ALFRED R. KLAPSTEIN June 11, 1913 – February 7, 2009 Dad was a quiet, unassuming man who had his own way of doing things. He had a relationship with his Lord and Savior and tried to live” as pleasing unto the Lord.” Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he immigrated as a small boy with his parents to Tacoma where he lived the rest of his life. He graduated from Lincoln High School and afterwards played semi-pro football with the Alt Heidelberg team in the 1930’s. Sports, especially football, were always an important pastime. Dad was a man of hard work, integrity and honesty as was seen in his business dealings. He owned and ran Klapstein Builders, and built many homes and churches in the area. He also was a life-long member of Calvary Baptist Church and sang bass in the choir for over fifty years. Dad was predeceased by his wife, Gertie, of fifty years and is survived by his children: Judith Hutchens (Don), Robert Keith (Susie), Karen Henry (Ralph) and Richard Klapstein (Kathy). Also surviving are a brother Walter (Beverly) and sister, Dolores Ormay, nine grandchildren and ten great-grand children. A private family graveside will be held. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Iva Lorraine Hickey passed away peacefully Sunday, February 8, 2009. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on January 27, 1919 to Wallace Henry and Ida Christine Lindeman. She moved to Tacoma with her family when her father was transferred from St. Paul by the Northern Pacific Railroad. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1936 and Racine’s Western Institute (Business College) in 1938. She then enjoyed working for Weyerhauser Timber and spending time with great friends. She returned to the professional world when her children were nearly grown. She worked for the Tacoma News Tribune as Manager of the Credit Union and retired as Assistant Personnel Manager in 1981. Iva married John C. Hickey on April 11, 1942. He was her hero as well as a heroic Tacoma Police officer. Their special bond and community outings impacted many people in positive ways. John passed away January 4, 2001. She was an active member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1925, where she was baptized, confirmed and married. She was a Sunday School teacher, President of the Lutheran Church Women, and Bible Study Leader for the Lydia Circle. Iva’s family was her focus, pride and joy. She often said, “I’ve been blessed all of my life.” However, it was she who brought sunshine to everyone she met. She is survived by daughters Sharon Eivinsen (Edwin) Mesa, Arizona, Susan Gunsalus (Eric) of San Francisco, California, and son John M. Hickey (Patricia) of Gig Harbor. There are eight precious grandchildren: Caron (Raoul), Gregory (Christina), Stephen (Jennifer), John (Virginia), Kari, Cody, Caelin, and Jessica. She enjoyed eleven beloved great grandchildren: Ivy, Gunther, Garett, Isabelle, Josephine, Annelise, Christian, Stephanie, Gracie, Cyrus, and Zoe. She also is survived by two sisters: Anita Wicklund, Bainbridge Island and Janice Perry (Glenn), Tacoma. She has four remaining sisters-in-law: Louise Lindeman, Bonnie Smith, Helen Holcomb and Peggy Hickey. Her many nephews and nieces affectionately called her Auntie Iva. Memorial Service and Celebration Lunch: Saturday, February 14th, 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, located at 524 South “I” Street, in Tacoma, Washington, 98405. Memorial contributions should go to First Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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