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Alice Madeline Thomsen I was born Alice Madeline Harris to Thomas and Alice Monroe Harris on the 4th of July, 1921, in Royal Oak, MI. Some of you knew me as Alice, and some of you knew me as Madeline. I was the only girl, and second of five children: Tom, John, Bob, and Bruce. In 1931 my family moved to Portland, OR, and then to Tacoma, WA. That's where we stayed, and that's where I discovered my life-long love of books, especially history books! I was a good student and loved school. After graduating from Stadium High School I wanted to continue my education, but it was time to go to work and get on with my life. In 1942 I married Spencer L. Sandberg (D. 1978), and shortly after that I began a 20-year career in the downtown Tacoma office of Pacific Northwest Bell. I am survived by our two children, Spencer (Tacoma, WA) and Sally (Anchorage, AK), my three grandchildren, Spencer. Jr., Leanne, and Loren, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. I have loved them all. In 1982 I married Torden (John) Thomsen (D. 1996) and moved from Tacoma to our new home in Olympia. We enjoyed our wonderful view of Mt. Rainier, traveling, fishing for salmon in Alaska, and visiting with friends and family. We were longtime supporters of the Olympia Farmers Market, where we sold the Yellow Finn potatoes that we grew on our Nisqually Valley farm. We had a good life. In 2006 I moved in with a niece and her husband. I loved vacationing at the beach, whale watching, taking "road trips," going to the movies, and watching the Mariners, the Seahawks, and golf on TV. I enjoyed sitting on our front porch and watching the birds and the deer in the yard. I had years and years of memories to share, and enjoyed sharing them with those who had a little time to sit with me and visit. At bedtime I liked to sit in my chair, read the paper, reflect on my day, and eat a chocolate ice cream bar. Added note from the family: For their friendship, kindness and care we would like to thank her cardiologist, Dr. Jimmy Swan, MD, Chiropractic Associates, Lacey Medical Clinic, Professional Touch Massage, Olympia Eye Clinic, Steamboat Physical Therapy. Alice Gaugler, Heritage Bank (Lacey), Bing Zhou, LAc, Providence SoundHomeCare, Capital Medical Center, the Griffin Fire Department, and Parr Byerly PLLC. A memorial honoring Alice Madeline Thomsen's life will be held this spring. Family and friends will be notified of the details at a later date.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Arthur C. Hamilton A "Celebration of Life" will be held at Eatonville Eagles Lodge on March 14, 2-4 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the Eagles Youth Activity Program.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Barbara M. Koch September 8, 1924 - November 14, 2014 Barbara (Brandon) Koch was born in Portland, OR. For most of her life, she lived on Lake Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA, raising her family and raising the consciousness of those whose lives she touched. Barbara was an incredible woman who was before her time. She started teaching yoga and meditation in the '50s. She enjoyed traveling the world, sharing her heart full of love to all, and welcoming many friends and spiritual leaders of all faiths into the family home for fellowship and fun. She loved to water-ski, snow ski, play tennis, and socialize. She balanced a life of devotion with a life of enjoyment. Barbara was co-minister of Tree of Life Unity Church in Lakewood during the late '80s. She and husband Dan led a decade-long study group, Fellowship for Spiritual Understanding, which promoted understanding and harmony among world religions. She was active in Partners in Prayer, Pierce County Young Life, and Radio for Peace International, based in Costa Rica. Barbara will be reunited with her beloved husband, Daniel H. Koch. They married on July 16, 1942, in Portland. She will also be joining her parents, Benjamin and Ethel Brandon, brother Ross, and sister June in spirit. She is survived by her brother Ben, children Dan (Ann) and Kathy, grandchildren Laelle (Paul), Heather, and Lisha, great-grandchildren Ari and Kira, and nieces and nephews. There will be a celebration of Barbara's exceptional life on March 7, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at Tacoma Country and Golf Club, Lakewood, WA. Her light and joy will live in our hearts forever.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Easter Memories On Sunday, April 5th, the News Tribune will publish a paid Easter Memories section. These notices are for paying tribute to our departed loved ones on Easter Sunday. Messages cost $3 per line, about 20 characters and spaces per line. The deadline for submissions is 3pm Tuesday, March 31st. Notices may be submitted in writing, or placed in person. Please call 253-597-8605 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday for details.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Elfrieda G. Rebischke Brown Elfrieda was born in Randall, MN on Jan. 22, 1917 to August and Agnes Rebischke. She went to Heaven to be with her Lord on Feb. 19, 2015. She was no. 5 of 10 children, and the last to survive. She married Henry Brown in 1938 and in 1942 they relocated to Washington State. She resided in Tacoma most of her life. She was preceded in death by her daughter Beverly Brown in 1957, and her husband Henry in 1997 after 59 years of marriage. Elfrieda is survived by her daughter Karen (Ray) Beamish, grandchildren Danelle Hess and Darin (Silvia) Beamish, six great-grandchildren, Kiana, Ciara and Skylar Hess, Sophia, Adam, and Jacob Beamish, all of Puyallup, as well as many nieces and nephews. Her family was the light of her life! She cherished having family around her through the years, and felt blessed to be able to spend so much time with them. She was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tacoma before moving to Puyallup to live with her daughter and son-in-law 4 ½ years ago. She loved traveling, reading, bowling, crocheting, ceramics, playing cards, and always enjoyed a good 'laugh.' She loved to cook and bake, and was the "best" pie baker ever! She loved her Lord, and as much as she wanted to be here with her family, she was looking forward to reuniting with her beloved daughter and husband. She was an amazing lady who loved life and her independence. She will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved her. At her request, a private family service was held at Mt. View Cemetery. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Harry John Bertelsen Dad was called home into the loving arms of Jesus on February 16th. Harry was born in Tacoma on May 2nd, 1925. Following his graduation from Lincoln HS in 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and served on PBM-5 Martin Mariners in the South Pacific, Japan, Okinawa, Saipan, and Honolulu. The friendships he made during WWII lasted a lifetime. Seven of them gathered together often to reminisce about their war days. Dad then attended and graduated from PLU, where he met and married the love of his life, Millicent; they made their home in Tacoma. Harry retired at age 57 from Peoples Store after 33 years as Vice President and Comptroller. Soon after, they moved to Hawaii where they resided for nearly 20 years. They traveled between Honolulu and their beach place in Lakebay, where Dad enjoyed boating and taught many of the beach kids to waterski. He was also an active downhill skier and golfer. Many memories with family and friends were made in both places. Dad and Mom spent many years traveling the world. He loved to share his stories with anyone who would listen. Among many places, Harry and Millie made treks to Norway, Ireland, and Sweden to research their family heritage. Dad was a loving example as caregiver to Mom for the many years she suffered from Parkinson's disease. They were members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Harry was preceded in death by his parents John and Winifred Bertelsen, and his wife Millicent (Anderson). He is survived by his sister Violet Campbell of Puyallup, his daughters Janet (Jeff) and Diane (Tom), and grandchildren Jonathan and Jennifer Pierce, Michelle (Jean Pierre) Pedinielli, and Tyler (Mallory) Tucci. We want to thank Harbor Heritage Home, Trisha, Jason, Emily, Archie, and all others who gave such loving and excellent care to Dad for the 2+ years he resided there. A private family graveside service will be held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. Remembrances may be made to American Parkinson's Disease Association, or a charity of your choice. To leave a favorite memory of Harry you can sign his guest book at www.havenrest.com.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Jerry K. Downing 11/23/31 - 2/25/15 Jerry passed away peacefully with his family at his side. After his surgery, he was not able to recover, but like always he fought the good fight. Born to George and Alma Johnson of Edgewood, he graduated from Stadium HS in 1951. He attended college, worked at Boeing, and joined the Army and later the Coast Guard. He lived at the High Dive Resort on Surprise Lake for the first 26 years of his life, and during those times helped his Grandpa Johnson prepare for the summer seasons. He retired from GSA, Auburn, and was an avid bowler and golfer. He is survived by his wife Sylva of 56 years; children Lisa Downing, grandsons Eric and Sean Jarvis (fianc‚e Becky Brooks); Mike (Joy) Downing, grandsons Matt and Curtis; and Tim (Linda) Downing, granddaughters Lindsey, Dani, and Sydney, and grandson Dylan. Services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 11:00 a.m, at Faith Covenant Church, 1915 Washington St., Sumner. A reception will be held at High Cedars Golf Club, Orting, WA. In lieu of flowers, a golf scholarship through the Sumner SD is in the process of being established in memory of Jerry. Donations will assist the Sumner/Bonney Lake HS students. Please make checks payable to Jerry Downing Memorial Golf Scholarship, Columbia Bank, 15104 Main St. E, Sumner, 98390. See the complete obituary at www.curnowfuneralhome.com.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Jerry Lee Oldfield He sang his way to Heaven, and Heaven's Choir just got a bit more glorious! A Celebration of Jerry's life will be held at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center on March 7th at 1pm. Remembrances may be made in Jerry's name to the Fred Oldfield Center or a charity of your choice.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Joanne R. Sabutis Our Beloved Mother and Grandmother passed away on February 20, 1015. She will be greeted in Heaven by her late husband(s) and 2 sons. Many will miss her but none more than her brother (Gerald Larkin), son (Jerry Sabutis), daughter (Tina Richardson), 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her continuously growing family, traveling and "people watching". We will celebrate her life on March 4, 2015 at 11:00am at Fir Lane Memorial Park followed by a Memorial Luncheon at 1:00pm at the Puyallup Eagles.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Kitty Lee (Warren) Rollings Kitty went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 24, 2015 and to be reunited with Jimmy, the love of her life. Kitty was born November 6, 1937 in El Dorado, Kansas. She was the daughter of Leslie B. and Ethel Beatrice (Dunn) Warren. Her only regret while growing up was that her daddy had died four months before she was born. Her grandparents Dunn helped the family with love and support. Kitty met the love of her life, James Rollings, and after a short courtship they were married in El Dorado in 1953. They moved to Washington State in 1955 and made Washington their home. They were able to celebrate 53 years of marriage before Jesus called Jimmy home in 2006. Kitty did a variety of different jobs like being an Avon Representative, a lunchroom and playground supervisor at Oakland School, but her main job was being a loving and supportive wife and fantastic mother. She leaves behind to mourn her loss her three children, Leland (Linda) Rollings of Bremerton; Gary (Judy) Rollings of Tacoma, and Debbie (Paul) O'Neill of Tacoma; six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; her aunt, Frances Reynolds of El Dorado, Kansas; a half-brother, Richard Snook of Texas; many friends; and her puppy, Sammy. Viewing will be held from 12pm - 7pm on Monday, March 2, 2015 at New Tacoma Funeral Home with Funeral Services at 12pm on Tuesday, March 3 in New Tacoma Cemetery's Chambers Creek Chapel, 9221 Chambers Creek Rd W, University Place, WA. Guestbook at www.newtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Margaret J. Eilers Margaret J. Eilers passed away peacefully on February 23 at the age of 95. Margaret was born in Orting, Washington on September 30, 1919 to Henry and Edith Knaack. She was the second of nine children. Margaret married Henry J. Eilers on September 3, 1938. They were married for one month less than 50 years. To this union three children were born: Joann (Bruce) Schatz of Caldwell, Idaho, John (Sharon) Eilers of Orting, Washington, and Melvin Eilers (deceased). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Margaret's adult life was spent taking wonderful care of her family. She was a hard worker. Her favorite pastimes were gardening, cardplaying, walking, and fishing, especially the Queets River. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, son Melvin, mother and father, and five siblings. Margaret was laid to rest at a private family ceremony on February 26, 2015. The family would like to thank Pioneer Place of Tacoma and Hospice for the excellent care and support of Margaret. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Marion Wanchena Marion Wanchena, 96, died Feb. 24, 2015, surrounded by family. She is survived by 3 daughters, 2 sons, 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Vance. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wed., Mar. 4, 2015, at 11:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited prior to Mass at 10:30, also at the church. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Marjorie Ann Radonich "Marge" passed away February 8th, 2015 in Yuma, AZ; she was 86. Marge was a well-known and well loved presence for her entire life in Longbranch, WA and beyond. Full obituary available in the February 25th Peninsula Gateway or through Sunset Vista Funeral Home in Yuma, AZ. A memorial celebration will be held in the summer.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Mary J. Prentice Was born on June 7, 1950 in Webster City, Iowa and died on February 24, 2015 in University Place. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at the Sumner United Methodist Church, 901 Wood Ave., Sumner. Interment will follow at the Orting Cemetery. Arrangements by Curnow Funeral Home & Cremation Service. 253-863-2800.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Ollie Scott February 21, 1928 February 21, 2015 Ollie was born in Glenmora, Louisiana. He left the south via military and made his home in Tacoma, Washington. He's survived by his children, Tyrone Scott, Sharon Raynor, Frances Boyd, Korene Wallace, Mandel Scott, Ivan Scott and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ollie retired from Kaiser Aluminum and the Military, where he served both for 21 years. He was known as "Friendo" to all. The Celebration of Life Services will be held at Eastside Baptist Church, 3575 Portland Avenue, where he was a member, on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:00 am. Viewing will also be held at the Church on March 4, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Patricia A. McLean Hawkins Age 80, of Tacoma, WA, passed away peacefully February 8, 2015. Raised on Day Island, Tacoma, by parents Archie McLean Jr and Margaret Krull. She was the great grand daughter of Henry Mahncke, Tacoma (Mahncke Lumber, Mahncke Jewlers - LKA Friedlanders, Co-founder Tacoma Chamber of Commerce 1884), and had one brother, Archie McLean III, of Lakewood. She graduated from Washington State University, on scholarship, later obtaining her Masters at the University of Illinois, certification from the Santa Barbara Music Academy, plus advanced study on grant from the Seattle Music and Art foundation, at the Vienna (Austria) Academy of Music. Patricia worked intensively under authorities such as Dr. Ernst Reichert, Herr Mueller, Frau Kohler and once internationally renowned tenor, Tina Pattiera. In the course of her two year residence in Europe, Patricia traveled extensively receiving further instruction in Italy and Belgium. She was welcomed upon arrival as the embassy house guest of James Penfield, American Consul General in Vienna. While in Belguim, she was the guest to the Ambassador of the United States and the United States Commissioner General for the Independence Day Reception, in Brussels. An incredibly gifted, accomplished classical opera singer and pianist, Patricia performed throughout the Unites States and Europe, consistently receiving notable acclaim, including the Conrad Hilton Grand Ballroom, Chicago, the largest Ballroom in the World at the time. She spent her career teaching elementary school, primarily music, after settling in Tacoma to raise a family. Over many years she was an active member at University Place Presbyterian. Sadly, mental illness robbed Patricia of her full potential for her last 50 years. Through it all, she remained a loving, extraordinary parent and human being; kind, compassionate, selfless, wise, strong, always seeking the good in everything, and the best in people. Patricia's moral compass was second to none. She was her son's "hero". Patricia loved classical music, tennis, skiing, animals, water activities and spending time with family. She is survived by her son, Jim McLean, daughter in law Rebecca McLean, grandson, J. Blake McLean, two nephews Scott and Mark McLean and a niece, Marsi Doran. Remembrances may be shared through Mountain View Funeral Home, at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Robert Eugene Ecklund, Sr. "Gunner" Born in Minnesota on July 25, 1937, he joined the Marine Corps on July 24, 1954, retired as a CWO-4 on October 1, 1978, and he passed away, a "Marine's Marine," on February 25, 2015. He and Betty Wells were married on October 11, 1958 in Washington, DC, and returned to Tacoma with their five children after 24 years in the Marine Corps. Bob then worked as a Corrections Officer until his second retirement in 1999. For the last 36 years, Bob has been committed to community service through Kiwanis, Marine Corps League, Amvets, and VFW, and he and Betty enjoyed traveling. His favorite place on earth was his cabin, where he reveled in "doing nothing." He is survived by Betty, his wife of 56 years, sons Bob, Jr., Jim (Kathy), and Jon (Cari), and daughters Anne O'Day (Todd) and Kris Ecklund (Doug). His adored grandchildren are Allison and Caleb, Alec, Brandi, Blake and Matisse, Andrew and Zach, Hunter, Logan, Dawson, and baby girl Bailee. Surviving siblings are Curt, Dean, and Dennis. He was predeceased by parents Bob and Vivian Ecklund, and siblings Dorothy and Alan. Services will be held on Friday, March 6, 11:00 a.m., at New Tacoma Cemetery. Save a place for me in Heaven, My Beloved. Semper Fi!!
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Robert G. Ehnat Robert (Bob) Ehnat was born in Tacoma, WA on April 23, 1925, and passed away peacefully in Shoreline, WA on February 17, 2015. Son of Paul and Gladys Ehnat, he is survived by his wife Diane, and their three children, Robert, Valerie and Felicia, son-in-law Kevin, and three granddaughters, Nicole, Courtney and Sophia, and brother Walter of Phoenix, AZ. Bob served in the Navy during WWII, rising to the rank of Petty Officer First Class. Following the end of the war and an honorable discharge, he went to work for the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, where he worked until his retirement from the position of Chief Deputy Inspector in 1980. Traveler, fisherman, golfer, and football fan, he was a loving husband, father, and friend, and an incorrigible tease with a ready smile. He had an enduring sense of humor and a helping hand for those in need. We will miss him. Memorial to be held March 28th at 2PM, The Pavilion at Tacoma Elks, 2013 S Cedar St., Tacoma. The family invites you to share memories of Bob at www.bartonfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association www.lung.org
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Robert J. Bertocchini Robert J. (Bob) Bertocchini born April 27, 1929, passed away in his home February 24, 2015. Bob was preceded in death by his son, Ronald. He is survived by his three children, Diane, Patricia, and Robert, as well as three grandchildren, Tricia Lord, Robert Jr., and Jack David. His sisters, Dorthea and Janet, as well as six nieces and nephews also survive him. Bob, a meat cutter before retirement, attended Our Queen of Heaven Church and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Viewing will be held March 3, 2015, from 10am to 6pm at Mountain View Funeral Home located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Funeral services will be held March 4, 2015, at Our Queen of Heaven at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery located at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Verleen "Sissy" Moore Sunrise 5/08/1965 - Sunset 2/21/2015 Loving daughter, mother, sister, and most importantly GaGa. A Celebration of her life will be March 7, 2015. Please see full obituary at edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

William J. Edwards Passed away peacefully on February 22, 2015 at the age of 89. He was born in Harvey, North Dakota on August 12, 1925 to Mathia and Percy Edwards. A member of "The Greatest Generation", he served in the Air Force with the 42nd Bombardment Squadron in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1945. After the war Bill returned to Portland, Oregon where he met his wife, Joyce. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this past September. Bill graduated from State College in 1950, but was an avid Washington Husky Football fan for nearly 40 years. After college, Bill and Joyce moved to Fircrest where he worked for The Kellogg Company before starting a successful building and development company. Bill loved his condo on Maui and the beach place on Hood Canal. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, clamming, and gardening. A longtime member at Fircrest Gold Club, he managed to score 2 hole-in-ones. Bill is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Jeffrey (Nancy, Tyler, and Kelly); daughter, Cindi (Stephanie); and son, Scott (Kimberly). The family would like to offer their deepest thanks for Ruthmarie Zimmerman and The Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community as well as The Franciscan Hospice House for their wonderful care. At Bill's request, the family will have a private ceremony.
Pub Date: 3/1/2015

Grandma Joanne, Our hearts are broken without you but we will forever cherish the wonderful memories we have with you! We Love You Grams! Jason, Leah, Courtny & Jaxson
Pub Date: 3/1/2015


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