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Adriano Tony Vicente Adri was born January 2, 1947 to the late Johnny and Juanita Vicente of Auburn and Pacific, WA. He died August 4, 2014 after a brief illness with his wife and family at his side. He is loved and greatly missed by his family and friends and leaves behind his wife Chris; stepdaughters Heather and April; stepson Ron; son Jason Cruz; brother John T. (Margaret); sisters Erlinda Baloca (Jesse), Kathelyn Flores (Keith), and Paulina Davidson (Gary); 8 grandchildren; 3 nieces; 9 nephews; and many cousins and friends. Please join us in celebrating his life at the Filipino-American Community of Puget Sound, 103 6th Avenue N, Algona, WA; Saturday, September 6 from 2 p.m.
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Berenice May Bloomquist Our accomplished and lovely mother, Berenice May Bloomquist, passed away peacefully at age 95 on August 8, 2014, in Des Moines, Washington. Berenice was born to Austin and Ellena Ryan in 1919 in Portland, Oregon. She met her husband of 69 years, Stanford Bloomquist, in Crane, Oregon, where they were both high school teachers. They married in 1942 in Portland. Stan taught Berenice to drive a car so she could pick him up after he skied down the slopes of Mt. Hood! Berenice graduated from Grant High School in Portland, received her undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College, and received her Masters' degree in counseling from the University of Washington at age 50. She concluded her counseling career after opening Tyee High School in the Highline School District. Stan and Berenice built a home and raised their three children in Gregory Heights in Burien. They spent many happy retirement years living and playing golf at Glenacres. Berenice is survived by her three children, Dr. Dale Bloomquist (Dr. Heidi Horowitz) of Seattle, Nancy Brockbank (Wayne) of Utah, and Karen Duffy (Patrick) of Edgewood. Also survived by grandchildren Marta Bloomquist, Dr. Danica Bloomquist (Laurent Guex), Wes Brockbank (Emily), Brynna Brockbank, Deirdre Duffy, Clare Duffy and Tory Frol (Garrett) and eight and one-half great-grandchildren! Berenice was preceded in death by her husband Stan (2012) and grandson McKell Brockbank. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Highline Schools Foundation, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien WA 98166 or donate online at The family would like to thank Judson Park Care Facility, Evergreen Hospice and Bonney-Watson for their kind and compassionate care.
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Donald Lee Patterson Donald Lee Patterson passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 25th, 2014. Don was born November 27th, 1940 to MSG James Owen Patterson and Leota Bernice (Robinson) Patterson in Fort Collins, Colorado. He married Stella Barnett on February 15, 2003 at University Place Presbyterian Church. In his lifetime he attended the University of Northern Colorado, earned two masters degrees, and retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Major after serving in the Special Forces and Infantry, including a tour in Vietnam, during which he was awarded a Bronze Star. He was active in his church, local Rotary associations, served as Commodore of the Tacoma Yacht Club, and touched the lives of educators and students alike during his many years as a public school teacher and administrator. While he enjoyed running, biking, riding motorcycles, driving fast cars and sailing around the world, his greatest joys were his family and his faith. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sons, Craig Patterson and Christopher Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Stella; mother, Freddie Mae; children, Jim Bynum, Dean Bynum, Brandon Patterson (Kay), Portia Watson, Chelsea Chamberland (Darren), Marnie Stenersen (Jeremy), and Stephanie Johnson; grand-children, Tyler Watson, Trevor Watson, Melissa Bynum, Jimmy Bynum, Drew Bynum, Rees Yaden, Connor Patterson, Quinn Patterson, Brody Chamberland, and Colton Chamberland. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at University Place Presbyterian Church, 8101 27th St W, University Place, WA 98466. Remembrances may be made to Tacoma Yacht Club Junior Sailing. Guestbook at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Dorothy May Peters Died in Christ 8/24/14. She is survived by her brother and four children. Memorial service to be held at Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church, 5 So. G St. on 9/6/14 at 11AM.
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Earl (Bud) Harwood 7/8/40 - 8/15/14 GONE FISHING A good man's suffering ended Friday evening, to join his brothers Bill and Stan, and parents William and Mable Harwood. He leaves behind his daughter Anita, son Bobby, his loving wife Donna, and 3 stepchildren, Rob (Nan) and John Vanbever, and Dianna Walsh (deceased). All together, he had 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life potluck Sept. 6, 2014, 2:00pm, at VFW Hall, 4741 N Baltimore, Tacoma.
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Elaine Alice Runkel Of Bonney Lake, WA, passed away peacefully August 24, 2014 at the age of 90. She is survived by her son David Runkel, daughters Karen Runkel and Leone Tomlinson (John) and daughter-in-law Diane Bain Runkel, brothers Wesley Bickel (Maxine), Russell Bickel, and Jerauld Bickel (Marie), sisters Lorraine Sander, Marilyn Courtney (Mike), and Janice Torgeson (Ed), grandsons David Runkel, Jr. and Jeffrey Tomlinson, granddaughter Ashley Tomlinson, step-grandson Terry Bain, great-grandchildren Layne, Layla, Jace, and Remi, and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband Delbert, son Robert, and sisters Arla Abrahamson and Delora Stanton. A memorial service to celebrate Elaine's life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 214 E Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98372, on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine's name to Colon Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005, Peace Lutheran Church, or the charity of your choice. For more info see
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Eleanor R. Merritt Born on November 4, 1937, passed on into Heaven on August 20, 2014. She is survived by her 3 sons, Jim, Frank, and Dan. The Funeral will be on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Holy Disciples Catholic Church, 10425 187th St E, Puyallup, WA 98374.
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Jean Thurman Baker Was born on March 15, 1934 in Wilkinson, PA. She was a resident of Hawaii for 26 years and spent her last 17 years in Gig Harbor, WA. She enjoyed the beauty of her harbor view home, and gardening, but mostly spending time with her family and friends. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Jac, January 22, 2011, and, more recently, her dog and constant companion, Kiko. She is survived by her four children, Jeb (Cindy) Baker, Terry (Michael) Van Orman, Kim (Jeff) Wiltsey, and Cindy (Kalei) Fisher, seven grandchildren, Alysa, Kelcey, Matthew, Dylan, Adam, Ethan, and Sara, and her brother Oliver Thurman III. No formal services will be held. Please leave your condolences at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

John (Jack) McGrath 1919 - 2014 A proud Irishman and Tacoma native, Jack served with the Navy in the South Pacific during WWII, and worked for Tacoma City Light as a lead foreman. He and his wife, Lorena, who died in 2001, loved camping, boating, and hiking, and he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved working on their property, and was always willing to help a friend or neighbor. They were active in TOA, Day Island Yacht Club, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Jack retained his interest and membership in IBEW #483, the Masons, the Elks, VFW, and the Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club, where he taught hunter safety classes for many years. He is survived by daughter Lynn (Dennis) Magnuson of Gig Harbor, five grandchildren, 9 great-grands, 4 nieces/nephews, and many friends, especially neighbors Doug and Jeannie Peterson. A special thanks to the staff at St. Anthony Hospital, Emeritus/Merrill Garden and Manor Care, who were so wonderful during the last weeks of his life. A local gathering will be held for family and friends. Please sign his online guest book at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Kaoru Cora Murakami Cora was born on August 18, 1923 in Kirkland, WA to Torahiko Tokunaga and Tori (Kashiwamura) Tokunaga. Her family farmed and later moved to Redmond, WA. Cora attended grade school through high school in Redmond. When World War II started Cora had enough credits to get her diploma from Redmond High School before her family relocated to Quincy, WA. In Quincy, Cora worked with her family on a farm. Near the end of World War II, Cora left to attend chick sexing school in Landsdale, PN. There she met George Murakami, and they were married on December 19, 1948. Cora and George traveled and worked for chicken hatcheries for two years, living in Idaho, Texas, and Mississippi. They later moved to Auburn, WA and briefly work on a relative's farm. Soon after they bought a house in Sumner, WA. For 13 years Cora and George did chick sexing work at For's Hatchery in Puyallup, WA. Cora was later hired by Boeing initially as a janitor and later transferred to the shop to deburr parts and finally to the shipping department, sending parts to various locations. After 10 years Cora retired. After retirement, Cora and George moved to Tacoma, WA. There she loved tending to her flower beds and cooking for friends and family. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lois (Murakami) Saito and Jeff Saito (Ontario, OR), grandchildren Laurel Saito (Tacoma, WA) and Grant Saito (Boise, ID), and sibling Jack Masakazu Tokunaga (Maple Valley, WA). Cora was preceded in death by her parents Torahiko Tokunaga and Tori (Kashiwamura) Tokunaga, husband George Murakami, daughter Pamela Jean Murakami, and siblings Harold Haruo Tokunaga, Joe Yoshio Tokunaga, and Sam Susumu Tokunaga. The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate and endless support of Ron and Karen Murakami, Joe and Nancy Schneider, Arlene Thilmony, Julie Kanemoto, and the staff at Clare Bridge at Shoreline View, Franciscan Hospice, and Franciscan Hospice House. A memorial service will be held at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple located at 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma on Saturday, August 30th at 12pm. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Lydia E. Maloney Lydia E. Maloney passed away August 22, 2014. She was born April 13, 1919 in North Dakota to German immigrants from Russia, Fred and Elizabeth (Wolff) Job. She took nurse's training in Bismarck, ND, graduating in 1942. She worked at the VA Hospital at American Lake, WA, and the Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, WA. She married George Maloney August 30, 1944. Survivors include her husband George, 3 children, Dennis Maloney, Kathleen Kerns, and Nanette (Raymond) Hanna, 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Esther (Alvin) Christensen, Helen (Oscar) Ebel, and Gladyce Bowler, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents, one sister and 3 brothers. She was a charter member of the AREWS Club. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 1:00 p.m., in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Marlene Hope Berry (Christy) September 11, 1938 - July 27, 2014 Marlene had many successful jobs in her life, but being a devoted and loving mother was her best. She raised three children, Debbie Cummings, John Stalder, and Cindy Musgrove. She had six grandchildren, Angie, Melanie, Melissa, Kyle, Andrew, and Ciara, many great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, some related some not, but all loved. Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, sister, husband, and two daughters; Susie, her first born, and Debbie, to cancer in March 2014. They are deeply missed and forever loved. You can always tell where a beautiful soul has been by the tears and smiles left behind. Mom, hope Patsy sings for you!
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Mary L. Baker, 83 10/25/1930-8/23/1014 Mary Louise Baker of Lake Cushman, WA, passed away on August 23, 2014 at home peacefully in her sleep. She went to join her husband, Jesse W. Baker. She is survived by her sister, Viola Moore (Brett); her children, Russell Shotack, Buddy Shotack, Nancy Hurd (Richard), Steven Shotack, Timothy Baker, and Tawnya Bennett (LeRoy); 16 grand-children and 10 great-grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 28th at 1:00pm at the New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Rd W. University Place, WA 98467. Viewing will be August 28th from 10:00am-12:00pm in the funeral. Guestbook at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Mary Reese Mary accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1957 at St. Peter P.B. Church and was baptized by Rev. George W. Wilson. She was a graduate of the class of 1963 from the Old Lincoln High School, and earned a B.S. degree from Florida Agricultural Mechanical University "FAMU" in Elementary Education. She was a longtime member of Grace Chapel, and was employed as an educator at the Child Development Center. A memorial service will be held August 31, 2014 at 3PM at The Lewis North Chapel BLDG, 11621 JBLM, WA 98433. Mary leaves to cherish her precious memories one daughter, LaToshia Denise Reese (Thomas Hill), Tacoma, WA; one step-son, Reginald (Patricia) Reese, Maryland; two step-daughters, Cathy (Milton) Battle, Fayetteville, NC, and Melonie Reese, Tallahassee, FL; five brothers, Philip M. (Evelyn) Ardley, Oakland, FL, Larry J. Ardley (M.I.A.), Michael J. (Debbie) Ardley, Tallahassee, Wesley Jean-Eudes Ardley, Oak Park, FL, and Calvin W. (Deneen) Ardley, Orlando, FL; two sisters, Della M. (Willie J.) Harris and Patricia A. (Richard) Sykes, both of Tallahassee; two brothers-in-law, Theadores "Billy" (Cindy) Reese, Fayetteville, NC and Joseph C. (Brenda) Reese, Denver, CO; four sisters-in-law, Margaret (Johnny) McQueen, Apopka, FL, Betty (Jimmy) Garner, Mitchellville, MD, Maria R. Williams, Tallahassee, FL, and Dianne R. Page, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; six step-grandchildren; two god-daughters, Nicole Michele Ardley and Nicole "Nikki" Davis; one uncle, George (Delverna) Henry, Jr., Tallahassee; one aunt, Virginia H. Barnes, Tallahassee; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Silas B. Reese, mother Lillian Marie Mitchell Henry-Ardley, father Johnny Gallon, step-father James Ardley, Sr., and brother James Ardley, Jr. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Raymond Whitebread After a long and joyful life, Raymond P. Whitebread passed away August 19th, 2014 in Santan Valley, AZ. Ray lived his life with a strong devotion to his family, faith, friends and country. He served in WWII as a US Marine, 2nd Division, from 1943 - 1946, and was a recipient of a Purple Heart. He later joined the Air Force Reserves and served from 1963 until his retirement in October of 1981. Married for 58 years to Sally, he is survived by his son Michael, daughters Patti (Joe) and Lisa (Brennan), and granddaughters Nicole and Jennifer. Ray was a gracious and loving man, with a playful sense of humor. He touched many lives along his journey and was an inspiration to many. The service will be held at 10AM Saturday, August 30th, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Richard George Nixon Richard George Nixon, 83, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away unexpectedly on August 21, 2014. He was born on May 6, 1931. He grew up and graduated in Roy, Washington. Richard was a union plumber out of Local 26 for 61 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Audrey, his children Richard Nixon Jr., Daniel Nixon (Karen), Joni Cline (Gary), and Kathleen Skaar (Duane), and sister Janet Baccus (Dwaine). He has 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son Stephen Nixon, brother Robert Nixon, and parents. He was a cowboy, motorcycle rider, and avid camper his whole life. After retirement he traveled around the country in the motorhome and spent the winters in Arizona. He enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends. He is truly loved and missed by all those that knew him. Funeral services are TODAY, August 27, 2014, at 12pm in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

Stephen James O'Brien (Jim) 12/16/26 - 8/18/14 Jim O'Brien was born and raised in Tacoma, WA, and lived for over 30 years in Gig Harbor. He resided at The Lodge at Mallard's Landing for the past 4 years, where he had many dear friends. Jim was a lot of fun to be around, had an infectious sense of humor, and was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. Jim is survived by his children Susan, Terry, and Jeff, 5 grandchildren, Jeff (Jessie), Rory, Ashley (Heather), Amy, and Andy, and 5 great-grandchildren, Ryder, Nathan, Ella, Henry and Logan, as well as many loving friends and family members. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy A. O'Brien. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in late October. The family wishes to thank Dr. Stephen Kramp, the entire staff at the Lodge at Mallard's Landing for their wonderful care, and the medical and nursing staff at St. Anthony's Hospital. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, (253) 272.1414. Online guest book at
Pub Date: 8/27/2014

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