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Miscellaneous Pierce County, Washington Obituaries


Anne V. Brink
Anne V. Brink, 83, of Tacoma, died at Allenmore Hospital on Sunday, January 18, 1998. She was born in Issaquah, Washington on July 2, 1914 to Martin and Valentina (Chiotti) Forniglia, was raised in Renton, and lived most of her adult life in the Tacoma area. She attended Lincoln High School in Tacoma. Her strong faith was pervasive throughout her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She worked side by side with her husband in Brink Music Company, the Coffee Pot Restaurant on South Tacoma Way, the Pleasant Valley Cafe in Auburn, the Inferno Restaurant on 74th and Pacific Avenue, and Town & Country Brokers, Inc. in Spanaway. Later in 1981, she and Ralph retired to their Cattle ranch in Spanaway, where they spent many pleasant years together. During her life she immersed herself in her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, gardening, cooking, dancing, reading, and her many close friends. Anne was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, of 58 years, and is survived by her two sons, Don (Yvonne) and Terry (Kerry); her six grandchildren, David (Marika) Brink, John (Sheila) Brink, Dean Brink, Deborah Brink, Michelle (Randy) Sweem and Clinton Brink; and four great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of her fifth great grandchild. Also, she is survived by her friend and companion, Anita Hoggard, who helped make her last years of life very enjoyable. She was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The family expresses their appreciation to everyone at the Weatherly Inn, where she lived the last five and one-half years of her life. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimers Association, 1422 NW 85th St., Seattle, WA 98117-4236; or the Lions Eye Bank, 2553 76th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Visitation: Mt. View Funeral Home, Tuesday 10am through Wednesday 9pm. Her funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, January 22, 1998 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 584-0252.

Blanche B. Hebing
Blanche B. Hebing passed away peacefully on January 19, 1998. Born in Iowa May 14, 1898, she moved to Tacoma in the early 1920s. She was preceded in death by sisters Jessie Hebing Arensmeier in 1995, Hazel, and brothers, Clinton, Clyde and Glenn. Blanche is survived by nieces Phyllis (Robert W.) Olsen, of San Francisco, Wilma, Pearl and Thelma; nephews, Lawrence, Leo and Wilburn; grand-nephews Randle and Lindsay and families. Blanche led a long and active life (loved golfing) and was devoted to her loving family and friends. At Blanche's request there will be no formal services. Arrangements by Lynn Funeral home. 272-2131.

Carl E. Jangord
Carl E. Jangord, 79, died at his home on January 13, 1998. He was born on May 18, 1918 in Tacoma, and attended Stadium High School and the University of Washington. He loved music and was active in many local musical organizations. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 12:00 noon at the Tyee Hotel off I-5 exit 102 in Tumwater.

Curtis Ricky Jones, Jr.
Curtis Ricky Jones, Jr. was born March 4, 1978 in Spokane, Washington to April May Brown and Curtis Ricky Jones, Sr. He departed this life to live eternally on January 14, 1998. He leaves to mourn his mother, April May Brown of Tacoma, WA.; father Curtis Jones, Sr. of Las Vegas, NV.; sister Destiny Satin Brown; brother James Rufus Altheimer, Jr. of Tacoma, WA; grandmothers Mable Cattage and Lillie Mae Moorehead of Spokane, WA., nephew DeVante' Jordan Brown, niece Rajane' Guess, girl- friend Tanisha Terrell and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral will be held Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. at the Greater Joy Church of God in Christ, 5443 S. Thompson in Tacoma, WA.

David Ian Dickson
David Ian Dickson, 17, born in Olympia, WA. Feb. 29, 1980 passed away at his home Jan. 19, 1998. David passed away of Neimann-Pick Type C. He is survived by his mother Betty Dickson, Milton; grandparents, Freida and Robert Martin, Robert and Canadette Dickson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins. David was preceded in death by his father Robert W. Dickson and his brother Eric R. Dickson. Memorials may be made to University of Washington Lambright Foundation for Neimann-Pick Type C. Memorial Service 4 p.m. Sat. at Yahn and Son Funeral Home, Auburn. (253) 833-8877.

Elmer E. Marks
Elmer E. Marks, born Aug. 20, 1923 in Wausaw, WI, passed away Jan. 16, 1998. One of ten children born to Jacob and Augusta Marks, leaves sister Elaine Lampinen, Atlantic Mine, MI. He settled in the Northwest after tour of duty in Army Medical Corps in WWII serving in Europe. He worked at logging, Alaskan Railroad, catskinning in Neah Bay, and lastly for H.L. Arndt Construction Co. A memorial service will be held Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at Jovita Baptist Church in Edgewood.

In Memory Of Walter B. Young
Walter B. Young, a long time resident of Tacoma, passed away Friday, January 9, 1998, at the American Lake Veterans Hospital after a long illness. Now he joins the Chorus of Heavenly Angels with his beautiful voice. Born in Camden, New Jersey, on February 24, 1916, he served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII in overseas combat, receiving many ribbons and medals. Walter also served in the National Guard and worked at the Tacoma Asarco Smelter Refinery for 25 years. Surviving are: his wife of over 53 years of marriage, Eileen Young of Tacoma; son Walter D. Young ofTacoma; daughter Patricia M. Sears of Spanaway; 5 sisters; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services for family and close friends will be held on Saturday, January 24, 1998, 2:00 P.M. at the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Isabelle Marie Dufresne
NUMBER ONE MOTHER OF THE YEAR ALWAYS, NOT ONLY TO HER CHILDREN BUT TO OTHERS Isabelle, 89, passed away January 19th, 1998. She is survived by daughters, Geraldine Kinsey, Shirley Corbin-Dufresne, Jean Prince and son Larry Joseph Dufresne, Sr., nephew Rodney Normandin, niece Shirley Ignacio, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Arthur J., Sr., and son Arthur J., Jr. and 1 grandchild, Arthur J., III. Memorial service 1:30 p.m. Friday at Piper-Morley-Mellinger Chapel, 5436 So. Puget Sound Ave. 473-2900.

James Richard Lenon
James R. Lenon, 57, died January 19, 1998. Born in Twin Falls, ID, on October 22, 1940. He was a loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors include his wife, daughter, son, 2 sisters and 3 grandchildren. Memorial services 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at the West Chapel, Soundview Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Jean Watson
Jean Watson, 64, died January 19, 1998 in Tacoma. She owned and operated Tender Touch Beauty Salon on N. 34th and Proctor for more than 10 years. She is survived by children; Jaynie Smith, Gordon Watson, sister; Marge Welch, brother; Samuel DeLoach Jr., 4 grandchildren. Funeral service will be Friday, January 23, 1998, 2:00 p.m. at the 1002 South Yakima Avenue Chapel. Interment at Mt. View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Gaffney Cassedy Allen and Buckley King Funeral Home.

Capt. Jose C. Calugas Sr. Retired
Jose C. Calugas Sr., born December 29, 1907 to Antonio Calugas and Juliana Cabalfin in Bgy. Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo, Philippines, passed away January 18, 1998 in Tacoma, WA. Jose distinguished himself as an army sergeant in the Philippine Islands during World War II, receiving the Medal of Honor. While assigned as a sergeant in Battery B, 88th Field Artillery, Philippine Scouts, near Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands, on January 16, 1942, a battery gun position was bombed and shelled by the enemy until one gun was put out of commission and all the cannoneers were killed or wounded. Sgt. Calugas, a mess sergeant from another battery, voluntarily and without orders ran 1,000 yards across a shell-swept area to the gun position. There he organized a volunteer squad, placing the gun back into commission and fired effectively against the enemy, although the position remained under constant and heavy Japanese artillery fire. After World War II, Calugas finished a 27 year military career, retiring in the rank of Captain in 1957 from Ft. Lewis, WA. Retiring in Tacoma, WA, he graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1961, earning his BA in Business Administration. He was recognized by the City of Tacoma with their Honorary Citizen Award, was given "The Key to the City of Tacoma", and received The Medal of Honor permanent license plate presented to him by the Late Governor of Washington, Dixey Lee Ray. He is also named on the Medal of Honor Monument in our state capital, and on the Medal of Honor Tree in Valley Forge, PA. He had the honor of having two organizations named after him: Captain Jose Calugas Sr., USAFFE, Chapter No. 1, Long Beach, CA; and Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Captain Jose Calugas Sr. Chapter, Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Cababa-an. Survivors include his children: Noel Calugas, Jose Jr. married to Zuniega Goody Viajar, Minerva married to Quinto Javier, Jorge married to Lulu Delarama; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Viewing will start TODAY, Thursday, and Friday from 11am-9pm at Mt. View Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 24, 1998, 10:00am at St. Leo's Catholic Church, followed by Committal services with Full Military Honors in Mt. View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor was born December 9, 1930 in Frisco, Texas, and entered into eternal rest on January 13, 1998 at Franciscan Health Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Virgie Lee Burks. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Denise Singletary of Tacoma; 3 sons, Alvin Singletary of California, Anthony Singletary and Joydell Singletary, both of Tacoma; 3 grandchildren; 4 sisters, Jeannett Melton, Irene White of Tacoma, Willie Lee Harris of San Diego, CA, Barbara Perry of Sylmar, CA; brother Limmuel Burks of Albuquerque, NM; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 1998 at Mt. View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 584-0252.

Ken Strom
Ken Strom, 72. Died January 18, 1998 in Bellingham. Survivors include his mother, Anna Strom; children, Debby Massingale, Dale, Doug and Dennis Strom. Services will be held Thursday at Noon at the Lynn Funeral home followed by Graveside services, 2:00 p.m. at Mt. View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Lynn Funeral Home 272-2131.

Lois Jean Amundson
Lois Jean Amundson, 63, passed away suddenly January 18, 1998. She was born on August 6, 1934 in New Rockford, North Dakota, and had resided in Tacoma since 1955. Her life will be remembered for the passionate way she lived. We will truly miss her compassion, humor, friendship and love. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jim; her son, Joe and wife Kris; granddaughters Amanda and Kimberley; mother Alma Zander of Minot, ND; brothers Kenny (Lois) Zander and Merle (Eileen) Zander of Minot, ND, Terry (Julie) Zander of Devils Lake, ND; sister Phyllis (Louis) Hitz of New Rockford, ND; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her brother, Howard, and father Herbert Zander. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5pm until 8pm at the Tacoma Funeral Home, 9212 Chambers Creek Rd. W., Tacoma. Funeral Services Friday, Jan. 23, 1998 at 2:00 pm in the Evergreen Chapel on the grounds of New Tacoma Cemetery. Arrangements by Tacoma Funeral Home and Cemeteries, 564-1311.

Melba Grau
Melba Grau, beloved wife of Melvin W. Grau, adored mother of Robert (Diane) Grau, Suzanne (Robin) Mearkle and Samuel (Pamela) Grau and loving sister to Edith (John) Wilson, passed away on the morning of Sunday January 18th, due to longstanding complications of diabetes. Born in Hailey, Idaho on December 15th 1928, she is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Melva, in the spirit of giving to others she so lovingly exhibited, was 2 time past president of Washington State A.R.C. She helped found and was administrator for Valley School For Retarded Children and she helped start the P.A.M. Group Home (People Aiding the Multi-handicapped). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the A.R.C. Memorial Services will be held on Thursday January 22nd 1998, at 11:00 A.M. at Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Puyallup. 841-HILL.

Nicole Lorraine Gregory
Aug. 24, 1997 - Jan. 16, 1998
Nicole Lorraine Gregory was one tiny baby who, against all odds, managed to impact so very many people in her short life. She fought long and hard to maintain her place on Earth. She has taken her final steps home to live in a majestic heaven with Our Lord and Saviour. May her memory live on in our hearts along with the inspiration she has given so many of us. Nicole, you will be sadly missed by so very many people. She leaves behind her parents, Kelly and Jackie Gregory; brother Kyle; grandparents, Connie and Mark Bolf, Robert and Donna Gregory, Jim and Cheryl VanDerWall, Nyle and Joan Worley; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins. Special thanks go to the entire staff of the NICU at Tacoma General Hospital, and to everyone who has helped us through this time... we will never forget you. Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 23, 1998 at 3:00 PM in the Mt. View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Woodrow I. "Woody" Wheeler
Woody Wheeler, founder of Wheeler Realty of Tacoma, died on Saturday, January 17, 1998, at the age of 85. Born in Lorraine, ND, Woody's passion as a young man was playing piano in a band in the Midwest. In 1941 he and his family moved to Tacoma, where he worked in the shipyards. In 1946 he found his calling - selling real estate, and in 1948 with his wife, Vi, by his side, he opened Wheeler Realty in North End Tacoma, with a dream of serving customers and clients and providing the highest standards and ethics in real estate. Woody's dream is still alive today at Wheeler Realty. One of Woody's great accomplishments was that both sons, Mike and Bruce, entered the real estate profession. Woody's devotion to his community led him to be appointed to the State Real Estate Commission in 1965 by Democratic Governor Rosellini, and reappointed in 1970 by Republican Governor Evans. It was the first time opposing political parties agreed upon the same commissioner. He served on numerous community and business groups: Director, Western District, National Assoc. of License Law Officials; Chairman, State Real Estate Exam Committee; Treasurer, Tacoma-Pierce County Assoc. of Realtors (Life Membership awarded in 1989); a founder and trustee of WA Real Estate Education Foundation; President and Treasurer, 26th & Proctor Merchants' Assoc.; Member, BPOE #174 and West Tacoma Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his beloved wife, Vi; son Michael J. Wheeler and Bruce L. Wheeler, both of Tacoma; 6 grandchildren: Shelli A. (Rod) Pruitt, Eatonville, Tammy L. Wheeler, Tacoma, Kris L. Wheeler, Gig Harbor, Deric L. Wheeler, Iowa City IA, Monica L. Wheeler, Tacoma and Jon R. Wheeler, Tacoma; and 7 great grandchildren. Woody will be remembered for his honesty, integrity and sense of fair play in a very competitive profession; his devotion to and love for his family; and his love of music, especially the piano. Funeral service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, North 14th & Stevens St., Tacoma, on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2:00 p.m. Reception following at the church. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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