Apolonia Andre. Former Mayor of the city of DuPont, WA,. Pola Andre passed away on March 22, 2011 in Long Beach, CA. Pola was born in Chicago, IL to Polish immigrants Anthony and Mary Olezchak, and now she has joined them and her brother Mitchell in everlasting peace, and is reunited with her beloved husband of 22 years, Stanley Andre (LTC, U.S. Army). Pola earned a Masters in Music degree and was an accomplished pianist and organist. She taught piano lessons to countless students and passed along her love of music to generations of young people for over 60 years. She served as City Clerk for the city of DuPont, WA, and was then elected Mayor, guiding the city for 10 years while laying the foundation for the city’s eventual expansion through negotiations with the Weyerhauser Company. Pola was especially proud of her four children, whom she raised alone at young ages after the untimely passing of their father. She is survived by her adoring children and their spouses: Bob and Nell Andre, Rick and Pat Andre, Charmaine and Dan Warmenhoven, and Marilyn Whitcomb and Sid Britton. She also had a great deal of pride in her six grandchildren, Jennifer, Kimberly, Eric, Laura, Jason, and Katie, and cherished her great-grandchildren Samantha, Ethan, Finn, and Andrew. Apolonia was an exceptionally strong and caring person. She always showed great kindness to others and a passion for education. Her impeccable presence and graciousness and her keen sense of humor always added a special charm to family gatherings. This extraordinary woman will be greatly missed. A Catholic funeral service and celebration of Apolonia’s wonderful life will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:00 in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com/.
Milton Newell, April 19, 1938 to March 25, 2011, passed away peacefully at his home in Spanaway, WA. Milton was born in Chicago, Illinois but resided in Tacoma since 1967. He was a loving husband to his wife Evonne, and a devoted father to his son Milton Xavier, his daughter Edith Mitchell, of Chicago, IL, stepsons Douglas Johnson, Ralph Johnson, Tony Johnson, David Johnson, and Stephen Johnson. He is also survived by and will be lovingly remembered by his sister Ella Ward, of Chicago, IL, sister-in-law Yvette (Norman) Sutton, sister-in-law Roxanne Smoot; brothers-in-law, Douglas Woods, Lawrence Woods, and Myron Woods. Milton was preceded in death by his father and mother Ewing and Hertha Newell, and a brother Kittrell Newell. Along with other countless family, friends, and co-workers he will be greatly missed by special friends James Tyner, Michael Altheimer, and Charles King. Milton touched the lives of many people with his style, his smile, his love of sports and music, but mostly his love of family. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Aspen Chapel, Saturday April 2, 2011 at 11:00 am; Pastor Charles Price will be officiating with interment immediately following. Viewing will be held Friday April 1, 2011 from 9:00am to 9:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com/.