Anita K. Anderson was born in Early, Iowa on January 9, 1917. At 92 years of age and on August 27, 2009, her heart failed at Allenmore Hospital. It was there that she breathed her last and followed her husband and joined her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her four children, Judy Greinke, Kathy Robison, Mary Beth Quinsey and Rick Anderson, 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Services are being held at Mountain View Cemetery in Tacoma on Wednesday September 2, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at 1:00 pm. Donations may be made in her name to the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities at 6315 S 19th, Tacoma, WA 98466.
Zachary T. Mewes was born on September 11, 1986 to Lorraine Bush and Martin Mewes in Reno, Nv. Zack passed away on August 15, 2009 after battling cancer for several years. Zack will always be remembered for his very own unique style, his generous love of people, no matter who you were or what your circumstance and his love of food. He was always ready for a BBQ, to talk you into buying a pie or sharing his last package of Romen noodles with you. His generosity towards others and life were well beyond his years. Zack will be greatly missed by his mother, two sisters, Glenda Taylor and Marie Burns, two nieces, Breanna and Naomi, four nephews, Calvin, Jason, Isaiah and Joshua. And by all who’s lives he touched. Zack was preceded in death by his father. You will alwasy be our shining star on the stairway to Heaven…
Amel “Val” Valpoon 10-12-1939 8-28-2009 Even though our time together was not long enough his love, kindness and generosity will live on in the voices of those who knew him. He leaves behind a loving wife of 41 years Charlene Valpoon, two daughters Leeron Valpoon and Bridy Lane(Manu); the apples of his eyes his grandchildren Kapuanani and Kamanu, and his brother Lee R Valpoon, as well as many close personal friends. Our Ohana wishes to extend a heartfelt Mahalo to the staff at Tacoma Lutheran nursing facility for their care and kindness to ” Val”. Service will be held at Moutain View Funeral home on September 1, 2009 in the Aspen Chapel. Viewing will begin at 8:30 with service to folllow. His final resting place will be at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Helen M. Moser Helen Moser passed away on August 26, 2009 at the age of 75. She is finally at peace and walks amoung the angels. She is predeceased by her husband Frank L. Moser. She leaves behind many loving family and friends. She is survived by her three children, Rosemarie (Steve), Robert (Jeanne) and Katie (Jeff); three grandchildren, Jessica, Jonas, and Evelyn; sisters, Jenny, Margaret, Consuelo, Ramona and many neices and nephews. She will join her parents Refugio and Annie Ibarra; sisters and brothers, Ruth, Annie, Ernest and Ralph. A celebration of her life will be held at the Orting Eagles Hall, 112 Bridge St. So., Orting, WA on Sept. 14, 2009 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Kathryn (Henderson) Barton Kathy passed away peacefully on August 21, 2009. She was born in Tacoma on January 23, 1946 to Bob and Marguarite Henderson. After graduating from Stadium High School in 1964, she married Charles Barton on September 30, 1965 and had three children. Kathy worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 28 years. Along with nursing, she was a beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend. Survived by her husband, Charles, children; Laura (Steve) McConnell, Steven (Brandy) Barton and Jenni (Corey) Cosentino, grandchildren: Sawyer, Bailey and Brandt, siblings: Dave Henderson and Marilyn (Ed) Moisio, mother-in-law, Dolores Ryan and sister-in-laws, Teri Gallagher and Diana Bell. She will also be missed by several nieces and nephews and extended family who truly adored her. An open house Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Ed and Marilyn Moisio on Saturday between 4pm-7pm. In lieu of flowers you can make a contribution to Franciscan Hospice House or the Humane Society. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com and find additional open house information or call Mountain View Funeral Home at 253-584-0252.
Charles A. Byrne “Charlie” passed away on August 23rd after a long illness. Charles was born on February 4, 1921 in Tacoma, WA to Carl and Mayme Byrne. He attended St. Patrick Parish School and graduated from Bellarmine in 1939. In 1939 he joined the Coast Guard as a Machinist Mate. During WorldWar II he served on oil tankers in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad and in 1948 he joined the U.S. Post Office (Tobee) from which he retired in 1976. He recently received his 60-year NALC pin. In 1946, he married Hildegarde Burich, and they celebrated 50 years together before her death in 1997. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he was a member of the Fourth Degree. He and Hildegarde enjoyed participating in many Knights of Columbus activities. He was a regular “cook” at Breakfasts at Saint Patrick’s. Charlie is survived by son Michael of Puyallup, granddaughter Crystal Inks (Kerry), great-grandchildren Miranda, Keira, Isabel and Scott, and his dear friend Grace Harse. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Catherine Bade, and many nieces and nephews and their families. Vigil will be held Friday, August 28th at Church of Saint Patrick, 1001 North J Street, Tacoma, at 7:00 PM. Funeral service will be on Saturday, August 29th, 2009, at 11:00 AM, also at Church of Saint Patrick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of Saint Patrick or the charity of your choice.
Elaine Frances Crawford Was born in Gig Harbor, Washington on January 29, 1929 and passed away on August 23, 2009. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound. She was a social worker and was employed by DSHS where she retired after more than 20 years. She liked gardening, walking, reading and enjoyed listening to classical music, especially opera. She sang in the Tacoma Civic Chorus for many years. A Memorial service will be held at the Tacoma Lutheran Home, 1301 N. Highlands Pkwy., Tacoma, WA 98406 on September 1, at 2:00 P.M.
Maude E. Huntoon In Loving Memory Born June 17, 1925; passed away July 17, 2009. Survived by son Reginald H. Davis, Jr., daughter Judy L. Woodcox, daughter Kathleen A. Osberg, son Kendall A. Davis, Sr., daughter Vickie L. Badger, 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Lil, May, and June, as well as hundreds of friends. Preceded by son Gregory D. Davis, daughter Donna M. Wood, husband Irving E. Huntoon, and grandson Joshua N. Davis. Services are private.
Bernice Ramsdell, born in Garetson, SD, passed away peacefully at her Fircrest home August 26, 2009, at the age of 85. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward, Bernice is survived by her daughter Trudy and son Greg (Lori), granddaughters Kristen (Trevor) and Emily, great granddaughter, Annabelle, and three sisters and one brother. Bernice will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Service will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 1:00 p.m. in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Mary Christena Kimbrough Bush Mary C. Kimbrough Bush went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2009. She was born in Union, Nebraska to John and Grace Hoback. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles W. Kimbrough. Mary was married to Raymond G. Bush on May 14, 1987. Their love for each other will last forever. Mary was bestowed an Honorary Life Membership by the Association of Federal Employees for her many years of active service. She was a Life Member of the Tahoma Terrace Residents’ Club. Mary is survived by her husband Raymond G. Bush of Tacoma, Washington. She also leaves behind her sister Opal Everett, brother Kenneth Hoback and wife Betty of Union, Nebraska, stepdaughter Sharon Pybas and husband Bill of Gig Harbor, Washington, and stepson Raymond G. Bush, Jr. and fianc e Gigi McGee of Miami, Florida. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Family members wish to thank the staff of Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care for the compassionate care they extended to Mary. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma.
Florence Marie (Lewis) Clements Florence was born November 18th, 1918 in Weiser, Idaho to Ernest and Anna Lewis. She passed away peacefully at home on August 24th, 2009. Florence was married to Durward Clements, and to this union four children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband Durward, daughter Janet Fogle, and son Darwin Clements. She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara (Gordon) Hess and Michelle (Jim) Foran. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Pauline (Lyle) Maddox, Darlyne Clements, daughter-in-law, and family friend Roger Wade. Our beautiful mother touched many lives in her 90 years. She was a constant source of inspiration and a mentor to her children and others. She was such a good person and cared deeply for her family, friends, and her caretakers, Teresa, Jack, Scully, Jeff and Samantha. We would like to thank Group Health Hospice for their help and kindness. There will be no funeral at Florence’s request, but there will be a celebration of her life and Darwin’s life to be announced at a later time. Thank you for sharing your wisdon and the life lessons, Mother. Tell Dad, Janet, and Darwin that we love them. We will see you all in Heaven! — Love, Barbara and Michelle
James Christian Nielsen Born in Tacoma, WA June 22, 1926. God called him to His Heavenly Home on August 25, 2009. Jim was a baptized, confirmed, active member of the Lutheran Church his entire life. He was preceded in death by his parents Jens and Amelia Nielsen. A veteran of World War II, Jim started his career working alongside his father in his machine shop in South Tacoma. He then worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad shops in South Tacoma as an apprentice blacksmith for 14 years. Under the Veterans Bill, he studied to become a journeyman blacksmith. He worked as a blacksmith in Pasco, WA, and then for 3 years at the King St. Station in Seattle, WA. In 1961, the City of Tacoma hired Jim as a blacksmith. He worked in the equipment rentals shop repairing and also designing equipment. He was the last blacksmith to work for the City of Tacoma, and was recognized for this at his retirement, on June 30, 1997, with a plaque commemorating his 35 years of service. It was the culmination of 53 years of work. Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, camping, and gardening; he really enjoyed fixing and repairing things and even re-roofed his own home. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn, of 58 years, his caring, loving daughter Marsha Pizarro, his 4 grandchildren, Carlos (Tina) Pizarro, Lisa Pizarro, James Christian Pizarro (Yvonne), and Bradley Pizarro (Danielle), 10 great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Carolyn Castellanos, Austin, Bradley, Sincere, Andrew, Tatiana, Antonio, Jessica, Giovanni Pizarro, his sister Marion Triggs, his brother Robert (Barbara), brother-in-law Harry Decker (Rose, deceased), sisters-in-law Mary Walters, Rebecca Zerbel, many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and his many friends. He will be greatly missed by all. Graveside services at Mountain View Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 at 10:30 am. Memorial services will follow at 2:30pm at the United Lutheran Church, 1231 S. 76th St., Tacoma, WA. Viewing Sun. Aug. 30, 11am to 9pm, and prior to graveside services at Mountain View Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , or to the United Lutheran Kitchen Fund. Jim was a loving, kind and gentle man, and he will be dearly missed by all.
Joshua William Prendergast October 5, 1973 – August 21, 2009 Our beautiful Joshua went home to Jesus, and his Lord replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21) We had the miracle of Joshua in our lives for 35 years, and we are eternally grateful. He was a kind, tender-hearted, gentle, generous, mighty man of God. Protective and loyal, Joshua was the caretaker of many hearts – above all his precious daughter Gracie, who was truly the apple of her daddy’s eye. He was the “BEST DADDY EVER,” and his extravagant love for his Gracie has given us a profound example of our Father’s heart for all His children. Joshua is also survived by his parents Bill and Linda Prendergast, his sister Joy Lin, and preceded by his grandparents Bill and Virginia Tichy and Bill and Emma Prendergast. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Joshua’s name to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org . “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40: 30-31)
George E. Stowell 4/3/1955 to 8/10/2009 George left us for heaven after 78 days in the ICU at UW Medical Center following a lung transplant, the result of Alpha 1 Anti-trypsin Deficiency. Though his body may have been weak, his wit, his charm and his heart were as strong as ever. George grew up in Olalla, Wash. before joining the Air Force and moving down to Texas. Soon enough, however, he was back up in the northwest where he fell in love with and married his former neighbor, Leslie Nelson. Over time, they had 2 daughters together and George went back to school for a degree in Computer Engineering. After graduating from UPS he got a job at Boeing, but more than that, he enjoyed camping with family and friends, bird watching and rafting down the Nisqually River. After he and Leslie divorced, George began traveling the world, seeing China and the Philippines as well as visiting and supporting his daughters at school. He later married Mercy Gachuma, whom he met in a coffee shop in Gig Harbor. They were best friends and constant companions until the moment he left this world. George will be missed by his wonderful wife Mercy, daughters, Natalie and Marilyn, stepdaughter Doreen, parents Ruth and Eric Johnson, uncle Ron Mills, sisters Tracy Vonhof-Mills, and Cynthia Volkmann, brother Paul Stowell, as well as nieces and nephews, Chris, Robert, Josiah, Julia and Ruth. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sept. 5, 2009 at Grace Lutheran Church, 22975 24th Ave S. in Des Moines, WA.
Richard Rogers of Naselle, Washington passed away on August 20, 2009 at the age of 75 after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born in Tacoma, Washington in January of 1934. He was raised in the Tacoma-Puyallup area and attended Puyallup High School where he met his bride of 53 years, Sharron Hanson. They were married October 28, 1955. Richard worked in the construction business and was a member of the Operating Engineers, Local #612 for 54 years. He also owned his own business, Richard Rogers Trucking. He sponsored and coached girl’s baseball for 8 years. He also built and operated the Puyallup drag strip. Richard loved racing cars and was a force to be reckoned with in his day! He raced Top Fuel and funny cars. He began to race his own funny cars in the 70’s. Richard gave his Monza a feminine name, “Miss Debra”, named after his daughter. He raced the Monza until 1982 with best ETs in the sixes. Richard also enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling. He and Shay spent many happy, fun-filled times at their winter home in Cle Elum, eating, playing cards and snowmobiling with their family and their many, many friends. Richard was a “one of a kind” type of guy. There was never a dull moment when he was around. He made life very interesting! He did things HIS way and had a hell of a good time doing it! The most important thing you should know and remember about Richard is that he loved all children and animals unconditionally. Richard was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ted and Grace, and his brother Gary. He leaves behind his beloved wife Shay, daughters Debi and BJ, brother Duane Butler and wife Doris, his beloved granddaughter Katrina (Katie) Shay who was always in his thoughts and heart until the day he died. Richard leaves a host of other family members and friends too numerous to name, but you know who you are. In lieu of flowers, please remember Richard by donating to Harbor’s Home Health & Hospice, 201 7th St., Hoquiam, WA 98550, who provided excellent and very professional care, or to the animal shelter in your area. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 1pm Saturday, August 29, 2009 at Walt Austin Racing, 5110 184th St. E., Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Kay Ruth Whitlock August 11, 1936 – August 23, 2009 On the morning of August 23, 2009, Kay Ruth Whitlock cast loose her earthly bindings to enter into the next world, devoid of pain and suffering. Kay, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, moved on to the next world following a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was a woman of great compassion, with an open heart and open door for anyone needing solace and refuge from the world. Kay put her generous heart and education to work by spending over 20 years in service to the youth of the greater Pierce County area as an employee of Dyslin’s Boys Ranch in the late 70’s and later as a guard and control specialist at Remann Hall Youth Detention Center. In the early 90’s, Kay retired from service but not from life as she went on to raise one grandson and care for her family and all others in need. Kay was preceded in death by her mother Ruth McIntyre and step-father Roy T. McIntyre, as well as several beloved aunts and uncles and her Grandfather Fred Lindenau. She is survived by her three children Ruth Kalles with her husband Norman, Howard Whitlock, and Elaina Whitlock; as well as her six grandchildren Ryaan Whitlock, Morganne Kalles, Anthony Whitlock, Justin Whitlock, Spencer Whitlock, and Elaina-Lee; two great-grandchildren Carsen and Keiantae; and her younger sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Mike Pima and their children Chris Pima (wife Malia) and Katherine Pima-Goetz (husband John). Services are to be announced at a later date via email to all interested. Inquiries may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.