Constance (Connie) H. Hansen was born in Aberdeen, SD on 8/27/1941 to Juanita and Kenneth Blake. On Oct 27th she joined them, and her brother Wesley, and our Lord for an eternal family reunion. In Dec 1965 she married Jim Hansen and began a wonderful 43-year relationship. Connie is survived by Jim, their children and spouses Bob, Michael (Carol) and Suzanne (Jeff) and three grandchildren, Peter, and twins Ian and Maya, and sisters Vikki Straw of NY and Sue Boyczuk of AZ. Her most enduring memories are of her children and her career. All have been very special. She loved the holiday season, when the family would join together as one and celebrate achievements and successes. Connie earned her RN at LA County Hospital in 1962, her BS at Seattle U, MSN at the U of W, PhD at U of San Diego, and her midwifery at Frontier School in KY. Over the course of her career she trained hundreds of nurses at PLU, MSU at Great Falls, MT, UNR at Reno, NV and UWT in Tacoma. She also delivered 500 babies. She was a leader in many areas of her career and well respected by colleagues and students. Connie enjoyed her hobbies of sewing and quilting and loved to travel. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She loved the Puget Sound area and lived here on and off for over 35 years. Viewings will be at Mountain View Funeral Home Sat. 5-9PM, Sun 8AM-9PM. Mass on 2 Nov 2009 at St Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lakewood at 11AM with rosary at 10:30. Reception to follow. Burial at Mt Tahoma at 2:15 PM. Memorial gifts may be sent to Franciscan Hospice, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401. On line registry at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Marvel Larraine (Ziemke) Cooley passed away peacefully on October 26, 2009 at the age of 89. She was born in Garden City, MN to Henry and Emma Ziemke on June 29, 1920, and was the 3rd of 6 children. Mom enjoyed cooking and baking, especially around the holidays, for her family and friends. She always had a vegetable garden and liked working in her flower beds in the yard. She enjoyed being active in her church. Marvel was preceded earlier this year in death by her husband of 66 years, Barto, and is survived by sisters Dolores (Kerm) Wiederhoeft and Dorothy (Orin) Wiederhoeft in Minnesota, children Leroy, Elverne, and Sharon (Ray) Davenport, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at King’s Manor and Regency of Puyallup for their kindness, care, and support of Mom. Viewing will be from 2:00 to 9:00 PM November 3, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home with a graveside service at 11:30 AM, November 4, 2009 at Mountain View Memorial Park. There will be a memorial service at 1:00 PM, November 4 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, located at 140 E. 56th St. in Tacoma, with reception following. Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where Barto and Marvel had been members since 1949. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Wilson Steven Decker was born in Los Angeles, CA to Marion and Wilson G. Decker on April 10, 1929, and passed away at Madigan Army Medical Center on October 22, 2009. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Joseph and James. He is survived by his loving wife Keiko, sisters Kate, Judy and Marion, brother Thomas, and numerous nieces and nephews. After high school graduation, Wilson joined the Air Force in 1952 and commenced a career which would cover 28 years. Upon completing pilot training, he flew B-26 aircraft in Korea, then B-57s and B-66s in Japan and Germany, and later, C-135 and C-141 transports. He would excel in each aircraft type he flew, reaching the qualification of Flight Examiner. As his career progressed, Wilson reached the rank of Lt. Colonel, and served at Headquarters 5th Air Force and as the Director of Operations, 475th Airlift Wing at Yokota AB, Japan. At the time of his retirement in 1980, he was the Air Base Commander, 60th ABG, Travis Air Force Base. After his retirement, Wilson occupied himself with his church, his home, and with his Yorkshire dogs. He will be forever remembered as an outstanding pilot, a fine officer, a devoted husband, and a cherished friend. A Funeral Mass for Wilson will be held at the McChord AFT Catholic Chapel at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 5, 2009, followed by interment at Tahoma National Cemetery at 2:15 PM. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
CW4 (ret) William G. “Jerry” Grogan was born March 18th, 1938 in Sequim, Washington to William C. and Dorothy Grogan. He was raised and attended high school in Stanfield, Oregon. Jerry joined the service and served his Country honorably as a combat engineer. His bravery during his three tours of Vietnam earned him a purple heart and multiple other medals. He retired after 26 years of devoted service with honors from the U.S. Army as an officer. Upon retirement he became a field supervisor with COBRA Corp. and later a purchasing manager with Bunce Rental. Jerry was a great man, dedicated to his country, and extremely well-read. Jerry enjoyed intellectual banter with family and friends and most importantly he loved his family. Jerry passed away on October 23rd, 2009, at home where he wanted to be. Jerry is survived by his sons Eric, Todd, and Willy, and close family friend Janet, who was thought of as a daughter by Jerry, as well as eight grandchildren, his siblings Sharon, Mike, and Shelby, and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Joyce, and brothers Chuck and Kevin. At his specific request, there will be no services held. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Mary Virginia Klein went quietly in her sleep on October 26th. It was a peaceful end to a long life. Born August 19th, 1921 in Mitchell, South Dakota, Virginia moved at a young age to the south end of Tacoma. She graduated from Lincoln High and attended the U of W. Virginia married Carl Klein on January 2, 1942. In 1947, they purchased a home with six acres on south Ainsworth Avenue. They spent the rest of their lives there. No one kept a household running more smoothly or took greater interest in her children. She taught them manners, the importance of hard work, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Virginia’s handwriting was pure artistry, as were her cinnamon rolls. She loved camping, church, the Mariners, and a corny joke. Virginia was disabled by a stroke in 1990, but remained sharp as a tack until the end. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Carl, and her daughter, Debra. Sons Roger and Ron (Margo) reside in Tacoma. A service for Virginia will be held Saturday, November 7th at 4:00 PM at the South Lakeshore Christian Church, 1740 So. 84th St., Tacoma. A reception will be held at the church. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the South Puget Sound Boys & Girls Clubs, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma WA 98402. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
MSG Joseph R. “Richard” Sabourin RETIRED, 68, died Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at his home in Lakewood. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on October 21, 1941. He graduated high school in Canada, and went on to receive his BA degree in Maryland and his Master’s degree in law enforcement in Alabama. Richard served two terms in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Meritorious Service Medal, retiring after 20 years. While he was stationed in Korea, Richard met and married Sin Ok Pak on January 31, 1967 in Seoul, Korea. Richard began his second career as a Correctional Officer for the Pierce County Sheriffs Department. He retired after 16 years because of ill health. Richard’s interests included home projects, golfing, and riding horses. His family and friends will miss his kind spirit, great conversations, and calming ways. Sin was blessed and honored to have such a great husband and friend. His survivors include his loving wife, Sin; two sisters, Lucy and Linda; five brothers, Maurice, Jack, Paul, Clifford and Ronnie. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at St. John Bosco Parish, followed by a graveside scheduled for 2:15pm at Tahoma National Cemetery. Visitation is from 1pm to 9pm Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Ethel I. Wright 11-3-1915 to 10-30-2009 Ethel was born in Hibbing, MN on 11-3-1915 and died three days before her 94th birthday in Tacoma, WA on 10-30-2009. She married Gordon Wright in 1937. She worked for 27 years as a medical secretary at Western State Hospital. Ethel was an active member in the Cedar Chapter Order of Eastern Star, and was a past Matron and Grand Representative. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Gordon in 1970, and is survived by her two daughters, Janice (Ron) Jensen and Gerry (Gary) Johnson, 8 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She loved people and being involved life’s many activities. We love you. Services will take place in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com