Obituary Notices

Audrey ThompsonAudrey V. Thompson 1920 – 2011 Audrey peacefully went to be with Jesus on June 11, 2011 with family at her side. She was born on Aug. 24, 1920 in Craigmyle, Alberta, Canada. She moved with her family to Puyallup and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1939. She attended Knapp’s Business College and worked as a public stenographer before going to work for the City of Tacoma until she retired in 1982. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Mothers Club, Philomathea Mothers Club, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for over 35 years. Most of all, Audrey was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, who enjoyed family gatherings, especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dusty, of 68 years and great-grandson Jacob Campbell. She is survived by her son Norris and daughter Corinne (Tim) Butler. She will also be dearly missed by her 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. We would like to thank the Tacoma Lutheran Home for all their care and support. There will be a Funeral Mass on June 27, 2011 at 11:00 at St. Charles Borromeo Church with a reception to follow in the hall. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: (253) 584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.

Jim MawJim Maw was born in Yakima on September 13, 1937 and passed away while traveling in Israel on June 9, 2011. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Kern, his sons Steven, Brian and Randy, granddaughters Annabel, Savannah, Erin and Brianna, brothers Terry and Danny, nieces and nephews, in-laws, and many friends. Jim spent his professional career in education. He taught or worked as an administrator in the Arlington, Steilacoom, Granite Falls, Snohomish, and Hunters school districts and the ESD. He retired as the Arlington School District Superintendent in 1996. After retirement Jim pursued his hobbies – working on his street rod, fishing, golf, puttering in his shop and traveling in the U.S. and abroad. His favorite activities were the annual 4th of July celebration with his family and the annual family trip with his children and grandchildren. Jim was proud of his family, and his passing will leave a deep hole in their hearts. The family will hold a private memorial service. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: (253) 584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com

Richard AlfredsonRichard Vernon Alfredson Born in Tacoma, WA February 15, 1954 and left us too soon on May 24, 2011. He leaves behind mother Darlene Alfredson of Tacoma, brothers Dave Alfredson of Gig Harbor, Jeff (Geri) Alfredson of Puyallup, and Scott (Kathi) Alfredson of Tacoma, sisters Vicky (Walt) Tetzlaff of Tacoma, Cindy (Dwight) Carollo of Puyallup, and Ellen Hosseini of Kirkland, 9 nephews, 1 niece, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father Marvin C. Alfredson. Donations may be made to Mason Methodist Church, Tacoma WA. He was laid to rest in a private family service on June 3, 2011 at Mountain View Memorial Park.  Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (253) 584-0252.  Please visit online guestbook at http://www.mountainviewtacoma.com/

Gertrude Maria Padjen Our beloved mother died on the morning of June 15, 2011. She was born on September 14 1924 in Vienna, Austria to Karl and Maria Bruner, the oldest of seven children. A child of the Depression, she attended school while working to help support her family. As a teenager, at the outbreak of the Second World War, she was enlisted by the German Reich to work in an aircraft factory on the North Sea. In 1945, as Allied troops overwhelmed German forces, she and a girlfriend made a harrowing journey on foot through the advancing Russian lines back to her home and family in Austria. Soon she found work in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where she met a charming, athletic Army Medic, Michael Padjen. In 1951 Gertrude and Michael were wed. Gertrude and Michael had two children, Frederich Michael and Pia Renata, while stationed in Germany. Transferred back to the States, Gertrude raised their children and polished her English language skills while Michael pursued a career in the U.S. Army. In 1959 Gertrude and Michael settled in Washington State, first in DuPont, later in Lakewood. Gertrude resumed her working career, ironing clothes for neighbors and cleaning houses until she landed a job with National Bank of Washington, rolling coins. From this humble beginning she rose through the ranks to become a Bank Manager for many years for various bank branches in the Tacoma area. After Michael’s passing in 1992, she traveled extensively, back to Europe as well as Turkey, Egypt and Brazil. She formed a close relationship with the women at the Steilacoom Community Center, where she volunteered and participated in regular exercise programs until her health began to fail early this year. Gertrude is survived by her brothers Ingo, Rudi, and Hermann, as well as sisters Henrika and Irmi; her daughter Pia and son Frederick, grandchildren Paul, Andy, and Holly, and great-grandchildren Amethyst, Mylez, and Emerald Moon. A memorial service for Gertrude will be held at Lakewood Lutheran Church, Lakewood, WA, Monday, June 20, 2011 at 3PM, followed by a burial service at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lakewood Lutheran Church or Steilacoom Community Center. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.  Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.

Marvis S. Pedersen
5/24/1920 – 6/14/2011 Born in Outlook, Montana, Marvis became a life-long resident of the Lake City/American Lake area of Lakewood, Washington, graduated from Lincoln High School (1939), attended business school, married and retired from a 40+ year career at Nalley’s Fine Foods as an accountant. He was a Tacoma Elks member for 70 years, avid National Ski Patrol member serving at Crystal Mountain, Steilacoom Lake ice dancer, hunter, gardener, outdoorsman and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret L. Luft (1985), second wife Dorothy L. Anderson Galteland (2007), Lake City homesteader parents Anton and Agnes Pedersen, and sister Joyce (Peggy) O’Neill. His remaining extended family will miss him greatly and recall fond memories of the times spent at his home overlooking American Lake. Memorial services will be Thursday, June 23, 2011, 2pm, in the Mountain View Valley Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood. Please visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com for additional information. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.