Earl Richard Reinke (TPD)
Earl Reinke, age 75, was born in Snohomish, WA on November 15, 1933 and passed away in Tacoma on August 7, 2009 after a short illness. He grew up in Tacoma, attending Concordia Lutheran School and graduating from Lincoln High School (class of 1954), where he met his wife of 53 years, Donna (Kennel) Reinke. After graduation, he was on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hector in Asia. After being honorably discharged, Earl returned to Tacoma and joined the Tacoma Police Department in 1959. He retired in 1980 after 21 years of service. In retirement, Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf tournaments with his police “buddies”, metal scrapping and playing the slots at local casinos.
Earl is survived by his wife Donna, two beautiful daughters Dr. Robin Elizabeth Reinke of Tacoma and Rhonda Elaine Reinke-Sund of Yelm, a brother Ralph Reinke of Tacoma, two sisters Mary Grbich and Alice Moss of Tacoma, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister, and his loyal hunting dog Skipper.
The family would like to thank Dr. Paula Schulze for 25 years of excellent care. We love and appreciate you. We’d also like to thank the wonderful staff of doctors and nurses at Allenmore Hospital ICU Department. At Earl’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, 2608 Center St., Tacoma, WA 98409.
An open house for friends and family in remembrance of Earl’s life will be held at the home of Dr. Robin Rienke 5322 23rd Ave NE in Tacoma on Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For further information, call (253) 927-0981.
P.S. Dad, hope you find that diamond mine up there.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Stephen G. Bisson passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 5, 2009. Steve was born on November 30, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. Steve served in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966. From 1966 to 1973 Steve worked at Boeing. He loved anything to do with airplanes, and had a wealth of knowledge about any World War II airplane. Steve proudly served the citizens of Pierce County as a Sergeant with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for 33 years from 1973 to 2006. Steve’s work ethic remained a constant for his fellow Deputies, and he mentored hundreds of current and former members of the Sheriff’s Department. Steve was an avid photographer and Cobra car enthusiast. He and his wife Eileen enjoyed countless travels to take pictures of the scenery together. They also enjoyed many trips in the Cobra with their Cobra club. Steve is survived by his wife, Eileen, son Stephen (Christina) Bisson, daughter Jody (Tim) Tucker, and his former wife, Kathy. He is survived by his grandchildren Amber, Travis, Julie, and Mikayla. Steve is also survived by his mother Margaret, sisters Jane, Marian, and Claire (Rich), and brothers Bob (Loretta) and Chris. Steve was embraced by Eileen’s large family, and is survived by numerous loving in-laws, nephews and nieces. A public viewing will be held on August 12, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a private family viewing to follow. Funeral services will be held on August 13, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lakewood. Graveside services will follow the service at Mountain View Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Steve’s memory to the Pierce County Chaplaincy Program at any TAPCO Credit Union branch. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Leah Fendel, our beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully August 5, 2009. Born December 1st 1915, she was preceded in death by her husband William and her son William Jr., Leah is survived by her daughter Joyce Ryden (Duane), sons Paul (Edith) and Robert (Dolly) Fendel, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed bowling and loved her romance novels. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Viewing Monday, August 10th from 1-9pm. Graveside services Tues., August 11 at 11:30am both at Mt. View Funeral Home, Tacoma. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook atwww.mountainviewtacoma.com
Venicia M. Wannberg Born January 25, 1923, Venicia passed away August 6, 2009. A Stadium HS graduate, Venicia was a lifelong resident of Tacoma. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Henry Wannberg. Her surviving family includes daughter Calley Frey, Palm Springs, brother and sister in-law Buss and Laura Mitchell, San Jose. Also Tom and Cheryl Mitchell, Gig Harbor, Bill Mitchell, Seattle, Mimi Mitchell, from Sammamish, Martin and Carmen Mitchell of Seattle, and Rob Mitchell from San Francisco. Her “second” family, who loved her very much, includes Mike, Dee Dee and Bailey Ness. We want to thank the caring staff at Evergreen Manor in Federal Way who took such good care of Venicia. She will be missed by all who knew her. Honoring Venicia’s wishes, a memorial service will be held in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewood, Tuesday, August 11th at 1pm with reception to follow. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
David Thomas Rickard, age 79, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on July 31, 2009 at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. David was the youngest of four sons of Samuel and Ada Rickard, born in August of 1929 in Rangoon, Burma. David graduated from Piedmont High School in the Bay Area and Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. In 1960, David married Marcia Savage, who remains his loving wife of 49 years of marriage. He had a distinguished 26 year career in the US Air Force, where he served as a Fighter Pilot and Intelligence Officer. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1980. David then began a second career in Banking, working for Puget Sound Bank and Columbia Bank in Tacoma. David was an avid outdoorsman and a passionate fly fisherman. He enjoyed sharing his fly-fishing knowledge and skill with many friends over his lifetime. David was a very kind and compassionate man, often going out of his way to help people he barely knew. David loved life, loved his family and loved his country. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by his wife Marcia and two sons: Matthew (Pam) and Ted (Ilene) and three grandchildren: Ashley, Damon and Trace; his three brothers: Sam (Leesburg, VA), John (Lewisville, NC) and Donald (Pagosa Springs, CO). The family would like to thank the I.C.U. Staff at St. Clare Hospital and Pastor Walt Kellcy of First Baptist Church Lakewood, of which David was an active member. Interment service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA on August 14th at 10:15 followed by a Memorial service celebrating David’s life at 12 noon at First Baptist Church Lakewood, 5400 112th St. SW Lakewood, WA 98499. (253) 582-1000. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 78851, Phoenix, AZ 85062. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Sylvia Jane Thomsen Music was her life, music was her joyE Sylvia went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 3, 2009. She passed away peacefully with her husband by her side after a courageous 5 year battle with Ovarian cancer. Sylvia was blessed with a wonderful musical talent and a marvelous singing voice. She conducted several choirs, as well as sang with numerous choral groups, including the “Clef Dwellers”. Her pride and joy was a 70 voice choir in Indio California. She was very active in hiking and water activities, but her favorite was voyage cruising with many trips to Hawaii. Sylvia retired from the Tacoma School District as a secretary and finished her career out at Central School District. She is survived by her loving husband Denton (Bud) Thomsen, by her daughter’s Ingrid Gay (Charles) and Gretchen Martinson, and her son, John Martinson (Debbie); 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; stepchildren Tim Thomson (Sally), Janet Oliver (Larry), Bob Thomsen (Pam), Mike Thomsen (Lisa), 10 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. She has gone home to join Parents; Charles and Martha Throssell, sisters; Merle Patchell and Marie Harrison, brother; Charles Throssell and her son Greg Martinson. All family and friends are welcome to the viewing scheduled for Sunday August 9, 2009 from 3-5 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held on Monday August 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View. A special thanks goes out to Manor Care and hospice, we couldn’t have walked through this process without them. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Franciscan Hospice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com