Emidio Dominick “Ed” Costantini Born Nov. 13, 1917, Vineland, N.J. died peacefully July 27, 2009, age 91, at Heartwood Extended Health Care. Emidio and his wife of 63 years Evelyn, who predeceased him in 2006, owned and operated Mt. View Realty, Inc. in Tacoma. He became known as “Mr. Ed” to his peers and clients. Emidio was a true “BOCCE” enthusiast to his friends with Tacoma Lodge Sons of Italy in America. He held various offices druing his membership. He was a member of a team responsible for the “BOCCE” courts at Fircrest. Emidio is survived by two daughters, predeceased by 1 stepson in 1974 and 1 grandson in 2008, 11 grandchildren, 12 great and 4 great-great grandchildren. A special thanks to the staff at Heartwood Extended Health Care, and to family friend Rev. Durwood Wilson. Emidio was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Papa, we proved God does answer prayers. Love forever from your family. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Fern Lucille Harkness, age 88, passed away July 29, 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer disease. Fern joins her husband Marion Everett Harkness who passed away in 1981. Marion was a retired Tacoma firefighter. She was born August 21, 1921 in Wagner, South Dakota to William and Maude DeNoma. Fern is survived by two sons, Mark Harkness and Mil Harkness both of Tacoma and daughter Susan Harkness-Williams of Sunriver, OR. Fern is also survived by daughter in law Linda Harkness and son in law David Williams. Fern leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was a long time Tacoma resident. Fern was a home maker and active in her growing children’s schooling. She also participated in the Women’s Firefighter Auxiliary where she was a committed fund raiser for the organization. Mrs. Harkness regularly volunteered at the Tacoma General Hospital Burn Unit. Fern became very involved in her church where she made many new friends. She enjoyed reading, gardening, square dancing and travelling. Marion and Fern retired and became snow birds spending many months in the southwest. Fern Harkness was a mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend and a force of nature. She will be missed. Please join us in celebrating Fern’s life on Wednesday, August 5th at 11 am at Mountain View Funeral Home. The address is 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW Lakewood, WA 98499. Following memorial services there will be a reception at the Mountain View Hall. Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association . Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Edna Mae Peterson was born August 24, 1922, and passed away suddenly July 29, 2009. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was very active in church, and loved to quilt and bake for those she loved. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ed, son Scott (Sue), grandchildren Melanie (Bill), Carolyn (Aaron), Steven, and great-grandchildren Emily, Jacob, Matthew, Jared and Allyson, also her sister Barbara and family. Services will be held August 6, 2009 at 11:00am at the Tacoma LDS Stake Center at South 12th and Pearl. We all loved her very much and will miss her dearly. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Avis Gentra Prater (Retired Navy) Avis Prater, Joe, was born December 10, 1914 in Redtop, Missouri. He passed away at Good Samaritan at 6:00P.M. on July 30, 2009 at the age of 94. He was preceded in death by his wife Clarice Prater. He is survived by his son David F. Prater and his wife Carma Lea Prater. Joe has two grandsons, David and Donald. He served in the Navy for 27 years and was in thirteen major war engagements. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was also a Pearl Harbor survivor and served on the U.S.S. Nevada. Joe retired from the Navy in 1966 and worked at St. Elizabeths for 10 years in Oakland, California. He is a lifetime member of the ElksE#174 and the V.F.W. His favorite song is “God Bless America.” At Joe’s request, there will be no service. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Roy Gene Welch Sr. Age 67, passed away from a brain aneurysm Friday July 24, 2009. Roy was born August 18, 1941 in Tacoma, WA to James and Ida Welch. Roy was the “Good Ole Boy” on the Long Haul Road from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay for 30 years. He considered himself a true Alaskan Sourdough. Roy graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, WA. Roy started truck driving for Tam Engineering and drove for 16 years with them and ended his career with Sourdough Freight Lines of Fairbanks AK. Married to Barbara Jean Packard of Tacoma. They decided to move to Fairbanks, AK for the opportunity to be part of the new Alaska Pipeline. Roy earned the Alaskan Outstanding Trucker of the Year in 1997. Roy was a loving and devoted husband, dad and grandpa. He loved fishing (when in WA) at Lake Ohop, his second home. Roy Sr. is survived by his wife Barbara Jean Welch, his brother Jim Welch (Joanne), his children Roy Welch Jr., Dianna Fritz (Fred), Debbie Nelson (Russ), Cindy Hamlin, Catherine Shively (Terry), Darrell Hamlin, and Dennis Hamlin, his grandchildren Elizabeth, Tasha, Alex, Lilly, Mandy, Erin, Duncan, Genna, Crystal, Joel, and 5 great-grandchildren. A funeral/memorial in Roy’s honor is planned for Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 2:00 in the Mountain View Aspen Chapel. His family invites all who enjoyed the pleasure of being part of Roy’s life. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Grace E. Winfrey Grace was born August 28, 1929 to the large and loving family of John and Annie Bell (Warren) Williams. She left this life on July 28, 2009 at home surrounded by the love of her children. Her early life was spent in the Texas area, where she was educated, worked, and her sons Elvin and Glynn were born. She spent many summers visiting her sisters and brothers and teaching her children the importance of love and being a close-knit family. These teachings continued when as an Army bride her family moved to Tacoma and was completed by the birth of her daughter, Phyllis, and the arrival of her “daughters by choice” Bettye and Margret, and one stepson, Cecil McKay, Jr. She worked hard in her church and spent many an hour visiting and cooking for those who could not do it for themselves, showing them the love and kindness that truly was in her spirt. Surviving relatives include two sons, Elvin Walker Jr. of Roy, Washington, Glynn (Sandy) Walker of Tacoma, one daughter, Phyllis McKay Latham, of Tacoma, two sisters, Mae City of Austin, Texas and Viola (Calvin) Hampton of Covington, Washington, one brother, Willie Williams, of Houston, Texas, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Viewing will be August 5, 2009, 2-9pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood, Washington. Funeral services will be the following day, August 6, 2009, 11:00 am, at Tacoma Central 7th Day Adventist Church, 1301 S. Baltimore, Tacoma, Washington. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.