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Catherine Jeanne Norling Baird January 25, 1948-October 21, 2014 Cathie passed away quietly in her own home, surrounded by family, the morning of October 21, 2014. Born in 1948 to Robert Norling and Mary Jeanne Cleary Norling, she was one of four children: Christine (Larry,) Robert Norling Jr., and Eric (Toni.) Cathie was raised in North Tacoma and attended Jefferson Elementary, Saint Patrick's, and graduated from Aquinas Academy in 1966. She briefly worked at American Federal Bank after graduation. Cathie met George Baird in 1968 and fell madly in love. They were married at Saint Patrick Catholic Church on September 6, 1969, and had two children, Vince (Dayna) and Angela Sorenson (Jeff). Boy, did she love her activities!!! She was so busy when the kids were little - President of the kids' PTAs and President of Fircrest Junior Golf. You could always find her working and volunteering in the classroom. As her children grew, Cathie began her countless hours volunteering and helping at Saint Rita Catholic Church. The church was where her heart was. She loved the parishioners of Saint Rita's as if they were her own family. An enormous part of Cathie's pride and joy came from her grandkids: Ashleigh, Emma, Lucas, and Josie. She spent countless hours with them, playing and laughing and making memories that will last their lifetime. She was not only a selfless mother, but a wonderful, loving grandmother. Cathie touched the lives of everyone she met. She had a sparkle in her eye and a gentle way that made people feel always welcome and loved. As she fought pancreatic cancer bravely and gracefully, she continued to be concerned about everyone involved in her life. Her devoted husband of 45 years, George, was with her every step of the journey, and took absolutely wonderful care of her. Fr. Gene Delmore of Saint Rita was also supportive during this difficult time. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 11:00am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, followed by a reception. The Rosary will be recited on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 7:00pm at Gaffney Funeral Home Chapel. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Rita Catholic Church. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 10/24/2014

Judith Olson Oliver Judith (Olson) Oliver passed away peacefully at home on October 17, 2014. Judy was born in Tacoma on January 21, 1926 to David F. Olson Sr. and Hannah (Johnson) Olson. A lifelong resident of Tacoma, Judy graduated from Stadium High School in 1943. She joined The Tacoma Yacht Club with her husband in 1968 and was president of Shipmates in 1989. Judy was also a long time member of the Daughters of the Nile, Zora Temple #5. Judith was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Herbert Oliver. Survived by daughter Joan Riley; Brothers Warren Olson and Richard (Millie) Olson; Granddaughters Lorilyn (Steve) Kinder and Megan Riley; and Great-grandchildren Chantel, Levi, and Jordan Kinder. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 26, at 4:00pm at The Scottish Rite, 817 S. Vassault, Tacoma. Donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals or Tacoma Marine Center Sea Scouts. To see obituary and sign guestbook go to
Pub Date: 10/24/2014

Ricky David Glassman Age 58, born on 12/23/55, passed away on 10/09/14 after a battle with lung cancer. He's survived by his wife of 20 years, April, and his 4 children: Ronald 27, Shala 26, Lindsay also 26 and youngest Kaylynn 19. He has 5 surviving siblings: Linda, Steve, Dan, Tom and Annette. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday October the 25th. At the Prairie Ridge Rec Center. 14104 Prairie Ridge Drive E. Bonney Lake, WA 98391 at noon till 4 pm.
Pub Date: 10/24/2014

Todd Anthony Heidal Was born in Tacoma on October 13th, 1969. He passed away peacefully on October 21, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Survived by his parents Kathleen and Richard Heidal, daughter Sarah Nicole Heidal, brother Troy Heidal (Lindsay), and many family members and friends. We will dearly miss him, his joyous smile, and wonderful sense of humor.
Pub Date: 10/24/2014

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