Today’s Obituary Notices
- Adam Leroy Berger
- Leona Hale
- Mary Cox
- Thelma M. English
- Betty M. Johnson
- Louise Meininger
- Ronald Albert Smith
- Cynthia Carpenter Wilson
Adam Leroy Berger (January 13, 1978 – May 8, 2013) It is with great sadness we announce that Adam Leroy Berger, after a brief medical battle, was taken before his time. Adam slipped away to heaven to be with other angels. Adam brought so much laughter and joy to his family and friends. He was a talented guitar player, song/poem writer, and lover of music and cinema. His collection of films was unique and unmatched by any collector. With his love of 1950’s icons (Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Johnny Cash) Adam always felt he was born too late. He leaves behind, his Mother Sue Pierce and Father Matt Voelker, Brother Davy Pierce, Son Kyle Berger, Daughter Anna Berger, Grandfather John Berger, Grandmother Betsy Voelker and Girlfriend Alayne Beedle. Along with his immediate family, he also leaves behind a multitude of family and friends.
We take solace in knowing that Adam has arrived at God’s eternal shore with no more sadness, sorrow, or movie interruptions!
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Leona Hale was born on December 15, 1922 in Palo Verde, California. She was married to Daniel G. Hale on December 10, 1943. Leona passed away on May 10, 2013. She is survived by her children: sons Martin Hale of Lakewood, Washington, Steve Hale of Steilacoom, Washington. Daughters: Pamela Nolan of Lawrenceville, Illinois, Linda Leroy of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Rosalie Buremster of Spanaway, Washington. Brothers: Jack Scriven and Lavern Scriven of Lewiston, Idaho.
Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Mary Cox was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1928, a sweetheart gift to her parents, Milton & Angelina Hankinson. She was born in Beaumont, TX and passed away peacefully in Tacoma, WA on May 5, 2013. She leaves to celebrate her life sisters Lynn Scott, Kathryn Powell and Kathleen Young.
At Mary’s request there will be no services. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Thelma M. English Born in Grandville, ND July 5, 1926; passed away in Tacoma, WA April 26, 2013. Service at Lutheran Church of Christ the King, ELCA 4:00pm Saturday, May 18, 2013, with Reverend Peter Mohr officiating.
Betty M. Johnson (August 26,1928 – May 5, 2013)
Mom went home to be with the Lord on May 5, 2013 at the age of 84.
Betty was born in Sacramento, CA and lived in Tacoma, Vashon, Nisqually and Lakewood, WA. She graduated from Stadium High School and retired as a secretary for Boeing Computer Services. She also worked for St. Mary’s Church, Catholic Community Services, Paulson’s, H&R Block and the Flitter Inn Family Restaurant when it was owned by her mother Mary Ethel Flitter. She also provided child care and aging parent care for a number of families.
Mom loved children and volunteered at Tyee Park Elementary School.
Mom loved walking and went on many outings with the Volkssport Assn. She enjoyed gardening and was very proud of her yard. She loved playing Somba, a canasta card game with Grandpa and Grandma Flitter. She also enjoyed playing Hand and Foot, a canasta card game every Friday night with David, Gayle and Papa Ed West.
Betty is survived by her children Gayle (David) West, Greg Hall and Brian Hall; grandchildren Jaime West Elias, Cody West, Shelly Westlin, Kelsie Hall and Marissa Hall; great grandchildren Mary, Ike and Lucy Elias, Kaleb and Cassidy Kassik and Lilly White; brother Howard Boyer and sisters Pauline Nelson, Lois Freeman, Avonne (Dean) Howard and Karen (Troy) Crouch.
Donations may be made in Betty’s name to Caring for Kids www.carekids.org. Checks can be made out to Caring for Kids and mailed to the Soundview Office at: 6132 Motor Ave SW Suite W-1 Lakewood, WA 98499 or The Humane Society Tacoma & Pierce County: 2608 Center Street Tacoma, WA 98409.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Donald D. Lee M.D., the staff at The Village, and Hospice for their compassionate care. The funeral service will be at Mountain View in the Garden Chapel on Monday May 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM, followed by a reception at the Celebration of Life Center, Oak Room.
Louise Meininger passed away on the 26th of April 2013. She was a retired Regional Personnel Director of Rhodes and Liberty House, survived by loving sons Ron, daughter-in-law Tracy; and Chuck, daughter in law Kathy; and grandsons Eric and Bryan. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Maj. Ronald Albert Smith US Army Ret. A resident of Steilacoom, born in Bell, CA January 26, 1939 and died April 20, 2013 of Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma attributed to Agent Orange. He moved to Washington as a child. Ron joined the US Army in 1959 and retired after 20 years of service. His tours included Germany, 2 in Vietnam, and a final tour in Korea. He received many ribbons and awards, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After retirement he opened Ron’s Auto Body Restoration 10 years, worked at Vertie’s Avanti Travel 4 years, and then became co-owner of Tacoma V-Twin. Over the years he belonged to and held offices in several clubs, including Lakewood Eagles, Life Member of theVFW, Clover Park Kiwanis, and Past President of the Tacoma Area Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club. He was preceded by his parents Virgil and LaVaughn Smith. He is survived by his wife Vertie of over 53 years, sons Steve (Brenda) and Ernie (Heidi), daughter Ronette (Craig) Lodgard, ten grandchildren, Christopher (Cathy) Smith, Shane (Jessica) Oneill, Emma, Colton, Annalisa, Grace, Jacob, and Olivia Lodgard, Collin and Neal Burton, and several children he considered grandchildren. In addition, Ron is survived by a brother, Jimmie Smith, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, his cat Max, and many close friends he considered family – these people know who they are. He will be missed by all. A celebration of his life with a pot luck will be held at the AMVETS Hall on May 19th at 6pm, located at 5717 S. Tyler St. Military services will be held May 20th, 11am at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Many thanks to all the doctors, nurses, and other staff at Madigan Hospital for the respect and excellent care they provided.
Cynthia Carpenter Wilson passed away peacefully on April 24th, 2013. “C.C.” was known for her frequent smile, her intelligence, her generosity and her humility. Her last year was remarkable for her cheerful resilience. Born in Milwaukee, WI in 1925, to Charles and Joy Carpenter, C.C. attended Moorestown Friends School and then graduated from Smith College. She married her childhood sweetheart, Winfield, in 1947. C.C. recently lived in Franke Tobey Jones retirement community, where she loved her many neighbors, the staff and the community activities. Previously, Win and C.C. lived in their beloved cottage on Lake Steilacoom in Lakewood for 35 years. There she enjoyed close friendships, gardening, golfing at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club, and being a member of two book clubs. She attended Little Church on the Prairie in Lakewood where she was active at the Food Bank. She was an integral volunteer for UNICEF-Pierce County and enjoyed Win’s active participation in the Tacoma GYRO. Mom was our private “Google” and could be counted on to know most of the answers on “Jeopardy.” C.C. was preceded in death by husband Win and son Charlie, and is survived by daughters Joy Wilson Oakey (Richard – Media, PA) and Ann Wilson (John Allen-Tacoma), and son W. Scott Wilson III (Jaci- Beaverton, OR). C.C. is also survived by sister Jane Carpenter Post (Mantoloking, NJ), brother Charlie Carpenter (Riverside, IL) and brother-in-law Richard Wilson (South Strafford, VT) and many loved nephews, nieces and in-laws across the USA. Her six grandchildren Richard and John Oakey, Johanna and Dawson Allen, Alexandra and Alaina Wilson all sorely miss their “MiMom”. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Franke Tobey Jones Wellness Center in mid-June. C.C.’s internment to follow in South Stafford, VT in late August for family and friends in the East. (Dates and times to be provided later.) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fish Food Bank (Lakewood, WA): Moorestown Friends School (Moorestown, NJ), or Smith College (Northampton, MA).