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Billie Scott Cunningham 8/9/1926 – 12/2/2009 Born in Doerun, Georgia, Bill joined the Navy after Moultrie High School. Proud to serve aboard the minesweeper TAKAELMA as a Boatswain Mate 2nd Class during WWII. Bill relocated to Tacoma, WA, marrying Billie L. Stairs in 1950. He served as Elder for Trinity and Manitou Presbyterian Churches and was active in “The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.” Bill worked for Burlington Northern Railroad, painted the Narrows Bridge towers, and retired from the Bremerton Naval Shipyard as an Electrician Foreman. Bill was always there for his kids and grandkids, whether it be the making of doll chairs, attending sporting events, or on one occasion standing in line to buy a Cabbage Patch Doll. Vacations meant trips to Georgia and Florida to visit family and friends. His electrical skills were put to use at local churches and building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Devoted to the South Tacoma Neighborhood council, Bill saw success with the “Save Wapato Hills” project and the “Skip and Laura Vaughn Park.” Bill enjoyed reading, carpentry, and gardening. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma took his life but not his spirit. Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Billie, three children, Robert Cunningham (Janis), Janice TobinE(Pat), and Luann Cunningham, and three grandchildren, Christina, Scott, and Shawn. Services will be held at 1:00 PMEDecember 19, 2009 in the Mountain View Aspen Chapel, reception following. The family thanks the staff at Wynwood of Allenmore and the Multicare-Good Samaritan Hospice for their considerate and professional care. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Forever in our Hearts June P. (Joringdal) Elliott, born Nov. 13, 1932, passed away surrounded by family on Dec. 14, 2009 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. June was born in Thief River Falls, MN and moved to Midland, WA in 1934. After graduating Lincoln High in 1951, marrying Don Elliott in 1956, they lived in MT, CT, TX, IL, & WA. She worked at Carson Pirie Scott in Peoria, IL and later retired from Auburn High School in WA, where she worked as an aide. In later years, she and Don spent many happy times motor homing in Yuma, AZ, where they belonged to Olympic, Snowbirds and Great American RV Clubs. June is survived by: husband Donald, three children, Richard, Colleen and husband Tom Hallenbeck, Chris and wife Heather, grandchildren Jeffrey, Mellissa, and Corey Hallenbeck, Kassandra and Kaylee Elliott, June’s brother Arnold Joringdal, and her sister Eleanor Stabbert. Memorial service with reception following will be held Mon., Dec. 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM Jovita Baptist Church: 1120 114th Ave E. Edgewood, WA 98372 (253) 927-2427 Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the American Cancer Society . Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
MARY E (SCHONEBOOM) GRAHAM 10/10/29 – 12/07/09 To know her was to love her. Our beloved wife and mother, Mary Graham, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2009, at her caregivers’ home in Tacoma. She was born on October 10, 1929, in Oklahoma City to Arthur and Beatrice (Hughes)ESchoneboom. The family moved to Tacoma during World War II, where Mary attended Lincoln High School, then briefly relocated back to Oklahoma in 1947, where she graduated from Central High that year. Upon returning to Washington, Mary met and married the love of her life, John Graham, on St. Patrick’s Day in 1948. Together they raised six children, Johnny Graham (Fredda), Debby Webber (Ken), Peggy Rundberg (Ron), Mike Graham (Malia), Jill Anderson (Paul), and Melissa Iversen (Matt). Melissa was born on their 25th wedding anniversary, which was a joy for the entire family. John and Mary celebrated their 61st anniversary this year. Her grandchildren, Todd, Amy (Rob), Brooke, Chrissy (Milo), Meagan, Parker, Emily, and Joshua, along with her 9 great grandchildren, Chloe, Bailey, Bobby, William, Abby, Kira, Hannah, Trenton, and Livvy, all loved her and they knew she loved them dearly too. Mary is also survived by her husband (who continues to reside in the family home of over 52 years); sister, Maxine; her brother -in-law and wife, Glenn and Doris Graham; sister-in-law, Betty Aronson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Delores Baker; and brothers-in-law, Bobby Baker, Joe Tucker, and Ben Aronson; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Larson. Mary loved life and people which was readily displayed in her infectious upbeat, sweet, and positive personality. But most of all, she was dedicated throughout her life to her husband, children, and church family. She was a member of Summit United Methodist Church since 1962, where she faithfully served as the “coffee and cookies hostess” every Sunday for over 20 years, while also visiting various nursing homes routinely. Her involvement in her children’s activities spanned many decades with her attending PTA; being a Blue Bird leader; attending Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H activities, in addition to little league baseball games; taking kids to gymnastic and dance lessons, etc. Mary started working in a bakery during the War at 14 years of age and periodically worked at several other bakeries while her children were growing up. She was a wonderful seamstress and cake decorator, liked camping with family, loved going to the Puyallup Fair several times a year, enjoyed her friends in various TOPS groups throughout the years, and loved to shop and hit good sales. The family also took many road trips to various places but she particularly enjoyed vacations to Disneyland. Our family would like to thank King’s Manor Assisted Living Community and the Elliott family of Bethel House for the care and love she received from them these past few years. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends. A private graveside service will be held and a memorial service is planned for after the holidays on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., at Summit United Methodist Church, 5316 104th St. (104th &ECanyon Road), Tacoma. In lieu of gifts, memorials may be made to the church. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Alice (Hjelmen) Holter Aug. 28, 1914 – Dec. 9, 2009 Alice was born in Mayville, N.D. to Abraham and Helga (Wold) Hjelmen and passed away December 9, 2009 in Tacoma, WA. She was preceded in death by husband of 55 years, Prentice B. Holter. Alice is survived by son Gerald (Marlene), grandchildren Scott, Mark, Michele, Joel, Josh, son Michael (Sandy), grandchildren Marcella, Jerry, Rachel and 12 great grandchildren, niece Joanne (Mike) Pederson. Mom enjoyed her retirement after 25 years at Nalley’s, Alice and Prentice retired to Sunny, Ca. and Az. – in the winter. Love you, Mom, Michael and Gerald. Memorial service will be held 3pm, 12/20/09 in the chapel at Tacoma Lutheran Home. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Glen Clifford Berg was born Aug. 16, 1922 in Newcastle, WA and passed away at 87, Dec. 16, 2009, in Tacoma, WA. Glen was preceded in death by first wife Cleo in 1995 and second wife Muriel in 2003. He is survived by daughter Gloria Burkette, son Ken Berg, grandchildren Justin & Christel, stepson Chuck Riche (Lea), stepdaughter Gail Musumeci (Ed) granddaughter Betsy Staatz (Rich), granddaughter Petra Stanley (Fritz), great grandchildren Eva & Carson. Glen served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Puget Sound Plywood after 35 years. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, Mon., Dec. 21, at the Mountain View Funeral Home Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
James C. Cowart passed away peacefully on December 9, 2009 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jo, sons Jim Jr. and Don (Wendy), and five grandchildren. Jim was a retired Tacoma Police Detective Sergeant, Marine Veteran, and an amateur radio operator (K7TVO). He was a lifetime member of both the Puyallup Eagles Daffodil Roamers R.V. club and the VFW. He also loved to hunt and fish. Services will be held 12 noon, Monday the 14th, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Noel H. Griffin Major US Army (Ret) Feb. 23, 1918 – Nov. 28, 2009 Passed away on November 28, 2009 at The Affordable Oakbrook Adult Family Home, Lakewood, WA. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on February 23, 1918 to Francis (Frank) & Frances Griffin, he came to Seattle in 1920 with his mother & grandparents Fred & Viola Diers. He leaves behind three children: sons Robin Griffin, Douglas Griffin and his wife DeAnna, daughter Dawn (Griffin) Shipe and her husband George. He also leaves behind four grandchildren and one great grand child. He is also survived by his sister, Donna Sowler. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 56 years, Irene. He served in the US Army for from 1936 to 1959 retiring as a Major. He saw service in the SW Pacific, Philippines and as Adjutant for the prisoners in the Pacific War Crimes trials. Later he served at the, The Pentagon and University of Washington Army ROTC and as Adjutant of the US Army Personnel Center. After he retired from the military he became a personnel analyst with the State of Washington Personnel Office and later appointed as personnel officer for the Washington State Department of Employment Security in Olympia, WA. Later he worked for State of Washington Department of Natural Resources & Department of Transportation as the personnel officer, finally retiring in 1978. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Ft. Lewis Golf Course. Noel and Irene moved to Paso Robles, California in 1983 and returned to Washington State in 1991 to be closer to their children. Memberships include: Military Officers Assoc. of America, Scottish Rite and Afifi Shiners Temple of Tacoma. Memorial service was held at Tahoma National Cemetery, December 7, 2009. Donations may be made to The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA or The American Cancer Society in his memory.
Berneice M. Jurasek 7/24/1915 – 12/14/2009 Survived by son Paul and wife Patti Jurasek, sister Grace Hedland and husband Dick and family. No services.
Louise E. Kvamme Nov. 15, 1912 – Dec. 11, 2009 The only child of John & Rossie Miller, Louise went to be with her Heavenly Father on Dec. 11, 2009 at the age of 97. Born Nov. 15, 1912 she was a life-long Tacoma resident. Louise is preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Magnus and is survived by her loving daughter Mary Loshbough (Owen) and grandchildren: Brian, Ellen, & Katie. Her sweet smile and constant prayers will be missed by all. Services will be held at the Mountain View Garden Chapel: Sat., Dec. 19. at 3:00 PM. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Ardelle (Linda) A. Marin passed away peacefully at her home in Lacey on December 9, 2009, at the age of 84, with her daughter Cindy, granddaughter Tammy and great granddaughter Jennie by her side. The second child of Dudley and Esther Davies, OLinda’ was born in Tacoma, WA, on October 5, 1925. Linda grew up and lived in Tacoma until she met her future husband Fredrick H. Marin of Newark, Ohio, in 1942. They were married in January of 1944. During their early years of marriage Fred and Linda traveled to various locations in the US because of Fred’s employment with the Civil Service. They eventually relocated to Tacoma, to the home in which Linda lived for 43 years. In 2000, Linda made the choice to move to Lacey, WA, to be closer to her daughter and her family. She enjoyed the last years of her life Ocannon balling’ off the dock at Long Lake, partaking in family holiday dinners and visiting with local friends. Linda is survived by her daughters Sue Ann Johnson (Wayne) of Queen Creek, AZ , Cindy Powell (Alan) of Olympia, WA, five grandchildren, Renee Knoll, Reno, NV, Tammy Packard (Sean), Edgewood, WA, Patrick DeLaVergne (Sandra) Chandler, AZ, Jason Powell (Amber) of Tumwater, WA, Brandon Powell of Olympia, WA, seven great grand children and many nieces and nephews in Ohio. Linda was cared for very lovingly in her last year and a half by Erlinda Lucero, her “Guardian Angel O’and Erlinda’s staff at Santo Nino Adult Family Home in Lacey, WA. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Fred and her daughter Sheryl Lynn (Reimers) Viewing will be at Mt. View Funeral Home Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Linda requested no funeral service. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be sent to Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice of Olympia.
Ancil M. McCleary died 12-12-2009 at the age of 87. He was born July 8th, 1922. Our dad had a huge heart and helped many people over the years. He entered the Navy right after he graduated from high school. He loved the Navy, and wanted to be a career man. After he retired he worked at the U.S. Post Office for several years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara McCleary, who passed away in May, 1987. He is survived by wife Lois McCleary and his four children, Margie Hornbuckle, Marvin McCleary, Judy Nickholds, and Robert McQuillin, and also eight grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held on 12-18-2009 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel, Lakewood, WA at 1:00 PM. A catered reception will follow the service. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Betty Ann (Bray) Pyette Born March 10th, 1936, passed away peacefully in her home on December 8, 2009. After graduating high school, Betty met and married James A. Pyette. Betty is survived by her sons; James A. Pyette, John J. Pyette; daughters Sheri R. Hayes, Susan E. Steen and Nora F. Solvedt; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday December 11th at 3pm at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
In Memoriam Bernadita Castro Quitugua, also known as “Bennett/Bernie,” a resident of Lakewood, WA, passed away on December 14, 2009 at Franciscan Hospice House at the age of 67. Bennett is survived by her husband, Antonio C. Quitugua, two children, Jennifer and John, daughter-in-law Julie, and three grandchildren, Isayah, Jensen, and Madeleine. She is also survived by three siblings, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. Viewing will take place at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood, WA on December 17, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Rosary will be prayed at 10:00 a.m., followed by receiving of friends at 10:30 a.m. on December 18, 2009 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 10508 112th Street SW, Lakewood, WA. Celebration of the Eucharist will be held at 11:00 a.m. Reception will follow. Interment scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home. Donations in Bennett’s memory can be sent to the Franciscan Hospice House at 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466 Bernadita Quitugua 5/29/1942 – 12/14/2009. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Ellanor A. Smith peacefully entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 10, 2009. She was the 7th child of 13 children born to Beemer and Anna Luvene in Collin, MS. She met and married her high school sweetheart, Joe Smith, Sr., in 1963. They later relocated to Tacoma, WA in 1968. Her passion for teaching began with volunteering as a PTA parent. From there, she worked as a teacher’s assistant while earning her BA degree in Education at the University of Puget Sound. She united with St. John Baptist Church in 1968 under the leadership of Pastor J.A. Boles, Sr., where she served faithfully. She is survived by her husband of 46 years. She leaves to cherish her memory 6 children, 14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She also leaves 9 siblings. Preceded in death by her parents and 3 siblings. Viewing Friday, December 18, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be held at St. John Church, 2001 South J Street, Tacoma, WA 98405, on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11:30 am. May the work I’ve done speak for me. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Margaret Mary Stingley passed away December 14, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. She was born in Waukegan, Illinois on 10/15/1926. She grew up primarily in Sterling, Colorado and met her husband Leonard in Sidney, Nebraska in 1944. They married June 2, 1945 and have resided in Tacoma since 1946. Margaret is survived by her loving husband, Leonard; her daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Gene; her son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Allison; as well as granddaughters Leanne, Stacie, Erica, and Carrie, and grandson, Daniel. She is also remembered by her ten great-grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by her brother, Archie, and her four sisters, Myrt, Betty, Jenny, and Lola, and by her nieces and nephews. During Margaret’s life, she was loved and respected by all who knew her for her kind and loving heart. She will be greatly missed by anyone whose life she touched. Viewing will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home from 1:00-9:00 PM on Friday, December 18th, 2009 and on Saturday, December 19th from 8:00AM-12:00 PM. Services will be held in the Mountain View Valley Chapel at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 19th, 2009. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Thomas John Vanaman 9/26/1955 – 12/14/2009 Tom Vanaman, 54, of Tacoma, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at St.Clare Hospital in Lakewood. Survivors include Daughters Sherlina, Angie, Tiffany, Kendra, son Tyler and multiple grandchildren. Private Cremation rites will be at Mt. View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Jeffery Lee Wilford Jan. 28, 1959 – Dec. 11, 2009 After a courageous two year battle with cancer, Jeffery Lee Wilford passed away on December 11, 2009 at his home in Tacoma, Washington. Jeff was born on January 29, 1959 to Sterling and Margaret Wilford. He was the second of three children, an older brother, Gregory and younger sister, Valerie. He attended Stadium High School. Upon graduation, Jeff continued his education at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington. Jeff and his brother, Greg, co-owned and operated a fencing company for many years. Jeff was always a hard worker who did not stop until the job was done. Jeff was a man of many talents. In additional to his exceptional fishing skills, he was an outstanding artist. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Sterling “Stokey” Wilford. Jeff is survived by his beloved wife, Yolanda Wilford of Tacoma, Washington and his loving mother, Margaret Wilford of Tacoma, Washington. Jeff will also be greatly missed by his brother, Gregory Wilford of Tacoma, Washington; sister Valerie (Sherman) Willis of Newcastle, Washington and their children Brandon and Brittni, and a host of family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, December 19, 2009 at the Garden Chapel at the Mountain View Funeral Home, located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd, SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Tacoma General Hospital for all of their assistance and support through Jeff’s illness. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Emilie (Lee) Elizabeth Zulauf, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA on December 11, 2009 from head injuries suffered in a fall at home earlier in the week. She was born on August 19, 1929 in Portland, OR as the only child of Alfred D. and Alice G. Bishop. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Falls Church, Virginia where they lived until 1939 when they moved to Bremerton, WA. At Bremerton High School Lee was an honors student, played in the orchestra and in her senior year she represented Bremerton as a Princess in the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival. She played the violin in the Bremerton Symphony, and was very active in the Girls Service Organization, Girl Scouts and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. After graduation she attended Whitman College from 1947 to 1949 where she studied liberal arts and continued as a violinist. In 1949 she transferred to then Pacific Lutheran College to complete elementary education course work. At PLC she was a member of the Choir of the West, the orchestra, Curtain Call Club and the Tassels honors society. During summer school on July 1, 1950 she went out on her first date with Dwight Zulauf, a PLC Instructor in Economics and Business. In just three months they were engaged, and they were married in Bremerton at St. Paul’s on December 16, 1950. Lee graduated in May of 1951 and began teaching at Kapowsin Grade School in September. She resigned in 1953 when she and Dwight were expecting their first child, Kathy. In 1956 their first son, David, was born in Minneapolis where Dwight was an instructor and Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota. They returned to PLC in the Fall of 1959 and moved into the house that still serves as home base for their family. John, their third child, was born in the spring of 1960. In the years that followed, her involvement in the PTA was honored with a Golden Acorn Award. She also received a leadership award for ten years of work with Blue Birds and Campfire Girls. In addition, she was a Den Mother in Pack 663 of the Club Scouts with many of her Cubs becoming Boy Scouts in Troop 633, five of which attained the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Concurrent with her youth group work, she was asked to return to teaching, this time in Kindergarten, which she did for several years until back problems forced her to reluctantly resign. At the age of 50, with three children in college, she herself returned to school, earning an MBA from PLU with a high GPA, and passing all parts of the CPA examination on her first attempt at age 54. She went on to teach Financial Accounting at pierce College, PLU. California State University-Long Beach, Humboldt State University, and Massey University in New Zealand. At Massey she designed at taught their first Financial Accounting course tailored to the culture and needs of the native Maori students, of whom she was a great favorite. She always maintained high standards for herself and her students which were reflected in her excellent teacher ratings. Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland played an important role in Lee’s life. She and Dwight were confirmed there as newlyweds and all there of their children were confirmed at Trinity in their youth. Lee sang in the choirs for many years. Some of her other activities at Trinity included leadership of the One-to-One Program, two terms on the Council, member of the Stewardship Committee, and chairing the last capital fund drive. A relatively recent blessing for Lee has been her inclusion in the Mirian Circle where she appreciated the Bible studies and taught several of them herself. Her deep faith was an enduring source of peace, joy and love. Her involvement at PLU has gone beyond her roles as a student and part-time teacher. She was active in the PLU’s Women Club and served several times as its treasurer. Also, she enjoyed taking an active role in the Club’s annual Yule Boutique event. Lee honored her parents by establishing the Alfred D. and Alice G. Bishop Scholarship in Computer Science. In addition, Lee has supported Dwight in every one of his efforts of outreach on behalf of PLU. On October 7, 2005 Lee was surprised and pleased to receive PLU’s Heritage Award “for her lifelong support, dedication, and service to her alma matter.” Survivors include Lee’s husband of 59 years less five days, Dwight; Geoffrey and Kathryn (Zulauf) Harris and their three children: Morgan, Adrian, and Erin; David Zulauf and his daughter Zoe; David’s wife Shellie and her son Gavin Garza; John and Beth Zulauf and their four children Joshua, Ellen, Nathan, and Shawn; and Deborah Zulauf, mother of Zoe. Lee has three first cousins and their families in England, they are Noel Bishop, Angela Burgess, and Adrian Bishop. Our immediate family members are amazed that she could balance so many concurrent supporting roles for us and others in her life with such a positive and loving attitude. She found time for herself to read, enjoy music, play Santa’s helper, do knitting, counted cross stitch, and to see God’s creation firsthand. If we were to ask her how she carried this many roles, she would say, “with the help of our Lord and that of a lot of other people who were willing to help me and did.” Our family is so grateful to the people at Trinity Lutheran Church who have been there for us over the years and particularly at this time-our deepest thanks! A memorial service is scheduled for Lee at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday December 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 12115 Park Avenue South in Parkland. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in honor Lee may be sent to either Trinity Lutheran Church, Food Pantry, or to Pacific Lutheran University, Office of Development, Tacoma, WA 98447. Condolences may be sent to www.MountainviewTacoma.comPrint This Post