Marion R. Ray Born Oct. 12, 1924, passed away at home, surrounded by her family, May 3, 2009. Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, and a friend to anyone who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil, sister Wanda Hallock, and life-long friend Grace Ostrom. She was a fabulous mother, cook, and homemaker extraordinaire. Outside of home she was a mean pinochle player, loved God, church, dancing, and being with her friends. She is survived by son Howard Ray, Tacoma; daughters Marian Andrews, Mesa, AZ and Nellie Richardson, Tacoma; 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Viewing at Fircrest Presbyterian, 1250 Emerson St., Tacoma on May 8, 2009 from 10:30-12 p.m. with service at 12 p.m. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Sylvia Bartlett Born in Geddes, South Dakota, September 6 1923, passed away April 16 2009. Sylvia is survived by 2 children Terry (Janice) Bartlett, Gig Harbor, Trudy Petak, Fircrest, grandchildren Nicole Petak, Tyler (Jenni) Bartlett, Nick Bartlett and great grandchild McKinzie. She is also survived by two sisters Lillian Gordan New Jersey and Valasta (Val) (Wayne) Smith of Lakewood. She was predeceased by her husband Spike in 1997. Sylvia’s career included 20 years as supervisor in Supply Division at Fort Lewis Logistic’s Center. Sylvia always had a fun loving spirit. She was a firm believer that “laughter was the best medicine.” Sylvia, you were deeply loved by your family. You will always be in our hearts and prayers and we will miss you forever. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Stephen A. Farr LTC USA Ret. Steve, beloved husband of Alene for over sixty years, passed away peacefully at his home on April 21, 2009 at the age of 86. Born in San Diego, CA on March 23, 1923, he enlisted in the Army during WWII, and shortly thereafter received his commission through Officers Candidate School. He saw service in China and oversaw the surrender of Japanese troops to the Chinese in Manchuria at war’s end. He met the love of his life, Pat, who was serving as an Army nurse in 1943, and after Steve’s overseas assignments, they married. Steve also served in the Korean War. His twenty years’ service in the Army took him and Pat to Europe and throughout the USA. Upon his retirement they settled in Lakewood, and Steve attended PLU, where he obtained a master’s degree. For the next 25 years he worked for the Tacoma School District as a child psychologist and as a part-time consultant for over 3 years after that. Those who knew Steve will remember him as a compassionate, caring individual who loved to help others. In addition to his wife Pat, he is survived by his daughter Renee Ahlbrect of Lakewood, and a sister, Marion Raisch, of Sandy, UT. Sharing in Pat’s grief are dear friends John and Cristel Scouller of Tacoma and Bill Dick of Lakewood. At Steve’s request, there will be no services. Memorial gifts in Steve’s name can be sent to the Tacoma Rescue Mission, 425 S. Tacoma Way, POEBox 1912, Tacoma, WA 98401-1912. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Marie A. Nicholson Marie Nicholson born April 2, 1916 Passed into the loving arms of Jesus on April 24, 2009 at the age of 93. Her husband Doyal passed in 1985. She leaves behind a bereaved family. Keith Nicholson her son her daughter in law Necia of Chehalis. six grandchildren Mark, Sarah, Daniel, Gayle, Leonard and Teri. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Anna Maria Niolu Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Anna was born February 24, 1927 in Munich, Germany, and died April 29, 2009 near Everett, Washington. The youngest of seven children, she spent her youth in Munich, Bavaria. During WWII she worked in a grocery and survived bombings and occupation. She worked for the postwar government and met future husband, USAF Sergeant “Benny” Niolu, whom she married in 1951. They had three sons and traveled across the world. During this time Anna raised her sons and instilled a strong sense of family. She also contributed to volunteer organizations. In 1967 the family moved to Tacoma, where Anna could live near sister Rosi. She worked, participated in PTA, and Sons and Sisters of Herman Lodge where she was a President. She helped her sons graduate from college after Benny passed away in 1975. Anna received an AA degree from Pierce College in 1981. Anna was known for her fierce devotion to family and friends, fearlessness, openness, and kindness to people. She loved her pets and garden and spent many hours there. We will always love and greatly miss our loving Mom! She is survived by sons Raymond, Tony and Ken, daughter-in-law Deborah, Ken’s partner Jerry, grandsons Gianni and Dominic, and relatives and friends worldwide. A private memorial service will be held Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Myron L. Weidman 1919 – 2009 Myron was born in Oregon and raised in Dayton, WA by parents Louis and Zenobia Weidman, with brothers Harley and Ken and sisters Lenora and Lillian. Enlisting in the Air Force during WWII, Myron was posted to Spokane, WA. Attending First Christian Church there, he met and married the love of his life, L. Bertha (Jacobs) Weidman. Following postings to Colorado and Alaska, he and Bertha returned to Spokane to begin building their own house and to have their two children. Myron pursued a career in banking, beginning with First National Bank in Spokane, and retiring from Wells Fargo Bank in Tacoma, WA. In addition to his family, Myron loved boating, fishing, singing with his church choirs and local choral groups and, most of all, golfing. He and Bertha also enjoyed traveling. Myron was predeceased by his parents; Harley and Lenora, and Bertha in 2002. He is survived by his sister Lillian Dalberg, brother Ken (Lottie) Weidman, daughter Wendy Weidman, son Rick Weidman, and grandsons Mychal Weidman and Blair Weidman (Sada Condon), daughter-in-law Sandi Weidman and her children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews from both sides of the family, many wonderful and supportive friends, and his church family. His family would also like to thank Jin, Sung Mi, and Yong of the Gig Harbor Adult Family Home for their amazing care of and for Myron this last year. Burial will be in the family plot in Spokane. A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, 602 N. Orchard St., Tacoma, WA at 2pm on May 9, 2009. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to Alzheimer’s and dementia research would be a lovely gift in Myron’s name. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
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