home to Graham to live with their daughter and son-in-law for the summers. Preceded in death by her husband Mark Wood, step-sons Michael and Glenn Wood, son in-law Daniel Hitchner, and grandson Mark Hitchner. Mom, you were a wonderful, loving and caring wife, mom, grandmother and friend. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Please join us for a graveside service at Mountain View in Lakewood, Friday March 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm.
Pub Date: 3/25/2009


Kim I Buttelo (Kraft)

12/2/1959 - 3/26/2008 We have been blessed to feel you, hear you and see the things you do to get our attention. We are happy to know there is another life after death and you are free of earthly pain. Tho we miss you terribly, our sadness has turned to joy. Thank God for his Grace.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Yvonne Ann Bissenas

Yvonne was born in PawPaw, Michigan to Arleigh and Illa Harrett on September 6, 1928. She joined the angels on March 22, 2009 surrounded by her husband of 60 years, William, and family. Her presence, wisdom, and kindness were unwavering and unmatched. Her family was her pride and joy. She always had an ear to listen with compassion and without judgment. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and sewing and taught her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to do these things. Every summer we would gather with her to can pickles, jams and jellies, among other things. At Christmas and Thanksgiving we gathered with her to make pies, cookies, fudge, her fruitcake that people DID eat, and of course her butter rolls that only she could make perfectly. At Easter there was always her famous Easter cake, topped with yummy Easter candies. Those who joined our family, through marriage or friendship, soon learned that she always included them as family and they would never go away hungry. Yvonne was always ready for an infamous "girls night" or a fair game of cribbage. Her life was an adventure. She worked at the Pentagon and met her future husband, William Bissenas, at a USO dance in Washington, D.C. They were married on March 1, 1949. They left Washington, D.C. and traveled with the U.S. Army to various posts around the world, and she saw her husband off to war. By the time they were stationed at Fort Lewis, in 1959, they had 6 children. They settled in Tacoma and added 4 more children to their family. Yvonne retired from Lively Market in the early 1990's. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arleigh and Illa Harrett, brothers Bill and Arleigh Jr., sister Barbara Dubbins, grandsons Christopher Ray, Andrew Morton, and great-grandson Dallas Weaver. Those who continue to share their fondest memories of her are her husband William Bissenas, 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 Bessinas (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, Tristan 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, Kenneth Gonzales, their dad Kevin Gonzales, Sr., Kyle Walton (Sarah, Ava), Kory and Kevin Walton and other extended family members and friends. The following services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA. In remembrance of our beloved wife, mom and grandma: Viewing is March 27, 2009 from 12pm - 9 pm with Trisagion, March 27, 2009 at 5 pm. Funeral services will be held in the Mountain View Valley Chapel March 28, 2009 at 2 pm. A reception at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church community hall, 15th & Yakima, will follow the interment at Mountain View. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund or your favorite charity, in remembrance of Yvonne A. Bissenas. Our family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the compassionate care givers at Madigan Army Medical Center, Lincare and Franciscan Hospice.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


RUBY L. FRITZ

Ruby Lorraine Fritz passed away on March 23, 2009. She was born in Clear Lake, South Dakota on June 17, 1920 to Hulda and Ferdinand Klemm. She spent her early years on the family farm and graduated from High School in Clear Lake. She married Sylvester Fritz and they were together for 68 years until his death in 2008. Ruby and Sylvester worked in the war effort in Cheyenne, WY and in 1946 moved to Spanaway, WA. Ruby worked in the furniture industry in Tacoma for 15 years and helped with the family service station business. She was a member of the Spanaway Lutheran Church and had been active in the Lyons Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and a sister. Her greatest joy was her family and family gatherings from which she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son Larry (Nancy) Fritz; grandchildren Teresa (Rich) Harberg, Greg (Alyse) Fritz; great grandchildren Aaron Harberg, Savannah Fritz; as well as nephews Gregg Fritz and Dennis Hinz of Clear Lake, SD. Viewing will be Friday, Mar 27 from 3 - 5 PM in the Fir Lane Funeral Home. Services 1 PM Sat Mar 28, 2009 in the Fir Lane Memorial Chapel. Fir Lane Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Randy B. Baker

Randy B. Baker, a lifelong resident of Graham who also lived and served in Christian ministries in Papua New Guinea, Germany, and Plains, Montana, went home to be with his Lord on March 23, 2009 at the age of 58. He was born Aug. 30, 1950 in Puyallup to Stanley and Norma Baker. Randy served as pastor of Plains Montana CMA Church, and previously served in many roles (including elder, pastor, and chairman) at his home church, Graham Evangelical Covenant. In addition to his passion for ministry, Randy loved coaching and playing soccer, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and his many friends. Randy is survived by his parents, his wife Sybille, his three sons, and three grandchildren. Sons: Aaron Randle (Jennifer Chang) Baker of Charlottesville, VA, Luke (Kimberly) Baker of Graham, and Caleb K. Baker of Graham. Siblings: Clyde (Patti) Baker of Thompson Falls, MT, and Darlyne (Norman) Stewart of Graham. Grandchildren: Jacob, Cole, and Jackson. Graveside service is Fri. 10:00 AM at Orting City Cemetery. Memorial service is Sat. 1:00 PM at Graham Evangelical Covenant Church, 10609 234Th St. E. Those who wish may contribute to a memorial fund to celebrate Randy's life and passion for world missions. Donations can be made to Graham Covenant Church (address above). Please include on memo line: "Missions Donation in Memory of Randy Baker." Arrangements are by Powers Funeral Home, Sumner, 253-863-1862.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


John “Jack” Heinrick, Jr.

Jack was born on April 21, 1950 to John and Clarice Heinrick. He died suddenly in his home in Mesa, AZ on February 12, 2009. Jack was a graduate of Bellarmine Prep, earned his teaching degree from WSU and master’s degree from Arizona State University. He taught elementary PE for many years before becoming a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Mesa Fire Dept. He retired in 2008. He is survived by his beloved wife Helen, sons Ryan (Krystal), Jeffrey, Marty, grandson Ethan, sisters Shannon, Mary Barnes (Bob), Martha Konicek (Steven), Aunt Kathleen Coleman (Dennis), Uncle Dennis Heinrick (Pat) and 2 nieces and 3 nephews. He also leaves behind Helen's loving extended family in AZ. He is preceded in death by both parents and grandfather John P. Heinrick. Jack exemplified Dad's integrity and excellence in everything he did. And like our mother, Jack never met a stranger. He loved his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him. Funeral was held in AZ. Private interment to take place in Longbranch, WA. Please visit the online memorial at www.mem.com .
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Jack Eugene Kinnee

Jack was born in Bellingham, WA on January 24, 1947. After several moves, his family ended up in Florence, OR. He spent his growing-up years learning to love auto mechanics. Jack restored his first car at age 13. He took that passion into his adult life. He would teach anyone who asked how to get a car to run. He also belonged to “Olde Timers” auto club. Rod runs were a great part of his life. Jack died March 20, 2009. There are so many people who will miss him and his humor: Denise L. Grunert, his significant other of 19 years, sons Jeff, Patrick and David, sisters Diane and Cathy, brothers Tim and Charles, 4 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and 2 great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews will also miss him. Please join us to celebrate Jack’s life 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Mountain View Celebration of Life Building in the Aspen Chapel.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Garrett Willis Edington

Garrett Willis Edington, born July 10, 1969, passed away in Lakewood, Washington on Sunday, March 22, 2009 after a long illness. He is survived by his parents, Robert V. and Ann Edington of Steilacoom, as well as his daughter Brianne Hubbard of Ellensburg, his sister Ellen Balls, his brother Russell V. Edington, sister-in-law Denise, and nephews Kenneth Robert Balls and Ryan V. Edington, all of Steilacoom. The family will hold private services. Remembrances of Garrett's life can be sent to Greater Lakes Mental Health. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Otis Douglas Hyde

Feb. 20, 1912 - March 19, 2009 Otis Douglas Hyde was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Annie Mayes and William Brown February 20 of 1912. Raised in Oregon and Idaho, she graduated from Lake Oswego High School. She attended Reed College and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Washington. She was a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa. A great lover of nature and the arts, she was an avid and knowledgeable birder and horticulturist. A Master Gardener, she was a co-founder of the Native Species Garden at Point Defiance and founder of the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium at the University of Washington. She was a longtime member and served as president of the Tacoma Garden Club, Junior League, Sunset and Aloha Clubs. A lively interest in the arts led to her patronage of many arts organizations and Northwest artists, including the Tacoma Art Museum, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Seattle Symphony and Opera. She was also a supporter of the Annie Wright Seminary and Charles Wright Academy. She served for several years as a Brownie Troop leader, where she excelled in teaching her young troops plant and bird identification in addition to natural history. Her prodigious intellect and limitless curiosity encouraged in-depth exploration of many international cultures. Her numerous collections included furniture, porcelain, and the native and ornamental plants which surrounded her lovely home. Fondly known by many as "Aunt Otie" she gladly shared her vast knowledge and collections with friends and family. Similarly, she encouraged and supported her family's pursuit of their passions and interests. During retirement, she and her husband Charles Henry Hyde enjoyed taking horticultural and birding classes at the University of Washington and traveled abroad extensively. Truly a lifelong learner, before each trip she prepared by reading in depth about the native culture, flora and fauna. Predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Charles Henry Hyde, she is survived by her daughters, Douglas Ann Land of Ithaca, New York, and Christopher Jane Lee of London, England, and her son Charles Henry Hyde III of Tacoma; her grandchildren Julia and Paul Lee, Ben and Carrie Land, and Allison, Charles IV and Nicola Hyde; and her brother and sister-in-law, William and Elizabeth Hyde and their daughter, Pamela Smith. Viewing hours will be held Sunday, March 29 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow Monday, March 30, 2009 at 11:00 in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Elmer Theodore Weber

Elmer T. Weber, 81, died March 21, 2009 after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 19, 1927 in LaPorte City, Iowa. He served in the Marine Corps and was a retired longtime employee of Hygrade Meats. He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Sumner. He is survived by his wife Ruth of Puyallup, 8 children, 7 siblings, 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Rosary is Thurs., TODAY, 7:00 PM with viewing from 4-8PM at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup. Funeral Mass is Fri, 10:00 AM at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Sumner. Interment is at Gethsemane Cemetery, Federal Way. Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Catholic Church, Catholic Community Services, or American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Christine P. Thorpe

Chris passed away 03-18-09 after a courageous bout with cancer. She spent late nights at the casino, and early mornings at Connie's Donuts. She was a great mother, and friend. We will all miss her great sense of humor and wit! Come share your memories, feed the birds, and walk through the flower gardens that Chris once enjoyed. A service will be held 3/29 at 3:30 p.m. at Wapato Park.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Richard B. Bacon

Born February 13, 1922 in Outlook, WA; passed away Monday March 23, 2009 following a long battle with cancer. Richard was a WWII veteran in the US Army, and fought in the European theatre as part of the Normandy invasion. He was injured and returned home to Outlook in 1946 where he met and married Elsie Lehman in September 1946. He and Elsie lived in Sunnyside for many years, later moved to Yakima where they lived for 20 years. They moved to Kent when they retired in 1987 and have lived there since that time. Richard is predeceased by his eldest daughter Sharon Moye, and is survived by his wife, Elsie, and 2 daughters Vickie Smith (Dell) and Susan Alexander (Randy), 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 27th 2009 at 10:30 AM at the Tahoma National Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the Eastridge Baptist Church in Kent.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


M. Doreen Adams (Hofer)

At 72, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on March 19, 2009. She is survived by her sisters Jackie (Gordon) and Pat (Reddinger), children Janell (Anthony), Earl, Cindy, Billylynn, grandchildren Jeff, Katrina, Whitney, Austin and Daniel and great grandchildren Ashton, Alina and Emma. A Memorial Open House will be held Saturday 3/28/09 from 1-5pm, 11801 201st Ave E., Bonney Lake, WA 98391.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Albert Bell Sharman

Albert Sharman was born to Howard and Milfred Sharman in Tacoma, Washington on March 27, 1929. He graduated from Lincoln High School 1947. He passed away March 24, 2009. Albert was happily married for 52 years to Evelyn Sharman. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Howard Joseph. Albert is survived by his loving wife Evelyn, daughter Rene, son Craig (Lydia), and two grandchildren, Katie and Scotty, as well as his twin brother Richard Parker and many nieces and nephews. He was a long-time devout member of Life Center Church and Amvets. Albert enjoyed his regular golf outings with his close friends both here and in the Palm Springs area. Memorial services will be held at Life Center Church on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to RDC Food Bank at 3901 S. 56th St., Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Patsy D. Tritt

"Grammy" 7-5-1939 - 3-12-2009 Patsy died peacefully at home, with her family by her side, loosing her courageous battle with cancer. Her never ending smile, kindness and generosity, touch the hearts of those who knew her. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Forest, and survived by her three children, Debra (Mark) Evenson, Donna Eddy, and Michael Eddy. She also left behind 12 grandchildren and 2 1/2 great grandchildren. She will be missed dearly by all. There will be a gathering at the family home on Saturday, March 28th, from 1:00-4:00.
Pub Date: 3/26/2009


Sophie Kaczmarek

Sophie Kaczmarek was born June 29, 1922 in Bebra, Germany. She passed away peacefully March 24, 2009 from a tired heart. Her love of family and unconditional giving was what made her the kind of person that you wanted to have as your mother. There was never a stranger in her home, everyone was treated like a guest of honor and left feeling well fed. While employed as a cook for an Army facility located in her hometown, she met Anton. Together they raised five girls: Elona (Danny) Lopez, Linda (Darrel) Davis, Bettina (Paul) Evans, Alice (Tom) Repp, and Marian (Keith) Dybdahl. She bragged about her eight grandchildren: Ami (Matt) Lewis, Andi (Nick) Vann, Ryan (Ashley) Davis, Matthew Davis, LeAnne and Lauren Evans, Dannyn and Kohl Dybdahl. She was overjoyed to live long enough to meet Elijah Davis and Delya Lewis, her great grandchildren. Sophie is survived by her sister Elizabeth Klonz of Bebra. Memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Oberlin Church, 1603 Rainier, Steilacoom. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Robert Bob William Bennett

Robert "Bob" Bennett passed away on March 23, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. Born in Denver, Colorado January 16, 1937, son of Lucius and Esther Bennett. He received his bachelor's degree in microbiology from Oregon State University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He served in the Marine Corps, Army, Army National Guard, National Guard and the Marine Corp. Reserves from 1954 to 1963. He then worked as Food Technologist for several companies until he started his own company, Specialty Foods, which relocated from Richmond, CA to Lakewood, WA. Bob served in several organizations: St. John's Lutheran Church, 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Past Master with Horace W. Tyler Lodge #290, Past Patron of Tyler Chapter #248 OES, and served in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for over 40 years, for which he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He is survived by his wife Cathy, daughters Jennifer and Nicole Bennett, granddaughter Alison, grandson Marshall, sister Sue Green, and many, many nephews, nieces, cousins, and dear friends. Funeral and graveside services will be held this Saturday, March 28, 2009. The funeral is at St. John's Lutheran Church, 8602 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA at 10:00 AM. A Masonic graveside service and military honors will be at the New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road W., University Place, WA at 2:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America and St. John's Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Raymond Cope Selby, Jr.

Raymond Cope Selby Jr. ("Chief") born September 22, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Raymond C. and Edith Selby was reunited with his beloved wife Beverly on March 23, 2009 at the age of 79 with his family by his side. After his enlistment at McChord Air Force Base he settled in Tacoma. Ray graduated from PLU in education and taught NW History at Mason Jr. High where he also enjoyed coaching boys baseball. Ray was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church for over 40 years. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge. Ray was a military war and history buff, donating countless books from his collection to the public library. Ray also enjoyed building model ships and studying genealogy. Ray had a special spot in his heart for dogs and usually had one by his side. Survivors include his brother Chuck Selby, Davenport, Iowa; sons James and Robert (Karen), and daughters Janet (Chris) and Karen (Eddie). Ray shared his love, hopes and support with his cherished grandchildren Daniel, Kasee, Kellie, Robbie, Robyn, and Riley, who will miss him tremendously. He was preceded in death by his sister Kathryn Steinforth. Memorial services April 3rd at 1:30 pm at New Tacoma Cemetery. Please make donations to the Tacoma Human Society.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Patricia M. Blodgett

Patricia M. Blodgett, 83, passed away March 24, 2009, after a short illness. She was born June 12, 1925 in Tacoma and has lived here all of her life. She retired from Fredrick & Nelsons after 15 years. Her greatest enjoyment in life, besides her family, was golfing and quilting with her many good friends. Survivors are daughters and their husbands Teresa Storwick (Terry) and Stephaney LaLuzerne (Jeff), grandchildren, John Stinson (Joy), Ryan and Katy LaLuzerne and Tom Storwick, and great grandchildren Holly and Samantha. At her request, private family services will be held.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Yvonne Impellizzeri

Nov. 14, 1923 - March 24, 2009 “Angel Face” Loving mother, grandmother and friend to all. Survived by daughter Sylvia Overfield, grandchildren, Yvonne, Robert, Michael, Kenny, great grandson, Alex, and friends, Walter, Bev, Josh, many more. Rosary: Mon., March 30, 10:30 at Visitation Church. Service: 11:00. Reception to follow. www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Gloria A. Rehak

Gloria A. Rehak, born in Tacoma on 11/24/26, passed away 3/25/09 in Lakewood, WA. Visitation Monday March 30, 4-8pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403. Graveside services: Tuesday March 31, 11am at Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma, WA. Please sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Frank Frederick Stangl

Frank F. Stangl, M.D. died peacefully on March 7 in Tacoma, Washington. Born on June 18, 1923 in La Junta, Colorado, Frank received his medical degree from the University of Colorado and specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology in California after serving in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He enjoyed an immensely rewarding 43-year obstetrics practice in San Francisco, delivering over ten thousand children. Frank was an avid gardener, an accomplished pianist and needlepoint artist, and loved opera, crossword puzzles, and fine books. He was a loving and devoted husband to Caroline and Gloria Stangl, who both preceded him to join the Lord. He is survived by his brother Otto, his sister-in-law Lillian, his son James and daughter-in-law Lucinda, his beloved granddaughter Emma, and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at St. Luke's Memorial Church, 3615 N. Gove St., in Tacoma on Saturday, March 28 at 1 P.M., with later committal planned at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, Frank's family asks that memorial gifts be made to Bethany Christian Services or the American Lung Association.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Ryan Douglas Parker

Born October 29, 1983, beloved son of David A. Parker and Jane P. Frassrand, passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 24, 2009. In addition to his parents, Ryan leaves behind his brother Jason E. Parker, his maternal grandparents Ed and Nancy Richards of Linton, Indiana, and his paternal grandparents, Paul and Bonnie Parker of Mattawa. Ryan was employed as an iron worker with Local #86. He enjoyed playing disk golf and mountain biking. Visitation Saturday, March 28, 2009 10:00-11:45 am, with services following at 12:00 noon at the Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave., Tacoma 98403. Private interment will follow. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414. www.tuellmckee.com . Visitors are encouraged to sign the on-line guestbook.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Bunnia Mae Calhoun

Age 69 passed away March 23, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. Bunnia was born to Carlien and Lila Williams Sept. 14, 1939 in Montalba, TX. She graduated from A.M. Storey High School shortly after moving to Colorado where she met Wiley R. Calhoun and married on Jan. 12, 1958, and stayed by his side for over 50 years. She was an active member of various women’s support clubs for Army wives. She was a happy homemaker while having a career in retail and retiring in 1985. Bunnia loved quality time with family and friends, cooking, reading and expanding her mind, gardening as well as traveling. Bunnia is survived by husband Wiley R. Calhoun, daughters Robbyn Calhoun, Lila Widemann (Herman), son, Wiley O. Calhoun, grandchildren, Erin Ahlers, Armand, Keilan, Kyle, Krymzin, along with great grandson, Quamari, all Calhouns. She had 8 siblings, Thelma, Willie, Lorine, Oliver, Othethis, M.C. (all deceased), surviving siblings, Sammie and JC. Williams and many loving cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. This is the jubilation of Bunnia Mae Calhoun...come celebrate her life and times. With all eternity to relax your soul, this is our good-bye to you as we will always carry you in our thoughts and heart as a wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma. We love you! Services: Sat ., March 28, 1:00 - 7:00 and Sun., March 29, 1:00 - 5:00. Call (253) 752-4041.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Adair (Buckley) Johnson

“Our Matriarch” Feb. 21, 1925 – March 25, 2009 Adair Johnson 84 passed away peacefully after a brief illness. With her loving family surrounding her, she said her final good-byes. Adair was born in Harlowtown, Mt and moved to Tacoma as a child. She attended Saint Patrick School and graduated from Stadium High School in 1943. She was a lifelong member of Saint Patrick Church. Adair is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, Don Johnson (of 62 years). Together they raised six children: Craig, Kevin (Denise), Kirk (daughter Lauren), Cary (Robin), Kay Stevens (Mark), Krissy Jasper (Pete), 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Mom will be missed for her wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and her love of family and faith. Her family, faith and friends were the most important thing to her. She touched so many hearts. ‘till we meet again É Slainte’ Your Loving Family “I love you all. Don’t weep. I’ve lived a full life.” A funeral mass will be held at Saint Patrick Church (Tacoma) on MONDAY, MARCH 30th at 11:00. Please leave on-line condolences at www.gaffneycares.com Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/27/2009


Barbara Louise Kile

Passed away on March 24, 2009 at Federal Way, Washington after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Harvard, Illinois on June 23, 1949, the only daughter of Melvin and Frances Behrens. She graduated from Alden-Hebron High School in Hebron, Illinois. After being employed by several companies over the years she attended Bates Junior College in Tacoma, Washington to become a medical transcriptionist. She quickly earned the necessary education and successfully worked at this occupation over the past years. She enjoyed this field of work very much. Barbara was a member of the Bonney Lake Independent Baptist Church in Bonney Lake, Washington. Barbara will be missed by her two sons: Tige Oleksy, Seattle and Buddy Kile, Sumner, WA; parents, Melvin and Frances Behrens, Hebron Illinois; brothers, James (Marsha) Behrens, Oregon Illinois; Jerry (Muriel) Behrens, Cody, Wyoming; and Dennis Behrens, Woodstock, Illinois. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and a nephew. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 30 at 11:00am at Sumner United Methodist Church, 901 Wood Ave., Sumner. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home, (253) 863-2800.
Pub Date: 3/28/2009


Muriel Jablonsky (Reich)

Mar. 9, 1918-Mar. 20, 2009 Muriel was born in Marshfield, WI to Gus and Laura Reich, the second daughter in a family of five. She married Andrew in the spring of 1941. They traveled west after the war. She was educated in a one room school house and completed the 8th grade. Muriel could "do sums" in her head faster than most calculators. In 1961 she completed LPN training through Tacoma Technical School. She was a long time member of the Nazarene Church. Muriel was greeted in heaven by a host of family and friends, including her husband, parents, brothers (Harry and James), granddaughter Stephanie Cowell. I can only imagine what a glorious gathering that was, to be in the presence of our heavenly father. She is survived by daughters Judy Cowell, Sharon/Ken Noble, grandchildren Stacey/Butch Roberts, Rochelle/Kevin Ellison, Michelle Noble, Michael/Kash Noble, sister Adele Ganey, brother Marvin/Doris Reich, sister-in-law Avis Reich and a host of extended family and friends. She had reached the distinction of great, great grandma. Muriel and Andy lived for 20 years in Tacoma, then moved in 1966 to Issaquah. Most recently she lived at Silver Creek Assisted Living Center and closed her life at Regency Rehab/Nursing Center. Mom was quick to establish friendships no matter were the Lord placed her. Her wit, loving pats and kisses will leave memories for many. At Muriel's request there will be no funeral or memorial. Interment will be with Andy at Tahoma National Cemetery. We are deeply grateful to the staff at Regency of Puyallup and Franciscan Hospice/Palliative Care for their sincere caring and loving attention. See ya later, Mom.
Pub Date: 3/28/2009


Gloria A. Rehak

CHANGE OF LOCATION Visitation Mon., 3/30/2009, 4- 8pm, with services following Tues., 3/31/2009 at 11am at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98403. Private burial to follow. To sign on-line guest book, www.tuellmckee.com .
Pub Date: 3/28/2009


John Daryl Berry

Age 86, born July 11, 1922 in Portland, OR. Survived by 3 children, David Berry, Linda Miller, and Richard Berry, 3 granddaughters, Jennell Miller, Lisa Miller, and Renea Berry, and a great-grandson, Colby Mahan. A WWII veteran and retired Sears manager. Private services to be held at a later date.
Pub Date: 3/28/2009


Esther Lynn Palkovich

Age 48, of Auburn, died on March 25, 2009. She is survived by her loving husband Joe; daughter, Fawn; grandson, Joel; parents, Janet & Bud and her brothers. Visitation: Sunday March 29, 2009 from 4pm to 7pm and Monday March 30, 2009 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Klontz Funeral Home, Auburn. Graveside services will follow Monday noon at Mt. View Cemetery, Auburn.
Pub Date: 3/28/2009


Stephanie Anne Miller Vert

6/13/1987 - 2/21/2009 She was a Gates High School graduate. She leaves behind a loving and caring family including mother Tawni Day, grandmother Freda Sallee, and aunt Susan Sehmel. She will be greatly missed. Memorial services at the Lakewood Moose Lodge, 4220 109th St. SW, Lakewood, April 4, 2009 at 1pm.
Pub Date: 3/28/2009


Ronald R. Benson

10/6/1934 - 3/5/2009 Formerly of Sumner, Washington. Passed away in Marshfield, Missouri. Survived by his three children, Rhonda (Ron) Ewing, Russ (Meg) Benson, and Ron (Lisa) Benson, four grandchildren, Kristen, Blake, Bernadette and Beatrice Benson, and preceded in death by one grandchild, Jessica Benson.
Pub Date: 3/28/2009


Jerome T. O'Neil, Sr.

July 24, 1939 - March 29, 2008 If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. We miss you. - Karen, Susan, Mindy, Jerome Jr., Megan, and all of your family.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Stella Ruth Homolka

3/29/34 - 11/5/06 Happy Birthday, Mom! You are loved, missed, remembered everyday. Love, your family
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Margarete L. Chandler

Went to join her beloved husband Robert in Heaven. Born in Konigsburg, Germany June 25, 1924; passed away in Tacoma March 22, 2009. Margarete is survived by two sons, two daughters, four grandsons, and a great-granddaughter. She enjoyed her family, flower garden, and animals. She will be best remembered for her beautiful smile and generous ways. Private services will be held. We would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Hospital, 10th Floor, for all their support and compassion.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Virtu E. Wiklund

Virtu was born in Shelby, Montana November 12, 1920, and passed away on March 19, 2009 at the age of 88. She passed into the Lord’s hand with her children by her side. She enjoyed the presence of all her grandchildren the day before she passed. Virtu was a resident of Tacoma and surrounding areas since her teenage years, when she moved from a one-room school house in Idaho to Lincoln High School. She married Walton F. Wiklund, Sr. in 1940, and was married until his passing in 1986. Virtu and Walt raised three children in the Parkland area. She is survived by her daughter Pam (Dick) Hurych and son Dan (Ulrike) Wiklund, as well as her younger sister Patricia Becker. She was preceded in death by her son Walton F. Wiklund, Jr., and five of her six siblings. Virtu's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a delight to her. She is survived by seven grandchildren: Jason (Bonnie) Wiklund, Justin (Dawnette) Wiklund, Jennifer Wiklund, Stephanie Wiklund, Ann Wiklund, Sarah Wiklund, and Kellen (Christina) Hurych. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren: Cayden Hurych, Emily Wiklund, Jayme Wiklund, Jordan Moore, Trey Henson, Andrew Wiklund, and Alex Wiklund. Virtu was dedicated to raising her three children and spent many hours and vacation time with them as adults. She had many interests and hobbies in her early years, including bowling, golfing, ceramics, and arts and crafts. She was an avid reader, and would read 2-3 books a week until she slowly lost most of her vision several years ago. She loved to travel and had many trips to Lake Chelan and Hawaii as well as a trip to Sweden and several cruises. In her later years Virtu spent much time with her family in the summers on Clear Lake and during holidays. She was also very active with her group of friends, played bridge, and went to monthly birthday clubs. Virtu’s greatest love besides her family was her cherished cat Taffy. There are no words to describe how our loving mother, grandmother and friend will be missed. she was strong in her faith and had accepted Christ as her savior, and we have a sense of peace that she is resting in His presence. A celebration of life will be held for Virtu on April 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spanaway. A reception will follow at her children’s home on Clear Lake. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Humane Society or the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The family also wishes to express their deep appreciation to all the wonderful caregivers in the ICU at Allenmore Hospital.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Verna June Homan

Verna J. Homan, born June 9, 1918, passed away into the presence of her Lord and Savior March 25, 2009. Funeral services Tacoma Alliance Church, 2401 S. Orchard, Tacoma, WA Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 11am, with burial following at 2:30pm at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tumwater, WA. For a full obituary and to sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Tony Chan

Tony Chan, loving father and husband, passed away on Friday, March 6th. He was surrounded by loving family and friends. Tony was born in 1962, and lived in Hong Kong until going away to attend high school in Canada. He graduated from Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, WA, with a BA in Sociology in 1986, and again with a BA in Psychology in 1989. Tony worked for the Department of Corrections in Spokane, Spokane Community Mental Health/Elderly Services, Catholic Community Services in Bremerton, and began his career with Comprehensive Mental Health in 1991. He started as a Counselor with Comprehensive, and was promoted to Lead Therapist/Coordinator, then promoted to Assistant Program Manager, and was finally promoted to Program manager in July of 2006. Tony met his wife, Tracy Ufford, in 1989. They had a wonderful wedding ceremony at the Coeur d'Alene resort in May of 1990, which was attended by much of Tony's family from Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States. He became a father to a beautiful baby girl, Nakayla, ten months later. Tony resided in Milton from 1990 until his death. He was active in his community, voluteering extensive time to the Tacoma Swim Club, the Fife High School Swim Team, and many other local area swim clubs. He was his daughter's biggest swim fan, and loved watching her race. Tony fought a long, difficult battle with cancer beginning in 2003. Throughout his illness, Tony had a dedicated medical team: Dr. Vuky, Dr. Cryst, Dr. Kuhr, Dr. Ward, Dr. Velasco, the Oncology and Medical staff at Virginia Mason, The Auburn Kidney Center NW, and Franciscan Hospice. The family is grateful for everything that they did. Memorial services were held on March 8th, and was attended by nearly 300 family, friends, and co-workers. Tony is survived by his wife, daughter, three brothers, one sister, mother and father.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Peter J. Markovich, III

Peter J. Markovich, III, born Jan. 5, 1967, was called home to God on March 24, 2009 in Gig Harbor. Pete was a life-long resident of Gig Harbor/Tacoma and was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He graduated from Gig Harbor High School, earned his BA from WSU, and a M.Ed. from City University. Peter was a dedicated teacher at Skyline, Mann, and Downey Elementary Schools in Tacoma. Peter had a wonderful sense of humor and is remembered for his happy-go-lucky approach to life. He was a passionate WSU Cougar fan and an avid outdoorsman, including hunting, fishing, bicycling and river rafting. He will be missed by his parents Peter J., Sr. and Tonia Markovich of Gig Harbor, his sister Jill (Jeff) Newcomer of Gig Harbor, nephew and niece Michael and Stephanie Grohs, grandparents Richard and Margaret George of Gig Harbor, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale St., Gig Harbor. Remembrances may be made in Peter's honor to St Nicholas Catholic School, 3555 Edwards Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Roy Gordon Howard

Passed away on Friday, March 13, 2009 in Auburn, Washington. He was born in Ilwaco, Washington on January 24th, 1926 to William and Dosie (Sargant). Our dad tried many trades, lived a free-spirited life, and was not afraid of failing. Many things he tried did not always come out the way he envisioned, but he never gave up trying to find an angle to beat the system. He grew up in the Ilwaco area, and began commercial fishing on his dad's fishing boat, but he decided early on that fishing was not his passion. After graduating from Ilwaco High School he joined the military and proudly served his country. He had wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force, but was denied due to his eyesight, so after leaving the military he learned to fly and bought a small plane that he flew for several years in the Washington area until a successful crash landing on a fairway at a golfcourse. He then married Inez E. Howard and they raised 4 children in the Puyallup area. He worked for several years at McChord Air Force base as a civilian in aircraft maintenance. He also worked for the State of Washington Highway department in the maintenance department. Roy always wanted to be his own boss, so our parents bought a piece of commercial property on South Hill in Puyallup, Washington. Roy and Inez owned and ran a strip mall in the South Hill area of Puyallup. Our parents spent many years running the Willawa Tavern that was located on South Hill. After retiring, he spent his winters in the Philippines and summers in the Puyallup area. For over 10 years he spent his winters in Costa Rica until moving to Auburn Meadows Assisted living center in Auburn, Washington. He enjoyed long afternoons at the South Hill library, dancing and visiting with friends at the Puyallup Eagles, and spending time with his extended family. He is survived by his ex-wife Inez Howard, children Ellen Hedlund (Eric), Bill Howard (Liz), Mike Howard, and Sherry Yantzer; his sister Doris Dean (Tom) of Bellevue, WA and his brother Robert Howard of Astoria, OR; his grandchildren Derrick Kostelecky (Tanya), Kenny Howard, and Jared Howard; his great-grandchildren Devin and Tiana Kostelecky; and his second ex-wife Elizabeth Gillooly. A family celebration of life will be held on 4-24-2009 at 6PM. Cotact: roy_howard_memorial@ comcast.net no later than April 10th for the celebration. Puyallup Eagles, 202 5th St. NW, Puyallup, WA 98371. In memory of Roy G. Howard our father we will be having an informal gathering at Waikiki Beach (Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco, WA) at 11:30AM on Saturday, April 4th. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Alzheimer Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601-7633.www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Dan L. Marsh

Of Fircrest, drowned Wed., 25 March 2009 while on vacation in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. He was born in Mount Vernon, WA, graduated from Anacortes High School, and earned a degree in chemistry from PLU. He owned Marsh Industrial Research. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Francine, his children Beverly of Indiana, Harold, Rosalyn and Diana of Los Angeles, SSG Daniel H. Marsh of Fort Lewis, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His interests were classic cars, bodybuilding, photography, and building motorcycles. He was a true Renaissance man. He was always ready with a corny joke. At Dan’s request there will be no funeral.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


James W. Hutchens (Hutch)

Oct. 31, 1946 - Mar. 14, 2009 Services will be held April 4, 2009, 12 noon at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 540 School St. SE, Lacey, WA.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Michael M. Romes (Ret. MSGT.)

Mick was born May 22, 1930 in Buckley, WA. Preceded in death by parents Michael Nickolas Romes & Helen Petrinella Romes. He graduated Buckley High School, class of '48. Served over 20 years in the military. Fought in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, but ultimately fought his toughest battle against pulmonary heart disease since last June, and peacefully passed away March 23, 2009 at age 78. He is a member of All Saints Catholic church in Puyallup. Preceded in death by loving wife of 32 years Lillian (Lil) Romes in 1986. "POPS" loved being with his family, tending to his vegetable garden, reading pocket books, and keeping up with the Mariners and Seahawks. He was a loving spouse, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed. He leaves behind his fiancee and love of 22 years, Irene Cich of Puyallup. Along with his children, Patricia (Ted) Lazenby of Utah, Michael (Barbie) Romes Jr. of Graham, and four grandchildren, Ted Jr. and Michelle Lazenby, Ashley and Matthew Romes. Our family would like to thank the staff for their care and support during his stay at Washington Soldier's home and Good Samaritan Hospital. A memorial service in his honor will be held Friday, April 10th at 2pm at Washington Soldier's Home/Chapel.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Brian L. Knipe

May 1, 1954 ~ March 22, 2009 Our dear, sweet, unforgettable Brian was born in Tacoma, WA, graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 1972, served in the U.S. Navy, fathered two beautiful daughters and touched many lives with his love and good humor. Brian is preceded in death by mother Lois Knipe and is survived by daughters Joey Knipe and Jayme Rosenberger, father Roland Knipe; sisters Janet Rowlands, Pamela Shadoff, Denise Squier and Nanette Vanderford and their families, all of whom will miss him so much. A very special “thank you” to Dr. Waldo Dagan, Dr. Lin Huang and the angels on earth at Good Samaritan Infusion Center, all of whom gave more than they will ever know. We would also like to thank those at U.W. Medical Center who took such good care of Brian. Services will be held in the Garden Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood, WA. Reception to follow.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Mary H. Ochs

Mary Ochs, 90, passed away on March 24, 2009. She leaves behind her son Frank (Bill) Ochs and grandchildren Dawn (Bart) Anderson, Brian (Karen) Ochs, Mark Ochs, and great-granddaughter Jessica Anderson. Mary was the first female store manager in the state for the Liquor Control Board, and was very active in many organizations, including Pierce County Democratic Women's League, Pierce County Democratic Luncheon Club, 29th District Democratic Club, RPE (Retired Public Employees) Club, and the 1918 Club. She was a member of the South Tacoma Business Association and for many years worked as a Poll Worker on Election Day. She belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran and belonged to the ladies circle. Mary was a longtime Democrat, always lending a hand at fundraisers and other events. For years after her retirement she could be found walking around the Tacoma Mall in the mornings In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church's piano fund or the American Heart Association. Memorial services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 East 38th St., Tacoma, Washington, Saturday April 4, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com and follow the online tributes link.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Mary L. Sauders

Mary Loretta (Boss) Sauders, resident of Tacoma, passed away March 20, 2009 at age 92. She was born to Mildred and Basil Boss in South Bend, Indiana on January 24, 1917. She was a loving and dedicated mother who was equally caring and serving as a registered nurse, first in the United States Army during World War II, and ending her career at Tacoma General and Allenmore Hospitals. Mary was a longtime member of Sweet Adelines, Daughters of the Nile, and Memory Singers. She was a member of United Church in University Place. Mary is survived by her two daughters, Carol Turk and her husband Ashot Khorenyan of Puyallup and Marianne and her husband Bob Ciro of Tacoma, two sons, Bill and his wife Sharlene Sauders of Puyallup and Michael and his wife Susan Sauders of Tacoma, two brothers, Basil Boss of California and Bill Boss of Colorado, and two sisters, Barbara Allen of California and Mildred Bender of Michigan, twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on April 4, 2009 at 10:30 AM at North End Community Church, 3502 N. Mullen, Tacoma. Arrangements were made through Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup, 253-845-1172.
Pub Date: 3/29/2009


Richard F. (Dick) Dyhrman

Mar 25, 1943 - Mar 27, 2009 Dick was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and uncle. He loved to read military history, listen to music from folk songs to classical, be active outdoors, and enjoy family and friends. He spent many an hour behind his camera lens, leaving us incredible shots of flowers and mountains. He was a strong, quiet, hard working, and unassuming man with many talents and a big heart. His smile, sense of humor and joyous, hearty laugh come to mind when you think of Dick. Born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Dorothy and Harry Dyhrman, he graduated from Victorville High School in California and earned a BA degree in Business and an MS degree in Geology from Oregon State University, where he was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity. He served in the US Air Force at home and in Southeast Asia from 1967 through 1971 as an Aircraft Maintenance officer, achieving the rank of Captain. Dick worked as a geologist for Union Oil Company in Ventura, California for several years before returning to the Northwest to work 23 years for Weyerhaeuser's Mineral Resources Department. He retired in 2004, but continued working in his field as a consultant. Though he was a professional geologist, he also worked as a teacher, mentor, janitor and laborer to provide for his education, his wife and their three children. He generously gave of his time and talents to his community by volunteering in schools, church, Boy Scouts, and the Puyallup Schools Foundation, where he served as treasurer and board member. Throughout his life, Dick was an avid skier and hiker, traveling with his family in pursuit of mountaintops on four continents and cabin time in the Cascades. He became a runner and cyclist when he returned to the Northwest, and participated in many cycling events, including the Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day, Cycle Oregon, and Seattle To Portland, plus multi-sport races both individually and as a team member. Ski to Sea was a favorite. Dick leaves behind his life-long friend and cherished wife of forty years, Pat, and their three children, Sonya of Falmouth, MA; Hans (Nicole) of Burlington, VT; and Paul of Leadville, CO; and his sister Lyn (Gordon Becktold) of Mission Viejo, CA. After a valiant battle with mesothelioma, Dick passed away quietly. A memorial service and dinner reception will be held in his honor on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm at Rogers High School, Performing Arts Center, 12801 86th Ave. E, Puyallup, WA 98373. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dick Dyhrman to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
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Judith A. Fette

Judy was born in Joplin Missouri on June 18, 1939, and passed away peacefully in her home in Tacoma on March 26, 2009. Judy was the daughter of Hayden and Maxine Mullins. Judy spent her early years living on a farm outside Joplin Missouri. The family moved back and forth between the farm and town before finally moving to town permanently during Judy's high school years. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1957. She attended Oklahoma University, where she met John Fette, and, after her marriage in 1966, moved around the country before finally settling in Washington in 1972 to raise her children. Judy enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, and spending time with friends and family. She loved to take cruises and went as often as she could. Judy was heavily involved with her church and was a member of the Red Hat's Society. Judy is survived by her mother, Maxine Mullins, brother Gary Mullins, children Amy (Tim) and Anna (Victor), 4 grandchildren, Mackenzie, Alayna, Alex and Morgan. She was preceded in death by her husband John Fette, and her father Hayden Mullins. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to All Saints Episcopal, Church Building Fund, 205 E. 96th Street, Tacoma WA 98445. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church, 205 E. 96th St., Tacoma WA.
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Josephine M. Schmidt

Joie (Barnhart) Schmidt, 99, passed away from congestive heart failure March 21, 2009 at Puyallup. Predeceased by her husband Albert G. (Smitty) Schmidt, and siblings Lois (Bridgham) Happold and Lloyd A. Barnhart, she was born to Joseph Edgar and Nellie May (Sherwood) Barnhart May 29, 1909, Black Bear, ID. She spent her earliest years at Tekoa, youth at Colfax, San Juan Island, and Seattle, and later years at Palm Desert, CA; Portland, OR; Hoquiam, Edmonds, Seattle, and finally Puyallup. Divorced from husband Arthur Robert Caughey, she married Smitty, US Labor Dept., in 1942, a marriage of nearly 50 years. A housewife, Joie was also a switchboard operator early in Colfax, and later in WWII with Railway Express, Seattle. Focused on family, fond of English sovereign history, and attracted to national politics, she recalled WWI, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. She held Elvis Presley and his works in highest esteem. Joie belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, West Seattle Post 160, and was baptized at the First Lutheran Church of West Seattle. Joie treasured the friends she left in West Seattle: Leroy (Joyce) Bernard, Jim (Liz) Nason, and Pastor Ronald Marshall. She is survived by son Bob (Anne) Caughey, Puyallup, grandson Gary (Lori Rutledge) Caughey, Concord, CA, niece Karla (Mel) Dittman, Ellensburg, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews many times removed. At her request no services will be held. Interment will be at Valley Cemetery, San Juan Island, beside her kinfolk and Smitty.
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LTC Howard L. Vedell, Ret

Howard went to be with his Lord on March 25, 2009. He was born in Chesterton, IN of Verne and Lillian, both deceased. He served 25 years in the Army (WWI, Korea and Vietnam). He was Business Manager and Director of General Services at Pacific Lutheran University for 22 years. Lieutenant Colonel Vedell was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Lakewood. He belonged to Parkland-Spanaway Rotary Club, the Military Order of the World Wars and the Association of the U.S. Army. He was secretary of the Board of Governors of the Tacoma Lutheran Home for 20 years. He was a graduate of Valparaiso University. His wife, Florence, preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother Emerson and wife Marion from Bothell; niece Anita Lenges and husband Peter, Olympia; niece Jackie Nelson and husband Floyd, Porter, IN; brother-in-law Gerald Peterson and wife Doris, Amherst, MA; nephew Curt Peterson and wife Ruth, Bellevue; nephew Tom Peterson, Amherst, MA; and niece Anna Beth Lee, Glacier, WA. Viewing will be held on Friday, April 3 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at New Tacoma Funeral Home, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West, University Place, WA. Burial is at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 4, at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West. Memorial service is on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 8602 Bridgeport Way Southwest, Lakewood, WA. You are requested to be seated by 11:15 am. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church.
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Gilbert F. Baker

Gil died at the age of 97, at home, in Puyallup, Washington, on Saturday afternoon, March 14, 2009. Son of early Tacoma residents Albert Davis Baker and Marion Sarah Baker. A graduate of Stadium High School, Gil worked in auto industry until 1942, served 29 years as a civilian officer in the United States Army, Mount Rainier Ordnance Depot 1942 - 1961, finishing his awarded and distinguished civil service career as Materiel Acquisition Chief at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 1961 - 1971. During WW II, Gil served as a volunteer member of the U S Coast Guard Reserve, 13th Navel District, while working days at MROD. Upon retirement, Gil and his devoted wife, June, lived their dream traveling and "snow birding" in their Avion travel trailers and motor home. Gil and June served as President and Secretary-Treasurer (1981) and Governor (1985) of the Northwest Region, International Avion Travelcade Club. Gil was a quiet, unassuming, gentle man who loved and cared for his family with a great sense of responsibility and protection. A man of great intelligence and many talents, a perfectionist, and his projects were promptly, beautifully finished. Gil is survived by June, his loving wife and companion of 76 years, their sons Van and Gary. Van, his 3 children, son Bret (Shelly), son Aaron (daughter Natalie), Van’s daughter Sarah. Gary (Linda) his children, son Paul (Tara),(daughter Morgan), Gary's daughter Zoie. Also his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Janice Allen, brother-in-law Harry Wood, many loving nieces and nephews. Wonderful neighbors - friends who helped June take care of Gil, Bob and Gwen Davies, Dave and Marcy Golden, they served with Love, Thank You. If you like, instead of flowers give to your favorite charity in Gil's name. A celebration of his life for relatives and close friends will be April 5th at 1:30 PM in the Crestview Mobile Home Clubhouse, Please RSVP June or Van.
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Elmer T. Skahan

Elmer was born 12/1/1919 in Toppenish, WA, and passed away 3/14/2009 in Gig Harbor, WA. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen, son Brett, daughter Catherine (Don) Carlson, step-daughter Eileen Day, brother Harvey Davis, and numerous family members. Memorial services are at 2 PM Saturday, 4/4/2009, at Burley Bible Church, 14687 Olympic Dr. SE, Port Orchard, WA. Please see the full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
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Charles G. Penn, Jr.

Charles G. Penn, Jr., "Junebug" to family and close friends, died on Sunday, March 22, 2009, in Lakewood, Washington. Born on October 9, 1966 to Charles and Lena Penn of Wytheville, Virginia, Charles graduated from George Wythe High School, where he excelled in academics and was enshrined in the school's basketball Hall of Fame. He served twelve years in the US Army, and completed tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Texas, Germany, and Fort Lewis. Charles also worked for the State of Washington. He held positions at the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center, the Division of Child Support, and the Lakewood Community Service Office. In partnership with his wife of sixteen years, Jamilyn "Hinton" Penn, Charles was a loving and dedicated parent to his sons, Kelvin, age 16, and Jalen, age 14. He adored them. Charles was a wonderful friend to so many people. It has been said that from the first moment you met Charles you felt as if you had known him all your life. He was such a kind, patient and gentle spirit with a wonderful sense of humor. The world is a much better place because he was in it. His funeral is on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 in Wytheville, Virginia. Friends and family on the west coast will gather for a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St., Steilacoom, WA 98388.
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Claudia Orpha Lamson (Carlsen, Canning)

Born April 27, 1920, in Monrovia, Nebraska, entered into rest February 21, 2009, at home in Roy, WA. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Earl F. Lamson and her children: Ronald Carlsen of Buckley, WA, Audrey Rasmussen of Auburn, WA, Claude Carlsen of Fontana, CA, John Carlsen of Yelm, WA, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Auburn, WA at Price-Helton Funeral Home with graveside services at Mt. View Cemetery, Auburn, WA. A reception was held at the Rasmussen home in Auburn following the burial February 26. The Lamson children, Dennis, Margaret, and Edward would like to express their deepest sympathy and request donations in Claudia’s name be directed to Pierce County Grange Scholarship Fund c/o Anna Van Hulle, 5114 Vickery Ave E., Tacoma, WA 98443.
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Clifford Hedlund

At age 91 Clifford passed away 3/19/2009 from natural causes, being reunited with his wife, parents, and brother who preceded him in death. Cliff is survived by two stepchildren, a step-granddaughter, two nieces, a grand-niece and good friends. emorial service 2pm April 6th at Praise Covenant Church, 3501 S. Orchard St., Tacoma, WA 98466. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Franciscan Hospice or your favorite charity. See full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
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James Douglas Griffith

Age 69, of Eatonville, died March 21, 2009 after a long illness. Born June 13, 1939 to Doug and Billie Griffith, he married Charlotte Flanner of Elsie, MI, in 1960. He was a member of the U. S. Air Force for 20 years, and served in Vietnam. In 1976 he moved to Eatonville and worked at Jesse Engineering until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Tanwax Country Chapel. Beloved husband of Charlotte; father of sons James and John Griffith and daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Rodney Lamping; grandfather of Breanna and Tyler Blair, Colton Griffith, and Logan Flanner; brother of Patsy McGlauthlin; and brother-in-law and uncle to many, he was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard. Service to be held at 1:00 on April 4 in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, in Lakewood. Reception to follow at Tanwax Country Chapel in Eatonville. Gifts in his memory to the American Heart or Lung Association are welcome.
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Ruth Offutt

A memorial will be held to celebrate Ruth’s life April 4, 2009, 3pm, at Madrona Links Golf Club, 3604 22nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations to Franciscan Hospice are appreciated.
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Shirlee Ann Benner (Martindale, Brown)

8/6/1938 - 3/20/2009 She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Dale A. Benner, her beloved brother, Ronald C. Martindale (Sandra Fitzgerald), the following relatives whom she dearly loved and adored: nephew Gary E. Martindale (Pam Smith), nephew and niece Ron Karisten and J.W. Williamson, adopted daughter Sara Maria Payne, cousins Helen (Walker) Everett and Harvey Walker, nieces Renae Fianberg and Susan Stevens, nephew Gordon Martindale, many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many life-long friends she valued greatly. See www.edwardsmemorial.com for full obituary
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Verna Marie Lehde

6/24/1940 - 3/26/2009 After a long battle with cancer, she is finally at rest. Verna was the youngest of 5 children born to John James and Rita Ernestine Sproul in Tacoma, WA. Always the caregiver and wanting to help provide for the family, Verna in her earlier years of marriage worked picking daffodils in the spring at the VanLierop’s bulb farm. She also painted business storefront windows with Christmas scenes to add to the Christmas tree. Verna later went to work for the Washington State Liquor Board, first starting out as a part-time clerk in Puyallup, and eventually working her way up to store manager in Belfair, WA, where she and her husband of 49 years, Fred, enjoyed 20 years of living on the water in Mason County, surrounded by family and friends. Once Verna retired, she enjoyed taking trips with Fred and looking forward to the next big family gathering in their home. Verna was preceded in death by her husband Fred Lehde and daughter Faith Scherer. She is survived by her only son and wife John and Pat Lehde, son-in-law Tim Scherer, grandchildren Gabe and Katie, Andy, Dustin and Julia, Josh and Jamie. She also leaves behind 7 great-grandchildren, her sister Joanne Maitrejean and brother and wife Ernie and Carol Sproul. Viewing will be on Tues., March 31 from 4-8PM at Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA 98372. Funeral service on Wed., April 1, 2009 at 1:30PM, also at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup.
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Nancy L. Bevis

1930 - 2009 Nancylee Hale Bevis passed away peacefully March 25, surrounded by her family, due to complications from multiple myeloma. She was born and lived the majority of her life in Tacoma, Washington, where she graduated from Lincoln High School in the spring of 1948. Career pursuits included office administrator for the Tacoma Water Department, a licensed real estate broker, and a creative writing contestant. She retired in 1992 as a supervisor after 23 years of service with the City of Tacoma. Artistic endeavors included performances in several local TV commercials and as an extra in the movie After Midnight. She was conspicuously free-spirited and loved to gamble and travel. After touring all over the country since retirement with her longtime companion Duaine Moe, her favorite places were Mexico, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon. Each winter they enjoyed a lengthy visit to Lake Havasu, Arizona. Her proudest accomplishments in this life, by her own admission, were her children, whom she encouraged and supported with unconditional love through sickness and in health. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Barry Bevis, in 1992, and her son Jeff, age 33, in 1985. She is survived by her daughters Susan (Marshall) Moffat and Kim (Mark) Halsey, grandchildren Jake, Shauni, Erik and Tom, and by her life partner and caregiver Duaine Moe. Viewing will be held from 1 - 9:00 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Nancy requested donations be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Good Samaritan Cancer Center for all their care, support and friendship during the last stages of her life. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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Michael William Mattson

12/10/1951 to 3/7/2009 Michael was born and reared on the upper peninsula of Michigan. His work involved a great deal of travel, and eventually took him to Colorado, where he singlehandedly built a home in the Rockies for his family. Michael moved to Tacoma in 1979 and spent the next half of his life involved in a variety of jobs that ranged from the Boeing Company, overseeing the work of other mechanics, to owning the Spot Tavern for a time. Gifted with a keen intellect, Michael was a master of invention and creation, being able to repair or fabricate almost anything. He also had a strong artistic side; his stained-glass work was quite unique. Cooking and baking were adventures which he shared with his friends. No one will ever forget the macaroons he made each holiday season. For Michael, life’s little delights were antiquing, garage sales, jewelry, and precious metals. He would come into the bar full of pride to regale us with his latest acquisitions, usually a fabulous ring or necklace purchased at a rock-bottom price. More important to Michael than things, however, were his friends. Though he was a very private person, Michael surrounded himself with a variety of good folk, Bunny (Leona Massier) being notable as his best friend. One could often find Michael perched in a tall chair at the corner of the bar at Club Silverstone, employing his dry wit with a steady stream of banter and filling the room with laughter at his oft-repeated jokes. He was also generous and gentle with those in need, especially his fellow curmudgeon, Hugh Cochran, whom he aided in his final illness. Michael was predeceased by his life partner of twelve years, Jack Coss. By blood, Michael is survived by his son, Josh, and a sister, Mary. Within the gay community, however, he is survived by “family” members who are too numerous to mention, but who are grieving nonetheless as they continue life’s journey without him. He will be greatly missed! A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at Club Silverstone from 3pm until 7pm on Saturday, April 4, 2009. If you wish, feel free to bring an entree or dessert.
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James “Jim” Earl Eider, SR.

On 3/25/2009 James Earl Eider Sr. of Puyallup, WA, rejoined his wife, Beverly Jean Eider after 26 years apart. He passed peacefully, with family by his side. Born in Thompson, ND on 5/5/1928; he was the 4th of 12 children. He is survived by his four children: Patty, Jill, James Jr., and Jason, eleven much adored grandchildren and great grandchildren, siblings: Bob, Roger, Shirley, Leotta, and numerous family and friends. James had an unyielding sense of responsibility, sacrifice, and fairness. Graduating 8th grade at the age of fourteen, he began working at a potato factory to help support his struggling family. He was a hard worker and his boss paid him a "full man's wage." He enlisted in the Army at the age of seventeen, serving state-side during WWII, sending his wages home. After the military, James moved to Tacoma and went to work at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard with his older brother Farrell, retiring in 1983. James enjoyed gardening, frequent trips to Reno, and spending time with his friends at the Puyallup VFW. He truly loved his family and friends; anyone who stopped by to visit was immediately welcomed. Service will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, March 31 with viewing prior to the service. Haven of Rest ~ (253) 851-9991, 8503 State Rte 16, Gig Harbor, WA There will be refreshments after the service as well as a reception that evening at James’ house at 6:00pm In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: VFW ~ (253) 841-6362, 120 2nd St. NE, Puyallup, WA 98372
Pub Date: 3/30/2009


Alan Henry Johnson

Alan Henry Johnson, 54, was born April 10, 1954 in Bellingham, WA and passed away peacefully in his Tacoma home on Christmas morning (2008) with his partner of 27 years, Michael Barrett, at his side. Alan graduated from high school in Ferndale, WA and later graduated from a business school in Seattle. Throughout the years, Alan made his home in Seattle, Port Orchard and Tacoma. Alan is survived by his parents, Max & Luella Johnson of Dowling Park, Florida, his partner Michael Barrett of Tacoma, WA, his sister Helen Green of Batavia, IL, sister-in-law Debbie Johnson of Batavia, IL, Carol Spurrier a dear friend and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends and especially by everyone at Rise-N-Shine, where Alan volunteered for 20 years. Alan was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis M. Johnson. We all love you and will miss you deeply. A memorial will be held around Alan's birthday, April 10, 2009. The memorial will be held at the home of Brian & Cathy Larson, 223 South 80th Street, Tacoma.
Pub Date: 3/30/2009


James N. Chivers

10/2/1956 - 3/4/2009 Jamie touched many lives with his compassion, love, intelligence & humor. His gentle heart is greatly missed. For memorial information contact jamiesmemorial@blogspot.com
Pub Date: 3/30/2009


Sofia Bustillo Ramirez

Sofia B. Ramirez went to join her beloved husband Camilo in Heaven. Born in Leyte, Philippines June 9 1937; passed away in Tacoma March 25, 2009. Sofia is survived by 6 daughters, 1 son, and 10 grandchildren and many lifelong friends she valued greatly. For service information and to sign on-line guestbook visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 3/31/2009


ROBERT “BOB” N. MARTINSON

Robert “Bob” N. Martinson, of Tacoma, WA died March 26, 2009 in Monroe, WA. He was born January 5, 1916, in Tacoma. Private services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home, 409 W. Main, Monroe, WA
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Waunita L. Seversen

March 22, 1917 ~ Jan. 21, 2009 Waunita passed away at Heartwood Extended Health Care in Tacoma, WA on January 21, 2009. Her death follows just 15 months after the love of her life Alfred J. Seversen passed at Heartwood. After graduating from Stadium High School in 1934, she went to work as a receptionist for Dr. Muir. Waunita attended Christ The King Lutheran Church and loved volunteering at the food bank and Heartwood gift shop. Waunita is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Carol Ann Seversen and Bill and Judy Seversen, grandchildren, Kristine Asgian, Traci Lantzy, Mike and Erik Seversen and nine great grandchildren. Waunita was a devoted wife and proud mother who loved being with her family. Our sincere gratitude to Heartwood Extended Health Care and Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma for the care, comfort and support given to Waunita and her family. Waunita, you will truly be missed by your family. A private memorial service was held off the waters of Blake Island on February 10th, 2009.
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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 was the owner of Span Deli in Gig Harbor. 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, Jonathon, and Rayce; great-grandfather of, Justin, Kiry, Ashley, and Haley; and his special dog, Shadow Bear. At his request there will be no services. Memorials may go to the Franciscan Hospice with the family's profound gratitude. They wish to thank Hospice for their helpful and caring staff. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
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Margaret V. Smith (Holland)

Born May 30, 1913; died peacefully at her home on March 14, 2009, in Federal Way. Margaret lived for 30 years in Flint, Michigan, where she was known for her volunteer service to the community for many organizations including the Flint Committee to Welcome Foreign Visitors (Secretary of State Dept.), among others. In Tacoma, she pursued her lifelong interest in roses, gardening, flower arranging, and hosting parties. She loved meeting people of all ages. She read and travelled extensively and wrote letters daily. She baked her own bread and sewed/knitted her own clothes. Married for 61 years to Harold, who died in 2003, Margaret is survived by her two grandsons, Chris and Tim Hierlihy, her two daughters, Phyllis Hierlihy and Cherie Smith, as well as her many nephews and nieces in Canada. She will be remembered by her many friends and family for her sense of humour, her creativity, her generosity and for just being herself, an original.
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Agnes M. Gintz

Agnes M. Gintz, 86 of Renton, passed away March 27th, 2009. She was born July 28, 1922 in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin. Mrs. Gintz graduated from Praire Farm High School in 1940. She raised her family while a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn. She was a member of other Lutheran Churches as she transitioned through her life. She was an excellent baker/cook and loved to bake and cook for family and friends. After her husband passed, she continued the woodworking projects they enjoyed together. She helped with community projects when possible. She was predeceased by her husband Francis Gintz in 2000. Survivors include: Jim Gintz of Colville, WA; Ruth Johnson of Renton, WA; Ron Gintz of Federal Way, WA; and Jerry Gintz of Puyallup, WA; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 4th, 1:00pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, WA. Fir Lane Funeral Home – Please visit: www.firlane.com . Please direct all tributes to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.
Pub Date: 3/31/2009
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