- Joanne Marie Rogers
- Pennie J. Thomas
- Robert Joseph Mahoney
- Rocky R. Jennings
- Priscilla “Perk” Edna Dodd
- Sostenes E. Asetre
- Anthony James Eschenbaum
- Rolf M. Simons
- John Craig and Evangeline Olivia Lynch
- Marie Emma Weber
Joanne Marie Rogers. Joanne Wallenberg was born in Seattle, WA in 1935 and passed away in Federal Way, WA in 2013 at age 78.
She was survived by her two children; her son, Greg Rogers and his fiance Debbie Palmer, her daughter, Teri Ambrozic- Santini and her husband Mario Santini, four grandchildren; Joshua Ambrozic, Jacob Ambrozic and his wife Trena Ambrozic, Lauren Cable and her husband Kyler Cable, and Vanessa Rogers; and her two pride and joy great-grandchildren; Hailey Ambrozic and Fallon Cable; whom all loved her very much.
The family will welcome all by having a Celebration of Life for Joanne on Sunday September 22, 2013 at 2:00pm at the West Seattle Masonic Temple.
Joanne won her fight against Breast Cancer in 2006, but lost her battle to gallbladder cancer after a short but difficult fight. She was a fighter and showed us her strength till the bitter end, we will all miss you very much. Till we meet again someday.
Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008.
Pennie J. Thomas, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 17, she was 67. Born on August 26,i n Messena, New York, to Clarence and Carol Silmser, she was the oldest of 8 daughters. Pennie is survived by her sisters; Susie Rafferty, Mary Hazekamp, Georgia “Dugan” Schilling, Dorothy “Duffy” Kutchera,Tammy Curry, and Barbie Tanner. She married Kenneth Thomas in 1965, and has two sons, Michael and Kenny. She was later divorced. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Donna Mesler, and grandson Brandon Thomas. Pennie is the grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 2. She has many nieces, nephews and several friends and extended family who will greatly miss her.
She drove a bus for the Pierce County Transit system for 27 years.
She loved the outdoors and was an avid camper. She could be seen enjoying a quiet day on the porch doing puzzles and watching Storage Wars or Pawn Stars, or be testing her luck with a lively day at the Casino!
Friends and Family may call at Mountain View Funeral Home on Sunday 11 am – 6 pm, with funeral services to be held Monday at 1 pm in the Aspen Chapel, Burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Robert Joseph Mahoney 87, passed away on September 20, 2013. Robert was born in Fullerton Nebraska, to James and Vesta Jackson Mahoney. He married Gudrun Larsen and they had one Daughter Kathleen. There will be no Services Scheduled at this time.
Rocky R. Jennings was born November 6, 1952 to Bob & Jenny Jennings in Tacoma. Rocky rode out of our lives on September 18, 2013. He spent his early years in Eatonville, then Lakewood. Graduated from CPH in 1971. Joined the Army, saw the world then started work at St. Regis/Simpson where he worked for over 35 years. Through his work and 12 step recovery programs he made and kept so very many friends, touching their lives in many ways but always with his humor. Married Rachel in 1992 together they shared four children Lisa, Chris, Brian and Danielle & seven amazing grand children. Along with every child that came into his life, he made them part of ours. Preceded in death by this father, Bob, brother Mike and survived by his mother, Jenny.
Now he can ride his Harley, smoke cigars and fish till his heart’s content. Love and miss you more than you’ll every know.
Priscilla “Perk” Edna Dodd passed away September 18, 2013 at 11:31AM at Madigan Hospital’s Comfort Room surrounded by her loving children. Perk, as she was affectionately known, was born on April 11, 1926. In Hay, Washington to William S. and Edna M Poe. Perk remained in Hay, Washington to complete her final year of high school before joining her family in Spokane. Her father had several jobs, including as a farm worker before going to work for the Great Northern Rail Road as a fireman then as an engineer until he retired.
Perk worked several jobs in Spokane before marriage, including as a switch board operator and an elevator operator in the Davenport Hotel. Perk volunteered as a Red Cross dental assistant at Glassgow AFB and as an information specialist at Lakewood General Hospital. Her greatest joy was being a wife and mother, always ready to consol and enlighten them with her gracious and beautiful smile. She really enjoyed being around her family as well as some very special friends. Her favorite pastime was reading and playing Scrabble, which she was very good at.
Perk is survived by her loving husband Roby of 57 years and their four children, Terri Williams and her husband Sant of Spokane; Patrick and his wife June of Lakewood; Randy and his friend Diane of Port Orchard; and Roby E. and his wife Marie of Spanaway. Also a sister- Donna Reynolds in Chehalis and brother David Poe and wife Sherry in Missouri. Seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She adored them all and they adored her. She has one great grandchild named Priscilla after her. Perk also has many nieces and nephews. Perk was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann in 1957, a brother Lloyd Poe in 1998, two sisters- Wilma Torres in 2004 and Jean Reeder in 2007.
Perk met Roby in Spokane, Washington in 1955 while he was stationed at Fairchild, AFB. They were married on October 6, 1956. Roby was a career Air Force Air Traffic Controller so Perk and the children accompanied him to England for 3 years and at several stateside assignments. She remained in the states with their four children when he was assigned to Korea, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Perk and Roby spent their winters in Arizona for 19 years.
Perk can be visited at Mountain View Funeral Home on September 27, from 4-6PM. Funeral services will be held at the Mountain View Aspen Chapel on September 28 at 1:00PM with Pastor Scott Fennell officiating. There will be a reception immediately following in the Willow Room. Perk will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in her memory to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice, per the request of the family.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Sostenes E. Asetre was born on November 28, 1929 in Goa, Camarines Sur, Philippines. After graduating from high school in 1952, he entered the service of the Philippine Army and served in the Korean War. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Far Eastern University in 1958. In 1959, he married his wife, Lourdes E. Blanco, a teacher whom he met during his duty assignment at Camp Murphy (Now Camp Aguinaldo), Quezon City. He subsequently received his commission in the Philippine Coast Guard/Philippine Navy and served as a Finance Officer.
Sostenes’ family immigrated to the United States in 1973 and he worked for the State of Washington, DSHS, as a State Auditor until his retirement in 1995. Sostenes was active within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Organization; he was baptized in 1978.
He is survived by his wife Lourdes; four children (Paul, Steve, Gladys, Edwin) and their spouses (Miyong, Eileen, John Schuoler); five grand-children (Sarah, married to Gary Garratt, Phillip Asetre, Giovanni and Austin Schuoler, and Steven Asetre); one great grandchild (Alice Garratt).
Anthony James Eschenbaum (February 26, 1985 – September 17, 2013). First, and foremost, Anthony was loved. Those who loved him loved him fiercely. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Anthony believed in living life to its fullest. He enjoyed a good party, the great outdoors, a thrilling sports game (go Seahawks!), playing with his nieces and nephews, being a personal trainer, and laughter (lots and lots of laughter).
Anthony was an excellent personal trainer. As he worked with his clients to improve their physical well-being he made a far greater impact on their self-image and self-worth. It was more than simply a job to him. He put his heart and soul into his work, and his passion was evident to those who had the privilege to train with him. Many of his clients became dear friends.
Anthony was a fighter. He didn’t settle for what life handed him. He lived life on his terms, even through his courageous battle with cancer. If he wanted something, anything, he went for it. And he gave it his all. His signature move was to defy the odds. When focused on a task, he often excelled.
He was also a softy. One batted eye from a beloved niece had him scurrying to bring a smile to her face. He took care of those he loved. He fought their fights with them, mourned their losses, and lifted them up when they couldn’t do it themselves.
Anthony would want his family and friends to celebrate his life, rather than mourn his death. He’d want us to share stories, enjoy the pictures, laugh, love, and cherish every moment we have with those we love.
Anthony is survived by his dad, Allen Eschenbaum; three moms: Kum Hana, Deanna Darrow, and Dana Eschenbaum; sisters, Sunam and Paula; brothers, Nathan, Garrett, and Brandon; and puppy, Roxy.
Rolf M. Simons passed away peacefully on September 17, 2013. He was born on April 24, 1945 in Neuhusen, Germany and moved to Lakewood, WA in 1963. In 1970 he opened up his own business, Rolf’s Import Auto Service, which started as a small business in Steilacoom and has kept growing successfully for over 40 years. In 2005 he retired, selling the business to his son, and while residing in Gig Harbor, he purchased a winter home in Yuma, AZ in which he and his wife, Ursula Simons, enjoyed together for 8 years.
Rolf loved spending time with his family and friends. In his earlier years, he enjoyed boating. He loved cruising the Puget Sound, trips from local weekend passages to lengthy voyages to the San Juan Islands and Deception Pass, Canada. He was in multiple yacht clubs but Carling Yacht Club was the one in which he made lifelong friends, and the first in which he and his family joined in the late 70’s. Once retired, he spent much of his time camping in his motorhome in Washington, Arizona, as well as on the beaches of Mexico with a large group of friends. Four wheeling in the hills of Yuma, in his Jeep, was another activity he enjoyed in his recent years.
Rolf will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife Ursula Simons of Gig Harbor; son Mark Simons of Puyallup; daughter Elke Simons Krakow of Bonney Lake; brother Ernst Simons of University Place; granddaughters McKenzie Krakow and Emily Simons; and 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
A celebration of life will be held in his honor, date and venue not established at this time.
John Craig and Evangeline Olivia Lynch, infant twins of Patrick A. and Jillian M. Lynch, passed away Monday , September 16, 2013 at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA.
They are survived by their parents; sister Eliana Grace Lynch; paternal grandparents Craig and Joanne Lynch; maternal grandparents John and Barbara Kempe; paternal great-grandmother Ruby Lynch; maternal great-grandmother Janet Moore; uncles Michael Lynch and Andrew Lynch; aunts Ericka Lynch, Harmony Lynch and Abigail Kempe.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm, Monday, September 23, 2013 at Celebration Center, 13603 86th Avenue East, Puyallup, WA 98373 with Pastor Chris Hansler officiating. A family graveside service will follow the memorial service at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood, WA.
Marie Emma Weber was born in Tacoma, Washington on July 23, 1921 – the first child of Arthur Herman Weber and Emma Ida Schumock.
She attended Whitman Elementary, Stewart Jr. High and Lincoln Sr. High School, graduating in 1940.
Her father built their home on 37th Street, and growing up in Tacoma brought a sense of pride to Marie. Their family struggled like all families during the depression, so her father made their toys at Christmas. He often created large scenes of trains and pull toys around the Christmas tree. He would pick up pieces of metal, reflectors, buttons etc. as he walked to work and he saved each object in specially marked drawers in the basement where he would later make toys from them. Marie’s father was a gifted artist and musician [publishing a song “Your Eyes, Your Smile, Just You”] and mom in herited his love of music and art. She often remarked how well he played the violin during those times long ago when family members came over to dance.
Marie admired architecture and would point out interesting buildings as well as cloud formations where she could imagine great scenes taking place. She loved Mt Rainier and never wanted to live anywhere where she couldn’t see the mountain.
Mom also loved dishes. We would always spend time at the Bon Marche on the 3rd floor looking at all sorts of patterns and stemware. Before the Tacoma Mall opened, we would take many bus trips to downtown Tacoma: Rhodes, Peoples Store, Kresses, Woolworth. We did a lot of walking and shopping.
Marie’s mother, Emma, was the 13th child in a large Bohemian family from Boone, Iowa. Her family loved to dance. Art and Emma spent many weekends going down to the Point Defiance Pavilion in the early 1900’s, but at home they would roll up the rug and the living room was their dance floor. Art played the violin and when mom was old enough she played the piano trying to keep up with him.
She often said she loved her brothers and sister. She recalled a time when they all had their tonsils taken out right in the doctor’s office!
Mom especially remembered her Uncle Jim Schumock, who used to bring her dolls. When he came to visit he would turn all of her dolls upside down just to tease her. She always remembered his tragic death and she held special feelings for him her whole life.
She loved her parents and understood their struggles during the Depression and WWII. She admired her mother for always helping neighbors, preparing meals for anyone who would stop by and for providing for and opening up their home to a young man [Harry Palmer] whose parents didn’t have enough money to support him.
My mom once said, “I always looked up to my parents, that’s all. It was my privilege to do so.”
Grandpa Herman Weber was a tailor and Grandma Bertha [Kalies] was a seamstress; they were conservative and stern, but loved and cherished their family. Grandma Bertha made clothes for the kids. Mom would sit upstairs while Grandpa Herman would sew military uniforms and listen to him tell her Bible stories while he worked. Both grandparents were born in Germany and attended the Lutheran church. Mom would recall that the saddest times of her life were the deaths of each of them. Mom was the first grandchild and I’m sure she was deeply and adoringly loved by the only grandparents she had known. She fondly remembers both of them speaking in German and singing German songs.
Mom’s maternal grandparents died early on. Joseph Schumock died at age 57 in Iowa and Rose Mary Newton Schumock was struck by a car in 1924, on what is now South Tacoma Way. Grandpa Art Weber said that no one was to blame and that was that. Cars were new at the time and people challenged them.
Marie excelled in business classes and worked at McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis during WWII. She loved to dance and spent her spare time at the USO clubs where she met her future husband, Arthur Brand who was stationed at Bremerton in 1945. They were married February 9, 1946 and left for Rhode Island by train. Dad had a 1939 Plymouth that he had put in storage before he joined the Navy. They took a long route back stopping by Niagra Falls and traveling all the way to the Grand Canyon on a very tight budget, before returning to Tacoma. My Dad accounted for every penny along the way and journaled every expense.
Marie and Art had a family of three: Gary Arthur ; David Wayne  and Robin Lynn  and were married for 62 years. They lived in Lincoln Heights [1 California St.] and when the family outgrew their small house, they moved to 6829 S. Wapato Street and kept the same phone number for 60 years – GR or Greenfield 2-3535.
Lots of home projects followed and many camping vacations, including two trips to Rhode Island – a long way to go with three kids in the car. The journey of 1,000 miles always started when Dad would say, “I know a shortcut.” We took many car rides, especially in Washington. Mom was a good sport about trying everything at least once. She skied, rode horses, camped, ice skated, hiked – we had lots of fun.
Mom loved her home and every year she and dad would have a home or yard project to accomplish in the summer. Whether it was painting, pouring cement, remodeling, or putting in a carport, they did everything together. Mom even helped Dad dig out a crawl space under the house for months one summer because Dad wanted to make a small area where he could stand and have access to the furnace or plumbing. We had many BBQ’s and good times at our house: teatherball, wooden swing, pumpkin [structure from a daffodil float – which Dad and my brothers built a fort on top of]. We had a lot of city property behind the house with acres of woods for hours of playing. Dad even made a backstop for a small baseball field.
Mom stayed home and made sure we had sit down meals, holiday gatherings, music lessons. Each of us played an instrument [piano, drums, accordian]. And few people knew that mom played the piano very well. As she got older and the arthritis in both hands made it hard to strike the piano keys, we bought her a keyboard so that she could play her favorite music with a lighter touch.
Mom taught Sunday School for years at the Presbyterian Church on 66th Street. She would have 40 children in a Christmas Program, all with angel wings that she ironed and starched, singing songs and praising God. She always prepared a story with the flannel graph figures that seemed magical at the time. Children loved her.
Mom is remembered for: chocolate chip cookies, tuna fish sandwiches, brownies, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, delicious apple pies, horseback riding, and reading the Childcraft books over and over to all of her children and grandchildren.
Marie never set out to change the world or call attention to herself. She was always supportive, kind, and understanding. Her joy was being home for her children and being devoted to her family. She loved Dad and it was obvious. They both sacrificed for the good of our family; they both had faith in God and faith in people to do the right thing; they encouraged all of us and were present and helpful in all the ups and downs in our lives. They kept the Golden Promise that love can last a lifetime.
Mom asked me one day, in the later stages of dementia, if I had any children. I said, yes, I have three. She said, “would you want another child?” I said, who are talking about. She lowered her head as though fearing the answer would be no and said “me.” I told her I would love to have another child. What an honor to be chosen by my mom to take her hand and care for her for the rest of her life.
“. . . it is natural that the chord of love should be left vibrating at the close of a life . . .”
Marie, child of God, passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday morning, September 15, 2013.
‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ – Phillippians 4:7
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur D. Brand and her brother, Alfred G. Weber.
Grandma Brand is lovingly remembered by: Jennifer, Erik, Kacy [Nick Miller], Treg, and Alyx [Randy Ladrido]
Great Grandchildren: Jordan, Carin, Lauryn, Christine, Collin, Grace and Adia
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