Irving K. Elder
Irving K. Elder was born April 22, 1929 in Spokane and died Dec. 7, 1997. He is survived by one son, Richard Elder of the U.S. Army; two daughters, Janet Green and Bea Elder and one granddaughter all of Spokane; one brother, Frank Elder of Spokane, one sister, Karen Pribilsky of Walla Walla.
Irving was a graduate of North Central High School and had attended Whitworth College and WSU. For many years, until 1995, he was a resident of the Eatonville area where his special interest was as "a friend of the library volunteer." He served in the U.S. Army in Germany in 1949 and 1950. He was employed many years in travel agencies. A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Spokane.
John Thomas Henderson
John Thomas Henderson, of Graham, passed away Dec. 23, 1997. He was born Oct. 4, 1941 in Junction City, Ore.
John was retired, after working for the U.S. Coast Guard for 27 years as a radioman. John joined the Coast Guard when he was only 17 years old. He was also a member of the Spanaway chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
John was preceded in death by his wife Teresa D. Henderson; father Virgil Henderson and brother Glen Henderson.
Survivors include sons Mark Henderson of Cottage Grove, Ore, Gary Henderson of Albany, Ore. and Tom Henderson of Albany, Ore; daughter Shiloh Henderson of Ellensburg; stepsons James Henderson of Renton, Melvin Oliveria of New York and Richard Oliveria of North Bend; stepdaughters Maria Henderson of Missouri and Alecia Oliveria of East Wenatchee; brother Richard Henderson of Junction City; sister Janet Searles of Auburn; and mother Ruth Henderson of Junction City.
At John's request, no services will be held. Private cremation was under the direction of Faull-Stokes Mortuary.
John R. Anderson
John R. Anderson, 72, of Palmer, Alaska died Dec. 27, 1997. Born Oct. 8, 1925 in Tacoma, he grew up in Ashford. John served in the Navy and was a veteran of World War II.
John is survived by two daughters, Connie (John) Carroll of McLaren Flat, South Australia and Laura (Ken) Christian of Eatonville; granddaughters Renae and Julie Christian of Eatonville, Rebecca, Christine and Elizabeth Carroll of South Australia; sister Barbara Christianson of Seattle and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his son Rice L. Anderson.
A Masonic grave side service will be held Jan. 9, at the Orting Cemetery, at 2 p.m.
Sarah (Sally) A. Carlson
Sally Carlson passed away Dec. 24, 1999 at the Masonic Retirement Center in Des Moines. Sally had lived in the Eatonville area since 1937 and was a retired salesperson / bookkeeper for the Eatonville Hardware.
She was a past matron of Order of Eastern Star and Grand Representative to Connecticut for that order.
Survivors include a son, Cliff B. (Hazel) McCarty; and a daughter, Joan (Jim) Van Cleve; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren an two great-great-granddaughters.
Sally was preceded in death by her husband Gust and granddaughter, Lola.
Memorial services were held Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. in the Methodist Church for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Retirement Center: 23660 Marine View Drive S., Des Moines, WA 98198 or to the charity of your choice.
Jean Marie Mitchell
After a long battle with cancer, God has performed the ultimate healing and taken Jean Marie Mitchell home to be with Him.
She went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 10, 1998.
She was born to Henry and Pearl Henricksen on Aug. 10, 1930 in Eatonville, where she lived on a farm with her two brothers and two sisters.
After living there her first 19 years, she move to Seattle. This is where she met and married Ray Mitchell in 1951. They pastored churches in Seattle, Oregon and Yakima.
Jeannie (as she was affectionately known) worked in the trucking industry for many years.
Before her retirement, she worked at the Department of Energy (DOE). She made many friends at DOE. After she retired, they would all have lunch once a week. These lunches gave her such pleasure.
Jeannie was well known for her fudge. In fact, DOE has an annual auction at which her fudge was the star. She loved to garden and most of all loved to read the Bible and spend time in prayer.
Along with the four children to whom she gave life, she was "Mom" to many more. She always was there with a word of encouragement, a hug, most of the time a chocolate chip cookie and always a prayer. Most of the time that made your feel 100 percent better.
She is survived by sons Robert (Candy) from Colton Calif., Donald (Rachel) from Olympia and Stephen from Pleasanton, Calif.; daughter Beverly Schuster from Kennewick, Wash; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother Raymond (Jackie) Henricksen from Eatonville and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Ruth Wymer and Florence Franklin and brother Robert Henricksen.
We will all miss you mom, grandma, friend, sister and aunt. You were a true Prayer Warrior and wonderful woman of God. Thanks for the beautiful example your were to all of us.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-Cities Cancer Center at 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336 or The Neurological Center, P.O. Box 1238, Richland, WA 99352.
Bonnie (Townsend) Loppe, 42, of Puyallup, died Saturday after a courageous eight year battle with cancer. Bonnie Ann was born August 5, 1957 in Tacoma. The youngest of five, she grew up in the Midland area and graduated from Franklin Pierce H.S. in 1975. She worked at R4 Typographics, Newell Hunt Furniture, and the Western Washington Fair.
Bonnie is survived by her parents, Al (Louise) Townsend and Lillian Murphy of Tacoma, sister Karen (Duane) Weber, three brothers, Jeff, Dennis and Gordon (Denise) Townsend, all of Tacoma, and a half sister, Laura (Kirk) Potts of Cloudcroft, NM, and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her caring fiance of nine years, Steve Manter, and former husband and friend John Loppe. Farewell and thanks to all of Bonnie's friends, the "Too Much Fun Club," and the "Smelt Board." A special thanks to Rainier Oncology, Good Sam 4th floor Oncology Unit, and Newell Hunt Furniture for helping her through the rough spots. At Bonnie's request, remembrances can be donated to the American Cancer Society. Services will be held Saturday, January 15, at 1 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup, with a reception to follow at the Puyallup Fair Farm, located in the Western Washington Fairgrounds, enter at the Green Gate.
William P. Rice
William P. Rice, 79, of Eatonville died Jan. 4, 1999. He is survived by his wife Arlene; daughter Constance Moore of Ashford; sons Carl J. Rice of Los Angeles and William S. Rice of Seattle; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A private service was held in the home on Jan. 5.
Robert H. Fortiner, M.D.
Robert H. Fortiner, M.D., age 63, died Jan. 11, 1998 at his home in Roy. He was born in Camden, New Jersey. After graduating from college, he received a degree in medicine form the University of Rochester Medical School. While serving in the United States Army, he did an internship and a psychiatric residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has been a psychiatrist in Tacoma since 1967. He was a competent, caring physician and a loving husband and father.
Robert is survived by his parents, Ruth and Harold Fortiner of Wawa, Pennsylvania, his wife of 38 years, Priscilla; his son John and wife Stacie of Seattle; his daughter Annelise and husband Justin Torgerson; his daughter Elise and husband Tom Barker; and grandson Max Robert Barker.
A memorial service was held Jan. 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. His life was celebrated through the music that he loved so much.
The Fortiner family wishes to thank all those who supported them with flowers, cards and attendance at the service. It's wonderful to be a member of such a loving community.
Robert Etienne Saunders
April 4, 1952 - January 9, 1998
Robert Etienne Saunders was born April 4, 1952 in Baltimore, Md. and entered into eternal rest on Jan. 9, 1998. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Gail Saunders of Eatonville; his children, Fawn, Robert Jr., Nathanial and Natalie; grandchildren Taylor, Michael and Zachary; mother Shelly Barr of Tacoma; sisters Shermaine Farland and Dawn Sears and brothers Erich Stephan, Shawn, Tim and Joshua. Robert was employed at Boeing as a computer programmer. A memorial was held at North Auburn Baptist Church on Jan. 17, fellowship followed. Arrangements were made by Powers Funeral Home of Puyallup. God Bless and good-bye.
Hannah Pauline Skones Anderson
July 2, 1896 - January 11, 1998
Hannah Skones Anderson was born July 2, 1896 in Lavanger, Norway. Her parents were Henrik Bertinus Skaanes and Johanna Pauline Kleven. Hannah was one of six children. The family immigrated to America around the turn of the century (1899-1901) and eventually wound up in Canada and Montana as pioneer homesteaders. In 1918 Hannah married Carl Anderson. The couple lived on their farm near Hogeland, Montana for 30 years, building a home and raising a family of five. Retiring from the farm, they moved to Havre, Montana, where Carl passed away in 1951 and Hannah lived as a widow for 20 years, moving to Eatonville in 1968. The last six years of her life she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Carl Klindworth, in Graham. Hannah passed away Jan. 11, 1998 at the age of 101. Her life was one of service to her Lord, her family, her community and her country.
Her surviving children are Stanley (Lola) Anderson of Lacey, Wash, Helen (Carl) Klindworth of Graham and Harvey (Gayle) Erickson of Moses Lake, Wash. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was much loved and highly honored as a wife, mother and grandmother.
Hannah was buried in Wing Cemetery in Blaine County, Montana and a memorial service was held Jan. 15 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church at 4319 112th St. E., Tacoma. Local arrangements by Dryer Mortuary.
Pat C. Greenwood
My wife said of my mother, "Her touch was like a beautiful flower."
Pat C. Greenwood was born in Scotland at Bible Grove on June 23, 1905. She was the fourth of John and Lou Ella Stith's seven children. Pat was known as Cora Mable Stith when she lived in Visalia, Calif. and Bishop, Calif. She was married to Clyde C. Greenwood , a Studebaker dealer in Bishop Calif., from 1947 to 1959. Clyde was senior warden of St. Timothy's Church. Pat was involved with American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and Saint Timothy's Church activities.
Clyde and Pat Greenwood moved to their ranch in Woodlake after retiring in 1959. When Clyde and Pat moved to Woodlake they built a new home on the ranch, located a mile north of Woodlake. They both attended Saint Clement's Episcopal Church. From 1961 to 1967 Pat worked at the Woodlake Hardware Company. Pat was involved with Founder's Circle Garden Club and was the chairperson of that group. Pat and Clyde moved to Visalia, Calif. after selling their ranch. Pat became Past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star, Martha Washington Chapter 13, Visalia Masonic Temple, on Nov. 21 1986. She lived at her granddaughter Ann Keaster's home after losing her sight in 1991. In October of 1994, Pat moved to Eatonville to live with her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Mary Mahoney and two grandsons, Sean and Aaron.
On Jan. 28, 2000, a bright sunny morning, Pat passed on to be with the Lord while her son held her in his arms. She was 94 years old.
Survivors include son Jack Mahoney of Eatonville; grandsons Gordon Mehrter of Lemon Cove, Calif., Sean and Aaron Mahoney of Eatonville; granddaughter Ann Keaster of Visalia; great-grandchildren Alaine, April, Alisha of Visalia, Angel and John Allen of Eatonville and 10 great-great-grandchildren of the Visalia area.
Friends may send condolence to Jack and Mary Mahoney, P.O. Box 1128, Eatonville, WA 98328 or Dale and Ann Keaster, 200 W. Caldwell Ave., Apt. #28, Visalia, CA 93277.
Ruby N. Schmolke
Ruby N. Schmolke, 86, of Eatonville, passed away Jan. 24, 1998, in Puyallup. Born Dec. 1, 1911 in Onamia, Minn., she was a superb cook and a great mother with an incredible sense of humor. She loved to fish and always put her family first. Ruby was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Frank. She is survived by her sons, Richard, Phillip and Dennis; daughters, Bertha Voie, Helen May; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Jan. 29 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, followed by a Mass. Interment at the Eatonville Town Cemetery. Arrangements by Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle.
Della Faye Sjoblom
Della Sjoblom, 72, of Eatonville, died Jan. 27, 1998. Della had lived in the area for the past 53 years and was an American Legion Gold Star mother and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary #3158 for the past 35 years.
She is survived by her children, Edwinna (Pat) Van Eaton, Ray (Connie) Curtis, Aleta (Tim) Daniel, Jerry (Pam) Curtis and Glen Sjoblom, all of Eatonville, Tammie (Joey) Brock of Georgia and Louetta (Greg) Hollyfield of Ohio; two sisters and one brother; 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and grandson.
Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at Eatonville United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Eatonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eatonville Fire Department Aid Van Fund. Arrangements by Dryer Mortuary.
Charles Luther Burgess "Lute"
Charles Burgess, 74, resident of Eatonville, passed away in Puyallup, Jan. 31, 1998. Charles was born in Seattle to Pearl (Adams) and Charles Burgess July 21, 1923. Charles had lived in Mineral before moving to Eatonville in 1965. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran, a member of St. John of the Woods Catholic Church in Spanaway, and had owned and operated Burgess Construction Company i n Eatonville for 15 years. Charles was preceded in death by a sister, Adeline. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Genevieve Burgess, of Eatonville; his sons Dave (Karen) Burgess of Eatonville, Mike (Barbara) Burgess of Olympia; daughter Carolyn "Casey" ( Edwin) Clark of Puyallup; nine grandchildren; sisters Martha (Luther) Stiltner of Edmonds and Mildred (Floyd) Short of Tenino.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Catholic church, 509 Third Street S.W., in Puyallup. Memorial donations can be made to: The American Heart Association. Arrangements by Hill Funeral Home, in Puyallup.
Lorna G. Christensen
Lorna G. Christensen, 70, born Aug. 8, 1927, in Dunncenter, North Dakota, died Jan. 28, 1998 , in Eatonville. Lorna was a retired registered nurse and loved carving and working with wood. She is survived by her husband, Arnold, of the home; sons Gene (Pauline) Daniels of Roy and William Daniels of Tacoma; daughters Wanda Reynolds and Margaret Whiteford, both of Roy; sisters Dorothy Robinson of Whitefish, Mont., Hazel Johnson of Spokane, Shirley Locshider of Ronnane, Mont., Joan Gestring of Great Falls, Mont. and Georgia Engel of Spokane; brother Wayne Grandfor of Bismarck North Dakota; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at Bethany Lutheran Church, interment followed at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements by Dryer Mortuary.
Leone M. Dockstader
Leone M. Dockstader, 102, was born March 19, 1895 in Spring Valley Township, Iowa and passed away Feb. 1, 1998 in Puyallup. She was a resident of Rudd, Iowa from 1922 to 1951. Leone was the wife of the late Dr. H.A. Dockstader, who was a veterinarian in Rudd,. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Methodist Church, both of Rudd. She had resided in Puyallup since 1989.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her son, Russell Dockstader. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Joyce and Maurice Muller of Eatonville; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother Dale Lenz of Rolfe, Iowa and sister Bessie Kilgore of San Bernardino, Calif.
Private services will be held. Interment will be in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home of Puyallup.
Helen J. Mulder "Juanita"
Helen J. Mulder, born July 7, 1930 in California, passed away Feb. 2, 2000 in Tacoma. Juanita was a resident of Clearview Manor in Tacoma.
Survivors include her husband, Jacob Mulder of Tacoma; daughters Francie H. Amos of Sumner, Cheryl L. Lewis of Yakima; brother Clarence Benjestorf of Calif.; sisters Kate Brackett and Margaret Console, both of Calif.; grandchildren Stephen Lewis, Tracy Lewis and Kimberly (Brian) Boyd; and great-grandchild Mickayla Boyd.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 7, with interment following at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup.
Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home of Tacoma.
Les Adair, 75, died Jan. 29, 2000. He was born Jan. 3, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Les lived in Spanaway for 26 years and retired from his job as visitor services manager at Northwest Trek in 1990.
He was considered by all who met him as an immediate friend and by his family as a loving husband and father. He loved to sing professionally with big bands in the 40s, raising his children in the 50s and 60s and devoting his energies to the wildlife and ecology of the Pacific Northwest for the last 26 years.
He is survived by his wife Gayle; daughter Cheryl of Fort Lauderdale; son Les Jr. of Cleveland; grandson Kyle Edwards of Fort Lauderdale and stepchildren Sandy Concar of Kansas City, Pam Hasick of Roseville, Calif, Debra Schlicher of North Olmsted, Ohio, Dennis and Donna Powell of Eatonville, Bill and Marge Powell of Eatonville and David Powell of Fort Lauderdale.
Remembrances may be made to the Les Adair Memorial fund at Northwest Trek. A service will be held at a later date.
James Buford Milstid
1914 - 2000
James Buford Milstid "Jimmie" died Jan 31 of natural causes. He lived life and left life on his terms. His last words, as he sat in his favorite chair, were, "guess I'll just take five, Ma," and then he was gone.
He was a carpenter, mechanic, teacher and philosopher. He built garages, picnic tables, houses, a home and a family. He repaired cars, airplanes and hurt feelings. He taught values, work ethics and the meaning of right and wrong. He showed us the value of questioning authority, why things were the way they were and how they could be.
He always provided for his wife Evelyn, his children James, Stan, Sharon and Terry. He is survived by his wife of 55 years; his children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. We love him and will miss him. "Hey Pop, why don't you just take five, you've earned the rest."
A memorial service will be held on Feb. 12, at 11 a.m., at the Alder Presbyterian Church. A pot-luck lunch reception will immediately follow at the Alder Community Club Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice.
Stella A. Raab
Stella Raab, 80, of Eatonville, died Feb. 3, 1999. She was a member of the Golden Daffodil Grandmothers Club and was very active in the Eatonville Senior Citizens.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Wayne) Rind of Eatonville; sister Dorothy (Wally) Joellenbeck of Illinois; brother-in-law Henry (Dorothy) Raab of Illinois; grandchildren Linda (Joe) Johnson, Dan (Sandy) Rind, Karen (Pete) Stuard and Peggy (Tom) Baublits; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur and a grandson, Artie.
Funeral services were held Feb. 6 at Dryer Mortuary. Interment in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery.
Robert Edward Severson
Robert Edward Severson, 70, passed away at home Feb. 9, 1999. He was born in Bend, Ore. and had lived in the Eatonville area the past 57 years. Robert was an auto mechanic and had attended the Lutheran church.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Gladys, and a son, Chris. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marya; children and their spouses, Terry (Roger) High, Vicki (Mike) Howard, Dennis (Joanne) Severson, Brian Severson, Jim (Barbara) Severson; mother-in-law, Rosa Hibbard; sister, Betty (Bob) Grinde; brother, Dick (Donna) Severson; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Feb. 15 at Bethany Lutheran Church. The family suggests remembrances to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Oakwood Hill Funeral Directors, (253) 473-2900.
Stephen Leigh Taylor
Stephen Leigh Taylor, 48, of Graham was born July 11, 1950 in Seattle. He died of a heart attack on Feb. 11, 1999 in his wife's arms. He attended Nathan Hale High School and Seattle University.
He is survived by his loving wife Christine and five children, Stephen, 11, Jared, nine, Christian, six, Delaney, five and Carlin, two; his parents, Clem and Dorothy Heath; his sisters, Anita Grochow, Barbara Martin and Heidi Strawn; his nieces and nephews Rebekah Grochow, Sarah Martin, Kelsey McCaffery, Shawn Miller, Eddy Grochow, John Martin and Jordan Strawn; great-niece and nephew, Kristen Grochow and Isaiah Grochow.
Steve will be remembered by many as a very friendly guy - easy to meet and easy to like. His interests throughout life music and entertainment. He liked to entertain on and off the stage. From early life he always belonged to a "group." In recent years he entertained as Elwood in the New Blues Brothers.
He will be remembered by his family as a great parent. He expended a lot of time and energy teaching his children and all children the difference between right and wrong and the importance of living a good Christian life. He taught by word and example. He was loved by many. He will be missed.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Feb. 16, at Jesus of Nazareth Amphitheatre, 144th and South Meridian, South Hill (Puyallup). A reception will follow.
Barbara Leigh (Taylor) Martin
Barbara Leigh (Taylor) Martin, 51, died Feb. 17, 1999 of cancer in her rural home near Eatonville. Her children, John and Sarah, were by her side.
She was born May 31, 1947 in Seattle. She is survived by her two children, John Wesley Martin, 23, and Sarah Leigh Martin 21; her parents, Clem and Dorothy Heath of Eatonville; two sisters, Anita Grochow of Sumner and Heidi Strawn of Kirkland and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her brother, Stephen Leigh Taylor who died Feb. 11, 1999 of a heart attack at his home in Graham.
Barbara attended school at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, West Texas State College, Seattle University and Pierce College.
Her interests were children, homemaking and gardening. Her home was her gallery. She loved to decorate. She spent the last 20 years of her life in Eatonville where she cherished the rural life and the wholesome atmosphere in which to raise her children. She loved to study history and travel.
Barbara will be remembered as a loving daughter and devoted mother who raised her children in the Lord. Her children were her top priority. She nourished them and held them to high standards. She expected them to always do what is right. She loved children.
Services were held Feb. 20 at Living Word Assembly of God, in Eatonville. A reception followed. Interment at Fir Lane Memorial Park. Arrangements by Fir Lane Funeral Home.