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ABEL, BARBARA  
Barbara E. Abel Barbara Jane (Engberg) Abel passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015 at the age of 90. Barbara was born to Lester Albert and Jean Hindley Engberg October 22, 1924 in Tacoma, where she lived throughout her youth. She graduated from Stadium High School and went on to attend College of Puget Sound (now UPS). Barbara was an active member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and served as Queen of the CPS May Day Festival in 1946. Barbara was married to Arthur Abel in April of that year and received her bachelor of arts with honors in June. Throughout married life, Barb and Art were on the move, living in Tacoma, Arletta, Irvington (CA), Longview, Stretch Island, Olympia, Gig Harbor and Woodinville in more houses that we can count. Barbara was active in her sorority alumni group, the Tacoma Jaycees Auxiliary, PEO and the Cowlitz County Republican Party committee. Barb loved golf, gardening, dancing, decorating and boating, where she was a competent first mate. Barb and Art enjoyed these and other activities with a circle of friends from Tacoma and Longview that they maintained throughout their entire adult lives. Family was always Barbara's main focus. She served as a calming, loving and stable anchor for the extended family, deriving great joy from the exploits of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a true lady of her generation- kind, gentle and supportive of her husband and his career; wonderful mother to her family. Barbara is survived by her two children, Barbara Jensen (husband Kris) of Woodinville and Richard Abel (wife Karen) of Sammamish, her brother Roger Engberg (wife Gloria) of Bellevue. She is also survived by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Arthur and their son Alan. A memorial service will be held at Flintoft's funeral home in Issaquah, Saturday, March 7th at 10 AM. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM that day at Mt. View Memorial Park in Lakewood where Barbara will be laid to rest next to her husband Arthur. Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family's online guest book at www.flintofts.com .
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2015
BAXTER, LOIS  
Lois Evie Baxter Passed away at the age of 80 on February 15th in Tacoma, Washington with family at her side. A longtime resident of University Place, where she was a retired substitute teacher for University Place School District and an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband Bob, her children Bob (Helen), Cynthia (Doug), and Paul (Ailene), her 3 grandchildren, Scott, Robert, and Cassandra, her sister Joyce (Denny), and their family. Lois was well-loved and will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Lakewood, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be made in support of the Melanoma Renal Program Support Fund at UW Medicine. Checks should be made payable to "UW Foundation" and mailed to UW Medicine Advancement, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 358045 Seattle, WA 98195. Please indicate that the gift is in memory of Lois Baxter. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2015
COYNE, INEZ  
Inez Coyne Inez Coyne passed away on February 24, 2015 surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. Inez was born to Ray and Helen (Phillips) Thieman along with her twin sister Ina on October 17, 1932 in Puyallup, WA. She was later joined in the family by her two younger sisters Louise and Evelyn. Inez grew up on a small farm outside of Buckley and as a youngster she attended Kelly Lake School. Inez enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables grown on the family farm as well as helping with the livestock. She especially enjoyed her involvement with the 4-H club since her parents were involved with the leadership of the club. Inez graduated from White River High School in June 1951. On September 14, 1951, she married the love of her life, Ray Coyne. Ray was enlisted in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, which is where they first set up home. Later the Navy moved them to Alameda, California, before they returned to Washington as civilians. Ray and Inez had three children, Rhonda (Jerry) Dunlap, Dan (Darci) Coyne and Teri (Dave) Koch. They had eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren, all of whom they enjoyed very much. After Teri started grade school, Inez went to work for the White River School District, as elementary secretary, a job she loved for 25 years. After she retired, she and Ray were able to do some traveling. She especially enjoyed family camping trips, cruises and trips to the Oregon Coast. Inez was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Altar Society, and she also enjoyed making her famous potato salad for picnics and events at the Buckley Eagles. Inez is survived by her three children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She is also survived by her three sisters, as well as Ray's sister Alice (Jerry) Alfano. The family would like to thank all of those who have helped Inez get to her many doctor and chemo appointments over the past 4-1/2 years. A special thank you goes to Bernice Greenwood and her co-workers at B's Place in Burnett for Inez's wonderful care during the past 3 years. Memorials may be made to the Buckley Firefighter's Assoc., PO Box 1015, Buckley, WA 98321 or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Donations, PO Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109. A visitation will be held, Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with the rosary starting at 7:00 p.m. both at Weeks' Funeral Home in Buckley. A Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Enumclaw with burial at Buckley City Cemetery. Please sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2015
HOLMES, DOROTHEA  
Dorothea Elisha Holmes Age 50, affectionately known as "Dody," passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Originally from Newport News, VA, she arrived to Tacoma in 1988. Since then, she touched many lives. The viewing of Dorothea will be held at House of Scott Funeral Home, 1215 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405, from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. A Home Going celebration will be held at By His Word Christian Center, 10110 Aqueduct Drive E, Tacoma WA 98445, on March 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The burial will follow at Tacoma Cemetery.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2015
LUGO, BONNIE  
Bonnie Lugo Bonnie May Lugo, 70, of Lakewood passed away February 25, 2015. Bonnie was born November 1, 1944 in Phoenix, AZ to Bun and Lavon Stark. Bonnie was a homemaker, where she loved raising her 4 children, playing piano, listening to country music and was a passionate person about nature. Bonnie was a long time resident of Georgian House, where she was loved and admired by the staff. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents Bun and Lavon Stark of Phoenix, AZ. Bonnie is survived by her 4 children, Lorie Burrows, Lucy Duncan, Luis and wife Montiece Lugo, Loran and wife Michelle Lugo, 6 grandchildren, Jessica Burrows, Lucille Moylan, Ben Duncan, Jason Leach, Rose Mitton, Kimberly Lugo; 3 great grandchildren, Sumer Hinson, Blake Mitton, Keonna Talford. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at www.mountainviewtacoma.com . Thank you mother for all that you have done, You took great care of your daughters and sons. You loved us all from the very start, With your warm, kind, and loving heart. Thank you mother, for being strong, While trying to teach us right from wrong. If anytime, we had a problem, You were there to help us solve them. You'd lift us up when we were feeling blue, Thank you mother, for we could always count on you. You were such an awesome mother, The love you showed was like no other. Thank you mother for your dear, sweet love, Now you'll watch over us from heaven above.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2015
McDONALD, DAVID  
David J. McDonald On Wednesday February 25th in the late afternoon David J. McDonald died peacefully at Allenmore Hospital surrounded by his children. We remember him as a dynamic and imaginative father who introduced us, and many others, to extraordinary adventures. He would have been 87 on Sunday. Born on March 8th, 1928 David was a graduate of University of Pacific in Stockton, California. A leader in the food industry, he was President of Nalley's Fine Foods in Tacoma, Washington and then Chief Executive Officer of Curtice-Burns Foods in Rochester, New York. In addition, he played a leadership role in the industry as a director and officer of national snack food trade associations, including Chairman of the National Food Processors Association, the food industry's largest membership trade association. He also contributed generously to his community with his time and resources, serving as president of the Boy Scouts of America, Area III, which includes most of New York State and participating on the board of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Most of all David was a devoted and loving husband to the late E. Janet McDonald, his wife of fifty-nine years, and father to his four children, Stephanie (Mike), Alex (Vinny), Libby (Erik), and John (Jen); and ten grandchildren, Erin, Katie, Kelli, Karli, Paulina, Matilda, Daniel, George, Harrison, and Noah who have unforgettable memories of their fun-loving and hilarious Grandad. A service will be held at St. Mary's Church in Lakewood, Washington on Sunday March 8th at 2 pm with a reception to follow.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 3, 2015
OLIVER, KATHLEEN  
Kathleen (Kitty) E. Oliver Born in Spokane, WA on July 2, 1942, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was a professional hairdresser for 40 years, retiring from J.C. Penney in 2002. Kitty's customers enjoyed her and appreciated her work. Her favorite pastimes were crossword puzzles, crocheting and sewing. She enjoyed making gifts for family and friends. She was a loving wife, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Joseph, brothers Tom and John, sister Gloria, step-daughters Debbie Schubach (Dale) and Vicki Shepard (Tom), five grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 12-5 PM at Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup, 253-845-1172. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:00am at Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff of Franciscan Hospice House, Tacoma for their loving and compassionate care of Kitty. Remembrances in Kitty's name may be made to Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way, University Place, WA 98466.
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ROBERTS, JAMES  
James T. Roberts "Prez" James Talmadge Roberts was born March 2, 1925 in McCleary, Washington to Cathryn Martin and L.T. "Tal" Roberts. At age 12 the family moved to Tacoma where Jim attended Jason Lee Junior High and Stadium High School. After graduating in 1943, he married Alice Sweeting and they were married for 59 years. He then joined the Army Air Corps 8th Air Force and served as a B-17 waist gunner in the 447th Bomber Group during the European campaign of WWII. After the war, he put himself through college at the College of Puget Sound (now the University of Puget Sound) by working as a salesman at South Tacoma Chevrolet, graduating in 1949. In late 1952 he opened his first car lot on South Tacoma Way. In 1956 he opened a Lincoln Mercury dealership in Enumclaw which he subsequently moved to Auburn. In 1959 he bought the Oldsmobile franchise and by 1963 Roberts Motors was established on Auburn Way North. The Oldsmobile dealership was the staple franchise while he also had purchased Jeep, MG, Triumph, Austin America, Renault, Eagle & GEM franchises as well. For the following 52 years, until shortly before his passing, "Prez" faithfully made his way to the dealership every day. Jim was a member of the Joseph Warren Masonic Lodge #235 Scottish Rite of Tacoma, Afifi Temple of the Shrine, Royal Order of the Jesters, Tacoma Country Club, Tacoma Yacht Club, Afifi Yacht Club, Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Jim died peacefully on February 25, 2015, five days short of his 90th birthday. He is survived by his three children, Jim "JR" (Susie), Pat (Carole) and Kelly (Jeff), his grandchildren Hallie, Hanna, Alyssa and Alex, sister-in-law Kirsten Roberts, brother-in-law Herb Sweeting, nephews Don, Craig, David and Matthew, nieces Mary and Milanne and many dear friends. At his request, private services were held. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.
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TOCK, DONALD  
Donald Gordon Tock Donald passed away on February 19, 2015 from complications of leukemia. Don was born on November 30, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN to Gordon and Mermon Tock. He graduated from the University of MN in 1962 and later received A Master's Degree from USC and a PhD from Purdue University. As an undergraduate, Don joined the ROTC Air Force and left for active duty following graduation, serving for 21 years and eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his service he and his young family lived all over the US and spent eight years in Europe, travelling to many countries in Europe and North Africa. The family returned home in 1985 and settled in Seattle. Following his service, Don worked at Boeing, Mitre Corporation, and Napma(NATO) until his retirement in 2003. Don and Paquita, his wife and partner of 27 years, resided in Tacoma, WA and, besides spending time with family, traveled extensively, visiting Thailand, China, South America, Africa, and Antarctica. Don will be remembered for his boundless enthusiasm for life and an enduring curiosity about the world and everything and everyone in it. He enjoyed a good debate, but always respected differing viewpoints and never let things get personal. Although he was known to be frugal, he was generous with his love for his wife, his sons, and his grandchildren. A cheerful, gregarious and charming man, Don's appreciation for his friends and the best that life had to offer meant that he often found himself the life of the party. This talent should serve him well in the afterlife. Don is survived by his wife, Paquita Calva; sons Warren (Lauri) of Seattle and Theron (Kalee) of Mountain View, CA; grandchildren Eli, Nina, Ezra, Ryan, and Willow; siblings Gary Tock of St Louis Park, MN and Joan Wright of Chanhassen, MN as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends from all over the world. A celebration of Don's life will take place on Sunday, March 8 at the Tacoma Yacht Club, 5401 Yacht Club Dr., Tacoma, WA at 1:30. Remembrances may be sent to the Salvation Army 1110 S. Puget Sound Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405-2253 or via their website www.salvationarmyusa.org
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BERTELSEN, HARRY  
Harry John Bertelsen Dad was called home into the loving arms of Jesus on February 16th. Harry was born in Tacoma on May 2nd, 1925. Following his graduation from Lincoln HS in 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and served on PBM-5 Martin Mariners in the South Pacific, Japan, Okinawa, Saipan, and Honolulu. The friendships he made during WWII lasted a lifetime. Seven of them gathered together often to reminisce about their war days. Dad then attended and graduated from PLU, where he met and married the love of his life, Millicent; they made their home in Tacoma. Harry retired at age 57 from Peoples Store after 33 years as Vice President and Comptroller. Soon after, they moved to Hawaii where they resided for nearly 20 years. They traveled between Honolulu and their beach place in Lakebay, where Dad enjoyed boating and taught many of the beach kids to waterski. He was also an active downhill skier and golfer. Many memories with family and friends were made in both places. Dad and Mom spent many years traveling the world. He loved to share his stories with anyone who would listen. Among many places, Harry and Millie made treks to Norway, Ireland, and Sweden to research their family heritage. Dad was a loving example as caregiver to Mom for the many years she suffered from Parkinson's disease. They were members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Harry was preceded in death by his parents John and Winifred Bertelsen, and his wife Millicent (Anderson). He is survived by his sister Violet Campbell of Puyallup, his daughters Janet (Jeff) and Diane (Tom), and grandchildren Jonathan and Jennifer Pierce, Michelle (Jean Pierre) Pedinielli, and Tyler (Mallory) Tucci. We want to thank Harbor Heritage Home, Trisha, Jason, Emily, Archie, and all others who gave such loving and excellent care to Dad for the 2+ years he resided there. A private family graveside service will be held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. Remembrances may be made to American Parkinson's Disease Association, or a charity of your choice. To leave a favorite memory of Harry you can sign his guest book at www.havenrest.com .
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