CSM Mark Anthony Croce Jr. (Ret) passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 15, 2011. He was born June 16, 1944 to Mark Sr. and Fanny Croce (Nero) in Cleveland Ohio. Mark is a 1962 alumni of Cathedral Latin High School and BA in 1981 from University of Maryland. He proudly served his country for twenty-four years in the US Army, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major (CSM). During his military career he was decorated with two Purple Hearts in 1968 during Vietnam. After retiring from the Army, he dedicated thirteen years to protecting and serving locally as a Correctional Officer for the Washington State Department of Corrections, where he was awarded Officer of the Year in 1995. Mark loved his daily crossword puzzles, playing golf, and following his favorite sports teams, but most of all spending time with his family. He was caring, fun-loving, and well-respected by all. Mark’s smile and sense of humor brought joy to all around him. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Vera (Gjivanovich); four children, Gina Leigh (Bryan), Hallee Sanders (Jason), Margo Brady (Evan), and Joey Croce (Naomi Hawkins); four grandchildren, Max Jr., Anthony, Devan, and Isabella; as well as many extended family and friends. Viewing will be held from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, 22 July 2011 at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA. A Catholic Mass will be held on 23 July 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Lakewood, WA. CSM Croce will be buried at the Tahoma National Cemetery on Monday, 25 July 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Donation suggestion: Franciscan Hospice Palliative Care or Orphanage in Haiti. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.
Luke G. Culanag “Strong and Endure” Loving husband, father, and grandfather Luke G. Culanag was born in Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya, Philippines, on 10/18/1914, and passed away on 7/15/2011 in Tacoma. He was in the US Army for 27 years and 9 months. Luke was in Co. “H” 45th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts before joining the US Army. He was a former prisoner of war and Bataan Death March survivor. Luke is survived by his loving wife Josefa and three sons, Robert, Don, and Anthony. Also five grandchildren, Jennifer, Edward, Elenamarie, Alyssa, and Remy. Thanks to Dr. Goodenberger and Dr. Timato for their love and care. Visitations are Thursday and Friday, 12-9 pm, and the rosary at Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday at 6:30pm. Rosary at St. John Bosco Church at 10:00AM and Mass at 11:00AM Saturday, July 23rd. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.
Naomi A. Emmert, born July 23, 1926, in Tacoma, peacefully left us Tuesday, July 13th. The daughter of Arthur and Edith Morrison, she was married for 55 years to the love of her life, Chester E. Emmert. Naomi is lovingly remembered by her family and friends for her great fondness of gardening, fishing, cooking, and a good game of pinochle. She was very active in the Fife community throughout her life, working with hundreds of children in the school district and for many charitable causes, especially the Presbyterian Church. Always a patient and loving mother, Naomi is survived by her two sons Steve and Mark, their wives Leanne and Delaine, and by their families that include four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A memorial service honoring her life will be held today at 3:00 at Mission Woods Church, 2003 Taylor Street, Milton, WA.
Eva Evelyn Hammer Our mother was born on March 24, 1913 in Tacoma. She lived on McKinley Hill until she went to school at State College of Washington (WSU). She graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Education and was a member of the Crimson W Honorary Society. Her first three years of teaching took place in Wenatchee, Washington. In 1946, she married Arthur R. Hammer (who preceded her) and they spent over 50 years together. She became a homemaker and achieved many of her dreams. She displayed greatness in her perseverance, hope, and love. Those remaining behind are her sons, Stan (Libby) Hammer, Norm (Judy) Hammer, and Bruce (Christina) Hammer; her grandson David (Jessie) Hammer, and her great-grandson Grayson William Hammer. Viewing will be at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Graveside service at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.
Scarlie James Jones Jr. March 7, 1954 – July 10, 2011 Scarlie was born on March 7, 1954 in Chester, PA; preceded in death by his parents Scarlie Sr. and Charity Jones. He graduated from Chester High School in 1973, then he joined the U.S. Army in 1974 at the age of 19. He served 22 years and received the following: Army achievement medal with 3rd Oak leaf cluster, Army service ribbon, good conduct medal 6th award, meritorious service medal, NCO professional development ribbon with number 3, national defense service medal with 1 bronze service star, overseas service ribbon with number 5, expert infantryman badge, expert badge (pistol), expert badge (hand grenade) and sharpshooter badge (rifle M16). After retirement he moved to Tacoma, WA where he lived, worked at Hanson Pipe & Production – Northwest and also was the Shop Steward for Hanson Pipe with local Laborer’s Union 252 up until his death. He leaves to cherish his memory daughters La-Kisha Cusack (Teflon), Junction City, KS, and Rashanda Cunningham (Calvin), Cameron, NC, son Scarlie III, Tacoma, WA, uncle Jimmy Harris (Glady’s), Spring Grove, VA, grandsons Joshua Jones, Samu-el Cusack, Jacques Satterwhite and Jamare Cunningham. Scarlie also leaves behind one sister, three brothers, and several hosts of friends including his special friends Alena Alves and Kenny McDuffie. There will be a graveside memorial at the Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, WA, on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 10:15 A.M. sharp. We love, miss you and you will forever be in our hearts!!! Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.
Darnell “Buck” Roebuck was fearless as he fought cancer. He won that battle. However the fight was too much for the rest of his body and he passed away on July 13, 2011 in Tacoma, WA, with loved ones at his side. Darnell was born April 28, 1950 in Pittsburgh, PA, to John & Dorothy Roebuck. The household was lively with eight children and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends nearby. As a child, Darnell loved books, which in turn fueled his desire for knowledge. He witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I have a dream” as a teenager. After high school, he attended Duquesne University where he played basketball and was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for his Masters degree Counseling. After teaching for a few years, he joined the army eventually becoming a nurse. Darnell was medically retired from the US Army after 17 years serving as a Non Commissioned Officer in the Medical Command. Completing his service nursing in the ICU department at Madigan Army Medical Center, where he passed. Darnell was a giving, gentle, giant. He took the time to help any friend or neighbor in need. He loved music, especially Old School and was blessed with a deep, velvety voice, which he shared with friends during karaoke. Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” was a favorite selection. His enthusiasm for reading continued through his life, he especially enjoyed a good western. Darnell was also quite artistic and at times, would draw with charcoals. Known as Buck to many, he was an impassioned Pittsburgh Steelers fan and wore their colors proudly. He was a member of the Black and Gold Express and the Pittsburgh Steeler Nation. Fishing, billiards and dominoes while spending time with friends were other passions. Mostly, he enjoyed his son. Darnell took pleasure in coaching his son’s youth basketball teams and watching his practices and games in both football and basketball. Darnell was so very proud of the young man his son was becoming. Darnell is survived by his son and namesake, Darnell, his son’s mother Lynne, daughter Nicole Fisher, his father & siblings of Pittsburgh Antoinette & husband Joe, Marla, Kenneth & wife Yvonne and Vera- nephews, nieces, cousins , friends , and beloved friend Mari Peterson. His mother, brother Cornell, brother Nate and sister Marcia predecease him. Special thanks to the physicians, healthcare professionals, and ancillary staff of Madigan Army Medical Center, The VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for his treatment. Sincere thanks to Isaiah Finch for taking on the role of caregiver in support. Burial and military honors will take place at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies near Pittsburgh, PA. Odell Robinson Jr. Funeral Home of Pittsburgh to conduct funeral services. Celebration of Life service will be held at the Mountain View Funeral Home Aspen Chapel 4pm Friday the 29th of July. 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.
Jerrel Dean Wolfe “JD” Dies July 18th 2011 at the age of 79. He was born July 3rd 1932 in Sedalia, MO. “JD” served in the U.S. Army from 1951 through 1954, and fought in the Korean War. He was a heavy equipment mechanic at Ft. Lewis for 37 years, and retired in 1987. He loved to fish, camp, spend time with family, and his love of pets. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Marlene, son Glenn (Irene) Wolfe, daughters Debbie (Mike) Kirpes and Loretta (Mark) Kirpes. Brothers Howard, Gary, Dick and sister Nadine, 8 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. “JD” is preceded in death by his granddaughter Stephanie. He is loved and will be missed by all. Services being held at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Garden Chapel Saturday July 23rd, 2011 at 1pm. Request donations to Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.