There are a large number of obituary notices in today’s edition. For that reason, all notices are included following the Read More link.
Betty Jane (Schminkey) Brooks was born on November 14, 1947, in Tacoma, WA. She was the youngest daughter of Ralph and Orva Schminkey, who both preceded her in death in 2007. Betty passed away peacefully on December 26, 2009, with her family by her side. She was 62. Betty graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma in 1966 and married Michael G. Brooks of Tacoma in 1968. She was a person of strong faith and conviction in Jesus and she cherished her family a great deal. She enjoyed vacation trips with them and being an important part of larger, family gatherings. She especially enjoyed being a grandmother to her three granddaughters and loved them very much. Betty is survived by her husband Michael, their son, Michael J. and his wife Donna, and their three granddaughters, Sarah, Ashley and Jennifer. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara (Ken) Casey of Tacoma, her brother, Gary Schminkey of Puyallup, several nephews, nieces, cousins and many good friends. Funeral Services will be held in the Mountain View Garden Chapel on Saturday, January 2, 2010, at 10:00 AM, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood, WA 98499, (253) 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
In Loving Memory of Bernice V. Day Longtime resident of Puyallup, died on Dec. 19th, 2009 at the age of 88. She is survived by her 2 sons, 2 daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Celebration of Life Center Wed., Dec. 30th at 1pm. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Margaret A. Eide, born December 31, 1922, passed away 12-25-2009 at home in Tacoma, WA. She was born in Ironton, MN to Cornell and Anna Soggie. Margaret married Leroy (Bud) Eide on Nov. 9, 1941 and shortly thereafter Bud was drafted into the army. During the war, Margaret worked for Boeing in Seattle, later settling in Tacoma. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 sisters and 1 brother. She is survived by her son Mark (Wilma), grandchildren Amy Diener (Scott), Mark Jr. (Shannon) and 3 great-grandchildren Gressa Eide and Scotty and Zoe Diener. She is also survived by her brother Cornell Soggie (Betty) and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no services and inurnment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery where she will join Bud. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Carol Louise Fenton, 69, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. Carol was born October 8, 1940, an only child, in San Bernardino, California, to James Montgomery and Leatha Louise (Berry) Holloway. Carol married Grahame J. Fenton, the love of her life, in San Bernardino, California June 16, 1961. They traveled the rodeo circuit until 1963, and farmed and ranched until 1972. Carol worked for the Pierce County Auditor’s office for 30 years assisting couples acquiring their marriage license. The family and friends will miss Carol’s beautiful infectious smile and her great organizational skills. Since Carol’s retirement she has been extremely busy with Oakbrook Golf, where she was 2008 President of the Ladies 9-Holers, enjoyed her monthly Bunco group of friends, and especially her County Retiree’s luncheons with her long-time friends. Carol and Grahame have also enjoyed their new 5th-Wheel and pickup and have enjoyed many trips throughout many countries. Carol is survived by her devoted husband, Grahame J. Fenton, their two sons, James (Jim) Fenton and Lance (Joni), grandson Randy, and the apple of her eye, granddaughter Candice Lynn Fenton. A celebration of her life will be held 12 noon, Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at the Life Center Church in Tacoma, with Pastor Dean Curry officiating. Following the service a reception will be held at the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club from 3 – 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions can be sent to either of the following: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929, or Life Christian School & Academy, 1717 South Union Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
John I. Gilbertson passed away after a brief illness on December 26, 2009. He was retired since June 1986, having completed two successful careers. John was born to John H. and Millie J. Gilbertson on a farm in Hamlin County, SD, in 1921. He entered active military service through the ROTC program at South Dakota State University in 1943. He served primarily with the 83rd Infantry Division in Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star (twice), Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and survived all the five major European campaigns. Separated in 1946, he was recalled to active duty in 1950 and was retired as a Colonel in 1970. He was selected by Dean Witter as an account executive and retired from there in 1986. John enjoyed a detailed three-year tour of duty with the Army Security Agency serving on the staff of ASAPAC Headquarters in Tokyo from 1958 to 1960. Later, in 1962, he was privileged to be selected as the advisor to the Nation of Vietnam, specifically to the Vietnam National Intelligence School in Cholon. His service was recognized in a Letter of Commendation from General Thieu who later became President of South Vietnam. His last major assignment was as Commandant of the Fort Lewis School Command. As Commander of a provisional organization, he was responsible for all specialized training courses conducted during the Vietnam War period and graduated thousands of officers and soldiers from 1964 to 1969. Mildred, his loving wife for 39 years, and his older brothers, Harvey and Lowell, preceded John in death. Survivors include stepson, Arthur Grammer and his wife, Marion; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Lois McPherson, of Little Rock, AR; and niece, Corrine Cooley, of Culver City, CA. With respect to family, John had a very close familial relationship with the following families: Robert and Julie Webb and children of Auburn; Ron and Linda Fite and children of Graham (daughter Kaye is a Goddaughter); Timothy and Regina Temple and family of Tacoma; Robert and Johanna Funk and family of Puyallup; Shannon Stonebridge and family of Tacoma; and cousins galore from California to Oslo, Norway. During 1993 and 1994, in conjunction with an organization of family reunions, John researched and recorded the family history of both his maternal and paternal sides of his family. His recording of stories inspired other cousins to work on genealogy so that today the families in the United States as well as Norway have a reasonably accurate record of 1,400+ names from seven generations. John was Protestant and was a member of Bethany Open Bible Church. He believed in the Lord Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior for all mankind, the coming King of Kings. John has specifically requested that friends who traditionally send flowers would instead consider a tax deductible contribution to the Salvation Army or other charity of their choice. The needs of many are compelling and God’s promise to the giver of gifts is dully recorded in Matt. 6:4. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 2, 2010 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Katherine A. Grass passed away peacefully December 21, 2009. She was born February 10, 1918 to John and Stella Petkus in Wendell, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and her husband Bill. She leaves behind her brother George (Marge) Petkus, Pitcairn, PA, sister-in-law Helen Petkus, and beloved sister-in-law Sally Wiggins, her loving children Thomas (Jerri) and Robert (Renae), grandchildren Brooke and Mike, four great-grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews. Katherine was a 50-year-plus member of St John of the Wood Parish. She was a long standing member of YLI, and also belonged to a homemakers group. Other interests included bowling and gardening. Above all, her faith was an intergral part of her life. Katherine will long be remembered for the feasts prepared for family gatherings. She loved holidays, good food, and sharing. She was dearly loved and will be missed, but has left her family and friends with many treasured memories. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:00am in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Marjorie Alice (Brevik, Pense) McCormick The family and friends of Marjorie McCormick celebrate 83 years of a life well-lived and well-loved. Marjorie joined her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, December 24, 2009. She valiantly and gracefully fought cancer for six months before she left this life peacefully, at home in Parkland, Washington, surrounded by loved ones. Marge was born fifth of eight children in a four-room farmhouse near Burke, South Dakota, on March 31, 1926; daughter of Berth Rosenius Brevik (Bert) and Elsie Mae Hyatt Brevik. During WWII, she worked in the Nalley’s Cannery and later in the Tacoma shipyards as a welder’s helper. At age 20, she returned to South Dakota and married Howard Pense. At the end of the war they purchased a farm in Gregory County and farmed for two years. They moved to Tacoma, Washington to raise a family at 54th and East L Street. Howard and Marjorie divorced in 1969, (Howard passed in 2008), then in 1975, she married Robert McCormick. Marge attended Southern State Normal College in Springfield, South Dakota, and taught in a rural one-room school house. Later, she completed a B.A. and teaching credential at Central Washington University. In Tacoma, she worked as a teacher’s aide at Lister Elementary from 1966 to 1973, then taught first – third grades at Fawcett Elementary from 1974 to 1989. In retirement, she and sewing club friends produced unique, beautifully crocheted afghans and bedspreads for those she loved. Marge was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland. Recently she knitted prayer shawls which were blessed and given to comfort those in need. She kept a warm, clean, and hospitable home. There family would come to spend nights, share meals, enjoy conversations, and receive words of wisdom and guidance. Marge led a full, productive life, and left a legacy of caring. Those left behind to rejoice in her life and mourn her departure are husband: Robert McCormick; children: Marilyn (Pense) Hubert, CA; Greg and Joan Pense; Seburn and Vicki Pense, IL; Tony and Cassandra Pense; Curt and Cheryl Pense; Brad and Lori Pense; and foster daughter Carol Reyes, CA. Her surviving step-children are: Carol McCormick; Robert McCormick, Jr.; Marcia and Kevin Neal, OR; Richard and Barbara McCormick. All of us and her seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren will miss her nurturing love. Join us at Mountain View’s Valley Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, at 11:00 a.m., December 31, 2009. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Jessie Irene McSwain (Proverbs 31:10-31) passed to eternal life on Dec 23, 2009 at the age of 98. Born in London, England August 21, 1911, she came to the US after WWII and gained citizenship in 1958. An Air Force wife, she devoted herself to building a loving home and raising her children with Christian values, and a strong work ethic. She will be remembered with great love and respect by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her siblings; great-granddaughter, Lynsi Pedersen; her husband of 52 years, Lloyd N. McSwain; and daughter, Nancy Gail Rogers. She is survived by 3 sons, Fred, Lloyd, and Charles; 4 daughters, Jean, Anne, Barbara, and Debra; 28 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren. A tribute to Jessie’s remarkable life will be held on Saturday, January 2 at 2:00PM at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Valley Chapel; 4100 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood, Wa. In lieu of gifts, donations may be sent to the: “Foundation Fighting Blindness”; PO Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21203-7279. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Faith M. Muehlenbruch Loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother passed away peacefully in her sleep on December, 27th 2009. She was surrounded by loving family and friends in her final weeks. She is survived by her loving husband Bob, her daughters Jodi and Megan (Rance Richter), and son Ben (Jenni). She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Blake and Ainsley, and one on the way. Born February 26, 1948 in Tacoma and raised in Milton by Charles and Wilma Patten, she graduated from Fife High School and moved on to Western Washington College before attending Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of X-ray. She met her knight in shining armor, Bob, in the bean fields of Fife, and they were married June 21, 1969. She was involved in many careers, including being an X-ray technician and an office manager for the small business she and Bob owned. The job she considered most important was that of being a wife, mother, and homemaker. Faith will always be known for her uncanny ability to ask questions and make those around her feel special. Services will be held in her honor Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 p.m., with a viewing at 11:00 a.m. in the Aspen Chapel in the Celebration of Life Center at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Martha Virginia Neutzman It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother and friend, Martha Virgnia Neutzman. She was born on March 11, 1917 in Carrolton, Il and died on December , 24, 2009. Her husband Donald W. Neutzman passed on in 1996. They were married for 50 years. She is survived by her four children, Sally Coryell (husband Winfield, Bonnie Waltrip (husband Gale), Nick Neutzman (wife Trudy) and Donna Lee (husband Gary). She also has many grand kids that will miss her dearly. Her wishes were to be cremated and have her and her husband’s ashes scattered at Lake Havasu, Arizona, which they dearly loved. Her loves were her children, grandchildren, golf, bowling and last but not least, dancing. There will be no services held at her request. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Viola S. Rowe was born August 27, 1921 to Lennart and Senia (Jylha) Huhta in Independence, WA. On Sunday, December 20, 2009 she peacefully left us. Viola married Stanley Rowe on April 10, 1943, and lived in their family home in Milton for almost 60 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be missed by all those she left behind. Viola was preceded in death by her husband, sister, and four brothers. She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Charlotte Crimmins and Gladys and Jerry Schneider; four grandchildren, John Schneider, Tina Goodpaster, Steve Crimmins and Shawn Crimmins; and ten great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilcoom Blvd. SW, Tacoma on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 1:30pm. A reception will follow at the Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Mt. View Lutheran Church in Edgewood. Visit mountainviewtacoma.com .
Marjorie M. Wells Born August 20, 1918 in Oberon, ND to Melvin and Agnes Loucks. Marjorie went to be with her Lord on December 19, 2009. Preceded in death by her first husband Louis Wells, her second husband Kenneth McWilliam and son Terry Wells. Marjorie is survived by her son Michael (Lynette) Wells, brothers Loren Loucks and Gordon Loucks and sister Juanita Pinney as well as many nephews and nieces. As per her request, there will not be a funeral. There will be a short graveside farewell at Mt. View Memorial Park at 2:30 pm on Monday, December 28, 2009. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Oscar A. Wooten passed away Dec. 27th, 2009 after a long battle with his lung and breathing disease. He is now finally free of his pain. He leaves behind many family and friends whom will all miss his personality and smile. Graveside service will be held at Mt. View Thursday at 2:15 p.m., gathering will follow at VFW. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.Print This Post