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Craig Allen Newbern It is with great sorrow we report Craig Newbern passed away in Tacoma, WA, on October 11, 2014. He was born on February 10, 1975 in Oakland, California. Moving to Washington at a young age, Craig developed many lasting bonds. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and working in different locations in the Midwest and Northeast, he returned to Tacoma to be with his friends. In his short life, he touched so many. He was a kind and loving person, never hesitating to answer a request for a favor or assistance. He sought out those that felt excluded and made sure they knew someone cared about them. He will always be remembered as family to everyone. Lil' Face will miss her Uncle Craig. He is survived by his children Reese and Senah, his mother Sharon, brothers Richard and Chris, and his "family:" Lisa, CJ, Corey, Kylee, and Lil' Face. Friends will gather to remember Craig on Sunday, October 26, at 3 p.m. at the VFW Lodge 10018, 4741 N. Baltimore in Tacoma. "Love you, Craig."
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

Diane F. Barbre On October 17, 2014, Diane at age 72, passed away with the comfort of her family in Puyallup, Washington. She was born on December 24, 1941 and raised in Tacoma, graduating from Lincoln High School. She met and married her husband, James R. Barbre in 1962, who preceded her death in 2005. During her 43 years of marriage, she raised two children, daughter Carmen M. Jensen (Doug) of Steilacoom, WA and Trent R. Barbre (Terri) of Puyallup, WA. She has 4 grandchildren Austin, Jordin, Lane and Chase. Diane is survived by her loving sisters, Jan Flanigan of Puyallup, WA and Jeanne Guill of University Place, WA, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents Theodore and Fern Anderson, her sister Carol Padilla and most recently her brother Patrick Anderson. Diane was the best homemaker in the world! Great cook, home decorator and co-partner in their Mobile Industrial Catering Service. She was very dedicated to her children and grandchildren, not to mention all her nieces, nephews and children's friends. Most recently, she really enjoyed watching all the music and talent shows on TV. We will miss her very much and know that now she is at peace! A memorial service will be held at the Steilacoom Town Hall on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 1pm. Please visit to sign and view our guestbook.
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

Eileen Rose Toth Born October 18th, 1946, passed away peacefully on October 18th, 2014 after a brave fight with metastatic breast cancer. Eileen is survived by her daughters Amy Atkinson (Colin) and Katherine Murto (Justin); brothers Thomas Toth (Dorothy) and Richard Toth (Susan). Eileen was also blessed to have six grandchildren; Isabella, Sophia, Ava, Olivia, Theodore, and Franklin. Eileen is also survived by her husband Hari Alipuria, her partner of 15 years, who she had the joy to marry this past March. Eileen is preceded in death by her loving late husband Patrick Murto, who also lost his battle with cancer in 1998. Eileen was born in Phillipsburg, NJ to Lester and Rose Toth. She attended Phillipsburg High School and was her class valedictorian. She then attended Ursinus College in PA where she studied Pre-Medicine and graduated with honors. She was one of the first women to attend Harvard Medical School, where she graduated with honors in 1972. After working on the East Coast for a few years she moved to Vashon, WA where she met Pat, started her own practice, and started her family. Some of Eileen's many accomplishments include becoming the first female president of the Pierce County Medical Society, leading her daughter's girl-scout troop for many years, and attending PLU after her retirement to study Anthropology and Religion. She also selflessly entered a study at UW Medicine in hopes that future generations would benefit from the research done on her specific type of cancer. Services will be held at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Tacoma on Tuesday, October 28th at 12:10 pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

John "Butch" Howard Age 74, of Elbe, died Oct. 10, 2014 in Puyallup. He was born Sept. 1, 1940 in Tacoma. John is survived by his wife Joyce, and sons Jeff, John, and Jim. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. On Sun., Oct. 26, 2014, a pot-luck will be held from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. at their residence in Elbe, WA 98330. Arrangements by Weeks' Funeral Home in Buckley, WA. Please sign the online guest book at
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

Marilyn E. Fadeley Age 75, passed away on October 16, 2014 in Federal Way, WA. She was born on August 8, 1939 in Dayton, OH to Verlon and Esther (Nelson) Billings. She worked for many years at the M.C.S.S. on Fort Lewis Army Base. Marilyn enjoyed painting, reading on her deck, watching hummingbirds, cheering the Seahawks, and her dog Daisy. Marilyn is survived by her sons Jeff and Eric Fadeley, and special friends Ann, Chris, Cheyanna, Kevin and Colin. Also her many extended family from the neighborhood. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard, and three sisters, Evelyn, Dorothy, and Pauline. Visitation will be from 8am to 12 noon Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Mountain View Funeral Home, followed by a 1:15pm graveside at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

Robert W. Robbins (Ribby) Was born June 18, 1923 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away Oct. 11, 2014, in his assisted living home in Tacoma, of pneumonia and complications. Bob was raised in Aberdeen, WA, with fond memories of Canyon Court. He graduated from Weatherwax (Aberdeen High) in 1941 and he briefly attended Gray's Harbor J.C. until WWII came along. He served 3 ½ years as a Navy medical corpsman at Pearl Harbor, well after the attack. After the war, he attended Washington State where he majored in business and received his B.A. He was a proud member of the TKE fraternity where he made lifelong friends. He played basketball and volleyball for the colleges he attended. After college he went to work for Weyerhaeuser starting in sales, then moving to new product planning and development. There he helped implement transporting lumber from boxcars to flatcars, and the innovation of wrapping lumber in a water resistant material, still in use today. In his last years with Weyerhaeuser he worked with The American Railroad Association implementing many transportation improvements. He retired after 38 years in 1988. In 1948 he married Jane Wyant, and had two daughters. They later divorced. In 1961 Bob married Nita Reid. They were married until her death in 2002. Bob traveled the world (and all 50 states) through his work, and on his own. He was fortunate later in life to have met Helen Waddle of Spokane, WA, who joined him in his traveling, cruising, dancing and enjoying life. As a history buff, the highlight of his travels was being able to visit Waterloo. He had a love for fishing, cruising, dancing, music (especially big band music) swimming and was an avid reader. He played drums in high school and was a member of an all boys' dance band where he was paid 2 silver dollars a night. His missed calling in life, according to his daughters, was not being a sports writer or sportscaster! He especially enjoyed college football. He was fortunate to have lived with views of his beloved Mt. Rainier, lakes, and/or Puget Sound. Bob's humor, quick wit, and personality endeared him to friends, family and strangers alike. His motto in life: Long Life, Quick Death, and Lots of Fun in-between (which, for the most part happened). Bob leaves behind his daughters, Janet Robbins of Bainbridge Island, WA, Kathy Robbins of Salt Lake City, UT, and step son, Gary Reid of Everett, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. Robbins and Ethel Irene Robbins, wife Nita, step son Dale Reid, and Helen Waddle. Per his wishes, no services have been planned.
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

Roy E. Bonner Roy E. Bonner was born March 15, 1939, and passed away October 20, 2014. There will be a Celebration of Life held at Roy's home on November 8, 2014. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

William Howarth "Howie" Meadowcroft Age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at his home in Lakewood, WA. His last days were spent overlooking the view of his beloved American Lake where he enjoyed many years of boating and proudly flying his collection of flags. He was born on January 30, 1929 in Seattle, WA to Lillian Howarth and Dr. Albert Henry Meadowcroft. Howie spent his childhood years growing up in the Highlands and attended Lakeside School before beginning his college career at Stanford and the College of Puget Sound (University of Puget Sound). At UPS, Howie joined the Sigma Nu Fraternity and served as President his junior year. In 1954, he completed his secondary education by earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Howie married Elizabeth "Wiz" Weyerhaeuser on March 2, 1957 in Lakewood, WA where they raised a family which grew to 5 children and 14 grandchildren. Together Howie and Wiz forged many friendships and loved to entertain. They also loved to travel and enjoyed many family adventures exploring Africa, Hawaii, Europe and Arizona. Howie took his camera wherever he went. Everyone who knew Howie will remember him as a fixture at numerous events documenting important moments. He leaves behind thousands of photos and precious home movies that will be cherished. Howie was equally known for his unrivaled passion for politics. He was dedicated to attending and supporting political events in the Puget Sound Region and very much enjoyed the thrill of the political arena. Howie spent his entire business career at the Weyerhaeuser Company from 1950-1986. During his tenure, he held various positions within the company beginning with Marketing and then serving as Project Coordinator for Corporate Headquarters in Federal Way from 1967-69. The bulk of his career, however, was spent serving as Assistant to the President where Howie spent many loyal years beside his lifetime friend and brother-in-law, George Weyerhaeuser. Howie loved being involved in the Tacoma and Seattle communities. He proudly served on numerous boards over the years. Some of his favorites included: Miller Botanical Garden Trust and Charitable Foundation, Tacoma Sports Council, Charles Wright Academy Board of Trustees (Chair), Forest History Society, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KeyBank (Puget Sound Bank), Mary Bridge Children's Foundation, Tacoma Art Museum (President), University of Puget Sound, Washington State Historical Society, Virginia Mason Medical Foundation, Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. But close to his heart and a board that brought Howie much joy was the University of Washington Tyee Board of Advisors where he served as President from 1983-1984. Howie's greatest joy in life was making things happen and taking care of people. He did this with gusto for the 53 years he was married to Wiz and beyond. Howie is survived by his sister, Jane Robison and his 5 children: Laura Hofberg, Lisa Politeo (Mike), Anne Meadowcroft, Mark Meadowcroft (Gloriana), and Dave Meadowcroft (Anna); and 14 grandchildren Kate, David, Sam, Nathan (Mercedez), Spencer, Claire, John, Madeline, Daniel, Brooks, Carson, Blake, Lauren and Alex. In addition to his parents and Wiz, he was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Challman and his brother Tom Meadowcroft. The family is grateful for the compassionate care given to Howie over the last several years by May Maynard, Normie Hathaway and Barbara Kaapana. Heartfelt thanks goes to Barbara Kaszewicz for 12 years of loyal dedication and friendship to Howie and Wiz. Her care for them was first class. Profound gratitude goes to the wonderful Marilyn Hager for 14 years of caring, professional and attentive assistance to Howie. A celebration of Howie's life will be held in late Fall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation or the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Please sign the online guestbook and look for details regarding the upcoming memorial service at
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

William P. Nelson William P. Nelson, born in Seattle on May 21, 1931 to Gertrude and Archie Nelson, raised in Tacoma, graduated from Lincoln High School. He attended Bates Vocational School for boat building and joined the U.S. Navy in 1951. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Oleta. Raised 4 children, Eric (Cindy), Bob (Rose), Melinda, and John (Barb). He worked as a union carpenter out of the local 470 in Tacoma for 35 years. He always enjoyed being on or near the water, taking his family to Alaska on a boat that he built. He enjoyed baseball and family vacations and he will be fondly remembered by 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Thursday, 11:30 A.M., at Mountain View Memorial Park. Visitation Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 10/21/2014

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