Leah K. Lemon passed away May 4, 2011 at Life Care Center in Federal Way from advanced dementia caused by a fall at home. She is survived by her husband Don, sons Michael (NM) Patrick (WA) sister Laura Lee Lundgren (WA) nieces, nephews and many cousins. She was born in Tacoma August 1, 1922 to Laurence Q. and Helen Gunther Kelly. Leah lived near South Tacoma during her childhood where her father owned Kelly Furniture Store. Leah’s family moved to Lakewood in 1937. She graduated from Clover Park High School in 1940. While attending school she meet her future husband Don They were married in 1941 and spent over 69 happy years together. Leah loved her family, animals, knitting, gardening, ceramics, camping, traveling and most of all reading. A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 21,2011 at 10AM Immanuel Presbyterian Church 909 N J St, Tacoma WA. A reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting remembrances be sent to: Washington Talking Books & Braille Library, 2021 9th Ave Seattle, WA 98129 or on their web site wtbbl.org.
Bryan Norman Beale of Tacoma, WA, died unexpectedly at the age of 37 on April 30, 2011. Bryan had no barriers or prejudices when making connections and was accepting of others no matter what their differences were. Once you were friends with Bryan, you were friends for life. Bryan started playing the trumpet at an early age and continued throughout his life, ending with the Tacoma Concert Band. Bryan attended the University of Puget Sound and earned his BA degree in 1995 and later earned his MA degree from the U of W. He taught at Central Kitsap J.H. in Silverdale, WA and served as Assistant Principal at Drum Intermediate in University Place, WA. It was Bryan’s job to hold students accountable for their actions, but they also knew they would be treated with respect, which proved he genuinely cared about them and their families. Students and adults found him approachable and a person with great integrity who would do his best to be of help to all. Bryan’s smiles, jokes, and overall enthusiasm for life will be missed. Bryan’s many interests & talents earned him the nickname Renaissance Man. His legacy has left a lasting impact on everyone he met and he will not soon be forgotten. He is sorely missed by his loving parents, Norma and Gordon Beale of Camas, WA and his uncle, Alan Beale, aunt and uncle, Elaine and Tim Hill, and cousins Lisa (Jeff) Koetz, and Kevin (Meghan) Hill, all of Portland, OR. The Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 – 27th St. West, Tacoma, WA, reception immediately following. Contributions may be made in Bryan’s name at any US Bank branch for the Bryan N. Beale Memorial Scholarship Fund, established to support students of the arts. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.
Mary Ann Flory, age 52, born August 29, 1958 at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska passed away on May 5, 2011 in Tacoma, WA. She is survived by her mother Amy Rogers, her longtime partner Mario Garcia, her son Anthony Paul and his wife Nicole. Her daughters Nicole Flory and Margarita Garcia. Her siblings Jayne Scardello, Gary Rogers and their families, also her beloved pets. She is preceded in death by her father John Rogers. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Aspen Chapel Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 2:00pm. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.
Robert (Bob) Grunwald, born in Patterson, NJ on December 13, 1931 to parents Carl and Gerdena, Robert Carl Grunwald; passed away on Friday, May 6, 2011 after a short but valiant battle with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Bob moved to Tacoma at a young age and was a 1951 graduate of Stadium High School. Following high school, Bob enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served during the Korean crisis. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) and Disable American Veterans (DAV). Upon honorable discharge from the USCG, Bob started his apprenticeship and worked nearly 40 years as a construction electrician. He was a proud 54-year member of IBEW Local 76. In retirement, Bob and his wife Deloris (Dee) enjoyed RV traveling, logging thousands of miles, including a memorable trip to Alaska where they successfully navigated the AL-CAN highway. Bob was a dedicated family man and was happiest when surrounded by the love and laughter of his wife, kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years Dee, his children Debbie (Ed) Rogel, Mike (Peggy) Grunwald, Barb (Dan) Vaughn, Cheri (Mike) Prichard, his grandchildren Haley (BG) Gee, Kelsey (Cory), Kayla and Alison Rogel, Stephanie and Cory Grunwald, Kalissa (Ryan) Hovey and Eric Vaughn, Matt (Mindee), Robby (Katy) and Danny Prichard, great grandsons Jonathan and Emmett and a new great grand baby due in October. The family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Baker and his staff, the staff at the St Clair Specialty Center where Bob enjoyed his “lunch with the girls” during blood transfusions and to the Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care staff who allowed Bob to spend his final days at home, surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 12th, 2PM at Mountain View Valley Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood, WA. The family suggests donations to Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, 2901 Bridgeport Way W. University Place, WA 98466-4631. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.
Carrol Henderson was born November 1, 1923 in Lake Village, AR. Carrol passed away on April 30, 2011, in Tacoma, WA. Carrol is survived by 5 children, Diane, Ruth, Verbe, Johnnie, and James; 5 stepchildren, Tony, Stephanie, Rodney, Renae, and Sheila; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. His nephew Larry stood by him until his final hour. Carrol lived his life with unconditional love and devotion to his family and his church. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 2 p.m.- 9 p.m., Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood, WA 98499. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11 a.m., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 Portland Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98404. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.
Gerald (“Jerry”) Allen Porter, age 77, died on Saturday, April 30th, 2011, from cancer. He is survived by his children Kathy, Debbie, Tom, Mark, Tim and Christopher, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons, from his first marriage. His beloved son “Little Jerry” and second wife Edith are now showing him around in heaven. A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, May 11, at 2:30, at Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood. A memorial celebration will follow at the home of Tim and Tammy Porter in Puyallup, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at mountainviewtacoma.com.