Robert Dean Bennett May 16, 1965 – March 9, 2009 Bob passed away peacefully on Monday March 9, surrounded by his immediately family after suffering a massive stroke. Bob joined his grandparents, his beloved Aunt Shirley and his best buddies ‘Chevy’ and ‘Tanzie’ in heaven. Left to mourn his passing are his parents Robert and Kathleen Bennett of Lakewood, WA, sister Stacey (Juan) DeJesus of Lakewood, WA., nephew Rick Madrid Jr. serving with the US Army in Colorado Springs, Co., and niece Brianna Madrid of Lakewood, WA. Bob also leaves behind numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins and his pup’s Little and Grinder. After attending Mt.Tahoma High School, Bob went to work in the family business where he was employed until his passing. There wasn’t anyone who really knew Bob who didn’t love him for his BIG heart and gentle soul. Bobby loved fast cars, fishing and camping with friends. He was a gifted mechanic who could build a race car or 4 wheel rig from scratch. There are no words to describe how much our Bobby Dean will be missed. The family would like to thank the staff of the ER and ICU at Good Samaritan Hosp., with special thanks to Dr. Mann for his kindness and gentle care. Viewing will be held at Mt. View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW on Friday March 13, 2009 from 3:00PM to 9:00 PM. Memorial Service will be held Saturday March 14 at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, 5400 112th St SW, Lakewood, WA. At 11:00 AM. Reception to follow. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Gary Dougherty June 9, 1958 – March 7, 2009 Preceded in death by mother Alice. Survived by wife Tina, daughter Randi, sons Rory, Jessy, D.J. siblings Randy, Kacey, Rick, Karrie, Christeen, Kecia, Kellie, and 7 grandchildren, father Richard. Services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home, Valley Chapel March 14th at 3pm with a private viewing 2-9pm, March 13th. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Sivasa “Joe” Fiu, Jr. Born on March 7, 1960 in American Samoa, he left us on March 9, 2009. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he was devoted to caring for his family and friends. He joined the US Army at 18 and retired after serving 23 years. While stationed at Ft. Lewis, he met his wife of 20 years, Carole M. (Whiteman) Underwood. Retiring to Tacoma, he enjoyed his family and friends. He loved BBQing in the back yard and going fishing. He worked for FedEx a number of years. Sivasa joins his father, uncles, and his sister. Survived by his wife, his mother Palepa Sofai Matuu, 2 brothers, his sister, son Anthony [partner Yvette], daughters Jennette and Tiana, grandchildren Josef (Joey), Stephanie (Jade), Justice, Britney, Jessica and Allie, as well as aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Special thanks to the FedEx family for all their love and support. Services will be held March 14, 2009 at 11am in the Mountain View Valley Chapel in Lakewood. Remembrance gathering to follow. Please leave online condolences at www.mouintainviewtacoma.com .
Merlin M. Madison Merlin was born on March 17, 1931 in Oklahoma and passed away on March 9, 2009 in Federal Way, Washington. He worked for the Buffelen Woodworking Co. for 36 years. He is survived by wife Jung Hwa, daughter Seyong (Jung Sang) An, and grandsons Michael and Phillip An. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 14, 2009 in the Mountain View Celebration of Life Center building with viewing starting at 9:00 AM. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Joe Rozenski, a lifelong resident of Fife, passed away on March 9, 2009. Joe was born in Fife to Gus and Mary Rozenski on April 24, 1914. Joe was the eldest of three siblings. Joe was raised on the family farm located in what is now the heart of Fife. Joe attended Fife schools, graduating Salutatorian of his class. His distinction as Salutatorian was an early indicator of the standards Joe set for himself and expected of others. Following high school, Joe spent several years in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) was a familiar term to our country at the time and a fond memory for Joe. Joe always felt the hard work on the farm and the CCCs prepared him for his fifty-year career as a conductor for the Milwaukee Railroad. Like many of his generation, Joe lived through the “Great Depression” and never forgot the lessons he learned: thrift, hard work, and self reliance. Those traits were admired by others who asked for his leadership as President of the Local Brotherhood of Trainmen for twenty five years, a long time member of Fife, Drainage Board, Planning Commission, City Council, and ultimately as Mayor of Fife. In 1941 Joe married Elenora Larson. They built a home together in Fife, and were married 60 years before she preceded him in death. They were blessed with one child, Janell. In addition to his wife, Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill, his sister Helen, her husband Arthur Brown, and his nephew William Salamone. Joe is survived by his daughter Janell and son-in-law Dan Orr of Richland, WA, three grandchildren, Rob Keating of Boulder, Colorado, Deric Orr, Seattle, Lindsay Gray and her husband Mark and their son, Joe’s great-grandchild, Jacob Daniel Gray, of Pasco, his niece and nephews Arlene, John and Michael Salamone of Fife, dear friend Marion Dacca, and good friends Werner and Manfred Scharmach. Services will be held March 14, 2009, 9:00 am, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Reception following in the Oak Room. Please send condolences to Mountain View online site, www.mountainviewtacoma.com .