Maureen Teresa McGranaghan was born on Christmas day 1923 in Garrybawn, Castle Blarney, County Mongahan in the free state of southern Ireland, and went to her Father’s house on Sunday October 18, 2009 at the age of 85 years old.
Her husband Andrew preceded her in death in 1993 that she was married to for 43 years, and one infant daughter Lit’l Mo. Maureen is survived by her three children, A.J., (Vickie), Chuck and Dan McGranaghan grandchildren Brennan, (Courtney) Jennifer, Sean (Nikki) & Jeremy, and great grandchildren, Kaylyn Rose and Alyssa McGranaghan along with numerous sisters and brothers in New England, Europe and Australia.
One of the earliest memories that her children have of Maureen was, and continued to be throughout her life was her devout love and deep conviction of her Catholic faith. Maureen has been a member of St. Frances Cabrini parish for over forty years.
Our deep appreciation is extended to Dr. Steven Konicek of Madigan hospital and to all the caregivers within the “special memory care unit” of Patriots Landing, who provided Maureen with that personal touch and quality care.
A vigil and rosary will be held on Thursday evening 22 October at 7:00 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini. Interment will be at Calvary cemetery on Friday 23 October 2009, which will be preceded by a funeral mass at St. Frances Cabrini at 11:00 a.m.
Contributions can be given to your local dementia research center which hopefully will be used to further study this disease.
Amy Lee Davis was born at Roslyn, Washington on August 23 1921. She passed away in her home in Tacoma on October 14. Amy Lee is survived by her husband Wilbur Baisinger, her four children Don Bryan, Joy Eaton, Marty Woodbury, and Ruthie Tomlinson, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her brother Morton Davis. Amy Lee was a member of First United Methodist Church of Tacoma since 1941. She was an avid gardener, photographer, walker, nature lover, and above all she loved her family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 2:00 at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S. Please send any remembrances or gifts to The Alzheimer’s Association Western and Central Washington State Chapter, 12721 30th Ave. NE, Suite 101, Seattle WA 98125, or Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Lowell Dean Hansen 2/22/1937 – 10/14/2009 Born on February 22nd, in Mitchell South Dakota, was called home by his Lord on October 14, 2009. Lowell moved to Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln HS in 1955. He married Martha Jean “Marty” Bradford in 1960, and in 1964 joined the Tacoma Police Department where he faithfully served his community for 24 years. The highlight of his law enforcement career occured in 1990 when he joined the US Marshal Service as a Deputy Marshal. He was a loving husband to his wife Marty for 49 years, a devoted father of three and a proud Poppa of two grandchildren. He is survived, missed and loved by his wife Marty, his sister Dee and husband Earl, son Dean, daughter Nicole, son James, daughter-in-law Dixie, granddaughter McKayla and grandson Preston. He will also be missed and loved by many other family and friends. The service will be on Saturday, October, 17th 2 p.m. at Olympic View Baptist Church, 4707 Elwood Dr W. Donations can be made to the Tacoma/ Pierce County Chaplaincy. He left the world a better place for having been here. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Gloria Mary Hurst August 5, 1930 – October 11, 2009. Born in London, England, Gloria was English to the bone. From her cross-Atlantic boat ride on the “Queen Mary” from England, to her final days in Lakewood, WA, Gloria led a life rich with experiences. She loved to garden, chat with friends, and sing. Her husband John Hurst, son James Davis, granddaughter Jennie Davis, sisters Angela and Eunice, and countless others who have been touched by her laughter, songs, and eternal kindness will never forget her. A service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 12pm in the Garden Chapel, followed by a toast to her life at her family home in Lakewood. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Leona Margaret Battles died October 6, 2009 (age 101), at Auburn Medical Center. Leona was born August 17, 1908 in Star, Idaho, to Catherine and Jacob Hergert. Mother to Shirley, Ronald (deceased), and Bobbie (deceased), Leona was an avid gardener, expert cook, devout Christian, and loved by friends and family. She is survived by daughter Shirley,step-children Charles Battles, Grace Chapin, and Betty Gibbs, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Deceased step-children are Bob and Bill Battles and Belle Younger. Greg Chapin conducted graveside services at Mountain View Cemetery on October 12, 2009. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Bessie Iona Becklund Born May 20, 1920 in Arkansas. She passed away October 14, 2009 after a battle with ovarian cancer. Prior to her illness she spent her time as a professional seamstress and sport fishing with her beloved husband Frank who passed away in 2000. She will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her three children Carl (Darlene) Becklund, Anita Campbell, and Diana (Robin) Reed, five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Rainier Vista Care Center for their wonderful care and support. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Loren A. Belsvik Went to be with the Lord on October 11th, 2009. Graduate of Wilson High School 1966 Coast Guard Reserve and Member of Life Center Church. Survived by wife Lois and a huge loving family. Celebration Services at Life Center Oct. 22, 2009 at 1pm. Guest Book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Emma Jean Carpenter Born June 6th, 1926 in Kent, WA to Traugott and Elizabeth Pfaendler; passed away on October 15th, 2009 due to complications following heart surgery. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends. Her two children, Roy (Karen) Marchesini and Margie Stevens, and four grandchildren continue to celebrate her life. She was first married to Roy Marchesini in 1944 and later married to John Carpenter in 1997. She loved and enjoyed her seven sisters and one brother as well as her many friends, including her best friend Gene Dugaw. She lived a full life walking the mall, playing cards, gardening, and entertaining family and friends. A viewing is at Mountain View Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 20th from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. A rosary will be said at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 with funeral services following at 11:00. She was an active member in her church; please make memorial donations to St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
M/Sgt. Retired James M. Cronen Born Feb. 20, 1920 in Otrey, MN, passed away Oct. 13, 2009. A highly decorated veteran of World War II and Korea who took part in the Normandy Invasion, Battle of Bulge, served under General Patton in the desert. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife Berta of 58 years, son, Mike, grandson, Michael Briton, 3 sisters, numerous nieces, nephews. Viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 from 2 to 9pm. Graveside services with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA Monday, Oct. 19 at 1:15pm. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Glen E. Curnutt, at the age of 64, passed away on October 14th. His wife Kandy and boys Danny and Denny were at his side. Glen was the most wonderful man ever born, and to say he will be missed is an understatement. He was a friend to anyone who met him. He was born in San Jose, California, but moved to Washington in 1973. He worked at the Steilacoom City Utilities, then at Tacoma Power for the last 17 years. He was the grandfather of four silly kids. Glen loved the traditional yearly camping trip with family to Coos Bay, Oregon. That is where he was when he had the stroke that 2 1/2 months later ended his life. Glen was, is, and will always be the love of my life. I will never say good-bye my love. I said see ya till we meet again. I could not love you more and my heart is broken without you. I am Kandy, his wife, and I would like to thank all the people at Tacoma Power and the IBEW Union. To name a few: Larry DeForrest, Tony Psaris, Dan Pitsch, Zack, Tee and Tony (Rat Rod) Pantley for helping me through this. You are angels! I would like to invite all our friends to a pot luck celebration of Glen’s life on Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 3-6 at the IBEW Union Hall, 3525 South Alder St. in Tacoma. See ya then, and again, thank you. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Joan H. McNabb The family of Joan H. McNabb mourns her death on October 9, but celebrates her strong and loving spirit. Born on a Nebraska farm in 1925, Joan moved to Des Moines when she was 16. Shortly after arriving, she met Mac, the love of her life, with whom she recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in drama, specializing in marionettes. She and Mac raised three daughters B Sandy, Laurie and Meg B and her family later expanded to include Sandy’s husband, David Loughhead, and her two grandsons, Scott and Eric. Joan led each of her daughter’s Camp Fire Girls groups, eventually serving as a director of the Puget Sound Council. She later became a dedicated volunteer at the Morgan branch of the YMCA, where she took every available exercise class, led tai-chi, served on the Board, and was honored as the Volunteer of the Year for 2001. Never without her mystery and crossword puzzle books, Joan was an avid camper, loved travel B both international and local in their Avion trailer B and enjoyed music of all kinds, gardening and bird-watching. Family always came first, and we will miss her beyond measure. In accordance with her wishes, no memorial service will be held. We know she would encourage you not to send flowers, but to volunteer in her memory at your local YMCA or other community group. And please don’t miss an opportunity to say “I love you.” Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Evelyn Hannelore Moore Born April 3, 1928 in Berlin, Germany, passed away in her home Oct. 16, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 50 yrs. Francis W. Moore; 3 children, James D. Werner, Janett L. Moore and Shirley E. Bizub; 5 grandchildren, Rebecca, Rocky, Justin, Krystaleve and Frankie; great grandson Isaiah and great granddaughter Aujaraya due to arrive in January. She was Sergeant of Arms for the South Tacoma Eagles R.E.A.C, lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 91, Trout Unlimited and the Lighthouse Senior Center. Viewing will be held on 10-21-09 from 1pm-9pm and services on 10-22-09, 1pm in the Celebration of Life Bldg, in the Aspen Chapel. A Wake will follow at the South Tacoma Eagles, 7037 South Pine St., Tacoma. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Ross L. Munson was born on May 6th, 1935 to Van and Grace Munson in Seattle. He was called home on October 14th, 2009 in Tacoma after a brief illness. Ross attended Collins Elementary School through the 8th grade, and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1953. He was also a veteran of the Washington National Guard, having achieved the rank Sergeant. He worked for Baugh Construction until he discovered selling land was his true calling. Ross enjoyed cars, boating, and living the good life with his wife and life partner Diane. Together, they enjoyed a special bond with their animals. Ross was preceded in death by Van Sr. (father), Grace (mother), and his older brother Van Jr. Ross is survived by his wife Diane of Spanaway, children Martin, Puyallup, Terri Noffsinger (Richard) of San Diego, Scott (Kim) of Tacoma, and Ron (Stephanie) of Puyallup. Grandpa Ross was blessed by six grandchildren, Grace, Neil, Bailey, Kasey, Cameron and Kelli Joe. A service will be held in the Mountain View Garden Chapel on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 1:00PM. Public visitation will be held on Monday, October 19th from 1:00PM to 9:00PM. On line guestbook available at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
George E. O’Malley passed away on Oct. 17, 2009 at the age of 88. He retired from the Tacoma Smelter after 32 years. He is survived by his 3 children, his brother, his two sisters and their families. The funeral will be held on Friday, Oct. 23rd at 4pm in the Garden Chapel at Mt. View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Marianne M Okada Dec. 27, 1931 ~ Oct. 8, 2009 Marianne was born in Schwienfurt Germany ~ December 27, 1931 to Karl and Katharina Stenger. She lived through World War II in Germany and in 1953 immigrated to the United States, receiving her US Citizenship in 1957 in Oklahoma. Marianne moved to Tacoma Washington in 1963 and attended upholstery courses at Bates Vocational school while working at Item House. Ralph Smalling of Industrial Rubber & Supply offered her a position which she gladly accepted. Due to her dedication to the company and work ethic she was promoted to manage supply inventory, a position she held until her retirement in 1993. She always enjoyed sewing, music and dancing, and began knitting, crocheting, camping, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren after she retired. She was an excellent seamstress who often made clothes, Halloween costumes, duvet covers, baby blankets, and curtains for her grandchildren, family and friends. Marianne was always a feisty and spirited person who loved life, family, and friends. She often assisted friends taking them to appointments, shopping and acting as their advocate, she also spent many hours helping her son remodel his home. Marianne passed away from a short and difficult fight with cancer on October 8, 2009 at St. Josephs Hospital in Tacoma Washington. Marianne is survived by her husband of 34 years Minoru (Mike) Okada, her son Ralph Rodriguez (Jennifer), grandchildren Emma and Madison, her daughter Kathreen M Gibbs (Billy), grandchildren Anthony, Savannah Bartoli, great-granddaughter Mayia Rose Bartoli, brothers; Karl and Heinz Stenger and brother-in-law Oskar Stammler. She was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Katharina Stenger, and her sister Anna Stammler The family would like to thank the staff of the Oncology & Intensive Care at St. Josephs Hospital, with special thanks to Donna, Renee, Arthur, Judy and Marcia for making Marianne’s final days as comfortable as possible. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park in the Garden Chapel at 1:00 P.M., Friday, October 23, 2009. Donations may be made in Marianne’s name to St. Joseph’s Oncology fund. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Erna Pauline Harmier Urich Born to Marie Pauline and Karl Frederick Engfer October 21, 1910 in Puyallup, WA. Died October 14, 2009 in Puyallup, WA. One week short of her 99th birthday. She was raised on the Engfer farm in Orting, WA. Walter and Erna Harmier, Carl and Marion Strock started Center Electric in Tacoma in 1947 and retired in 1967. They then moved to WLYH Airstream Park in Olympia, WA. She is a member of Ahlab Court Ladies Oriental Shrine, White Clover Chapter OES, & Order of Amaranth. Erna’s life was one of service to others. She was preceded in death by Walter Harmier in 1970, and John Urich in 1999, and her ten brothers and sisters. Survived by sons Fred & Marianne, Dr. Frank & Beth Harmier, Gunter (deceased) & Gerda Adam; grandchildren Denise & Geoff Funk, Jeff & Char, Scott & Krista, Jarrod Harmier, and Allan Adam; 5 great grand children, and 1 great great granddaughter; also many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Emeritus-Courtyard at the Willows for their wonderful care and support. Donations may be made to Ladies Oriental Shrine, 5405 South Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98409, attn: Mary Lou Jones. Viewing Sunday, October 18, 1 to 9 pm; Monday 8 to 12. Services Monday 2 pm in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Donna Kay Washut 1939 – 2009 Our Mom, Donna, passed away on October 8, 2009. Born in Buffalo, Wyoming on June 20, 1939, the only child of Joe and Irene Washut, Donna spent her early years in Wyoming and moved to Tacoma when she was 12. Donna attended Jason Lee Jr. High and graduated from Stadium High School in 1957, then went on to attend Central Washington University. Donna married Matt Olson and had 4 children. Donna worked 16 years for the Automotive Service Association of Tacoma, and retired in January 2008. Donna was kind, generous, witty and caring, she made friends wherever she went, and her family was the most important thing in her life and she made that very clear to them and to all who knew her. Donna loved life and lived her life to its fullest. Donna passed away suddenly but peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Her passing has left a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. We will forever be grateful for the time spent with her, and she will never be forgotten. Donna is survived by her 4 children, Steve Olson of Graham, Jeff Olson of Spanaway, Todd Olson (Dee Dee) of Puyallup, and Laura Thompson (Page) of Roy, 12 grandchildren, Keith, Bobby, Ashley, Brooke, Nathan, Lindsey, Katie, Kaylee, Amber, Cody, Christopher and Lisa, and 2 great-grandchildren, Emily and Justin. Donna also leaves behind former husband Leon Martinsen, with whom she reunited 4 years ago, she very much enjoyed her time with him, her cousins Shirley Andrews (Jack)Eof Laguna Hills, CA, Barbra Ferguson (Jack)Eof Fort Collins, CO, and Buster Birmingham (Karen) of Rawlings, WY. Donna was blessed to share her life with her best friend Karin Goodro of Tacoma for over 55 years. Donna also leaves behind many close friends and co-workers whose lives she affected in so many positive ways. A celebration of life will be held on November 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Interment to be held on November 2 at 10:30 am at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .