Joseph William Bergin was born in Mobile, Alabama, September 23, 1944 and died peacefully on October 8, 2008. He had lived in Lakewood, Washington for 47 years. He began his firefighting career as a volunteer firefighter with the Lakewood Department and went on to serve his country during the Vietnam War and was a Firefighter aboard the USS Bennington. After his Navy service he became a Civil Servant firefighter in Point Barrow, Alaska and later transferred to U.S. Puget Sound Navel Shipyard as a firefighter where he served until his retirement in 1994. Joe was honored to serve his country and community as a firefighter. He was a quiet, humble “Good Shepard” to all he came in contact with. He loved working outside and helping others. His mother, Anna Marie Bergin and four sisters survive him: Marjorie Thatcher, Helen Carlson, Rosemary Ballard, and Mary Pat Bergin-Sperry. He will be missed by numerous family, friends, and his African Grey “Crackers”. He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church. In celebration of Joe’s Life Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St John Bosco Catholic Church, Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11am. Thanks to all of the staff at Group Health who helped him through out HISEcourageous year. A special Thanks to Dr. Rosanne Larsen, Dr. Kurt Norman and Marie Salle RN.
James “Juke” Boyd “Man on a Mission” James, born October 25, 1934, went home to be with the Lord on October 6, 2008. James was born in Chester, PA to Eugene Braxton and Viola Waters-Hyson. After graduating from Chester High School, he went into the United States Air Force. Following his tenure in the service, he began his new career as a bus driver for Pierce Transit. He was most known for his ability to relate to the passengers on bus #52. After retirement, he spent his final years on “no one’s time schedule.” He was a “man on a mission,” leaving good memories for all those he loved, helped, and met. He knew no strangers. He was a humanitarian, generous, a lover of people, and gifted to meet the needs of the challenged. He enjoyed the simple things in life while spending time with family and friends. Most of all, he loved the Lord. “Mission Accomplished.” He was preceded in death by both parents, along with his siblings Jeannette and Jerry Carter. He is survived by his sister Betty Carter, children Marvin M. Boyd, James M. Boyd, Toni V. (Boyd) Torterotot, Darcel M. (Boyd) Carter, Faith E. Boyd, friend “Mother Darlene Boyd,” and a host of nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins. He will be greatly missed. James will be remembered at his home going celebration on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11:00 at True vine COGIC, located at 5715 N. 33rd, Tacoma, WA 98407.
Elsie M. Johnson, in the loving arms of her granddaughter, Teresa, peacefully passed through the gates of heaven on Saturday, October 4, 2008 where her husband, John Jr., her parents Jens and Alice and her twin sister Ethel were awaiting her arrival. Elsie was born February 28, 1923 on Anderson Island, Washington where she married her childhood sweetheart, John, in a garden ceremony on the island. Elsie lived her entire adult life in Tacoma as a homemaker and spent nearly every summer weekend back on Anderson Island, which she believed was “just a small part of God’s masterpiece.” She was an active member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church where she volunteered hundreds of hours, to include being a member of the Church Council, a volunteer at the Tacoma Lutheran Home, the Fish Food Bank, a member of the PTAEat her children’s elementary and middle schools, Rainbow Mother’s Club, Tahoma Dance Club and Past President of the Anderson Island Community Club. She leaves behind her son, Rod of Gig Harbor and daughter Judy Whiteside of Vancouver, WA, grandchildren Jeffrey Johnson, Steven Johnson, Teresa Ward, Tracy Whiteside, Robert Whiteside, Lisa Ferguson and 8 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Franciscan Hospice for their excellent care and comfort with a special thank you to Cora, at The Village, as well as her other caretakers who spent many loving hours making sure that Elsie was happy and comfortable during her last few years in her assisted living apartment. Memorial services will be held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1331 S. 76th St., Tacoma on Saturday, October 18th at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Tacoma Lutheran Home or Franciscan Hospice.
The above listed obituary was arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.