Obituary Notices

Alano Virginia

Virginia Corpuz Alano May 28, 1932 – July 30, 2010 It is with deep sadness that our family announces the death of Virginia Corpuz Alano. Known as “Janet” to close friends and family, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Virginia was born in Camiling Tarlac, Philippines to Gregorio and Carmen Corpuz, the third of ten children. She married Nicanor Alano in Batangas, Philippines in 1958, immigrated with the family to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1965, and then settled in Lakewood, WA in 1969. She also lived in Frankfurt, Germany from 1982 until the death of her husband in 1986, then returning back to the family home in Lakewood. She was an active member of the Filipino and Catholic communities, and enjoyed hobbies such as cooking, sewing, gardening, playing mahjong, singing with her friends, and working out at the gym. She is survived by her six children, Violeta Strash of Sammamish, WA, Ceilita Thornburgh of Fullerton, CA, Arnel Alano of Clifton, NJ, Lester Alano of Puyallup, WA, Archie Alano of Simi Valley, CA, and Theodore Alano of New York, NY, along with 6 grandsons, 3 sisters, and 6 brothers in the Philippines. There will be a viewing from 11am-9pm on Thursday, Aug. 5th at Mountain View Funeral Home, along with a 7pm Rosary. There will be another Rosary at 10am, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11am, on Friday, August 6, 2010 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lakewood, WA, concluding with entombment services at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at

Howell George

George Arthur Howell Passed peacefully away from his Mother’s loving arms and onto his beloved daughter Alisa’s helicopter to fly into eternal skies on July 29, 2010. He was fifty-eight years old. George graduated fom Lakes High School and played cello in the Tacoma Junior Symphony. Afterwards George served in the U.S. Army behind the Iron Curtain in Berlin, Germany. Upon discharge he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and in the grocery business in the Gig harbor and Tacoma area. George was an avid sailor and owned the twenty-eight foot sloop Wind Dancer. If not on his boat, George could be found snow-skiing or hiking in the Cascades, Olympics, or exploring the ocean beaches in his free time. George was a voracious reader and accomplished poet. He followed the Buddhist faith and was a member of the Soka Gakai International since he was a teenager. George’s free spirit will be missed by his mother Yuko Howell; brothers Art, Ric and Doug; sisters Patty Tester, Alice Galford and Vickie Bevis. He will also be missed by Joan Lyons, the mother of his precious daughter Alisa. George is also survived by three nephews and seven nieces. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Rodney and Robin of the Highlands, Brandi of Park Rose, and Timi of Allenmore Hospital. The family also wishes the thank Dr. Mike Lyons for his graciousness and understanding. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the National MS Society. Celebration of Life ceremonies will begin at the Valley Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home, at 1:30PM Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Reception will be held afterwards at the Celebration of Life Center, also at Mountain View. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at

Ferne S. Ifland (Workman) died peacefully in her sleep July 29th at the age of 93. Born August 11, 1916 in Marysville, ID, she lived the majority of her life in Tacoma, WA. Over the years she enjoyed memberships in the Wurlitzer Organ Guild, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Red Hat Society, Garden Club, and the LDS Church. She is survived by two daughters, Lee Ann Clark (husband Lee) of Roy and Kay Workman (husband Ty Johnson) of Tacoma; grandchildren Brent (wife Vicki), Joe, Jessica, Lindsay, Lane and Caje, great-granddaughter Ryann, sister Ilene McClellan, numerous nieces and nephews, and her “guard dog” Crash. A special Thank-You to caregiver Stacey McNary and the Multicare Hospice team for their gentle care, and to Janet Manning for her endless support. Services will be held in the Mountain View Garden Chapel on Friday, August 6th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with graveside services to follow. A reception will be held immediately after at Ferne’s home, all are welcome. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at