Palma K. Geren, Ann Witser, Gladys Sandback, Edith Beck Powers, Pedro T. Antolin, Johnny Osley Sr., Kenneth G. Parker, Wilma Deree Reimers, Mrs. Naomi L. Johnson
Palma K. Geren
Palma K. Geren, born May 6, 1918 in Tacoma, WA, joined her beloved husband, Ernest H. Geren, on July 1, 2006.
She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in 1937 and Tacoma General School of Nursing in 1942. Palma was proud of her nursing career and continued her love of caring for others through her volunteer work. She was a devoted caring mom and grandma who will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her 2 children, Judy Mustain (Larry), and John Geren (Jan), 2 grandsons, Brent Mustain and Justin Fisher (Theresa), and 2 great-grandsons, Bryant and Julien.
Visitation will be held from 12 – 9 pm on Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 7, 2006 at the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caring staffs at Madigan Hospital and The Village retirement home.
Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.
Ann died peacefully at age 94 on June 30, 2006 in Tacoma, her lifelong home. Her husband, Charles, a well-known building contractor, died in 1970. During World War II she became one of the many women who worked in factories to support the war effort. After the war she worked for many years with the Internal Revenue Service in its Tacoma office. Ann was an avid gardener and always made certain that she had a beautiful garden wherever she lived in Tacoma. After her retirement she traveled frequently to many parts of the world, her most exciting trip being one to Norway with her immediate family, where she was reunited with relatives of her mother and father. She was the oldest daughter of Marie and Christopher Lund and sister to the late Walter Lund, Clarence Lund, and Esther Peterson. Ann leaves a son, Robert and wife Sharon, granddaughter Lynn, grandson Kenneth, grandson Steven and wife Marta, nieces Julie Johanson, Ethel Dittman, Darlene Berry and husband Jim, Joann Graham, Bethany Metkovich and husband George, Sharon Shull and husband Raymond, and many grandnieces and grandnephews. She also leaves a host of friends, many of them members of the Portland Avenue Evangelical Free Church, of which she was a member. Ann led an exemplary Christian life. The family wishes to thank the staff of Heartwood Extended Care for the gentle and loving care she received for the last year of her life.
There will be a private burial. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 7, 2006 at the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.
Gladys Sandback, 99, born in Cresco, Iowa Sept. 2, 1906 passed away in Tacoma June 21, 2006.
She is survived by her daughter Bernice Evens, stepdaughter Georgia Herrmann, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George Sandback and daughter Dolores Cox.
She loved her family and will truly be missed by all.
She was a member of Asbury Methodist Church.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sun, July 9th 2:00 PM.
Edith Beck Powers
January 3, 1906 – June 29, 2006
Becky was born on January 3, 1906, to Swedish parents Oscar & Lottie Beck in Tacoma, Washington. She was the younger sister to Robert. She grew up on McKinley Hill and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1924. She enjoyed her single life with a career in retail sales and many friends and activities. In 1935 she married Bill Powers and they moved to a home in the north end of Tacoma. Their daughter Janet was born in 1938, and Becky became not only a fabulous homemaker but the best mom in the world. She continued her career in retail on a part time basis and was also involved in her daughter’s activities and was an active member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, The Quax Club, The Back Acres Garden Club, The Food Bank, and several bridge clubs. In 1996 she moved to Vancouver, Washington to be closer to her daughter. She continued her busy life in her retirement home in Vancouver, meeting a whole set of new friends and continuing to play games and taking day trips while spending more time with her family. She will best be remembered for being a mom, grandmother and “GG” – great- grandmother. She loved her co-workers, friends and neighbors. She was able to have her 100th birthday with a big party in January with all of her family present. She will be missed by her daughter Janet Morgan, son-in-law Harley Morgan, grandchildren: Sally Leist (Scott), John Morgan (Marlo), and David Morgan (Susan). In the past few years she was also able to get to know and enjoy her nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on July 5th at Bethany Presbyterian Church. Remembrances to Bethany Presbyterian Church – 4420 North 41st Street, Tacoma, Washington 98407 or Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch, Wildhorse Canyon, PO 220, Antelope, Oregon 97001.
Pedro T. Antolin
Pedro T. Antolin passed away peacefully the evening of June 27, 2006 at his home in Lakewood at the age of 99. A retired Sergeant First Class in the US Army, he served his country in World War II and in the Korean War. It was during his service during the Korean War, while stationed at the U.N. headquarters’ Hialeah Compound’s officer’s mess hall in Pusan, he met a co-worker that would become his wife and life partner, Naomi.
Pedro was born in Santa Maria, Illocus Sur, Philippines on March 1, 1907 to Timothy and Cecilia Antolin. Pedro came to the US in 1927 to fulfill his dreams of a better life. He would regale his grandchildren with his exploits from his youth; sailing away from his home and family in the Philippines at age 20, working in the Alaskan fish canneries, buying a brand new Buick from his earnings and traveling from state to state looking for the next job opportunity, all the while learning the customs of his adopted country.
Pedro was a founding member of the St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Lakewood and the Filipino-American League in Tacoma. He was also known for his garden, which he cultivated until the very end. Every year he would raise a variety of vegetables in his backyard garden, which he would share with his children, friends and neighbors. In addition to his expertise in the garden he was an excellent cook and fisherman. He enjoyed gathering with his friends sharing stories from their early life in America and how their children and grandchildren were growing up in a world vastly different from the one they experienced when they were young.
Pedro will be missed by his wife, Naomi, his five children; Nancy Burnett (Jerry), Peter Antolin (Robin), Robert Antolin (Trudy), Grace Webster (Don), and Edwin Antolin (Susan) and his 17 grandchildren.
There will be a viewing from 1:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 4 and 5 at Mountain View Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Pedro’s life will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2006, beginning with a viewing at 10:00 a.m., followed by a rosary at 10:30, and the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at St John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th St SW Lakewood, Washington.
Pedro’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the doctors and staffs of St. Clare’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. Jerry Sullivan, and the Franciscan Hospice program for the care and understanding they provided to our dad during his last few weeks.
In leiu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to the St John Bosco Pastor’s Fund, 10508 112th St SW Lakewood, Washington 98498, which benefits an orphanage in Haiti.
Johnny Osley Sr.
April 19, 1939 – June 27, 2006
Johnny Osley Sr., born in Jenkins, KY, to James and Beatrice Osley, passed away on June 27, 2006 at the age of 67 in Tacoma, WA. He served 21 years in the US Army, where he retired with the rank of SGT 1st Class in Tacoma, WA.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Paek Son, 3 children: Susan Auguillard (Mike), Johnny Osley Jr., and Yolanda Osley-Gause (J.T.), 5 grandchildren, his parents, 10 sisters, 3 brothers, and a host of in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services for Johnny Osley Sr. will be held at 10 am on Thursday, July 6, 2006 at the Mountain View Valley Chapel.
Kenneth G. Parker
Ken passed away peacefully after complications from Heart Surgery on 06-28-2006.
He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth C. and Geneva J. Parker. He is survived by his daughter Amy, granddaughters Brandie and Mersadie, sisters Jane, Bonnie, and Alice, and his Aunt Gloria. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Ken grew up in Fern Hill, graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School, served in the US Navy and enjoyed the time he spent working in Alaska.
Ken loved to play darts, cribbage and visit with his friends while sharing a “cold one”. He was honest, loyal and of a gentle nature. He was loved deeply.
A celebration of Ken’s Life will take place July 7, 2006 at 2:30pm at Cassidy’s Restaurant 9621 Portland Ave.
Wilma Deree Reimers
Wilma was born on Sept. 21, 1912 in Rockville, NE and passed away on June 28, 2006 in Tacoma, where she spent most of her life. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Pete.
She is survived by her son William and wife Sherry, of Tacoma, granddaughters Deree (husband Norm) of San Diego, CA, Paula (husband Jeff), and Stephanie (husband Doug), and 4 great-grandchildren, all of Tacoma.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 12 – 9 PM, Mon – Wed, July 2, 3, and 4th, at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Mrs. Naomi L. Johnson
6/24/1937 – 6/27/2006
A longtime Tacoma resident, honored in many churches was called to Heaven to continue her Lord’s mission. She is survived by her children: Derek, Sara-Lee, Robert, and Sandra, grandchildren: Shaniqua, Spincir, Spindra, Kahari, Derek Jr. Uskyah, TJ, Daveena, Zeon, Jerome Jr., and Markell, and numerous other grandchildren, family, and friends. Services will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, July 2, 2006 at her home church, the Salvation Army on 12th & Union, Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Salvation Army, PO BOX 1254, Tacoma, WA, 98401.
The above listed obituaries were arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.