Thelma Hellesto Cook Age 81, was called to the Lord on Saturday, October 30th in Tacoma. Thelma was born and raised on Vashon Island, and was class valedictorian upon graduation in 1947. She married Kenneth Cook of Tacoma in 1949 and, together with their daughter Cindy, moved to California where Ken helped develop Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Company in Oakland, CA. When Ken sold Dreyer’s in 1975, Thelma and Ken moved back to Tacoma, where Ken continued with Cook’s Flavoring Extracts and briefly managed their resort on Tanwax Lake. Thelma took over management upon Ken’s death in 1990. Thelma enjoyed traveling, entertaining guests, was an avid gardener, and especially enjoyed watching her grandson participate in sports. She was involved in a myriad of church activities and, as an accomplished musician, was the church organist in California and enjoyed accompanying her church quartets in Tacoma. Thelma continued with business, church and philanthropic activities until they were curtailed by recent health challenges. Thelma is survived by her daughter Cindy Cook-Boettner and grandson, Jason Boettner of Toledo, WA. She was predeceased by her husband Ken, parents Olga and Torvald (Tom) Hellesto, and brother Irwin. She is also survived by siblings Irene Halbert (Wayne) of Fremont, CA, Tommy Hellesto of Pullman, and Clara Carlson (Joel) of Anchorage, AK. Additionally, she leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as brother-in-law Don Cook (Carol), of Tacoma. The family appreciates the superb care by the staff at Franke Tobey Jones. A private family graveside service at Mountain View Cemetery will precede a celebration of her life scheduled for 1:00pm Saturday, November 13th, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Avenue S. Remembrances may be made to First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
M. Virginia McFadden French passed away on Friday Nov. 5, 2010. She was born in Seattle on Oct. 21, 1919, and came to Tacoma one year later, remaining there the rest of her life. She graduated from PLC in 1940. For 50 years she was the organist for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she also directed the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, her daughter Eileen, her parents Leslie and Alma McFadden, a brother, Leslie T. McFadden, and a sister, Doris Willis. She is survived by four children: Howard French, Marvin French and wife Vivian, Allan French and wife C lia, and Beverly Carberry and husband Bill. Other survivors include her six grandchildren, Jon, Crystal, Rose, Jocelyn, Dawn and Shannon, three great-grandchildren, Chloe, Paityn, and Ryker, a brother, Ralph McFadden and wife Alice of Ogden, Utah, and a brother-in-law, Jim Willis of Twin Falls, Idaho. Services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 140 E. 56th St. in Tacoma, on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 10:30AM. Viewing will be on the day before (Nov. 8) from 1-9PM at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. Donations may be made to the Virginia French Memorial Fund c/o Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Lorena J. Sasser went to her Lord on October 12, 2010, her 95th birthday, and her earthly remains were interred at the Mountain View Memorial park. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in the chapel of the Tacoma Lutheran Home, 1301 N. Highland Pkwy, on November 11th, 2010 at 2:00pm. Chaplain Hermstaid will be officiating. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.