Walter B. Almaas Age 83, born 5/10/1926, Tacoma; died 9/16/2009, Fircrest. Survived by Norma, his wife of 60 years, son Larry (Sandee) and daughter JoAnn, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Together Forever Louise Fuhrer Louise Fuhrer was born on July 6, 1923 in Dublin, Texas, and passed away on September 21, 2009 in University Place, Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Fuhrer, daughter Barbara Lane, son Buddy Fuhrer, and granddaughter Anna Baldwin. She is survived by two sons, Dave (Kim) Sherrod and Jerome Fuhrer, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 26, 2009 in the Garden Chapel. She will truly be missed. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
GLADYS OLSON HAGGAR Mar. 12, 1915 – Sept. 11, 2009 Gladys was born in the tiny prairie town of Claremont, SD on March 12, 1915. She was the middle child of 7 children born to Swedish immigrants, Charles and Selma Olson. She grew up attending school in Claremont, working in her father’s drug store, and playing on a girls’ basketball team before going on to South Dakota State College, where she obtained a degree in Home Economics. It was while in college that Gladys met her future husband, pharmacist, Tom Haggar. A cousin who introduced them relates that upon seeing Gladys’s beauty, Tom was struck speechless for the first time in his life. Gladys and Tom were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, SD on August 16, 1938. They went on to raise their four children in Watertown. For a brief period during World War II, they made their home in Sioux Falls before returning to Watertown. In the spring of 1949, the Haggars had a cottage built on Eagle Lake in Minnesota. From then on, until the present day, their family and many friends have spent summer days at the cottage. Eagle Lake held a special place in Gladys’s heart. It was there that she enjoyed fishing with Tom and sharing her appreciation and love of nature with her children and grandchildren. As Gladys and Tom’s family grew, she worked tirelessly, putting her skills as a homemaker to good use. Family dinners very often included friends and extended family, who were fortunate to enjoy her welcoming home and the wonderful meals she prepared. She was skilled in preparing the Syrian dishes of Tom’s family. While her children grew, Gladys remained active in the choir and the guild of Watertown’s Episcopal church. It was in the fall of 1968 that Gladys and Tom moved to Lakewood where they lived for the remainder of their lives. During that time, they continued to summer at Eagle Lake, travel and pursue many interests. Gladys enjoyed a variety of hobbies, and she wasted none of her days. She was an avid sports fan. Photographing her grandchildren brought her much happiness. One could always count on her to recommend a good book. She had a generous spirit and especially enjoyed gift-giving. Until the end of her life, Gladys painted, wrote poetry, and participated in a bell choir. Her quick wit and sense of humor were legendary. At the time of Tom’s passing in the fall of 1994, he and Gladys had celebrated 56 years of marriage. She lived most of the remainder of her life in their Lakewood home enjoying wonderful neighbors and for the past few years in Bridgeport Place Assisted Living, where she made many new friends among residents and staff. During those years, her cherished cats, Tasha and Cossette, brought her much joy. Gladys is survived by her two daughters and two sons: Judy Kay Hanson (Maurice) of Lakewood; Sheila Williams (Barry) of Asheville, NC; Dr. Tom Haggar (Priscilla) of Bainbridge Island; and Greg Haggar (Maxine) of Sioux Falls, SD. Her eight grandchildren survive her, as well. They are: Tom Brock, Paul Brock, Erin Hanson Smith (Tyson), Gabriel Hanson (Susan), Jessica Dunn (David), Tom Haggar, Katie Haggar Andressen (Cody) and David Haggar. Numerous nieces and nephews survive her as well. Gladys adored babies; and in recent months, she was thrilled to hold her first great grandchild, Annika Dunn, in her arms. In countless ways, Gladys demonstrated boundless caring for her family and friends. She loved. She laughed. And she loved to laugh. It is fitting that on the final day of her life, she smiled. She would want us to do that now as we remember her. It was Gladys’s desire to have her final resting place be near Eagle Lake, and her family will gather there for a memorial celebration of her life. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Charles Richard Kistler Charles Richard Kistler was born on February 28, 1932 to Charles L. and Mary Kistler. Charles died surrounded by family on Friday September 18 at 3:30 PM from a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Charles was survived by his beloved wife Chong Suk Kistler, 2 sons: Timothy James Kistler and Jung Sup Lee. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Mitchell Lee, Adrian Lee, Mary Kistler, Amy Busch and Carl Busch. Charles was a POW of the Korean War, served in Vietnam and finished his dedicated career as a civil servant for the Fort Lewis Fire Department. During his 24 years in the military Charles received numerous accolades including Purple Heart Medal and Prisoner of War Medal. He continued to display his pride in and unwavering dedication to this country to his last breath with his Wife and Son by his side. The loss is painful, but we all find solace in the overwhelming and enduring impact he had on the country and the people he loved so much. Services will be held this Friday September 25th at 11 AM., Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 14601 A St. S, Tacoma, WA 98444. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .