Dorothy L. Hutchinson, Clayton A. Wetzel, Joanne Baunsgard Shera, Virgil W. Allen, Patricia Lou Todd, Joanne Mae Torgerson
Dorothy L. Hutchinson
Dorothy L. Hutchinson passed away March 29, 2006 in Spokane, Washington after a long illness. She was born in Joplin, Missouri on July 15, 1925 and was the youngest of 13 brothers and sisters. She was preceded in her death by her husband, Don, in 1994.
Dorothy was a waitress at the Poodle Dog Restaurant in Fife for many years. She will be remembered by her laughter and love. She had many friends and was known for cooking fabulous Mexican dinners of which many of her friends enjoyed.
She is survived by her son Larry and his wife Linda of Spokane and son Steve of Tacoma, and three grandchildren, Matt, Brian, and Kristen.
Memorial services will be held at 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at Mountain View Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Clayton A. Wetzel
Surrounded by family, Clayton Andrew Wetzel passed away March 29, 2006 in Tacoma,
Washington. He was born to Carl and Bernice [Bazzar] Wetzel, April 1, 1928 in Tacoma.
Clayton graduated from Lincoln High School and had attended the College of Puget
He served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne and the 204th Field Artillery during the Korean Conflict.
Clayton retired, in 1989, from Pacific Storage and had worked for the Pierce County
He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, gardening, and family gatherings. He was a member of Teamster Local 313, and the VFW Post 91.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, David.
layton is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce, brother Dayton, children: Kathleen [Ralph] Ortiz, Carla Kelly, Cherie Wetzel, Clinton A. and Kristina [Daren] Salstrom; grandsons: Jason A. Kelly, Bryon A. Wetzel, Timothy R. Ortiz, Stephen C. Ortiz, and
Kevin S. Wetzel; granddaughter: Jennifer L. Kelly; great-granddaughter: Karla V. Kelly; nephew, David Wetzel, niece, Heather Jackson and their families.
Memorial services will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at Mountain View Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com..
Joanne Baunsgard Shera
Joanne died peacefully at home Sunday, March 26th after a long decline due to kidney failure. The last two months of her life were a joy and treasure for her family.
Born on January 31, 1931, in Seattle, WA, Joanne was a 6th generation Washingtonian and a descendent of Charles Ross, fur trader with the John Jacob Astor Co. and later the Hudson’s Bay Co. In 1850, her ancestors homesteaded in Pierce County. Joanne was also a descendent of Chief Leschi of the Nisqually tribe. Other members of her family built and operated the Virginia V, part of the original Mosquito Fleet on Puget Sound.
As a girl, Joanne’s family built a small home on American Lake. She graduated from Clover Park High School in 1949 and attended the UW and UPS, where she earned a B.A. degree in Sociology.
After college, Joanne married her childhood sweetheart, Ned Shera, and raised her family. Throughout her life, Joanne was a huge supporter of her husband’s career in business and politics. She was active in many volunteer organizations, including the Junior League of Tacoma, Greater Lakes Mental Health Center and Keep Lakewood Beautiful.
While her many activities included gardening, tennis, boating, and world travel, the most important thing to Joanne was spending time with family and life-long friends. With a strong interest in the arts and a flair for decorating, Joanne returned to school to become an interior designer. She loved helping her friends decorate their homes.
In addition to her three surviving children, Sydney Shera, Leslie Shera, and Scott Shera, Joanne is survived by three grandchildren, including Oliver Lockwood, Leah Jewett, and Brian Jewett, as well as her son-in-law, Peter Jewett, and brother-in-law, Tim Shera.
We will miss Joanne’s wit and humor, her strong life force and love of people. In lieu of gifts and flowers, remembrances may be made to Keep Lakewood Beautiful, PO Box 39502, Lakewood, WA 98439.
A celebration of Joanne’s life will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.
VIRGIL W. ALLEN
Virgil was born in Laverne, MN and raised on the family farm in ND.
At age 17 he joined the Navy and retired in 1956 as a warrant officer. Virgil was a Pearl Harbor survivor. Virgil worked for The Anchorage Daily News until 1964, when he moved to Tacoma to marry his wife, Iva, of 41 years.
In 1969, he and his wife opened and operated Rapid Service Printing in Parkland. After 37 years in business, they moved their shop home, where they continued to do business until just prior to his death.
Virgil is survived by his loving family: wife Iva, daughter Dorothy (Fred), four grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren, and a brother Donald. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Private services will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at Tahoma National Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for 2 PM, Sunday, April 9, 2006 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 817 S. Vassualt, Tacoma, WA at.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Veterans Services Fund at the Tacoma Elks Lodge #17, of Tacoma, where Virgil was a long-time member.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.
She has joined her beloved husband Jack where they are probably practicing their golf swings together again. She came into this world on November 15, 1929 and left this world on March 28, 2006. She was a woman that had a broad smile, had a unique ability to tell a joke or two with a touch of mischievousness and gave out an aura of energy that could fill a room with her presence. She touched many lives during her seventy-six years and will always be remembered as “Pat.”
Pat was born in Wenatchee, WA, graduated high school in 1947, went to work packing cherries and picking apples on her parent’s, Iva and Claude Meehan’s orchard. Sometime later she made up her mind to move west and try the wet side of the state. She became a dispatcher for the Washington State Patrol in Seattle where destiny intervened and she met the love of her life, Jack Todd. Jack’s career took the Todd’s to Vancouver, Colfax, Bellevue and his last assignment before retirement to Lakewood. After the birth of their oldest son, Pat contracted to take a home study course in court reporting and was one of the few who actually completed the difficult program. She spent many years running her nimble fingers over the keyboard while taking depositions and testimonies from many high profile legal trials.
After retiring from court reporting, she took up the game of golf. With Jack as her instructor, and always tenacious, she easily mastered the game. Her greatest achievement was a hole-in-one on number six at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. She developed an avocation in organizing and assisting in helping her friends put together, in home, garage sales. She was also proficient in the kitchen, always inviting her friends in to sample her latest creations. Pat was a volunteer for the Pierce County Cancer Thrift Shop, a member of the Lakewood Republican Women, and a member of the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club where she was a past president of the eighteen-hole women’s group. Pat and Jack were long time season ticket holders at Husky Stadium. They also enjoyed trips to Reno and Las Vegas for “a little touch of the slots.”
She is survived by son Jeff, Lakewood; son Greg, Palm Desert, CA; granddaughter, Meagan; sister Donna Erickson, East Wenatchee; nephew Phil Erickson and niece, Barbara Hepler; grandnephew, Brian Hepler, and numerous other grandnephews and nieces. Pat’s sunny disposition and effervescence will be missed by all her family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday April 6, 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. All donations: please send to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Joanne Mae Torgerson
Joanne Mae Torgerson, born December 30, 1929 in Janesville, Wisconsin, to George and Esther Mitchell, passed away on April 1, 2006, in the presence and love of her family.
Predeceased by loving husband, Art, in 2000, Joanne is survived by daughter Judy, son Jon (Sharyl), grandsons Todd and Dan (Jessica), brothers John (Darlene) and Patrick (Patsy).
All her life Mom took great pride in being a wife, mother, grandma and homemaker. Her family was her greatest joy and she never wavered in her devotion to them. She was a confidant and wise advisor to her family and friends. She always made time to listen to the cares and concerns of others. Mom was especially known and admired for her well-kept yard and home, as well as her love of cooking. One of her greatest joys was becoming a grandmother and she was an active participant in her grandsons’ lives.
Joanne and Art enjoyed their retirement years traveling and especially loved their trips to the Oregon Coast. It was a rare summer evening they could not be found playing a game of Scrabble on their home patio. Their love of creating family and holiday traditions will forever remain in the hearts of their children and grandsons. Judy and Jon find comfort in knowing Mom and Dad are together again.
The family wishes to extend great appreciation to the loving and caring staff at Cottesmore Care
Center in Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends.