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Carol Ardath (Green) Arno Age 79, born January 13, 1936 in Palo Alto, CA, passed May 19, 2015 at her home, Fox Island, WA. Carol is survived by husband John, 4 daughters/sons-in-law, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Son Michael preceded her in death in 1971. Memorial service Friday, May 29, 2PM, Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Gig Harbor, WA. Please send donations to PAWS in Carol's name in lieu of flowers.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Elizabeth L. Vincent Age 92, died on May 9, 2015. She was born April 29, 1923, in Tacoma, WA to Harold and Bess Scholle. Betty, a graduate of Lincoln High and Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing, worked as an RN. She married Daryl D. Vincent of Pullman, WA on March 28, 1945 in Tacoma. Betty loved her family, and will be greatly missed. She lived in Fircrest for 40 years and Gig Harbor for 25 years. Daryl predeceased her after 50 years of marriage. Betty is survived by 3 children, Diane Hallawell of Gig Harbor, Keith Vincent of Port Orchard, and Marcia Griffo of Montclair, VA. She has eight grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be 12 noon Sat., June 6, Garden Chapel, Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood, WA. Reception to follow at Oak Room at Mountain View. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Francis Leroy Dietrich Age 83, of Puyallup, passed away peacefully May 20, 2015. He was surrounded by family. Born Oct 1, 1931 in Mandan, ND, Fran was a retired woodworker and Korean War veteran. Fran is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Rosetta Dietrich. He is also survived by his sisters Vie (Dick), Kay (Don), MaryAnn, and Diane (Dave), his brother Gene (Noreen) and sister-in-law Dee. He is also survived by his children Tina (Vini), Lori, Michael, Shane (Karen), and Renee (Robb), as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Jenny and his brother Fred. Fran proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War on the USS Pittsburgh. After his discharge, he went to work at Western Lumber Company, then Woodlam, Inc. until 1982 when he started his own business, Northwest Wood Craft. There, he built laminated wood beams that would be used at the Puyallup High School pool and at the Tacoma Dome. After his retirement in 2000, Fran enjoyed camping with his family, fishing, and helping with his grandchildren. He also worked part time at the Puyallup Fair selling scones. Known for his mustache, everybody enjoyed the company of Fran. The family would like to thank the staff at Regency of Puyallup for the care they provided to Fran. Visitation will be available Friday, May 29, 2015, from 12:00pm - 8:00pm at Mountain View Funeral Home, and Rosary will take place from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Valley Chapel in Lakewood Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 2pm, with graveside service and reception to follow. Memories may be shared at
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Fredrick E. Cockrill Age 86, passed away suddenly on May 17th while visiting in Great Falls, MT. Fred was born January 28th, 1929 and raised in Great Falls. He graduated from Great Falls High, and San Jose State University, where he was president of the ATO fraternity. Fred then served as an officer in the Navy, after which he received an MBA from the University of Idaho. He started working for Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle, where he met the love of his life and wife of 58 years, Shirley French. Fred had a long and successful career as a manager at the telephone company. Following his retirement, Fred and Shirley started a small construction company in the Seattle area. Fred was always known by his family as the guy who could build or fix anything. Fred and Shirley built a loving life together in Washington. Although he settled in Washington, Fred never lost his bond with Big Sky Country and his close ties with his many friends in Great Falls. Fred's connection to Montana was further strengthened when he and his then 12-year-old grandson and namesake, Fredrick Gootkind, began regular visits to the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum, MT. Young Fredrick is now 22, and spends time every summer working at the Center. Fred had just spent two days at the Dinosaur Center, and was visiting dear friends in Great Falls when he died. Fred was known by all for his love of life and positive, generous spirit. Fred's glass was always at least half-full. He was a devoted and caring husband, wonderful and committed father, and loyal and dependable friend. He approached life with honesty and complete integrity. Fred loved people - and they loved him. He also loved to tell stories. From the Seattle area, where he lived, to Montana, to Alaska, where he fished, to Boston, where he spent much time with his daughter's family, he had friends of all ages. An avid fisherman, he shared this avocation with family and friends. His next trip to Sitka was planned for this summer. Fred leaves his wife, Shirley Cockrill, his children and their spouses, Jim and Allison Cockrill, and Barbara and Chris Gootkind; his grandchildren Tara and Chandra Cockrill, and Fredrick and Lizzie Gootkind, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to consider donations in his name to the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center, Bynum, MT, or Seattle Children's Hospital Celebrations of his life are planned for late June in Tacoma, and late September in Great Falls, MT. Fred lived a long, full life filled with love, family and friends, but it still seems he left too soon. He is deeply missed.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

George Peter Bujacich (BU) George was born April 29th, 1925. He left us peacefully on May 17th, at home surrounded by family and friends whom he loved dearly. George celebrated his 90th on April 29th with close friends and family. George is survived by his 3 children, Cheryl Ann, George Jr. and Jane Moore (Dennis), 4 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. He was widowed to the late Eileen Bujacich of 62 years. George's Legacy will precede him as part of the first Commercial Fishing family in Gig Harbor. He was a founding father and lifetime member of the GH Sportsman Club. An avid bird hunter of which he enjoyed immensely. He was also instrumental in starting Donkey Creek Fish Hatchery in Gig Harbor. Please join us on June 13 at 1-5 at the Gig Harbor Eagles to celebrate and honor his life. The family would like to extend thanks to Cottesmore Life Center and St. Anthony's Hospital, where he received "First Class" care.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

In Memory of Eli Williams Born Sept. 12, 1936, Eli made his journey home May 16th, 2015. He will be missed by family and friends, who will remember him as an avid kite builder and flyer. Those nearest to him knew he was a loyal and devoted husband to his wife Bernice, and blessed with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Eli's service will be held on Friday, May 29th, at 1PM, Miles Memorial CME Church, 1601 S L St., Tacoma, WA 98405.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Lillian (Shermy) Kancianich Shermy passed away peacefully on May 22, 2015 just two weeks shy of her 97th birthday. She was born in the tiny town of Lidgerwood, ND on June 6, 1918, the only child of Bert and Antonia Radil Jackson. When she was 5 months old her mother died from the 1918 flu. She grew up during the depression years but had a happy childhood in spite of being poor. Her first husband was Dale Schermerhorn and together they had two daughters, Danna and Susan. Then she married Ray Shropshire and together they had a son, Bob. Ray's two sons, Lee and Dennis, joined the family. After Ray died she married Frank Kancianich and Frank's two children, Judy and Richard, joined the family. It was a rowdy bunch! Shermy arrived in Tacoma in 1944 and went to work at the shipyards as a welder's assistant. She had a variety of jobs over the years and retired from the City of Tacoma's Treasurer's Office. In retirement she and Frank travelled a great deal both across the United States and through Europe. They enjoyed their beach cabin on Delano Bay as did the entire family for frequent Sunday picnics. Shermy was proud of her family and was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children, Danna (Mike) Clancy, Susan Olson, Bob (Kay) Shropshire, Judy Nash, Richard (Colleen) Kancianich and Dennis (Lori) Shropshire. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A son, Lee Shropshire and a son-in-law, John Nash predeceased her. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Lorraine Margaret Anderson 2/16/33 - 5/21/15 Lorraine left to be with our Lord and Savior on May 21st. Her life was totally devoted to her family and friends. Lorraine leaves a legacy behind that will miss her tremendously. Six children, Greg (Shawna), Pam (Alan), Lynn (Ron), Denise (Ed), Mitch, and Joel, ten grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. She also leaves her brother Donald (Leona), sister Shirley (Harold), and many beloved nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, June 1st, 11:00 am, at Calvary Community Church, Sumner, WA. Flowers can be sent to Curnow Funeral Home, Sumner.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Margaret A (Carlock) Ridgeway Born September 10, 1922 in Tacoma to Bruce and Helen Carlock, graduated from Stadium High, married Gordon B. Ridgeway. Died in Seattle May 9, 2015. Maggie was preceded in death by her husband Gordon, son Tom and grandson Greg. She is survived by her brother Clay Carlock of Seattle, children Gordon Ridgeway Jr (Cookie) of Bothell, Jon Ridgeway (Christie) of Bellevue, and Mary Walls of Dickinson, TX, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Memorial service 11 AM May 30 at Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, Seattle.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Margaret Joanne Haye Canzler "The Lord Giveth" - On August 22, 1937, Mrs Elbert L. Haye presented her husband with a daughter in Yakima, WA. Since her mother's name was Margaret, she was always called Joanne. Her younger years were spent in different locations in Eastern WA. In the late 40's she moved to Lakeview and in 1955 met her future husband, Dick Canzler, whom she married on March 17, 1956. When Joanne was about 15, she committed her life to Christ as a result of watching the Billy Graham movie "Oiltown". Her Christianity was lived rather than talked. The parade of children started at Camp Busac, France with the birth of: Juanita Marie Thorwart: Mom radiated with love and kindness. She gave everyone a smile and a flower pen that she made. We've seen hundreds of smiles returned because of her kindness Robert Alan Canzler: I'll always remember Mom's smile. It could warm any heart. Mary Elaine Simmons: Love perfected! Betty Jo Selland: An exceptionally kind and generous person. To know Mom was to love Mom... God's perfection. Richard Anthony Canzler: Mom taught me how to vocalize the words "I love you". How could I not learn when I heard those words every morning when I got to work, and every afternoon when I got back. I love you Mom! Juliet Kathryn Cruise: We were blessed. Our mother taught all things, love and faith through example. Love you Momma! Jamie Danielle Williams: Generous, unconditional, inspiring, loving... Simply amazing. Daniel James Canzler: Mom was the most caring, compassionate, loving and dedicated person I've ever known. Joanne was involved in bowling, but her special love was handing out the flower pens she made to just about everyone she met, and being involved in the food distribution program at her church, Community Christian Assembly, where she was currently and for many years, a Sunday school teacher and director of the CCA Children's Church. She actually started teaching Sunday school when she was a teenager before marriage, and taught for at least 45 years. She had a loving sister and best friend, Betty Eaton. She had no enemies. "And the Lord taketh away" - While undergoing treatment for cancer under the TLC of the doctors and staff at St Joseph's Hospital, on Monday morning on May 18, 2015 she was called to be in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, 14 June 2015 at Christ Community Baptist Church, 8016 176th Street E, Puyallup 98375. "Blessed be the name of the Lord" - Job 1:21
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Marilu Chico-Tiglao Age 66, of Lakewood, passed away May 8, 2015. She was born June 17, 1948 in Manila, Philippines. She lived in the Philippines with her mom and dad Matilde and William Tiglao until moving to Washington State in 1967. Marilu worked at McChord AFB AAFES. Marilu enjoyed many interests, included woodcarving, painting, visiting friends, and mostly helping those she felt needed help. Marilu was a member of the Northwest Wood Carvers Association. She belonged to the Holy Rosary Catholic church of Tacoma, Our Lady Queen of Heaven of Spanaway, and St. Francis Cabrini of Lakewood. Marilu's devotion toward God was shown through her many ways of sharing her love towards people at church, senior centers, visiting people at nursing homes and group homes. She will be missed and will be forever-loved. A memorial service for Marilu's friends will be held at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church, 14601 A Street South, Tacoma WA at 11:00 AM on June 4, 2015. A reception will be held following her memorial service at Our lady Of Queen Heaven Parish Hall. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Penny Wickham Age 69, God's angels took Penny home on May 11th, 2015. Penny is survived by daughter Sherry Smith and husband Dayton, son Paul Alysworth, granddaughter Brandy Wittenhaur, grandson Mathew Wittenaur, brother Chuck Capponi. Memorial Service at Valley Baptist Church 611 McKinnon Ave., Sumner, Sat. May 30th, 11 am
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Richard Alejandro Richard Alejandro, 71 years old, a long-time resident of Lakewood, passed away suddenly May 18, 2015 with his family by his side. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council # 11762, Fourth Degree. He is survived by daughter Jennifer (Daniel) Bahena, grandchildren Keith, Alejandra and Gabrielle (Lamberto) Garcia, two great-grandchild-ren, Maria Anita and Marcos Ritchie, one brother, and four sisters. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 11:00am at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Lakewood, WA, with a rosary recited at 10:30 am, prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Valerie Pessemier Valerie Doris McKendry Clute Pessemier passed away on May 2, 2015 in Tacoma at the age of 80 due to complications from treatments for lung cancer. Born in Tacoma, August 21st, 1934, to Doris Carstens McKendry and Lorne McKendry, Valerie lived most of her life in the Lakewood area. Val attended Aquinas Academy in Tacoma and graduated from Clover Park High School. She liked to remind us on occasion that she had been voted "Best Dressed" and Best Dancer" while at CP. She was also known for her beautiful singing voice. After high school, she continued on to Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, OR, and later, University of Hawai, and Washington State College before moving down to San Francisco, marrying Cedric Clute, and having her first child, Jason. She eventually returned to Tacoma and married a second time, to Don Pessemier, and had a daughter, Lyn. She worked many years for The Frank Russell Company and retired in the mid-90s. Val lived out the remainder of her life in Lakewood, spending most of her time with her family and close friends. Val's great loves in life were her children and grandchildren, and of her horse, Chico. She would often say over the years that she hoped Chico would be waiting for her in heaven, and we're sure he was. Her fondest memories of childhood were of riding on the Fort Lewis reservation, letting herself get lost and having Chico find their way home. A few of the things we'll remember most about Mom was her pride in her children and grandchildren, her love of reading, movies, and good food. She was also a talented baker and loved to bake for others. Val leaves behind her son, Lorne Jason Clute (Tessa); daughter Lyn Pessemier; grandchildren Deirdre, Davis, Lindy, and Amelia Clute; sister Stacia Cammarano (Robert); brothers, Lorne McKendry (Carol), Bruce McKendry (Libbey) and Paul McKendry (Carla); many nieces and nephews, and her best friend, Beverly Johnson. No service will be held per Val's request. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Walter Aaron Lambert Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, on May 25, 2015. He's survived by his wife Nancy of fourteen years, daughters Madeline Gregory and Rachel Gregory, and many dear aunts and cousins in Alabama. Walt had a perpetual smile on his face and always entertained people with his stories. His fun loving spirit and passion for life and family will be greatly missed. Memorial for Walt will be Saturday, May 30, 2015, at All Saints Catholic Church, Puyallup. Reception to follow in parish hall.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Wayne Albert Bottom Wayne left us on May 16, 2015 after a long illness. He was born on November 11, 1953, and was always proud that his birthday fell on Veteran's Day. A long-time member of Local 26, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Wayne never could pass by any collection of pipes without an inspection or comment. An avid outdoorsman, Wayne hunted and fished throughout the Pacific Northwest. His dream of country living was realized in 1998, after moving out to the small rural town of McKenna. He leaves behind his life partner of 43 years, Cheryl Weaver; sister Candi Bailey, nephew and niece-in-law Sam Bailey and Sotria Morgan, and great-nephews Kayleb and Ezra. Larger than life, he moved through the world at his own pace, and left a hole in our hearts at his passing.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

William C. Hansen William (Bill) was born to Julia and Bus Hansen on July 26, 1943 in Aberdeen, WA; he resided in Tacoma, WA until he was called Home on May 23, 2015. Bill was a Navy veteran, having served on board the USS Worden. He went on to become a journeyman electrician for IBEW Local 76 in Tacoma, WA, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Joseph. He is survived by his wife, Claire, sons Warren and Steven, step-children Chris Brown and Devan Lopez, niece Janet Cristobal, and five grandchildren, Erika, Taylor, Tristyn, Morgan, and Sydney. At Bill's request there will be no services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society in Bill's name. He was a kind and gentle spirit; a funny, thoughtful man who always made me laugh. Sleep peacefully, Sweetheart.
Pub Date: 5/27/2015

Charles Willard Bauer With heavy hearts the family of Charles Willard Bauer must announce his death May 6th, 2015 in Randle, WA. Charlie died unexpectedly but exactly as he desired in his sleep and at his beloved property where he was the happiest - spending his days fishing, camping, gardening and building both useful and whimsical creations to make his many friends and family comfortable and amused. We are thankful to have had many years enjoying Charlie's campfire comedy and strumming guitar, as well as a lifetime of his big, generous heart. We are also thankful for Charlie's fishing buddies who enriched his life. Charlie earned his keep as a barber and some might say therapist. He was hands-down the friendliest barber in town. Customers came long distances ostensibly for a haircut but we all knew they came year after year because they loved Charlie and he loved them. He touched many people's lives and he will be profoundly missed. Charlie lived his entire life in the Puyallup area where he was born September 19th, 1944 to Veleeta and Ludwig Bauer. He is survived by his daughters Tami Bauer and Teri (Michael) Rea, Tami's daughter Tiffany (Rocky) Hale with great-grandchildren Monte and Clara, Teri's sons Ozzie, Max, Gar and Wylie, his brothers Jim Bauer and Ken (Judy) Bauer, sisters Jean (Andy) Williamson and Debbie (Mike) Yost, and Ashley Bisogno who Charlie took in as his granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his brothers Keith Bauer and Danny Bauer. Remembrances can be given at
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