Harold A. Seeley Maj. Ret. USAF. At the age of 90, a long and wonderful life came to an end on May 18. Born in Camas, WA Jan. 22, 1921, he graduated from Weatherwax HS, Aberdeen, in 1939. An accomplished roller skater, he was active in sports throughout his life, especially baseball. Helped establish the Half Century Plus Slowpitch League in Pierce County. Played ball at Sprinker Recreation Center and Mesa, AZ until the age of 82. Joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, serving in the European Theater during WWII, and retired from the Air Force in 1961. Married Shirley Wantland in 1947 while stationed in San Antonio, TX. They were avid square/round dancers with Swinging Squares Club, and were involved in the square dance community for 24 years. He was active in Boy Scout Troop 51 in Lakewood, coached and held office in the Pierce County Soccer program, and was instrumental in getting soccer added as a sport at Lakes High School in 1972. Retired from WA State DOT in 1986. Volunteered for many years at American Lake VA hospital’s golf course. Predeceased by his parents, brothers Robert and Donald, son Richard, and grandson Devin. Survived by his wife of 64 years, Shirley, sons Art (Diane) and Bob (Janaya), daughters Ann (Dan) and Carol (Mike), grandchildren Erinn, Crystal, Jennifer, and Derek, brother LeRoy (Lois) Seeley of Longbranch, WA, sister Mildred Clifton of Bremerton, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. A memorial service will be held June 4, 2011 at 2PM in the Celebration of Life Building, Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood. The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of your choice.
Gisela M. Lafferty. On May 21st, 2011 our beloved mother, Oma, and friend peacefully passed away at home in DuPont, WA at the age of 74 after a valiant battle with lung cancer. Gisela Maria Lafferty was born in Waiblingen, Germany on June 29th, 1936. She came to the United States in 1964 after marrying her husband Edward A. Lafferty III. She was a successful business woman who owned and operated King Cleaners, Inc. in Federal Way, WA. She lived in Lakewood, WA and retired in 1990. She moved to DuPont in 2000 and shortly thereafter became President of the Savannah Oaks Homeowners’ Association. She was passionate about caring for the community she so loved, and served in this role until she began her battle with cancer in 2010. Gisela’s grandchildren proved to be her greatest joy. Their antics and stories thrilled her endlessly. Oma was best-known for her beauty, warmth, candor, and the will to fight for whom or what she believed. Her smile was as bright as any jewel she ever wore, and her laughter was quick and contagious. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and will be greatly missed. We take great comfort knowing she is watching over us. A special thanks to the team at Hematology Oncology NW for their generous and comforting care during her fight with cancer. Jeni, Deb, Tina, Jackie, and Dr. Oliveira provided tireless support and wisdom during the journey. Gisela is survived by her son Eddie (Colleen) Lafferty of Bonney Lake, WA, son Dan Lafferty of DuPont, WA, her grandchildren Karli, Kaila and Dalton Lafferty, Alexander and Victoria Stemp, her sister Gerda Huber of Schwabish Gmund, Germany, countless friends, and her sidekick Junior. A service to honor her memory is planned for June 4th, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the DuPont Community Center, 303 Barksdale Avenue in Historic DuPont.
David Wesley Hegseth, 52, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away, April 29, 2011. He was born in Seattle, Washington, on February 8, 1959. David grew up in the Federal Way/Auburn area. He was survived by three children; a daughter Candace Swanson of Wauna, WA; a daughter Fawn Hegseth of Phoenix, AZ; a son, Jason Williams, and granddaughter Payton, of Monroe WA; a sister Kathy Miller of Kent, WA; his father and step-mother Stanley and Diana Hegseth of Surprise, AZ; a nephew Josh Lique and niece Nichole Lique of Key Peninsula, WA; his Aunt Sally Gregory, of Kent WA; Uncle Bob and Aunt Joann, of AZ; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Diane Willard of Seattle, WA. The family will hold a celebration of David’s life in late summer/early fall.
Nancy Arleen Mugaas Kono passed away quietly at her home in Milton on May 18, 2011 after a brave battle against ovarian cancer. She was 58 years young at the time of her passing. Nancy was born on August 6, 1952 to Harriett (Elizabeth Hammersmith) and Elmer Mugaas in Yakima, WA. She spent her early years in Union Gap and Yakima, graduating from Yakima’s Davis High School. Nancy continued her education at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where she received her undergraduate degree in Education. Nancy met Steve Kono while at Central and they married in 1976. Son Jason was born in 1981 and daughter Lizbeth in 1985. Nancy referred to her children as her greatest joy and best teachers. Nancy worked in parent education at Highline College and Bates Technical College while furthering her education at the University of Puget Sound, earning a master’s degree in Counseling. She became a child and family advocate for the Children’s Home Society of Auburn. The family lived overseas in Saudi Arabia for about two years and Japan for over a year. Nancy greatly enjoyed travel, visiting Norway, Thailand, Cyprus, East Germany, South Korea, and most recently Alaska and her mother’s childhood home in Indiana. In recent years, Nancy’s hobbies and aspirations included quilt making, photography, and writing. She eagerly photographed all the beauty she saw in her life to accompany the memoirs she worked on writing. Remembrances can be made to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research at www.marsharivkin.org Please share memories with family and friends online at tinyurl.com/nancy-m-kono and at a gathering for Nancy on Saturday June 4, 2011, 4pm at Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 South 216th St. A reception will follow. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Donald E. Knutson was a cheerful, giving man who made everyone laugh. He loved to cook and golf, and adored his wife Lynda. Don left us very unexpectedly on May 11, 2011 at the age of 64. He left behind his wife Lynda, and his brothers Kenneth (Starr) of Kailua, Kona, HI, and Gary (Sally) of Port Townsend, WA. Don was a Viet Nam war veteran, and he dabbled in many vocations during his lifetime. Some of Don’s life-long friends and Lynda invite the surviving family and friends to a Celebration of Don’s Life on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Tacoma Eagles, 4810 S. Tacoma Way, in Tacoma. The pot-luck gathering will take place from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Please sign Don’s online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com You left us many great memories, Don, and we love you – Thank You! Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252.
Margaret L. Gowin Born in Doran, MN on 4/18/1924; went to be with her Lord on 5/24/2011. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lyle, daughter Fay Gowin, son Gary (Linda) Gowin, 4 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 3 of her 7 siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. No services at her request. Donations only to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
May Hudson, born March 27, 1914 in Thurber, Texas, was the daughter of an immigrant mother and father from Czechoslovakia. With true Texas bravado, May homesteaded in Wyoming on a plot of land which the family still owns, moved to Alliance, Nebraska, where she hunted, farmed, rode motorcycles, pumped gas at the local filling station, and, in real flapper style, helped run the family dance hall. She married her high school sweetheart Leonard Hudson, a hard-working railroad man, and moved to Tacoma, Washington, where they made their home and raised their daughter, Linda. May worked for Tacoma in the Tax and License Division until retirement, was an avid bowler, winning many trophies, enjoyed the friendship of the local Railroad Retirement group, and for many years helped in her church’s and Red Cross’s retirees lunch program. Folks there will remember her for her relentless saving of soda and beer cans, selling truckload after truckload and donating the proceeds to the lunch program. She often said she truly enjoyed the company and friendship of the “old folks” there, many of whom were younger than she was. May is dearly missed by her sister Lillian Ness, daughter Linda Hudson Leonard (Don Leonard), granddaughter Lisa Leonard Nickel (Brad Nickel), grandson Charlie Leonard (Martina), great-granddaughter Julia Nickel, and great-grandson Wesley Leonard. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252.
N. Gail Quaschnik 8/1/1938-5/25/2011 Gail Quaschnik, 72, passed away on May 25, 2011 and is finally at peace and no longer suffering. Gail was born and passed away in Tacoma. Gail was preceded in death by her father August, her mother Marjorie, and brother John Keihn. Gail is survived by her loving husband Ralph, daughters Debbie, LeAnn, Lorry, and Terry, and her son Darren. Gail also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Public viewing to be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 12 – 8 pm. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 1 at 2pm at the Garden Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252.