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Augustine "Augie" Gamino June 28, 1932 - March 29, 2014 Gone but not forgotten Celebration of Life will be May 23, 2014 at 9am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 812 Bowker St, Lacey WA. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.FuneralAlternatives.org Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey. 360-491-2222.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Barbara Eleanor Bergstrom Bass October 6, 1956 - April 2, 2014 After a brave battle with cancer, age 57, passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Barbara was a dedicated loving mother, friend, and co-worker. She was loved by all and will be dearly missed. Survived by her children Cody, Colin, and Logan, sister Betsy Bergstrom, and brother David Bergstrom. A private memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014. If desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made through WWF.org to the "Adopt a Sea Otter" charity. For the full obituary please visit http://goo.gl/VTKkvp
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Barbara Jean Fisher Barbara was born April 14, 1921 in Mackey, ID, and passed away March 18, 2014 in Glendale, CA. She was a longtime Puyallup, WA resident before moving to California to live with her sister Kathleen. Barbara was retired from Bank of America and was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church in Puyallup. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank in 1979, her parents, brother, and 2 infant children. She is survived by her 3 sisters, Kathleen Messerly of Los Angeles, CA, Phyllis Brown of Meridian, ID, and Janis Madison of Caldwell, ID, 2 nephews, 5 nieces, and 8 grand-nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be on Sat., May 3, 2014, 2:00pm, at Peace Lutheran Church, 214 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup. In memory of Barbara, donations are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church or the Cancer Society. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home, 253-845-1172.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Daniel James Hoffman 3/11/67 - 4/15/14 Beloved brother, uncle, and friend. Check FB Dan Hoffman "Digger Dan" Memorial for Celebration of Life information.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Dietmar Werner Maass 1942 to 2014 Dietmar Maass, age 71, of Chandler, AZ, died peacefully in the early hours of April 12, 2014. He was born September 20, 1942 to Werner and Hedwig Maass in Heinrichswalde, Germany during the war-torn days of WW2. His siblings and parents traveled from the Eastern sector of the country to what became known as Western Germany when he was a toddler. As a teenager, his family immigrated to Morton, Washington in 1956, making the journey on a ship through rough ocean waters. He did not know English when he came to the US and told interesting stories about his integration into this culture. He learned English by watching television and reading comic books. In 1957, the family moved to Tacoma, WA, where he attended Lincoln High School. He joined the USAF after graduating from high school, and was stationed at the air base adjacent to the Portland airport in Oregon. In 1964, he married Kathleen, his high school sweetheart and wife of 49 years. For most of his adult life he lived in Oregon. After the military, Dit became a machinist and worked in numerous jobs before settling in his career at Nabisco. He was a Maintenance Machinist and later a manager in that field of work. Over the years he enjoyed bowling, his motorcycles, motor homes, and making many wonderful friends in those social groups. He always maintained a beautiful yard and spotless vehicles, enjoyed reading books, and took great pride in his military experience and his German culture. Above all, he loved his family and the time he spent with them. He is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Brenda (Rick) Krebs, grandsons Derek and Chris, son Eric (Sherie) Maass, granddaughters Kim (Jason) Buslach, and Desirae, great-grandchildren Addison and Tyler, brother Will, sisters Irmie, Brunie, and Patty, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 siblings. Interment is through cremation and a service is tentatively planned for June 21, 2014 in Washington State.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Donald David Larson "Loved his Family, Friends, and Golf" Age 68, passed away on April 3, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was know to his friends as Uncle Don and to his granddaughters, whom he adored , as Pop-pop. Don was born in Tacoma, married the girl next door, and raised two wonderful sons. After Don retired from USWest, his golf cart became his office. He was a past president and member of the Brookdale Golf Course Men's Club. Don is survived by his wife Terrie of 48 years, his two sons John (Lori) and Jim (Melissa), granddaughters Madison and Nikki, sisters Carol and Laurie, and a caring extended family. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Brookdale Greens Community Center on June 29th from 1pm-4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society. On-line guest book at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Doris Marie Keyes Of Tacoma, WA, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2014. Doris was born on August 11, 1922 in McCleary, WA. She graduated from Buckley High School and later attended Knapp Business College in Tacoma. In 1944 she married Edward R. Keyes. Doris and Ed traveled extensively throughout Europe and enjoyed many years of vacationing in Hawaii. The past eight years she enjoyed vacationing with her daughter and son-in-law in Arizona. Doris was an accomplished bookkeeper who held many jobs over the years. Even after retirement, her skills were sought after by former employers and volunteer organizations. Doris was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church for many years, and enjoyed working with the Quilting Group, sewing and assembling quilts for the disadvantaged. Doris was also a talented crochetier and kept busy crocheting afghans for her three great-granddaughters. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Jared Davis. She is survived by two children, James Keyes (Gail) and Anne Marie Davis (Rich), grandchildren David Keyes, Jeff Keyes (Stefanie), Katie Keyes, and Jason Davis (Ronda), and five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Rena, and Maleah Keyes, and Karlie and Chase Davis. A celebration of her life will take place at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. We will miss our Mom, but then we'll smile as we recall happy memories.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Earl George Edwards Of Niumalu, went home to Jesus on April 14th, 2014 at home. Born August 14th, 1940 in Beverly Hills, California, he moved to Kauai in 1985. He was an aeronautical engineer, but his passion was building sail boats. Survived by his love and best friend Jacqueline Jye Gardner, son Tim Edwards, his sisters Patti LaVenture and Diane Robinson, and many friends who loved him. Uncle Earl can be found in heaven shaping gold into better things to come. You are loved and remembered as being wise and respected. Until we meet again ~ An outdoor memorial will be held at Woodbine cemetery in Puyallup at 3:00pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Edward Joseph Emilia Edward J. Emilia Jr., Major, U.S. Army (RET.), of Lakewood, WA, died April 12, 2014. He was 76 years old. He was born in Danbury, CT November 18th, 1937. After graduating high school in 1955, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country for 21 years to include decorated service in Vietnam. After retiring from military service in 1975, he was a Civil Service employee for 30 years. He was a member of the Elk's Lodge, the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, and other clubs and organizations. He worshiped at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Lakewood. Ed's expressed wish was to have no memorial service or funeral; therefore, the Lakewood Elks Lodge is hosting a "social" in Ed's honor on Wednesday, April 23rd, beginning at 3:30. The address is 6313 75th ST West, Lakewood. WA 98499. His friends are encouraged to come by and share any and all things "Big Ed" with his family. Ed's family encourages donations to The American Cancer Society. He will be greatly missed and always loved.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Ernest Richard DeRosa Age 81, of Burien, died Monday April 14, 2014 after a difficult battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born in Tacoma, WA, on March 11, 1933 to Italian immigrant parents Gaetano and Rosina DeRosa, Ernie was part of a large, loving and close-knit family. He graduated from Stadium High School, served in the U.S. Army in Korea and subsequently earned a business degree from the University of Puget Sound. Ernie would be described by all who knew him as kind, thoughtful, unassuming, and a genuinely great guy who loved people and made friends easily. Following a long career with Boeing, Ernie retired in 1994 and continued to enjoy his love of travel, gardening and photography, as well as memorable golf trips to Arizona with his brothers and lifelong friends. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vera; three children, Jeff, Dave, and Anne Grenier (David); grandchildren Alexandra Grenier Sabrowsky (Josh) and Taylor Grenier; sisters Caroline Fritz and Mary Zadow (Daryl); brothers James (Lorraine), Robert (Deni), Joseph (Shirley), Tony (Jaedene); honorary sister Helen Ames (Ron); and his extended family of nieces and nephews, including cousins in Canada and Italy. He was preceded in death by brothers Frank and John. It was Ernie's request that there be no services, but that those who knew him might raise a glass in his memory.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Frances Gagnon Frances Gagnon, 86, died surrounded by her family's love at sunset on Palm Sunday. Born on June 21, 1927 in Tacoma, Washington, Frances was a talented vocalist and attended Seattle University on a music scholarship. It was there that she met Donald, her husband and one love of 64 years. She chose to leave her promising singing career to marry Don in 1949 and start a family. Frances was a wife and mother as well as a gifted cook, seamstress, gardener, florist and music teacher. Known for her elaborate April Fool's Day tricks, she also put great effort into making every holiday memorable for her children and never forgot a birthday. She prepared many wonderful meals for her family and friends over the years. Her deep Catholic faith was expressed in her love for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and disabled. Putting others first, never keeping the best for herself. She was a volunteer cook at St. Leo's Hospitality Kitchen for 18 years, retiring at age 75. Never one to beat around the bush, Frances gave it to you straight, but she also enjoyed testing her Irish luck at the casino. Always a lover of nature and animals she taught her children to respect nature and the environment. She was and is deeply loved by her friends, family and those who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Donald; brother-in-law, Paul; and her children, Renee (Wayne), Don Jr. (Karin), Michele (Steven), and John (Annette); and grandchildren, Aura (Justin), John, Croix, Peter, Theresa (Jose Carlos), Forrest, and Jacqueline; and great grandchild, Beau. A Funeral Mass for Frances will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Gig Harbor followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made in Frances' honor to Guadalupe House, 1417 South G Street, Tacoma, WA 98405, or Catherine Place, 923 South 8th Street, Tacoma, WA 98405. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Gail Lynn Collyer June 11, 1962 - April 15, 2014 Age 51, of Lake Cushman, WA, passed away unexpectedly at home. Gail was born in New Jersey, the daughter of Leon (deceased) and Kii Curtis. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Jim Collyer, children Justin (Misha) and Jackie Bellmer (Mike and grandson Kuper), brother Steve Curtis (Billie), nieces Amy and Randi, and nephews Christopher and Tyler. She is also survived by her lifelong best friends Karen Pease and Valerie Kappel. Gail loved quilting and sewing and was especially proud of her beautiful flowers and plants that were admired by golfers as they passed her home on the Lake Cushman Golf Course. She touched many lives and will be missed by those that knew her. Memorial service will be held 2 pm Wednesday, April 23, at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA. Online condolences may be made at www.powersfuneralhome.com
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

George Lindbergh Tilton Born December 12, 1927 in Deerfield, New Hampshire and passed away April 6, 2014 in University Place, Washington. George joined the Army in 1950, met and married Dorothy Field in 1951 while stationed at Fort Lewis and served as a supply Sergeant during the Korean Conflict. George spent 8 years in the Army and then went to work in Civil Service for 24 years. After retiring from Civil Service he went to work as a self employed master woodworker, working harder for the next 30 years than ever before. He built, remodeled homes for friends and family, as well as building some of the most incredible things out of wood. He cut the trees down, milled and seasoned the lumber himself before bringing the various items to life. He loved to work with all kinds of wood and gave everything he made to others. He was also very active volunteering at Meeker Mansion, Spanaway Historical Society, and the Boy and Girl Scouts. George was preceded in death by his son Steven L. Tilton. He is survived by his former wife; Dorothy, son; Michael (Judi) and daughter; Nancy (Walt) Huston as well as 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grand-children. There will be no funeral service per George's wishes. Arrangements entrusted to Fir Lane Funeral Home & Memorial Park.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Harold C. Allen Passed away on April 14, 2014 at the age of 87. Harold was a 40-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department after serving with the King County Sheriff. He served as an Army MP in the South Pacific during WW2. He is survived by his wife Helen of 57 years, children Dan, Chris, Gerry, and Eileen, 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Valerie and son Lenny. He will be greatly missed. Services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Wednesday, April 23, at 11:00 am.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Hilda (Dahlstrom) Pursley Hilda (Dahlstrom) Pursley went home to the Lord Sunday, March 23, 2014. She died peacefully of natural causes at age 94 after having enjoyed loving visits from each of her out-of-town children. Hilda was born in Samuels, ID, Sunday, July 27, 1919. She was the sixth of nine children born to Charles John, who died when she was 9, and Ina Elizabeth Dahlstrom. She spent her childhood in a log home near Grouse Creek outside of Sandpoint and attended grade school in a country school built partially by her father. She lived with a family in Sandpoint while attending high school. A good student, she attended business school in Spokane, where she learned office skills that she applied to later employment, often in the public sector. A passion was her advocacy for more and better activity centers for senior citizens, including working in the early planning of the new Puyallup Senior Center. She was fiercely independent and could accomplish almost anything to which she set her mind. A loving and caring Mother, she gave guidance and created high expectations for her 5 children, a lifelong endeavor since their ages spanned 20 years from youngest to oldest. For the past 50 years, to be near one or more of her children, she lived in Chicago, Boise, Bellevue, Anchorage, Astoria, and Puyallup for the last 25 years. Her constant and primary passion was her love of Jesus Christ, her church and her fellow worshippers. She was actively involved wherever she lived in the local Methodist Church, particularly in adult education and layperson ministries. She touched the lives of many, many people. The depth of her love for her church was most revealed when she visited the home and small chapel in London of John Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist church, where she burst into profuse tears of happiness. During her lifetime she also visited her roots in Finland and walked in the Holy Land. She was an avid reader and scholar, resorting to audio books when her eyes began to fail her. She always revealed great pleasure presented with a new good read, a new life adventure, 2 scoops of ice cream (virtually any flavor), or a box of chocolates, which her strong sense of discipline caused her to ration at one chocolate per day. She is survived by a sister, Virginia Hansen, Libby; 5 children, Ken (Elizabeth), Boise; Janet Tower, Las Vegas; Ted (Toni), Puyallup; John (Sandi), Anchorage; and Karla (Adrian) Rosenberg, Hilo, HI; 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the many people who cared for our mother in her times of need. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Hilda to the United Methodist Church of Puyallup, 1919 W Pioneer Ave., Puyallup 98371. A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, April 27 at 4 P.M. at the United Methodist Church of Puyallup, reception to follow. Please leave online condolences at www.powersfuneralhome.com
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

John Albert Winkler 10/23/83 to 4/7/14 John's family and friends mourn the loss of a vibrant, young man who was unexpectedly taken from us on April 7th, 2014. Although our hearts are heavy, the memory of John sustains us during this difficult time. His smile would light up any room. He was loyal, compassionate and giving. He could tell a joke that would make you laugh uncontrollably and cringe at the same time. John loved to talk to people and learn about them. He had a charm and a sincerity that left an impression on others. John was born in Tacoma on October 23rd, 1983. Raised in Puyallup, he was a graduate of Puyallup High School and The Seattle Film Institute where he studied script writing and film production. He had recently moved to Los Angeles, to pursue his dream of film writing and production. John is preceded in death by his grandparents Harry and Margaret Dickman and cousin Keely Stumpf. He is survived by his mother Lisa Ostergren (Gregg), his father Mark Winkler (Sandra), his brothers Andrew Winkler (Jaymie) and Benjamin Winkler, step sisters Emma, Hanna and Mia Ostergren, and his grandparents Bob and Dorothy Stumpf. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Lee Winkler (Anne Marie), Joan Dawson (Craig), Debbie Pereira (Manuel), Karen Kiemle (Bill), John Stumpf (Heidi), Mary Stumpf Kniseley (Jen), Cheryl Stumpf, Stephanie Baerg (Steve). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Boys & Girls Club of America.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Jose "Flavio" Lara Flavio was born 5/7/32 in Cuautla Jalisco, Mexico to Jose Lara and Juana Torres. He passed away 4/9/14 in Tacoma, WA. Flavio lived a full life, enjoying every moment with his beautiful family. He was well-known, successful, and respected in the Mexican restaurant business. He is survived by his loving wife Lourdes; daughter Alicia (Juan Vargas); grandson Xavier; sisters Connie (Chester) Espinoza, and Lucy Lopez. Funeral Mass, Tuesday, April 22, 2pm at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Lakewood, WA.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Karen Denny Lehto Norman Karen was born to Lester and Fern Denny on 2/27/1942 in Buckley, Washington, and passed on at the family home in Spanaway, WA, on 4/12/2014. Karen is survived by her husband Fred Norman, sons Brian (May) Lehto and Eric (Martha) Lehto and 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Memorial Services are to be held on May 3, 2012 at 1 pm at Parkway Presbyterian Church, 714 138th St. E., Tacoma, WA, 98445. Please see the full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Loreen L. Thomas Age 58, passed away April 15, 2014 in Tacoma, WA. She was born on May 23, 1956 in Panama City, Panama to Adora A. (Alder) and Juan Cortez. She is lovingly survived by her life partner Kenneth Miller, her daughter K'daya (Cardell) Johnson, son Quintas Putney, sister Jeanne (Tavares) Dixon, 4 grandchildren, 1 niece and nephew. She is preceded in death by her sister Laura. She will truly be missed by family and friends. Viewing will be from 10am -8pm Wednesday, April 23, at Mountain View Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Thursday, April 24 at Mountain View Funeral Home Celebration of Life Center Aspen Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Lynn Greiwe Larson Age 63, loving sister, mother, aunt, and daughter, left us on December 6, 2013. Lynn was an accomplished chef, world traveler, wordsmith, and writer. Lynn learned her love of travel flying with Pan American Airlines and later worked for several nonprofit institutions in Charlottesville, VA, where she lived. Lynn was predeceased by her mother, Jeanne Larson Greiwe, and is survived by her father, Dr. Paul Greiwe, her sons Alex and Brett Bowles, Alex's fianc‚ Stacey Dorrier, brothers Steve, Scott, and Doug Greiwe, sisters Susan Kutvirt and Nancy Flemer, and a host of nieces, nephews, and devoted friends. A memorial in Lynn's honor will be held on Sunday, May 4, at 1 pm at Dr. Steve Greiwe's home in University Place, WA, reception to follow. For directions or to share a memory of Lynn, please email InMemoryofLynn@gmx.com. Donations in Lynn's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Maxine DeMark Maxine DeMark passed away peacefully on April 15, 2014 at Tacoma General Hospital. She was born on July 9, 1922 in Tooele, Utah, raised in Ruth, Nevada and moved to Tacoma in 1937. Maxine graduated from Stadium High School and was a long time resident of Fircrest. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter DeMark. Maxine is survived by her sons; Tony DeMark (Michele) and Bob DeMark, grand-children; Tiffany DeMark, Tony DeMark (Rachel), great-granddaughter Chloe, her sisters; Helen Stewart and Beverly Marcelia (Joe), brother John Sinkovich (Mary), and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Maxine's name to Quota International of Tacoma PO Box 7023, Tacoma, WA 98417. Online condolences can be shared at www.tuellmckee.com
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Mitchell C. Beritich Age 82, of Tacoma, WA, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was born in Dockton, WA to Dragutin and Mary Beritich in 1931. After Vashon High, he served in the Navy on the USS Princeton. He was a commercial fisherman all his life, from Alaska to Puget Sound to California with his sons on the F/V Grayling. He was married 54 years to the love of his life, Roxie. He is survived by Roxie, his children Mike, Laura (Stan), Greg (Maria), and Sarah (Tommy), 4 loving grandchildren, Alison, Zach, Rachel, and Tommy, and also by our family's dear friend Doris Felt. At his request, no formal services will be held. Please sign online guest book at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Norma Christopherson Mrs. Christopherson, a long time resident of Puyallup, passed away on March 26, 2014, at Tacoma General Hospital after suffering a stroke. She was 87 at the time of her passing. Norma was the loving wife of Lyle Christopherson, who was lost to the family in 1982. Both were raised in the Flathead Valley in Montana and moved to the Tacoma area while Lyle was attending Pacific Lutheran College after World War II. After Lyle completed college, they moved to Puyallup, where they raised their family and where Norma lived for over 60 years. Like Lyle, Norma worked for many years for the Puyallup School District, she as a teacher's aide. Norma was a devoted member of Mountain View Lutheran Church, which she and Lyle joined in 1949, at which she found joy and closeness to God. In 2012, Norma moved to the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community. There she was warmly embraced, and blessed, by a new group of friends. Norma was preceded in death by her daughter, Analee, who passed away in August 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Carr of Olympia, her son, Dean Christopherson of Alamo, California, her brother, Ed Luke of Whitefish, Montana, her son-in-law Donald Roehr of Puyallup, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, and many dear friends. Norma's optimistic view of the world, her unending kindness and smile, and gentleness will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial services were held at Mt. View Lutheran Church on March 29. The family suggests that contributions in Norma's memory be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (www.michaeljfox.org) or the FISH Food Bank, 3505 122nd Ave E., Edgewood, WA 98372.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Ruby L. Oughton "Rolling the Dice" 9/22/28 to 4/14/14 Born in Albion, MI; passed away in Tucson, AZ. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard (Dick) of 65 years, and her youngest son Ron. She will be greatly missed by her son Dennis (Debbie), grandchildren Denny, Rick, Ron (Shannon), Torey (Maurice), and Todd (Allyson), and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Ruby always put family first. She lived in Lakewood and moved to University Place; worked 25 years at the NCO Club at McChord AFB before retiring in Tucson. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Thelma Melsnes Betchart Died peacefully April 5th. Born December 8, 1912 in Tacoma, WA, she was the third child to Bernhard "Ben" and Minna Carolina "Minnie" (Anderson) Melsnes. She lived in Tacoma until she was 21, attending Stadium HS ('31) and the College of Puget Sound ('35), where she met her husband, Arthur Frank Betchart from Roy. His work took them to Idaho, New Brunswick, and Colorado, before they retired to St. Augustine, FL. Thelma is survived by three children and their spouses, Will B. and Margaret Betchart of Cupertino, CA, Ann K. and Robert Sullivan of St. Augustine, and Frank A. and Nancy Betchart of Concord, NH, and by 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by Art (2004), her sister Edna, and brother Harold. Thelma and Art will be interred together in the Mountain View Cemetery in Tacoma after a graveside service anticipated for later this year. A detailed obituary is to appear in the April 23, 2014 edition of The Canyon Courier, Evergreen, CO.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Toshiko Breeze Toshiko Breeze, 78, of Tacoma, passed away Monday, April 7. Toshiko was born in Kurume City, Fukuoka, Japan, on June 23, 1935. She had lived in Tacoma since 1963. She was a longtime member of AMVETS Post 1 Auxiliary, where she volunteered countless hours, the Tanpopo-No-Kai Japanese Women's Association, and the Toryo-Kai dance troupe. She was an award-winning writer of Japanese fiction and nonfiction, a prize-winning oil painter, an accomplished performer of traditional Japanese dance, and an avid bowler and dart player. She enjoyed traveling she met Mickey Mouse on her first trip to Disneyland at age 76 she appreciated a good game of bingo, and she loved creating world-class meals for family and friends. She will be missed dearly. Toshiko was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Theodore B. Breeze, her mother, Isa Shimomura, and grandmother, Miyo Shimomura. Survivors include life partner Bud Bird of Tacoma, two daughters, Teddy Breeze and Carol Breeze, both of Spokane, two sons, Joseph (Christina) Breeze of Puyallup and Robert (Amy) Breeze of Gig Harbor, eight grandchildren, Mykul Breeze of Bellingham, Somer (Trevor) Hanson of Spanaway, Lacey Breeze of Puyallup, Tosha, Nicholas, and Patrick Kristensen of Spokane, Michelle (Kevin) Martin of Gig Harbor and Jordan (Sharameh) Leisure of Tacoma, and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of Toshiko's life will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at Canyon Ridge Church, 8415 Waller Road E., Tacoma, 98446.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Virginia L. Nelson Age 81, went home to be with the Lord, on March 13, 2014, after many years of Alzheimer's. Virginia leaves behind her loving family Ron, Janet, Doug, Kristin, Lauren and Colton, Kirk, Tawnya, Erika and Kaden, and Kyle, Kathy and Carter, and her many caring friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband Lonny. A celebration of her life will be held in the church hall at St. Martin of Tours Church in Fife on Saturday, April 26, 11am. Donations to MultiCare Hospice in lieu of flowers.
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Willis R. Dodge Age 95, World War II veteran, died April 15, 2014. He was born February 12, 1919 in Prosser, WA, reared in Eastern Washington and after the war, made his home in Tacoma, WA. He was a well-known, highly regarded square dance caller and teacher for Harmony Hoedowners for 40 years. He was a respected real estate agent and also owned Security Service gas station for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. His honesty, fairness, good nature and great sense of humor was appreciated by his many friends and especially by his family who loved him dearly. He is survived by his loving partner of 17 years, Katheryne Christensen. He was predeceased by his wife Alice Loraine Dodge, his parents, his sister Virginia Dodge and brother Wayne Gander. He is survived by his five children, Karin (Larry) Stevens, Naomi (John) Wallace, Donna Downing, Daniel (Marcia) Dodge, Paula (Henry) Salzano, seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Memorial services will be at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85th and Portland Avenue, 1:30, Thursday, April 24. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wildlife Habitat. www.wildlifehabitatol.com
Pub Date: 4/20/2014

Dear Donna, 4/20/04 to 4/20/14 We all love you and miss you - Dave, Alex, Natalie, Jacob, Henry, Marilyn, Deanne, and Sandi.
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