Victor E. Byrski was born 4/11/1922 to Martin T. and Caroline Figura Byrski in Great Falls, MT. Victor was the retired owner of Rainier Construction Company. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Kasten, his parents, and all 6 of his siblings. He is survived by his step-son Richard Funkley (Shirley) of Renton, grandchildren Doug Funkley of Tacoma, Gayle-Marie Noga (Scott) of Pasco, and 3 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren of Richland, WA. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 10-11:00 AM, with services following at 12:00 PM in the Aspen Chapel, Mountain View Celebration of Life Center. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Gustaf E. “Gus” Carlson In remembrance of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and community leader, Gustaf E. Carlson passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2010, surrounded by loving family and friends, at his home in Tacoma, Washington. If a person could count their wealth by the number of lives they had touched, Gus died a very wealthy man. He was born July 31, 1934 in Tacoma, WA and was proud of his lifelong residency in the greater Tacoma area. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gust and Anna Carlson; his siblings Reardon and Frank Carlson, Eileen Teutscher, Cia Dawson and Janice Hetch. Gus joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1983. He also spent 30-plus years working for the Clover Park School District before retiring in 1992. Gus took great pride in working for the betterment of his community. He was an integral member of the South East (Optimist) Athletic Association which purchased the land and built a recreation center currently known as the South End Neighborhood Center. He was an officer in the Tacoma Southeast Lions Club which was responsible for many fund-raising endeavors. Gus was also known and respected for his work with the Pierce County Democratic Party and Tacoma City Council. His passion in life was auto racing; he sponsored local drivers at Spanaway and Tenino Speedways, participated in local push car associations and was a member of NASCAR. Gus is survived by his soul mate, Nadine Carlson of Tacoma; daughter Sheryl Hammons and her husband Michael, of Tacoma; daughter Linda Dykstra and her husband Carl, of Yelm; son Gustaf R. Carlson and his wife Deborah, of Normandy Park. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Peter and Joshua Dykstra, Kenny and Jimmy Hammons, and Ryan and Britney Carlson. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA on Friday, February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm. A reception will follow the service. In the lieu of gifts, please donate to Franciscan Home in his name. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
John Joseph Konrad was born on July 24, 1929. He passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2010 at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara, his three children, Karen, Steve and Kristen, and a large extended family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 19 at 11:00 AM in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View. Flowers to John will be accepted, as well as donations to the hospice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Charles Perry Sheldon was born on October 27, 1920 in Chicago, Ill. He was raised in Electra, Texas, and for 89 years was a cowboy at heart. Mr. Sheldon met his lifelong sweetheart, Martha Valerie (Val) (1920-2003), in kindergarten, after which began a fatal attraction which lasted for 83 years. Family speculation has it that Charles chose to leave this earth on February 9, 2010, in order to surprise her for Valentine’s Day. Their love produced 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. After graduation from high school in Electra, Texas, Charles attended Texas A & M for two years. He then joined the US Air Force, married Val, and began a 20-year career which took them all over the world. The Sheldon’s were transferred to Tacoma, Washington in 1960 and spent much of the rest of their lives in the area B except for the time they spent roaming the West in their travel trailer. Mr. Sheldon was preceded in death by his wife, Val, his first daughter, Cheryl Leslie, and his great-granddaughter, Brooke. He is survived by his daughters, Julie of Tacoma, Washington, Sue of Wasilla, Alaska, and their spouses, Tom and Blair; his grandchildren (Thomas, Brandilyn, Suzanne, Rachel, Jeanette, and Charles) and their spouses (Melanie, Ty, Dan, Walter, and Matt); and his great-grandchildren (Tom, Andrew, Morgan, Summer, Lexie, Isaac, Olivia, Sage, Maya, Trent, Jenna, Brianna, Nathan, Eric, Emily, Ryan, Whitney, Christopher, and Jared). While his daughters occasionally drove him to distraction, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren delighted him no end. There will be no formal service for Mr. Sheldon, but a visitation will be held on Thursday, February 18th, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Mt. View Celebration of Life Center. Arrangements by Mt. View Funeral Home (253-584-0252). Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Marjorie J Spinharney died peacefully with her children by her side, She is survived by her children Wendy (Dan), Randy (Mona), Vickie, Kelly (Dwaine), 8 grand children and 8 great grand children. There will be a private celebration of Marjie’s life at the home of her daughter Wendy at a later date. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Bernard (Barney) W. Wolfgeher, born on September 25, 1916, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Heartwood Extended Care facility on February 11, 2010. He was 93. Barney, a WWII veteran, retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of loyal service. After retiring he worked at Fort Lewis Commissary until 1976. He loved people and always showed great kindness. We loved him and will miss him very much. Survived by his wife of 59 years Irene. Son’s Gary (Mary) of Tacoma, and Michael of Los Angeles. Grandkids Joshuah (Diedre) and Amber (Rory). Great Grandkids Nikola and Lilia. Brothers Paul and Ralph from Missouri. The family would also like to thank the staff at the Heartwood Extended Care facility for exceptional care during his stay. Services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park, Garden Chapel. Thursday, February 18 1:00 pm. A reception following at the home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .