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A. Arthur Ude A. Arthur Ude passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, he was 89. Art was born on March 2, 1925 in St. Louis. He grew up and met his wife, Phyllis, in Southern California. Art and Phyllis moved to Gig Harbor in 1989, after his retirement from IBM in San Jose, CA, where he was an electrical engineer for 36 years. Art served in the US Army during WWII and graduated Cum Laude in Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1948. He enjoyed fishing, family, volunteering at FISH (a local food bank) and was active at Peninsula Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the FISH food bank in Gig Harbor, Art is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 65 years; Evelyn Matthews, his sister; Steve and Jonelle Ude and Ken and Cathy Ude, his two sons and their wives; his 5 grandchildren, Carolyn and Matthew Guimbarda, Laura Ude-Walker and Patrick, Kristen Ude, Tyler Ude and Rachel and Allison and Spencer McCroskey; and more importantly, his 6 great grand- children, Bradley, Matthew and Emily McCroskey, Anika Walker and Morgan Guimbarda and 'tbd' Guimbarda, who is due in 2 weeks.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Anne Marie Seago Everybody loved Anne Seago. She was a wonderful person - friendly, impish, thoughtful, honest, energetic, civic-minded, adventurous and brave. A lover of newspapers, books, libraries, classic movies, crossword puzzles, chickens and cats. An avid cyclist, an active volunteer and above all, a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and wife. She will be missed so much. Asked by a friend why she was so fond of chickens - she kept five hens and gave away most of the eggs - Anne replied, "Because they make me smile." Anne had a way of making everyone smile. Besides her lovely spirit, she was respected for her integrity, steadiness and kindness. Anne died in Tacoma on Jan. 26, 31 months after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was 66. Anne deserved more years, but she made the most of the life she was given. A late convert to Buddhism, she died with peace and gratitude, with loved ones at her side. Anne was born Anne Marie Wollner in Bancroft, Iowa, the second of Joe and Lois Wollner's seven children. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, she married classmate James Heller and arrived in Tacoma in 1971. Anne worked 30 years at the Tacoma Public Library as a librarian and manager. She was proud of creating the library's quick-information desk, so useful before the Internet. She also earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Washington. After retirement, she served four years on the library's board of directors, including a year as president. Anne and Jim, married for 25 years, had two sons, Bryan Heller, wife Amy and children Lauryn and Peyton, of Newtown, CT; and Brent Heller, wife Katherine and children Aidan, James and Clara Rose, of Mililani, HI. Anne is also survived by her husband David Seago of Tacoma; a sister, Jean Mujica (Dan), of Mason City, IA; and brothers Mike Wollner (Judy) of Mason City, Dave Wollner (Sue) of Baltimore, MD, Joe Wollner (Tracy), of Brainerd, MN, Chuck (Kim) of Wisconsin Dells, WI, and Dan (Barb) Wollner of Panora, IA. After divorce, Anne began a spectacular second act, whetting an appetite for outdoor adventure. She took mountaineering classes and became a strong cyclist. She was a legend in the Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club for her stamina on mountain passes. Fifteeen times Anne completed RAGBRAI, a famous, 10,000-person organized bike ride across Iowa held every July. David qualified for marriage by doing the ride with her in 2002. They wed the following month, billing the ceremony as "a permanent merger of their bicycle and kayak collections." They rode RAGBRAI together five times. They took many independent bike tours in the U.S. and abroad. The topper was a self-supported, 85-day, 4,500-mile journey from Tacoma to Boston. Anne was 61 at the time. They also enjoyed wilderness kayaking and cross-country skiing. At home, Anne served as president and board member of both The Grand Cinema and The Wheelmen. She volunteered for the Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Werlin tutoring program now known as Read2Me. She was a member of the Tacoma Buddhist Church. Anne requested that memorial donations be made to Read2Me at Tacoma Community House, 1314 S. L St., Tacoma 98405. There will be no services, but a public celebration of her life will be announced later.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Duane Edward Land Age 65, passed away at home on January 22, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. His kind smile and loyal heart will be missed. One of eight children, Duane was born in Auburn, WA on October 11, 1949. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda, their children Cindy, Duane Jr., Eric, and Edward, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three brothers, four sisters, and many extended family and friends. Service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery on Friday, January 30th, at 9:30am. Reception immediately following at VFW on McKinley Ave. in Tacoma.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Geraldine Elaine Maschner Age 80, passed away with her family by her side on January 23, 2015 in Puyallup, WA. She was born on July 4, 1934 in North Dakota to Joseph and Violet M. (Hall) Klug. Gerry helped to open the Fred Meyer store on 72nd Street, and went on to work for them for 38 more years, retiring at the age of 77 as Manager of the Men's Dept. She was great with people of all walks of life, and loved sharing time with her family. She is survived by her son Cary (Cindy) Maschner, daughters Sandy (Michael) Meyer and Jeanne (Dan) Allison, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband Art and half brother Richard Hall. We will all miss her greatly Funeral services will be held at 11am Thursday, January 29, 2015, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

James "Kirby" Pitman Kirby was born on March 26, 1923 in Meridian, Idaho to Charles and Vivian (Cone) Pitman. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 23, 2015. Kirby graduated from Vale High School in Vale, Oregon. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to the end of WWII where he proudly served this great country until retiring in 1964, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his career in the U.S. Army Kirby and his wife Barbara settled here in Tacoma. In the course of his life Kirby spent some time as an auctioneer, taxi driver/owner, realtor, tax consultant, and as a pilot. Kirby was a jack of all trades and a master of many. Kirby was good humored, outgoing, strong willed, loving and very independent. Kirby was preceded in death by his wife Barbara of 49 years, and his sister Ione Lambert. Kirby is survived by his brother C. Harvey (Eleanor) Pitman of Boise, ID. His sons Kirby (Cleo) of Weatherford, TX, Charlie (Joan) of Bothell, WA, daughters Nancy Bradley of West Monroe, LA, Jackie Kuwik of Roy, WA, Sue Morgan of Boise, ID, and Cindy Pitman of Tacoma, WA. Kirby also had 12 grand children and numerous great grandchildren. Kirby will be sorely missed by all those that he touched. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Kirby's name to the Tacoma Rescue Mission at 253-383-4493. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

John K. Fuller, Jr. A resident of Fox Island, passed away into the arms of Jesus on Jan. 25th after a battle with leukemia. John was born March 3, 1948 in Ventura, CA, the only child of Ken and Doris Fuller. He lived in Pierce County, graduating from Franklin Pierce HS and Green River Community College. He worked for local banks and retired from Safeco in IT security. He loved music and dancing, travel, genealogy research, reading, and community volunteer projects. He attended Chapel Hill Church and was a member of Tacoma Eagles #3. He will be missed by his mother Doris, wife of 44 years Laurie, son Mark, granddaughter Veta, sister-in-law Cathy, daughter-at-heart Brenda, and granddaughter-at-heart McKenzie. He had a loving concern for family and friends that we be happy, safe, and well cared for. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 31st, at 3pm at Gig Harbor Eagles #2809, 4425 Burnham Dr. Gig Harbor, with John's favorite band, the Dream Chasers.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Keith Bates Age 78, born January 11, 1936, died December 27, 2014 after a long battle with ALS disease. Keith grew up in Seattle and later lived in Bellingham, Santa Rosa, CA, and Tacoma. An avid Cessna pilot and member of Cascade Bicycle Club, he stayed very active until the past few years. He is survived by his daughter Andrea, grandson Daniel Ammons, and his brothers David Bates and Richard Riddle. Keith will be remembered for his intelligence, friendliness, and quick wit. A memorial service will be held February 4 at 12:45 p.m., Tahoma National Cemetery. Remembrances are suggested to the ALS Association, 19115 68th Ave. South, Kent, WA 98032, or Caring Hearts Intl, P.O. Box 2214, Auburn, WA 98071.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Mary Josephine Rampp Beloved mother and grandmother, Mary Rampp passed away on January 23, 2015. She was born in Tacoma on June 29, 1922. Mary lived for her family, and could always be found sewing, baking, or holding the latest grandchild. She is survived by her children, George Rampp of Port Angeles, Cathy Pincus (Mel) of Puyallup, Jeanie Rampp of White Salmon, Pat Rampp (John Roben) of Seattle, and Joe Rampp of Tacoma, 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, and her brother, Gene Teodoro of Tacoma. She was predeceased by her husband, George, and her brother, Dave Teodoro. The funeral mass will be at All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup on January 31, 2015 at 2 PM. A reception at the church will follow. Please sign the on-line guest book at
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Penelope (Penny) Ann Miller Age 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Tacoma on January 24, 2015. Penny was born on September 27, 1939, and raised in Tacoma by Marcia and Verne Brown. Survived by her children, Leigh Ann Stebens, Lori Adington, Lisa Ziccarelli, and Lynnette Miller, as well as 6 grandchildren, and two sisters, Karen Zemanek and Julie Brown. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Verne L. Jr. (Buzzy) Brown and David Brown. The memorial wervice will be at Christ's Church, 941 S Dash Point Rd., in Federal Way at 4:00 pm Thursday, January 29, 2015. Please visit the family's online guest register at
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Robert Lee Howard Jan. 22, 1941 - Jan. 5, 2015 Bob served 25 years in the Navy. Retired from a long career with Bombardier. He will be missed by many. We will miss his goofiness and fun loving spirit! We are all blessed to have had our time with him. Now you rest with your loving wife Linda. GOD Speed Big Guy. Predeceased by wife Linda and father Robert Howard. Survived by parents Kenneth and Jeanne Holyoak, sisters Sharon and Teri (Brian), nephews David, Damon (Deanna), Joshua, Danny, Derek, and Robert, nieces Debbie (Mike), Risa, and Sara, cousin Jeff, and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Service will be full Military Honors, located at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA, on January 29, 2015 at 2:00pm.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Todd M. Walker Attempting to locate Mr. Travis Walker, father of Todd M. Walker who passed away December 28, 2014 in University Place, WA. Anyone with contact information for Mr. Travis Walker is asked to contact Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Virginia Ann Wishard Age 83, died in Gig Harbor, Washington on Saturday, January 17, 2015, surrounded by family and close friends. For those who knew and loved her, the world became an immediately darker place for her absence in it. Born in Medford, Oregon, on June 10, 1931, she was the beloved daughter of Louis Otto Lutz and Verla Elizabeth Eden. After high school, she attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland and Oregon State University before moving to Coos Bay where she got a teaching job. There she met and fell in love with Robert Martin. They married in Ashland in 1952 before moving to Robert's hometown of Tacoma, WA, where they welcomed the first of their four sons, Robert Jr., followed by Donald, Patrick and later in Annapolis, MD, Matthew. Virginia approached her role as mother with the same dedication she applied to everything she did in life. She was equally committed to nurturing her sons into happy human beings and to instilling in them her values of hard work, perseverance and the escape of a good book. Always a teacher at heart and through her example, they learned to approach adversity by facing it head-on and to think on their feet. And just as valuable, were the numerous moments in which she surprised them with a talent for silliness that was magical. Consummate in her manners and her sense of style, she schooled her sons in the value of traditions and ceremony and that there is no expression of gratitude more powerful than the hand-written thank you note. She was also a believer in the classiness of a crisply ironed white shirt, good for all occasions. After Virginia's marriage to Bob ended, she married twice again, once to her high school sweetheart, Gary Christlieb, and then to Harry Wishard. She remained married to Harry until his untimely death in 1982. For the next twenty five years, Virginia was an adventurer who traveled the world and had the kinds of exploits most of us will only read about. She loved her trips to Africa and her chance to teach English for two years in Taiwan. She roamed the cemeteries of Cornwall, England in search of ancestors. Because she could sit down next to anyone, and have a memorable conversation, she made lasting friends in all of those places and so it is not an exaggeration that she is mourned on many continents. In later life, as health issues slowed her down, she continued to be an avid reader and student of the world. With her globe-trotting days behind her, she leaned on her deep connection to history and geography and she studied both with an enthusiasm that was contagious. She pursued her love of opera and jigsaw puzzles and antiques. She was a Montessori teacher and a seller of Chinese pearls. Her curiosity about the wider world was strong to the end and lives on in all of us who are so grateful to have known her. We know she will forgive us if our inclination toward silliness is postponed for awhile. Virginia was preceded in death by her son Patrick. She leaves to mourn her passing her sister, Marjorie O'Harra of Phoenix, OR and sons: Bob Martin Jr. and Barbara Hendricksen of Eagle River, AK; Don and Meridith Martin of Seattle; and Matt and Tracy Martin of Gig Harbor, WA. She was beloved by her grandchildren, Heather Martin McGough of Maple Valley, (Brian) and Ross and Max Martin of Gig Harbor. She was blessed to know her three great-grandchildren, Keilen, Logan and Gabriella McGough. A celebration of life will be held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, WA at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the "Patrick Martin Scholarship Fund" c/o Charles Wright Academy, 7723 Chambers Creek Road West, Tacoma, WA 98467. Please sign Virginia's online guestbook with your favorite memory at
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Warren Dean Hunt Warren was born November 4th, 1932 to Newell and Alice Hunt. Warren attended Puyallup High School. Warren distinguished himself at the University of Puget Sound. He was elected Student Body President and President of the Adelphian Choir. At UPS, Warren met and, later married, the love of his life, Dorothy Powell. They were married for 60 years. Warren and Dorothy bought Newell Hunt Furniture in the early 1960's from his father. They ran the business together before selling it in 2002. He was a founding board member of Puyallup Valley Bank, Tacoma Yacht Club, and the Good Samaritan Hospital Board. He was a member of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors for 16 years, serving with such distinction that he was awarded the honor of namesake for a new school, "Warren Hunt Elementary." Warren was preceded by daughter, Kimberly Hunt. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, of Gig Harbor, his brother Bruce (Bo) Hunt, and his daughters Lisa (Ken) Chovil and Paula (Artie) Tarnove. Warren's grandchildren are Taylor Stone, Raelynd Tarnove, Nash Stone, Jay Tarnove, Kathryn (Nels) Peterson, and Victor Chovil, and great-grandchildren Nora Stone and Fionna Peterson. A special thanks to Sound Options and Franciscan Hospice House. A Celebration of Life will be held at Tacoma Yacht Club on Sunday, February 22nd, from 1:30 to 3:30.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

Wesley C. Ulsh Of Gig Harbor, Washington passed away quietly in the home he built on Pioneer Way. It is a local landmark, orange and yellow with blue garage doors and a totem pole on a landing off the driveway. He died Dec 31, 2014. Services and a life celebration were held Jan. 24 at the chapel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gig Harbor. He was born Nov. 7, 1933 on McNeil Island but lived his whole life on Pioneer Way in Gig Harbor except for a stint in the Air Force during the Korean conflict where he served as a Navigator. He retired from Puget Sound Naval Yard where he worked as a fine arts engraver for 25 years. He is survived by sister Idie Ulsh, son Victor C. Ulsh, daughter Darlene Ulsh and granddaughter Paige Henry. He is also survived by his wife Margot Ulsh, stepdaughter Lisa West her children Jacob and Cody, stepdaughter Brenda Snider and her children Kyler and Katelynn.
Pub Date: 1/28/2015

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