HELEN FOX Helen was born on March 2, 1927 and passed away on Jan. 14, 2009. She was raised in Puyallup and settled in Spanaway after her marriage to Albert Fox in 1946. She moved to Puyallup in 2003. Helen was preceded in death by her husband Albert and her four brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Rosanne (Earl) Maw of Pickens, S.C., and son Ed (Gayle) Fox of Puyallup. She is also survived by granddaughters Teresa Looper of Liberty, S.C., and Tracy (Jay) Hansen and Kristen (Craig) Hill of Puyallup and her great grandchildren Brandon Looper, Mackenzie and Alex Hill and Shelbie, Nicholas and Nathan. Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Irene Eleanor (Mears) Brennan On the 26th of December, 2008, Irene Eleanor Mears Brennan, age 81, passed away on Friday, December 26th, 2008 following a courageous battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was born in Tacoma on May 17th, 1927 to Andrew and Ruth Mears and was raised with her 8 other siblings on South Montgomery Street. Irene graduated from Lincoln High School and enjoyed ice skating with her friends. It was during one of those outings that she met her future husband Jack J. Brennan, a career army officer stationed at Ft. Lewis. They were married in July 1948. In October 1951 they adopted the infant son of Irene’s younger sister, Margaret, who had been killed by her husband in April 1950. Irene enjoyed the many
diverse cultures she encountered while being an army wife, living and traveling throughout the United States, Japan and the countries of Europe. In 1963, after Jack was hired by the District Attorney’s office in Redwood City, CA, Irene took a position as a medical records supervisor where she worked till shortly before they retired and returned to Tacoma in 1977. It was while in California that Irene became an accomplished artist and produced a number of oil paintings. Over the years, Irene loved to socialize and collected many close friends whom she stayed in touch with via cards and email. A few years after the death of her husband Jack, Irene became reacquainted with an old high school boy friend, Ray Sprossig and they shared life together until his death in 2003. At 81, she was on her 4th computer and had spent several years researching and published a comprehensive genealogical history of her family going back to the late 1700s. Irene moved from Tacoma to the new Wesley Homes community at Lea Hill in Auburn, WA after several years of “snow birding” between Tacoma and Yuma. Irene was very well loved by everyone she met. Always active, she was best known for her smile and sense of humor. Irene is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jerold (Jerry) and Joanne Brennan, who reside in VA; brothers and their spouses: Clyde and Sue Mears, Reno, NV, Lester (Robert) and Nancy Mears, Sequim, WA, Loren Mears, CA, Elmer (Fritz) and Helen Mears, St. Petersburg, FL, and Norman and Betty Mears of Clinton Township, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, infant son John, mother Ruth, father Andrew, and siblings Margaret, Earl, Melvin, and Julie. She has been interred with Jack and John at the Fort Lewis cemetery. A memorial gathering for family and close friends is planned for May 2009 in Tacoma. The family has requested that memorial donations and acknowledgements be sent in Irene’s name to: Highline Hospice, 12844 Military Road South, Tukwila, WA 98168 or via online www.highlinemedicalcenter.org. Please visit and sign our online guestbook via the Tacoma News Tribune website: www.legacy.com/tribnet.
Janice Diane Moore. Janice Diane (J.D.) Moore, of Tacoma, was born July 20, 1946 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She passed away January 14, 2009 in her home while surrounded by her closest friends and family. Her childhood was spent on family farms in Klamath Falls as well as Tulelake, California, Malin, Oregon, and Mesa, Washington. It was life on the farm that fostered her love of animals, especially cats. There has not been a time in 40 years that she didn’t share her home with at least one of her furry friends. Upon graduation from Connell High School in 1964 she moved to Tacoma, where she lived the rest of her life. Her most proud achievement was being a loving, supportive and inspiring mother to her only son. She graduated from Evergreen State College in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree emphasizing counseling and social work. J.D. had a rich career with multiple state agencies, working with the homeless, the abused and children. She touched countless lives with her work, giving a voice and validation to members of our society who needed it most. In 1995 she married the love of her life with whom she lived, laughed and loved. The caring and compassion in their relationship was an inspiration to all who knew them. Always a voracious reader, the volumes in her library are uncountable. Her favorite reading was in her Bible and the Scriptures of her LDS faith. As a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, J.D. held many leadership and teaching positions and was known to always have a soft heart and a kind word for those who were in need. Her continued study and commitment to live a faithful life has certainly secured her place in Heaven as a fun, compassionate and spiritual child of God. J.D. is survived by her loving husband Dan Moore of Tacoma, son Michael Schmidt and daughter-in-law Jennifer Schmidt (nee Cotter) of Spokane, sister Kathleen Russell (nee Cartwright) of Gig Harbor, and nephew David Russell and his wife Rachael Russell (nee Ford) of Gig Harbor. Memorial services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the corner of South Twelfth and Pearl Streets in Tacoma on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:00pm. A reception will immediately follow the services at the same location.
ISG Edward P. Davis U.S. Army Ret. Born Oct. 8, 1936 in Virginia, passed away Jan. 15, 2009 surrounded by loved ones at Madigan Army Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife Margarete of 50 years, children Janet, Ron, Steve (Heidi) & Karen, grandchildren Brian & Danielle, mother Jannie Frazier, brother Norman, sisters Bernice, Geraldine & Mary. Viewing on Jan. 22nd, 2PM to 9PM @ Mountain View. Services on Jan. 23rd 1:45PM @ Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Society or Humane Society. www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Joshua Blair Krasko Of University Place, WA, passed away January 10, 2009 from the arms of his loving family. Joshua was born October 11, 1978 in Tacoma, WA. He was the loving son of Mike and Kathy Krasko and the loving father of his five year old daughter, Sincha Krasko. He is also survived by his sisters, Sarah Heckman, her children, Charlie and Jordan, and Melissa Milam and her children, Alex, Quinn and Cole. His uncles and aunts, Bob, Barbara, Patrick and Mary and their children and spouses and grandmother, Helen Marshall, loved him dearly. Joshua touched the lives of more people than can be listed here and had many close friends that he shared his love and life with. He was a caring, gentle soul who always tried to be there for his family and friends. He is going to be always in our hearts and we will miss his smile and hugs forever. His memorial service will be held Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at Mountain View Valley Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Tacoma, Washington 98499. This will be followed by a gathering at his uncle’s home for a celebration of Joshua’s life.
The above listed obituary was arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.