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Caroline Bernice West Was born on May 24, 1925 and died at home on September 16, 2014 with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. She is survived by her son Bruce (Deborah) West, daughter Gail (Don) Green, sister Alberta (Joseph) McGuire, brother Loyd (Sharon) Miller, and grandchildren: Amanda Green, Adrienne West, Erin Green, and Malcolm West. Her husband, Gordon, predeceased her. A memorial service will be held at the New Tacoma Cemetery on October 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm. See for additional service details and obituary.
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

David John Gago Of Lakewood passed away September 24, 2014 at the age of 85, after a short battle with cancer. He was born January 8, 1929 in Fairfax, WA. He is survived by his bride of 64 years, Joyce (Bjelland) Gago. He is also survived by his daughters Carrie Gago, Jamie Gago and Jodi (Chris) Merrywell and his son Darin (Marcy) Gago; grandchildren David and Hailey Gago, and Alex and Katie Merrywell. He graduated from Stadium High School in 1947. After graduation, he was hired by the City of Tacoma and then served in the Army. Upon his return, he was hired back by the City of Tacoma. He then went to work for the Town of Fircrest but finished his career with Pierce County. For many years, he was Pierce County's Budget Director and then assumed the role of Executive Assistant under County Executive Booth Gardner. He retired from the County when he was 55, allowing him and Joyce to travel and play golf. He was very loyal to his family, friends and co-workers. He believed in working hard and had high expectations of himself and everyone around him. When you met him, you instantly liked him. He would usually greet you with a joke or two; his goal was to make people smile. We lost one of the good guys but he will remain in our hearts forever. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dave's name to the American Heart Association ( or The American Cancer Society ( Remembrances may be shared at A Celebration of Life will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Fircrest Golf Club (1500 Regents Blvd Fircrest, WA 98466).
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

George J. Grazzini, Jr. "Remember me as I am, not as I will be" On September 26, 2014 George quietly gave up his valiant fight against ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, while his sister Rose was holding his hand. We miss him: his sister Rose, his brother-in-law Dennis Reeve, niece Decia (Charles) Woods, great nephews Tyler and Hunter, cousins, friends, and, our Mom, Mary. His sister, however, will miss him the most; especially the hour-long phone calls once a week, and, these last months, texting all day. My brother was born on December 14, 1943, graduated from Wilson High School in 1962, and was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1966. He served on the USS Fletcher with tours in Pearl Harbor, Japan, Australia, and Viet Nam. He retired from Madigan Army Medical Center Facilities Engineer Division in December 2006. It was, he said, time to begin spending more time doing the things he enjoyed: camping, hiking, poking around in thrift shops, meeting new friends, and especially travelling to Spain and Italy. George never met a stranger; everyone became his immediate friend. Early this spring, knowing his time was getting close, George told me he had a few more things to do. This included completing the restoration of his 1930 Model A Ford, which, with many, many hours of help from Andy Pelton, was finished in June. He also wanted to see Tyler graduate from high school this June, and celebrate his Mom's 98th birthday in August with numerous family and friends. His bucket list was complete. The funeral service to celebrate George's life will be at 1:00 PM, October 3, 2014, at Piper Morley, 5436 S Puget Sound Ave, Tacoma, 253-472-3353. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with the US Navy Honor Guard. Death is his victory, he is no longer suffering and is free to walk and, most importantly, talk again. Rest well, my brother, we will met up again. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter. Please sign the online guest book at
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Joan Blackburn Holst 5/5/32 - 9/18/14 Our beautiful mother passed away, surrounded by her daughters, on Sept. 18th. She was preceded in death by her husband Don of 55 years, and is survived by daughters Deb Hittle, Barb Holst, Donna Willis (Jack), and Janet Studeman (Bruce), 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. She worked numerous jobs throughout the years, but her passions were gardening, sewing, fishing, camping, and family. No services are planned.
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Karin "KK" Johnston Rabin Age 63, of Puyallup, WA, passed away at her home on 9-23-14. She was preceded in death by her parents Doris and Kenneth Johnston Jr., husband Neil Rabin, daughter Jennifer Weed and is survived by her daughter Heather Evans (Ryan), son in law Tom Weed, grandchildren Kendra, Rylee, Kolton, Reed and many other family members. Karin had a heart of gold. She loved helping people in any way she could. Her family and friends were her life! Over the years, Karin battled various heath issues. She fought them all with a smile on her face and kept moving forward. A memorial will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home on Fri. 10-3-14 at 2pm with a reception to follow. "KK, we loved you with all our hearts."
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Krista Maria Case 12/27/95 to 9/24/14 Age 18. Krista is and will always be greatly missed. Memorial service Wed. 10/8/14 at 1p.m. New Tacoma Cemetery 9212 Chambers Creek Rd. W. University Place, WA, 98467 in the Chamber Creek Chapel. See full obituary at
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Pauline Ann Spane Haugen Mom has been called to join her husband, mother, father, sisters and brothers. Pauline leaves daughters Sandra (Kendall) and Leslie (Eric), son James (Chiquita), and grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren. She belonged to the Swiss Society, Puyallup Eagles, and was very active in the Senior Center. Before Pauline retired she ran the family business in Tacoma. She will be greatly missed by all. There will be a viewing for Pauline Thurs., Oct. 2nd, 4 pm-8pm. Funeral service followed with a reception will be Fri., 10/3, 1 pm, all at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer, Puyallup, WA. Please visit her guestbook at
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Robert Lee Gitt 11/4/358/21/14 Celebration of Life service All Saints Catholic Church PuyallupOctober 4, 1 PM.
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Ronald Arthur Staples Ron passed away on 21 September 2014 in Spokane, WA after suffering a cardiac arrest during the early morning hours. He was attending a family wedding north of Spokane with his sister and brother. He was born on 31 May 1949 at Tacoma General Hospital to parents Arthur E. Staples and Raye Spilman Staples. He is survived by his daughter Lindsay Hanni (TJ), sons Anthony and Andrew, and grandchildren Henry and Khloe Hanni. Also surviving are his sister Linda Forkenbrock (John), his brother Richard Alden Staples, his mother Raye Spilman Staples, nieces Julie Forkenbrock and Kelley Lancaster, nephew Benjamin Staples, and many loving cousins. He was predeceased by his father. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 1-4pm at The Oakhouse Restaurant at the Oakbrook Golf Course, 8201 Zircon Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98498. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Sarah Bader Alqabandi Sarah met her Heavenly Father on September 23rd when she suddenly and unexpectedly left us. Sarah entered this world in Tacoma on January 31, 1991, bringing joy and a glowing smile everywhere she went. She resided in Kuwait for a short time as a small child; however, Tacoma was her life-long home. Sarah attended Tacoma Public Schools - Mary Lyon Elementary, Truman Middle and Stadium High School, graduating in 2009. She continued her education at Central Washington University, graduating in 2013. She was currently pursuing a Masters in Education at University of Washington, Tacoma, working to fulfill her dream of being an elementary school teacher. Sarah loved children and children loved her. She returned to the Tacoma School District when she student taught last spring at Boze Elementary, and was looking forward to beginning her teaching career there. Sarah loved her Seattle Seahawks. This little gal was one of their biggest, loudest, and proudest fans, never missing a home game. Sarah loved many, and was loved by many. She was greeted in Heaven by her grandfather Buzz "Pa" Evans and Aunt Cherri Davis. She is survived by her loving mother Keva Alqabandi, father Bader Alqabandi of Kuwait, brother Fahad "Hoody" Alqabandi and like a brother Fikison Bologun, grandmother Sara Evans, the Kehn family - Aunt Vickie, Uncle Jon and cousins Bryce and Chloe, her first and forever love Tyler Cardin, and her pups Howard and Pearl. Also mourning her loss are her extended family and countless friends. A celebration of Sarah's life will take place on Saturday, October 4th, at Puyallup Foursquare Church, 601 9th Ave. SE, Puyallup, WA 98372, beginning at 11am. Family friends Pastor Shane and Faith Ecklund traveled from Nashville to officiate and celebrate Sarah's life. A reception will immediately follow. Sarah would have loved for you to wear your Seahawk gear to celebrate her life. Her memory can be honored by providing assistance to the students of Boze Elementary School at Sarah will live on in our hearts while the donation of her corneas will provide sight to two people.
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Susan Ann Kelley December 7, 1919 - August 2, 2014 Susan Ann Kelley of Gig Harbor, WA passed away peacefully at Franciscan Hospice in University Place on August 2, 2014. Susan was born on December 7, 1919 to Sarah Coogan and James Duffy of New York City. The family soon moved to Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, where Susan grew up and eventually raised her family. She was a graduate of James Madison High School where she made countless friends. She was a long term parishioner of Resurrection Church and active at Resurrection School where her children attended. In 1943 Susan met Bill Kelley from Clinton, MA and it was love at first sight. Bill told her on their first date "you are going to marry me." They were married November 14, 1943 and remained so for 70 years. They had a very special love shared with their children Sallyann and William. For Susan, family always was her first priority. Susan had a marvelous sense of humor, she loved to tell stories about her family and sing Irish songs. Her long lasting faith in God was strong and she had a special love for Mary, mother of Jesus. Susan's life was at its best when surrounded by the people she loved. She will be missed by many. When Bill and Sue retired, they bought a flight school and moved to Connecticut. They moved to warmer climates over the years, Florida and Arizona. Often they spent their summers in Redmond, WA with their son Bill and winters in Arizona. In 2003 Bill and Sue moved to Gig Harbor to be closer to family. Susan loved being close to her son and his family and they spent many happy times together. Susan was preceded in death by her loving husband William, sister Margie Devine, and brothers Buddie and Joe Duffy. Remaining behind in sadness are her sister Alice McMenemy, Brooklyn, Susan's daughter Sallyann Brophy, Charlotte, NC, and son Bill Kelley and his wife Nancy Rimel of Fox Island, WA. Her four grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews will miss her. She held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren, Tom Brophy, Longmont, CO, Michael Kelley, Marysville, WA, Heather Brophy, Charlotte, NC, and Brian Kelley and his wife Jennifer Kelley, Amherst, NH. She had two great-grandchildren, Tillie Beeman, Scottsdale, AZ and 6-month-old Jack William Kelley of Amherst, NH. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Lodge at Mallard Landing where Susan and Bill lived since 2011, the remarkable and caring staff at Franciscan Hospice, and Angie Spittle, a very special person who cared for Susan the last two months of her life. A Mass will be said for Susan at St Nicholas Catholic Church on October 5, 2014. There will be no service. Donations can be made in Susan's name to the St Nicholas Catholic School in Gig Harbor WA.
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Virginia Mae (Mamlock) Glaser Passed away Sept. 24, 2014 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. She was born Dec. 20, 1930 to Henry and Gertrude Mamlock; her parents and three siblings preceded her in death. She lived in Tacoma most of her life, but spent her last years in Vancouver, WA. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Leonard G. Glaser, three daughters, Janice E. (Robert) Evalt of Belfair, WA, Joan M. (David) Ransier and Nancy D. (Dale) Smith both of La Center, WA, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She attended Grant, Jason Lee, and Stadium schools, graduating in 1948. She worked in bookkeeping at A.E. Mulligan Co., Munson-Smith Motors, Day's Clothing, and ABM Maintenance. Virginia enjoyed many hobbies and was exceptionally good at all of them. She had a beautiful singing voice and shared her love of the piano with her daughters. She knitted beautiful sweaters, crocheted, and sewed immaculately. She loved computers and was fascinated by new technology. In her later years she and Leonard enjoyed travelling in their RV and spent many winters in Arizona. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a kind, affectionate wife and mother, and will be greatly missed. Service will be held at Piper Morley with Oakwood Hill Chapel on October 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM. 5436 S. Puget Sound, Tacoma, 253-472-3353. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please sign the online guestbook at
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

Virginia Nichols Age 77, passed away on September 27, 2014 at 2:30am in Gig Harbor.
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

In Memory of My Beloved Mother, Marie E. Kinzner And all the others that died from domestic violence and child abuse. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We can make a difference with donations to the following: The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, 253-798-4166; the YWCA Domestic Violence Dept. 253-272-4181; The Mary Bridge Children's Hospital C.A.C. Dept. 253-403-4517; The Tacoma Rescue Mission Domestic Violence Dept. 253-383-4493. The 24/7 hotline is 1-800-562-6025 Richard Elliott Kinzner
Pub Date: 10/1/2014

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