Maurice S. (Mo) Finnigan Former Tacoma Deputy Mayor Maurice S. (Mo) Finnigan passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday morning, May 23, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mo was born in Tacoma on March 27, 1917, to Peter and Ethelwyn Finnigan. He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife of 54 years, Lucile (1994), the daughter of former Washington Lt. Governor and Past Grand Exalted Ruler Emmett T. Anderson and wife Lucile; and his brothers Dayton (2002) and Albert (2003). Mo was a faithful servant to his family, church, business, and community. Mo was raised in Tacoma and attended Franklin Elementary, Jason Lee Middle School, and Stadium High School (1935). He attended the University of Washington. Mo left school to begin a 44-year professional career with the National Blower and Sheet Metal Company, a steel and metal fabrication business founded by his father, in the Tacoma tide flats. His early working years were interrupted with service to his country. He proudly served in the Navy overseas and then in the Navy Reserve, that led to his recall into the Korean War. He was a great patriot. When his father Peter unexpectedly died in 1953, Mo and his older brother Dayton succeeded their father managing the family business and together grew the company into a very successful business for several decades. Mo followed his father-in-law’s passion for the B.P.O.E. fraternal organization (Elks #174), through his devoted service, that ultimately led to his position of Exalted Ruler of the Tacoma Lodge in 1959. Mo was later awarded the distinction of All- American Exalted Ruler at the national ritualistic competition in Dallas, Texas. He was on the steering and building committees for the relocation of the Lodge at its current site in 1965. Mo was one of the longest standing members of the Tacoma Lodge, of over 70 years, at the time of his death. In 1962, a local “United Citizens Committee for Sound City Government” asked Mo to run on a slate for a position on the Tacoma City Council. He ultimately served the citizens of Tacoma until 1971, the last two years as Deputy Mayor. During his more than nine years of service, Mo represented the Council as a member of the Human Rights Commission and the Civic Arts Commission during the formative years of both commissions. In 1972, Mo was asked to become a Director of the new Tacoma Commercial Bank. He valued the experience of being on the ground level of a start-up bank and contributing to its growth. The Bank of Tacoma, as it was later called, was eventually acquired by West One Bank, which was later acquired by U.S. Bancorp. Mo also was a dedicated servant of his church, first at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma, where he served on the Church Vestry, and then at St. Joseph-St. John Episcopal Church in Lakewood. Mo served on many civic boards and committees. He especially enjoyed the experience as a charter member of the Daffoldillians and the valued relationships of his friends in the Fridalopians group. Mo and Lucile traveled extensively around the world. They enjoyed many adventures together, especially their time at their condo on the oceanfront in Maui. He loved to read, always trying to expand his knowledge. Mo was an avid bowler and golfer. He especially was thrilled to have achieved two holes-in-one, on the same hole twenty years apart. Mo leaves behind to celebrate his memory, his daughter Kathleen Brooke of Littleton, Colorado, and grandson Stephen (wife Kimberly), and great granddaughters Elise, Taylor, and Lexi, of Littleton, and granddaughter Julie, also of Littleton; daughter Libby Nielsen of Bellevue, granddaughter Kristen McSherry (husband Bill), and great granddaughter Lucy of Bellevue, and granddaughter Kimberly Darrin (husband Jim), of Woodinville; and his son Stephen Finnigan (wife Eileen), grandson Ryan (wife Kristin), great granddaughters Courtney and Sophie, and great- grandson Luke, of Gig Harbor; grandson Jason (wife Aimee), and great granddaughters Hailey and Maddie, of North Bend, Oregon; and grandson Andrew, (wife Brooke), of Tacoma. He loved his family very much. Every year on our birthdays, our Dad, Grandpa, Great grandpa would send us $100 plus a dollar for each year of age. He loved hearing about how we spent it. The family would like to express their appreciation for the dedicated staff from the Franciscan Hospice, his oncology specialists, Moacyr Oliveira and Nathan Bittner, and special care given to our father by Brandi Ivey, of Sound Options. The family would also like to acknowledge the support and loving friendship of Father Dick French. In lieu of flowers, Mo would like donations to go to the Franciscan Hospice, Washington Elks Therapy Program, and/or the American Cancer Society . A memorial service with communion will be held Friday, May 29th at 2PM at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street, Tacoma, WA. 98403. A reception celebrating Mo’s life will be held at 3:15 Friday , May 29th, at Fircrest Golf Club, 1500 Regents Blvd., Fircrest, Wa., 98466. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Grace Irene Gius was born on October 3, 1917 in Houghton, Oregon and died peacefully in her home on May 18, 2009. She lived a long, full life, giving generously of her love and talents to family and community. When she was eight, her family moved to Tacoma. She graduated from the College of Puget Sound, where she met Bob Gius, her husband of 68 years. They had five children, seven foster children, and one adopted daughter. Grace taught first grade at Lakeview Elementary School and, after their move to California, became a reading specialist. She was a natural leader and had many roles in many organizations. She and Bob were very active in Lions Clubs in California and, on their return, in Washington. In 1992 Grace became the first woman president of Lakewood First Lions. She held many offices at local and regional levels and, in 2007, she received a “Distinguished Leadership” medal from the Lions Club International. She was a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her son David, daughter Darline, and grandson Jonathon Cables. She is survived by her daughters Donna Franklin, Monica Cuellar, and Bobbie Vasil, son Dan Gius, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 5505 10th St. SW, Lakewood: Rosary at 10:30 AM and Mass at 11:00 followed by a reception. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lakewood First Lions Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 99158, Lakewood, WA 98488. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Alan Curtis Liddle was born in Tacoma, Washington to Myrtle and Abram Liddle on March 10, 1922 and died peacefully on May 17, 200 9 at age 87. He had two older siblings, Dix and Louise, both deceased. Alan displayed an early talent for architecture, designing a model home at age 13 and winning a national award for his design of a dream house at age 18. He started architecture studies at the University of Washington but WWII intervened. After spending three years as a teletype operator he witnessed the end of the war in the streets of Czechoslovakia. Returning to the Pacific NW he continued his architecture studies graduating in 1948. He spent one college summer as a fire lookout on Gobblers Knob inside Mt Rainier National Park, and the next three starting to build his dream cabin on family property near Mt Rainier. To continue his studies in architecture he went to Zurich in 1950 to study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. When he returned he got a job as an architectural assistant finishing the Grigg’s House which had been started by Frank Lloyd Wright. He was renowned as a gifted architect of the Pacific NW modern style, and designed hundreds of homes an d buildings. His architectural drawings are archived at the University of Washington Tacoma. He received numerous awards for his designs, and was a lifelong member of the AIA serving as president of the SW Washington chapter in 1967. He was a passionate champion of art, history, and historic preservation, serving as a founding member of the Tacoma Art Museum, and creating the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission. He was also a lifelong member of the Tacoma Historical Society who annually bestows the Alan C. Liddle award to a nominee who has contributed to historic preservation. Alan was a warm, refined, eloquent, charming, stylish, and forthright man. He had a disarmingly wry sense of humor and observation. He traveled the world often on architectural tours. He loved his weekend trips to his cherished cabin at Mt Rainier where he was a great host. His wide circle of friends relished his extremely creative Christmas cards. He donated generously to numerous charities and organizations including his house to the Tacoma Art Museum and 12 acres of forest to Mt Rainier National Park. He leaves his niece, Janet Liddle (Pat Kennedy) of Ashford, nephew, David Liddle of Kirkland, his grand niece, Javila Schelhorn of Seattle, his sister-in-law, Mary Liddle of Bellevue, and numerous dear friends. Celebration of Life, May 31, Tacoma Art Museum, 2-4. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Alfred C. Kammerzell was born October 1, 1929 in Farmington, WA and died May 14, 2009 in Tacoma. His parents were John and Martha Kammerzell. He attended school in Farmington and graduated from Eastern Washington State College, where he met and married the love of his life, Garnet Gene Maple. They were married 43 years and had three sons, Claude, Paul and Stanley. He is survived by Claude and Paul and two granddaughters, Deborah and Abigail. He worked for 35 years as a warehouseman at Fort Lewis and McChord AFB. He was active in Tacoma NAACP in the ’50s and early ’60s; and after retirement F.O.R., Jobs with Justice and Tacoma neighborhood councils. He was a member for over 50 years of the Tacoma Unitarian Church. He was a supporter of the local art scene and a founding member of Puget Sound Poetry Connection. One of his poems is included in the Point Defiance Promenade. A memorial will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 10:30 AM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tacoma, 1115 S. 56th St. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .