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Correction: Steven Ashley West Graveside Service has been changed to 2:30pm Thursday (today) at Mt. View Memorial Park, and the Memorial Service will be at 5:00pm today at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

Diane (McDonald) Treat 10/12/1961 - 12/3/2014 "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward". Mom, you held our tender hands for a while and now our hearts forever. Sister, beautiful memories are treasured forever of the childhood days we spent together. Daughter, together in the same old way, would be our dearest wish today. At a mere 53 years of age, as a daughter, a sister of 2, a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 4, no farewell words could be spoken, no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why. Your joy, zest and smile will always live on in the hearts and minds of the loving family you left behind. Survived by parents Bill and Barb McDonald, sisters Debbie Rice and Denise Mulcahey, daughters Ashlee Wellenstein and Alyssa Treat, son Mason Hanson, and grandchildren Kaiden, Alexandria, Leif Jr., and Aspyn. The family will be holding a private memorial for Diane.
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

Jeffrey Scot Busha August 20, 1969 - December 12, 2014 Jeff, age 45, from Puyallup, died unexpectedly last Friday due to a work related accident. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Goe-Busha, and his young children Jayden, Tessa, Joshua, and "Bitty" Joelle. Jeff is also survived by his brother Jerry Busha (Crystal) of Hattiesburg, MS, sister DeDe Pilgrim (Jamie) of Hilliard, OH, father-in-law John Goe (Cathy Carter) of Puyallup, mother-in-law Janice Goe of Pacific, brother-in-law Justin Goe of Seattle, and sister-in-law Julia Goe of Puyallup. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Memorial services and reception will be at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W Pioneer Ave, Puyallup, on Sat., Dec. 20, at 2:00 p.m. See for complete obituary.
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

Leonard B. Newman Sunrise March 16, 1962; Sunset December 13, 2014. We remember Leonard's willingness to help others, his infectious laughter, and his love for his family. Funeral on Friday, November 19. Viewing 10:45 am, Celebration of Life 12:00 noon, New Beginnings Community Church 1201 S. 43rd St., Interment 2:30 pm, Mountain View Lakewood. Repass following at New Beginnings.
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

LUTHER H. KRIEFALL Luther H. Kriefall was born September 30, 1932 in Idaho Falls, ID, to Harry and Ida Kriefall. He passed away, having had Parkinson's for 20 years, in New York City, December 10th of this year. Luther was the oldest of six children, others being Eunice, Ted, Rachel, Retta, and Daniel. Luther was a pastor throughout his life, graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1957. He married his wife, Uta Abegg, in 1959. Children from that marriage were Andreas, Schenectady, N.Y., Hans of New York City, and Maria Piasecki of Randolph, VT. Luther served pastorates in Hamburg, MI., Princeton, N.J., Lakewood, WA., and finally Columbia U. in NYC. He is survived by his wife, Uta; three children (above) with their spouses; five grandchildren; nephews and nieces. Two memorial services are planned: 1) At Advent Luth. Church, NYC, on December 20, 2014; and 2) January 10, 2015 at 2 p.m., at Prince of Peace Luth., 10333 Bridgeport Way, S.W., Tacoma. Favored charities are Bread for the World or the Rev. Harry & Ida Kriefall Scholarship Endowment at Concordia U., Portland.
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

Masamichi Charles Watanabe Was born on June 15, 1929, in Cortez, California to Rev. Renpei and Yuki Hiratake Watanabe. He passed away in his home on December 14, 2014, in Tacoma, Washington, at 85 years of age. Masamichi's career as a structural engineer spanned 40 years with the Boeing Company. He graduated at the top of the class with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is survived by his wife Mitsuko, sister Emiko Grace Watanabe, and brother Tatsundo Albert Watanabe; daughters Sachiko Margaret Olson, Michiko Grace Jarchow, and Keiko Maria Doyle; and eleven grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills in Lynnwood on Friday, December 19, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Christian service at 11:00 a.m.
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

Steven Matthew Freeberg Born January 14, 1955; died December 13, 2014 in Borden, Indiana. Survived by mother Patricia Freeberg, sister Theresa Fields (Richard), brother Kenne, children Gretchen, Liesel, Hanna, Marta, Amelia, Nathan, and Jessica, grandchildren Finnigan, Tegan, and Theodore, niece Allison, and nephew Erik. He was predeceased by father Walter Freeberg, and grandparents Darrel and Elizabeth Matthew. Steven graduated from Curtis High School in 1973. He was a talented artist, chef, and musician. Memorial service in Jeffersonville, Indiana on Friday, December 19th at Scott Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

Tony Martelli Tony Martelli passed away at the age of 90 on December 13, 2014 in Tacoma, WA, surrounded by his loving and close family. Tony was born in Tacoma on December 1, 1924 to Italian immigrants Carl and Christina Martelli. Tony grew up in Tacoma, attended Lincoln High School, and at age 18 was drafted into the US Army. Tony was stationed in the Philippines and served as a military gunner before being promoted to Sergeant. Tony always had an interest in numbers, and earned a degree at UPS in Business/Accounting. He became a CPA and had a 30-year career with the IRS, starting as an IRS Agent and ending his career as an IRS Division Chief. During his career, he was known to "go the extra mile" and as a result received numerous honors and special recognitions. After retiring from the IRS, he began a second 10-year career at Knight, Vale, and Gregory, where he set up pension plans for corporations. Following his second career, he continued to prepare tax returns for clients into his 80's. His strong work ethic was instilled in his children and grandchildren and something they all appreciate and cherish. In 1951 he married Emma Marsillo in Anaconda, MT. This year, they celebrated their 63rd anniversary. Tony and Emma took many wonderful trips together (often on cruises) with family and friends. About 25 years into their marriage, they took ballroom dance lessons. They became "hooked" and loved to dance together and developed a large network of friends as a result of their dancing. At family gatherings, we would play music and Tony would often get up and attempt to show his daughters and granddaughters how to dance to the beat (slow-slow-quick-quick). Tony was an avid golfer and golfed well into his 80s. He was known for his short game and hitting them straight. Not only did he achieve six hole-in-one's, he consistently scored in the 70s, with his best round being a 66. Golf was a passion, and you would often find him practicing his swing and always looking for tips to improve his game. He introduced the game to his wife and children at an early age, and enjoyed playing with them whenever possible, including a round with his son and daughter on opening day at Chambers Bay. Tony and Emma embraced their Italian heritage and all that it involved. Food, music, bocce, helping Emma make pasta and sausage, vegetable gardening, and large family gatherings were at the heart of the Martelli household. Tony often said how thankful he was for his close family and the time we spent together. It was common to gather for dinners or picnics that included dancing, bocce, or poker, something Tony taught his children and grandchildren. Tony was a longtime member of the Allenmore Golf Course, Tacoma Elks, the Eagles, and the Christopher Columbus Society, and built a network of friends throughout the Tacoma community. Although Tony accomplished much during his life, and had many talents, he was always humble about his successes. He was more interested in making someone else shine rather than himself. This quality was endearing, and one that made a big impression on his children and grandchildren and one for which he will always be remembered and admired. Tony will be loved and missed by many. Tony is survived by his wife, Emma, his children Carl Martelli (Gayle), Joanne Quante (Gil), and Karen Martelli-Palosi (Brian), and seven grandchildren, Erin Martelli-Gustafson (Damon), Kristin Martelli, Jamie Martelli, Nick Quante, Laura Quante, Andi Palosi, and Mia Palosi, and two great-grandchildren, Canon Gustafson and Finley Gustafson. There will be a viewing from 1:00 to 3:00 on Friday, December 19th, at Piper Morley Chapel. The funeral service will be on Monday, December 22, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7112 South 12th Street, at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by Piper-Morley-Mellinger with Oakwood Hill Funeral Home, 472-3353; feel free to sign the guest book at
Pub Date: 12/18/2014

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