Barbara “Chee Chee” Johnson June 10, 1947 June 19, 2009 Barbara was a missionary Society member and past member of the senior choir at Miles Memorial Church, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Pan Hellenic Council, She was also a 20 year Red Cross Station Manager. Barbara is survived by her husband, Thomas, sons, Darnell and James, daughter Monica, sisters, Glorya Donnell (Arthur), and Denise Love (Dewain), brother Jonathan Rhodes, sister-in-law, Nana Williams (Arthur), granddaughter Oceania and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, cousins, including special cousin Madeline Emmons and many many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Elizabeth and William Rhodes, a brother Vincent Taylor and sister Lucille Royster. Viewing 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday, June 27 at Miles Memorial Church, CME, 1601 South L Street, Tacoma, WA with funeral services following. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Jean May (Wallin) Johnson born May 10,1926, passed away June 20,2009. Jean is survived by her daughter Christine Bogatay (Craig) three grandsons Jeffrey, Michael, and Richard, one great-granddaughter, and three nieces. Her husband Wallace Johnson precedes her in death. Jean grew up in Mineral and Eatonville. She worked at Boeing during WWII and after that at Kress’s. In 1948 she and Wally were married. The two of them loved camping in their trailer. Jean loved her family, every dog and cat she ever had, her CD music collection of songs from the 1920’s – 1970’s. She voted in every election for over 60 years and admired FDR, JFK and Barack Obama. She was a member of Celebration Lutheran Church. We loved her and will miss her so much. Graveside services will be held Friday, June 26th at 2:00 PM at New Tacoma Cemetery. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
James (Jim) Leroy Schmidt Was called home to be with his Lord on June 22, 2009. (the 407 to heaven) He was born to Leroy and Mildred (Clausen) Schmidt on November 24, 1931 in Binford, ND. The family moved to Tacoma when he was a small child and he grew up in the Tacoma area, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1949. He met Dorothy Sargeant and they were married on December 30, 1949. He worked for the City of Tacoma for 25 years, retiring in 1983 as an automotive supervisor. He enjoyed traveling to Arizona after his retirement for many years. He took pleasure in camping, fishing, and hunting with family members. He was an avid Amateur Radio Opearator and spent many hours talking to scores of people worldwide. He was active in his church, The Lutheran Church of St Paul in Graham, WA. He is survived by his wife Dorothy at the family home, sons Robert of Allyn, Donald (Peggy) of Montesano, Michael (Laura) of Tacoma, daughters Linda Solberg of Tacoma, and Susanne (Phil) Roach of Puyallup, and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Myron (Lil), of Tacoma and sister, Mary (Bill) Walker, of Bakersfield, CA, fourteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre deceased by his parents, and his sister Lorna Jaech. He will be missed by many. Our family would like to thank Good Samaritan Hospice, his nurse Elinda, coordinator Rose, and the many others that were involved in his care. We would also like to thank the care provided by Peggy’s Quality Sitters. A private service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the Lutheran Church of St Paul in Graham, WA on June 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Michael James Thomas, Sr. Was born to Nita and Calvin J. Thomas Sr. in Lafayette, LA on February 18, 1953. He was preceded in death by his father Calvin Sr. and his son Michael James Thomas Jr. Survived by his mother Nita Chavis, wife Inez Thomas, children Sesilia Thomas, Sophia Thomas (Anthony), Peter Lefeau (Sonya), Kong Lefeau, stepchildren Antronne and Rena Scotland, grandchildren Toby and Michael Lefeau, Jacen and Jordan Scotland, brothers John Thomas, Calvin Thomas Jr., Edward Thomas, Matthew Thomas and a host of nieces and nephews. After graduating from Hebert High School located in Beaumont, Texas, Michael joined the United States Army where he proudly served our country and retired after 20 years of service in 1992. In the military he filled many positions that allowed him to easily transition into civilian life. Michael worked as a truck driver for Sealand and then became a Corrections Officer for the Washington State Department of Corrections at McNeil Island Corrections Center. He retired in 2002. During his post military years, he continued his education receiving Associate Degrees from both Pierce College and Clover Park Technical College. As a devout Catholic he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and participated in numerous charitable activities serving both his church and his community. Michael Thomas was a great husband, proud father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all he encountered. He was a great teacher and coach that passed on his competitive spirit to his children. Michael enjoyed dancing and bowling, having once bowled a perfect 300 game, gambling, playing ping-pong, singing karaoke and shooting pool. He also enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends as well as working in his yard. Michael was diagnosed with cancer on March 5, 2008 and after a courageous battle he passed away on June 16, 2009 surrounded by family and friends. He will be missed by all. Viewing will be at Mountain View Funeral Home on June 24, 2009 1pm to 9pm. Funeral service, Saint Martin of Tours Parish, 2303 54th Avenue East, Fife, WA 98424 at 10am on June 25, 2009. Procession to Tahoma National Cemetery for Interment following. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.