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Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Barbara Jean (Taylor) Brandes Age 80, resigned her mortal life on April 19, 2015 in the presence of her youngest daughter and son. Born November 10, 1934, Barbara was the second of four generations of nurses, and always ready to help someone in need. She led her church's humanitarian efforts, which included knitting caps for newborns, making dresses for Nicaraguan children, and faithfully relaying emergency radio messages. Defined by her creativity, Barbara drew and painted in oils, sewed her daughters' special clothes, made personalized quilts, decorated cakes, crocheted afghans, carved woodworking plaques, and sculpted pottery anything that she could make with her hands, she did. With Barbara's vitality, her diagnosis with mesothelioma was shocking, and her death came too brutally quick. She regrettably passed away the day before a jury granted her the largest award in Washington history for take-home asbestos exposure. Barbara is survived by her 3 sisters, Faye Osburn, Dee Ford, and Anne Vaughn, and 8 children, Gabrielle, Benjamin, David, Timothy, Rebecca, Rachel, Ramona, and Seadon (Tor), as well as 22 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray, her brothers Don and Robert, and her granddaughter Cami. Graveside services will held April 30, 2015 at 11:15AM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA, followed by a memorial service at 1:30 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, located at 7520 25th Ave East, Tacoma, WA.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Bobby R. Dravis Was born July 20, 1946 and passed away March 25, 2015. He was a life long resident of Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School. He joined the Marines after graduation and served his country in the Vietnam War. He was awarded a purple heart for his action in Vietnam. Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, Penny and his parents, Bernard and Helen Dravis. Services will be held Sat., May 2 at 11 AM at Piper-Morley, 5436 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Carol Mooney Age 80, passed away on April 20, 2015, surrounded by her family at St. Clair Hospital in Lakewood, WA. She was born Carol Marie Satchwell in Lewiston, ID on February 18, 1935. Her family later moved to Coeur d'Alene, ID where she met the love of her life, Don Mooney. They were married for over 59 years and had 3 children. Carol worked at Clover Park Technical College for 31 years where she helped develop several programs. She was director of the Lakewood Senior Center for many years prior to her retirement. She loved to sew, make flower arrangements, attending theater performances and play cards with friends. Carol is survived by her husband, Don Mooney; sister Betty (Bill) Weller; daughter, Joan (Rich) Homeyer; grandchildren: Christina Mooney, Richard Ray, Sarah, Eric and Douglas Homeyer. She was preceded in death by their sons, Brian Denis and Bruce Alan Mooney. A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, May 2 at their home in Steilacoom.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Cecelia A. Murdock March 1931 - April 2015 Cecelia Ann (Reavis) Murdock died in April 2015 at her residence in Seattle, Washington. Born in Pomeroy, Washington to Jesse and Mary "Dee" Reavis, Cecelia grew up loving horses and graduated from Pomeroy High School. She attended Washington State University, where she studied nursing and met her husband, Roger. They married in October of 1951 and enjoyed 63 years together before Roger's passing in 2012. Originally settling in Garfield County as wheat farmers, Cecelia and Roger soon moved to the Puget Sound area and lived primarily in Dash Point. They moved on a brief assignment to Wichita, Kansas for Roger's work with The Boeing Company, returning to Puget Sound to family and friends. Cecilia was an active member of the Tacoma Orthopedic Association in the Brown's Point Guild supporting Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center. She is remembered as a loyal and faithful friend. In their retirement, Cecelia and Roger enjoyed sailing and travel. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger and son Bryan. Cecelia is survived by her son Scott (Gayle), two granddaughters, and a great-grandchild. A private remembrance will be held at Washington Memorial Park. Please share your remembrances online in the Bonney-Watson Funeral Home guest book http://bonneywatson.com/obituaries/. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mary Bridge Brigade at http://marybridgebrigade.org/donate/, mailed to MS: 311-1-MBB, PO Box 5299, Tacoma, WA 98415-0299 or to the charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Christine Reno Christy passed away April 19, 2015. Her family meant everything to her, also her parrot Bubbles. She had a deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She is survived by her mother Bernice Evens, daughter Julie Evens, and her brother Mark Evens and four grandchildren. She was born May 8, 1952. A private memorial will be held by her family.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Daisy Louise Ness Daisy Louise Ness, age 88, of Oak Harbor, longtime former Federal Way resident, passed away at Harbor Towers Village in Oak Harbor on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Daisy was married for many years to Gerald Grothaus, owner of Jerry's Drug in Federal Way. The couple raised their six children in Federal Way. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1971. A Private Family Inurnment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn. A Celebration of Life with time for sharing memories will take place Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 1-4 PM at the Auburn Senior Activity Center. Memorials are suggested to Respite Care at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 9th Street SE, Auburn, WA 98002. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Edith M. Austin Edith M. Austin, 91, passed away April 23, 2015 at home in Lakewood. She is survived by 3 children and several grandchildren. Visitation Tuesday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Funeral services Wednesday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Emily E. Hammond Emily E. Hammond, 99, passed away April 7, 2015 in Lacey, WA. She was born June 23, 1915 to Valentin and Mary Ursula (Tidl) Zwickler in Milwaukee, WI. Emily grew up in Milwaukee. The year 1921-22, at the age of 6, was the exception when her parents returned with their children to their home country of Austria. With no promise of employment for her father in Austria, the family came back to Milwaukee. After high school graduation, Emily took business courses and began work as a secretary in Milwaukee. At the age of 23, she and her younger sister, Ann, ventured to Colorado and took employment in Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains. Employment in Denver followed for Emily. She returned to Milwaukee during WWII and launched her next adventure with her sister to Hawaii in 1945 to work for the Army. There she met her future husband, Curt Hammond, who was a Major in the U.S. Army. They married in Milwaukee in 1947. The military life moved them first to Pennsylvania followed by Okinowa, New York State (where their two children were born), Texas, Wisconsin (during Curt's tour in Korea), Illinois, Colorado, California and finally to Washington State. In each of their locations, Emily was active in their Lutheran church and in military wives organizations. She enjoyed homemaking and being a stay-at-home mother. Emily and Curt enjoyed playing bridge and always welcomed visits from their children and their four grandsons. At the age of 88, Emily and Curt moved to Panorama Retirement Community, where they settled for their last 12 years together. Emily is survived by her husband of 67 years, Curt Hammond, age 99; son, James Hammond of Olympia, WA; daughter, Linda Hammond of Boring, OR; and four grandchildren. Private interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. A memorial service will be held May 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Panorama Retirement Community, 4th floor Chapel, Quinault Bldg. A gathering will follow in the basement Coffee Room of the Quinault Bldg. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2109 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Please leave condolences at www.FuneralAlternatives.org.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Francis (Frank) Peter Smith, Jr. Francis Peter Smith, Jr. went to heaven to join his beloved wife Donna on April 10, 2015, after a full life of 95 years. Frank was born on September 21, 1919 in Denver Colorado to Francis and Mildred Smith. He served as a B-17 pilot in the Army Air Corps during WW2 flying out of Thorps Abbott in England. He was shot down in 1943, taken prisoner and held at Stalag Luft One near Barth Germany. He was freed when German guards abandoned the camp in May 1945 immediately ahead of the Russian invasion. Frank briefly worked for the fledgling Atomic Commission as a draftsman for the atom bomb, installed lawns, and delighted in his third job as a Los Alamos police sergeant. During the Korea, he was recalled into the military. He went on to have a long career in the Air Force OSI involving criminal investigation, counterespionage, and dignitary protection. After retiring as a Lt. Colonel, Frank enjoyed driving young people as a bus driver with the Clover Park School District for 10 years. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; son, Matthew; daughters, Theresa and Frances. He is survived by sons Jim (Judy) and Ralph (Michelle) of Tacoma, Larry of Lakewood, Tony (Kathie) of Ocean Park, Washington and daughter Sharon (John) Mahe of Henderson, Nevada; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Frank was a devout Catholic and supported VFW, DAV and Wounded Warriors programs. Frank will be forever missed by his family, friends and his country for a job well done! A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Lakewood. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Frank Renal Clement 1926 - 2015 Frank R. Clement passed away on April 17th, 2015 at the age of 88. He was born December 9th, 1926 in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School. He joined the Navy and served in WWII in the Pacific. He returned home and attended Washington State College, now WSU, where he graduated with a degree in Mathematics in 1951. During his time at Washington State College he met and married Mary Dana Chute in 1949, his wife of 29 years. While raising their family in Raymond and Des Moines, Frank taught mathematics for 32 years in both the Raymond and Highline School Districts. He served as the Head of the Math Department at Mount Rainier High School for 15 years. He was member of the St. Philomena Catholic Church, Charter Member and past-President of the Des Moines Jaycees, member of the Des Moines Library Board, tenure member of the Des Moines City Council, and past-President of the Hoot and Hollers Square Dance Club. Frank was predeceased by his wife in 1978. He is survived by his nine children: Andrea Clement, Monica Clement (Kip Smith), Rebecca Clement (Lawrence Huff), Richard Clement (Laura), Brian Clement, John Clement (Kathi), Neal Clement (Cindy), Paul Clement (Connie) and Kate Carcelen (Roberto); twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and his friend and companion Regina Hannan. A religious memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held on Friday, May 1st, at 1pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1171 NE Sand Hill Road, Belfair, WA. Frank's family is hosting a celebration of life (Danish Wake) on Sunday, May 3rd, from 12pm to 4pm at the Tin Room Bar & Theater, 932 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA. Please join the Clement Family to share your stories of time well-spent with Frank.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Gail Wentworth Claus Age 59, died April 7, 2015. Gail looked at life like a child in a candy store - she wanted to try everything. With an early retirement, she was able to do so: business manager for three orchestras, teaching at a Waldorf school, attending an institute about Dvorak, becoming a Certified Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church; the list goes on. An accomplished musician, Gail played violin, viola and piano in many chamber groups and local symphonies. She also enjoyed playing in the pit orchestras for operas and musicals. Gail held a B.S. in Physics from the University of Puget Sound and a Master in Business Administration from the Notre Dame de Namur University. She also completed two years of part time Seminary work at Fuller University. Her primary work was in high-tech companies in Silicon Valley as an engineer, project manager and member of the technical staff. Gail is survived by her husband, Norman Claus; parents Jack and Irene Wentworth; brothers John (Kathy) Wentworth and Richard Wentworth, and sister Kathy Flynn; numerous nieces and nephews; and close step-family. Her stepfamily includes Brad and Sarah Claus and grandchildren Tyler and Conner; and Kelley and Dean Fletcher and grandchildren Abigail and Caden. A memorial service with reception following will be held at First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Dr. in Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00PM.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Genevieve Agnes Thomas Genevieve, a Turtle Mtn. Chippewa, was born in Devil's Lake, N. Dakota, Aug. 23, 1922. She loved Indian beading, boating, and reading (at the age of 92 she was on her 3rd Kindle). On April 8, 2015, she joined her loved ones who passed before, including her late husband of 62 years, Charlie Thomas; David (Jill) McKay; Andrew Thomas; and Charles (Vida) Thomas. Survivors include Julianne (Mike, deceased) Stewart, Elaine (Glen) Olsen, and Matthew Thomas, and many grandchildren. Funeral mass: May 3, 2015, 1:30 PM, at St. Leo Church, 710 S. 13th St. Thanks to Dr. John Van Buskirk, Tacoma Family Medicine staff, and Franciscan Hospice, for their compassionate care. Memorial donations may be sent to Nativity House, 702 S. 14th St., Tacoma, WA 98405.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Hans Jurgen Boysen October 29, 1940 - April 21, 2015 Hans passed away surrounded by his family at the age of 74. He was born in Kiel, Germany to Regina Sophia Boysen on October 29, 1940. In 1951, the family moved to Tucson, Arizona and then settled in Lacey, Washington. Hans graduated from St. Martin's University in 1963 and that summer married the love of his life, Darlene Colombini. They moved to Santa Clara, California, where Hans attended Santa Clara Law. In 1965 Hans was hired by the Boeing Company, and worked in the personnel department until 1970 when he opened his State Farm Insurance Agency. In the mid-Eighties Hans and Darlene built their dream home together on Raft Island, where Hans enjoyed digging clams and shucking oysters on his beach for his friends and family. Hans retired in 2007 after being in business for 38 years. Above all else, Hans cherished the time he spent with his family. Hans and Darlene enjoyed traveling together in their retirement, and celebrated 50 years of marriage with a trip to Italy in 2013. He was an avid outdoorsman and has passed the tradition of hunting and fishing on to his son. Hans was fond of taking long walks on the ocean beaches looking for treasures with his daughter. He loved to read, garden, travel, and more than anything else, eat a good meal. Hans is survived by his wife, Darlene Boysen, two children, Aaron (Christi) and Mindy Boysen, and two granddaughters, Alysha (Aaron) Hulst and Emily Boysen. Hans is also survived by his siblings, Ronald (Pam) Roberson, Richard (Shirley) Roberson, Shirley (Randy) Helland, and Giesla (Klaus) Morrosch. A memorial service to celebrate Hans' life will be held on April 29, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. Donations may be made in Hans' honor to the Tacoma North Rotary Club.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

John Edward Leach [September 5, 1923- April 9, 2015] Jack [John Edward] Leach died peacefully on Thursday, April 09. He was born in New Brunswick, NJ and was preceded in death by his first wife Helen Gatrell Leach. He is survived by his second wife Norma Bartlett Leach, sons Tom [Rosemary] Leach, Tacoma and Brad [Pauline] Leach, Gorham, ME, grandchildren Damon Leach, Fullerton, CA, Bernadette [Steven] Skipper, Melbourne, FL, great grandchildren, Bradford Leach, CA and Madison and Michael Skipper, FL. He is also survived by his step children Linda Lepak, Everett and Sandy [Shannon] McCormick, Tacoma. Jack was a US Navy Lieutenant fighter pilot during WWII in the Pacific theater. After discharge from the Navy, he went to Harvard Business School to earn his MBA. He then worked for Standard Oil in Southeast Asia and later for RCA and Litton Industries in Manchester and London, England and Downer's Grove, IL. After moving to Tacoma with Helen in 1978, he worked for Trick & Murray Business Products, Puget Sound [Key] Bank and Safeway. He retired to devote more time to his lifelong passions - duck hunting and decoy carving. After Jack and Norma married in 2010, they pursued their mutual interest in travel including trips to Normandy, France and Denmark. A Memorial Service will be held April 29th 1pm at St Luke's Episcopal Church, 3615 North Gove Street Donations in his name can be made to Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community or St Luke's Episcopal Church or your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Juanita Annette Ciolek Juanita Ciolek, age 87, went to heaven on April 11, 2015. Residing in Tacoma/Puyallup, she married Clarence Ciolek in 1946. She is survived by children Cathy Enlow, Carolyn Lohmeyer, and Clay Ciolek, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. A private memorial service is planned.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Lavelle Aloisio Lavelle Lou Aloisio (mom, grandma, Lou, or our favorite "hun" when grandpa is calling) was born on May 17th, 1930 outside of Portland, OR, and was number four out of six kids. Lavelle grew up in a loving family with a dedicated mother and father who had a "grass is greener in the other yard" mentality that took the family on adventurous moves that brought them to Portland, Kansas, and Pendleton, OR. She often referred to these years with great joy and love, and was inspired to someday care for people with needs and also to raise a family of her own someday. Lou decided after graduating high school in Pendleton that nursing was her calling. She was a dedicated student and ambitious learner. After graduating from University of Oregon, Lou went back east to New Jersey to complete graduate school. In this time she met the love of her life, ARMY Sergeant Anthony Aloisio. It was a fast romance and a decision was made quickly to stay together before Anthony was shipped off. After a short romance they tied the knot, and off they went. Lou went with Tony on her own adventures and started her own legacy in creating a family full of love with Anthony. They went on to have six kids, Lorena, Toni (Rick), Gina (Steve), Mark (Kim), Edie, and Nicki. Their adventures with Uncle Sam took them to Germany, South Carolina, Kentucky, and ended in Washington State. As Tony's career ended, Lou's started, and she returned to her passion of nursing. She was an OB/GYN nurse practitioner and delivered numerous babies in the hospitals St Joes and Madigan. Lou was the president of NAACOG or Nurses' Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, led, and mentored many professionals in her field. Later on she eventually had eight grandkids and eight great-grandchildren. Lou made an impact on the lives of not only her large family, also her friends and colleagues. When we think of moving on from our loss we have to remind ourselves of what she left us with: strength, determination, class, and a sense of family importance. She was the matriarch of the family and kindest, wisest, compassionate woman anyone will ever know. She impacted our lives for the better, and taught us that passion and faith are the keystones for happiness. During these difficult times we have to remind ourselves that is not goodbye, rather see you when we get there. Lou enjoyed baseball (Mariners), football (University of Oregon), playing her organ, gardening, and most of all, family get-togethers. She was preceded in death by her daughter Toni, who shared her love of travel to Hawaii. Somewhere on a beach they are together now. Her devoted husband Anthony is still with us, and one sister, Carol Schroeder of Woodburn, OR, survives. Services will be held Friday, May 1st, with a Rosary at 1:30 and a service at 2pm, both at St. John of the Woods, 9903 24th Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Please visit www.weeksfuneralhomes.com
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Leslie Albert Darling Born January 31, 1927 in Vancouver, WA to Roy Darling and Thelma Burch Marshall, went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2015 at the age of 88. He served in both the Navy and the Air Force from 1943 to 1951 in WWII and the Korean War. He met and married his loving wife Phyllis Abels of Tacoma in 1950, and the couple moved to Gig Harbor in 1955. Les worked at the Puget Sound Navel Shipyard until 1983, when he retired. He and Phyllis spent much of their time traveling the U.S., square dancing, and playing with their grandchildren. Les was a boat enthusiast, a traveler, and a licensed ham radio operator. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, and siblings Arthur, Flora, Nancy, Karen, and Bernice. He is survived by his children Michael Darling of Casper, WY, Jeanne Gulbraa of Gig Harbor, WA, and Juanita Bainbridge of Onalaska, WA, as well as his siblings Kathy Jones of Florida, Roger Marshall of Oregon, and Virginia McInroe of California. His legacy and laughter will be remembered by his grandchildren Jenny, Jake, Melissa, Katy, LeAnna, and Bryan, and his 8 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held on May 2 at 11 am in Olympia.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Lois Jean Lopez Passed away on April 23, 2015 in Shelley, Idaho, at age 92. She was was born on June 22, 1922 in Ellensburg, Washington to Tom and Anita Mosman Rollinger. The family later moved to Tacoma, WA. After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1940, Lois married the dashing Reuben D. Lopez (Rudy) on January 13, 1944. His Army service took them to New York City and Kansas; afterward they returned to Tacoma for the birth of their son Daryl in 1945. While Reuben worked for the railroad, and then for many years at the City of Tacoma, Lois elevated homemaking to an art form. She was an excellent cook and a stylish dresser. Lois was also special in that she had one blue and one brown eye! She was very creative in decorating her beloved home on Starr St. in Old Town Tacoma with her weavings, paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and pottery. She was keenly interested in the history of Old Town, and also proud of the Rollinger's Ellensburg roots and legacy at the Kittitas County Historical Museum. Her home, which she owned for 57 years, was one of the earliest in Tacoma, having been built in 1890. She supported the arts and historical organizations in Tacoma, and enjoyed close friendships with many neighbors. She was a frequent visitor to the Tacoma Public Library and the Point Defiance Zoo. Lois was a faithful member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She and Rudy had an active social life as members of the Elks and the Tacoma Yacht Club. They spent many winters in Southern California at the Fountain of Youth Spa, and travelled to Mexico, Spain, and Hawaii. They fully embraced life, with a passion for jazz and dance. When Rudy passed away in 1988, Lois remained in her home until she was 89, and then moved to eastern Idaho to be near her son Daryl and daughter-in-law Nancy. Lois is survived by Daryl and Nancy; two grandsons, Michael (Autumn) of Boise, ID and Gregory (Deborah) of Vancouver, WA, and two little great grand-daughters, Neah Cay and Isabella Rose. Interment will be the Calvary Cemetery in Tacoma and a celebration of life will be planned. Memorial gifts to the Tacoma Historical Society or the Kittitas County Museum would be gratefully received.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Lyla Anne Gallear Eide Born October 9, 1922 to George H. Gallear and Hennie Christine Nensen Gallear in Eatonville, Washington, Lyla graduated Valedictorian of Yelm High School, Class of 1940. On December 8, 1945 Lyla married Russell David Eide, also of Yelm, after he returned from service with the Air Force in World War II. She is survived by their three daughters, Jane Fish and her husband Paul Fish, Chicago, Audrey B. Eide, Olympia and Suzanne Eide, Michigan; granddaughters Stina Fish and husband Reed Singer, Chicago, and Gabrielle Hansen, Oregon; and great-grandchildren Zeke Singer, Felix Singer, and Annika Singer. She was predeceased by her husband Russell Eide, and grandson Jordan David John Fish. A career woman ahead of her time, Lyla retired as City Clerk from the City of Yelm, Washington. After her retirement Lyla and Russell enjoyed golfing, dancing, and traveling. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Yelm Prairie Historical Society. A lifelong member of the Yelm Methodist Church, she held various positions including Treasurer. The Mariners, Seahawks, and Sounders would consider her one of their biggest and most knowledgeable fans. Lyla was an avid reader, and delighted in exchanging books and views with friends and family on a wide spectrum of literature. Her devotion to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends enriched her life and theirs. The family is thankful to Connie Anderson, Char Hayes, and Kathy McCarthy for their friendship, assistance, and care, which allowed Lyla to live in her own home in Yelm independently until she peacefully passed away April 19, 2015 at 92 years of age. A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M. with reception to follow at the Yelm Methodist Church on Saturday, May 2, 2015, Pastor Karen Davison officiating. The family requests donations are made in her name to the Yelm Methodist Church Building Fund, 408 2nd Street SE, Yelm, Washington 98597, or The Yelm Prairie Historical Society Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 314, Yelm, Washington 98597.
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Michael Stuart Rademaker Age 55, of Seattle, Washington, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 12, 2015. A celebration of his life will be held at The Palladium at Hale's Brewery, 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107, on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Mike was born in Tacoma, Washington on February 23, 1960. He graduated from Curtis High School in 1978 and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington in 1985. Mike married Melissa Ramsey on September 9, 2012 in Kauai, Hawaii. In the short time they were married they lived and loved a lifetime. Mike worked as a supervisor at Safeway on Queen Anne Avenue for 23 years. He loved playing his guitar, playing golf, collecting WWII memorabilia and spending time with his beloved wife, family and pets. He is survived by his wife Melissa, parents John and Thelma Rademaker, brother Jeff Rademaker (Pam), step-daughters Lindsay, Hilary, Molly, and step-granddaughter Charleigh, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Oscar and Elly Kvernvik, Bill and Eileen Rademaker, step-grandfather Joseph Gordon, Uncle Chuck Rademaker, and cousin Brent Kibbe. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Humane Society.
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Paul Yutaka Inouye Was born on June 25, 1925 at Kamalo, Molokai, Hawaii. He went home to the Lord on April 22, 2015 at the age of 89. He went to Kilohana School and Molokai High School. He was drafted into the US Army in 1946. His numerous tours included serving in the occupation forces in Japan with the 319th Military Intelligence Group (where he met and married his wife, Ann Masuko in 1951), as well as assignments with the Military Advisory Assistance Group (MAAG) in Taipai, Taiwan; and with NATO in Fountainebleau, France. He served with the 1st Inf. Div in Vietnam in 1967-68 and was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from the US Army after 22 years of service. He then worked for the State of Washington at the DSHS Computer Center (Olympia) as an analyst for 22 years. He was a devoted family man whose self-sacrificing work ethic was focused on providing a good life for his wife and family, and an exceptional education for his children. He loved travelling with his family, particularly in Europe and Asia. He also had especially fond memories of playing catch in Pioneer Park, Steilacoom and going to Long Beach, WA with his grandsons. He enjoyed volunteering for the Town of Steilacoom and Whitney Memorial United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Ann, son Ted (Colleen), daughter Margaret, grandsons Phillip, 2Lt Curtis (Emilee). He thanks the excellent health care provided by Dr. Renato Martins at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Dr. Douglas Wood at the UW Medical Center and Dr. Greg Blackburn in Puyallup and all their staff. A memorial service will be held at Puyallup First United Methodist Church at 1919 W. Pioneer Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371 on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm. A celebration of life reception will immediately follow at the same location. His ashes will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery, Honolulu, HI) on August 20, 2015. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or Whitney Memorial United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 397, Puyallup, WA 98371).
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Phyllis Emily Barrett Peacefully passed away at age 95 during the early morning of April 19, 2015, with family and close friends beside her. All knew her as a talkative, cheerful, sweet soul that loved to tell the stories of her life. Born on August 6, 1919, in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, she was the oldest of three girls. Later a young Phyllis Martin set out with two girlfriends bound for Vancouver, B.C. There she met US Navy Engineman Dean Barrett. She became his wife and adoptive mother to Dean's 3 year old daughter Linda, and then moved to Tacoma. While raising Linda and their two sons, Marty and Michael, Phyllis lived in their house on Ainsworth for nearly 60 years where she was mother and more recently known as "Grandma B". She was a good neighbor to those needing support, a popular Scout Den Mother as well as hostess to a regular and lively Saturday night penny-ante poker game with beloved family friends. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother and great-great- grandmother. She is survived by son Michael (Susan Ward) sister Eleanor, grandchildren Cheri, Michelle, Matthew, and Sean. She was preceded in death by Dean and two of her children Linda and Marty (Susan Barrett). No services are scheduled at this time.
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Reverend Clarence Mathes A longtime resident of Tacoma, Washington reached the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, and went home on April 18, 2015. Clarence was born in Paris, Arkansas on December 29, 1930 to Fred and Matilda Mathes. Clarence was one of 9 children and is survived by his one sister, Ruby J. Harris. Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Lela, whom he married on March 4, 1955 in Tacoma, Washington. Clarence and Lela had many nieces and nephews whom they love dearly. Clarence will truly be missed and forever loved by his wife Lela, family, and friends.
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Ruby Gail Raines Ruby G. Raines went home on April 20, 2015. She had just celebrated her 60th birthday over the weekend. She was born in St. Charles, Missouri, and was raised in Alaska from age 5. She grew up fishing and hunting with her daddy, George A. Powell, and loved the outdoors, especially in AK, and all living creatures. She once won a sharp-shooters competition when she was 11. Ruby was full of wit, and would often make those around her laugh to tears. She became a mother at age 16 and fought like crazy to support her daughter. After completing secretarial school she worked for 35 years for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office as a legal secretary where she retired a year ago. She was an artist and poet, and loved the mysteries and wonder of the world. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her daughter Mitzi Dunayski, three grandchildren, Christopher Jr., Gavin, and Gabrielle, and her Lady Elephants as well as many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lucille Powell, and her brother Arthur Powell. Her Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, May 6, 5:30pm, at the Moose Lodge in Lakewood. An extended obituary is available at tacomamausoleum.com
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Ruth Helen Sames Residing in Seattle, WA Born: August 18th, 1914 Died: April 18th, 2015 Age: 100 A service to commemorate her life will be held with the family at a later date. Ruth's remains will be interred at New Tacoma Cemetery next to her husband, Albert A. Sames, MD. Ruth was born in Helena, Montana on August 18th, 1914 to Frank and Ella Fandrich. She moved to Gladstone, OR when her father Frank went to work for the Great Northern railroad. The family moved to Oregon City, OR where Ruth spent her high school years. She was active in sports and was Capitan of the girl's baseball team and basketball teams. She was Editor of the 1938 yearbook at West Lynn High School. Ruth went on to become a registered nurse and was working at the hospital in Oregon City where she met her future husband, Albert A. Sames, MD during his residency. Ruth spent most of her adult life in Tacoma, WA where she raised her three sons. She was active in the early days of Charles Wright Academy, the Garden Club and Republican politics. Ruth is survived by her sons Mark W. Sames of Albuquerque, NM and Todd M. Sames of Seattle, WA. Her six grandchildren include Gerry and John Sames, Shaun and Ellsa Sames and Sarah and Douglas Sames.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Sidney Albert Bates Sidney was born December 27, 1912 in Tampico, Washington. In his youth he spent his time in the apple orchards, hops fields, cornfields, and cattle herds of his uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Bertha Bates, in Yakima. While going to school in Yakima he became fascinated with wood and woodworking. During World War II he served in the US Coast Guard in the South Pacific arena. Following his military experience he came to Tacoma. He was able to use his talent of marine carpentry skills at the Tacoma Boat Building Company for the next twenty-five years. Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Helen, of forty-four years bought a 25-acre chicken ranch and remodeled the house into a beautiful home. Sid also used his talent to create beautiful fine furniture there. He also built a boat one summer with his grandson, Peter. Sidney was an active member of the Fircrest United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years. He loved the church and its family as well as helped its members often. Sidney was a humble man of a giving and caring character. He leaves behind his loving wife, Helen, a daughter, Roberta, a son, Gerald Blakeney and wife Jacqueline, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends. Sidney passed on April 16, 2015. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Stephen N. Hemenway Age 81. Denturist Pioneer of Lakewood and Morton, WA Born April 28 1933, passed away March 28, 2015 peacefully at home. Survivors include daughters Stephanie J. Hemenway of Randle, WA, Susan J. Mooney, husband Mike of Turner, OR, grandson Stephen B. Hemenway of Randle, WA, great grandson Adrian M. Hemenway. There will be a Celebration of Life May 2nd, 1:00pm at The Randle Fire Hall, Randle, WA. For more info. call (360) 827-0195.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Suzanne Marie Batali Sue Batali died on Saturday, April 17th, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Born Suzanne Marie Backer in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 27, 1932, Sue was the daughter of Elwin and Elizabeth Backer and sibling of Robert and Joanne. They moved to Tacoma when Sue was young, and Sue attended Aquinas Academy (she was a cheerleader for the Bellarmine Lions while there), then Gonzaga University (where she met her future husband, Dino Batali). She graduated from the University of Washington in 1954 with a BA in education/speech and hearing therapy, and married Dino the following year. Later, she earned a master of education in special education/ deaf education at Lewis and Clark College. She became the first high school teacher hired for the hearing impaired by the Tacoma school district, and taught at Mount Tahoma high school for more than 25 years. Together, Sue and Dino raised four boys, John, Mick, Ken and Dean. They spent summers at Orcas Island, holidays with the Armstrong, Batali, and Backer cousins, and every Christmas would leave a little wine out for Santa. John lives in New York and Mick in Issaquah with his wife, Kellie. Ken is in Edmonds with wife Mo, and Dean and his wife, Beth, live in Los Angeles. In the early 1980s, Sue helped secure a one million dollar grant to build the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities center, which was the first building in the U.S. designed by individuals with disabilities for their own use. Among her other commitments, Sue was a member of the American Association of the Instructors of the Deaf, Tacoma Human Relations Board, and the Washington State Democratic Executive Board. Sue and Dino were married until his death in 1986. Some years later, Sue met Fred Knox when he offered to share his strawberries with her on a biking trip, and they were married until Fred's death 19 years later. Together, they travelled the world (bicycling through some of it), taught English in Hungary for a year, and enjoyed the activities of their seven grandchildren: Maury, Kenzie, Morgan, Alex, Erin, Max and Kate. It would be impossible to calculate the number of activities that Gramma Sue orchestrated and/or attended throughout the years. But she just kept showing up. As she requested, a portion of Sue's remains will be interred with Dino at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor, and a portion with Fred at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle. A memorial Mass will be held in the Bellarmine High School chapel on Sunday, May 17th, at 2 PM, followed by a celebratory gathering in the student center. All are invited to attend. The family suggests that donations in Sue's name be made to St. Leo's Church, or to TACID.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Thelma E. Malone Age 97, of Gig Harbor, WA, died peacefully on April 4, 2015. Thelma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and nana, leaving her mark on the world through their legacy. Born in 1917, she lived through 2 world wars, the Great Depression, and a time when women didn't have a voice. These were some of the driving forces that would mold this spirited lady to balance her family, independence, hard work, education, and community. She was very proud of her education and career accomplishments. She graduated from Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA. She attended classes at UW and UPS where she received her stenography certification. In addition, she received her shorthand 125 wpm pin and certificate from Bates, and attended night classes at Renton Vocational, Evergreen College, and Auburn Night School. She was a legal secretary for many years, then became a real estate agent after receiving her Real Estate License at UPS. As an active community volunteer she was Past President of Federal Way HS PTA, Past President of Federal Way Business and Professional Women's Club, Past President of Gig Harbor Ladies Golf, and Past Secretary of Gig Harbor Golf Club. She also volunteered for the Senior Lunch program in Gig Harbor. Thelma was a longtime member of Gig Harbor Golf Club, and was very proud of her TWO holes-in-one. An avid dancer, she enjoyed her dance groups, dancing with Callie for 10 years and Steilacoom Dance Company for 20 years, as well as attending many exercise classes. Thelma was an animal lover, often adopting stray cats and finding loving homes for them. Thelma was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Edward Malone, sisters June Miller and Lenor Janes, and daughter Dolores "Dodie" Bielka. She is survived by "son" Ronald Bileka, stepdaughter Beverly Jones and husband Jack, grandchildren Charla Grisham and husband Randy and Brad Bielka and wife Nikki, great-grandchildren Marissa Grisham and Alex Grisham, and niece Pat Cooper and family. At Thelma's request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to animal shelters of your choice.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Wesley John Freeman Age 69, died April 19, 2015 at his home in Gig Harbor, Washington. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. Herbert and Edith Freeman were introduced to their new baby boy as festive lights adorned the homes of Port Angeles, Washington on Christmas Eve, 1945, four months after the close of World War II. Wes graduated from Port Angeles High School and Central Washington University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Wes was just a few years old when he started collecting memorabilia, and enjoyed sharing the history and details of his collections. His admiration for the "greatest generation" led him to acquire great knowledge of the World War II era. Tacoma and maritime histories were other favorite subjects, in addition to having a passion for the railroad. He owned a caboose, and passed his railroad interest along to his grandson, Carson. Wes also had a soft spot in his heart for abandoned animals. Wes worked in the banking, corrections, and aerospace industries, retiring from Boeing in 2006. Family and close friends knew him for his unique storytelling and dry humor. Wes meant many things to many people, but all agree he was truly one-of-a-kind. Wes is survived by his dear wife, Jennifer Jann Calkin, and also by his daughter Katy (Freeman) Handy, son Casey Freeman, and brother Dennis Freeman. He had three grandchildren, Carson and Eloise Handy, and Chelsea Freeman. Wes was preceded in death by his first wife, Judith (Millard) Freeman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Puget Sound Honor Flight http://pugetsoundhonorflight.org or to Sunny Sky's Animal Rescue http://sunnyskysshelter.org.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

William (Bill) H. Fleming Born December 20, 1927 to William and Catherine Fleming in Tacoma, WA, passed away on April 21, 2015 in Gig Harbor where he lived the majority of his life. He attended Stadium HS, where he met the love of his life, Beverly Hanssen. They were married on May 30, 1948 after he served in the US Army in occupied Japan. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage in May. Bill loved the outdoors. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, water skiing, and creating wonderful memories with his family. Bill leaves behind his wife Beverly and three daughters, Brenda (Michael) Murray, Beckie Kauppila and Brooke Fleming. He also leaves grandchildren Wil, Megan, Bethany, Catherine, Jillian and 7 great-grandchildren. There will be no service at his request but an open house will be held at a later date.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Woodrow Niklaus Philip Moore 1/26/1994 - 4/21/2015 Woody Moore, age 21, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness in Bellingham, WA on April 21, 2015. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 2012 and was a junior at Western Washington University. Woody was surrounded by his roommates and faithful friends from Ecclesia and Christ the King in Bellingham. Woody's motto in life was to "love extravagantly" and he lived it so well. His faith defined who he was, and it is through this shared hope in Christ that we look forward to seeing him again. Woody is survived by his parents Thomas and Peggy Moore of Eatonville, sisters Hannah and Em, brother Jack, uncles Bobby, Christopher, John and Doug, aunts Susan, Kris, Jenny, Tracie and Sally and all of the cousins. Woody was preceded in death by his grandparents and his cousin Abby. Memorial service will be held at Eatonville High School gymnasium at 4 PM on Tuesday, April 28th. Memorials in Woody's name may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org or to your local Young Life chapter or online at www.younglife.org. You may share your memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015

Miriam C. Graves Miriam "Mimi" C. Graves passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 12, 2015. Mimi, as she was known to her friends and family was a loving Mother, Grandmother and above all a person loyal and serving to all whom she called a friend. She was born in Statesboro, Georgia on October 25, 1932 but was raised with her older brother Solie and younger sister Dottie, for most of her childhood in Montpelier Vermont. Mimi eventually made her way west where she met, fell in love with and married the love of her life, Wayne M. Graves. With Wayne enlisted in the Air Force, the early part of their marriage resulted in a life of adventures and travels including a station in Morocco. Mimi and Wayne had four children; Carolyn, Wayne, John and Miriam - who spent a majority of their childhood being raised in Tacoma, Washington. Mimi made a career in in the Food Service for the Tacoma School District and eventually the Sumner School District where she was the Director of Food Service from 1978 to until her retirement in 1992. One of her most proud and notable accomplishments was initiating the School Breakfast Program at Stanley Elementary School in mid-1970's. Starting as a small local program, it eventually grew in to a city wide program providing breakfast for thousands of under privileged children. Mimi and Wayne eventually moved to Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community where in their retirement they made many great friends and were involved members of the community. A devoted Christian, Mimi was a member of the parish of St Mark's Lutheran Church in north Tacoma where she was a committed and regular attendee of Bible study every Wednesday morning. Later in life, Mom continued with her traveling adventures and was constantly taking trips around the globe with her many traveling companions. Her last cruise, at age 81, she managed to both rock climb and take a trip down the zip line! Mom loved life, loved her family and friends and was committed to living a full life which she approached with an abundance of energy, focus and passion. She will be missed by us all more than these words can ever describe. Mimi is survived by her daughter Carolyn M. Viser (Peter) son, John A. Graves (Kathy), daughter, Miriam L. Tveit (John), her four Grandchildren, Ian Graves, Michael Graves, Tyler Graves and Allie Graves, her sister Dorothy in Illinois, numerous nieces and nephews, her best friend Marie, and many, many loving friends. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows in Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital or the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Pub Date: 4/26/2015


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