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Place Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
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Obituaries (October 2009)

The following list of obituaries and memorials were published in the Tacoma News Tribune for the month of October 2009. This list contains 353 entries.

THEODORE LEE PEARSON

March 26, 1940 – October 1, 2007 It has been two years since you left us and not a day goes by in which you are not at least a fond memory, in a slight glance, the face of a grandchild, an unexpected outburst of laughter or tears and a constant source of inspiration. From Lambeau Field to California’s Russian River, we love and miss you!
Pub Date: 10/1/2009


Michael P. Deutsch

11/16/1954 - 10/01/2007 It’s been two long painful years - Our language has been a sea of tears. Mike, you are so loved. Your family
Pub Date: 10/1/2009


Della L. Rasmussen-Westerman

September 11, 1921 - September 25, 2009 Della began her new journeys on Fri., Sept. 25, 2009. A celebration of her remarkable life will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 5236 E B St. in Tacoma, on Thur., Oct. 8, 2009, at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception in the gathering room, a place of refuge very precious to her. Afterwards, a small ceremony will be held graveside at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood. Born in Orofino, Id, her parents moved her with them to Long Beach, Ca during the Roaring ‘20’s. The depression took it all away, however, and they moved back to Orofino, where she grew up and graduated high school, met Raymond J. Galarneau and fell in love. They were married in 1940, and moved to the small berg of Greer, Id, where Ray worked until he was drafted into the Army. Not one to be left behind. Della joined the Women's Army Corps., and soon was shipped on the Queen Mary to England, then Scotland, where she spent “the coldest winter” of her life. After the war, she was returning home on a French ship which became shipwrecked in a hurricane in the Azores, and after 2 weeks, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise arrived to safely return them home. Once back in Idaho, life resumed normalcy. She and Ray adopted 2 infant girls, Yvonne and Teresa and a son, Russell, over the next 9 years. However, people change, and in 1957, Della left the mountains for the more populated region of Tacoma, with her 3 children and stayed with her mother, Alda Webb, until securing employment and ultimately purchasing a small home in S. Tacoma. hard times were afoot then, and in 1960, the 2 girls returned to live with their father in Idaho. Della and Rusty, remained in Tacoma. In 1961, Della met Oscar Rasmussen, a homebuilder and in 63 remarried, and they built a house together where they lived until his death in 1980. Della remained in that house until she met Bob Westerman, or R.T. as he was known, and they were married in 1990. She became a snowbird for a couple of winters after that, spending time in Yuma, Az with her new husband. Unfortunately, Bob passed in 1991, and she was on her own again. She moved to the Parkland area, where she became more active with the church, serving as a Deacon for a time, and hosting meetings at her home. She also traveled to Australia and New Zealand, took cruises through the Panama Canal and the Inside Passage to Alaska, and enjoyed her close group of friends, who referred to themselves as “The Golden Girls.” Della is survived by her son, Dr. Russ Galarneau and his wife Mindy, and her daughters, Yvonne Burke and her husband Andrew, Teresa Galarneau, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her humor and optimism are missed by all who had the joy to have known her.
Pub Date: 10/1/2009


Rosemary Napora

Rosemary Napora, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2009 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on May 6, 1927 in Tacoma, Washington to Adam T. and Gladys E. Mulligan. She was 82 years of age. Rosemary was also formerly of Roy, WA. Rosemary's early years were spent in Tacoma, Wahington attending school and working numerous jobs for local businesses including the Tacoma Tribune. She enjoyed gardening, canning and being with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children; Kathaleen M. Balmer, Connie Gordon, Nancy Kubicek and her husband John, John V. Napora III and his wife Joanna and MaryCarol Howerton and her husband Rodger. There are nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and four sisters and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband Floyd T. Balmer in 1950, her second husband John V. Napora II in 1998, her parents and one brother and sister. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 1:00 PM at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 18943 Caldart Avenue NE in Poulsbo. A viewing will take place from 12-12:45 PM the day of the Mass at the church. Interment will take place on Friday, October 9th at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Memorial contributions can be made to Martha and Mary Health Care Services or The American Lung Association. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family at: www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com .
Pub Date: 10/1/2009


Jesse Garren Ferderer

Jesse G. Ferderer, born June 7, 1984 unexpectedly left us on September 26, 2009. He leaves behind his parents Lori and Steve of Auburn, sister Carmel, grandmother Lois Hershman, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and a family of friends. Viewing will be held Friday, October 2, 2009 from 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Funeral service 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 3, 2009 at Yahn & Son Funeral Home, Auburn. Please sign the on-line guestbook at www.yahnandson.com .
Pub Date: 10/1/2009


Virginia M Taft

Virginia Maxine (Walter) Taft was born on January 2, 1924 in Marion, Iowa and peacefully departed this life Saturday, September 19th, 2009 at Merrill Gardens in Tacoma, Washington. Her parents, Max R and Jewel E Walter, moved to Mineral, Washington in 1925 and then subsequently to Tacoma, where she graduated from Lincoln High School. Virginia worked at the Rialto Theater after graduation and during the war years. She married Verlyn (Vern) Taft on December 20, 1952 and was a devoted wife and partner to him for the next 44 years. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Vern, and her only sister, Phyllis Lockwood. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Lantaff, her beloved grandchildren, Jake Lantaff and Sarah Lantaff, her nephew, David Lockwood and great-niece, Christina Lockwood. At her request, there will be no service. Special and heartfelt thanks from her family go to Shirley Lane and her wonderful staff of caregivers at Merrill Gardens, Tacoma and to all the "angels" of Franciscan Hospice who helped her pass from this world to the next with peace and serenity.
Pub Date: 10/2/2009


Edwin Leroy Lund

Ed & Darlene Lund Are Together Again. Edwin Leroy Lund passed away and joined his wife Darlene Marie Lund on Monday, September 28th, 2009. Ed leaves behind many friends and family. Friends and family invite you to join a celebration of Ed's life at the Gig Harbor Eagles on Monday, October 5th, 2009.
Pub Date: 10/2/2009


Robert J. Bergum

Died on Sept. 30, 2009 in Tacoma. A memorial service will be held Sat. Oct. 3, 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 245 Valley Ave. E. Sumner. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 863-2800.
Pub Date: 10/2/2009


Carl E. Johnson

Born July 6, 1915; died Sept. 28, 2009 in Normandy Park. A resident of Tacoma from 1958 to 2001, he retired from Scofield in 1977. Survived by 2 sons, Paul and Lloyd Johnson. Services will be held at 2pm Mon., Oct. 5th in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
Pub Date: 10/2/2009


Minister Stella Marie Motton-Williams

At 6:00 on the morning of May 12, 1968 a beautiful baby girl was born to Leslie Mae Nichols and Joseph Motton, Sr. She passed away on September 21, 2009. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Motton Sr., three sisters, one brother, and her grandfather. She leaves to mourn her mother Leslie Mae Nichols, husband Malls Williams Jr., daughters Brandee and Ashley Tillman, grandmother Marie Powell, brothers Lesley, John, James Nicho and Timothy Motton, uncle Lessie Powell, and a host of family and friends. Services will be held at 11:00 Friday, October 2, 2009, at at Shiloh Baptist Church, 813 S. 13th. Viewing will be Thursday, Oct. 1, 3:00 - 7:00, at House of Scott Mortuary.
Pub Date: 10/2/2009


Kathleen J. Richie

Was born on Feb. 10, 1944 and was called home on Sept. 30, 2009. Kathleen, better known as “Kat”, was born to Robert and Geraldine Shipman. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend to many and will never be forgotten. Kat is survived by her 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Memorial service will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church, Monday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome in celebration of her life.
Pub Date: 10/3/2009


Robert W. Evans

Prominent local architect who served on the Tacoma City Council from 1990 to 1998, died September 28, 2009 at Tacoma General Hospital. He was 89. Evans was born in 1920 in Oakland, Calif. He graduated with a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and then served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Alaska during World War II, when he met his wife, Doris. The family moved to Tacoma in 1954 and lived in the same house until his death. Evans was active in the community with the Tacoma Architectural Foundation, Tacoma Planning Commission, Tacoma Library Board, Allied Arts of Washington, and many others. He was predeceased by his wife Doris in 1999, and son Matthew in 2003. He is survived by daughter Jane Betts (Richard), granddaughters Taylor Betts, Elizabeth Evans, and great grandson Silas Evans. Memorial service will be held Sunday, October 11 at 1:00pm at Annie Wright School (Great Hall), 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma WA, 98403.
Pub Date: 10/3/2009


Michael H. Green

Of Tacoma, WA, passed away in the comfort of his home on September 30, 2009 at the age of 67. Born in Ogden, UT to Harold and Venda Green, Michael was a humble man that devoted himself to his family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lily, daughter Tessa and son-in-law Rante Pacleb, son Sean, grandchildren Hailey, Brayden and Callie, sister Pat and brother-in-law Paul Hampton, sister Jolene, their families, and his devoted companion and pet, Rori. Please join us in celebration of the life of this wonderful man. A reception will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at the Mountain View Funeral Home in the Oak room at the Celebration of Life Center.
Pub Date: 10/3/2009


Gloria L. Hiles

Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend 2-6-41 to 9-24-09 She will be missed. A celebration of Life will be held Sunday, October 4th at the family Home.
Pub Date: 10/3/2009


David L. Lettich

Age 68, passed away on the evening of September 6, 2009. He was born July 14, 1941 in Seattle, WA, the third child of five born to Mathew and Rosario Lettich (Soriano). David was a U.S. Marine and graduated from Franklin High School. He resided in Western WA his whole life, working as a merchant seaman. He and his wife were active members of the Puget Sound Sumi Association. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nancy, and is survived by his two daughters, Samantha Lipoma of Seattle and Roseann Lettich of Sumner, WA, and his two grandchildren Adriana (8) and Emmett (4). Inurnment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at 1:00PM. The family suggests making donations to the charity of your choice in David's name.
Pub Date: 10/3/2009


Bob D. Wahl, Sr.

Happy 80th Birthday We love and miss you. Joan and your family.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Joseph R. R. Vachon, Sr.

3/7/1942 - 10/5/2004 We remember with love! Vachon Family and Friends.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


NANCY KONO

Nancy Kono passed away peacefully September 10, 2009 after an extended illness. She was 53 Nancy was born in Tacoma, WA to Shizuko and Yasuyuki Kono and was raised on the family farm in Fife. She graduated from Fife High School in 1974. Nancy enjoyed a wide assortment of arts and crafts as well as volunteering for the local food bank and children’s causes. Nancy was employed by the Boeing Company, most recently in the Renton Facility as a Human Resources instructional specialist. She actively participated in the various Boeing community causes. Her co-workers have been most gracious in their support during her illness and subsequent passing. The family is appreciative and thanks them for their warm condolences. Nancy is survived by her three sisters, Haruyo, Kiku, and Masae and three brothers, Frank, Leo and Steve (Nancy); three nephews, a niece and several uncles, aunts & cousins; and her faithful companion Hawkeye. Private services for the immediate family are planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances in Nancy’s name with the American Cancer Society (800-227-2345).
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Maxine Mary Parks

Maxine Mary Parks was born on March 31, 1932 in Stockton, CA, and passed away on September 30, 2009. She lived her life full of passion and truly touched each and every one she came in contact with. Her witty sense of humor will be remembered for years to come. Maxine was a dedicated active member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses for the past 32 years. In 1992 she retired from her position as a riveter from the Boeing Company, where she worked for 35+ years. She enjoyed music, and during her personal time she spent a lot of time in the great outdoors actively camping, gardening and fishing. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents Helen and George Shields and siblings Marcella and Malcolm Parks. She was a devoted mother to her 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters, Helen Taylor and Lithia Johnson, and three sons, Franklin and Marvin White, and Jernay Cheatham, grandchildren Rhonda, Tina, Carmen, and Jessika, great-grandchildren Jasmine, Jessie Mae, and Jasmyn, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Viewing will be from 2pm - 5pm on Friday, October 9, 2009 at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home, 5436 S. Puget Sound, Tacoma, 98409. Memorial services will be held at 2pm on October 10, 2009 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2308 S. Cushman, Tacoma, 98405. www.oakwoodhillfuneralchapel.com .
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Marn Kay Redal

Marn Kay Redal of University Place passed away September 13, 2009 surrounded by loving family and friends. She succumbed to metastatic melanoma after a valiant struggle. Marn was born on September 1, 1957 in Seattle, Washington to Torleif and Valborg Redal. She grew up in Browns Point and graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma. She was an LPN and her passion was caring for children. Marn was a unique, loving, strong and independent woman. She had a wonderful sense of humor and touched the hearts of many. She is survived by her parents Torleif and Valborg Redal, brother Leif (Wendy) Redal of Boulder, Colorado, sisters Kari Redal of Tacoma, Lisa (Omar) Campos of Tacoma, and Mary (James) Jacobs of Lakewood, California. Marn adored her six nephews and nieces Sofia and Victoria Campos of Tacoma, Kjell and Bryn Redal of Boulder, Colorado, and Augustus and Sam Jacobs of Lakewood, California. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to her Multicare doctors, the Multcare Hospice, Quality Sitters, and all of her loving friends. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 3315 So. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 at 11:30 am on October 17, 2009. Memorial donations may be made to Multicare Hospice.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Joseph E. Hawthorne

Joseph Ernest Hawthorne went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 28, 2009. Joe was born in Tacoma, WA December 1, 1916 to Fred and Hazel Hawthorne. He graduated from Stadium High School in 1934. He worked for Puget Sound National Bank for 46 years. He started and managed the K Street Branch which had a significant impact in support of the local medical and business community. Joe served on the Board at Tacoma General Hospital and was an active member of several organizations. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Family and friends will remember Joe for his sense of humor, friendliness and commitment to the well being of others. Joe professed a belief in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joins his beloved wife, Bette, of 59 years in Heaven. He leaves his children Linda (Del) Lindsey, Dick (Jennifer) Hawthorne; grandchildren, Steve (Micki) Lindsey, Mike (Tracy) Lindsey, Michelle Hawthorne, Joseph (April) Hawthorne; 5 great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 9th at 1:30 p.m. at Olympic View Baptist Church, 4707 Elwood Dr. West, University Place, 98466. The family thanks the Weatherly staff and Franciscan Hospice staff for their loving care. Please sign on-line guest book www.tuellmckee.com . Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 253-272-1414.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


WARREN A. LARSON

Delivered into this world by a mid-wife in Old Town (Tacoma) on July 18, 1923 (recorded as July 20th, thus prompting a week long party every year) to Swedish immigrants Nels Martin and Betty Larson. They named their ninth and last child Warren Harding Larson (changed by Warren, as a young man, to Arvid) -- Harding was not a president he would have chosen to be named after. He crossed the bar peacefully on September 30, 2009. He served his country during World War II in Africa, Italy, Germany, and France. Warren lived his life with zest and little regard for limits and his own mortality. As a young man he fished with the boats out of Old Town: the water and boats became his passion. In the early 1950’s he built a Gill netter he dubbed the Cindy Lynn that had stove problems and exploded off Vashon with him aboard. His second Gill netter the Johnny K, purchased in the early 1960’s, met a similar fate. Warren put Gill netting aside. He became a tugboat man and worked in all capacities including Captain for Olsen, Tacoma Tug and Barge, Foss, Puget Sound Tug and Barge -- later Crowley’s. An occupation he reveled in and produced more stories than one memory has a right to and, throughout the years, relived them often. In the 1960’s Warren heard about a Freeway house that needed moving. Another challenge. So began his landlord/carpenter/remodeler part-time job. Twelve rental homes later, he and his wife “the Boss” had fulfilled their “American Dream”. His semi-retirement days were spent at Pleasure Craft Marina in Gig Harbor communing with other boat Fanatics and adding new gadgets to his 36’ Monk, Betty Lou. Not to be left out of the boat naming, Sam’s contributions came as Warren’s last boat, Alibi Ike. Warren was tickled and proud to be an “honorary cop” and “chief cook and bottle washer” for WACOPS conferences held throughout Washington that he attended with his son, Sam. He was awarded an Appreciation plaque for his contributions. Warren leaves behind his wife of 60+ years, Betty LaPlante Larson, three devoted children, Lynn (Dale) Wahlund, Cindi Kruckeberg, and Sam (Denise) Larson; grandchildren: Eric, Kelly (Cathy), Jessie, Olivia, Lizzy, Aaron, Sonia Wahlund, Tim (Nichelle) Kruckeberg, Cody and Addie Larson; one great grandchild Michelle Wahlund; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roy and Joanne LaPlante. Thank you, Sam, Denise, Cody, and Addie for your loving inclusion of Dad in your family activities. Roy, thank you for being you. Funeral services will be held in the Mountain View Valley Chapel on Monday, October 5th at 3:30 pm followed by a reception in the Celebration of Life Center. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Franciscan Hospice Care.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Lorenzo Raynard Coleman

Born June 25, 1966, passed away September 28, 2009 from a tough bout with cancer. Funeral service at Edwards Temple October 6, 2009 at 1:00pm.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Floyd Ira Edmondson

Born June 14, 1917 Entered eternity with God September 23, 2009 He will be missed by wife Dorris; children Linda, Carol, Judy, and Shirley; grandchildren Ed, Chuck, Christina, Tracie, and Julee; and namesake Vance Floyd. As a World War II vet, Floyd experienced six invasions and was honorably discharged in 1945 with four medals. His hobbies included gardening, commercial painting, winning pigeon races, and show rabbit events. Family wishes to thank Hospice and staff for months of loving care.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Burdette Lloyd Skinner

Born August 9, 1937 at Toledo, Washington to Lydia (Gerber) and Durain Skinner, passed away September 26, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup due to a stroke. Burdette was raised in rural Lewis County and graduated from Chehalis High School in 1955. He served for 3-1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force as a flight mechanic on B-52 bombers. He then had a career in shop maintenance for Boeing in Renton. In later years he was a flight instructor for helicopters and small airplanes. His hobbies included swap meets, old car shows, gun shows, and restoring old cars. He is survived by his brothers Duane and Glenn, and 6 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Miles. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 10, 2009 at The Family Baptist Fellowship Church, 269th & Meridian on HWY 61, south of Graham, at 1pm. Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 15th at Mountain View Cemetery in Centralia at 1pm. Memorial donations may be made to your local Food Bank.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Mary Elizabeth Miles Frank

Born August 19, 1933 in Nisqually, WA; passed away October 1, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. She is survived by many family and friends. Wake is Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., and funeral service is Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Both are at the Puyallup Tribal Youth Center, 5803 N. Levee Rd., Tacoma, WA 98424. Arrangements by Oakwood Hill Funeral Chapel.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Grace H. Jones

Born Aug. 12, 1916 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; passed away on Oct. 1, 2009 in Tacoma, WA at the age of 93. Grace was preceded in death by her husband James A. Jones, son Richard Jones, partner of 25 years Jerry Carreau, and sister Betty Cann. Her life was spent loving her family, finding God, and taking no nonsense from anyone. She will be missed by son James A. Jones and wife Sandra, daughter-in-law Rita Jones, the Carreau families of David Carreau and Denise Anderson, Jack Bigley her new best friend, and all of her five grandchildren, her 11 great-grandchildren, plus her many friends. A graveside service will be held at Fir Lane Cemetery at 2:00p.m. on Tues., Oct. 6th, 2009.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Neal C. Reinhart

Born 4/9/1939 in Sheridan, WY; passed away 9/30/2009. He grew up in Tacoma, served in the Air Force for 3 years, married Susan Piper in 1965, and had 2 sons. He was divorced, then married Eileen on New Year’s Eve 1974. They spent 25 happy years together, residing in Kent. He retired from Boeing in 1994 and spent the last years of his life reunited with childhood friend Patty Johnston, with whom he did a lot of special things. Survived by sons Darrin and Dean (Melodie), mother Lila Reinhart, sister Virginia Thomas (Richard), stepchildren Benny Griffin (Linda), Amy Pearson (Phil), Micheal Griffin, and Marci Griffin, lots of nieces and nephews, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father Fredrick Reinhart, wife Eileen Reinhart, brother Rodney Reinhart, and sister Sharon Schnieder. Neal will be greatly missed by his friends and family; a better man we never knew. Memorial service at Fir Lane Funeral Home Sat., Oct. 10, 2009 at 3pm. Celebration of Neal’s life to follow at the home of Patricia Johnston.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Barbara J. Wells

Barbara passed away on 9/18/2009 from complications after hip surgery. She was born 8/6/1924 to William and Estelle Strickland, and spent her youth in Seattle, Tacoma, and Oakland, CA. She graduated from Ballard High School, worked in retail for many years, and retired from Safeway after 28 years. She loved to travel with family members, especially to Disneyland and Hawaii. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved a good laugh. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Gordon Wells, and son Charles. She is survived by children Gary, Susan (Knecht), Jeff and Julie (Sirotak), 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. We want to thank the staff at Ida Culver House Ravenna for all they did for her. A memorial service will be held 10/10/2009 at 2:00pm at Crossroads Church, 3509 Military Rd. E, Tacoma, WA (253-531-7882). Memorial donations may be made to UW Medicine Advancement, Cancer Support Fund.
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Katherine L. Sorensen

Aug. 16, 1921 - Sept. 16, 2009 Your quick wit, sweet smile and twinkling blue eyes will remain forever in our hearts. Per her wishes, Katherine passed peacefully at her home. Katherine was born to Elwin and Ruth Armstrong in Ft. Collins, CO, the fifth of eleven children. Katherine was a retired G.S.A. employee. She enjoyed her cabin in Long Beach, WA, where she loved watching awesome sunsets, the mighty Pacific waves and the ever-changing dunes. She also loved the beautiful, mighty and majestic Mt. Rainier. She relished a good game of cribbage and a good game of dice, 10,000 being her favorite, with anyone willing to lose. She felt it was a good way for the grandkids to learn to count. She also enjoyed her trips to the EQC with her friend Mary. Her parents preceded her in death; also husbands John A. Holt and William Sorensen, one sister and one brother. She is survived by 2 sisters and 6 brothers, her 4 children, Linda (Fred) Fischer, Allen (Dorothy) Holt, Mark Holt and Randy (Barbara) Holt, 2 stepchildren Leslie and Forrest and step grandchild Edward Sorensen. 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Our mom was a member of Unity Center of Tacoma. The family will be forever grateful to Franciscan Hospice and mom’s wonderful nurses Erin and Mandy who gave us support and strength on mom’s journey. A celebration of her life will be held on October 11, 2009 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at her home . Phone 253-759-1319 for directions. The family suggest memorial donations be made to Franciscan Hospice, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA, 98401
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Robert J. Bergum

Age 83, “Bob”, “Papa” slipped gracefully into God’s arms Sept. 30, 2009 in Tacoma. Born Nov. 7, 1925 in Cottonwood, MN. Memorial service was held Sat., Oct. 3, 2009 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 245 Valley Ave., Sumner. Donations can be made to the church, or Shriners Hospital, c/o Afifi Shrine Center. For more information, visit www.curnowfuneralhome.com .
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Eugene Marcus Kiley

5/10/1976 - 9/21/2009 All too soon our Marco has left us to join his Grandpa Kiley and Aunt Ek in eternal peace. Marc, we will miss you so very much. You were more like a son and brother than a nephew and cousin. We love you so much. "Aunt" Deb and "Uncle" Terry, "cousins" Kelie, Joe, and Jon Lewis, cousin Steph and Brandon Gibson, grandma Maria Kiley, mom Eva Kiley, Larry Kiley (Pam), many friends and relatives. Service to celebrate his life will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven church on Oct. 8, 2009 at 10:30 am in Parkland.
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John Robert CHETLAIN

46, passed away September 26, 2009. Beloved son of Arthur and Donna Chetlain of Gig Harbor, and much-loved brother of Karen Trackwell (Stephen) of Edgewood, and Anne Pearce (Michael) of Sammamish. Predeceased in life in 1989 by his mother, Alice Chetlain and brother, James Chetlain, John is now joined with them as an eternal member of the body of Christ. Affectionately known as “Uncle Scoobs” to his adoring nieces, Samantha and Christina Pearce. Nephew of Marcia Gentry of Federal Way and Joanne and Leland Johnson of Olympia. We will always remember John for his wit, charm and fascination with trivia. John leaves behind a wonderful group of long-time friends and caring cousins, to whom we will always be grateful. Private interment at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. John, we will always cherish our time with you. “To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die”. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request that remembrances be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 1254, Tacoma, WA 98401
Pub Date: 10/4/2009


Louise Eileen Cress-Lord

1930 - 2009 Louise, age 79, of Tacoma, passed Wednesday, September 30, 2009. Louise was raised in Eastern Washington on her grandparents’ farm. She later moved to Tacoma, where she attended Lincoln High, graduating in 1948. Dreaming of becoming a nurse, she entered training at Tacoma General. However, she decided she was meant for something bigger: wife and mom! She married Alvin Lord in 1949. Then came her blessings: Kathy (Roger), Ilona, Gary, Rick, Victoria (Mike), Melody (Mark) and Cristina (Rick). Louise is loved by her 7 children, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Judy, Lorraine), and 1 remaining brother (Dennis). In her “spare” time, she was involved, for 25 years, in the Tacoma SE Lions Club, and gave 40 years to Girl Scouting. Services will be held Saturday, October 10, 2009, at 10am in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
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Ib W. Christensen

1928 - 2009 Ib died at home on Saturday, September 26th. Born and raised in Denmark, he learned to sail at an early age, and raced and won a regatta or two. As a young man he moved to Paris and grew to become a lifelong traveler. He got a job with Weyerhauser and spent many years selling paper products throughout South America. He found Salmon Beach in the sixties and lived there the majority of his life. He considered his friends on the Beach to be his family and enjoyed having a few glasses of wine, smoking his pipe, and "swapping lies" with them. He bought the PollyAnn apartment building in downtown Tacoma in 1966 and managed it until its demise several years ago. He was a self proclaimed "slum landlord," renting "furnished housekeeping rooms" to low-income people of all stripes. He would cash their checks, take them to the doctor, buy them food, and loan them money if they were in a jam. He drove a beat-up 1957 Volkswagen bus to Costa Rica and back, visited China a couple of times, spent time in Puerto Rico, and toured most of Europe and South America, just to name a few of his travels. Ib spoke many languages fluently. His English always had a slight Danish tinge, but would be played for all it was worth any time discussions with authorities took place. He's now on his way again, following the sunset to his next adventure. A gathering to celebrate his life will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Patricia Ann Faulders

(Granny Pat) Patricia Ann Faulders, also known as “Granny Pat,” went to her Lord on September 28 with her family at her side after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 19, 1937 to John and Margaret Niswander in Hagerstown, Maryland. She met her childhood sweetheart and best friend, Charles R. Faulders, there and married him on June 6, 1953. They were happily married over 56 years and traveled the United States while he was in the Air Force. They lived in Anchorage, Alaska and later settled in Auburn, Washington. She enjoyed working many jobs in Anchorage. Her greatest joys were family, friends, camping, fishing, crafts, Bingo, meeting people, and the computer. There was never a person that she met whose life was not changed for the better for knowing her. She is survived by her loving husband Charles, 3 brothers, children Peggy (& Bob) Heidenfeldt, Patti Hardy, Charles Jr. (& Karen), and Dottie McDole, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Services will be Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 11:00 am at Price Helton Funeral Home in Auburn, Washington, followed by burial at Tahoma National Cemetery. A celebration of her life is planned for October 25 in Bonney Lake, Washington. The family requests donations be sent to Hospice. The family wishes to thank Hospice, especially Kelly Chumbley.
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George E. Hoffman

"The most honorable man I will ever know" A sentiment held by all of George's children and grandchildren. Born in Tacoma, WA, November 27, 1922, George passed away October 1st in his home with his family at his bedside. He was a life-long member of Holy Rosary Parish; he attended Holy Rosary School and graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School in 1941. A World War II veteran and lifelong member of the American Vets, George highly valued and respected service to his country. Most importantly, George was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to all. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Margaret, and his three children, Timothy (Margie) Hoffman, Sheila (Andy) Gorder, Patsy Hoffman, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and beloved nieces and nephews. His family and friends knew George's home was always open to everyone; he loved company and meeting new people. George will always be with us as he left a special something with everyone he encountered. Thanks to Franciscan Hospice for their tender loving care of Dad and our family. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009 11:00 am Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Rosary will be recited prior to Mass at 10:30 am, also at the church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Viewing at the funeral home Monday Oct 5, 2009 1- 5 pm. The family asks that donations be given to either Holy Rosary School or Franciscan Hospice. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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J.W. Clark

July 18, 1926 - October 5, 1999 A dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Ten years have gone so fast since God brought home one of his most favorite. Since you have been away, your family has grown, and even though some of your grandchildren were so small, not a day goes by without them speaking of you, smiling, missing you and remembering you. Your beautiful wife, Margarette, misses you the most and is more in love with you today than ever before. Your beautiful daughter, Sharon, takes good care of her and misses her Daddy so much. We wanted you to know that you are always with us. We miss your sense of humor, your strength, your hugs and "good looks". We would give anything to hear "How about that?" one more time. Your faith is a gift you shared with us and in that, we know that you are with our Lord, watching us with love. We love you, miss you, and thank you for being our James William Clark.
Pub Date: 10/5/2009


Ralph Carter Walker

Ralph Carter Walker Age 57, Passed away peacefully at his home in Tacoma on September 30, 2009. He will be missed very much. He is survived by his loving wife Sun Cha Walker; his two sons and wives Richard and Sook, Sky and Lacey, granddaughter Aireana Walker. His mother Mary Walker; brothers Cleveland, Ronnie, Jeffrey; sister Carol Walker and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held in the Mountain View Valley Chapel on Tuesday, October 6th at 2:00 pm. Viewing 2-9pm on 10/5, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Lakewood, Wa. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 10/5/2009


Joseph Duane Rittenhouse

Joseph Duane Rittenhouse, beloved husband and father, passed away on Sunday, September 27th, 2009. Born August 7th, 1961, though his life cut short, the 48 years with us, Duane has touched all of our lives and continues to live in our hearts. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at Christ Community Baptist, 8016 176th St. Puyallup, WA at 11am. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deborah Ann Rittenhouse; daughter, Cassandra; and son, Kyle.
Pub Date: 10/5/2009


David Michael Latham

Celebration of Life Saturday October 10th 2009 12-3pm, La Quinta Inn & Suites Tacoma, 1425 E 27th St, Tacoma, WA 98421-2200
Pub Date: 10/5/2009


Robert L. Neal

10/30/1921 - 10/6/1996 In loving memory of my husband and father. We love and miss you. The family
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VIVIAN L. SPRING

Vivian L. Spring died on October 3, 2009 at the age of 83. She was born March 23, 1926 in Phenix City, Alabama. Vivian leaves to cherish her memory Tokio Hayashi; son, James S. (Becky) Prince; granddaughters Ginaé (Garret) Lorton, Sharon Jewell; great grandchildren Dallas Lorton, Michael Short, Robbie Short and Elizabeth Jewell. Visitation will be from 10 to 12 noon at Mountain View Funeral Home with funeral service at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 in the Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/6/2009


Gladys Leola Christiansen

Sunrise 7/18/25 Sunset 9/27/09 Gladys was born in Tilden, Nebraska to Hurly and Grace Wingate. She passed away due to congestive heart failure. Gladys graduated from high school in 1943 and went to work for Western Union. In 1957 she married the love of her life, Russell Christiansen. She is survived by her three children, Sandra Hackbarth (Raymond), Clifford Rapp (Debbra), and Debbra Long (Richard); 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, who were all very dear to her. Gladys loved spending time with her children, gardening, visiting with friends (especially her dear friend of 65 years, Margie), and gambling (just a little). Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home, Friday, Oct. 9 from 1-9p.m. Funeral service at Mountain View in the Garden Chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 10th.
Pub Date: 10/6/2009


Kitty Joy Sexton

Kitty Joy Sexton age 28, passed away October 1, 2009 in Lancaster California. She was born February 7, 1981 in Camarillo, California and was raised in Ventura County, California. Kitty loved soccer, swimming, traveling and participating in SCA events. She was a computer programmer for eight years and received her bachelor’s from Cal State Northridge. Kitty is survived parents Kathryn Thomas of Porterville, California, Vance Sexton of Lakewood, Washington, numerous relatives, many deaf friends, and her SCA family. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday October 10, 2009 at the SCA event in Taft, California. Arrangements by Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals and Cremation, Lancaster CA. www.halleyolsenmurphychapels.com
Pub Date: 10/6/2009


John Valentine Stenger

John was born June 1, 1931 in Los Angeles, CA and passed away on Oct. 1, 2009 at the age of 78. He liked to watch football, baseball and basketball and as a younger man he enjoyed playing basketball. John is survived by his loving wife Crispina, his son Robert and daughter Maryelena Stenger (Nathan) and grandchildren Kenneth, Brandon, and Trinity. He was proceeded in death by his father and mother, Valentin and Centa Stenger. Viewing will be held Wed., Oct. 7, 2009 from 3-8 PM at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary, 220 134th St. S., Tacoma, WA 98444. Services will be Oct. 8, 2009 at 10:00, at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary with a reception and Graveside service to follow 1:15 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
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Geraldine (Gerry) P. Ziegler

CORRECTION Gerry was born in Chicago, IL. on May 16, 1932. She passed away on Friday the 2nd of October 2009. Mom was my “Sounding Board” and I will always love and miss her. She is survived by her beloved Orville Wick, son Jamie Ziegler, 2 nieces, Patty and Teresa, 1 nephew Norman, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She could make you smile. Services will be held at 11 o’clock Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 at Fir Lane Funeral Home at 924 East 176th St., Spanaway, WA.
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Shirley Gural

1923 - 2009 Shirley Gural passed away peacefully Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. She was born on April 23rd, 1923, in Minneapolis, MN where she graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1941 as Valedictorian of her class. Shirley moved to Tacoma where she met and married Frank J Gural, the love of her life. She is survived by three sons: Michael (Norene) of Las Vegas, NV, David (Kathleen) of Boise, ID, and James (Pam) of Bothell, WA., two grandchildren, Heidi Graham and Tom Gural, two step-grandchildren, Zach and Ryan Olson and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 49 years, Frank, in 1992, and her brother, Robert, in 1991. Shirley was deeply involved in scouting, being a Den Mother and raising 3 Eagle Scouts. Shirley wrote for the local newspaper, worked in a local law office, and loved helping children learn and grow. Shirley’s contribution to the Community will be missed. Viewing will be Thursday, October 8th, 2009, from 10 AM to 9 PM. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 9th, 2009, at the Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA, at 12 Noon in the Valley Chapel. Reception to follow at Mountain View. Gravesite services will be at the Calvary Cemetery.
Pub Date: 10/6/2009


JOHN VALENTINE STENGER

Viewing: Wed., Oct. 7, 2009, 3-8PM, Weeks’ Dryer Mortuary. Services: Oct. 8, 2009 at 10:00, Week’s Dryer Mortuary. Reception and graveside service to follow 1:15 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA.
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MERCEDES BRIANN MEARS

Nov. 6, 1997 - Oct. 7, 2008 Mercedes, there is a place in this world which no one can fill but you. It is so hard to believe that one year ago, today, God saw fit to have you return home to Heaven. The life given to you was short, but the memory of your life well spent is eternal. You are our magnificent, eager, charismatic and entertaining little Angel. We all (Mom, Dad, siblings, grandmom, aunties, uncles, cousins, godmom and friends) love you and miss you so much!!
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Suzanne Marie Helgeson

Suzanne Marie Helgeson was born April 29, 1921 in Seattle, Wa. to Adolf and Beatrice Lidren. She graduated from UPS in 1943. She was married 49 years to Robert Helgeson, who preceded her in death in 1997. She was a long-time member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Delta Alpa Gamma Sorority. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Stevens; two sons, Peter Helgeson and David Helgeson; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10th at 2:00pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Donations may be made to Immanuel Presbyterian Church.
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Steven F. Wilson

Steve passed away on 10/4/2009. He was born in Austin, MN 9/10/1941 to Don and Dorothy Wilson, and spent his youth in Minnesota and various parts of the U.S. and later lived in Lakewood. After college, he worked in the U.S. Army, meat packing industry, Tacoma Parks dept. in Tacoma, and was a supervisor in the gaming industry. He was an avid sports fan and golfer and umpired many baseball games around Tacoma and Lakewood. His positive outlook on life and sunny disposition will be missed by many. He is survived by brother Sam Wilson (Nancy), sister Janet Hayes, nieces and nephews Kristin Rick, Beth, Tracy, David Anderson and Mike, Bobby and Dennis Wilson. Service to be held 2PM Friday 10/9/2009 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
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Richard Edmund Ricks

Richard Edmund Ricks, age 50, passed away on October 2nd after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 27th, 1959 in Alaska to Richard and Rose Marie Ricks. After graduation from Anacortes High school he spent 5 years in the Army with most of his time in Germany. He was an avid hunter, fisher and outdoorsman. Rich worked for Carbonic Systems in Fife for 11 years. He is preceded in death by his by grandparents Edmund and Rose Jerolis and George and Gladys Ricks and is survived by his wife of 27 years, Donna Ricks of Spanaway, WA, and daughters all in Tacoma, WA, Jennifer (Josh) Lane-Trevino, LeAnna and Cyndi Ricks, Grandprincess Madeline Lane-Trevino, as well as his parents of Anacortes, WA Richard and Rose Ricks, and his siblings, Rose Mary (Kevin) McAulay, Pine Haven, WY, Terry (Jerry) Schaefer, Auburn, WA, Brian (Kathie) Ricks, Anacortes, WA, Carol (Carey) Kraft, Seattle, WA, Carl (Diane) Ricks, Tacoma, WA and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, friends and his dog Jay. The family would like to thank Dr. Sibel Blau and the staff at Good Samaratan Hospital for their compassion. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Saturday, October 10th at the Waller Road Grange at 1pm. Their address is 2708 64th Street East, Tacoma 98404.
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Rebecca E. Paxton

Rebecca Ellen Paxton (Becca) was born on April 2, 1993. We believe she passed away at the tender young age of 16 on September 26, 2009. A member of the classes of 2007 and 2011, she attended St. Patrick Elementary and Bellarmine Preparatory High Schools, respectively. She brought much joy to many family and friends alike in her feisty little way. She leaves behind her mom and brother, Nancy Ellen and Matthew Paxton of Tacoma; her father Jon Paxton of Anchorage, AK; an older brother, Michael Paxton; her grandmother Josephine Paulson; numerous aunts and uncles, Chris and Kathy Paulson of Millcreek, Steve Paulson of Woodinville, Dale and Mary Solberg of Sulton, Jeff Paulson of Kirkland, Tom Paulson, Karl Paxton of Denver, CO; first cousins Brook Paulson, Brett Paulson, Amanda Paulson, Deidre Paulson, Erin and Jason Mulkey, Erik and Megan Solberg, Lindsay Solberg, and Michael Paxton; as well as a much-loved kitty, Crystal, and her cranky mother Tigress. She is going to join those who have preceded her in death: her beloved Godparents Betty and Brewster Coulter of Tacoma; 2 grandfathers, David E. Paulson and Byron Paxton; a grandmother, Delores Minick Paxton Lindell of Clinton, MO. Becca loved her very large extended family, most especially her cousin Whitney Paxton of Ft. Collins, CO. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at St. Patrick Church to commemorate the life she lived, committal to follow at Calvary Cemetery. Please remember her by making contributions to St. Patrick School or Bellarmine Preparatory High School in her loving memory. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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Dwayne Saice

Passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on June 14, 1945 in Portland, Oregon and was 64 years of age. Dwayne, formerly from Gig Harbor, WA, was educated at the Oregon Medical School, Stanford University and UCLA. He was worked as a cardiac perfusionist. Dwayne practiced at a hospital in Fresno, at UCLA hospital, and Swedish Hospital in Seattle. While in the medical arena, he obtained a patent for an in-dwelling catheter. After medical retirement, he worked with Genentech (drug company that cloned human insulin). Afterwards, he started his family-run company, ForeBears, which created and crafted Native American art work made the traditional way. Dwayne was a classic car aficionado, garage sale guru, avid reader of books, aspiring author and loved playing with his grandchildren. He was a "B" movie fan, a lover of dogs, tinkerer, creator, and dreamer. Dwayne was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents David G. and Elsie A. Saice. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Elisabeth Herrick and his children, David G. Saice, Raina Saice, Blaine S. Hogg, Brandon E. Hogg, Lara E. Hogg, David S. Saice and Kirah G. Saice. A Celebration of Life Service will be held the afternoon of Sunday, October 18, 2009. Please check www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com - obituary page for time & location, or contact Cynthia Herrick at hereisoverthetop@gmail.com . Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of Kitsap County. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family at: www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com .
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Tula Godulas Neureiter

Oct. 7, 1947 to May 7, 2009 We would like to wish our beloved daughter and sister a Happy birthday. She is so dearly missed. Tula graduated from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, and went on to become a lab technician. Soon after she decided to follow her dream and become a cosmetologist. Tula was kind, friendly and full of life. She loved many things: to cook, to sing, her family, and her cats. She called her mom everyday at 8 o’clock just to say hi, and now there’s an emptiness that can’t be filled. Tula is survived by her mother, Naouma Godulas, sisters Effie Henkle and Stella Godulas, brother, John Godulas, and nieces and nephews.
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Larry Gene Nicholson

Larry Gene Nicholson, born July 19, 1933 to Cecil and Frances Nicholson, in Brooks, Alberta, Canada, He died October 5, 2009 peacefully in Olympia, WA with his wife, Marlene, and children, Karen, Brent and Drake at his bedside. Larry graduated from Stadium High School, attended University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. In his youth, he enjoyed boxing as a feather weight. He served in the U.S. Army as a MP in the Korean War. He and Marlene moved to Centralia, WA where they founded Nicholson and Associates Insurance (formerly known as A&B Insurance). They raised their family on the "real" Mayberry Road with many close lifelong friends. He was active in supporting the community in youth athletics and belonged to local civic groups with the Lions Club being one of his favorites. He was a “Dawg” fan. Upon retirement, they moved to Palm Desert, CA, where he continued to enjoy playing tennis and golf in the sunshine. Larry was a champion tennis player, winning many Senior Olympic medals and USTA tournaments. He taught tennis to seniors. He played tennis at the Palm Springs Tennis Club where he was recognized with a special dinner for Lifetime Achievement for Athletic Excellence and Grand Gentlemen of Sports Award for helping motivate and revive their membership prior to returning to Washington. Larry is survived by his wife, Marlene, children, Karen (Dennis) Miltenberger, Chehalis; Brent (Mary Katherine) Nicholson, Kirkland; and Drake (Rosanne) Nicholson, Olympia; grandchildren, Tony (Jania) Miltenberger, Bellevue, Tyson Miltenberger, Washougal, Jacob Miltenberger, Chehalis; Noelle and Natalie Nicholson, Olympia; William and Olivia Nicholson, Kirkland; Great-grandchildren, Hunter Miltenberger, Jackson, AL and Charli Miltenberger, Bellevue. Sisters, Shirley (Fred) Bjorkman, Gig Harbor, and Beverly (Norm) Larson, Peoria, AZ. Family and friends are invited to Larry's Celebration of Life for a light lunch on Saturday, October 10, 2 - 4:30 PM at Jubilee Lodge at Hawks Prairie, 8487 Bainbridge Loop, NE, Lacey, WA (360-923-1584). (Directions:http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=37.0625,-95.677068&spn=32.610437,86.396484&z=4) Please visit our guestbook on line: www.legacy.com/chronline
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Joseph Duane Rittenhouse

Joseph Duane Rittenhouse, beloved husband and father, passed away on Sunday, September 27th, 2009. Born August 7th, 1961, though his life cut short, the 48 years with us, Duane has touched all of our lives and continues to live in our hearts. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at Christ Community Baptist, 8016 176th St. Puyallup, WA at 11am. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deborah Ann Rittenhouse; daughter, Cassandra; and son, Kyle.
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HELEN WOODRUFF BARE

Helen Woodruff Bare died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, in Gig Harbor, at age 95. Billie, as she was known by her family, was born in Seattle on October 7, 1913. After graduating from Stadium High School, she attended the University of Washington. July 31, 1937, Billie married Edwin (Bud) Bare. In 1902, the Woodruff family purchased beach property at Warren on Hale Pass. Finally, in 1967, after raising their children, Bud and Billie moved from Tacoma to the beach. This was a fulfillment of their dream to spend their retirement years on the water. Billie’s greatest love was her family. Next came boating, traveling, and reading. When her children were young, she was active in the Tacoma area Camp Fire, serving as president of the board. She was also a member of PEO, Gig Harbor Yacht Club, a bridge club, and a study club. She is survived by her children, John (Jan), Gig Harbor, Edwin, Boston, and Marybeth Young (Eric), Gresham, OR, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren, Jeff (Julia Heacox Bare) and Brian (Kate Wasson Bare) live in Gig Harbor. The family will have a private service. Memorials may be made to the Harbor History Museum, PO Box 744, Gig Harbor, 98335.
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Helen Marie Gores

Helen Gores was born March 24,1931, in Bismark, ND and passed away peacefully October 5,2009, in Tacoma, WA. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Donald P. Gores and 2 sons, Donald Jr. and Dennis (Pam) Gores, as well as 2 grandchildren, Christopher and Kaitlyn, who were the light of her life. We will miss her dearly. She was a pillar in our family, always giving.
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Wendy J. Gaston

Feb. 25, 1930 - Sept 7, 2009 Please note: Mom wrote her own obituary prior to her death and wanted to share a summary of her life in her own words with friends and family. Our beloved mother passed away peacefully at her Lakewood home, surrounded by family, after a battle with multiple health issues. Wendy was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where she attended high school. Always active and involved, she was Girls Club President and a member of the National Honor Society. She acted as Social Editor of the school newspaper, and participated in many high school activities. Upon graduation, her family moved to the Northwest, where she attended the University of WA, becoming a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and upon graduating she was elected District Alum Chairman (1979-81). Wendy received her BA in English as well as a teaching certificate. In 1953 she married her college sweetheart John Gaston. During the following year, while busy raising their family, Wendy became active in the Junior League of Tacoma (President 1968). When her children were grown she became a member of the Tacoma Garden Club (President 1992) and enjoyed learning new garden techniques and made many new friends. Upon her husband's retirement in 1993, they moved to Arizona where she became active in Republican politics and was elected State Committeeman in 1996. She thrived in the political environment which she maintained was due to her Midwest Conservative values. In 1997 they returned to the Northwest. Wendy loved poetry, especially Wordsworth and Henry Van Dyke. The song "America the Beautiful" always brought tears to her eyes. Her favorite pastimes were skiing, aerobics, gardening, reading, sports (Go Huskies!), and traveling, and before the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis made several trips to Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and toured Thailand. She enjoyed family and friends and was always there for them. She had a strong belief in God, country and family, and was always willing to laugh at herself. She will be remembered for her "can do" attitude, organizational abilities, efficiency, and her unending honesty and loyalty to family and friends. She is survived by her husband, John, of 56 years, son John Jr. (Kathryn) of Bellevue, WA, and granddaughter Marissa, a source of much pleasure, and her daughter Katherine Sherwin (Chris) of Heber City, UT. She is also survived by her sister Donna Boring of Renton, WA, and her niece Dani Gray (Warren), also of Renton, and their family. Note from our family: It is just like mother in her organized ways to have written her own obituary! She will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit, her willingness to help others, and her contributions to the community. Known for her dependability and devotion to our family, we are going to miss her dearly, but she will forever be in our hearts. The family would like to especially thank Karen Hartley, who became a source of positive thinking and support for the family over the last few years. In accordance with mom's wishes, a Celebration of Life Reception will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 1pm to 3pm at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, 13204 Country Club Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA. The family invites Wendy's many friends and family to her Celebration of Life. Wendy requested that you consider a contribution in her memory to your favorite charity. Please sign an online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com for condolences and remembrances.
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John Dudley Waller

Dec. 27, 1936 – Sept. 30, 2009 John was born in Seattle and lived most of his childhood in the Lakewood area of Tacoma. In 1955, he graduated as president of his class from Clover Park High School. He attended Stanford University for two years before serving with the Army in Korea. His thirteen year marriage to Marilyn Wright was blessed with four children. In 1977, he was remarried to Patricia Patrick. The majority of his adult life was spent in the Seattle/Bellevue area, until relocating first, to Whidbey Island, and finally to Guemes Island where he lived the past 14 years. He died peacefully at home after a 7-month battle with lung cancer. His vocation and avocation was the stock market. He became involved in every aspect of the investment business from trader, to broker to manager, to consultant. He served as an OTC trader for several regional firms, owned his own firm, Waller & Co., in the late 60’s, was a consultant for Instinet and engineered his own technology market timing program. Many considered John a mentor both professionally and personally, and he made a lasting impression on all who met him. Along with his persistent spirit, John is remembered for his integrity, intellect, humor, heart, and faith. The joy of his life was his family. He is survived by his wife, Patsi, son Peter (Christi), daughter Charlotte (Dan), daughter Mary (John), son Jay (Heather), sister, Barbara and her daughters Debbie and Delinda. He leaves seven grandchildren who greatly enriched his years. His family wishes to thank all those who expressed their love and memories of John during his illness. Services will be held on Sat. Oct. 24th at 11:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Anacortes, WA. Memorials may be made to Skagit Valley Hospice or a Charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of John, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com .
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Lillian D. Collier

Born May 25, 1916 in Frisco, NM; died Sept. 16, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. Lillian was raised in Reserve, New Mexico with her 2 sisters, Leota Lopez and Margaret Spurgeon, and 2 brothers, Patrick and Ruben Criswell. She married Harold Collier and moved to Pierce County in 1941, settling in Sumner, where she raised her 3 children, and later moved to Puyallup, where she lived for 40 years. Lillian is survived by her sister Leota Lopez, Albuquerque, NM, her children Ron Collier (Lee LaBrash), William Collier (Judi Collier), Karen Montoya, Seattle, 6 grandchildren: Todd Hobbs, Cindy Hobbs, Kim Collier, Ronald Collier, Brent Collier, and Jaxson Collier, and several nieces and nephews in New Mexico. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Teresa Archuleta for the tender loving care she gave to Lillian during her illness. A memorial service will be held at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup October 10, 2009 at 1:00pm with reception following at Charlie’s Restaurant, 113 E. Main Ave., Puyallup, WA. For more information, call 520-449-0361, or 253-848-7679.
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Fred Raymond Neeley

Born Dec. 18, 1929; died Oct. 3, 2009. Survived by daughters Judy and Patti, 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. Services at Fir Lane Memorial Park, Spanaway, WA, at 2PM on Thurs., Oct. 8, 2009.
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Ayako Arrowood

Ayako Arrowood passed away on October 1st, 2009 (her 85th Birthday), after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. Ayako is survived by her four children, John (Betty), Kathryn (Gary), Esther (Ron), and Patty (Warren). She is also survived by seven adoring grandchildren and one great grandchild. Ayako was preceded in death by the love of her life, John. They are now together again and forever.
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Gregory William Greg Emerson

Age 58, of Hansen, formerly of Jerome, Idaho and Puyallup, Washington, passed away October 3, 2009 in Twin Falls, Idaho after a brief but dignified struggle with cancer. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Eugenia Faye Boutin Rogers Emerson, or as Greg called her, "Faysy." She called him "Emerson!" Emerson enjoyed family, friends and most of all, Life. He followed his heart and dreams with Faysy. They built the E-Z Wash carwash and storage in Jerome from the ground up, and were able to build their dream home and enjoy it. He graduated from Puyallup High in 1968 and then Wyotech in Laramie, Wyoming at 55 years old where he was Class Leader and earned an award for the most volunteer hours at the Senior Center. His hobbies were reading books, watching movies, listening to music, especially the oldies but goodies, and restoring anything, even oil cans! In his Dream Shop, there is a '47 Stud PU which he started restoring in school, '78 Chev Stepside, '29 Model A Truck which he was restoring a 2nd time, a '99 Chev PU, and a '70 Datsun 2 Door which he used for Auto Cross! Greg loved everyone and was a very compassionate man. Following his cancer treatment in Phoenix, he just wanted to come home, sit in his chair, sleep in his bed and have his dogs, Izzi, Brandi and Missi, next to him, and see his friends, which he did for 12 Glorious Days! He is now with his Lord! He is survived by his son, Christopher Joseph Boutin, who is in the Air Force stationed out of San Antonio, TX and was brought home early from Afghanistan to be with him in his final days; his daughter, Kimberly Ann Canha, who also spent time with all of us in Phoenix, her husband Jason Canha who is in the Air Force stationed out of Florida and was in Afghanistan and also came home early to be with Greg; their children Dominick and Krista; his daughter, April Marie Emerson, husband Vito Pizzo, who is in the Army and stationed in Washington, and their children Andrew and Christian. He was preceded in death by his mother Betty Jean Moorhead Emerson and his father William Hedin Emerson, his grandmother, and several other relatives. His family suggests memorials be made in Greg W. Emerson's name to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 14200 W. Fillmore, Goodyear, AZ 85395. We can never say enough good about Emerson's care there for over 30 days and in Twin Falls for a short 19 hours. A celebration of Greg's life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday October 10, 2009 at Hill Funeral Home, 217 East Pioneer Avenue, Puyallup, Washington 98372. A pot luck reception will follow at 3:00pm at the Puyallup Elks Lodge 314 27th St NE, Puyallup.
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Leo E. Wirth

1916-2009 Leo E. Wirth, 93, passed away on Sept.22, 2009. Leo was born in Wisconsin July 6, 1916. He joined the army in 1942. His battles and campaigns included, The Landing of Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. He was awarded The American Campaign Medal, The European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The Victory Medal and The Bronze Star Medal. Leo lived and worked on Camano Island in the 1960’s as a realtor/broker. He really enjoyed showing properties to people when the Island was still a fairly small community. He moved to the Seattle/Puyallup area where he then retired from the retail sales industry. Leo moved back to Stanwood in 2008 where he lived at the Lincoln School Senior Apartments. He very much enjoyed socializing with all of the wonderful friends he had made while he was there. Some of the things he loved in life were gardening, fishing, boating, card games and playing pool. He enjoyed life everyday filled with family and friends. He leaves behind many friends and family members that include his brother and sister along with his children, step children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We will always hold our memories of him deep within our hearts. No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. An online guestbook will be available to sign at gilbertsonfh.com One thought I remembered as a little girl Was my Daddy dancing with me Standing on his shoe tops as light as can be I was always thinking of how hard it would be Until he gave me that look Then he’d wink at me He made it so easy to slide across the floor because he was guiding me That man I adored I will miss you forever, always and more That little girl That danced across the floor
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Marcia R. Dean

“Grandma Love Bug” I was born on 5/24/47 in Tacoma to my Mother Vivian & Martin Ottesen; however, I lived most of my life in Spanaway. On 9/28/09 I went with our Lord to heaven for Eternal Comfort & Happiness. I'll miss you all until I see you again. I went up to play cribbage & drink cold coffee with my best friend Clare, hang out with my sister Karen, rock or sing to my grand -children from Rachael, Alexander Richard & Angel Lee, talk with my son Michael, and catch up with my Father/Grand-parents & other family or friends. I'm sad to leave behind my husband Terry, Mother Vivian, daughter Rachael (Wayne), son Gabe "Levi" (Tina), and many other children I loved as my own: Shawn, Art, Robby, Corinne, Scott, SummerLove, RickyLynn, Joey, Heidi, Byron, Larrie, Jason, Rick, Laura & "Tiger". I'll be waiting with open arms when it's your turn ~ for today ~ Remember and Celebrate the Life we shared on Friday 10/9/09 1-5pm, VFW hall @ 2000 South Union Ave. in Tacoma (Potluck-Pajama Party). Enjoy more of my Or my family's story next month at www.mainoffice@firlane.com Visit Online Guestbook at www.legacy.com/tribnet I’m Comfy in Sleep!
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Yoshikiyo (Yosh) Kimura

Yoshikiyo Kimura, age 85, passed away September 27, 2009 in Tacoma WA. Yosh was born in Seattle and grew up in Tacoma. His parents were Kuzo and Tsuru Kimura. He attended Stadium High School, but graduated from high school in the Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho. Yosh served in the U. S. Army during World War II. After his honorable discharge he attended the College of Puget Sound (now University of Puget Sound) and graduated with a degree in chemistry. Yosh married his wife, Fumiko Takahashi, in 1954 soon after she also graduated from Puget Sound. He spent most of his career as an agricultural chemist doing research at the Washington State University Research & Extension Center in Puyallup. He was recognized for his research on plant growth hormones. He loved fishing, skiing, and camping and he is fondly remembered of family trips to Lake Cushman, fishing under the Narrows bridge, renting boats at the Pt. Defiance boathouse, going on ski trips to Snoqualmie and Crystal Mt., and camping at the ocean in tents and trailers. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, sister Aiko, and son Raymond. He is survived by his wife Fumiko, son Richard (Marcia) and Howard (Florence), daughter Jeanne (Mark), and six grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held by the family at New Tacoma Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the church of your choice or the Franciscan Hospice.
Pub Date: 10/8/2009


Ruth H Nelson

Ruth H Nelson was born on February 9, 1926 in Oriska, ND. She went to be with the Lord on October 2, 2009. She is survived by her three children, Gloria Dawn (James) Copeland, Douglas Nelson, Rodger (Nancy) Nelson, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Ruth will greatly be missed by family and friends. A viewing will be held October 9, 2009 from 2:00-7:00 pm. Service will be held October, 10, 2009 11:00 am at Fir Lane Cemetery in Spanaway.
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NINA W. TUCKER-GIBBONS

Nina W. Tucker-Gibbons passed away peacefully the evening of September 24, 2009. A native of Puyallup she was the third of five children born to Eva and Boone Willmott. She married Valjean Tucker in 1942 and moved with him and their children to California in 1949 where they lived for fourteen years. After her husband’s death in 1963, she returned to Puyallup where she entered into her mother’s real estate business, eventually becoming owner/broker of Willmott Real Estate. For over forty years she was an active community member via her real estate business, Toastmasters, Bethany Baptist Church, Puyallup High School Alumni Association as well as many other organizations. She was a faithful contributor to many charities and missions/missionaries. During her years at Bethany she was a member of the Bell Choir, Sunday School Teacher, and Choir Member and enjoyed numerous outings with her Sunday School classes. She remarried in 1989 and moved her residence to South Hill. In November of 2007 Nina moved to Merrill Gardens where she enjoyed a very active social life. She attended the Resident’s Board meetings and became the “Sunshine Girl” enabling her to keep tabs on all the residents. She was a member of the Wii Bowling team and led the Yoga classes when the Activities Director was not available. Nina also enjoyed several Argosy Cruises and Mystery Rides while a resident there. Nina was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ora Gibbons, her husbands Valjean Tucker and Charles Gibbons, her brothers Frank, Carl and Boone Willmott, a step-son Dean Gibbons, and one great, great grandchild, Sophie Smith. Survivors include 4 children and 2 stepchildren: Joy Laird and husband Larry of Lakeside, AZ; Jill Wiinikka and Curt Fridell of Snohomish, WA; Nina Bell currently staying with Jill; Rodney Tucker and wife Tawnya of Graham, WA; Linda Houser of West Hartford, CT; and Carol Krause of Concord, MA. She also left behind 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 6 great, great grandchildren as well as numerous step-grandchildren and foster- grandchildren. Through her church she was also a surrogate grandmother to many families. All are welcome to attend a Memorial service on November 14, 2009, at 1:00 PM at Bethany Baptist Church, 713 S. Hill Park Drive, Puyallup, WA 98373. Please share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.thenewstribune.com.
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Katherine G. Lindstrom

Katherine G. Lindstrom, 88, passed away in Gig Harbor, Washington September 30, 2009. A lifetime resident of Ione, Oregon, Katherine moved to Gig Harbor in February of this year to join family members and benefit from the care of Cottesmore of Life Care. Born in Morgan, Oregon to Fannie and Elmer Griffith on January 8, 1921, she graduated from Ione High School and from the Oregon School of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth in 1942 with a teaching degree. Katherine married Roy W. Lindstrom on February 14, 1942, her loving husband of 52 years, who preceded her in death in 1994. Katherine was also preceded in death by her parents, and sister Virginia Atkins. Her light and laughter will be greatly missed by those who survive her, including son Stephen Lindstrom of Lacey, Washington; daughter Susan (Stan) Weiper, of Lakeport, California; daughter Christina (Jim) Bridston, of University Place, Washington; grandchildren Tyler, Morgan and Logan Weiper, Elizabeth Lindstrom, and Anna Bridston; two great-grandchildren, Elsie and Ryder Weiper; sister June Haugen, Lake Oswego, Oregon; brother George (Lorene) Griffith of Cecil, Oregon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of Katherine's life will be held at the Ione (Oregon) Community Church on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations would be welcome, and may be made to the Ione Education Foundation, P.O. Box 61, Ione, Oregon, 97843.
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Evelyn Ruth Malm

Evelyn Ruth Malm was born November 2, 1921 in Steele, North Dakota. Moved to Montana in 1937, and to Washington State in 1943. Passed away at her home on October 1, 2009 after a lengthy struggle with heart and Alzheimer’s disease. Evelyn had many interests over the years and was especially proud of being an accomplished welder during the ship yard days. She married Oscar Malm in June 1947, and inherited a ready-made family of three, Joyce, Delores, brother Ted Wilson. Other family members include brother William Wilson (Bertha), sister Dolores Olson, and many extended family members. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 12 at the Puyallup Nazarene Church, 1026 7th Avenue SW, Puyallup, WA. Memorial donations may be made to the Nazarene Church Compassionate Ministries.
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Doris Leone Austin

Doris Austin peacefully passed away on October 2, 2009 after a long wonderful 96 years. Mom was born in Yakima on June 11, 1913, and moved to Tacoma in about 1923. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1931, and married George Lewis Austin (February 4, 1907 to April 10, 1996) in 1934. She is directly survived by her daughter Carolyn Leone Austin, her son Frederick Lewis Austin, daughter-in-law Donna Rae Austin, grandsons Jerry Andrew Austin, Ronald James Austin with his wife Emily Colleen Austin, and great-grandson Liam Frederick Austin. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces with their families. Her energy, her joyful laughter, her loving smiles and tender touch will be sorely missed by all. We will be celebrating her life at 11:30 Saturday October 10, 2009, at Center Point Christian Fellowship. 2041 S. 66th St. Tacoma. Please offer donations in her memory to Center Point Christian Fellowship.
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Johanna Newton

Cleveland, SC Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Newton will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday at Pickens Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in All Saints Hall at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Johanna Port Newton, 75, of 105 Fish Hawk Road, formerly of Tacoma WA, passed away peacefully at her residence, October 7, 2009. Born in Ried, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Maria Faigl Port. She was a homemaker and a member of Lewis Chapter #198 O.E.S. in Tacoma WA. She was also a member of Pickens Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Malcolm E. Newton; four daughters, Sybilla Anaya and Teresa Phillips both of California, Lorna Michael of Pickens, SC and Sonja Carver of Seneca, SC; a brother Joseph Port of Germany; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Floral arrangements are appreciated but memorials may also be made to Pickens Presbyterian Church: 310 W. Main Street, Pickens, SC 29671 or Susan G. Komen Cancer Fund: P.O. Box 224523, Dallas TX 75222-4523. The family will be at the residence. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.libertymortuary.com Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.
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Debra Marie Deck

Born 9/22/1965 in Elmont, New York and passed into eternal life on 10/4/2009. Debbie is survived by her husband Randy, daughter Paige and son Taylor, parents John and Peggy Vetter, brothers Mike Reilly (Bobbi), Johnny Vetter (Karlina) and sisters Carolyn Curtiss (Randy), Donna Heitzmann (John). Preceded in death by her Father Tom Reilly and sister Moreen Hobbs. Randy & Debbie were married 9/21/1991 and Debbie was the love of his life. Debbie loved to shop with Paige and took many shopping weekend trips with good friends, TV time with Taylor in her PJ's, cheering at Paige & Taylor's athletic events and spending time with family and friends. Debbie was a member of the Swiss Ladies Society. Memorial service will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven 14601 A St So Tacoma at 11:00 am Saturday Oct 10th with Reception following at the church hall. Viewing will be at Fir Lane Funeral Home 924 176th St E on 10/09/09 from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
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Lillian M. Wahlgren

1921 - 2009 Lillian went home to be with the Lord on October 5, 2009. She was born December 25, 1921 in Tacoma, WA, the daughter of Fred P. and Theodora Wahlgren. Spending her entire life in the Tacoma area after graduating from Stadium High School, she assumed the responsibilities with her brother Fred of operating the family-owned business Wahlgren’s Floral. They remained in business for sixty-two years. Lillian enjoyed teaching floral design and frequently traveled to the East Coast to participate in floral design programs. She always looked forward to spending time at her vacation home in North Carolina and traveling with friends throughout the Southeast. Lillian had a caring heart and extended to others much kindness. Lillian is survived by her nephews Fred and David Wahlgren of Tacoma, and niece Julie Denney of Seattle. The family is grateful for the staff at Cascade Park Vista for the exceptional loving care Lillian received during her stay. Graveside service will be held Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home. A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Cascade Park Vista.
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Victor K Plett

Victor K Plett, 91, passed away on September 2, 2009. He was born in rural Lehigh, Kansas on December 21, 1917 to Abraham and Tina Plett. He accepted Christ and was baptized at the Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church near Lehigh. In 1939, he married Elda Winter who preceded him in death in 2006. In 1950, the couple and their three boys moved from Kansas to Walla Walla and then to Dayton, Washington before finally settling in Parkland in 1954. Victor retired as a milkman for Flett Dairy in 1976. As a member of Central Baptist Church in Tacoma, he served on the church board, as a deacon, and as an adult Sunday School Teacher. Five brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by one brother and two sisters; three sons and daughters-in-law, Weldon and Janice Plett, James and Linda Plett, and Larry and Linda Plett; ten grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. A life celebration service will be held at Central Baptist Church (The Church on the Hill) in Tacoma at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17. Memorial gifts may be designated to Central Baptist Church. A more extensive obituary is available at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 10/9/2009


Carolyn Louise Graf (Bain)

The family of Carolyn Louise Graf is sad to announce her unexpected passing on September 17, 2009, following knee replacement surgery. Carolyn was born the first child of Herb and Betty Bain, November 17, 1946 in Portland, Oregon. She will be remembered by her mother Betty; husband and best friend of 44 years Doug; son Marty (Jen); daughter Julie (Shane) Stacy; grandsons William and Jackson; granddaughters Westley and Savannah; sister Christy (Dan); brother Robert (Leslie) brothers-in-law Donald (Judy) and David along with their children, special family friend Elaine Osage, and many other family members. Carolyn had a passion for life and a love of creativity. Her career of 28 years teaching music was followed by a life of hobbies including knitting, sewing, scrap booking, skiing, gardening and a new business started with her husband, Classic Reflection Coachworks. Carolyn loved relaxing at our beach cabin on the coast. She was an active member at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church, and a lifetime member of Camp Fire. Carolyn was a beautiful and gifted person, honest, generous and caring. During the last few weeks of her life, we asked all to pray for a miracle, we now know that miracle we were praying for happened 62 years ago. A musical celebration for Carolyn will be held Saturday Oct. 17, 2pm, at Mount Cross Lutheran Church located at 8902 40th Street W., University Place, Washington 98466. Reception will follow.
Pub Date: 10/9/2009


Rosea Thomas

Sunrise 5/18/45 Sunset 10/5/09 Rosea was born in Hobson City, AL. She met James Thomas, Sr., the love of her life, at the age of 12 and they celebrated 40 years of marriage in July 2009. Rose retired from McKinnley Elementary School in 2004 after 37 years as an Office Manager for Tacoma Public Schools. She was the Finance Secretary for Altheimer Memorial Church for more than 35 years. Through both her school and church positions, she touched many lives through sound advice and encouraging words. She is survived by her husband, two children, Jay (Cornelia) and Mary and two grandchildren, Jai'el and Jacelyn. She was preceeded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Ward. Memorial Service on Friday 10/9/09 from 4-6pm at Altheimer Memorial. Viewing will be held Sat., Oct. 10, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 followed by funeral at Altheimer Memorial Church, 1121 S. Altheimer Street, Tacoma, WA. 98405. Please send donations to the Franciscan Foundation - Attn: Hospice House - PO Box 1502 Tacoma, WA. 98401.
Pub Date: 10/9/2009


Michael D. Tillett

Michael D. Tillett, of Buckley, died Oct. 2, 2009 at age 50. We love you and will miss your sense of humor. Memorials may be made to the East Pierce Co. Fire Dept.
Pub Date: 10/9/2009


Rodney Karl Engstrom

7/16/1951 - 9/27/2009 Survived by his wife Amy and 4 children. Preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother. He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. He passed with pneumonia and is now with the Lord at 47 days clean. Donations will go towards the service and also to St. Clare’s ICU Dept. Make donations out to Amy Rowley-Engstrom. Services to be held at 2419 72nd St., Tacoma, WA., 98404 on Oct. 10th at 1pm. Reception with potluck to follow.
Pub Date: 10/9/2009


MARGARET JEAN RIEBE

Our dear mother passed away in her sleep on October 1, 2009, called to Heaven by her loving husband Jay. Born May 17, 1918 at her home in Albany, Oregon, the eldest of the three “Merrill Girls”, she is reunited with her dear, departed sisters Helen and Alice. Following her graduation from the University of Oregon in 1939 Jean worked as the Director of Girl Scouts of America for Pierce County. She was the day camp director for many years at Point Defiance. She was awarded her final scout badges by Mrs. Herbert (Lou) Hoover. Her favorite hobbies were gardening and a good game of bridge. Jean met Jay on a blind date in the same 814 North G St. home they shared for their 60 years of marriage. Son Dennis treasures that Mom was able to stay at her beloved 814 for so very many years. Son Jay treasures sleeping each night in the same bed in which Mom was born 91 years ago. Son David treasures that he and wife Scarlett were wed in the same chapel as Jean and Jay. He has fond memories of spending WSU Mom’s Weekend with his mother in Pullman. Jean loved her monthly luncheons with “the Birthday Group” (you know who you are). Survived by the “Riebe Boys”, Dennis and wife Joyce, in Auburn, Jay in Sunriver, Oregon and David and wife Scarlett, in Waikoloa, Hawaii. She leaves five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. At her request, there will be no formal services. We ask that all of her friends and loved ones share a peaceful moment and remember the many fun times with Jean. Thank you for sharing this remembrance. May all of God’s blessings be with you as they are with us. Please sign the online guestbook at www.yahnandson.com .
Pub Date: 10/10/2009


Lawrence Buzz Peacher

Lawrence "Buzz" Peacher, 81, former Decatur resident died Monday, October 5, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Service and visitation 10 A.M. October 13, 2009 at Powers Funeral Home, 15124 Main St., Sumner, WA 98390. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Lawrence was born May 20, 1928 in Decatur, IL, the son of Victor L. and Effie Jane Peacher. He married Charlene Bolt Myers in 1948 in Decatur. They divorced in 1972. Lawrence then married Carmela Battisti in California. Buzz was known for his sense of humor, practical jokes and habit of giving most people a nickname. He worked at Wabash Railroad for a period of time and after moving his family to California in 1960, worked as a roofer for a number of years until injury forced him to retire. After retirement he moved to Washington State. Buzz is survived by first wife and mother of his children, Charlene Quimet, Simi Valley, CA; sons: Rodney Peacher, North Hills, CA, and Terry Peacher, Palmdale, CA; daughter: Marsha Kay (Roy) Bowman, Arleta, CA; grandchildren: Rhonda Huybregts and Anita Wagner, both of Charlotte, NC; Wendy (Wess) Leimbach, Palmdale, CA; Robert Lawrence Peacher of Palmdale, CA; Michelle (Dan) Wegneer, Woodland Hills, CA; Amber Peacher, Northridge, CA; and a number of great-grandchildren; sisters: Ruth (Charlie) Silkwood and Pearl Richards both of Decatur, IL and a host of nieces and nephews. Buzz maintained a friendship with his former brothers-in-law, Ray Bolt of Decatur and John Bolt of Brooklyn, NY. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patsy and second wife Carmela.
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Joan Yarbrough

Joan Yarbrough 78 of Roy WA passed away October 03, 20092 Joan fought and beat small cell cancer. She passed away while battling back from heart bypass surgery. Joan's passion was working in the newspaper industry. She was fortunate to own a small community newspaper in Sumner, WA with her oldest son Tom. After retiring, she moved to her daughter Betty Sorenson and son-in-law Ron's farm in Roy, WA. There she mentored her granddaughter Kayla. She loved sitting in her swing on the back porch and watching her daughter's goats. Her other pastime was throwing the tennis ball for Sadie the Chocolate Lab. Joan’s other passion was her Friday nights at the Lacamas Community Center playing Bingo, where she had many great friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and youngest son Don Yarbrough. She is survived by son Tom Yarbrough of Belflower, CA. daughter Betty (Ron) Sorenson and granddaughter Kayla of Roy, WA. The family will celebrate Joan’s life at the family farm in Roy, WA On Sunday October 11, 2009 at 2PM
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Carole Lo Ann Curtis

Carole, 65 of Auburn WA. passed away Oct. 4, 2009. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She lived her life in the Auburn/Federal way area. Carole retired from Adesa Auto Auction in 2004. In retirement she enjoyed spending time (donating) money to the local casinos with her husband Larry. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Larry; mother Dorothy; son Jeff; daughter Rhonda; step children, Duane, Terry, Scott and Ty; grandchildren, Jared, Justin, Ashley, Kailey, Brittany, Logan, Cody, Garrett, Linda Mae and Terri Lynn. She will be dearly missed. Services will be held Monday, Oct. 11, 2009, 1:00pm at Yahn and Son in Auburn, WA., with interment following at Mountain View Cemetery, in Auburn.
Pub Date: 10/10/2009


Kurt Durwood Baumgartner

Born July 29, 1942, in Virginia MN. The family moved to Tacoma when he was a child. He died October 2, 2009 in Corvallis with his daughter by his side. Kurt was an adventurer, he loved the sea and spent many years as a commercial fisherman, following the salmon run to Alaska. His interests were many, from woodworking to science fact & fiction. He played classical guitar to the delight of all. He had many friends from all walks of life. He will be dearly missed by his daughter Larina Warnock, (Mark), grandchildren, Deanna, Kurtis, Shyla and Zachary. He left behind two brothers David and Dean Baumgartner and two sisters Sally Arendt and Lori Tobin.
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Richard Butterfield

9-19-64 to 10-6-09 Beloved brother and son. Survived by mother, Rose; father, Jim (Chun); brothers, Steve and Mike; sister, Pam Rickard (Matt); daughter, Amanda Terry (Ashton). We will miss you, Rich.
Pub Date: 10/10/2009


Edward Frederick Ross

7/9/1975 - 10/11/1999 Ten years ago today our lives were forever changed. For those who are reading this memorial we must take charge, stop the crime and anger that exists today. By the hands of others our beloved son died alone on a cold October night. Edward, you are forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten. We love and miss you very much - Mom & Family. John 3:16 Support Safe Street campaign@safest.org .
Pub Date: 10/11/2009


Richard Oldfield

2/20/16 ~ 10/11/08 Every day we miss you and think of you with so much love. Jo and family.
Pub Date: 10/11/2009


Ron Furman

10/29/1942 to 10/11/2008 It's been a long year and we miss you very much. I want to make amends for the omissions in your obituary. First, your 25 years of service to the Federal Government; 4 years in the Air Force and 21 years as a civilian employee at Fort Lewis, a job and co-workers you truly enjoyed. You are also survived by aunts and uncles Nancy and Harold Carter, Longmont, CO, Tommy and Edith Faust, Burlington, NC, six cousins and their families, and your stepchildren Stacy Shake and Tim Flippin and their families. Happy 67th birthday. Love, Laurie.
Pub Date: 10/11/2009


Richard E. George

Richard E. George, born Nov. 8, 1919 in Tacoma, passed away at his home of 61 years in Gig Harbor on Oct. 9, 2009. Richard was raised in Selah, WA until the death of his father, when he moved back to Tacoma, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1938. He served as a Gunner / Radioman in the US Navy Air Corps during World War II. When his service was over, he joined the Tacoma Fire Dept. in 1946. After 25 years he retired as Deputy Chief in 1971. Richard was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Gig Harbor Lions Club, Tacoma Kiwanis Club, and a member and Past President of Gig Harbor Golf Club. In 1948 he married Margaret Cook, the love of his life, and when he retired they spent many years traveling Europe, the United States, and Canada. They had 61 very happy years together. Richard will also be missed by his son N. Lon (Ann) Frickelton of California, daughter Tonia (Peter) Markovich, son Michael (Janice) George, and daughter Maggi (Andrew) Michels, all of Gig Harbor, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by grandson Peter Markovich, III in 2009. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2009 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale ST NW, Gig Harbor. Interment will be at Haven of Rest. Remembrances may be made to MultiCare Hospice. Please leave online condolences at www.havenrest.com .
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Mary Ann Willis

Passed away October 2, 2009 at 86 years of age after a short battle with cancer. Mary Ann and John raised their family in Tacoma, then retired to Sequim for nearly 25 years. Mary Ann spent the past two years at "The Sherwood" assisted living, where she received excellent care. She and her family developed friendships with both residents and staff that we will cherish forever. In her early years of retirement she volunteered at the Hospital Guild Thrift Shop and enjoyed gardening. Mary Ann was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and a gifted painter. As a former member of the Lakewood Artist Guild she produced many beautiful paintings which will now be part of her legacy. She is survived by her husband John, children Darlene Harshberger (Dan), Debbie Willis, Doug (Brenda) Willis, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson. A memorial service celebrating Mary Ann's life is Saturday, October 24, 2009, 1:00 PM, at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 North Sequim Avenue, Sequim 98382. In memory of Mary Ann Willis, donations may be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362
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Mary Darlene Hammer

Our mother, Mary Darlene Hammer, passed away October 7, 2009 as she arrived in Lakewood to live with us. We knew Mom didn't have a lot of time left in her fight with lung cancer; we just didn't realize the battle would be lost so soon. She leaves behind her daughters, Annette Uncangco (Rick) and Janet Caldwell (John), grandchildren Janessa and Jared Caldwell, Amanda, Sierra, Breanna, and Elena Uncangco, her best friend Sue Caruso, and the family she gathered throughout her life. A memorial to celebrate Mom's life will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009, at the Lake City Community Church at 3:00 p.m. You may view the full online obituary and sign the guestbook at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
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Caylene (Caycee) Joan Rivera

On October 7th Caycee passed away peacefully at the age of 50 with her husband Albert and daughters Crystle and Carrie by her side. She is survived by her mother Charlotte and sisters Cathy and Cori. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews and her sunshine Trevor. The family would like to thank the staff at the St. Joseph renal center. They would like to invite anybody wishing to remember Caycee to her Celebration of Life on Sunday, October 25th, 2009 at 4:00pm at the Point Defiance Lodge, 5400 N Pearl, Tacoma, WA 98407. If you wish to contact the family or have questions regarding the memorial please email: theriverafamily@live.com .
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Nora Maggie Pritts

Nora Maggie Pritts was born on February 20, 1928 in Piedmont, Alabama, and passed away peacefully on October 7, 2009. She was a 1st Lieutenant Registered Nurse in the U.S. Air Force. Retiring after 30 years in the civil service at Madigan Hospital. Nora is survived by her five daughters, Sandra (Richard) Amundsen of U.P., Laurann Pritts of Tacoma, Linda (Jack) Jones of Spanaway, Norma (Robert) of Spanaway, and Theresa (Jack) of Missouri, sister Arlis Hitchcock of Alabama, 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Nora was preceded in death by her grandson Casey. Nora loved traveling, gardening, shopping, and enjoyed family gatherings. Her favorite places were going to the ocean and Orcas Island. Mom, we will keep up the family traditions. We will stick to your rules, follow our dreams, be honest, and never give up. Graveside services 2 P.M. Mon. Oct. 12, 2009 at Fir Lane Memorial Park. Please join the family for a reception following the service at Twin Firs Club House, 20523 10th Ave E, Spanaway.
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Michelle Lynn Mast

Michelle Mast of Tapps Island died in an automobile accident Thursday, October 8th at the age of 40. She is survived by her husband Christopher Mast and son Kevin Mast of Riverside High School and daughter Megan Mast of Dieringer Middle School. Also surviving Michelle's passing are parents Don and Marcella (Lolly) Lisko of Tapps Island, brother Craig Lisko (Kathy), Snohomish and sister Shannon (Scott) Pollock, Snohomish, parents-in-law James Mast (Carol) and Sharon Mast of Cathlamet, WA, and numerous cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are being made through the Klontz Funeral Home, Auburn. Your prayers and thoughts are appreciated.
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Frederick C. Hughes

Died at home on Sept. 28, 2009. He was born July 27, 1921 to Charles Hughes and Mabel Thompson in Omaha, NE. He came to Kelso, WA at the age of 2, and later moved to Tacoma at the age of 4. He spent the rest of his life living in Tacoma. He graduated from Lincoln High School. He served in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946. He owned several car lots. He worked at Bremerton Ship Yards as a Ship Fitter and retired from there. He was preceded in death by his son Chuck. He is survived by his sister Rose Arvin, his grandson Fred Hughes, and his niece and her family. He was laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Kent, WA.
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Paul Richard Scheffler

Born June 6th 1952, at Our Lady of Victory at Lackawanna, New York of Richard Arnold Scheffler and Ellen Mae Besecker, Paul passed peacefully from these earthly bonds during his sleep on Thursday, the 1st of October 2009 following an extended battle with cancer. Paul was a 1970 graduate of Franklin Pierce High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Washington University. Paul was an Eagle Scout and a passionate, lifetime volunteer and professional Scouter. Paul recruited thousands of youths into the Boy Scouts of America and was presented with two prestigious Silver Beaver Awards. Paul was a member of the Order of the Arrow and superbly organized many Scouting expeditions such as the New Mexico Philmont Scout Ranch, the Havasupai Grand Canyon Hike and organized many Camporees and Jamborees. Fishing was a large part of Paul's character and he had a deep respect for the fish, the environment, and maintaining the fisheries for future fishermen. Paul would drop everything to discuss fishing and pass along his fishing expertise. Paul will be ultimately returned to his beloved Lake Curlew in the beautiful Okanogan Mountains by his family and friends. A Celebration of Paul's Life is planned at Powers Funeral Home, located at 15124 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390, at Two o'Clock PM on 12 October 2009. Please remember the Franciscan Hospice when you consider a contribution. Paul is survived by his wife Jean Michelle Huff, son Nathaniel James Scheffler, mother Ellen Mae Stolz-Besecker, and siblings David Michael Scheffler, John Edward Scheffler, and Mary Ellen Scheffler.
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Robert Eugene Dodds

Bob was born in Tacoma in 1921, son of Robert S. and Loretta Dodds. He passed away October 7, 2009. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939 and attended the University of Puget Sound before serving in the Navy during World War II. He owned and operated Dodds Automotive on South Tacoma Way for many years. He had been an active member of the Mountaineers and Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. He was proceeded in death by infant daughter Barbara. He is survived by his wife Germaine E. Dodds, daughters Virginia, Susan and Allison, three sons in law, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family is planning a memorial service later in the Fall.
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Betty Fay Parker

Betty Faye Parker (Nana) passed away in Ft. Smith, Arkansas on October 4, 2009. She was born in Ozark, Arkansas on February 15, 1929. She married Albert Jack Parker, then moved to Puyallup, Washington. Betty loved camping, swimming, traveling, and gardening, but most of all family gatherings. She was loved for her kindness, generosity, humor, devotion and sweet nature. She was preceded in death by her only daughter Jackie Cole and sister Anne Hankins. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Albert, sons Tom, Ray, Terry, Roger, and Jeff, her brother Fred, and sisters Lew and Mary. She was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, along with 4 daughters-in-law who will miss her very much. Betty may be gone, but will live forever in our hearts. We will love you always.
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Theodore Ellsworth Dennewith

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Born June 15th, 1926 in Grass Lake, Minnesota; passed away September 30th, 2009 in Shelton, Washington at the age of 83. Ted moved to Ellensburg, Washington in 1954, then settled in Tacoma in 1955. Ted owned a series of dry cleaning establishments in the Tacoma area. He sold Fife Cleaners in 1987. Ted was devoted to his family, spending much of his retirement entertaining his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends at "The Happy Place" in Grapeview. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Darlene; sons Brian (Penny) and Randy (Cindy), daughter Debra Irwin (Donn), stepchildren Krista Wessel (Dave) and Larry Allen Jr; brother Jerry (Norma); as well as 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. His eldest child, Sally Ann, preceded him in death. Memorial and celebration of Ted's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2009 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tacoma.
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Florence Aguillon

Age 67, of Tacoma, died on October 7, 2009 at home, surrounded by family. Florence, an Alaskan Native, was born in Copper Center, Alaska, youngest of 12 children. She graduated from Federal Way High School in 1960 and met the love of her life, George, in 1965. He proposed, and that Saturday in 1970 they were married by a judge in Hawaii where George was stationed. Florence worked in health care so she could help others. Her passion was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. All who knew Florence loved her infectious laugh and spirit. Even as she was nearing the end of her life, she spread her cheer at Madigan Oncology. Florence leaves her husband of 39 years, George, sons Roland Aguillon and his wife Christine, Kyle Perkins and his wife Tina; step-daughters Roxsan Jandebeur (Michael), Gloria Cline (Andrew); step-sons Robin Aguillon and Roman Aguillon; brothers Raymond Carroll (Connie) and David Carroll (Faye); sister Roberta Losch (Henry); twenty-one grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Florence was preceded in death by son Kevin Aguillon and step-daughter Dori Gordon. Memorial donations may be made to Franciscan Hospice, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Society, Fort Lewis Fisher House, or Madigan Hospital Cancer Department. Family is accepting donations to assist with funeral expenses. A celebration of Florence's life will be held October 17, 2009 at 2 pm, in the Mountain View Valley Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood. A reception will follow at Highland Hill Rec. Hall, 6110 N 15th St, Tacoma.
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William Bill Marvin Ross

Age 64, died peacefully with his family by his side at their home in Federal Way on Wednesday, 10/07/2009. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Cindy, sons Tyler William and Aaron Jerome Ross, daughter Tandy Gibson and grandson Chase Gibson, 1 sister, Marlene Henle, and 2 nieces, Cari (David) Plute and Julie Rice. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm at BONNEY-WATSON, 1535 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, WA. A reception will follow at Fife Community Center. For more information on his life, see www.bonneywatson.com .
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William Bill R. Lester Sr.

10/27/34 - 10/8/09 After a short battle with cancer, Bill passed away peacefully. Bill was born and raised in Steilacoom, WA, the youngest of 7 brothers and 3 sisters. He was an Adult Parole Officer for 30 years with the State of WA Dept. of Corrections, until his retirement in 1993. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed golfing, the NASCAR races, all sports, being with his wife and dog, and working in his beautiful yard. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Tom Lester, 5 brothers and 3 sisters. He is survived by his adoring wife and best friend of 24 years, Dorie, his dog Casey, brother Dave, sisters-in-law Lillian (Lane) Lester, Edna Lester, Carol Parrish, and Linda (Tim) Wegner, mother-in-law Elfrieda Schaafs, his 4 daughters, Patty, Pam, Peggy and Laurie, and son Bill Jr., stepson, Rikk Stowe, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special thanks to wonderful friends, Darlene Brown, Don Fox, Joe Irwin and Bill Pulley for all your help and support during Bill's life and in his passing. Deepest gratitude to the Group Health Hospice team, LJ and Linda M, for your kindness and compassion during Bill's last days. Per Bill's wishes, he will be cremated and requested no services be held. “Rosie/Tami - it's happy hour, and last call. Bring the table a round one last time on me. Nick Brown and I'll catch ya all later!"É. Visit www.funeralalternatives.org
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Kathleen Klye Montes (Kathy)

Was born 01/22/1963 in Glendale, California and passed into eternal life on 09/30/2009. Kathy is survived by her daughter Yvette and Bounme (Boomer) and two sons Richie and Tyler, granddaughter Sophia (Sophie) and father Edward Merkling. Kathy was a caring, loving mother who had a heart of gold. May God hold her precious spirit in the palm of His hand. Memorial service will be held at Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Boulevard, Tacoma, WA. 98406 at 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 12th with reception following at the Highland Condomiums.
Pub Date: 10/12/2009


Jessie Alvah Watson Sandvig

93 went to be with her Lord October 10, 2009. She was born in Emmett Idaho May 3, 1916 and raised in Idaho and Eastern Washington where she went to school including some classes as WSC. On August 29, 1935 she married Leslie Ainsworth Sandvig. In 1938 they moved to Fife, in 1946 moved to Lake Cushman and 1976 back to Tacoma. She spent her final four years in Lynden. Services will be held at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Gig Harbor, WA Wednesday, October 14. Viewing starting at 1pm and the Funeral Service begins at 2pm. Arrangements made by Haven of Rest, 253-851-9991. Please leave online condolences at www.havenrest.com .
Pub Date: 10/12/2009


Joseph E. Percich

4-14-1954 to 10-9-2009 Joe, one of kind! Just ask it and he was there. Your caring and giving heart just gave out. Free time was spent gardening, reading, watching movies, cheering on the Seahawks, trying his luck at the casino, listening to his very eclectic music collection & spending time with friends and family. Work life found him at Lincare and prior to that Pierce Transit and Safeway. Hard work and dedication were Joe's work ethic. Brother Rudy passed away in 2006, leaving a tremendous void. Sisters, Katrin Kelly, Cheryl Percich, & Christine Dowd, along with many friends and relatives are left to mourn your loss. Services to be held at Mountain View/4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW/Lakewood, WA 98499-4012 on Friday October 16th, at 2 p.m. Reception following.
Pub Date: 10/12/2009


Sr. Mary Lucy Claus, O.P.

Sister Mary Lucy Claus (Evelyn Margaret Claus) born in San Jose, CA January 11, 1930 to Peter and Agnes (Wise) Claus, died at St. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham on October 10, 2009. Services for Sister Mary Lucy will be: Vigil Service at Westford Funeral Home, 1301 Broadway, Bellingham, WA, on October 14, 7 p.m. The Liturgy of Resurrection will be at the Church of the Assumption, Bellingham, Thursday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment will be at Bayview Cemetery, Bellingham. Memorials may be made to The Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 935 Fawcett Ave. South, Tacoma, WA. You may view photos and shared memories at www.westfordfuneralhome.com . Arrangements by Westford Funeral Home, Bellingham, WA
Pub Date: 10/13/2009


Marie J. Martin

Marie J. Martin was born in Tacoma, WA on March 15, 1934 and was welcomed into Heaven on Friday, October 2, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Raymond, of Lacey, and her children, Scott (Susan) Martin, Brent (Shirley) Martin, Kandis Martin and four grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating Marie's life will be Saturday, October 17, 11:00 AM, at Grace Community Covenant Church, 5501 Wiggins Road SE, Olympia 98501.
Pub Date: 10/13/2009


Bob Woods

John Robert "Bob" Woods was born in Rigby, Idaho on December 28th, 1931 to Mabel and Stanley Woods. Bob attended Idaho State University and graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacology in 1953. After serving as a lab technician in the military during the Korean War, he moved to Tacoma and married Gerrie Baic in 1958. In Tacoma, he began his career as a pharmacist with Harold Meyer. Bob worked for several other companies before opening his own store and pharmacy in 1983. South Tacoma Drug was located on 54th and South Tacoma Way, the site of the old Ludwig Drug Store. He was an avid fisherman and spent many happy hours on the Puget Sound. He retired in 1995 and stayed active volunteering with the Slavonian Hall and gardening. Bob passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 8th, 2009. He was predeceased by his brothers: Raymond Woods and Richard "Dick" Woods. He is survived by his wife Gerrie and their three children: Michelle Woods Hood (Ron); John R. Woods, Jr. (Alcena); and Thomas Charles Woods. The family would like to thank the Engine House 14 and the Emergency Department of Saint Joseph's Hospital for their compassionate care. Services will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: 1201 South 4th Street, Tacoma. The family suggests donations in Bob's name be made to: Mary Bridge Children's Foundation, P.O. Box 5296, Tacoma, WA 98415-0296 or Visitation Catholic School 3306 S. 58th ST Tacoma, WA 98409. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/13/2009


Helen May (Church) Snyder

Helen May Snyder died Monday, September 28, 2009, in Turlock, CA while visiting her youngest son and family. A vibrant woman who loved all people, especially children, she was active and involved right up to her final days. Helen was born July 15, 1923 in Ellensburg, WA to Roy and Margaret Church. She grew up in Tacoma, WA, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1940. She attended Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School classes. Some of her happiest years were spent at Pacific Lutheran College, where she was active in debate and drama, sang in the Choir of the West, and was selected for the 1942 - 43 college edition of Who's Who Among Students. She began teaching third grade in 1943 in Puyallup, WA, where she met her future husband, Robert (Bob) Snyder in May 1946. They were married August 27, 1946. She was a wonderful mother who raised three children, supported their many activities, and created a welcoming home and a beautiful yard. Helen loved children and found countless ways to contribute to their lives, from "Story Hour Lady" at the public library, to serving as a Scout leader, to many years of PTA involvement, for which she received the Golden Acorn Award. She was wonderfully involved in the lives of her seven grandchildren, and even in her eighties, she continued to babysit and entertain kids. She worked for years at the Puyallup Fair and spent twenty years as an election worker for Pierce County. She was an active member of the 25th District Democratic Party and the Puyallup chapter of Rotary Anns. After marrying Bob, she joined the First Baptist Church in Puyallup, where she sang in the choir, was active in the women's group, and held a variety of offices. She taught Sunday School and was a youth group leader for nearly fifty years. In 2002 they moved to Mount Vernon, WA to be closer to family. Following Bob's stroke, Helen was his loving caregiver until his death in 2006. Her interests ranged from politics to sports to reading and camping. She took countless pictures to create her annual photo albums and was an avid letter writer. She was a woman of great faith and lived her life practicing the Golden Rule. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Snyder; her parents, Roy and Margaret Church; and her brother, Jack Church. Helen is survived by her three children and their spouses, Barbara (Jess) del Bosque, Bob Jr. (Julie) Snyder, and Scott (Kristen) Snyder; seven grandchildren, Lisa and Kevin (Larissa) del Bosque, Kim (Scott) Canaan and David Snyder, and Casey, Brittany, and Mikayla Snyder; two great-grandchildren, Kaden and Kayla del Bosque; her sister, Flora Palmer, and sister-in-law, Lou Church; and six nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in Helen's honor may be sent to: First Baptist Church, 1219 15th St N.W., Puyallup, WA 98371 or Puyallup Public Library Foundation, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371. A celebration of Helen's life will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1607 E. Division St, Mount Vernon, WA.
Pub Date: 10/13/2009


Charlotte V. Smith

Charlotte V. Smith 79, passed away with her family at her side on Oct. 4th in Puyallup. She was born in Duluth, Minn. but spent most of her life in Tacoma. She loved the outdoors, trips to Reno and Sunday drives. She is survived by son David (Rebekah) Kristovich, son Nick Kristovich, daughters Linda (Rick) Redman and Suzanne Jones-Kristovich (Mack-deceased) sister Joyce (Paul) Knudtson, brother LeRoy (Eileen) Merrion, 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 5 great great, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her family has planned a memorial in honor of Charlotte on Nov. 7th at the Postal Union Hall, 3502 Pacific Ave. from 1-5:00 in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 10/13/2009


Harold “Bob” Morton

4/23/59 - 10/4/09 Survived by his daughter, Melissa Morton, sisters Vickie Morton and Cindy Barker, brother in law Doug Barker, father Harold Morton and mother, Carol Williams along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Bob will be cremated an dhis ashes will be scarttered on The Kalama River in Wintrop, Wa. where he loved to fish and hunt. A celbration of Bob’s life will be held at his mothers house. 3012 N Monroe Tacoma, Wa. on 10/17/09. Go to website edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 10/13/2009


Ann Tremaine

“We made a deal almost fifty eight years ago, that included the words “’til death do us part”. And that’s what it took”. Ann Kafoury Tremaine was born in Eugene, Oregon, September thirteenth, 1929 to Allen and Georgina (Queenie) Kafoury. She passed away October 10, 2009 at home in University Place, WA. after a short battle with an incurable, inoperable cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Barbara Smith. She attended Beaumont grade school and Grant High School in Portland, OR. She started playing the violin at the age of nine, and would line her dolls up to teach and play for them. She was one of the youngest members of the Portland Junior Symphony. She met her husband Norm when she was a freshman at the University of Oregon. They were married November 16, 1951, after Ann graduated with a degree in Violin Performance. Later she got her Masters from the University of Washington. Ann was a member of the sixteen girl Little Chamber Orchestra of Portland which concertized in Europe in 1955 and again in 1957. The Tremaine’s have two daughters, Kathryn Wilson from Tacoma and Diane Kogle (Jeffrey) from Minneapolis. The Tremaine’s have five grandchildren. Ann has a younger sister, Dysa Kafoury (Dessa). Ann taught music at Pacific Lutheran University for nearly thirty years and was Concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony for nearly thirty years. Ann was an active member of Mu Phi Epsilon (music honorary) PEO, her church and Partners of Lakewood Rotary. In 1967 Ann met her idol and mentor, Jascha Heifetz, world renowned violinist. He and our family became close friends for fifteen years, until his death. Ann and Norm went on several trips with him. A memorial service will be held at The Little Church on the Prairie, at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 21 in Lakewood, Washington (Tacoma). Some remarks made by former students and colleagues reflect Ann’s influence: “It’s been 34 years since my last private lesson, but in that time I’ve been practicing the things you taught me.” “It’s hard to imagine losing Ann. She’s such a model of graciousness, generosity and musical excellence. The life lessons she taught me were as important to me as what I learned from her as a violinist.” Contributions may be made to Franciscan Hospice, PLU Music Department, or the LCOP Church.
Pub Date: 10/13/2009


Patricia R. Rootvik

Memorial Service, Sat. Oct. 17, 2009, 11 a.m. at St. John Bosco, 10508 112th St. S.W., Lakewood, WA 98498
Pub Date: 10/14/2009


Vincent R. Simonson

Happy Birthday 10/14/1918 - 11/3/2004 You are always in our hearts. Gene, Jan, Tom and Mike
Pub Date: 10/14/2009


Sophia Brehon

Sophia Brehon, 100, died October 8 in Puyallup, WA. She was born on November 25, 1908 in Canada, and came to the US at an early age. Sophia became a US citizen at the age of 33. Sophia married Henry Brehon on August 15, 1953. Sophia is survived by five step-children Mary Jane Pagel, Dorothy Hollis, Arlene Rogers, Nadine Dolittle and Henry Brehon and wife Pamela; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and sister Olive Luchs of Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, October 16, 2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/14/2009


Rosita Balansay

Rosita, born 5/4/1920, passed away peacefully at age 89 on 10/11/2009. She enjoyed walking, shopping at the Tacoma Mall. She was preceded in death by husband and son. She is survived by daughters; Priscilla, Pacita, Adel; and sons; Manuel, Mario, Marcelo, Fidel, Redentor, Armando, and Carlos along many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services held on Saturday, October 17, 10:30 AM at Visitation Church. Reception in lower hall.
Pub Date: 10/14/2009


Rose Eileen Cowan

Rose Eileen Cowan of Gig Harbor, Washington died Friday, October 9th, 2009 at her daughter Jackie’s home in Tigard, Oregon after a courageous fight with multiple myeloma. She was known as Eileen to her family and friends and was called “Miss Rose” by the many doctors and nurses who cared for her during the last few months of her life. Eileen was born in London, England on September 6th, 1923 to Harry and Rose Gibson. She survived the blitz of London during World War II and went on to serve in the British Army. She met an American soldier, the love of her life, Robert Vaughn Cowan Sr. in Hyde Park and they were married on June 5th, 1944 after only three dates. They spent 50 wonderful years together. They raised their children in Seattle, Tacoma and finally Gig Harbor, Washington, where she continued to live until her diagnosis with cancer in July 2009. She worked as a meat wrapper for many years before staying home to raise their children and 20 foster children. She was blessed with many children. Robert Cowan (Barbara), Lois Belcher (John), Wayne Cowan (Cheryl), Jacqueline Kirkpatrick (Dean), Mark Cowan (Kristin), and Tami Cowan (Randell). She began each day doing the crossword puzzle, and loved gardening, knitting, playing Scrabble, drinking Cheryl’s Lemon Drops and she always enjoyed a good cup of tea. She had a close group of friends and loved going out to lunch and to water aerobics. Her greatest passion in life was spending time with her family and friends. She loved traveling. Her final cruise to Mexico in 2008 broke the curse of April 4th. Eileen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob, on August 16th 1994, her older sister Iris and younger sister Midge. She was an inspiration to all and showed great strength and courage as she fought her illness. She will be remembered for her selflessness and the unconditional love she gave to all she knew. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends but we find comfort knowing that she is now dancing in Heaven. Eileen’s “Last Dance” will be held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, Washington at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 16th, 2009. The family wishes to thank Providence Hospice for their care and support. The family suggests remembrances to Providence Hospice Foundation, 6410 NE Halsey #300, Portland, OR 97213.
Pub Date: 10/14/2009


Nancy Carroll Bundick

Our spark, Nancy Carroll Bundick, greeted the world on December 20, 1957 as an answer to the prayers of her parents, Edward and Bonnie Bundick. She died in her Lakewood home from advanced ovarian cancer and left this world for heaven on October 8, 2009. Nancy is survived by her parents, brother Leo Bundick and his wife Wendi, nephews Edward and Joseph Bundick and nieces Emily Bundick and Katie VanBuskirk. Born in New Jersey, Nancy and her family relocated to Alaska for ten years then moved to Lakewood in 1972. Nancy received her Bachelor's degree from Western Washington University and enjoyed a 29-year career working in various capacities at Ft. Lewis, earning numerous commendations for her talent and dedication. Nancy loved to travel in earlier years, which whetted her developing passion for gourmet cooking. Nancy was never happier than when she was preparing and serving culinary treats for those she loved. No Bundick celebration will ever pass without appreciative yearnings for one of Nancy's multi-course feasts. Many families remember the platters of Christmas cookies lovingly baked and delivered by Nancy and her elves. Those elves, Eddie, Joe and Emily, will always cherish the eagerly-anticipated cookie day, when they were allowed to ditch school and travel with Aunt Nancy on her appointed rounds. Nancy will be remembered as a source of encouragement and an example of service (with a chuckle and perhaps a tease) to those around her. The memorial service will be 3:00pm Friday, October 16 at Lake City Community Church. Nancy will be buried at New Tacoma Cemetery (University Place) in a private ceremony. Donations may be directed to the Lake City Community Church Building Fund on Nancy's behalf.
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MYRTLE E. RODGERS-PRICE

Myrtle passed away peacefully September 30, 2009, at the age of 85. Born in Philadelphia on October 30, 1923, and raised in Dallas, she then attended Baylor University where she reunited with her childhood preacher's son, Mack Rodgers. They were married in 1942, and lived most of their married life in San Diego. There, they raised three children in a loving home, based on Biblical Christian principles. In 1991, after 49 years of marriage, Mack passed away, and Myrtle moved soon thereafter to Tucson, where she began a new life and made many dear friends. In 1995, Myrtle married Donald Price, and they enjoyed ten years together before Don passed away in 2005. Myrtle's children encouraged her to move near them in Gig Harbor in 2008, and her family was able to enjoy her full-time for the last year of her life. Myrt, as her friends called her, was loved for her kindness, great sense of humor, and Christian love. She was a gifted seamstress and cook, and loved to entertain friends and family in her home. She created beautiful antiqued furniture and mosaics. She particularly loved to travel and was able to see most of the world. In Myrt's last years, macular degeneration slowly stole her sight, but she loved family get-togethers where she could hear the laughter and activity; she would sit with her eyes closed and just smile. Myrtle is survived and deeply missed by her children Becky Carlson (Dale), Laurie Friedman (Tom), and Alex Rodgers. She loved her grandchildren Bill (and Laura), Steve (and Amy), Katie (and Freddie), Tom (and Melissa), Tim (and Adriane), and Ali (and Brandon), as well as her great-grandchildren Violet, Ben, Chloe, Nicholas, and Christopher. A memorial and celebration of Myrtle's life will be held at Harbor Place at Cottesmore in Gig Harbor at 1:30 on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Donations may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
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Muriel Charlotte Anna Hook

Muriel Charlotte Anna Hook died peacefully on October 10, 2009 at the age of 93, with her daughter, granddaughters, and great-granddaughter by her side. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she eventually settled in Tacoma with her family and graduated from Stadium High School in 1935. “Half Pint,” as she was affectionately known by her classmates, loved sports, especially badminton, bowling, swimming, and skiing. Music was always a big part of her life, and she loved to sing and dance. She worked in her father’s music store, and frequently accompanied him when his band played at local dance halls. She especially enjoyed playing her accordion, which was almost bigger than she was! She married Vincent Hook in January 1940. Following his return from WWII, they and their young daughter, Margie, continued to live in Tacoma, where Vincent was employed as office manager at the Wonder Bread bakery. Muriel was active as a leader in the Camp Fire organization, and for many years afterward spoke fondly of the girls in her group that she came to love as her own. When Vincent was promoted to a position in San Francisco, the family moved to Burlingame, CA. After 2Ú years they moved back to Tacoma, where Vincent joined C&G Electronics and Muriel again went to work in a local music store. She retired from working when they began to travel, visiting many countries around the world. She also became involved in many community activities, including volunteering at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. She was a member of Ophelia Garden Club, Martha Webb Wilson Orthopedic Guild, Luther Child Guild, Tacoma Yacht Club Shipmates, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. After retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling and cruising on their boat, the Chris-T-Kay, which she named for her three granddaughters. She continued her lifelong interest in craft work, and spent many hours agate hunting at her family’s beach home on Henderson Bay. For the past 10Ú years she happily resided at The Weatherly Inn in Tacoma. There she continued to lead an active life full of new found friends, music, dance and crafts. She loved and was loved by the wonderful staff and caregivers, who would often find themselves as her willing dance partners and the object of her famous spunky personality. Muriel is survived by her daughter Marge Larson Giuntoli of Ukiah, CA, granddaughters Christine Rodriguez of Olympia, WA, Julie Kay Larson of Lakewood, CA, and Tracy Heins of Redmond, WA, great-granddaughter Gabrielle Rodriguez, great-grandsons Patrick Rodriguez, William Heins, and Bradley Heins, sister Betty Ormbrek, brother Les Davis, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Vincent, her husband of 58 years, and her parents Ed and Rose Davis. There will be a celebration of life reception for Muriel from 2 to 4 pm on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Weatherly Inn, 6016 North Highlands Parkway, Tacoma. Memorial donations may be made to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital or the Emmanuel Lutheran Church L.E.A.F. Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. 253-272-1414. Please sign online guest book at: www.tuellmckee.com .
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Linda Krieger Filchak

Mrs. Linda Krieger FILCHAK (Krieger Neff), 83, passed away Oct. 4, 2009 in Auburn after a short illness. Born 1926 in Hazen, ND, she is survived by Gaylen Neff, Auburn; Cindy Neff, Olympia; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild. Preceded in death by husbands Art Neff and John Filchak, siblings Nestor, John, Irma Krieger. Burial Oct. 13 at Mountain View in Auburn.
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Mildred L. Gustin

Mildred L. Gustin, a long time resident of Malden, WA, died Thursday, October 8 at her home in University Place, WA. A graveside service will be held at the Pine City Cemetery at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 24. A memorial service will follow at the Malden Community Congregational Church. The Rev. Denice Neuschwander, Mildren's niece, officiating. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Mark, in Aug. 1991. She was born in 1913 in Malden. She is survived by her children, Gail (Ron) Bishop, Michael (Marit) Gustin, Wayne (Diane) Gustin & Barbara (Todd) Chisum, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. The family suggests donations be to the Malden Community Congregation Church (99149) or to Franciscan Hospice in Tacoma, WA.
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Kristine Diane Taylor

Kristine Diane Taylor passed away on October 10, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Tacoma and grew up on the edge of the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Parkland. While Kristine lived in the same house from birth to death, she experienced many changes growing up in the beginning of the baby boom; attending the opening of five different elementary and junior high schools, and watching the college campus grow up across the street. Kristine graduated from Franklin Pierce High School and attended Tacoma Community College. Kristine soon followed in her sister's footsteps, becoming a teacher, teaching Montessori preschool for 10 years, and running the school age program at Good Samaritan Hospital for several years, and teaching Head Start/ECEAP for both Franklin Pierce Schools and Tacoma School District. Through her 37-career as a preschool teacher and involvement at the church, Kristine touched the lives of countless people, and is greatly missed. While Kristine never married or had any children of her own, she became the second mother to her niece and nephew. Kristine enjoyed traveling with friends and with her sister's family on many occasions, as well as helping establish a childcare/ preschool at the church and serving on the board for many years. Despite battling cancer three times over the last 11 years, Kristine forged on; working and driving up until 10 days before her death, and remaining active in church activities at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland for more than 50 years. Kristine is survived by her brother-in-law Larry, her niece Jenna of Seattle, her nephew Philip of Parkland, and several extended family members in the Pierce County area. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Vivian Taylor, and her sister Kathleen (Taylor) Edlund. The family invites you to join with them in the celebration of Kristine's life on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 5pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98444. Donations can be made in memory of Kristine to Trinity Lutheran Church.
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Martha O’Neil

June 24, 1912 – October 8, 2009 After 97 years of flowing with the seasons of the year, Martha O’Neil departed this life on the beautiful Fall day of October 8, 2009. She will be remembered as a strongly independent woman who was filled with optimism to the end. To her dying day Martha was sure she would win the Readers Digest Sweepstakes. She prided herself in being Eatonville’s oldest resident. She would not entertain the thought of not living out her days in the home in which she raised her three children, nurtured her eight grandchildren, her fourteen great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren. She found much joy in the special friendships established in Eatonville and in particular with her dear friend Kaye Dorn. All of us will treasure the happy times spent with Grandma in her kitchen, garden, and ceramic shop learning from her great artistic and domestic skills while being enchanted by tales of the pioneering days. Martha is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, her parents Westley Scoggins and Susie Fiander Scoggins, and her siblings Myrtle Scoggins Forgey and Robert Scoggins. She is survived by her three children Peggy O’Neil Higgins (husband Robert), Larry O’Neil (wife Margie), and Don O’Neil (deceased wife Judy). Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Garden Chapel at the Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood 98496. The family is asking that memorial donations be made to the Eatonville Fire Department/EMS, PO Box 291, Eatonville, WA 98328. The family request no flowers. The O’Neil family would like to thank the Eatonville Fire Department/EMS, Kirk & Suzanne @Kirk’s Pharmacy in Eatonville for all they have done for Martha as well as Dr. Mark Craddock for all the special nurturing and care he has given to his oldest patient over the years.
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Jeannette D. Clark

Jeannette Clark passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 8th, 2009. She courageously waged a seven-year battle with cancer, and now joins her loving husband, Arthur L. Clark, who preceded her in death in 1998. Jeannette was born in Tacoma, Washington on June 18th 1930. She graduated from Lincoln High School of Tacoma in 1948. She married Arthur June 5th, 1953 and enjoyed 45 wonderful years of marriage before his passing. She was actively involved in raising her four children, tirelessly providing a foundation of love and support. She served as President of the P.T.A. while her children were in school. She also worked as an office manager at her husband's Optometry business. She is survived by her son Stephen Clark and daughter-in-law Terri of Auburn, daughter Karen Clark of Auburn, son Donald Clark and daughter-in-law Jean of Enumclaw, son Robert Clark and daughter-in-law Renee of Auburn, eight grandchildren: Kim, Joan, Amber, Marisa, Justin, Brandon, Bryan, and Jessica; and two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Sophie, sister Phyllis and her husband Jack Robbins, and brother Jim Jackson. There will be a graveside service on Friday, October 16th, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Auburn Mountain View Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Jeannette's life following the service at 3305 Scenic Drive SE, Auburn, Washington. The family wishes that memorials be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle.
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Henry Rushing

Henry was born on May 13, 1935 in Eastman, Georgia, and passed away on October 8, 2009. A 30-year Army veteran and 20-year Pierce County Jail food service administrator, "Hank" loved work and serving others. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elsbeth, children Henry, Evelyn, Rodney, and Stephen, and grandchildren Nicole, Sascha, Spencer, Sophie, Jackson, Sarah, and Josie - the absolute pride and joys of his life. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service to be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM. A reception will follow at 12:30 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4519 112th St. E., Tacoma WA 98446.
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Helen May (Church) Snyder

Helen May Snyder died suddenly after a heart attack on Monday, September 28, 2009, in Turlock, CA while visiting her youngest son and family. A vibrant woman who loved all people, especially children, she was active and involved right up to her final days. She will be missed terribly by her family and friends of all ages. Helen was born July 15, 1923 in Ellensburg, WA to Roy and Margaret Church. She grew up in Tacoma, WA, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1940. She attended Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School classes. Some of her happiest years were spent at Pacific Lutheran College, where she was active in debate and drama, sang in the Choir of the West, and was selected for the 1942 - 43 college edition of Who's Who Among Students. She began teaching third grade in 1943 in Puyallup, WA, where she met her future husband, Robert (Bob) Snyder, in May 1946. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married August 27, 1946. She was a wonderful mother who raised three children, supported their many activities, and created a welcoming home and a beautiful yard. Helen loved children and found countless ways to contribute to their lives, from "Story Hour Lady" at the public library, to serving as a Scout leader, to many years of PTA involvement, for which she received the Golden Acorn Award. She was wonderfully involved in the lives of her seven grandchildren, and even in her eighties, she continued to babysit and entertain kids. Multiple generations were treated to Helen's tea parties, games, root beer floats, and homemade cookies. She worked for years at the Puyallup Fair and spent twenty years as an election worker for Pierce County. She was an active member of the 25th District Democratic Party and the Puyallup chapter of Rotary Anns. After marrying Bob, she joined the First Baptist Church in Puyallup, where she sang in the choir, was active in the women's group, and held a variety of offices. She taught Sunday School and was a youth group leader for nearly fifty years. In 2002 they moved to Mount Vernon, WA to be closer to famil,y and joined the First United Methodist Church. Following Bob's stroke, Helen was his loving caregiver until his death in 2006. Her interests ranged from politics to sports to reading and camping. She took countless pictures to create her annual photo albums and was an avid letter writer. She was a woman of great faith and lived her life practicing the Golden Rule. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert R. Snyder, her parents Roy and Margaret Church, and her brother Jack Church. Helen is survived by her three children and their spouses, Barbara (Jess) del Bosque, Bob Jr. (Julie) Snyder, and Scott (Kristen) Snyder; seven grandchildren, Lisa and Kevin (Larissa) del Bosque, Kim (Scott) Canaan and David Snyder, and Casey, Brittany, and Mikayla Snyder; two great-grandchildren, Kaden and Kayla del Bosque; her sister Flora Palmer and sister-in-law Lou Church; and six nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in Helen's honor may be sent to First Baptist Church, 1219 15th St. NW, Puyallup, WA 98371, or Puyallup Public Library Foundation, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371. A celebration of Helen's life will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.
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Caroline Cook

Caroline Cook, age 97, died peacefully at home in Tacoma on Friday, Oct. 9th, 2009. She was born in Jamestown, ND on Dec. 19th, 1911 to Barbara and Daniel Netzer. Caroline came to Tacoma just before World War II where she met and married Lewis Cook. She is survived by daughters Sarah Jane Chastain and Charlotte Ann Harding of Tacoma, and son Larry Adar Cook, living in Italy. Caroline has 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at New Tacoma Cemeteries & Funeral Home. Viewings will be on Thursday, Oct. 15, 1pm-8pm, and Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, 12pm with graveside service to follow at 1pm. Mother has gone home, but will live forever in our hearts -- we will love you always.
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Jody L. Codiga

Born Oct. 16, 1951 in Seattle. Died Oct. 7, 2009 in Puyallup. Survived by her life partner Gary Parker. Beloved mother of Melissa, sister of Rick and Cindy, aunt of Rachel and Ethan. Jody will also be missed by her dogs Oscar and Snickers. Private family service will be held. Remembrances suggested to Breast Cancer Research. Arrangements intrusted to Bonney Watson Washington Memorial Funeral Home. Jody was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
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Eleanor R. Sherman

Born June 9, 1923 in Roslyn, WA to Arthur and Bertha Sharp and passed away on October 10, 2009. She is survived by her husband Russell Sherman, children Lennie, Barbara and Mark. Has four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. There will be no services.
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Robert E. Baker

Born April 21, 1939. Died Oct. 5, 2009. Graveside services at Sumner Cemetery Monday, Oct. 19th at 1:00 pm.
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Beverly Ann Applegreen

Beverly A. Applegreen, 55, passed away October 12, 2009 in Auburn. Born in San Diego, CA she had resided in the Auburn area the last 10 years. She attended Kentridge H.S. She is survived by her husband David E. Applegreen; mother, Phyllis O’ Shannon; daughter, Tina London; son, David E. Applegreen II; brothers, Kenneth, Carl and Geoffrey Self and 4 grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 16, 2009 at 2pm with viewing 1 hour prior at Yahn and Son Funeral Home, Auburn. Please sign the familys online guestbook at www.yahnandson.com .
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Ann Watkins

August 6, 1941 - October 10, 2009 In loving memory. Services will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Sat. Oct. 17th at 2 p.m.
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Agnes Reding

Agnes Reding, 81, of Tacoma, died October 9, 2009. Agnes, the youngest of twelve children, was born on November 27, 1927, to James and Sara McElroy in County Tyrone, Ireland. She immigrated to the United States in 1949. Agnes married Jack Reding in 1952. Agnes was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America. She was very active in her church and served as a Eucharistic minister for many years. Agnes was known for her outgoing personality and generous hospitality. Her faith and family were of paramount importance in her life. She spent much of her spare time attending games and activities of her children and grandchildren. Agnes was preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents, and eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Patricia Petrino, Onalaska, WA; James (Tracey) Reding, Auburn, WA; Kevin (Debbie) Reding, Roy, WA; John (Jill) Reding, Puyallup, WA; Gerald (Heidi) Reding, Puyallup, WA. she is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, Valerie, Michael, Lisa, Sarah, Thomas, Matthew, Andrew, Suzanne, Joseph, Aaron, Joshua, Ashley, Karie, Courtney, and Jack, three great-grandchildren, Savannah, Colby, and Kadence, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 16, 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, followed by entombment at Calvary Cloisters. Rosary will be recited Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m. at Gaffney Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Ann's Catholic Church or to Bellarmine Prep. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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Raymond J. Koski

4/23/1954 - 7/29/2009 Beloved son, brother and friend Ray passed away in Portland, OR. Memorial service will be held at 1PM Oct. 17, 2009 at Spanaway Lake, WA. - meet near S.W. corner of southern-most parking lot at Spanaway Park. Reception to follow at Uncle Sam's at 16003 Pacific Ave.
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Mary Jean Mandell

1920 - 2009 Mary Jean Mandell passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, October 10, 2009, in Seattle, Washington. She was 89 years old, born April 6, 1920. Her parents were General Alfred W. McMorris and Mary Brace McMorris. She was the granddaughter of John S. Brace, a Seattle pioneer and civic leader. She is survived by her sister Kate Peach of Bellingham, her son Charles C. Mandell of Brooklyn, New York, her daughters Janet Mandell and Kate Mandell of Seattle, and four grandchildren, Katherine Mandell, Lena Mandell, Sam Baldwin, and Nathan Mandell. Mary Jean was married for sixty-five years to Colonel Frank Chittenden Mandell, a graduate of West Point Military Academy and a career army officer, who died in 2005. She graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, and attended the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, and the University of British Colombia. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. During her husband's military career she lived in Washington DC, as well as Italy, France, and Germany. She loved to travel, ski and garden, and was an active member of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club. She enjoyed spending time at her beach house in Sequim, Washington. In recent years, she became an avid supporter of South Lake Union Park, which incorporates the site of her grandfather's mill. Memorial donations may be made to recognize her interest in the park to the Seattle Parks Foundation, 860 Terry Ave North, Suite 231, Seattle, WA 98109. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, October 17, 2009 3:00 PM at Bonney Watson Funeral Home, 1732 Broadway, Seattle, Washington.
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Fred Schumock

10/29/1939 - 10/10/2009 After a short battle with lung cancer, Fred died peacefully. A native of Tacoma, Fred was a grad of Lincoln HS and Cal St. Long Beach. A well respected teacher for 27 years at Idlewild Elementary in Lakewood, Fred is survived by his wife, Louise, his children Glen (Debra), Mark, Kathleen (Netra), and Philip (Patty), his grandchildren Collin, Grant, Connor, Ava, Nathan, Grace, and Ben, and his sister Linda Emerson. Fred enjoyed fishing, gardening, and being with his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family. Services will be held at St. John Bosco Saturday at 2:00 pm. Please consider a memorial donation to Franciscan Hospice House, the Humane Society of Pierce County, the American Cancer Society, or the Pastor Fund of St. John Bosco (10508 112th ST SW, Lakewood WA 98498).
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Ann Tremaine

    • CORRECTION** A memorial service will be held at LCOP, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 24 in Lakewood, Wa.
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Nathaniel Robert Earle Hall

“Nate Hall” May 24th, 1986 - October 5th, 2009 Nathan was a 2004 graduate of Bethel High School. He worked as a Tree Cutter and owned his company. His hometown was Roy, WA but worked in Trout Lake, WA where he passed away after a car accident. Nate loved and lived life to the fullest in his 23 years on earth. He was an avid Sportsman, loving the mountains and rivers. He loved to hunt and fish and he was excellent at it! He was charismatic and made friends where ever he went. He loved his family, his fiancé, friends and of course, his dogs. He is survived by his parents Steve Hall, Linda Hall, and Chris Guilliaume, brothers and sisters Rachael, Nolan, Riley , Tori, and Jessica. grand parents, Anne Arlene Earle, Tim and Judy Hall, Phil and Donna Hanley. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Nate was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Earle, aunt Sharon Earle-Phillips and uncle Ron Earle. Jennifer Harris, his fiancé was the love of his life. Diane Harris, was a second mother to Nate. Nathan's passing has left a huge void in the hearts of many. Memorial Service - Saturday, October 17th @ 2pm. The Old Rodeo Hall 124 1st St. Roy, WA 98580 A memorial fund has been set up in Nathan's memory at any Twin Star Credit Union. A wildlife conservation scholarship will be established.
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Gordon Bowman

We love and miss you very much. Sherry, Mom and family.
Pub Date: 10/15/2009


Tom Jones Jr.

Rev. Tom Jones Jr. 75 of Tacoma, WA went home to be with the Lord after a long illness on October 11, 2009. He was born on January 8, 1934 in Nettleton, Mississippi. He was the Senior Associated Minister at Eastside Baptist Church where he faithfully served for over 40 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Modessie Jones. They had 4 children Tommie (preceded him in death), Charles Jones, Evelyn Jones and Mary Bullock (husband Vann). Viewing will be held at Mt. View Funeral Home Friday, October 16th, 1-9pm and Saturday starting at 10am at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Services will be held Saturday, October 17th 11am at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 E Portland Avenue Tacoma, WA.
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Lucille Rae Seger Dybdahl Kraenzler

Lucille Rae Seger Dybdahl Kraenzler, who was born July 12, 1931 on the family homestead near Grangeville, Idaho, died in early October in Tacoma. At WSU, she earned a degree in music education and met Orrin Dybdahl of Sumner. They married in 1953 in Grangeville, and settled in Grandview, Wash., to raise their children, Jerry and Janie. Lucille taught music to elementary students for 25 years. They had many happy years of camping and fishing. When Dyb’s health failed, Lucille cheerfully baited every hook and cooked his catch, even though she could not eat fish. She was devoted to his health and happiness until he died in 1988. She moved to Western Washington, where she met Roy Kraenzler. They were married in 1992; he died in 2006. Lucille drew great strength from her Christian faith and from her church family at Skyline Presbyterian. She loved to sing, whether it was with the church choir, or all gussied up with her Sweet Adelines. She was a faithful volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital for 12 years. Lucille was the second of four children born to Velda Stanbery Seger and Bert Seger. Her father died in 1940; her mother in 2007; her sister, Roberta Maxfield, in 2008. She leaves brothers, John Haldon Seger of Oregon, and Lynn Seger of Tennessee. She also leaves daughter, Janie, of Tacoma, and her children, Nathan and Robie; she was saddened by the death of her son-in-law Bobby Daniel in 2008. Lucille’s son Jerry died in 1981; he had one son, Kenny Dybdahl of Ellensburg. She also leaves stepchildren, Joy Green of San Diego, and her sons Geoffery and Garrison; and Roy Kraenzler and his children Miranda and Ty. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Skyline Presbyterian Church, Tacoma. A graveside service in Grandview is pending. The family suggests donations in Lucille’s memory to Skyline Presbyterian Church, or to organizations that seek cures for diabetes, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson disease.
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Lars B. Makebakken

Lars B. Makebakken was born June 3, 1922 in Bromio, Norway. He passed away peacefully at home on October 12, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. Lars was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anna, of over 60 years. Lars is survived by his brother John Makebakken, his nephew Elvin Erickson (Cathy), and his great-niece Stacy Erickson. A viewing will be held Friday, October 16, 2009 from 1p to 9p at Mountain View Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 17th at the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
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William Harry Howell

Born June 23, 1936 in Ontario, Oregon, to Lucille Kelley & Archie Howell. He passed away Oct. 10, 2009 in Spanaway from a Brain Tumor. He is survived by his wife, Mary of over 50 years, sons Bill and Bob, 6 grandkids & 4 great grandkids. He retired from the Air Force then worked at the Post Office for 20 years. Harry was very active in scouting & his church. God Bless the Franciscan Hospice team for their excellent and professional loving care. Funeral will be Oct. 17th at 12:00 noon at the LDS Church on 224th, Graham. Viewing will be from 2–7pm on Friday at Fir Lane Funeral Home. Donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice.
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Merle E. Van Doren

Born February 4, 1924 in Owosso, Michigan, and passed away October 10, 2009. Survived by brother Stan Van Doren, son Merle W. Van Doren, daughters Sherrie Ross, Marie-Jose Waiss, Brigette Conrad, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial service 11:00 am Oct. 18, 2009 at First Spiritual Church of Puyallup.
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Christel Andrea Mason

Born August 9, 1935 in Hamburg, Germany; passed away October 10, 2009 in Federal Way, Washington. Upon graduating from secondary school she became a dancer at the Moulin Rouge and Lido in Paris. At the age of 29 she came to the United States, where she raised her children. Christel then went to work at Virginia Mason South in Federal Way for the next nine years. During retirement she traveled throughout the world with her husband. Survivors include her loving husband Terry, her sons Rick (Denise) Zanto of Wenatchee and Mike Zanto of Marysville. She is survived by her three grandchildren Derek, Mathew and Brooklyn. Other survivors include her sister Elfi (Helmut) Ballewski and her niece Birgit (Volker) Herges and their children Christine and Stefan, all of whom reside in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany. Survivors also include her friends Jerry, Art, Laureen, Barbara, Virginia, her friends at Windward Condominium and too many others to mention. She will be greatly missed and forever loved. There will be a private family burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Tacoma. Additionally the family invite all of her many friends and acquaintances to join them for a memorial gathering at 1:30 PM Saturday, October 24, 2009 at C.I. Shenanigans, 3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma, Washington 98402.
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Wilda Mae Hartman

Born 9/28/1923 in Klamath Falls, OR and passed away 10/9/2009 in Puyallup, WA surrounded by her loving family. Wilda is survived by her loving husband, Anthony Hartman; 3 sons, Richard (Diane) Carlson, William (Mary Lou) Carlson, David (Yvonne) Carlson; 2 daughters, Judith Larson, Janice Vierthaler; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Graveside service to be held 2:30PM Monday, 10/19/2009 at Calvary Cemetery, 5212 70th St. W., Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com
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Rufus W. Parker

Age 95, died October 7, 2009 in Goldendale, Washington. He was born July 23, 1914 in Leavenworth, Washington. During his life he resided in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Goldendale. He was married to Glenda Crumbaker until her death in 1974, and Helen Gordon until her death in 2007. He is survived by his sister Jean McKeon, children Kenneth Parker and Gerald Parker, stepchildren John and Kathy Alvord, Bill Alvord, Mike Alvord, Virginia and Al McBride, eleven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Rufus graduated from Washington State University and was proud to be a Cougar. He was a member of the Tacoma Yacht Club for 60 years and loved boating throughout Canadian and Alaskan waters. If he wasn't boating, he was flying his plane and loved the freedom of flight. He loved everything about trucking and founded Parker Refrigerated Service. A memorial service for Rufus will be held October 18, 2009 at the Tacoma Yacht Club, at 2:00 p.m.
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Leonard Frank Warren

Age 77, died on October 13, 2009. Leonard was a former Gig Harbor resident, where he operated a service station over 40 years ago. He was retired from the Boeing Company. Leonard's wife of many years, Brookie Mae Warren, died in March of 2009. He is survived by two step-daughters, Patricia Whisenhunt and Paulette Sigo, and four grandchildren. Leonard attended the Covenant of Light Church in Tacoma. He loved Jesus and was an avid Bible reader. Funeral services will be held at 4pm on Friday, October 16, 2009, at the Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. Please send any gifts or remembrances to the Agape House, 640 N. Fife St., Tacoma, WA 98406. Please sign the online guest book at www.havenrest.com .
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William Wallace, Jr.

A ge 79, died Oct. 12th, 2009. Retired Army, survived by wife Evelyn (Jerri), brothers Mark and Elbert Wallace. Burial at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Pub Date: 10/15/2009


Harry A Johnson

10/16/1929 - 12/16/2008 Happy 80th Birthday We miss you and love you forever. Dorothy, Lynn & Ed, Carol & Cliff, Rick & Sue, Nan & Rick, Steve & Kathy
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Allen M. McKinnon

10-16-1961 3-6-1990 Today Allen is 48. Here or not it's his birthdate. Allen's family.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Amy Lee Davis

Was born at Roslyn, Washington on August 23 1921. She passed away in her home in Tacoma on October 14. Amy Lee is survived by her husband Wilbur Baisinger, her four children Don Bryan, Joy Eaton, Marty Woodbury, and Ruthie Tomlinson, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her brother Morton Davis. Amy Lee was a member of First United Methodist Church of Tacoma since 1941. She was an avid gardener, photographer, walker, nature lover, and above all she loved her family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 2:00 at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S. Please send any remembrances or gifts to The Alzheimer's Association Western and Central Washington State Chapter, 12721 30th Ave. NE, Suite 101, Seattle WA 98125, or Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Rex Alvin Murphy

Rex A. Murphy passed away on October 12, 2009 after over two months of his battle with pancreatitis and other health issues. He was born to Rex and Dorothy Murphy on March 1, 1938 in Honolulu, HI. Rex is survived by his wife Marylynn, brother Gary (Judy) Murphy, daughters Sharilee McLane, Candace (Michael) Ognoskie, and nephew Sean Murphy, as well as 10 grandchildren and 6.5 great-grandchildren. He was a gentle and strong Christian man and will be missed greatly by all friends and family. He was a family man who loved walking on the beach with his wife whenever he had the chance. There will be a memorial at the family home October 17, 2009.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Marilyn Sheridan

Marilyn Sheridan, 60, passed away on October 5, 2009. She leaves to cherish her memory her two children, Lee Ann Guthrie and Andrew Clark, and her two grandchildren, Patrick Guthrie and Lily Guthrie. Memorial will be held at 7:00 pm Monday, October 19, 2009 at Temple Beth El, 5975 S. 12th St., Tacoma. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Marian Vimont

Marian Vimont, of Milton, died on 10/13/2009. Marian, the eldest of 2 children, was born on 4/29/1920 to George and Laura Schwarz in St. Louis. Marian graduated from Harris Teachers College, and after teaching for several years, married Richard Vimont in 1945. Marian was one of the founders of the Milton Library and participated for many years in the library's development. She enjoyed music and outdoor activities, especially gardening, bird-watching, and hiking, and provided support in helping to establish the Milton Interurban Trail. Marian was preceded in death by her husband Richard. She is survived by her sister, Jean Cadwell, by her three children, Thomas (Jane) Vimont, Joanne (Robert) Shore, and John (Terry) Vimont, by 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. at Gaffney Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be made to the Washington State Historical Society, 1911 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 243-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Madeline Evangeline Trujillo

Madeline Evangeline Trujillo, 90, died Oct. 13, 2009 in Puyallup. She was born April 10, 1919 in Trinidad, Colorado to Samuel and Eloisa Roybal. For many years, was an active member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, becoming friends with many of the Priests. The Latin Community in Sumner respected her for everything she did for them. She worked for the Sumner School District in Food Service for many years. She is survived by her husband, Ted Trujillo of Sumner, Children; Rosie (Victor Fredlund) Trujillo of Olympia, Josie (Forrest) Ballard of Puyallup, Eloise Patton of Port Orchard , and Ernest Trujillo of Sumner, Brother; Louie Roybal of Middletown, CT and Sister; Becky (Edward) Moore of Reno, NV, 11 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. Madeline was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Sam Roybal, Jr., Sisters, Mary Lucero and Eva Dickenson and daughter, De Ann Nichols. You will be in our hearts forever. Funeral Service is Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, 11:00AM at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Sumner, WA. Memorials may be made to St. Francis House-Puyallup Valley, P.O. Box 156, Puyallup, WA 98371. Arrangements are by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, WA.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Florence Alberta (Waggoner) Winder

June 15, 1916 - October 13, 2009 Florence Winder was born and lived in Woodward, OK, until 1951 when her family moved to Tacoma. For 75 years she was married to Fred Winder, who preceded her in death. Her granddaughter, Shannon Winder, also passed in 2001. Survivors include a sister, one daughter, two sons, one daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Her true calling in life was being a 'grandma'. The family sincerely thanks Sylvia's Place for their loving kindness and care. Services will be held October 21st at 2:00 PM at the Fellowship Christian Church, 860 E. 38th, Tacoma, WA 98404. Memorial donations may be made to this church where Florence was a life-long member.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


HELEN C. PANKIEWICZ

Helen Pankiewicz, 84, born in Fairfax, resided in Denver, passed away October 7, 2009. Funeral Mass 10:30 AM, October 17, at St Andrew Church, Sumner, WA.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Gloria Mary Hurst

August 5, 1930 - October 11, 2009. Born in London, England, Gloria was English to the bone. From her cross-Atlantic boat ride on the "Queen Mary" from England, to her final days in Lakewood, WA, Gloria led a life rich with experiences. She loved to garden, chat with friends, and sing. Her husband John Hurst, son James Davis, granddaughter Jennie Davis, sisters Angela and Eunice, and countless others who have been touched by her laughter, songs, and eternal kindness will never forget her. A service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 12pm in the Garden Chapel, followed by a toast to her life at her family home in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Ernesto Torres

5/4/1940 - 10/10/2009 Celebration of Life, Sunday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m. For info call (253) 896-3528.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Scott Simpson

4/16/51 - 10/11/09 Was born in Anchorage, graduated from PLU, and employed by Superlon Plastics. Survived by wife Naomi of 20 yrs, two brothers, Sandy and Steve, and one sister, Stacy Moe. Join us in celebration of Scott’s life Sun., 3 PM, Oct. 18, at Pacific Christian Center, 3211 112th St. E, Tacoma www.elshaddaiministries.us/
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


Lowell Dean Hansen

2/22/1937 - 10/14/2009 Born on February 22nd, in Mitchell South Dakota, was called home by his Lord on October 14, 2009. Lowell moved to Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln HS in 1955. He married Martha Jean "Marty" Bradford in 1960, and in 1964 joined the Tacoma Police Department where he faithfully served his community for 24 years. The highlight of his law enforcement career occured in 1990 when he joined the US Marshal Service as a Deputy Marshal. He was a loving husband to his wife Marty for 49 years, a devoted father of three and a proud Poppa of two grandchildren. He is survived, missed and loved by his wife Marty, his sister Dee and husband Earl, son Dean, daughter Nicole, son James, daughter-in-law Dixie, granddaughter McKayla and grandson Preston. He will also be missed and loved by many other family and friends. The service will be on Saturday, October, 17th 2 p.m. at Olympic View Baptist Church, 4707 Elwood Dr W. Donations can be made to the Tacoma/ Pierce County Chaplaincy. He left the world a better place for having been here.
Pub Date: 10/16/2009


DiAnna Woodruff

2/26/1959 ~ 10/16/2001 We Love and miss you so very much! THE BOYS
Pub Date: 10/17/2009


Sandy J Sawyer

Of Spanaway, died suddenly on Oct 6, 2009 at age 70. He is survived by four daughters, three sisters, and numerous family and friends. A gathering in celebration of Sandy's life will be held at 3pm on Oct 24, 2009 at the Narrows Bridge Condominium Club House, 2801 N. Narrows Drive in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 10/17/2009


Erna Pauline Harmier Urich

Born to Marie Pauline and Karl Frederick Engfer October 21, 1910 in Puyallup, WA. Died October 14, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. One week short of her 99th birthday. She was raised on the Engfer farm in Orting, WA. Walter and Erna Harmier, Carl and Marion Strock started Center Electric in Tacoma in 1947 and retired in 1967. They then moved to WLYH Airstream Park in Olympia, WA. She is a member of Ahlab Court Ladies Oriental Shrine, White Clover Chapter OES, & Order of Amaranth. Erna's life was one of service to others. She was preceded in death by Walter Harmier in 1970, and John Urich in 1999, and her ten brothers and sisters. Survived by sons Fred & Marianne, Dr. Frank & Beth Harmier, Gunter (deceased) & Gerda Adam; grandchildren Denise & Geoff Funk, Jeff & Char, Scott & Krista, Jarrod Harmier, and Allan Adam; 5 great grand children, and 1 great great granddaughter; also many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Emeritus-Courtyard at the Willows for their wonderful care and support. Donations may be made to Ladies Oriental Shrine, 5405 South Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98409, attn: Mary Lou Jones. Viewing Sunday, October 18, 1 to 9 pm; Monday 8 to 12. Services Monday 2 pm in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 10/17/2009


M/Sgt. Retired James M. Cronen

Born Feb. 20, 1920 in Otrey, MN, passed away Oct. 13, 2009. A highly decorated veteran of World War II and Korea who took part in the Normandy Invasion, Battle of Bulge, served under General Patton in the desert. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife Berta of 58 years, son, Mike, grandson, Michael Briton, 3 sisters, numerous nieces, nephews. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 from 2 to 9pm. Graveside services with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA Monday, Oct. 19 at 1:15pm. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 10/17/2009


Marian L. Nelson

11-27-26 ~ 10-6-09 Mom slipped away to Heaven peacefully in her sleep at her home in Tacoma, WA. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 63 years, David E. Nelson. They raised, also survived by, 2 daughters Patricia Blackburn and Denice Goldman and 1 son, David Jr. With a loving heart she surrounded herself with family. She especially enjoyed being a grand and great grandma and in watching them all grow up: grandchildren, Ernie Blackburn, Jody Easly, Tracy Dickmeyer and Tara Nelson and 6 great grandchildren. Our wife, mother and grandma will be sorely missed. A family graveside service will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Home and Memorial Park on Monday, Oct. 19th at 2:00 pm. A celebration of Marian’s life will be planned at a later date.
Pub Date: 10/17/2009


Jody Mac Sandidge

Oct. 22, 1959 - Oct. 18, 1994 Two hearts, one soul. Love, Mom & Sandidge-Bogrand Family.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


William J. Williams

William (CWO Retired) was born 9/17/1927 in Susquehanna, PA, and passed away 10/11/2009 in Tacoma, WA. He enjoyed 2 full careers, one with the US Department of Justice, but his greatest love was flying helicopters in the US Army. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Hildegard, sons Michael (Pamela) and Patrick (Dawn). Memorial service to be held with military honors Thursday, 10/22/2009 at 2PM at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. The world's greatest loss will be the vast knowledge he took with him. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Loren A. Belsvik

Went to be with the Lord on October 11th, 2009. Graduate of Wilson High School 1966 Coast Guard Reserve and Member of Life Center Church. Survived by wife Lois and a huge loving family. Celebration Services at Life Center Oct. 22, 2009 at 1pm. Guest Book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Joan H. McNabb

The family of Joan H. McNabb mourns her death on October 9, but celebrates her strong and loving spirit. Born on a Nebraska farm in 1925, Joan moved to Des Moines when she was 16. Shortly after arriving, she met Mac, the love of her life, with whom she recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in drama, specializing in marionettes. She and Mac raised three daughters – Sandy, Laurie and Meg – and her family later expanded to include Sandy’s husband, David Loughhead, and her two grandsons, Scott and Eric. Joan led each of her daughter’s Camp Fire Girls groups, eventually serving as a director of the Puget Sound Council. She later became a dedicated volunteer at the Morgan branch of the YMCA, where she took every available exercise class, led tai-chi, served on the Board, and was honored as the Volunteer of the Year for 2001. Never without her mystery and crossword puzzle books, Joan was an avid camper, loved travel – both international and local in their Avion trailer – and enjoyed music of all kinds, gardening and bird-watching. Family always came first, and we will miss her beyond measure. In accordance with her wishes, no memorial service will be held. We know she would encourage you not to send flowers, but to volunteer in her memory at your local YMCA or other community group. And please don’t miss an opportunity to say “I love you.”
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Warren Bibo Stolaroff

Sept. 2, 1922 ~ Oct. 5, 2009 It is fall yet the sun’s brightness and warmth shines on all of us. Warren Stolaroff would have nothing less than a perfect day to make his way to God. Warren, Tacoma’s “most lovely volunteer” has licked his last stamp and sealed his last envelope. For nearly two decades, if you received mail from The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, The Humane Society, PCAF, The Heart Association, The Old House Cafe, Tacoma Symphony, to name but a few, chances are it passed through his hands. Countless non profit organizations and most of the Arts Groups in Tacoma called him “the mail man”. When asked why he was so quick to volunteer Warren’s answer was always the same...“I love to be of service to my fellow man”. That willingness of service earned him the City of Destiny award in 2003 as well as numerous other accolades throughout the years. Born in El Paso, Texas, to Fabian and Reina, and big brother to James Owen, Warren called Southern California his home until he and his beautiful wife Marilyn followed their daughters Debra and Denise to the Pacific Northwest. His greatest joys came from his devout faith, his precious granddaughter, Reina, his “son” Mark and, of course, sitting in the sun listening to the radio as his alma mater, USC, won football games. Having successfully built his own career in the direct mail business, Warren was eager to defy retirement by sharing his knowledge wherever it could help. To all of the organizations and individuals who honoured Warren by trusting and valuing his expertise, please know that you inspired him to keep going, no matter what. The mail MUST go through. In lieu of cards, turn to someone you love today and hug them with all your heart. Our vision is to honour our father with a permanent memorial...(a bench), hopefully near the downtown Tacoma Farmers Market and definitely in the sunshine. Donations for that project can be made at any branch of Columbia bank.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Ross L. Munson

Ross was born on May 6th, 1935 to Van and Grace Munson in Seattle. He was called home on October 14th, 2009 in Tacoma after a brief illness. Ross attended Collins Elementary School through the 8th grade, and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1953. He was also a veteran of the Washington National Guard, having achieved the rank Sergeant. He worked for Baugh Construction until he discovered selling land was his true calling. Ross enjoyed cars, boating, and living the good life with his wife and life partner Diane. Together, they enjoyed a special bond with their animals. Ross was preceded in death by Van Sr. (father), Grace (mother), and his older brother Van Jr. Ross is survived by his wife Diane of Spanaway, children Martin, Puyallup, Terri Noffsinger (Richard) of San Diego, Scott (Kim) of Tacoma, and Ron (Stephanie) of Puyallup. Grandpa Ross was blessed by six grandchildren, Grace, Neil, Bailey, Kasey, Cameron and Kelli Joe. A service will be held in the Mountain View Garden Chapel on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 1:00PM. Public visitation will be held on Monday, October 19th from 1:00PM to 9:00PM. On line guestbook available at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Berton W. Robison, Jr.

Passed away at his home in Sun City West, Ariz., on Sept. 30, 2009. He was a native of Washington State and a well-known general contractor in the Puget Sound area. He loved the beauty of the Pacific Northwest but also loved to travel the world. Bert and his wife of 22 years, Carolyn, most enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling through Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., especially Hawaii. Bert, 84, was previously married to Gale Robison for 33 years and had three children: Mark, William and Michelle. Bert helped build what Seattle is today, one pipe at a time. His love of construction rubbed off on his son Mark, who followed in his footsteps with RCI Construction Group. Bert was born in 1925 to Berton Sr., a “tradesman” plumber, and Eleanor Robison, and grew up in Wenatchee, Wash. and around the Puget Sound area. He lost his mother at the age of two and lived through the Great Depression. These experiences helped to shape him as the man we all knew. Bert was a tough “man’s man” with strong character. His laughter was infectious and often brought all to tears. Bert was proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved all animals, especially his little dog Rocky. He lived a good life and fought a hard battle to the end; he was loved and will be missed by so many. Bert wanted his family to have a good life, celebrate accomplishments, and be strong, everything he missed as a child. He is no longer in pain. His heart beats strong, his breath is full once again, and his back is strong and pain-free. Bert is survived by his wife Carolyn, son Mark and wife Sheri, son William, daughter Michelle (Kerby) and husband Mike, four grandchildren, Lauren, Jasmine, Nicole and Heather, and two great-grandchildren, Brady and Kiley. He is also survived by step-grandchildren April and Brandy Nuss, and his beloved “Rocky Dog.” The family will hold a celebration of Bert’s life on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at 11:30AM at Our Lady of Guadeloupe in West Seattle, 7000 35th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98126, phone: (206) 935-0358. Reception to follow. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Bert's name.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Geraldine Ann Gordon Lamanno

January 6, 1931 - October 10, 2009 Geraldine died peacefully at home the morning of October 10th surrounded by her loving husband Joseph Lamanno, her brother Robert M. Gordon of San Francisco, her sister Patricia Zumhoff (Norman Zumhoff, brother-in-law) from Tacoma and her close friend of many years Aungfah Sanchrachang. She is also survived by her nephew Michael Zumhoff and two nieces Sharon and Wendy. She was a beautiful and talented woman who will be remembered for her beauty, her spirit and her exceptional courage. Donations can be made to the Humane Society.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Robert Lee Whitman

God led Bob home Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2009, age 84. Memorial service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tuesday Oct. 20th at 11:00 AM in Tacoma, WA is open to all. Family requests memorial donations to a kidney foundation or the charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Glen E. Curnutt

Glen E. Curnutt, at the age of 64, passed away on October 14th. His wife Kandy and boys Danny and Denny were at his side. Glen was the most wonderful man ever born, and to say he will be missed is an understatement. He was a friend to anyone who met him. He was born in San Jose, California, but moved to Washington in 1973. He worked at the Steilacoom City Utilities, then at Tacoma Power for the last 17 years. He was the grandfather of four silly kids. Glen loved the traditional yearly camping trip with family to Coos Bay, Oregon. That is where he was when he had the stroke that 2 1/2 months later ended his life. Glen was, is, and will always be the love of my life. I will never say good-bye my love. I said see ya till we meet again. I could not love you more and my heart is broken without you. I am Kandy, his wife, and I would like to thank all the people at Tacoma Power and the IBEW Union. To name a few: Larry DeForrest, Tony Psaris, Dan Pitsch, Zack, Tee and Tony (Rat Rod) Pantley for helping me through this. You are angels! I would like to invite all our friends to a pot luck celebration of Glen's life on Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 3-6 at the IBEW Union Hall, 3525 South Alder St. in Tacoma. See ya then, and again, thank you. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Georgeanne Marie Keller

Georgeanne Marie Keller passed away unexpectedly on October 7, 2009 at the age of 56 at her home in University Place, WA. She was born on September 10, 1953 in Reno, NV. She was a graduate of Southern Oregon University. She was predeceased in death by her parents, Vern and Norma Keller of Reno. She is survived by her sister Janet Keller Miller (Dave) of Berkley, CA, brother Tom Keller (Katie) of Seattle, nieces Kish Miller and Julie Keller nephews Charlie and Sam Keller, and her beloved cat, Baby. The family suggest donations to your local AA chapter.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Dee Rancipher

Dianna Mayre Robinson was born on Nov. 1, 1944 to parents George and Kathryn in Bremerton. She passed away on September 20, 2009 in Seattle after a year-long illness. She leaves behind her husband of 43 years, Bob Rancipher, and their sons Bobby (Mary) and Mike, her sister Judy (Mannie) and brother John (Becky), as well as six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Dee worked as a legal secretary for several Tacoma firms over 35 years until health issues forced her retirement in 2004. She excelled as a hostess, loved the Red Hat activities, painted pottery, sewed, learned to play the harp, and sang with a group called Loose Canon at her beloved Bethany Presbyterian Church. There will be a celebration of Dee’s live at Bethany on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 1:00p.m. Donations may be made to a memorial fund at the church at 4420 North 41st Street, Tacoma WA 98407.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Catherine Patterson Phillips

Catherine, 92 passed away peacefully October 3, 2009. Born June 24, 1917 in Birmingham, AL to Milton Homer Patterson and Sue Fowler Patterson. She was diagnosed with Polio at age 6, which left her unable to walk. She was a very bright, determined little girl who attended public schools. When she was 11 years old she spent an entire year in the Shriners Hospital for crippled children undergoing many surgeries and in time learned to walk with crutches. Catherine held professional library positions with two state WPA Library Projects, and at the beginning of World War II she organized and directed the Air Force Base Library, Gunter Field, Montgomery, AL. The day before VJ-Day, August 13, 1945 Catherine accepted a civilian position as cataloger for the Bremerton Public Library. In 1947 she became order librarian at Texas Tech University. In 1948 she married Carl Belkle and returned to Bremerton and became librarian at Coontz Junior High School. They divorced in 1952. On October 14, 1966 Catherine married Norwood Hartzog Phillips (”Rebel”). They built their dream house together at Sea Cliff Estates near Gig Harbor. Rebel passed away May 15, 1976 just after completing their home. They were both members of the Christian Science Church. Catherine always enjoyed traveling and meeting people. Despite her handicap she roamed all over Europe one entire summer, explored Alaska, the Yukon, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Hawaiian Islands. Catherine’s inquisitive nature always opened another adventure in her life. She continued her interest in people, politics, education of our youth, genealogy, needle pointing and sewing. She was a master seamstress and had a great gift for genealogy. Genealogy took her to the battlefield of Kings Mountain, SC where two of her ancestors names appear on the monuments. Catherine is survived by her brother John M. Patterson (Gwen) Amarillo, TX; niece Jann Mackey (Eric) and great nephew Taylor Mackey Dallas, TX; nephew John Wyatt Honolulu, HI; great niece Gabriela Knight, CA and great-great niece Ariana Knight, CA; cousin Martha Musgrove and Tom Woods (Joyce) Birmingham, AL. Catherine will be greatly missed. Thank you to the staff at Tacoma General Hospital and a special thank you to her friends who stayed with her during her illness. No funeral or memorial service per Catherine’s request.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Boyce John (Jack) Beardsley, Jr.

Boyce was born September 17, 1955 in Topeka, KS, and passed away unexpectedly on September 21, 2009 at Laguna Woods, CA after his battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Jesse Beardsley. He is survived by his parents, Gladys and Bill Affholter, sisters Billie Mazza of Tacoma, Dorrene Weed (Tod) of California, Michelle Carroll (Jeff) of Germany, Therese Nation (Rich) of Tacoma, stepbrothers Tom Affholter (Tracie) of Colbert, WA, and Kirby Affholter (Ruthann) of California; 15 nephews and 6 nieces; and his beloved dog, Becky. Boyce graduated with the first graduating class of Foss High School in June 1975. The family would like to thank his friend, caretaker and “voice,” Michael Reed, for his loving care the past few months. We are eternally grateful. A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the home of his parents, 3615 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


John P. (Bud) Crossman

Born on July 15, 1932 in Tacoma, Washington to William and Edith Crossman, died of cancer in his home in Fairbanks, Alaska on September 12, 2009. John attended school in Midland and Tacoma. He served his country for two years, in the Army, during the Korean War. John moved to Alaska in 1949. He worked for Santrana, the Healy River Coal Corp. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator building roads to the far north radar sites. He went on to receive his Operating Engineer’s license and worked in the oil field at Prudoe Bay for British Petroleum until his retirement. John spent his summers in his beloved Alaska and winters in his home in Hilo, Hawaii. During his early years in Alaska, John flew for the Civil Air Patrol doing rescue missions. His interests were in small planes, astronomy, and travel. John is preceded in death by his parents William and Edith and brother Robert E. Crossman. He is survived by brother William of Federal Way, WA, sisters Marilyn of Tacoma WA, Barbara Bergman of San Pedro, CA and Judy Morford of Seattle, WA. John had 7 nephews, 3 nieces and long time friend Nancy Hankins of Walla Walla, WA. Services will be at a later date. Final resting place will be Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. John was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Catherine Cunningham Merdich

Born November 9, 1923, Catherine (Kay, Cassie) was the 2nd of twelve children of Kate and Patrick Cunningham of Meentashask, Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland. She passed away peacefully October 9, 2009 surrounded by her family. Kay came to Tacoma in 1948, meeting her sweetheart Michael in October 1951 after his return to McChord AFB from Japan/ Korea. Married July 5, 1952, she worked for 11 years at Pacific Match Co. and for 18 years as an Avon representative. Kay loved to camp with family, listen to Irish and big band music, and would rather dance than do anything else, especially with her grandchildren. Every person Kay met became her friend, and she leaves behind many. She felt her greatest blessings were her U.S. citizenship, the large group of family and friends from Ireland, the wonderful neighbors she lived around, and the life she had with Mike and her boys. Kay had a very strong faith, and a keen sense of right and wrong, but that never prevented her from playing an occasional trick on an unsuspecting friend, or sticking her hand through the neighbor’s fence to help herself to some of his vegetablesÉ Kay is survived by her loving husband Michael, sons Brian (LeeAnn) and David (Denise), and grandchildren Breanne, Jeffrey, Brendan, and Marit. Also brothers James, Charles and Anthony, sisters Mary, Bridget, Josephine, Margaret, and Celine, and many cherished nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter Mary Catherine, her brother Fr. Kieran Cunningham, and sisters Nana and Ellen. The Merdichs wish to thank the loving caregivers and staff at Heartwood Extended Care who became a part of our family. Rosary will be recited on Monday, October 19th, 2009, 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009, 9:30 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Tacoma. Interment at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Emma Jean Carpenter

Born June 6th, 1926 in Kent, WA to Traugott and Elizabeth Pfaendler; passed away on October 15th, 2009 due to complications following heart surgery. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends. Her two children, Roy (Karen) Marchesini and Margie Stevens, and four grandchildren continue to celebrate her life. She was first married to Roy Marchesini in 1944 and later married to John Carpenter in 1997. She loved and enjoyed her seven sisters and one brother as well as her many friends, including her best friend Gene Dugaw. She lived a full life walking the mall, playing cards, gardening, and entertaining family and friends. A viewing is at Mountain View Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 20th from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. A rosary will be said at St. Ann's Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 with funeral services following at 11:00. She was an active member in her church; please make memorial donations to St. Ann's Catholic Church.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


June B. Stevens

Born June 28, 1914 in Sequim (on Lost Mountain) in Washington to Joseph William and Myrtle (Van Orman) Brown, and passed away October 13, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. June is survived by her daughter Barbara Creten, daughter-in-law Beverly Diebert, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her son Raymond "Bud" Diebert in 2008 and her husband Charles Isaac Stevens in 1977. Funeral service to be held 1:00 PM Friday, October 23, 2009 at Lakeview Chapel, 4606 108th St. SW, Lakewood, WA. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Ralph R. Lehde

Born August 3, 1927 in Glen Ullin, ND to Fred and Berth Lehde. Ralph went home to be with his Lord October 12, 2009 at the age of 82. He moved to Puyallup, WA in 1942. Ralph graduated from Sumner High School in 1945. He married Genevieve Loughlin on July 2, 1954. He served 2 years in the US Navy. Ralph worked for the Federal Government for 35 years, and the Puyallup School District for 11 years. Ralph enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Genny Lehde, daughter Julie Bussard, son Robert (Kym) Lehde, grandchildren Katie, James, Brent and Gabriel, and sister-in-law Luella Rohrer. Ralph served his Lord to the best of his abilities and loved the times spent in His service. Memorial service Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 11:00am at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4519 112th St. E., Tacoma WA 98446, (253) 531-2112. Memorials may be made to the Helping Hand House. Please sign the online memorial at www.bonneywatson.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Gareth (Gary) L. McClintock, Sr.

Born 7/1/1951 in Olympia, Washington and passed away on October 14, 2009 at the age of 58 in Tacoma, Washington, surrounded by his loving family. Gary is survived by his wife Sandra of 36 years, his son Gary, daughter Amanda, grandson Kyle, granddaughter Nadalee, his father, 3 sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. He retired after 31 years of service from the Town of Steilacoom, and then worked at Multicare Healthcare Systems for 1 year. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. October 24, 2009 at the Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St., Steilacoom, WA 98388.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


William (Bill) Rushforth

Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes on October 14, 2009 just short of his 92nd birthday. He was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia November 1, 1917 of parents Rex and Rhoda (Harper) Rushforth. The family shortly afterward moved to Washington and settled in Kapowsin. They moved to Tacoma when he was 16. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1936. After high school he spent time in Nome, Alaska working in construction and also working for St Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company logging and living in Camp 5. In 1942 he enlisted in the US Navy. He spent some of his time in the Navy rebuilding and test flying Stearman bi-planes, but when he decided the overseas war effort needed him he asked to be transferred to the US Marines where he participated in battle in the Pacific theater. He was very proud of the fact that that he was in the third wave of soldiers landing on Iwo Jima and that somehow he was one of two Marines that survived in his platoon. He was always very proud of his service to his country and remained a patriot to the end. In 1944 while stationed in Memphis, Tennessee when attending a USO dance, he met the woman he would court and marry in the next six weeks, Nita Jeffords. She was the love of his life and remained so until her death after 56 years of marriage in 2000. He never got over losing her. They traveled all over the world, seeing 34 countries over 20 years, golfing (his second love) in most of them after his retirement. He tried several attempts at partnerships in business but found he was much better not answering to a partner. In 1951 he struck out on his own and started Rushforth Construction Co. Together he and Nita built the company from a two person company with a pick up truck building custom homes to a well respected commercial contracting company that operated throughout the northwest. His nickname was "Wild Bill". The company continued its growth after his retirement and fortunately he was able to watch the company grow more successful and work throughout the western US. He had a reputation for being an honest and ethical, no nonsense businessman who did what he said he would do and gave his clients a quality product. He was also very proud of his family. He and Nita had two sons, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Some of his favorite times were camping and fishing with the kids growing up and later, family get togethers and keeping up with the accomplishments and activities of everyone. He is survived by his sons Randy (Karen) and Dennis (Barbara), his grandchildren, Bryan, Troy (Cortney), Jason (Melanie), Amanda, Scott (Heidi), Kristin Ritzau (Nate) and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers Roy and Jim and his wife Nita. His family and many friends will miss him greatly, but he is now reunited with his loving wife and we know he is in a better place. He had a deep faith in God and was a member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years. He was always positive that he had a guardian angel that watched over him and kept him from harm. We think he probably did. Services will be held on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM at New Tacoma Cemetery, Chambers Creek Chapel. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


James Martin Ruh

B orn Jan 1, 1952 in Mahopac, NY; died Oct 15, 2009 in Bonney Lake, WA. Jim spent time in the Air Force and most recently spent his career working for the Dept. of Defense. He was preceded in death by his mother Ida Ruh, and is survived by his wife Julia, father Martin E. Ruh of Carmel, NY, and sister Jeanne Florance (Peyton) of FL. A public visitation will be held from 5 to 8pm on Monday, Oct. 19th, 2009 at Weeks' Funeral Home in Buckley, WA. A private burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Albert John Bauman

Al, age 85, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend, went home to be with the Lord on 10/12/2009. Born 1/20/1924 in Lake George, MN, Al moved to Washington in the early 1950's, settling in the Bonney Lake area with his bride. After working 29 years for Boeing, he retired in 1986. He is survived by sons Gary (Barbara), Bruce (Sharon), and Tracy (Marce), daughters Sherril (Jim) and Dawn, and six grandchildren. His devoted wife Lorraine preceded him in death. Memorial service 10/24/2009, 2pm, at Puyallup Community Baptist Church. Viewing at Weeks' Funeral Home, Buckley, from 11am-1pm.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Curtis A. Carmean

Age 92. Survived by Marilyn Carmean, his beloved wife of 35 years, his children Karen, Ingrid, Bill and Dave, eight grandchildren, and cherished members of the Goetz family. Born in 1916, Curtis attended Mount Hermon and Yale College. In WWII he served in the Navy. In 1944 he married Martha Nelson, who passed away in 1972. Curtis moved to Tacoma in 1953, where worked as a CPA and where he had many friends, including friends working for world peace. Donations: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Velma Jean Hanna Olson

Age 77 passed away on October 11, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. She was born on July 30, 1932 in Mercedes, Texas, and has been a resident of Washington State for nearly 50 years. Velma was an accomplished poet, a lover of the written word, and always ready for a lively game of Scrabble—during which she invariably produced obscure and esoteric words. She was known for her wit, compassion, sense of humor, and love of family. As a high school student she wrote numerous columns in and was co-editor of her school paper, The Tiger. She was awarded numerous honors for her journalistic efforts, including either winning or placing in a number of state-wide competitions. A devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt, Velma was always among the first to volunteer: Cub Scout den mother, Little League concession stand worker, and PTA committee member include the long list. Always intellectually curious, Velma often took community college courses in a variety of subjects, including in drawing, water color, and other artistic mediums. She was always enthusiastic to try new foods, visit new places, and meet new people. Velma will always be remembered as kind, gracious and caring, and indeed continued to smile at all who entered her room up until her very last day of life. She is survived by her sister, Anita Fremstad of Sacramento, California; two sons, Craig (Tracy) Olson of Vaughn, Washington, and Kurt (Cathy) Olson of Lake Tahoe, California,; and four grandchildren, Mariah, Zachary, Inga, and Odin. Funeral services were held at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, October 17, 2009 at 11:00 am. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Velma Olson Scholarship Fund, c/o 1000 N. Northlake Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98103. Please sign the online guestbook at www.washelli.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Mark E. Duxbury

Age 49, a Gig Harbor resident, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2009. He was born on March 23, 1960 in Olympia, Washington to parents Duane and Faye Duxbury. Mark was a former pharmaceutical sales representative. He was a devoted father to his children Sojie and Richard. Mark was an avid and accomplished photographer and musician. Other interests included woodworking, cooking, and sour dough yeast cultures. Mark is survived by his wife Bibi, daughter Sojourner, step-son Richard, mother Faye, sister Ruth Anne, and brother Duane. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Gig Harbor. Remembrances may be made out to the Rush Limbaugh Foundation or the Glenn Beck Center for the Study of Political Correctness.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Francis Skip Browne, Jr.

1945 - 2009 Francis Joseph Browne Jr., son of Francis and the late Helyn Browne, was born on May 23, 1945. He joined his mother and sister Anita in Heaven on October 13, 2009. Skip is survived by his father Francis, his sister Nancy Shonborg, and many relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed. Skip graduated from St. Leo's grade school and Bellarmine Prep. He attended Portland University. Skip was a poet, a writer, and a collector of books and records. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1966. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses at Seattle Veteran's Hospital for their loving care. Rosary will be recited Tues., October 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wed., October 21, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Reception following. Entombment at Calvary cloisters. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Donna Kay Washut

1939 - 2009 Our Mom, Donna, passed away on October 8, 2009. Born in Buffalo, Wyoming on June 20, 1939, the only child of Joe and Irene Washut, Donna spent her early years in Wyoming and moved to Tacoma when she was 12. Donna attended Jason Lee Jr. High and graduated from Stadium High School in 1957, then went on to attend Central Washington University. Donna married Matt Olson and had 4 children. Donna worked 16 years for the Automotive Service Association of Tacoma, and retired in January 2008. Donna was kind, generous, witty and caring, she made friends wherever she went, and her family was the most important thing in her life and she made that very clear to them and to all who knew her. Donna loved life and lived her life to its fullest. Donna passed away suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Her passing has left a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. We will forever be grateful for the time spent with her, and she will never be forgotten. Donna is survived by her 4 children, Steve Olson of Graham, Jeff Olson of Spanaway, Todd Olson (Dee Dee) of Puyallup, and Laura Thompson (Page) of Roy, 12 grandchildren, Keith, Bobby, Ashley, Brooke, Nathan, Lindsey, Katie, Kaylee, Amber, Cody, Christopher and Lisa, and 2 great-grandchildren, Emily and Justin. Donna also leaves behind former husband Leon Martinsen, with whom she reunited 4 years ago, she very much enjoyed her time with him, her cousins Shirley Andrews (Jack) of Laguna Hills, CA, Barbra Ferguson (Jack) of Fort Collins, CO, and Buster Birmingham (Karen) of Rawlings, WY. Donna was blessed to share her life with her best friend Karin Goodro of Tacoma for over 55 years. Donna also leaves behind many close friends and co-workers whose lives she affected in so many positive ways. A celebration of life will be held on November 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Interment to be held on November 2 at 10:30 am at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Ray Fassnacht

1926 - 2009 Ray Fassnacht was born on September 8, 1926 in Pueblo, Colorado. After completing high school, Ray served his country in the Marine Corps. Ray was always grateful to President Truman for saving his life; as he was on a troop ship heading for Japan when the bomb was dropped and thankfully the vessel quickly returned to Pearl Harbor. Ray was in the Victory Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii and after the war ended he continued his service in Guam before returning stateside to pursue an education. Ray attended both Colorado State and University of Iowa graduate school, earning a degree in chemistry, mathematics and agronomy. He jokingly referred to himself as 'an educated farmer'. After graduating from college, in 1951 he married Joan, an R.N. They had three children, 5 grandsons and one great-grandson. Ray started his career with the U.S.D.A. as a Soil Scientist. In 1957, he went onto Goodyear Tire and Rubber, eventually becoming Vice President and Managing Director of the Goodyear Plantations in Indonesia. The Fassnacht family spent 31 years in Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines. They had adventures with rebels, tigers and snakes, and were adopted by one of the tribes in Indonesia. Ray and Joan were accomplished travelers. They enjoyed globe trotting the world to such places as China, Vietnam, Europe, Australia, new Zealand, Africa, Egypt, and both South and Central America, to name just a few. The United States, however, was still Ray's favorite country. As busy as Ray was, in 1990 he decided to volunteer at T.L.R.C. Ray put in countless hours over the years! Visiting with residents, both driving and escorting on resident outings, working with Helping Hands, assisting with Karaoke and special events are just a mere sampling of some of his meaningful work here. At the same time, Ray also volunteered at Allenmore Hospital, The Elks, and Mt. Cross Lutheran church. He is survived by his wife Joan, his daughters Christine (Greg) Short and Alexandra Murray, his son Jon (Katie) Fassnacht, his grandsons Jon Fassnacht Jr., Sean Murray, Luke Klue, Zachary Klue and Nickolas Klue, and his great-grandson Holden Klue. Please make any memorial donations to the Tacoma Lutheran Home. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


David Charles Umbarger

‘Blue’ David Charles Umbarger born June 11, 1970 passed away from health complications on October 7th 2009. David graduated from Washington High School in 1988. David was employed by BMC West, Lakewood. David is survived by his mother Diane L. Umbarger, brother: Robert G. Umbarger and his niece Ashlie A. Umbarger, uncle Bob and aunt Bee Rogers from Oregon, and aunt Kathy Umbarger from Virginia, followed by many cousins. A memorial service will be held at Firlane Funeral Home on Thursday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
Pub Date: 10/18/2009


Lorraine V. Hodge Nyitray Lilly nee Roberts

6/3/1929 ~ 10/19/2006 Golly sis, three years already. We all miss you so very much. All our love with lots of hugs and kisses. Kenny, Mary and boys.
Pub Date: 10/19/2009


EARL L. STONE (ROCKY)

Was 85, born December 7, 1923 in Centralia, WA. Passed away peacefully October 11, 2009 at 8:26pm with His wife, Daughter and youngest Granddaughter holding his hand. Earl was a Beloved Husband for over 65 years of Billie Mary Meyer. One of Earl’s favorite stories is telling people that he slept with his wife before they married, for shock value, as their parents played cards together and they were often put in the same crib to play and take a nap long before they married in 1944. Earl was the PROUD father of William Stone, and Sharon Murphy. He was the Grandfather of Ed and Paulette Stone, as well as Shannon Spear. He was the Step-Grandfather of Brenda Moulton, Sean Murphy, and Wendy Meadows. The great-grandfather of Gabriel Spear, Ryan Stone, and Ayden Spear, The Step-great grandfather to Ashleigh, Alexander, Ryley, Sean Thomas, and Hannah. Unfortunately he is the last of his own siblings but he is survived by his wife’s little sister Janet (who was like his own) and her husband Robert. Earl is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, and so many friends it would take up the whole paper. Earl could make friends where ever he went. Dec. 7th 1941 he enlisted in the navy, May 8th 1942 he had been on the USS Lexington for Approx. 1 month when at the end of the Battle of the Coral Sea the Lexington was sunk. He was rescued and went on to campaigns that would include Africa. After the Navy he did many jobs here and there, but his main employment was the 30 years he put in with the Boeing Company as an Inspector on the Seattle Flight line. When attempting to get his son to enlist in the Navy in the 1960’s He enlisted in the reserves where he rose to the rank of Chief. In the Early 80’s he retired from both the Navy reserves and The Boeing Company, leaving him and Billie free to travel the United States in one of their many motor homes they would own over the years. For 20years they would take whatever motor home they had at the t ime and they would travel the country for 3-5 months of the year. In the later years they stopped traveling, but kept their last motor home at their Daughters house and would spend several weeks at a time there gardening and puttering around in the yard. Earl had a smile and a sense of humor that was just contagious, and he was loved and will be missed very much. A viewing was held, Friday, October 16, 2009, followed by the entombment service with military honor’s at Bonney Watson Washington Memorial Funeral Home, for close friends and family. Remembrances are suggested to the American Lung Association, for COPD research.
Pub Date: 10/19/2009


George E. O'Malley

Passed away on Oct. 17, 2009 at the age of 88. He retired from the Tacoma Smelter after 32 years. He is survived by his 3 children, his brother, his two sisters and their families. The funeral will be held on Friday, Oct. 23rd at 4pm in the Garden Chapel at Mt. View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 10/19/2009


Richard DittBenner

Oct. 13, 1940 - Oct. 11, 2009 Rich was born in Tacoma to Jim and Eva DittBenner. Graduated from Bethel High School and then attended electrical school in California where he met and married his wife Pat in 1965. The family moved back to Washington, in 1979 where he went to work for the state of Washington until he retired. He enjoyed friends, hunting, fishing and all kinds of cars. One of his greatest joys was watching his grandson Austin race. He is survived by his wife Pat, daughter Lisa Hoye (Steve), grandson Austin, brother Kenny (Carol), sister Irene Siefert, sister-in-law Carlene (Bob) Seekelland and nieces Sheri, Mary and Brandy. Rich was a true loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and a dear friend to many and he will be missed by all of us. Celebration of Life to be held at the Yelm Moose Club Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1-4 PM. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com
Pub Date: 10/19/2009


Leona Margaret Battles

Leona Margaret Battles died October 6, 2009 (age 101), at Auburn Medical Center. Leona was born August 17, 1908 in Star, Idaho, to Catherine and Jacob Hergert. Mother to Shirley, Ronald (deceased), and Bobbie (deceased), Leona was an avid gardener, expert cook, devout Christian, and loved by friends and family. She is survived by daughter Shirley,step-children Charles Battles, Grace Chapin, and Betty Gibbs, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Deceased step-children are Bob and Bill Battles and Belle Younger. Greg Chapin conducted graveside services at Mountain View Cemetery on October 12, 2009.
Pub Date: 10/19/2009


Marianne M Okada

Dec. 27, 1931 ~ Oct. 8, 2009 Marianne was born in Schwienfurt Germany ~ December 27, 1931 to Karl and Katharina Stenger. She lived through World War II in Germany and in 1953 immigrated to the United States, receiving her US Citizenship in 1957 in Oklahoma. Marianne moved to Tacoma Washington in 1963 and attended upholstery courses at Bates Vocational school while working at Item House. Ralph Smalling of Industrial Rubber & Supply offered her a position which she gladly accepted. Due to her dedication to the company and work ethic she was promoted to manage supply inventory, a position she held until her retirement in 1993. She always enjoyed sewing, music and dancing, and began knitting, crocheting, camping, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren after she retired. She was an excellent seamstress who often made clothes, Halloween costumes, duvet covers, baby blankets, and curtains for her grandchildren, family and friends. Marianne was always a feisty and spirited person who loved life, family, and friends. She often assisted friends taking them to appointments, shopping and acting as their advocate, she also spent many hours helping her son remodel his home. Marianne passed away from a short and difficult fight with cancer on October 8, 2009 at St. Josephs Hospital in Tacoma Washington. Marianne is survived by her husband of 34 years Minoru (Mike) Okada, her son Ralph Rodriguez (Jennifer), grandchildren Emma and Madison, her daughter Kathreen M Gibbs (Billy), grandchildren Anthony, Savannah Bartoli, great-granddaughter Mayia Rose Bartoli, brothers; Karl and Heinz Stenger and brother-in-law Oskar Stammler. She was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Katharina Stenger, and her sister Anna Stammler The family would like to thank the staff of the Oncology & Intensive Care at St. Josephs Hospital, with special thanks to Donna, Renee, Arthur, Judy and Marcia for making Marianne’s final days as comfortable as possible. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park in the Garden Chapel at 1:00 P.M., Friday, October 23, 2009. Donations may be made in Marianne’s name to St. Joseph’s Oncology fund.
Pub Date: 10/19/2009


Leah Ruth Gaber

After a courageous battle with an insidious heart infection, Lee passed away at Tacoma General in the wee hours of Oct. 11, 2009. She was born on March 8, 1933 in Los Angeles. After many years in California, she moved to Puget Sound in 1979. She loved all the greenery here and the change of seasons. She will be sorely missed by her daughters Kathy and Janet, son-in-law Gary, special son Marty, beloved granddaughters Sonia and Stefani, and countless other family members and friends. All who knew Lee loved her positive, sunny outlook, kindness, and generous spirit. Even in her final days she brought good cheer and smiles to many at Good Samaritan and Tacoma General. And no one will ever wear the infamous TG red socks with the same panache! The family is planning a life celebration in the near future. Memorial donations may be made to Life Enrichment Options, PO Box 117, Issaquah, WA 98027 www.leoorganization.org .
Pub Date: 10/19/2009


Shirley Williams Vanek

My lovely wife it has been one year since God took you by the hand to a better place and eliminated your pain. Since we didn’t have children he has blessed me with caring relatives, friends and neighbors. You have left me with fond memories that involve the 61 plus years of our wonderful marriage. I’ll always remember your expression of love for family, friends, home, travel, flowers, dogs, donkeys and me but not necessarily in that order. God has you in his keeping but I will have you in my heart forever. George
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Betty Fredrickson

8/22/1920 - 10/14/2007 In loving memory of my wife, Mom and Grandma. We loved and miss you very much. Happy 64th Anniversary. Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missing, and very dear.
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Leona Margaret Battles

Leona Margaret Battles died October 6, 2009 (age 101), at Auburn Medical Center. Leona was born August 17, 1908 in Star, Idaho, to Catherine and Jacob Hergert. Mother to Shirley, Ronald (deceased), and Bobbie (deceased), Leona was an avid gardener, expert cook, devout Christian, and loved by friends and family. She is survived by daughter Shirley,step-children Charles Battles, Grace Chapin, and Betty Gibbs, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Deceased step-children are Bob and Bill Battles and Belle Younger. Greg Chapin conducted graveside services at Mountain View Cemetery on October 12, 2009.
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Nick A. Jurlin

Led home on Oct. 16, 2009. Celebration of his life will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Gig Harbor on Thursday, October 22nd at 10 am. Donations may be made to Franciscan Hospice at PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401-9836
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Janis Lee Parks

Janis was born on April 17, 1969, in Tacoma, WA. She went to be with the Lord on October 15, 2009. She was 40. After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1987, she attended Washington State University for one year, then returned to Tacoma to care for her ailing mother, Donna Parks. She continued to live with and care for her until 1996, when Donna died. Janis also lived with a close friend for a few years and helped care for her friend's daughters. She loved these girls as if they were her own. She moved to Ocean Shores, CA for a year, then came back to move in with her father in Gig Harbor. She remained there and helped to care for him until she died. Throughout her school years Janis was an outstanding student and athlete. She maintained a high GPA and excelled in basketball, volleyball and softball. She worked as a server and hostess for many years at Shari's, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster. Janis was dearly loved by her co-workers and customers alike. Gifted artistically, she created many fun colorful drawings, and much of her artwork was prominently shown on the menu display boards of the restaurants where she worked. Known for being upbeat, animated, and cheerful, Janis maintained a positive attitude even in difficult circumstances. Her personality brightened the mood wherever she went. It was her nature to put others before herself and she essentially dedicated her life to serve others. Janis personified selflessness. Possessing a strong faith in Jesus Christ, Janis prayed for and consistently encouraged her friends and family. She is survived by her father, Jim Parks, and her brothers Steve, Todd, Philip, and Jordan. She never married and had no children. Janis was loved by many, and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Friday, October 23rd at Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Gig Harbor. Arrangements by Haven of Rest. Please sign the online guestbook at www.havenrest.com .
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Dan LeRoy Dolfin

Dan L. Dolfin, a Belfair resident for over 10 years, passed away Oct. 15, 2009. Dan was a residential construction designer and on the Dean's List at Clover Park in Architectural Design. Family members include wife Renee McDonald-Dolfin; son Joshua McDonald and daughter Jeaniese Gorley both of Belfair; Preceded in death by mother Maxine Francis Dolfin. Survived by father, Arthur Dolfin of Lakebay, WA; mother-in-law Jeanne McDonald; brother Michael Dolfin of Gig Harbor WA; sisters Carole Bautenbach, Kathy Suler, and Jane Ladwig all of Puyallup; several nieces and nephews. He loved his family and friends. Special thank you to George and Nancy Balles. Memorial Service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 24th at Haven of Rest Chapel, Gig Harbor. Remembrance may be made to Franciscan Foundation, 253-428-8411. Please sign the online guestbook at www.havenrest.com . Arrangements by Haven of Rest.
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Bessie Iona Becklund

Born May 20, 1920 in Arkansas. She passed away October 14, 2009 after a battle with ovarian cancer. Prior to her illness she spent her time as a professional seamstress and sport fishing with her beloved husband Frank who passed away in 2000. She will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her three children Carl (Darlene) Becklund, Anita Campbell, and Diana (Robin) Reed, five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Rainier Vista Care Center for their wonderful care and support. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Evelyn Hannelore Moore

Born April 3, 1928 in Berlin, Germany, passed away in her home Oct. 16, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 50 yrs. Francis W. Moore; 3 children, James D. Werner, Janett L. Moore and Shirley E. Bizub; 5 grandchildren, Rebecca, Rocky, Justin, Krystaleve and Frankie; great grandson Isaiah and great granddaughter Aujaraya due to arrive in January. She was Sergeant of Arms for the South Tacoma Eagles R.E.A.C, lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 91, Trout Unlimited and the Lighthouse Senior Center. Viewing will be held on 10-21-09 from 1pm-9pm and services on 10-22-09, 1pm in the Celebration of Life Bldg, in the Aspen Chapel. A Wake will follow at the South Tacoma Eagles, 7037 South Pine St., Tacoma. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Julie Ann James

Age 47, long time Tacoma resident, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Oct. 14, 2009. Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2:00 pm. Heaven of Rest Cemetery, Gig Harbor, Wa.
Pub Date: 10/20/2009


Sheila Mary Horton

Oct. 21, 1929 - Oct. 14, 2005 Happy 80th Birthday, Love forever Jack, Sheila, Mike, Denis, Marty, Robin, Donald, Paul & Patrick
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Patricia Nelle Sampson

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Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Victor Mikulich

Victor Mikulich of Buckley, died Oct. 19, 2009 in Enumclaw. He was born December 31, 1915 in Lower Burnett, WA. Victor enjoyed his vegetable garden "tinkering", and being outdoors. He was a logger until Dec. 3, 1940 when he started his career with the Milwaukee Railroad, he retired in 1979. Victor was a member of the Cle Elum Eagles and Moose Lodge, Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers. He is preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Mikulich, sister, Veda Corak, brothers, Max and Frank Mikulich. He is survived by his children, Sandy (Hank) Harrison of Lower Burnett; George (Francene) of Buckley and Barbara (Bill) Hay of Lower Burnett, sister, Ruby Ermence of Enumclaw, 3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thank you to Dr. Tepper and staff at the Enumclaw Regional Hospital as well as Dr. Parker and caregiver Cheryl McGuire. Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society. A visitation will be Thurs., Oct. 22, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Weeks' Funeral Home with a graveside service Fri., Oct. 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Hobart Cemetery in Maple Valley, WA.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Thomas Rogers Frost

Thomas Rogers Frost passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. He was born in Portland, OR on Sept. 20, 1923, the youngest child of Jens and Cecilia (Stockholm) Frost. After attending grammar and high schools in Portland, his higher education was interrupted by service in WWII. Shortly after finishing his schooling with an MS in wood chemistry from Oregon State University, he began a 38-year career in R & D with the Weyerhaeuser Co.. Tom is survived by his wife Barbara, sons David (Kari), Paul (Linda), daughter Kathryn (Bruce Pringle), and grandchildren Scott (Allison) Pringle, Kevin (Christina) Pringle, Christopher Blanco, Daniel Frost and Marta Frost. Tom had a life-long involvement in the Lutheran church and in music, where he shared with us his beautiful bass voice. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2:00PM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 So. 320th St., in Federal Way. Donations are suggested to Choral Arts, P.O. Box 9009, Seattle, WA 98109 or www.choral-arts.org .
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Peter Haas

This is written in memory of Peter Thomas Haas, and for the others who loved him. Peter was born on May 21, 1991, and is survived by his parents, Scott and Patricia, as well as his three brothers: Alex, Michael and David Haas. He joined his deceased brother Matthew for their great adventure together on October 12, 2009. Peter wasn't difficult to describe; he was simply amazing. He loved to blow things up (literally) and to make people laugh. His soul was big and visible. He had a heart for others, and desired their goodness before his own. He lived the color purple, which says it all to those who understand. Others said Peter would do great thingsÉwhich he did. The problem lies in the fact that he is our boy, and none of us were done with him yet. Peter, we love you, and we miss you. Please come home and visit often. Please sign the online guestbook at www.havenrest.com
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Susan C. (Petrich) Emerson

Susan Emerson, beloved wife, step-mother/grandmother, sister, and friend passed into the arms of the Lord on the evening of Thursday, October 15th 2009. Sue was born April 20th, 1949 and was raised in Tacoma, the daughter of Martin and Jean Petrich. She attended St. Patrick grade school and Aquinas Academy in Tacoma, and the University of California at Davis. Susan enjoyed living in small, but spirited communities. Susan was very creative and was talented at sewing and pottery. She loved spending time at the family cabin on Fox Island. She spent many years living in Kodiak, Alaska with her loving husband Tom, and recently, they moved to Ellensburg where she assisted with feeding the homeless/hungry at St. Andrew Parish. She will be remembered for her whimsical and adventurous free spirit, inquisitive mind, gentle love for everyone she knew and her determination and courage in the face of life’s adversities. In addition to Tom, Sue is survived by her children Amy Emerson (Paul), Marie Perez (Luis), and Jimmy Emerson; granddaughter Mikhayla; sisters Ann Sloper, Catherine Petrich and Regina Petrich; brothers Mart (Suzy) Petrich, Joe (Suzanne) Petrich and George (Kathleen) Petrich, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Rosary will be prayed at noon and a Memorial Mass will be held at 1 PM Thursday October 22nd at St Andrew Catholic Church, 401 So. Willow St. in Ellensburg. Donations may be made to Kittitas County Search and Rescue, 307 W. Uptanum Rd., Ellensburg, WA 98926. Condolence cards may be sent to 7221 Manastash Rd, Ellensburg WA.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


William (Bill) Rushforth

Services will be held on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at New Tacoma Cemetery, Chambers Creek Chapel.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Alyce Joann Hines Shefchik

Originated in Big Sky country, she was a loving daughter as well as cherished sister. She found the good in others, even in the most extreme situations. Alyce treated everyone as she would herself. She prided herself in family as an outstanding wife and wonderful mother. Alyce valued her moments and times as a grandmother and great grandmother. She had a lifetime of friends for which she treasured and vice versa. She has now entered the Biggest of Sky Countries with her strongest belief, “A Christian Never Dies”. Memorial service at Powers Funeral Home at 320 Pioneer in Puyallup, Thursday, October 22nd at 1PM.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Maureen Teresa McGranaghan

Maureen was born on Christmas day 1923 in Garrybawn, Castle Blarney, County Monahan in the free state of Southern Ireland, and peacefully passed on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at the age of 85 years old. Her husband Andrew, of 43 years, preceded her in death in 1993, and one infant daughter Lit'l Mo. Maureen is survived by her three children, A.J. (Vickie), Chuck and Dan McGranaghan, grandchildren Brennan (Courtney), Jennifer, Sean (Nikki), & Jeremy, and two great grandchildren, along with numerous sisters and brothers in New England, Europe and Australia. Maureen has been a member of St. Frances Cabrini parish for over forty years. Our deep appreciation to all the caregivers within the "special memory care unit" of Patriots Landing, who provided Maureen with the personal touch and quality care. A vigil, Rosary service will be held Thursday evening 22 October at 7:00 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Frances Cabrini. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger Funeral Home. 253-472-3353 www.pipermorleymellingerfh.com
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Joel Kevin Doggett

Joe Doggett, born November 30, 1955, passed away unexpectedly on October 14, 2009. He grew up in Parkland and lived with his family in the Snohomish area for the past 30 years. He had a lifelong appreciation for the beauty and adventures of the outdoors. He will be remembered, always, for the devoted love and care given to his family and for the big hugs he generously shared. A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm at Gold Creek Community Church, 4326 148th St. SE, Millcreek, WA 98012.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Elizabeth M. Edinburgh

Elizabeth M. Edinburgh, beloved wife of John Edinburgh, passed away October 9, at her home in Gig Harbor where she and her husband John have resided the past 18 years after moving from Latham, NY. Liz was born Dec. 28th, 1922, to Alfred and Ethel Fay of New York. She later married John Edinburgh, and helped raise his two daughters. John and Liz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past Sept. 4th. In addition to her husband, John, Liz is survived by her sister Phyllis Fay Pickett of Albany, NY and Phyllis's 3 children, as well as LIz's two stepdaughters and their families. John would like to express his heartfelt gratitude to Liz's wonderful caregivers, Kim and Dorothy, for their love and support. Services will be held 11:00 Saturday, Oct. 24th, at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church. Remembrances can be made to the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church and the Alzheimer's Association of Washington.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Donna Rose Koch

Donna R. Koch passed away October 17, 2009 in Tacoma, WA at the age of 69. Born July 18, 1940 in Tacoma, WA to Caroline and Donald Lacy. After 14 yrs. in WA, they went to Browns Cork, Ireland, and traveled many places before returning. She attended Lincoln High School. Donna leaves behind her husband of 38 years, “Rock‘n Roll Bob”, sister and friend Frances Fenton, of Tacoma. Frances has always been there, being more than a friend or sister. She’s been there unconditionally; 6 children Tina, Cindy, Bud, Don, Carrie and Marcus, as well as 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Barbara Koch; 2 very special nieces Krista and Bethany. Special men in her life Gail Guthrie and Tory Wall. She loved being a grandmother. Cinnamon kept her company, sharing movies and talking stories. Donna spent several years working in the medical field at Western State Hospital, Gig Harbor Cinemas, and was manager and friend to Joann Fabrics, where she passed on her many generations of learned stitchery and crafts to her many customers, community and friends. Special thanks to the entire Hospice team. She will be deeply missed. Viewing will be held Thurs., Oct. 22nd, 1-9pm at Mt. View Funeral Home. Services will be held Friday, Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Valley Chapel at Mt. View Funeral Home in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


DENNIS FRANK KEATING

Dennis was born August 18, 1948 and left us peacefully on October 17, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Marla; son, Brandon (Cheryl); daughter, Kalyn (Kellen) Martini; mother, Dolores Keating and numerous family and friends. A celebration of life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2009, at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St W. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Cancer Society and/or Franciscan Hospice House. Please visit the guest book at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


NATALIE JANE SPANN

Dec. 14, 1963 - Oct. 13, 2009 Natalie Jane Spann was born to parents Willie Spann and Elaine Spann (McDonald) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The family moved to Tacoma on January 2, 1968. Natalie graduated from Lakes High School in 1982. She graduated from Tacoma Community College in 1989 and attended Western Washington University and Kent State University. Natalie was a spokesperson for the American Heart Association for several years and was an active member of Allen AME Church. She loved to draw, cook, listen to old school, and mentor the young ladies of Sisters of Vision. Her greatest joy in life was her son Isaiah. Natalie is survived by her son, Isaiah, her parents, Willie Spann (Louise), Elaine McDonald, her sister Shari (Rev. David Aaron Johnson), Shannon Hopkins (Bryan), grandmother, Erna McDonald, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Celebration of her life will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 23rd at Allen AME Church, 1223 Martin Luther King in Tacoma, WA. Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association Wear your brightly colored clothes as we celebrate her life. SHE IS HEALED! Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Crystal Dawn Moles

Crystal was born in Vancouver B.C. on January 24, 1958. She passed away on Friday October 9th after an eight month battle with Colorectal/Liver Cancer. She is survived by her two sons Bryan Bordenik (Auburn) and Shaun Moles (Puyallup), her father Roy Bordenik, mother Verna Bordenik, and her sister Robin Parish. Crystal will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held October 27, 2009 11:30 am at Trinity Christian Church, 9720 18th ST CT E, Edgewood, WA. Memorial donations may be made in Crystal's name to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Carol Ann Engel

Carol Ann Engel died while visiting Klamath Falls, Oregon -- the city of her birth and her youth -- on August 23, 2009. A resident of Washington for over four decades, she taught at Pierce College for many years. She was the loving wife of Jim Engel for 34 years, until his death in 2001. She is survived by daughters Sarah and Christina and granddaughter Elizabeth. A memorial will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 24 at St. Michael's Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Olympia.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Bruce Derek Holmes

Bruce D. Holmes born Nov. 29, 1948 in Phenix City, AL passed away at his home in Tacoma on Oct. 18, 2009. Bruce proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his father, Donald L. Holmes, a brother Carl Amos, and a sister Kimberly Hood. Viewing will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 from 3-7pm at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. (253) 272-1414. Please sign online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Helen M. (Dracos) Nelson

Born October 15, 1915 to Greek Immigrants in Boston, Helen left Sunday, October 18, 2009 for the new home prepared for her by her Savior, Jesus Christ. A lifelong educator in English and the humanities, Helen taught at Stadium, Lincoln and Mount Tahoma High Schools in Tacoma. She was an active community member in Gig Harbor where she resided for almost thirty years growing many dear friendships. For the past decade, she made her home in Olympia with her daughter and son-in-law, Krina and Greg Allison, making dear friends at Calvary Chapel Church and with devoted caregivers. Helen loved music, art, literature, nature, mountain climbing and a good political argument. She generously helped her children and grandchildren in their educational pursuits and supported many to follow their dreams in the arts. She is remembered for keeping time with the music at church and concerts, getting attention when she wanted it, loving well those near her and speaking her mind. She is preceded in death by her husband Berlin Nelson and survived by her sister Lillian (Dracos) Katsikas and children Krina (Nelson) Allison, Berlin Nelson and daughter-in-law Jeanette Nelson, Terrie (Nelson) Sherwood, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please eat some ice cream (preferably chocolate) accompanied with a cup of coffee in remembrance of Helen. Memorial service Friday, October 23, 4:00 p.m., Calvary Chapel, 919 Division St. NW, Olympia, 98502. Please sign the online guestbook at www.havenrest.com . Arrangements by Haven of Rest.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Jerry Walter Hirst

Born March 9,1934, Passed away Oct. 18, 2009. Jerry is survived by his loving wife Margie of 56 yrs.; sons Rocky, Rick, Randy; daughter Jeri Kim; 20 grandkids; 7 gr. grandkids. Service will be Oct. 22, 2009 1:00 at Praise Covenant Church, 3501 So. Orchard, Fircrest. Please donate to the American Diabetes Assn.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Christopher David Hanley

Born January 11, 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to James & Audrey Hanley. Chris passed away peacefully October 10, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. He was surrounded by his loving family and left our lives to be with the Lord. Chris was preceded in death by his father James and his brother Kevin. Chris is survived by his two boys, Kevin and Jared, life-long companion Brenda Hanley & family, brother Michael and sisters Mary, Kathleen, Suzanne, his mother Audrey and many nephews, nieces and friends. He will be missed greatly and forever loved. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Reception following, Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Godofredo (Fred) Quiroz

Born 10/20/41 Died 10/8/09 Survived by wife Delores and 3 children Rose, Godofredo Lee and Marita with many grandchildren. Visitation will be Fri.-Sat. 10-9pm. Graveside service Sat. Oct. 24th at 1:30 p.m at Mtn. View Funeral Home in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


BREA COLLINS MOORE

April 2, 1989 - October 13, 2009 Born on MCAGCC 29 Palms CA and passed in Salem OR. Brea was a proud member of the JROTC Program at Foss High School during his freshman year. Through the medium of Legos, Brea created articulating sculptures as a part of his application to Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA). While at SOTA for the very first time Brea experienced acceptance from peers and a faculty that consistently demonstrated a true compassion for how to best energize their pupils to bolster individual success. SOTA provided him the opportunity to explore a multitude of different avenues to express himself such as interacting with the community by way of public performances of modern dance and as a member of the jazz choir. Throughout his life Brea was always willing to help others. For several years he routinely helped his mother deliver newspapers between Stadium High and Annie Wright Schools. He would help neighbors with everything from babysitting and baking holiday cookies to landscaping and debris removal. Brea is survived by his father Robert E. Moore of Klamath Falls OR and his step-father and mother Magdiel and Laura Monroy of Tacoma WA. His siblings include Sunnyday, Anthony, Mario, Laurissa, and another half sister Rebecca. He also has many extended family members that will miss him greatly. A public memorial will be held at Peace Luthern Church, 2106 S. Cushman Avenue, Tacoma WA 98405, on Saturday October 24th at 3PM. Please donate to SOTA Partners, Brea Moore Scholarship Fund, 1818 S. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma WA 98402.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Jon Shumaker

1936 - 2009 Jon passed away peacefully on October 17, 2009 at the age of 73. He is survived by his loving wife and children. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2009 in the Evergreen Chapel at New Tacoma Cemetery.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Evert Eric Soldin

1906 - 2009 Evert was born on March 12, 1906 in Brooklyn, NY to Eric and Bertha who emigrated from Sweden. He was big brother to Del and Helen, who preceded him in death. He passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2009 at 103. Tacoma was his home for the majority of his life. He was a boat builder and retired as a shipyard foreman from McNeil Island Federal Prison. His love for working with wood continued into his retirement. He spent hours at his workbench, well into his 90’s, building stools, birdhouses and planters that he lovingly gave to his friends and relatives. Ev was a member of the Tacoma Elks and Carpenters Union for over 60 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in 2006. He is survived by daughters Diane (Paul) Backstrom, Susan (Larry) Huisinga, granddaughters Heidi (Dean) Pase, Jini, Mollee and Tigger Huisinga, Tina (Alec) Coleman, Toni (Michael) Markham as well as 7 great grandchildren. There will be a Memorial service on Sat., Oct. 24th at 2:00 at The Tacoma Lutheran Home chapel. Remembrances can be made to Tacoma Lutheran Home Vehicle Fund, 1301 N. Highland Pkwy, Tacoma, WA 98406. We would like to thank Dr. Fry, Jackie and her staff at TLH and Franciscan Hospice for their loving care.
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


Danny Ferguson

04-28-55 - 10-15-09 Memorial Oct 23 09 6:30 pm Roy Community Center, Roy, WA
Pub Date: 10/21/2009


JUSTIN LEWIS ELLIOTT

10/22/90 – 2/24/09 Internment 10/22/09 Rivers of tears, days like years; oh how we miss you. We love you so much. Happy birthday sunshine angel.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Dorothy F. Williamson

10/22/20 - 1/29/09 In loving memory of my wife, mother and grandma. Life will never be the same without you - We will always love and miss you forever.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


SHARON TIEDTKE LORD

Sharon died suddenly on September 29 at 64. She leaves behind a daughter Kari (George) Smiley, 2 grandsons- Shane and Steven, her partner of 20 years Cass Gates and his daughter Michelle (Greg) Christensen. She will also be greatly missed by her many friends. After retiring from the Lakewood Water District in 2006 she moved to Packwood. Sharon enjoyed learning new things including art and dance classes, cooking, skiing, nature and travel, with Mexico being at the top of her list. A walk on any beach that she could look for the perfect shell was a favorite activity. She was active in many clubs and groups throughout the years in the Tacoma area. A Memorial Service will be held October 24 at 2:00 PM at the Packwood Community Center on Hwy. 12 in Packwood.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Ronald Wallace Hemley

Ron Hemley left us on October 19, 2009, surrounded by loved ones. He was raised in Gig Harbor, graduating from Peninsula High School in 1950. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War, and was a recipient of The Purple Heart. He joined his father in the Septic Installation Business on his return from the Army, and married Vida Larson who preceded him in death. They had 5 children: Ronna Harvey of Gig Harbor, triplets Dave of Gig Harbor, Don of Tacoma, and Dan of McDonald, PA, and Daryl who is presently running Ron Hemley Septic Installation. Daryl is the third generation of the 57 Year business operating in Pierce, Mason, Kitsap and Jefferson Counties. He is survived by his wife, Melody, all five children, sisters, Marilyn Anderson of Port Orchard, Marlene Thompson of Chester, CA, and Murial Manolovitz of Belfair, brothers Ken of Gig Harbor and Norm of Belfair. In addition there are many grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Ron belonged to many organizations, some of which are: The Home Builders Association, Gig Harbor Eagles and Vagabond Club, Gig Harbor Elks, Post 149 American Legion, Charter Member of Olympic Peninsula Antique Tractor and Engine Association, Great American RV, and Square Steppers Dance Club. Ron was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, boating and RV-ing. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his friends and family. There will be a remembrance service at Haven of Rest Funeral Home in Gig Harbor on Monday, Oct 26th, at 1:00 p.m., followed by a gathering of friends and family at the Gig Harbor Eagles. Ron loved to party. Join us for his last hurrah. Remembrance may be made to American Cancer Society. Please sign the online guest book at www.havenrest.com .
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Richard Gordon Gordy Jones

Richard Gordon "Gordy" Jones passed away on October 18, 2009, at the age of 83. A proud World War II veteran (Navy) and University of Washington graduate, he spent 31+ years teaching history and coaching student athletes, mostly at Franklin Pierce High School. In his off hours, he served as a lay reader for the Episcopal church, volunteered his time to the Boy Scouts, and spent several summers as the Director of Camp Hahobas. As hobbies, he enjoyed officiating at sports events, taking his dogs on long walks, and reading and collecting books. He will be missed by his children: Erik, Lauri (Lindberg), David and Lisa (Dickinson). Graveside Services with military honors will be held Friday, October 23, 2009, at 11:00 am at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home (253) 272-1414. Please sign online guest book at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Charles Robert Lindley

May 6, 1948 - Oct. 14, 2009 Survived by children Jamie, Alicia, Stewart and nephews Jason and Matt and all his special friends. Join us in Celebration of his life at Puyallup Eagles Monday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Delores Ann Martineau

Dee was born August 25, 1931 in Helena, Montana; passed away October 4, 2009. She was pre-deceased by her son Greg (Buff) Widener and is survived by her sons, Steve Widener (Pam), Larry Fogel (Sharlene), daughter-in-law Terri Widener, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held October 27th at 2 p.m. at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, U.P., WA.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Cheryl Ann Curtindale

Cheryl Ann Curtindale, age 57,of Mineral Washington was born March 27, 1952 in Arlington, Washington to Goldie and Stewart Weldon and left us on October 18, 2009 after a long illness. She is survived by her loving husband, Ken; mother-in-law, Millie Gault; daughters, Anita (Tom) Parkin, Brandy (Mike) Woods, April Curtindale; sons, Bryan (April) Childreth, Billy (Young Su) Francis, Jacob Curtindale; grandchildren, Justin, Jonny, Brandon, Brittany, Lexus, Brianna, Tanner, Billy Jr, Sajion, Carter, Kennedy, Julian; great-Grandchild, Ivy; sisters, Goldie (Jim) Barnes, Donna Townsend, Shirley (Bob) McLane, Mary (Buck) Hunter, Tina (Buck) Davis; brothers, Steve (Linda) Weldon, Mike Weldon; and numerous nieces & nephews and friends. Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters, Judy Gannon and Janet Stalter. Cheryl was a sweet gentle caring person that had a way of lighting up the room. She enjoyed memorable vacations with Ken, building their dream home and snuggling up with her beloved dog "Toby Rue". She loved her family and spending time with her precious grandbabies. She enjoyed her flowers in her garden and the beautiful view & wildlife that roamed through on their property near Mount Rainier. Our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend will be dearly missed. Please join us for a celebration of Cheryl's life on October 24, 2009 at 4:00pm at Loyal Heights Community Club, 4220 269th PL NE, Arlington, WA 98223.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Charles E. Plummer

Charles E. Plummer, 59, passed away on October 18, 2009 in Bremerton. He was born on October 5, 1950 to Earle and Maxine Plummer in Tacoma, WA. Charlie was a graduate from Stadium High School in 1970, and his second Master's degree was in Forest Resources from the Center of Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington. He married Pamela Nash on September 8, 1984 in Tacoma, WA. Charlie worked as a Park Ranger for Snake Lake Nature Center in Tacoma and more recently as a Wildlife Biologist for the Washington State Dept. of Transportation. He moved to the Kitsap Peninsula to be closer to his love of the outdoors. Charlie enjoyed hiking, camping, bird watching, gardening, and building his own computer and speaker systems. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his loving wife, Pam, sons, Matthew, and Andrew, daughter, Emily, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be deeply missed by his large extended family by marriage. A memorial service will be on October 24th at 2:30pm at Hansville Community Church, 7543 Twin Spits RD, Hansville, WA. Memorial donations may be made to Hansville Community Church, In memory of Charles Plummer, PO Box 57, Hansville, WA 98340 or 5P-Society, In memory of Charles Plummer, PO Box 268, Lakewood, CA 90713. An on line memorial may be seen at www.lewischapel.com
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Ruth H. Beck

BECK, Ruth H. Mother of Rev. John (Joan) Beck and Paul Beck; sister of Helen Jensen; sister-cousin of Rose Lease; grandmother of Jordan Beck, Anni Hunt and Erin Hunt. A viewing will be held from 10 - 11am, and the funeral will be held at 11 am, Friday, Oct. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. South, Tacoma, WA. with interment to follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Aida Tolentino (Yingling)

Aida Tolentino passed October 17, 2009 peacefully in her sleep due to congestive heart failure. Born Sept. 10, 1925 in Cavite City, Philippines, Aida is survived by her four children: Millie Miller-Hoover, John Yingling, Jr., Vida Yingling-Thomas, and Rico Yingling. She also leaves three grandchildren: Lisa Garcia Lee, Bret Yingling, and David Yingling, and two great-grand children Nancy Anna and Heather Lynn Lee. Aida was a beautiful woman growing up in post-war Philippines. She danced with, and soon after, married the handsome Air Force Private John H. Yingling, Sr. in 1950. They were known as the best dance couple at the NCO club at Clark Air Base. They lived their life living in the Philippines, Azores, New Hampshire, California, Ohio, finally settling in Tacoma. Their marriage lasted a wonderful 38 years. Aida was an avid crocheter, winning awards at the Puyallup Fair and making hand-crocheted bedspreads for many family and friends. She was well liked by all the kids so her home was the place to hang out. Aida will be fondly remembered by all for her Christmas Eve feasts. She prepared Filipino foods for the traditional midnight supper. Aida retired after serving 25 years in the Federal Government. Services: Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven at 14601 A St. S., Tacoma. 8:30 a.m. Viewing, 9:00 a.m. Rosary, and 10:00 a.m. Mass with a reception following. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Please share memories and condolences at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Leonard (Sonny) Dwayne Goodrow

A life long resident of pierce county, until 1997 where he lived in Kitsap County. Born on February 22, 1943 he went home to be with the Lord on October 4, 2009 in Bremerton, Washington. He will be missed by all who loved him. Survived by his daughter Korena Taylor son-in-law Jason Taylor grandchildren, Nicole, Justin, Cody, Jourdan, Zoey. A service will be held at Faith Fellowship Church, 6251 NW Newberry Hill Rd. Silverdale, WA, 98383 360-692-6555 1 PM on Saturday, October 24th. Please send donations to the St. Judes Childrens Hospital, stjude.org or call 1-800-805-5856. In memory of Wesley Dwayne Goodrow Leonards son who passed away from cancer.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


George Austin Moore

10-22-1918 to 10-17-2009 Gone now to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 90, George was a spiritual man who loved the Lord with all his heart. He had a keen sense of responsibility to his family as a devoted father and provider; just as he was raised. He was a dedicated and proud sailor for our country. George entered the Army in 1936 at the age of 18 and served for three years. He then transferred to the Navy where he became a Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer. He was a WWII and Korean War veteran. His ships included the USS Chicago CA-29, Abner Read DD-526 and USS Currier DE-700. He received a Purple Heart from the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944, where his ship, the Abner Read, was bombed by a suicide-bent Japanese pilot causing him serious life injuries. He was then thrown from that ship into fiery waters while trying to save his buddies and himself. After his 20 years of service to our country, he received an honorable discharge. He continued service with the Fleet Reserve Association for over 40 years. After many years, he received a 100% VA disability rating for those injuries. As a civilian he tested and obtained a supervisors position at the sewage treatment plant with the City of Tacoma until he retired in 1982. He had strong work ethics and taught his children the same. As a result of his legacy they were all successful and he was very proud of them. His motto in life was "treat others the way you want to be treated", and above all "never lose sight of your Lord and Savior". George filled a room with his pleasant personality and always made you feel loved and welcome. It can only be classified as "Godly" love. He will truly be missed by those who loved and cared for him daily, and those who were active in his life will miss him greatly; especially his care provider, Arlene Murray, who became the daughter he never had. God Bless you, "Pop", for you will be missed more than words can say. He is survived by his sons, Ernest Moore (Cynthia) of Kelso and Earl Moore (Brenda) of Olympia; longtime foster son, Ray Billgren (Nancy) of Shelton; step-children, Janet D'Aprille of Renton and Wesley Tyler of Oregon; as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Marian, and later his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Elizabeth Moore, who became the love of his life. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 26, 2009 at Willow Gardens Retirement Center, 4502 6th Street SE, Puyallup WA 98374. A military graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. the same day at New Tacoma Cemetery. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Chester Neal Lindstrom

(June 4, 1923-September 22, 2009) Chester Neal Lindstrom passed away on September 22, 2009 in Palo Alto, Ca. at age 86. He was born in Tacoma, Wa. to Chester and Emma Lindstrom. He graduated from Stadium High School, Tacoma in 1941, and attended Stanford University until 1943, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was sent to Europe with the 7th Army, 103rd Infantry, Cactus Division as an engineer. He participated in defeating Germany and in 1945 helped to liberate several concentration camps. After returning from Europe at the end of World War II, Neal graduated from Stanford in 1947 and became an Architect in the Palo Alto area. He designed over 300 private residences, public buildings and churches. Neal married Beverly Britton in 1943, moved to Menlo Park, Ca. and had two daughters, Leslie Dederer (James, deceased) and Adrienne Abbott (Thomas). In 1975 he married Lois Garrard and raised three step-children, Jean Beckett (Bruce), John Garrard (Kathy), and Judy McFadden (Terry) in Los Altos Hills, Ca. Neal loved sailing, tennis, and gardening. In 1996, he married Helen Saunders. They lived in Indian Wells, Ca. and enjoyed traveling. In 2005, he married Claire Swantner. They lived in Indian Wells, Ca. and Gig Harbor, Wa. prior to moving to Orinda, Ca. Neal is survived by his 5 children, their spouses, seven grandchildren: Alexander Dederer, Jacob Dederer, Nathaniel Dederer, Christopher Beckett, Evgueni Saidachev, Michael Beckett, and Jack Garrard; and one great grandchild, Leopold Dederer. Neal was a quiet, dignified man who is greatly missed by family and friends. There will be a family service in Washington on October 24, 2009.
Pub Date: 10/22/2009


Richard Lee Smythe

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Dick’s fatal heart attack while hunting in Eastern Washington. A cross was erected at the site and it brings to mind words of the old hymn, “The way of the cross leads home. It is sweet to know as I onward go, the way of the cross leads home.” Lovingly, Marvel and his three daughters, Candy, Kathy, and Janey.
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


Gayle Louise Remien

Went to be her Lord on Oct. 10, 2009 at 69 years of age after a long battle with cancer. Gayle was a resident of Graham, WA who loved her garden and the outdoors. She is survived by her son, Chuck Porter and wife Lori; daughter Dani Almond and husband Gordon; step daughter Terry Remien; step sons Doug Remien, Steve Remien and wife Ann; son- in-law Rick Gazaway; brothers Gary and Dennis Eubank; 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Gayle was predeceased by her beloved husband Albert, daughter DeLyn Gazaway and sister Myrna Natolli. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Lakewood, WA on Oct. 24th at 3:00 pm.
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


Therod Clyde Quarles - TC

June 11, 1954 – October 12, 2009 TC was born in Louisa, VA, to the late Raymond C. and Theola Scott Quarles. He lived in Tacoma WA and was employed as a Gyro Product and Service Manager of Mckay Marine at the time of his death. Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 26th, 2009, at Calvary Community Church in Sumner WA.
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


Erna A Peterson

Erna A Peterson, 101, formally of Tacoma, died October 21 in Superior, MT. While in Tacoma Erna and her husband Vic were very active in the Epworth-Lesourd Methodist Church. Survivors included four sons, 1 daughter and numerous grandchildren. Burial will take place in Tacoma Washington at 11:30am on Monday, October 26th at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood, WA.
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


John J. Bobincheck, Sr.

Died peacefully at home October 15, 2009, age 73. Survived by wife of 53 years, Anne; son John J. Jr. (Marcie), Lacey, WA; daughter Linda Little, Cincinnati, OH; sister Dorothy Gavlak, Parma Hts., OH; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Arthur Walter. The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Bateman and his nurse Heather for their kindness and support. A celebration of his life will take place at Heather Hills Clubhouse, 2500 Alder Street, Milton, WA 98354 on Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 P.M. Donations in his memory may be made to Mission Woods Church, 2003 Taylor Street, Milton, WA 98354 or your local Humane Society.
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


DENNIS FRANK KEATING

Dennis was born August 18, 1948 and left us peacefully on October 17, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Marla; son, Brandon (Cheryl); daughter, Kalyn (Kellen) Martini; mother, Dolores Keating and numerous family and friends. A celebration of life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2009, at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St W. Please send donations to the American Cancer Society and/or Franciscan Hospice House. Please visit the guest book at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


Brent Philip Ehnat

Brent Philip Ehnat passed away peacefully Saturday, October 17, 2009. Born 9/1/1966, Brent was a life long resident of the Gig Harbor/Tacoma area. From a young age, Brent was a natural athlete and excelled at baseball and wrestling. His love for all sports continued throughout his life, but he loved the game of baseball with a passion. Please join us for a celebration of Brent’s life from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25th, 2009, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4519-112th Street East, Tacoma. Please see full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com .
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


George R. Kennaugh

06-07-1948 - 10-18-2009 Tears won't bring you back, But we wish they could, You'll be in are Hearts forever, You'll be Sorely Missed, Dad. Love Your Family To Honor George's Life, we welcome friends to a 12pm potluck at Meridian Riding Club, 11202 119th St E., Puyallup WA, 98374.
Pub Date: 10/23/2009


Richard G. Robbins

A Memorial service will be held at Cornwell Colonial Chapel at Wilsonville on Thursday, Oct. 29th at 3:00 pm.
Pub Date: 10/24/2009


RICHARD DITTBENNER

Celebration of Life to be held at the Yelm Moose Club Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1-4 PM.
Pub Date: 10/24/2009


James E. Hazelrigg, M.D.

Feb. 24, 1928 ~ Oct. 18, 2009 Dr. Hazelrigg was born in Kearney, Nebraska, the son of Edwin Jefferson and Ruth Marie Mitchem Hazelrigg. He served in the U.S. Army in the aftermath of World War II. After attending Hastings College, he received his medical degree in 1954 from the University of Nebraska. He and Carol Ann Newell were married in Omaha in 1951. They moved to Tacoma in 1954 where he did his internship at Pierce County Hospital. He began private practice in Browns Point in 1955, simultaneously completing a year of service at Ft. Lewis in the Army Reserves. He served the community as a family physician for forty years, retiring in February, 1995. He was the only physician in the Browns Point area for thirty-eight years. Dr. Hazelrigg was a member of the Pierce County Medical Society, Washington State Medical Association, American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was affiliated with Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Hospital, Allenmore Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital. Past offices include President of the Medical Staff of Doctors Hospital; Secretary of the Medical Staff , Mary Bridge Hospital; Vice President and Trustee, Pierce County Medical Society; Trustee, Pierce County Medical Bureau; Chairman, Mental Health Committee; Washington Association of Family Practice; Chairman, Mental Health Committee of the Washington State Medical Association; and Member, Doctors Hospital Board of Trustees. He was honored as Physician of the Year by the Washington State Medical Association in 1974. Dr. Hazelrigg’s extentive community service included serving as board member of the Puget Sound Comprehensive Facility Planning Association, Pierce County Mental Health Board, Pierce County Tuberculosis Association, and the Browns Point Improvement Club. He was President of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Corporation. He served as moderator for the television program, “Ask Your Doctor,” and co-chairman of the Mental Health Training Television Program for the University of Washington, College of Medicine. He was a lecturer at the University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy. He was a charter member of the Browns Point United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. He was an Eagle Scout. He enjoyed golf, fishing, photography, gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family. Dr. Hazelrigg will be dearly missed by his family: his wife, Carol, his three children, Barbi (Jeff) David of San Jose, Costa Rica; Susan (Jim) Volz of Tacoma; and Peggy (Tom) Musselwhite, of Bainbridge Island; and his seven grandchildren, Carol, Jesse, Carissa, Michael, James, Thomas, and Scott. Dr. Hazelrigg was man of honor and integrity. In both his professional and private life his actions were exemplary. He had a wonderful intellect and great compassion for others. There will be a funeral service Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2:00 p.m., Browns Point United Methodist Church, 5339 Browns Point Blvd. N.E., Tacoma. A reception in his honor will follow the service at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Lakewood, 13204 Country Club Dr. SW. Please contribute to your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 10/24/2009


D. Loraine Samuelson

Born 7/8/1938, Lindsborg, KS, passed away 10/21/2009, University Place, WA. Survived by children Kristi and Scott; sister Fran Narramore and 3 grandchildren. Memorial service 10/24/09, 11:00AM at St. John's Lutheran Church, 8602 Bridgeport Wy S.W., Lakewood, WA.
Pub Date: 10/24/2009


Aaron Lynn Moore

Sunrise 3/18/73 - Sunset 10/16/09 He leaves to mourn, his father John, step mother Josie, mother Valerie, step father Rick, siblings, Tanya, John, Tina, Michael, Chris, Verleen, Zecoya, Marcus, Eric and Eeron, and a host of relatives and friends. Aaron had a love for family, music and friends. He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. We love you very much. Please join the family for a memorial service on Sunday, October 25, 2009, 2:30 pm at Hilltop Christian Center, 1016 S. 10th. Viewing at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 24 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/24/2009


Jean Bering

The Herb Gardens miss you We all miss you
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


DAVID C. BRADFORD

10-20-59 9-26-86 EDUCATOR Happy 50th Birthday Gone but never forgotten Love you FOREVER = miss your smile Dad-Mom-Brother
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Valerie Ann Yarborough

Valerie Ann Yarborough age 53, departed her life on 10/21/09 at her home in Milton Washington, Valerie leaves to mourn a loving family including, mother Virginia Yarborough of 4 siblings, a host of friends and relatives. Services will be held at Miles Memorial CME Church,1601 South L Street,Tacoma, WA 98405 on 10/28/09 at 12:00 noon.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Sallie Jean Mitchell

Sallie passed away peacefully at the age of 62 on October 21, 2009. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her loving husband, John; her sons, Craig, Chris and John; and her grandchildren Luke, Marcus, and Heather. Sallie was a friend to everyone and mother to all. She will be greatly missed! Please send thoughts, wishes and prayers to The Life Center. A cryptside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2009 in New Tacoma Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at 12:00 p.m. in the Life Center Assembly of God, 1717 S. Union Ave, Tacoma WA. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


David Zumek

Passed away October 1, 2009 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born to Frank and Lois Zumek on April 24 1941, in Seattle, WA. He graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1959, UW School of Pharmacy in 1964 and University of Michigan in 1969. He was a proud member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Dave retired as a LT. Col. from the US Army where he proudly served 22 yrs. After retiring from the Army, Dave worked at Highline and MultiCare Hospitals before officially retiring December 2006. Dave was a devoted family man always there with love and support. He leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years, Netta, three sons, Chris (Jen), Kevin (Allison) and Bryan (Marnie). He lived for his grandchildren who will miss him tremendously including Darrick, Tyler, Evan and Triston, Mother, Lois Estby; as well as his lifelong friend and step-brother, Tim (Trudi) Estby and in-laws Jack (Sue) and Ed ( Denise) Schneider. Dave was preceded in death by his son, David, father, Frank; brother, Butch; and stepfather, Ralph Estby. Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to the Franciscan Hospice House at 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA. 98466 or the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, 1003 So 5th Street, Tacoma, WA 98405. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Nov. 7th in Tacoma at the Landmark Convention Center starting at 1:00 pm. For more information, please contact Chris at 425-864-0545.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Lillian Marie Beauchamp Dwyer Kishida

Nov.8, 1920 - Oct. 22, 2009 Lillian M. Beauchamp passed peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born to Harvey C. and Mary L. Beauchamp. She grew up in Tacoma, attending Visitation Grade School and St. Leo's High where she graduated in 1939. In 1951 she married Joseph T. Dwyer until his passing in 1979. They had 2 children. Both she and Joe were founding members of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Lakewood. In 1983, Lillian married Tatso Kishida until his passing in 1996. Mom's joy in life was her singing. She belonged to the "Cleff Dwellers" later to be known as the "New Sound Singers". She was a dedicated member of the Cabrini Choir. She was also a lifelong member of the "Catholic Woman's Club", the Y.L.I. (Young Ladies Institute), and SERRA Club of Tacoma. Lillian leaves behind her daughter Carol (Karyl) Kolb and husband Denny of Joseph, Oregon, her son Joseph, wife Judy, and granddaughter Lindsey of Edgewood, sister Dorothy Harrison, husband Jim of Fircrest, their 3 daughters and grandchildren. Lillian is preceded in death by her brother Harvey Beauchamp. A very special thank you to Regency of Puyallup, Visiting Angels of Tacoma, and Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma. Family suggests donations be made to Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma. Vigil will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7:00 pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 11:00 am at St. Frances Cabrini Church. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Myron W. Thompson

Myron W. Thompson, born June 2, 1916, passed away October 9, 2009 at Tacoma Lutheran Home. Myron a graduate of The University of Nebraska, married Sylvia Kern Thompson, upon graduation. Myron is survived by his daughter Joan Swarner, grandchildren Ron Swarner (Kate), Ken Swarner (Allison), Debbie White (Bill), seven great grandchildren, daughter Linda Edwards, sister Maxine Phillips and brother Floyd Thompson. Myron is preceded in death by his wife Sylvia. The family would like to thank all of his caretakers at Laurel House and Tacoma Lutheran Home, especially Joe in the Alzheimer unit at Tacoma Lutheran Home.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Mark Wade Rust

Mark Wade Rust, age 62, died in his Auburn apartment home on October 13, of an apparent heart attack. He is preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Rust and his father George Rust. He is survived by his sister Jennifer Lem, 2 aunts, 1 uncle, many cousins, nieces, nephews, 3 great nieces, 2 great nephews, 1 great great niece and 1 great great nephew. Mark spent many years in sales in the Tacoma area and had an overriding passion for the ponies. Despite many health problems, you could find him at the track rain or shine. He was known for his sense of humor and relaxed attitude. Those who knew him loved him. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held Nov. 3rd at 3pm at Highlands Community Church in Renton
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Marian E Anderson

Marion was born to Jim and Eleanor Jones on January 1, 1920 in Walla Walla, WA. She graduated from WSU in 1941. She met her husband Jim that summer and they were married on December 27th 1941. Jim was off to the war in early 1942 in the Coast Guard. He was stationed in Seattle most of the war and they lived in an apartment in Seattle. Marian was an inspector for Boeing during WWII. Jim and Marian’s first child was daughter Susan, born in Seattle in 1944. The happy threesome moved to a house in Tacoma right after the war. In 1947 son Bill was born. The family moved to Arletta on the Gig Harbor Peninsula in 1959. Marion was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Jim and her daughter Sue Mayfield. She is survived by her son Bill and daughter-in-law Paula Anderson; nine grand children and soon to be 19 great grand children. A memorial service will be held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor at 11:00 on the 30th of October. Remembrances may be made in Marion’s name to Make-a-Wish Foundation, Franciscan Hospice of University Place or the charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Laura E. Latimer

Laura E. Latimer departed this side of Heaven to meet her Heavenly Father on Sunday, October 17, 2009. Having been born on September 25, 1905, Laura was the last survivor of nine siblings and her parents. She lived the majority of her life in Tacoma, Washington, having relocated to Kalamazoo in 2005. Laura leaves to cherish her legacy and life to one niece and a host of great-nieces and nephews. She attended Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tacoma, and was a member of the Eastern Star. Aunt Laura will be missed by all who knew her. Any contributions can be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 1-800-268-3884.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Kenneth W. Harkness, Jr.

Ken passed away on Thursday, October 22nd, at the age of 59. Ken was a graduate of Wilson High School and an employee of Asarco and The Boeing Company. He loved boating on the waters of Puget Sound, and was an active member of The Son’s of Italy, serving as Orator and Webmaster. He is survived by his father, Kenneth Wayne Sr., brother David, sister-in-law Cindy, and nephews Steven & Jon. Ken cherished his relationships with family and friends and he will be truly missed. Services to be announced.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Richard Grinnell Robbins

June 29, 1914 - October 21, 2009 Richard Robbins through to his peaceful end, continue to comment on what a beautiful life he had. His sincerity of this thought was a comfort to all those around him. Born in Tacoma, Richard was filled with fond memories of a childhood spent with family and friends near Gravelly Lake. His family home was magical to him as it was often the center activities for visitors from all parts of the U.S. and Canada. Upon graduation from Stadium High School in 1932, Rich adventured to Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Alaska School of Mines. He later returned to "thaw out" at the University of Washington where he was a proud member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Rich later moved with his lifelong friend, Bennett Munsey to Tucson, Arizona, and the University of Arizona. Richard began his business career at Seaboard Lumber Company in Vancouver BC. His affiliation with his Canadian cousins and associations always remained a source of pride and friendship. Throughout his life, Rich was always eager for a trip to British Columbia and a stay at the Vancouver Club. Rich moved to Oregon to establish his own wholesale lumber company at an early age. In Portland, Rich found love at first sight where he met and married Elizabeth "Betty" Montgomery in 1939. Throughout Rich and Betty's almost 70 years of marriage, the couple gathered many memories of friendship and adventures with Rich's business travels. Rich first started his business in Eugene where his daughter Carolyn was born in 1941. A return to Portland produced their next daughter, Susan, born in 1943, then Richard Jr., in 1959. Rich's Pacific Western Lumber Company moved at a rapid rate with offices in many western states and Canada. Second to Rich's eternal love of his wife was his joy of "working the property". He found peace throughout his life in gardening and working the grounds. All who knew him remember getting caught up in falling a tree, pulling ivy and planting rhododendron. Family and friends "picnicked" with Rich working the property at Dunthorpe, Robinwood, Surf Pines, Pollock Pines, or Camp Richard. Rich retired to Lakewood, Wash., enjoying the beauty of the property of his childhood. Here he and Betty continued to enjoy their time with old friends and family before moving to senior care life in Wilsonville. Richard peacefully passed on Wednesday evening in the company of his loving wife, Betty; son, Richard and the wonderful care of hospice. For those who let the light so shine and survive him: his eternal love, Elizabeth M. Robbins; sister, Janet Worthen; children, Carolyn Boone, Susan Browning and Richard G. Robbins Jr.; grandchildren, Paul Schwabe Jr., Eric Schwabe, Brian Schwabe, Charles Redding, Elizabeth Whitley, Blair Robbins, Cooper Robbins and Hayley Robbins, and his 10 great-grandchildren. Services to be held at 3 P.M. Thursday, October 29, 2009, in Cornwell Colonial Chapel, 29222 SW Town Center Loop E., Wilsonville, OR 97070. Remembrances to Willamette Falls Hospice, 1505 Division St, Oregon City, OR 97045.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Jonarthur Charles Pinney

Jonarthur Charles Pinney joined his son, Robert, in heaven on October 23, 2009. Jonarthur was born on April 28, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio to Arthur and Martha Pinney. The second oldest of four children, he is survived by his sisters Connie (E. James) Dutchess and Karen (Doug) Diehl and his brother Virgil (Diane) Pinney. He came to Seattle in 1961 for vacation and stayed. He was proud of his 38-year career at Boeing and even more proud of his family. Earlier this week, he celebrated his 47th wedding anniversary with his wife, Nancy. He will be missed by his six surviving children: Alesia (Jackie Brown) Pinney, Deana Naibert, Stacy (John) Draper, Tim Pinney, Judith (David) Edgar, and Steven Pinney; and four grand children: Erica Naibert, Garrett Pinney, and Keathley and Jon Pinney Brown. A memorial mass will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way at 1 P.M. on Tuesday, October 27th
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Janice Marie (Larsen) Stone

Janice passed away October 22, 2009. She was born in Newman Grove, NE on December 11, 1933. She married Raymond Larsen (now deceased) with whom she had four children. The family moved to Tacoma, WA in 1956. Proceeded in death by her second husband, Robert E Stone. She is survived by her 3 daughters, Judy (Dan) Vadney, Karen (Clint) Scott, Joyce (Hal) Imgarten, a son Mike (Kellie) Larsen, step-daughter Karin (Stan) Weston, and step-son Kevin (Denise) Stone, 2 sisters Jackie Lane and Doris (Tom) McGuire, brother Virgil (LaVerna) Shold, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Janice worked over 20 years at the South Tacoma Dairy Queen. She had a special connection to kids of all ages and became known as “Mom” not only to many of the teens that frequented there, but also to many of the employees of the local Costco who worked with her daughter Judy. She also enjoyed working several seasons at the Puyallup Fair in her retirement. She attended Life Center in Tacoma. Janice loved any activity that involved spending time with her family, from traveling to Canada, to watching the grandkids perform gymnastics, music recitals, soccer, little league, or school programs. She was happy to ride along for errands or appointments, garage sales or bingo. She was always ready to go out for lunch, or stop by a casino to try out the “little pigs” slot machine. She was generous and always willing to help anyone who needed her. She loved to tease, laugh and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank the staff at Madigan Hospital and the oncology department for their kind and compassionate care, especially Dr. Richard Reed, MAJ, MC, her oncologist, who she affectionately called her “real doctor”. At her specific request, there will not be a service. She will be interred at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, WA. Remembrances in her honor can be made to the local blood bank.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Sister Anne Heger

Jan. 22, 1916 - Oct. 21, 2009 Sister Anne Heger, OP (Helen Dorothy) died peacefully October 21, 2009 at St. Joseph Residence in West Seattle. Services planned: Vigil, October 28, 7:00 PM at Mt. St. Vincent Chapel in Seattle (4831 35th Ave. SW); Funeral Liturgy, October 29, 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Residence Chapel in Seattle (4800 37th Ave. SW) and Burial, October 30, 1:00 PM at Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma (5212 70th St. W). For full obituary see www.GaffneyCares.com . Memorial donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma Retirement Fund, 935 Fawcett Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98402. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Daniel William Peters

Jan 4, 1944 ~ Oct. 17, 2009 Peacefully passed away at home at the age of 65. Dan graduated from Lincoln High School in 1962. After graduating he joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly served his country. Dan was then an electrician and a member of Local 76 until he retired. He then moved to Hot Spring, Montana where he enjoyed the outdoors. Dan also had a passion for bowling, darts and playing pool with his many friends. Dan is survived by his mother Margaret, sister Nancy, wife Deanna, his 4 children, Rick, Kimberly (Richard) Craig, Kelli (Bob) Carey, Marcus Hendrickson and 7 grandchildren. He will be dearly loved and missed by all. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27th at the Auburn Elks, 2402 Auburn Way N., WA 98002 4pm.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Ida Elsie Kageler

Ida Elsie Kageler passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, in Puyallup, WA of congestive heart failure. Ida was born March 4, 1920 of parents William and Anna Haack in their home in Oregon City, OR. She married Ernest A. Wigle on February 14, 1942, and the two of them raised four boys during their 40 years of marriage. She was widowed in 1982. Ida lived in the Tacoma area since 1958, and was active in Calvary Baptist Church during most of those years. At 81 years old, Ida met her second love, and married Melvin Kageler on December 29, 2001. She was widowed again 7 months later. Ida loved to travel and enjoyed numerous trips with her husbands and special friends. Ida is survived by her four sons, William E. Wigle and wife Joan of Fallbrook CA, Vernon D. Wigle and wife Joy of Chaska MN, Gary B. Wigle and wife Linda of Covington WA, and Glenn C. Wigle of Shelton, WA; and sister-in laws Ethyl Kageler and Alice McGee. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Edwin Haack and sister Ruth Zenger, both of Portland OR. The family will conduct a private service to spread her ashes at the location of her wishes.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Doris Mae Sebade

Feb. 26, 1921 - Oct. 22, 2009 Doris and her twin sister Deloris were born at home in Wall, South Dakota where they attended Wall High School. As a young girl Doris met her soul mate of life, Norman Sebade. They celebrated their 71st weeding anniversary October 5, 2009. The love that Doris and Norman shared for over 71 years was an inspiration to all who knew them. Family and home were Doris’ most important focus in life. Her goal was to make sure all of her family were well educated and goal oriented. One of her many gifts was her ability to stay abreast of world, local and family news. Throughout their many years together, Doris and Norman enjoyed Tahoma Dance Club and their pinochle club. No one could play cards with such zest and shear sparkle as Doris. Doris’ professional career spanned many dedicated years with the Nutritional Services of the Tacoma School District. One of the many joys Doris and Norman shared was their visit to family and friends in Wall, South Dakota. Also their trips to visit Susan and family in the Northeast were very special to them. Unfortunately, Doris suffered with health problems for many years. However, she was determined to spend each day to its fullest whether playing cards, going for frequent rides with family and friends or chatting with her sister in Wall. Doris was gifted with the ability to sew and crouchet. She created unbelievable works of art using the finest threads and fabrics. her many beautiful tablecloths, bedspreads and afghans will be treasured. She made sure that her daughters; Margaret and Susan at a young age could cook and sew. Grandchildren knew there were always cookies, pies and cakes at Grandma’s house. And everyone knew far and wide about her famous chicken and noodles dinner. We will all remember fondly and miss those special dinners together. Doris wrapped her family in love and devotion. With her passing, cherished memories are left to her beloved husband of 71 years, Norman, daughters Margaret Long (Charles Reed) of South Hill and Susan Grady (Kim Mowers) of Rowayton, Ct, grandchildren Lori Pelland (Steve) of Puyallup, Lana Rocke (Kris) of Tacoma. Bret Grady (Grace), Brooke Grady of Fairfield, CT, four great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren, her twin sister Deloris Foster of Wall, SD and many nieces, nephews and friends. Doris was preceded in death by her sister and three brothers of Wall, SD. Doris was retired from the Tacoma School District. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home. The family suggest that memorial gifts may be sent to: Franciscan Hospice; P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401. The personal gifts of love and guidance given by Hospice will forever be in our hearts.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Evelyn (Evie) Van Patten

Evie was born August 6, 1931 and she passed away October 21, 2009. She was preceded in death by her son Lenny and three sisters. Surviving are her loving husband Leonard, daughter Debra Ellis, two sisters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. We all love you and will miss you forever.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Edith Wilson

Edith Wilson, age 83, died Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia, WA. Edith was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Oct, 20, 1926. She became a nurse and met her husband, Bill Wilson in Yakima, WA. As the loving “Army wife” of Lt. Col. Bill Wilson, she traveled the world. She is survived by sister Mary (Frank), son Jim (Tove), daughter Patricia (Jim), grandchildren Corinne, Michael, Alexandrina and Trevor. A private service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery where husband Bill is interred. The family will be organizing a celebration of Bill and Edith's lives in the Spring (date yet to be determined). The family suggests memorial contributions be made to charity of their choice. Arrangements by Funeral Alternatives.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


William Nichols

Died. Any info, please call 253-566-1008.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Colvin Wallace Caughey

Colvin Caughey was born November 25, 1924 to Walter & Rose Caughey in Brainerd, MN. He departed quietly for his heavenly home at 1:30 a.m. on October 22, 2009. Colvin shared his love for Christ publicly & privately throughout his lifetime. His life theme was “for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”. He loved his many friends loyally & sacrificially & will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Ruth of Auburn, WA; daughters Cathy Kernen (Rick) of Auburn, WA & Becky Fiebach (Bruce) of Portland, OR; sons Paul Caughey (Kathy) of Des Moines, WA & Mark Caughey (Deanne) of Omaha, NE; 5 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Betty Bolton & brother Frank Caughey. Viewing & visitation will be hosted by the family at Grace Baptist Church, 2507 N. Vassault, Tacoma, WA from 7 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29th. Graveside service will be at Mt. Tahoma Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30th. A celebration of Colvin’s life will be held at Grace Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct 30th. Memorial gifts may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Tacoma, 98406.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Brent Philip Ehnat

Brent Philip Ehnat passed away peacefully Saturday, October 17, 2009. Born 9/1/1966, Brent was a life long resident of the Gig Harbor/Tacoma area. From a young age, Brent was a natural athlete and excelled at baseball and wrestling. His love for all sports continued throughout his life, but he loved the game of baseball with a passion. Brent’s natural wit and infectious laughter made him easy to love. He treasured the friendships he made though out his life and was quick to share his memories with his many stories. Brent’s most treasured moments centered on his adored son, Glenn, who was the light of his life. He was a proud father and cherished every moment he spent with his son. Brent leaves behind his beloved son, Glenn Allen. He is also survived by his dearly loved grandparents, Maggie & Ray Anderson; his mother, Nikki Bridges; his father and step-mother, John and Laura Ehnat; brother, Johnnie; sister, Brenda; uncle, Lyn (Joan) Bridges; uncle, Ed (Peggy) Ehnat; and his best friend and uncle, Craig (Maggie) Ehnat. Brent will remain in the hearts of his nephew Tanner and his niece Alli, Glenn’s mother Andrea, and his much loved cousins. He will also be missed by his extended family, Glenn’s childhood friends and teammates, as well as all of the many friends who loved him. Brent and his family would like to extend a sincere thank you to his caregivers over the years at St. Joseph’s Hospital. We love you Brent
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Robert George Fyalka

August 17, 1925 - October 14, 2009 Robert George Fyalka, last remaining child of John and Mary Fijalka died peacefully surrounded by his beloved family October 14, 2009. Bob, RG, Daddy, Dad, Grandpa grew up in Tacoma, and if it were not for WWII and the Coast Guard he would have spent his entire 84 years there. Bob was a carpenter by trade and many of the schools and projects that he worked on are still monuments to his skills. For several years prior to retiring, Bob and Elaine owned and operated a successful concrete business. Bob loved family and friends gathered around the table appreciating a good meal and enjoying each other’s company. The woodlands and forests of the Northwest were home to Bob. As soon as the leaves would start to turn and the chill was in the air he was ready to go hunting, since he and the rest of his ”family” of hunters had been preparing and talking about it all year since the last hunt. Once in awhile he would stray from Washington to a moose hunt in Canada or a turkey hunt in Texas. Bob will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a loyal friend and mentor. Bob is survived by wife Elaine, son Paul (Sharon) Fyalka, daughters: Lynn (Dennis) Sutherland,Penny Fyalka, Valerie (Harry) Munoz, Alison (Denny) Kidder, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Sunday November 1, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Slavonian Hall, 2306 North 30th, Tacoma, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wild Turkey Federation or Franciscan Hospice. An online tribute can be viewed at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Andrew George Homa

Andrew G. Homa, “Andy” passed away on October 2, 2009 at his home in Yelm, Washington. He was born to Andrew and Jane Homa on April 3, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his mother Jane; his brother, Richard (Gina); his seven children: Gwendolyn (Robert) Bartle, Christy (Brent) Johnson, Tony, Sean, Taylor, Patrick and Brandon; his eight grandchildren: Brady, Carly, Zachary, Amaris, Jedidiah, Wyatt, Uriah and Aurelia. His lifetime was not what was between the moments of his birth and death, but the moments between each of his breaths. He lived for the present, the here, the now, knowing that was all the life he would get. He lived each moment in full, in kindness, in peace, without regret. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held at Trinity Church 4041 Tacoma Mall Blvd Tacoma, WA 98409 on October 31, 2009 at 11:00 am.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Ronda Majors Young

Age 39 born on November 20th. 1969 passed away peacefully on October 10, 2009 after a long courageous battle of colon cancer. Proceeded in death by her mother Etta Majors. Survived by children Michael and Kaylene. Siblings Marie, Cindy, Carrie, Darrell, Cheryl and Darrin. Fourteen nieces and nephews and many friends. A memorial service at Lutheran Church of Christ the King. 1710 85th St., Tacoma @ 3:00pm Saturday Oct. 31st. Special thanks to Julie Smitham, Dr. Klatt and Staff.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Jane Ann Powers

A funeral mass for Jane Ann (Ryan) Powers, 72, of Federal Way, loving wife and devoted mother, will be celebrated Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00 A.M. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 3939 SW 331st St., Federal Way. She died October 23rd at home in the care of her loving family after a long illness. Born and raised in the Wollaston section of Quincy, MA. Mrs. Powers graduated from North Quincy High School, Class of 1955 where she was a class valedictorian at graduation. She was also a cheerleader for N.Q.H.S. (Red Raiders). Before she married, Mrs. Powers worked as a clerk in the sales department at New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, Boston, MA, aiding in handling legal matters before the Court. Mrs. Powers was a parishioner at St. Theresa’s and spent years as a team leader and member of their sandwich program making sandwiches for the Nativity House in Tacoma. Another of Jane’s interests was supporting Covenant House, which offers services to homeless and runaway youth. Jane loved many things in life, including her flower garden and time spent on the Oregon Coast, but her true passion, and the great monument to her life, is the extraordinary loving family she built and nurtured with Leo (Buzzy), her husband of 52 years. Jane for many years was a rabid sports fan of NFL and college football, major league baseball, and college basketball. She was a loyal Mariners and Seahawks fan, and as a transplanted New Englander, had a special place in her heart for the Red Sox and Patriots. She is survived by husband Leo; one son, Michael Powers, and four daughters: Kathleen (Brian) Schmidt, Patricia Powers, Annmarie (Christopher) Vance, Amy (Hector) Lozano. Daughter Julia Marie Powers died as an infant. Jane had eight grandchildren, Kelsey and Allison Schmidt, Nathan (Toby) Earl and Ashley Earl (mother Patricia), Adam and Natalie Vance, Jordan and Samuel Lozano. Great-Grandson is Nathan Ace Earl. Mrs. Powers is survived by brother James Ryan of Augusta, GA. She was preceded in death by brothers Martin Ryan and Gerald Ryan. Donations may be sent to: Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466; or to Nativity House, 2304 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402. Please sign the online memorial at www.bonneywatson.com .
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


William Edward Andrews

12/7/1922 ~ 10/19/2009 Coast Guard Quartermaster - USS Pocatello "Semper Paratus" Bill Andrews passed quietly away with his family near on Sunday, October 19, 2009 after a courageous fight with several illnesses. Bill is survived by the "Love of his Life": his wife of 64 years - Dolly Jean Andrews (Cvitanovich - Stadium '45), his son Daniel J. Andrews, his daughter-in-law Barbara J. Andrews, his only grandson John William Andrews, all from Henderson Bay, his nephew Steven A. Castelletti of Gig Harbor and many nieces and nephews. Bill was the son of Edward and Sarah Andrews of Bath, New York. Born the 1st child of 9 brothers and sisters, Bill out-lived all of his siblings. Bill served as Quartermaster aboard the USS Pocatello during WWII and met the Love of his Life, Dolly at the USO Club in Tacoma, WA. They have been married 64 years (Sept '09). Bill would have been 88 years old on Dec 7, 2009. Bill was loved by all that knew him. He was the ultimate husband, father, godfather, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will forever be a special part of his family. His passion's were his wife and family - 1st and foremost, travel, RVing, camping and spending time with his grandson, Johnny, playing the Wii bowling game and watching the many eagles fly over Henderson Bay. Bill always tried to protect his family and friends from worrying about him. He faced his illnesses with optimism, courage and determination. He met each challenge head-on throughout the years - never giving up! Bill is resting now with the Lord and is paving the way for his family to join him someday. His family whole-heartedly appreciates the generous outpouring of love and support we have received from family, his many dear friends and associates. We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the exceptionally well-trained staff that took care of him through his many health issues: Drs, RNs, LPNs, CNNs, Physical Therapists, Social Workers and Staff at Manor Care of Gig Harbor, St Anthony's of Gig Harbor, Franciscan H.H. in U.P., WAÉ..thank you very much - you are all "Blessed Angels" for being so caring, loving and helpful. And thank you to all of you that have loved and been so great to him. Bill's final resting place will be on Henderson Bay; more information can be obtained by calling Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. There will be a family service with a "Celebration of Life" gathering soon with details to follow in the near future. Thoughts and prayers accepted only. Please sign the online guestbook at www.havenrest.com . Arrangements by Haven of Rest Funeral Home, 253-851-9991.
Pub Date: 10/25/2009


Irma Wentworth

In Loving Memory July 10, 1932 - October 26, 1990 We love and miss you Mom.
Pub Date: 10/26/2009


Christine Louise Cassaw

01/08/1947 - 10/25/2001 Mom, You are forever in my heart and always on my mind. I miss you more as the years go by. Until we meet again. Trish
Pub Date: 10/26/2009


Ronald Henifin Sr.

Ronald Henifin Sr. passed away peacefully on October 21, 2009 in the comfort of his home after a feisty two and a half year battle with cancer. Ron was born on December 3, 1940 in Moorhead, MN. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy, on July 2, 1960 and they enjoyed 49 wonderful years together. Ron is also survived by his children Ronald Jr., Kimberly, and Richard and by his grandchildren, Krystal, Brandy, Nicole, Ronni, Joshua, Erica, Seth, and Jacob and by his great-grandson Braiden. Ron was the oldest of five children and is survived by his brother Dennis and his sisters Sharon, Carol, and Joanne, and by his father Marion. Ron enjoyed coaching soccer teams for all three of his children. Ron was skilled at working crossword puzzles. Ron was the owner/operator of North End Insurance for many years, and he served his country as a sonarman in the U.S. Navy. We would like to thank Carol Spier for the loving care she gave Ron. Words cannot express our gratitude. We wish to convey our sincere thanks and gratitude to LeAnne, Regina, Peg, Julie, and Mary at Multicare Hospice for their care and support, which we appreciated so much and would have been lost without. Please donate to your favorite charity or to Multicare Hospice. Ron was a strong-willed, independent, honest, and hardworking person. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. While our sorrow is deep, we are forever grateful to have had this remarkable man in our lives. He is in God’s arms now. A celebration in honor of Ron’s life will be held at his home on October 25th at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. (253) 272-1414.
Pub Date: 10/26/2009


John Franklin Kendziora

John Franklin Kendziora was born on October 13, 1942 and passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 22, 2009. He spent his whole life in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960. He then spent four years in the Air Police of the the USAF, obtaining the rank of Airman First Class. He was a recently retired service technician after more than 30 years in the food equipment business. John is survived by his loving wife Nancy, sister Diane Larsen (David), brother Bob Ostrom (Darlene), and by his children, Eric (Allison), Eron (Joanne), Evan (Becky), Staci (Al), Jon (Denise), and Abbyanne (Charles). He is also survived by seven beautiful granddaughters, seven best looking grandsons, one great-grandson, sisters-in-law Julie (Terry), Elly, Geri, and brothers-in-law Mark (Bert) and Dick. John loved spending time with his grandkids, putzing around his yard, watching football, and spending time with family and friends. He was especially close to his cousins Steve and Lani, Tom and Linda, John and Linda, their families, and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will take place Sunday, November 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd SW in Lakewood.
Pub Date: 10/26/2009


Daryl Don Woodbury

Daryl Woodbury of Tacoma, died on Oct. 11th at the VA Hospital, Seattle. He is survived by his wife Karin, son Steven, daughter Ginger, grandchildren, Timothy, Danielle and Jacob. Also many family members and friends. Memorial services will be held on Oct. 29th, 2:00 PM, at the Tahoma Ntl. Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. Kent 98042. No flowers please. Instead there will be an opportunity to donate to the Als Research Fund in Daryl's name at the VFW Hall in Auburn, 405 Park Avenue, between 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Where we all meet. He will be terribly missed by all.
Pub Date: 10/26/2009


Col. (Ret) John Merrill Seaman M.D.

Born on November 27, 1945 passed October 16, 2009 He is survived by his wife Ilka, daughter Melanie, and sons Ken, Robert, Ryan, and Christian as well as siblings Edward, Frank, Robert, and Marilyn. Always one to do things on his own terms, he slipped away quietly in his sleep and was welcomed into Heaven by his parents Merrill and Betty. Services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery on Oct. 30th at 3:15pm sharp. Donations can be made to the Nature Conservancy by calling 1(800)628-6860.
Pub Date: 10/26/2009


SKIP KLEPPEN

Skip was a guy who loved life to the fullest & maximum! Skip Kleppen (Arthur L. Kleppen III), born Sept. 6, 1964 passed away suddenly & accidentally on October 22, 2009 at the age of 45. He is survived by his 2 children, Mitchell & Katie, wife Wyndi, father Art Kleppen (Kim), mother Joyce Robbins (Dennis), siblings Diane Hargett (Rich), Laura Johnson, Robert Kleppen (Amy), Denise Iddins (Brendan), mother of his children Karin Kleppen, & many nieces & nephews: Sara Bradley, Jeffery Knudsvig, Kelsey & Hannah Johnson, Abigail, Avery & Eliot Kleppen, Brooke & Jack Iddins. Skip was also survived by his many crazy Irish relatives on one side of the family & the Scandinavian’s on the other! Services will be held at Mariatt’s Funeral Home in Kent on Thursday, October 29th at 11am with a celebration at MVCC (Meridian Valley County Club in Kent) immediately following. Please join family & friends to make this a special event about the incredible life Skip lead while we had him on this earth. Any stories &/or memories you have & would like to share would be welcomed & appreciated! Skip lead an incredible & fun-filled life!! Please make any donations in his name at either: TheFirstTee.org or AWS.org (American Welding Society)
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Ronald Henifin Sr.

Ronald Henifin Sr. passed away peacefully on October 21, 2009 in the comfort of his home after a feisty two and a half year battle with cancer. Ron was born on December 3, 1940 in Moorhead, MN. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy, on July 2, 1960 and they enjoyed 49 wonderful years together. Ron is also survived by his children Ronald Jr., Kimberly, and Richard and by his grandchildren, Krystal, Brandy, Nicole, Ronni, Joshua, Erica, Seth, and Jacob and by his great-grandson Braiden. Ron was the oldest of five children and is survived by his brother Dennis and his sisters Sharon, Carol, and Joanne, and by his father Marion. Ron enjoyed coaching soccer teams for all three of his children. Ron was skilled at working crossword puzzles. Ron was the owner/operator of North End Insurance for many years, and he served his country as a sonarman in the U.S. Navy. We would like to thank Carol Spier for the loving care she gave Ron. Words cannot express our gratitude. We wish to convey our sincere thanks and gratitude to LeAnne, Regina, Peg, Julie, and Mary at Multicare Hospice for their care and support, which we appreciated so much and would have been lost without. Please donate to your favorite charity or to Multicare Hospice. Ron was a strong-willed, independent, honest, and hardworking person. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. While our sorrow is deep, we are forever grateful to have had this remarkable man in our lives. He is in God’s arms now. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. (253) 272-1414.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


ROBERT PAUL RENKERT

Robert “Bob” passed away peacefully on Oct. 23rd. 2009 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Ruby Lee Renkert; 4 sons Paul, Clayton, Dennis and Kevin; 3 daughters Linda, Sandra and Kimberly; 12 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Fir Lane Chapel, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009 from 2:00pm to 7:00 pm. A celebration of Roberts amazing life will be held Thursday Oct 29, 2009 at 11:00am at Fir Lane Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Eduardo Irving Small

Of Panama City, Panama, passed away suddenly on Oct 14, 2009 at age 56. He is survived by his loving wife Mayra of 42 years; three daughters Yoaki (Mike) Davis, Khalila (Anthony) Townsend, and Nathalie Small; four grandchildren, three sisters, three brothers, and numerous family and friends. Eduardo will be lovingly transported to his place of birth, where final resting memorial services will take place at Cristo Rey Funeral Home, Panama City, Panama.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Jeanie Ann (Starkel) Bellman

May 13, 1950 - October 24, 2009 Jeanie passed away after a long and courageous battle with Raynaud's Disease and Scleroderma. She was a lifelong resident of Puyallup. During her adult life, she enjoyed camping, fishing, horses and water sports. She is preceded in death by her father, Dave Starkel. Surviving are her Sons; Charles (Larisa) Litterell and Daniel Bellman, Her Mother; Bonnie Starkel, Sister; Carol (Joe) Triano, Brother; David (Gabriele) Starkel, 4 Grandchildren and numerous cousins and nephews. The family would like to thank thke ICU Nursing staff and the Infusion Center at Good Samaritan Hospital for the kind and compassionate care they provided. At her request, there will be no service. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Joseph Harold Gordon, Sr.

March 31, 1909 - October 21, 2009 Joseph Harold Gordon, Sr., born to Joseph Hinckley Gordon and Mary Louise Obermiller, was a proud Tacoman for 100 years. He attended Lowell and Washington Grammar Schools and the Stanford Law School. He graduated from Stadium High School, Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Law. He began the practice of law with his father in 1935, as Gordon and Gordon. Through several transitions, the firm is now Gordon Thomas Honeywell with offices in Tacoma and Seattle and over 60 attorneys. His practice began in estate planning and probate, and evolved into corporate mergers. He served as director in more than 20 corporations. His law career was interrupted during World War II when he became Personnel Director of Todd Shipyards, managing human resources for over 28,000 employees. As a leader in the profession, Joe was President of the Pierce County Bar Association, President of the Western States Bar Conference, Member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA), Treasurer of the ABA, and President and life time delegate of the American Bar Endowment. These activities provided him with many travel opportunities which he greatly enjoyed. Joe did not neglect his community. He served as president of the University Union Club and Tacoma Rotary No. 8, an organization where his membership spanned 70 years. In 1943, Joe chaired a study of the City Charter to successfully change Tacoma to the manger form of Government. Community board service included Tacoma Country and Golf Club, Tacoma Club, United Good Neighbors, American Red Cross, and Tacoma Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Stanford Law School and was active as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church. Joe's commitment to the law and service did not go unnoticed and he received numerous awards and accolades. These included Distinguished Alumnus Award from UW Law School, the Distinguished Service Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, a Joe Gordon Recognition Day from Washington State Governor Lowry in 1994. He also received the Fellow of the American Bar Foundation 50 year award for service to the American Bar Association and a Lifetime Service Award from the Washington State Bar Association. Joe was a dedicated family man and will be deeply missed by his loved ones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Fred Gordon, first wife, Jane Wilson, second wife, Eileen Rademaker, stepson, Charles Rademaker, and son in law, Thomas Fishburne. He is survived by brother, Robert Gordon, sister, Mary Beil, son, Joe Gordon, Jr. (Sandy), and daughter Nancy Fishburne. He was the proud stepfather to Jack (Thelma) and William (Bebe) Rademaker, and Mary (Jim) Meier. Also surviving are grandsons, Wesley (Julie), Alec, and Douglas (Kym) Fishburne, Chris (Betsy) and Tim (Julie) Meier, Mike, Jeff (Pam), Will, Randy (Amanda), Reed and Miles Rademaker and great grandchildren, Jack, Molly, Maren, Ava, and Max Meier and Jude and Cash Fishburne. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Avenue South in Tacoma, on Friday, October 30. Among the many charitable, religious and educational organizations Joe supported were the First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma and the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Lydia Zack Tupuola

In loving memory. May 6, 1956 - Oct. 23, 2009 Lydia leaves her husband of 33 years, Lucky Tupuola and 3 children, Royal, Sina and Reggie Tupuola. She is preceded in death by her father, Ray Zack and a son Raymond Tupuola. Survivors include her mother, Norma Zack Napoleon, one brother Rex Zack and 8 sisters: Helen Zack, Patty Zack, Marie Antone, Roxy Walters, Sherene Berry, Christine West, Jeannine Satiacum and Winona Zack. Lydia loved all people and never met a stranger. She was proud to be a member of the Yakima Indian Nation and of her husband’s Samoan culture. Her quick wit and at times blunt comments will be missed. Her home was open to all. Evening service: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, 5-8pm; Funeral service at 10am, Wed., Oct. 28th also in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. Burial in Mountain View Memorial Park.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


James Edward Henderson

James Edward Henderson was born on March 3, 1934 in Murfreesboro, TN, passed away October 20. After graduating high school, James joined the Army where he proudly served for 26 years. He was a great man, hard worker, well read, giving, loving, loyal, and most of all, he loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Hoa; his three sons, Hai, Anh Tuan and Hung; daughters Hue and Denise and nine grandchildren. Donations can be made to Multiple Myeloma Foundation ( http://friends.myeloma.org ) in his memory. A memorial service is being held at Mountain View on November 24, 2009 at 3 PM.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Helen Franich

Helen Franich, long time resident of Fife, WA died Oct. 24th as she wished, in her home, with her family nearby. Born Jan 8th 1922 to Hugo & Celia Glaser and grew up on Harstine Island where she attended the one room school house. Helen graduated Shelton High in 1940 and later worked at the Tacoma Match Plant and was active in the USO. Married 62 years to her adoring husband Steve, Helen was the ultimate stay at home mom, raising 5 children and one granddaughter and cared for other family members as well. Helen also loved to work in her yard especially growing dahlias. Helen is survived by her husband Steve and granddaughter Nicole of the home. Sons Michael (Grace) of Milton, Steve Jr. (Cherie) of Olalla, Tony (Margaret) of Eatonville, daughter Christine Blackett (Jim) of Eatonville, 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, brother Joe Glaser of Harstine Island, sister Margaret Simmons of Lacey and numerous more family & friends. Preceded in death by daughter Theresa and grandson Christopher, parents, & brothers Andrew, Bud & Dick Glaser. A very special thank you to all who cared for Helen in the past four years. A celebration of Helen's life will be held at St. Martin of Tours Catholic church, 2302 54th Ave in Fife, with the Rosary at 10:30am Thursday, October 29, 2009 and Mass at 11am. Lunch will follow in the church hall and interment at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way. Donations to The American Cancer Society "Relay for Life-Eatonville Team Christine" can be made in Helen's memory. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Doris Farrell MacDonald

Doris Farrell MacDonald passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2009. She was born December 6, 1923 in Smithfield, Utah. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, C. Fred MacDonald, their seven children, 31 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one sister. There will be a public viewing for friends and family on Friday, October 30, 2009 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Curnow Funeral Home; 1410 Main Street; Sumner, WA. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 102 Crumb Rd; Morton, WA. For complete obituary and photos, please go to www.curnowfuneralhome.com .
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Alexander C. “AC” Johnson

Departed peacefully to be with Lillie, his loving wife of 40 years on October 19, 2009, with John and Mary Quarles standing by his bedside. He was a proud, decorated WWII veteran. During his life he touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all, especially by the Quarles and Macon families. We would also like to thank his health care providers, above all Mary who took care of him through his many health issues. Please join us as we celebrate his life on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at the AMVETS, Post #1, 5717 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, WA 98409.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Cynthia Jo Kastner

Cynthia Jo Kastner, age 51, died at home in Lakewood, WA, Wednesday October 21, 2009, after her battle with cancer. Cindy was born August 21, 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. She lived in Lakewood, Washington and worked as a Home Health Care Provided. Cindy's greatest joys were spending time at the ocean with her husband Karl, having get togethers with her kids and grandchildren, and of course singing karaoke. Survivors include her husband Karl, her children: Chris, Kenny, Stephanie and their spouses, grandchildren, mother father, brothers and sisters. Cindy will be greatly loved and missed by all her family and friends. An Inurnment service will be held Thursday Oct. 29, 2009 at 2:15 at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


George P. (Lad) Van Cleve

6/11/23- 10/22/09 The world has lost one of its best. Lad, age 86, passed away peacefully at home in Eatonville. He was a beloved member of the community, known for his eye-twinkling smile and his huge, generous heart Lad was born in North Dakota, but moved to Eatonville when he was eleven years old. He worked as a mechanic at his family’s Ford dealership, Van Cleve Motors, from the time he returned after WWII until his retirement in 1993. Everyone knew Lad was the master mechanic and could fix anything. He is survived by, his wife of 58 years, Rosemarie, son Steve (Paulette) Van Cleve, daughter Chris (Glenn) Campanoli of Tacoma, grandsons David and Jon Van Cleve of Florida, and his sisters Ruthie (Rich) Williams and JeanAnn (Jim) Miller. His funeral mass will be held Friday, October 30, at 1:00, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Eatonville. A reception to celebrate his life will be held afterward in the fellowship hall. Donations may be made to the Eatonville Fire Department or the Lady of Good Counsel building fund.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


M. Loraine Jackola

(9/24 - 10/09) Our loving mother passed away peacefully and without pain on Saturday, October 24, 2009 in Sun City West, Arizona of congestive heart failure at age 85. She was a caring wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and good friend. She was born, grew up and married, Arnold Jackola, in Northern Minnesota where all their children were born. Tiring of cold winters, they moved the family to the blue skies of Auburn, Washington in 1962. After mom and dad retired in 1977, they traveled the United States. They loved the warmer climates and settled in Casa Grande, Arizona. They would escape Arizona by mid-May each year. It took several years for them to establish a standard travel loop. First to Minnesota then onto Washington where they spent time with family and friends then back to warm and sunny Arizona by mid September. Mother had great creative skills and sewed many beautiful quilts, knitted and crocheted many afghans, sweaters, etc. She was forever more trying some new crafting ideas. She is survived by her sons, Richard (Sue) of Minnesota, Ken (Kathy) of Arizona, Dennis (Debi), Jerry (Cindy), Dale (Diane), daugher Phyllis of Washington, 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, her son Edward (Barbara), sister Grace, brother Norman and grandson Brandon. We will miss her kindness, gentle nature and incredible homemade sweets. A private service will be held in Arizona and a memorial service for Loraine will be scheduled in Washington for a warm spring day. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Arizona or a favorite non-profit organization.
Pub Date: 10/27/2009


Rose Marie Thorp

1937 - 2008 It's been a year since you left us. We love you and will forever miss you. Shirley, Eileen, Nola, Mary.
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Devonia M. Smith (Cookie)

10/28/46 - 11/20/07 Smooches - Miss you so very, very much. Love you, Mommie, Jo Anne, Nyla, Joseph and James
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Rae Hogan

Rae passed away unexpectedly on October 23, 2009. She will be greatly missed. Preceded in death by husband Larry. She is survived by sons Michael (Jackie), Fredericksburg, VA, Dave (Charlotte) Tacoma, WA; daughter Catherine Mohr (Jim) Onalaska, WA; grandsons Chris (Bethany) Mohr, Tigard, OR, Steve Mohr, Onalaska, WA and Justin Hogan, Harrisonburg, VA A Celebration of Life will be held October 30, 2009, 6:00pm Edgewood Community Church, 1720 Meridian Avenue E., Edgewood, WA.
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Patricia Steiner

Passed away October 17, 2009 at home with her husband of 51 years, their 3 sons, and their sons wives. She was born in Tacoma on March 5, 1932, and graduated from Lincoln High School. She married John Steiner on June 20, 1958. They lived on the Key Peninsula in the small town of Home for over 30 years. They had a small farm and later a rhododendron nursery. She was a soccer mom for her sons and a slow-pitch wife for her husband. She worked at a local grocery store and later for a local dentist. Pat has 3 sons, Jeff, Mark and Mike, and their wives, Tina, Stacy and Deborah. She also has 6 grandchildren, Eric, Cameron, Andrea, Jason, Jennifer and Ryan. She has one niece, Nancy Jimmerson, her husband Bill and their three children, and one nephew, Allan Bisnett, his wife Chris and their two children. Pat and John sold their home and nursery in 1988 and became snow birds. They traveled through 22 states and Mexico over 9 years. After their traveling days, they settled down at Lake Cushman for the past 12 years. Pat will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. A private service was held in Edgewood for family members and close friends.
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Mary Michele Nicodemus

Mary was born Feb. 26, 1957 and passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, 2009, surrounded by her family in Puyallup. Mary graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School in 1978. She enjoyed working for 25 years at Center Force of Tacoma. Mary was preceded in death by her father, Chuck (Charlie) Nicodemus. She is survived by her mother, Gerry Haskard Nicodemus; brothers, John (Brenda) of Alexandria, AL, Bob (Debbie) of Tacoma; sister, Sharon, of OR; 2 nieces, 4 nephews, 7 great nieces and 4 great nephews. The family wishes to thank Regency of Puyallup for their loving care of Mary the last 4 years. A memorial service is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at Community Christian Assembly Church, 10401 19th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98445. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Joseph Harold Gordon, Sr.

March 31, 1909 - October 21, 2009 A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Avenue South in Tacoma, on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm. Among the many charitable, religious and educational organizations Joe supported were the First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma and the Tacoma Rotary Foundation. Please leave online condolences at www.GaffneyCares.com . Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Kathy W. Rortvedt

Kathy lost her 8-year battle with Lipo Sarcoma Oct. 26, 2009. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter's house in Buckley, WA. Where she was under Franciscan Hospice's care She was surrounded by her husband, Gary, 4 children, Angie, John, Sheldon and Michele, son-in-law, Wade when she passed away. Kathy, wife, mother, grandmother and friend will be dearly missed. Kathy also leaves 7 grandchildren, Zach, Jake, Mandi, Katey, Kiana, Chris and Emilee behind. Funeral services will be held Sat., Oct. 31st at 11:00am in the Fir Lane Funeral Home chapel, 924 East 176th St., Spanaway, WA 98387.
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Helen M. (Church) Snyder

Helen M. (Church) Snyder A celebration of her life will be Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1607 E. Division St., Mount Vernon, WA
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Cynthia Jo Kastner

Cynthia Jo Kastner, age 51, died at home in Lakewood, WA, Wednesday October 21, 2009, after her battle with cancer. Cindy was born August 21, 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. She lived in Lakewood, Washington and worked as a Home Health Care Provider. Cindy's greatest joys were spending time at the ocean with her husband Karl, having get togethers with her kids and grandchildren, and of course singing karaoke. Survivors include her husband Karl, her children: Chris, Kenny, Stephanie and their spouses, grandchildren, mother father, brothers and sisters. Cindy will be greatly loved and missed by all her family and friends. An Inurnment service will be held Thursday Oct. 29, 2009 at 2:15 at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Please sign our guest book at dryermortuary.com.
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Claire Candy Vanderwall

Claire "Candy" Marie (Sigl) Vanderwall, 48, died peacefully in her sleep on 25 Oct 2009, at her home in Lakewood with her family by her side. Candy Vanderwall was born on 3 June 1961 at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska to Robert and Claire (Quilty) Sigl. Her family moved to the Tacoma area where she became a life long resident. Candy grew up in Lakewood, graduating from Clover Park High School in 1979. She attended Pierce College receiving her Dental Hygiene Associate Degree. She worked as a dental hygienist for Dr. Rick R. Krell until she became sick. Candy met and married Robert L. Vanderwall, Jr. Candy is survived by her husband; her only child, David; her step daughter, Shelby; her mother, Claire Sigl of Tacoma, WA; sister, Judy (Larry) Rome of Olympia, WA and two brothers, David (Susan) Sigl of Seattle, WA and Robert (Deetzie) Sigl of Washington D.C.; nieces Kelley and Gracie Sigl and nephews Jake and Hunter Sigl. Her father preceded her in death. Candy was a wonderful person, a loving wife, a devoted mother and a friend to all. She spent many hours of volunteer work at Saint Francis Cabrini School where she was known by all. Candy was very hard working and she touched everyone she came in contact with. A Rosary will be held on Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. with a Funeral Mass on Friday, 30 Oct 2009 at 10:00am in Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5621 108th St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Candy will be laid to rest at New Tacoma Cemetery. Please make a contribution to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave E, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023 or St Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5621 108th St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Bonnie Jean (Matlock) Scholz

Bonnie passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, 10/25/09. Bonnie was born to G. Lee and Lois Matlock on 9/5/1926 in Baker, Oregon. She graduated from Puyallup High School in 1945 and married Kenneth Scholz on 8/16/1948. She raised 6 boys, while simultaneously working on the family farm. Bonnie was a lifelong resident of the Puyallup valley and a pioneer farmer of beef cattle, berries, potatoes and certified strawberry plants. She was involved with the McMillin Grange, the Soil Conservation Service and the Puyallup Elks Emblem Club. Bonnie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and spending time at the ocean. She was a collector of elephants and a Christmas village and enjoyed bowling and crocheting and reading. She is preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Kenneth. She is survived by her children Ron (Suzanne), Keith (Cindee), Larry, Allen (Fawn), Dan (Sherry) and Steve (Becky). 9 grandchildren; Derek, Bridget, Michael, Megan, Candice, Ken, Shanel, Katey and Max and 2 great grandchildren, soon to be 3. 3 siblings, Ruth (Gerry) Perry, of Massachusetts, David (Georgia) Matlock, of Puyallup and Ivan (Aurora) Matlock, of Gig Harbor. The family would like to express a very special thank you to Wendy and Jeff Mitchell and the staff at Foothills Adult Family Home. A viewing will be held on Monday, 11/2, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Curnow Funeral Home 1410 Main St, Sumner. A Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 11/3, at 1:00 p.m. at First Christian Church of Sumner, 432 Wood Avenue, with a reception to follow. Please sign the online guestbook at curnowfuneralhome.com
Pub Date: 10/28/2009


Doris J. Williams (Dosie)

12/26/50 - 10/29/00 I feel a warmth around me like your presence is so near, And I close my eyes to visualize your face when your were here, I endure the times we spent together and they are locked inside my heart, For as long as I have those memories we will never be apart, Even though we cannot speak no more, my voice is always there, Because every night before I sleep I have you in my prayers. We love you! by daughter Shelly, mother Idella, family & friends.
Pub Date: 10/29/2009


Thomas Lanar Booth

Tom passed on October 23, 2009, with family by his side, at Franciscan Hospice House following a long illness and recent stroke. Born July 27, 1934 in Princeton, CA to Louis and Eula Booth. Graduated Stadium High School in 1953. Served in US Army for 2 years. Worked at 6th Ave. Nat'l Auto Parts for 20 years and Westbay Auto Parts in Port Orchard for 25 years. In his younger years worked at and climbed Mt. Rainier. His love of the mountain and outdoors remained with him all his life. Tom volunteered at University Place Fire Dept., becoming an EMT and paramedic, and retired after 25 years. He taught an EMT course at TCC for 5 years. In August he celebrated 50 years of marriage to Lorna Reitz. Survived by his wife Lorna, sons Kris (Conley) of Yelm and Ty of Seattle, beloved grandchildren Kaleb, Bailey, Amber and Lindsey, sisters Pat Duncan of Ukiah, CA and Karen Helbich of Federal Way, brother Al (Margie) Booth of Gig Harbor, brother and sister-in-law Les and Irma Pedersen of Lacey, and numerous nieces and nephews. A sincere thank you for all the help from University Place Fire Dept and loving care from Franciscan Hospice House of University Place. Family suggests donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church memorial fund or Franciscan Hospice. A celebration of life to be held Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 1pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1001 Princeton, Fircrest.
Pub Date: 10/29/2009


Angeline J. Jefferson

Sept. 23, 1918 - Oct. 24, 2009 Born in Maywood, Illinois to Louis and Julia (Rueber) Bender. Her husband Harold predeceased her October 25, 1990. She is survived by her brother Walter (Ozzie) Bender and his wife Liliane, niece Maureen Levandowski, her husband Richard, and their daughters Gabriella and Adriana, niece Nathalie Bender, niece Katia Palander and her sons Luca and Alec. Angeline attended schools in Portland, Oregon for eleven years, but graduated from Lakeview High School (1939) and business college (1940) in Chicago, Illinois. During WWII she married Harold Jefferson, who was in the Army Air Corps. After the war, they bought land and built a home in Inverness, Illinois. Angeline moved to University Place, Washington in 2004 to be near her family. She survived two different cancers. We wish to express our gratitude to Sound Options Care Givers, Franciscan Hospice Care, Dr. Ramona Popa, and many others who cared for her over the past year. Contributions can be made to South Sound Care Foundation, P.O. Box 1314, Tacoma, WA 98402.
Pub Date: 10/29/2009


Loretta M. Lucas Briggs

Loretta M. Briggs beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend died on Monday, October 26, 2009. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 7, 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Loretta lived most of her life in Auburn. She spent 14 years in Omak, Washington (1977-1991) where she and Dick owned and operated the Briggs Sporting Goods Store. She later owned and operated Ms. B’s T’s. At this point it was time for her to get back to Auburn to return to the family and community she loved. Loretta is survived by her husband of 54 years Richard E. Briggs, her son Bob Briggs (Laura), her six daughters, Dianne Briggs, Louanne Briggs, Sherry Hagerty (Keith), Kelly Muttart (Rick), Sue Risley (Rob), and Georganne Logan (Kirby). Her legacy is her large family including her 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Also survived by her brothers Wilbur and Garl Lucas, sister Lynn Smith and her last maternal uncle, Edmen Goldsbary. Her extended family including her in-laws, many nieces, nephews and cousins were part of her daily life. Her parents and a grandson preceded her in death. Loretta will forever be remembered by her grandchildren as “Grandma Frog.” She is also remembered for her passion of family and the many family events she planned and orchestrated. She loved to crochet and knit, she enjoyed her Bunco group and her trips to Las Vegas. Viewing will be held at Price Helton Funeral Home in Auburn, on Friday October 30, 2009 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The memorial service will be on Tuesday November 3, 2009 at 11:00 am, at Auburn First Methodist Church, 100 N. St. SE, Auburn, WA. In lieu of flowers donations in Loretta’s memory may be made to Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005 or online at seattlechildrens.org .
Pub Date: 10/29/2009


Leslie Dingess

Leslie Dingess was called home to his Lord and Savior on October 26th early in the morning, surrounded by his loving family. The fourth of six sons, Leslie was born April 18, 1924, in Logan county, WV, to John Edward and Gladys Mae Dingess. Leslie served his country during WW II in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 onboard the U.S.S. Chicago, the U.S.S. Sands, and the U.S.S. North Carolina. Les met Margaret A. Brewer on December 25, 1945 and married her August 15, 1946. This year they celebrated their 63rd anniversary. Les graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts and Mathematics. In 1968 he earned his master's degree in Education from the University of Washington. Leslie is survived by wife Margaret and four children, Sue, Dan (wife Denise), Bill (wife Linda), and Judy, as well as 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by two children, Leslie Jr. and Margie. Memorial service to be held at First Baptist Church, 5400 112st St SW in Lakewood, Thursday at 4:30pm. Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 10/29/2009


SSGT Major Reed Jr.

Born June 10, 1936 in Anniston, Alabama, and passed away at home in Lakewood, Washington on October 25, 2009, with his loving wife by his side. Major is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Edith, son Major Reed III, and sister Selie B. Ratchford of Atlanta, Georgia. Son Alonzo L. Reed preceded him in death. Viewing will be held from 3:00-9:00 PM on Friday, October 30, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the North Fort Chapel, Fort Lewis, Washington. Any donations can be made to Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in Major's name. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/29/2009


SSG Edward Bernard Smith

Bernard was born on Nov. 23, 1978 in Homestead, FL, and passed away Sept. 24, 2009. A Memorial service will be held at Christ Temple CME, 4020 S. 31st St., Tacoma on Sat., Oct. 31 at 1pm. Pastor Carolyn Thomas will be officiating the service.
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Paul D. Ripley

Age 92, of Tacoma, passed away Oct. 26, 2009. He retired from West Coast Grocery in 1978 after 32 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local 313. Paul was preceded in death by his son, Fred, in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of 63 years, his children Pam Cavenee (Gerry) of Edgewood, Jerry Neal (Laurie) of Eatonville, daughter-in-law Mary of Graham, grandchildren Paul A, Paul R, Kristin, James, Brian, Mary, Ehren, Heather, Aimee and 10.6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00, Friday, Oct. 30th in the Mt. View Garden Chapel. Please sign the online register at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 10/29/2009


Shirley Rogers

Age 80 passed away October 25, 2009. She was preceded in death by husband, George, and son, Fredrick. She is survived by children Kathryn Mason, Mary Voline (Andy), and Charles Rogers (Lynn); grandchildren Dawn Chance (Kenny), Amber Ross (Sam), Dustin Voline (Sarah), Daniel Rogers, and George Rogers; great grandchildren Jared, McKhenna, and Shelbee Chance, Allison Ross, and Collin Voline. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM, November 2, 2009 at Mt. View Memorial Park, Lakewood, WA. Reception at St. Peter United Methodist Church in Bellevue at 2 PM.
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Ronald Henifin Sr.

Ronald Henifin Sr. passed away peacefully on October 21, 2009 in the comfort of his home after a feisty two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Ron was born on December 3, 1940 in Moorhead, MN. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy, on July 2, 1960, and they enjoyed 49 wonderful years together. Ron is also survived by his children Ronald Jr., Kimberly, and Richard, by his grandchildren Krystal, Brandy, Nicole, Ronni, Joshua, Erica, Seth, and Jacob, and by his great-grandson Kaiden. Ron was the oldest of five children, and is survived by his brother Dennis and his sisters Sharon, Carol, and Joanne, and by his father Marion. Ron enjoyed coaching soccer teams for all three of his children. Ron was skilled at working crossword puzzles. Ron was the owner/ operator of North End Insurance for many years, and he served his country as a sonarman in the U.S. Navy. We would like to thank Carol Spier for the loving care she gave Ron. Words cannot express our gratitude. We wish to convey our sincere thanks and gratitude to LeAnne, Regina, Peg, Julie, and Mary at Multicare Hospice for their care and support, which we appreciated so much and would have been lost without. Please donate to your favorite charity or to Multicare Hospice. Ron was a strong-willed, independent, honest, and hardworking person. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. While our sorrow is deep, we are forever grateful to have had this remarkable man in our lives. He is in God’s arms now. A celebration in honor of Ron’s life was held on October 25th, 2009. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA. (253) 272-1414.
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Henrietta V. Stewart

Mrs. Henrietta V. Stewart, born Nov. 4, 1925, passed away on Oct. 25. She moved to Tacoma in 1964 and taught music in the Tacoma Public Schools for 20 years and private piano lessons for over 50 years. She was an active member at Allen AME church for 40 years, and one of the founding members of the first State of Washington Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Jefferson and Gail Stewart; three sons, George, Vincent and David Stewart; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Public viewing will be TODAY, Friday, October 30, from 1:00-6:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Allen AME Church, 1223 So. Martin Luther King Way, Tacoma, WA 98405. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Lee Charles Judie Jr.

In memory of “PAPA” Sunrise 7/6/1934 Sunset 10/26/2009. He is survived by his children Teresa, Anthony, Sharon, Chakima, Taiese, Lee III, Tessa, eight grandchildren, sister Yvonne Lee, and a host of relatives and friends. Lee served 20+ years in the USAF, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1973. He later worked for Northrop Grumman, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service. He was masterful with his hands, loving to share his knowledge and talents with all. Lee was devoted to all those he loved, especially his children and grandchildren. He will be truly missed. Please join the family for a memorial service on Sunday, November 1st, 2009, 2:30 pm, at Hilltop Christian Center, 1016 S. 10th. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Corine (Corky) Tanner

Corine Belle Tanner passed away in Federal Way, WA on 10/24/2009. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born to Oscar and Evelyn Johnson on 8/10/1932 in Mohall, ND. Corine attended grade school in Mohall and upon the death of her father moved to Minneapolis, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1951. She married David W. Tanner on 6/15/1951. Her life has been a life of service to others. She worked as a teacher's aide at a school for children with special needs and as Recreation Director at Wesley Care Assisted Living Home in Des Moines, WA. She is survived by her husband Dave, her three children, Linda (Mike) LaPonte, Bill (Cheri) Tanner, and Cindy (Jeff) Dille, her six beloved grandchildren, Nic LaPonte, Sarah LaPonte, Kristen (Matt) Sanderson, Kelly Tanner, Ally Dille, and Sam Dille, brother Wallace Johnson, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, David Johnson, her father and mother. There will be a private interment. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 3505 122nd Avenue E., Edgewood, WA on Saturday, 11/14/2009, at 1:00 P.M. Memorial donations may be made to The Evelyn L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship at Northwest Nazarene University, Office of University Advancement, 623 Holly Street, Nampa ID 83686.
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Audrey Narkiewicz

Audrey Narkiewicz, our beloved mother, passed on October 26, 2009. She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on February 13, 1925; she lived her life for her family and her God. We take comfort in knowing she is in God's hands now. Mom is survived by her son, Wesley Narkiewicz of Tacoma; her daughter, Starla Carpenter of Edgewood; her grandchildren, Sarah Narkiewicz of Montana, Tony Narkiewicz of Olalla, Dennis Rounds of Tacoma, Shanna Burchwell of Montana, and Jacob Narkiewicz of Edgewood; and three great grandchildren. We will celebrate her life on October 31st. Please call for more info (253) 927-2938. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Neil L. Pittsley

Age 81, of Tacoma, passed away Oct. 27, 2009. Preceded in death by wife Gloria, son Albert, and daughter Rosemary. Survivors include sons Daniel, 53, of Arcada, CA and Patrick, 44, of Tacoma, grandchildren Tara, Melodie, Randii, Jesse, and Mitchell. Graveside services will be held at 2pm Tues., Nov. 3, 2009 at Fir Lane Memorial Park, Spanaway, WA.
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Ray “Pa” Erickson

Age 58, born October 1, 1951 in Missoula, MT, and raised in Renton, WA, passed away suddenly on October 26, 2009 in Lakewood, WA. He is survived by his mother, Rosemary Albers, 2 brothers, 2 stepbrothers, 1 stepsister, 2 stepdaughters, 4 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 3 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was in the Army and served in the Vietnam War. His wife passed away in 2008, his father passed away in 1977. and his stepfather passed away in 2009. There will be no services.
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Doane Long Fay

A longtime Tacoma resident, passed away Oct 15, 2009 in Sun City, AZ. Doane was born on Sept 14, 1910 in Milnor, ND. He and Nellie "Eleanor" Halvorson married and began their family in North Dakota. During the war, Doane and Eleanor moved to the Northwest with their five young children. The family lived in Vancouver and Portland, where their sixth child was born, before finally settling in Tacoma a year before their seventh child was born. Doane worked as a commercial electrician until his retirement. As a member of the IBEW, he received his 65-year pin earlier this year. Doane was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor, his son Charles, his daughter Robin, his daughter-in-law Loni, and granddaughters Diana and Shelly. Doane is survived by his sister, Margaret Halvorson of Tacoma, five children, David and Larry (Barbara) Fay of Sun City, Ramona and Gordon Fay, and Linda (John) McGowan from the Tacoma area. Doane also had 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A luncheon will be held at the Tacoma Yacht Club on Saturday, Nov 21, 2009 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Friends and family are invited to join in celebration of Doane's life. RSVP to Ramona at (253) 922-6371.
Pub Date: 10/30/2009


Willie Fred Adams

Willie Adams was born June 1, 1921 in Deatsville, AL and passed away Oct. 27, 2009 in Tacoma, WA, surrounded by family. Viewing will be Mon., Nov. 2, 5-8pm; funeral Nov. 3, 11am, both at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 2302 S. Alaska St., Tacoma.
Pub Date: 10/31/2009


Constance H. Hansen

Connie was born in Aberdeen, SD on 8/27/1941 to Juanita and Kenneth Blake. On Oct 27th she joined them, and her brother Wesley, and our Lord for an eternal family reunion. In Dec 1965 she married Jim Hansen and began a wonderful 43-year relationship. Connie is survived by Jim, their children and spouses Bob, Michael (Carol) and Suzanne (Jeff) and three grandchildren, Peter, and twins Ian and Maya, and sisters Vikki Straw of NY and Sue Boyczuk of AZ. Her most enduring memories are of her children and her career. All have been very special. She loved the holiday season, when the family would join together as one and celebrate achievements and successes. Connie earned her RN at LA County Hospital in 1962, her BS at Seattle U, MSN at the U of W, PhD at U of San Diego, and her midwifery at Frontier School in KY. Over the course of her career she trained hundreds of nurses at PLU, MSU at Great Falls, MT, UNR at Reno, NV and UWT in Tacoma. She also delivered 500 babies. She was a leader in many areas of her career and well respected by colleagues and students. Connie enjoyed her hobbies of sewing and quilting and loved to travel. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She loved the Puget Sound area and lived here on and off for over 35 years. Viewings will be at Mountain View Funeral Home Sat. 5-9PM, Sun 8AM-9PM. Mass on 2 Nov 2009 at St Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lakewood at 11AM with rosary at 10:30. Reception to follow. Burial at Mt Tahoma at 2:15 PM. Memorial gifts may be sent to Franciscan Hospice, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401. On line registry at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Pub Date: 10/31/2009


Pat S. Vlahas

Born on April 16, 1960 in Agia Triada, Greece, Pat went to be with the Lord on Oct. 29, 2009. She is preceded by her husband Speros, parents, and 1 sister. Survived by son, John; daughters Angie Sockle (Ben), Georgia Polson (Ryan); the sparkle of her life, grandson Spero Sockle; 4 brothers, 2 sisters, many nieces, nephews, & godchildren. She spent 19 years with Clover Park School District. She loved camping and spending time with family and friends. Services will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Mon., Nov. 2 at 11am. Contact www.pipermorley mellingerfh.com for details.
Pub Date: 10/31/2009


Robert Dean Benjamin

Born in Tacoma on Sept. 16, 1939. Passed away on Oct. 23, 2009 after a long illness. Bob lived in Sumner most of his life. He graduated from Sumner High in 1957. He was in the Army stationed in Germany for 4 years. He is survived by his wife Judy, 3 children, Chad, Kirk and Susan, 2 grandchildren, Kyle and Lukas, his mother Violet, and sister Sherry. He loved hunting and fishing. He was active in drag racing and stock car racing. He worked at Davis Wire for 30 years. Memorial on Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:00 at Pacific Christian Center, 3211 112th St. E., Tacoma 98446. Potluck to follow. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
Pub Date: 10/31/2009


Catherine Margaret Lange

Born February 3, 1917 to Ina and Lee Cole in Ogdensburg, NY, died peacefully October 26, 2009 in University Place, WA. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Vernon in September 2008. Kay, as she was known to most, is survived by her children Patricia (Don) Niemas, Gary (Shirley), Kean, Brian (Pam), Pamela (Paul) Voeller, and Gordon (Marcia); eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was raised in St. Louis, MO with sister and brothers, Verna, Russell, Donald, Bobby and Harold. It was in St. Louis, at a Knights of Columbus dance, where she met a dashing young airman, Vern, who she married in 1942. After working as a bookkeeper, she devoted her life to being a wife and mother to their six children. Having lived in several states across the US as well as in Germany, the family settled in University Place in 1958. Kay actively supported SOUP’s efforts to incorporate University Place and worked many years to save natural areas in the community for parks. She and Vern attended UP Presbyterian Church and later the United Church in UP. They also attended the “All My Somedays” writing group meetings for several years headed by Cyrus Happy. Kay loved flowers, especially Roses and Lilacs, and cared for them tenderly as long as she was able. Her gift for creating delicious meals will always be remembered, but rarely duplicated. A memorial service will be held at United Church in UP, Wednesday, November 4th at 11am. Her ashes will be interred at New Tacoma Cemetery. Please send donations to the Tacoma Rescue Mission.
Pub Date: 10/31/2009


Robert Joseph GROEL

Born April 15, 1917 in Newark, NJ, died October 27, 2009 in Orting, WA. Bob was a World War II US Navy Seabee and Frogman, Postman and Aerospace Inspector. He is survived by his second wife, Joy, son Tom, daughters Marion, Judy, Monica and Jessie, 16 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Irene, 2 children and 2 grand children. Services will be held on Monday, November 2, at the Tahoma National Cemetery at 10:00am and the Washington Soldiers Home & Colony Chapel at 2:00pm. Donations may be made to the Washington Soldiers Home & Colony for the Activity Fund. He will be missed by us all.
Pub Date: 10/31/2009


Audrey Dorothea Moore

1920 - 2009 Audrey was born in Cleveland, Ohio in September of 1920 to Lloyd D. and Winifred M. Joerndt. As a young girl she moved west and was raised in Los Angeles, California. At the close of WWII she met and married William J. Betts. They raised four daughters in Tacoma, Washington where Audrey finished college and had a teaching career. Audrey met and married F. Tom Moore and moved to Anacortes, Washington. After his death, she owned a chocolate shop in Bellingham, Washington where she became known as "the chocolate lady". She moved to Kuna, Idaho in 2006 to be close to her daughters. Audrey was very creative and talented. She played cello in orchestras and chamber groups throughout her adult life. She leaves behind many unique pieces of pottery and needlework. Audrey is survived by her daughters, Leslie Wemhoff, Linda Hutchison, Louann (Bruce) Linville, and Loralee Ashley; grandchildren, Stasi Betts, Aiden (Andrea) Moon, and Sarah (James) Layne; and by two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, F. Tom Moore; and by her dear friend, Lester Wambsgan. Condolences for the family may be submitted online at www.CloverdaleFuneralHome.com
Pub Date: 10/31/2009


H. Alta Walley

02/06/1927 – 10/29/2009 Alta Dyson, born in Custer, WA, married Frank Walley in 1948. She has lived in the same home for 62 wonderful years enjoying sharing the love of her husband, three children, Penny (David), Tim (Diane), and Terry (Celeste), numerous siblings, grandkids (8), and great-grandkids (8). A memorial service will be held on Nov. 7th, 11AM at Immanuel Celebration Church in Tacoma of which she was a charter member. Please make memorial donations to Immanuel Celebration Church “sign fund” or “hot meals program”.
Pub Date: 10/31/2009
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