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Eleanor E. Gibbs
A Celebration of the life of Eleanor E. Gibbs will be held at White River Presbyterian Church in Auburn on Friday, Nov. 2 at 1:00. Eleanor died Oct. 20, 2001. She was born Oct. 16, 1920. She married Vernon Gibbs on June 10, 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1953 they moved to Auburn. After Vernon died in April 1974, Eleanor moved to Puyallup. She was employed by J.C. Penney and Boeing, retiring from the Tacoma Mall J.C. Penney in 1982. She was a member of the Lutheran and Presbyterian church- es, Puyallup Elks Emblem Club, Eagles Ladies Aux. and American Legion Aux. She was a founding member of WICS, Widowed Information and Consultation Services. She is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Vernona and Marvin Randall of Lewiston, ID, Veronica Foster of Spokane, Vivian and Ken Schlehuber of Colville; sister Elaine Bresnan of Bothell. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc.
Ila D. Asher
Age 77, passed away October 26, 2001 in Nehalem, OR. Born August 1, 1924 in Wilkenson, WA to George and Irene (Hoss) Clark. Ila lived and worked for many years in the Seattle area before moving to Tacoma. In November 1997 she retired and moved to the North Oregon Coast area. Ila was very close to and enjoyed doing things with her family. She loved to go dancing. She also loved sewing and reading. She enjoyed Bible Study and attended church whenever possible. Survived by daughters Bonnie Van Hoy (Neil), Lake Stevens; Kim Bakken (Norman), Warrenton, OR; and Sharon Hartley (James), Ta- coma; sisters Ona Brown, Puyallup and Virginia Bell (Burley), Orting; brother Vern Clark, Yakima; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Graveside inurnment service will be 1 PM, November 10, 2001 at Orting Cemetery in Orting. Arrange- ments by Hughes Ransom Mortuary, (503) 325-2535.
Margaret H. Jasmer
Age 81, born April 6, 1920 in Delphos, Ohio, passed away October 29, 2001 in Eatonville, WA. She was raised in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and worked for General Electric during WWII. She moved to Tacoma in 1946 and married Karl Jasmer. She retired from Highline School District, was active in the United Lutheran Church, enjoyed working in her garden, and loved crocheting blankets for friends and family each year. She leaves her husband Karl, son Glen, daughter Lois Jarnogin, two grandchildren, Samantha and Joseph, and sister Betty Martin in Indiana. Services will be held at Dryer Mor- tuary on Friday, November 2, 2001 at 1:00 PM. Memorials can be made to United Lutheran Church, 1232 S. 76th St., Tacoma, WA 98408-1209.
JEAN E. HARRIS
April 3, 1930 - Oct. 26, 2001 Jean, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 after a long battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 53 years, Ted W. Harris. She was a devoted mother to sons, Rick (Ericka) of Portland, OR and Mark (Larke) of University Place, WA. She was a loved grandmother by her grandchildren, Lisa, CJ, Jennifer, Brittney and Nathan. She was a fantastic homemaker and loved Golf. During her illness she never complained and always had a positive way of looking at things. Her courage and her uplifting outlook were of great comfort to friends and family. This was her nature! There will be a celebration of her life Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2:00 - 5:00 at the Tacoma Elks Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice. We love you very much, and will miss you deeply.
Maria Anna Alexander
Born August 27, 1932 in Herpersdorf, Germany, died October 25, 2001 in Klamath Falls, OR. Maria is survived by husband Philip Alexander of Auburn, WA; sons Gregory (Sonia) of Spokane, WA, Daniel of Auburn, WA; daughters Regina (Charles) Sampson of Portland, OR, Judy (Mark) Zerbach of Kent, WA, Michelle of Renton, WA; 7 grandchildren, 2 great- grandchildren, 8 sisters, 1 brother and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Fairwood Assembly of God on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 3:00 PM.
Born Jan. 25, 1907 in Cleveland, OK, the daughter of Eulo and Jessie Fairbanks, died Oct. 27, 2001 in Federal Way, WA. Never having children of her own, she was lovingly known by her extend- ed family as Aunt Genie. Eugenia graduated from the University of Washington in 1928 and taught Business Education for 40 years, ending her teaching career at Yelm High School. A very independent, civic-minded woman, Eugenia was active in the League of Women Voters for many years and frequently attended Port of Tacoma meetings on behalf of the League. She was also interested in forestry practices and managed logging operations on several lands. Eugenia was very adventuresome, traveling extensively. She spent her 86th birthday on the Nile river. She also loved the arts and was an active member of the Saltwater Unitarian Church. Eugenia is survived by her broth- er, Glen Fairbanks, and her nieces and nephew, Susan Fairbanks, Molly Fairbanks, Lynne Fairbanks Kipping and Steven Fairbanks; and dear friend Margaret Service Cox. Funeral service will be 4:00 pm Sunday, Nov. 4th at the Saltwater Unitarian Church, 25701 14th Place So., Des Moines, WA 98198. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials may be made to the Saltwater Unitarian Church or the League of Women Voters of Tacoma.
David William Duncan
David passed away, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, October 28, 2001. He was born January 9, 1929 in Ogden, Utah. He enlisted in the United States Air Force at age 19 and served for 3 years. He then continued work in Government Civil Service as a Jet Propulsion Equipment Specialist. He retired after 36 years of dedicated service, in 1984. He was married to Margaret Linnea Sandstrom on June 2, 1950. They were later sealed in the Cardston, Alberta LDS Temple on July 20, 1965. David lived a full life. He was a loving grandfather, father, mentor and friend. David enjoyed automotive repair, model boat racing, gunsmithing, pigeon raising and gardening with his wife. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many callings with the youth and adults. David was always called upon to do "fix-it- ups", and loved discovering ways to make things work again. His family remembers his laugh, smile and hugs. Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret, of 51 years; 4 sons, David of Idaho, Falls, ID, Mark of Tacoma, Bill of Tacoma, Brent of Puyallup; 1 daughter, Mary Inman of Puyallup; sister Beth Herbert of Hermiston, Oregon; brother Reed Duncan of Pasco;and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2 at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, 2455 South 78th Street, Tacoma. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m., prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund and Boy Scouts of America.
Edwin Gottlieb Hallwyler
Edwin Gottlieb Hallwyler, 90, a Gig Harbor resident since 1978, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, October 27, 2001. A former banking and corporate executive, Mr. Hallwyler served on the boards of several Christian organizations, including Multnomah School of the Bible, Portland Union Gospel Mission, Cedar Mill Bible Church and Rosedale Bible Church. Surviving family members include his wife Marguerite “Danny” (McMaster); son James, Eugene, OR; daughter Suzanne Butschun, Centralia; daughter Jean Shaw, Ft. Worth, TX; daughter Jan McNeal, Port Orchard; daughter Laurie, Menlo Park, CA; sister Martha Cunningham, Beaverton, OR; sev- en grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. A Celebration Service of Mr. Hallwyler’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 2 at Rosedale Bible Church, 8620 Rosedale Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests re- membrances be sent to the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, Multnomah Bible College, both located in Portland, OR; or Rosedale Bible Church in Gig Harbor. Arrangements by Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor.
Helen Dionas, 93, of Tacoma, died October 28, 2001. She was born in Hora, Turkey and had lived in Tacoma for 72 years. She was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and was the founder of the St. Constantine and Helen Society. Survivors include her sons, John (Jardice) Dionas and Perry (Jackie) Dionas; 6 grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren and several cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Steve and grandson, Dick. Services will be held Friday, November 2, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1523 South Yakima, under the direction of Lynn Funeral Home, (253) 272-2131.
GERALD “JERRY” KENT
JAN. 10, 1923 - OCT. 24, 2001 Jerry was born in Minneapolis, MN to Margaret Rutter Kent and Hubert O. Kent. He was stationed in France during WWII. Married Lucille “Rida” Riedle, October 18, 1947. He worked at the Ordnance Depot, on the Alaska Pipe Line, and many construction projects. He enjoyed fishing, playing poker with family and friends, and watching the fights on television. He is survived by his brother, John Kent, MN; second wife Irene Schaefers, WA; three children: daughters Karin (Russ) Cline, WA and Kerry (Bob) Webb, WA, and son Kirk (Sue) Kent, Germany; four stepchildren: stepsons Bob (Vicki) Schaefers, MN and Steve (Janna) Schaefers, MN, and stepdaughters Debbie (Bob) Varnado, MN and Diane (Terry) Pedersen, WI; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The Pot’s Right, Dad, We Love You. Memorial service 3 PM, Friday, 11/2/01, Lakes Moose Lodge, 4220 109th St. SW, Lakewood, WA.
July 21, 1903 - October 25, 2001
Sunrise - Sunset
On Thursday, October 25, 2001, Melvine Hook went to Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. Although physically she has left this earth, her spirit will live on forever. She will always be remembered by her family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memories her six children, Mack Reed, Lenora Hook, Arthur Hook, Perry Hook, Robert Hook, Benny Hook, and many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. We will remember her for her loving and very forgiving ways. Her love touched the lives of so many that are deeply saddened by her departure from this earth. We will all miss you, but we will never ever forget you. Viewing will be Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 9pm at Mt. View Funeral Home. Funeral servic- es will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2001 at St. John’s Baptist Church, 2001 So. "J" St., Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.
DOROTHEA COOK PAINE
MARCH 14, 1914 - OCTOBER 28, 2001
Dorothea was a woman of infinite love and much beloved by her family and friends. She was born in Hinsdale, Montana and was brought to Tacoma as a young girl. Dorothea was the widow of William V. Paine. Together they operated PAINE RADIO on South Tacoma Way from 1945 until 1976. They both enjoyed camping and bowling in their spare time. After 54 years of marriage, Bill passed on in 1990. Dorothea’s parents, Benjamin Franklin Cook and Elizabeth Hermann Cook, preceded her in death, as did her four brothers: Gerald, Lawrence, Glenn and Benson LeRoy Cook and an infant son, Jerry Leo Paine. Left to mourn are her two sons and their wives, William and Linda Paine and Terry and Renee Paine, eight (8) grandchildren, eight (8) great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also left behind are the many dear friends who have shared a lifetime with her and a neighborhood of young friends who embraced and loved her. Services to be held Saturday, November 3, 2001 at 11 AM in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park.
Martha Closson, a long time resident of Lakewood, WA, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2001. Born June 15, 1935 in Augsburg, Germany to Wilhelm and Maria Baumgartner, she met and married her beloved husband of 46 years, James F. Closson in 1955. Martha loved to entertain her family and friends with summer barbecues and homemade recipes, such as spaghetti and meatballs (which would make even an Italian chef jealous), her delicious assort- ment of Christmas cookies, and her famous “Torpedo Juice” (just one glass would sink almost anyone). Martha’s loved ones include husband James; son Glenn; daughters Carol, Susan and Michelle; grandchildren Jacob, Kristina and Joshua. Thanks to Martha’s two sisters, many nieces and nephews, and friends for their love and support. All will miss her dearly and “May the Angels always be at her side”. Viewing will be held for family and friends on Friday, November 2, 2001 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Services for family only on Saturday, November 3, 2001 at 2:00 PM in the Mt. View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 584-0252.
Penny Woodard Farcy - Teacher
Penny Woodard Farcy died at her Maury Island home on the morning of October 21, 2001. She was 54 years of age. Penny was the daughter of the late W.C. ( Woody) Woodard and Minnie (Penny) Woodard of Seattle. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Washington State University, and taught at McMurray Middle School on Vashon Island for 31 years. Penny was active in Girl Scouting in her youth and continued in that program as a young adult, serving as a camp counselor, camp director and troop leader in the Totem Girl Scout Council. She loved the Vashon community and contributed her efforts to many community activities. She was a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician with Vashon Fire and Rescue for 25 years. As a CPR instructor, she trained literally thousands of potential life savers. She was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, Chapter GW. Always seeking to make the best of a bad situation, Penny was a co-founder of the current Vashon Cancer Support Group, and treasured her time with this special group of people. Penny is survived by her husband of 27 years, Sid Farcy, of Vashon; her beloved daughter, Bronwyn Farcy (Brian Conner) of Redmond; and her beloved son, Owen Farcy, currently attending Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Other survivors include her brother, Jim Woodard (Dottie) of Bothell; her brother-in-law, David Farcy (Mary) of Lacey; her mother- in-law, Marilyn Farcy of Olympia; and four dear nephews. A service celebrating Penny’s life will be held at McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Road, Vashon, at 2:00 p.m., November 24, 2001. Teaching was central to Penny’s life. When she returned to school after a lengthy absence for chemotherapy, she said it was like a part of her had been missing and she was whole again. To honor her memory, the family has established a scholarship for a student who has demonstrated a commitment to community service and who intends to enter the teaching profession. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Vashon Com- munity Scholarship Foundation - Penny Farcy Memorial, PO Box 1413, Vashon, Washington 98070.
Retired Burlington Northern RR, resident of Tacoma and Auburn. Avid runner, artist, swimmer. Survivors: Donna Haynes, Gary Gilman, Percey Gilman, and family. Service will be 10 AM Friday 11/2/01, Holy Family Catholic Church, Auburn. Donations can be made to LEYC, PO Box 1076, Tacoma, WA 98401.
LOVING MEMORY “MAMA” ROSE
Roseanna Johnson, born February 8, 1924 in Weiser, ID, died October 22, 2001 in Puyallup, WA. Survived by Eva Goss, Manila, UT; Judy Bowman, Springfield, OR; Terry Nygato, Fallbrook, CA; John Bauer, Kent, WA; and several grandchildren. Mama Rose left a legacy of love and service. She will live on in the lives of those she has touched as they pass it on to others. A memorial service will be held at the Old Soldiers Home in Orting, WA on Thursday, November 1st at 3 p.m. Potluck to follow.
Theodore J. Bishop
Theodore (Ted) Bishop died October 17, 2001. Born August 24th, 1911 in Tacoma, he was a descendant of Washington pioneers. Ted’s grandfather William Bishop, a British sailor, came from England and settled near Port Townsend in 1856. Ted’s dream was to follow the tradition of his family and go to sea. Leaving the Washington State Patrol, Ted joined the Merchant Marine service at the start of World War II and continued until the end of the Korean conflict. During his time in the merchant service, Ted attained the rank of Captain and had a license to command unlimited tonnage vessels. Despite his responsibilities, Ted always found time to aid those who were struggling or less fortunate. Captain Bishop left the Merchant Marines and went to service as a Captain with the Washington State Ferry System. Ted received his license as a Puget Sound Maritime Pilot and sailed ferries to Canada as needed. Wanting to give back to his community, Ted and his wife, Beverly, had become curators of historical Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park. Ted was instrumental in preserving the Fort and upgrading the facility. Ted enjoyed giving tours of the Fort and sharing the history of the site. Ted and his wife of fifty years retired to Puyallup and remained active with the community. Ted was often seen in local establishments asking for a smile and leaving messages of support, thoughtful insight or even a note of dry humor. During his final years, Ted be- came a student of philosophy. He recorded his thoughts in his writings, “Life has no value other than I can be of service to my fellow man”. Ted’s last act of community service was his request that his remains be given to the U of W Medical School for Science. No service will be held. Contributions may be made to the charity of choice in the name of Captain Ted Bishop.
Forrest L. “Ole” Olson
Age 81, passed away unexpectedly October 24, 2001. Forrest was born in Hoquiam, WA on May 23, 1920, and lived in Tacoma as a young child. Later, moving to Montana and back to Tacoma, where he met his wife Dot. They married on August 6, 1942. He owned and operated Olson Oil Burner Service for over 20 years, and taught two generations about the furnace repair business. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and will always be remembered for his unique sense of humor and wonderful stories. Forrest was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Carlin, and a brother, Frank Blankenship. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Dot Olson; sons David Olson of Libby, Montana, Douglas (Kris) Olson of Spokane, WA, and daughter Susan Olson- Lerch of Tacoma, WA; grandchildren Greg, Patty, Evin, Dana and Kristy; great-grandchildren Sheena and Keelan; great-great-granddaughter Natalie; sister Frances Stone; “special sister” Miriam Hess; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday, November 3rd, 11 AM at Dryer Mortuary in Parkland, Final resting place will be at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Spanaway.