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Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Frederick Henry Helberg Fritz was born May 25, 1933 to Frederick and Adeline Helberg in Milwaukee, WI. He was raised with four younger siblings, Richard, Thomas, Carol, and Darlene. He met and married Lorna Foust. They had daughters, Janine (Kelley), Sheila McLachlan (Lamont), and Narda Garcia (John), 9 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Fritz passed on Feb. 24, 2017 in Lake Elsinore, CA. He will be laid to rest on April 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m., at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Kurtis Andrew Kolstad On February 7, 2017, Kurtis "Koala" Kolstad, 65, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away the way he wanted, at home and surrounded by his family. He was a loving father, husband, and grandfather. He was also the beloved brother of a vast musical family here in the Northwest and around the world. Kurt was an incredible warrior who fought the good fight against cancer for 12 years. His light kept shining long after most would have gone out. A musical celebration for friends and family will be held on April 2, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 14601 A Street, Tacoma, WA, 98444, from 2-5 pm.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Major Oliver Harvey Conrad Of 97 years, passed away on March 19, 2017 at his home in Lakewood, WA. Funeral service will be held at St. Joseph-St. John's Episcopal Church in Lakewood on April 1 at 1pm. Burial will follow at 3:30pm at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way. Obituary can be found at TheObituaryPages.com. Harvey is survived by his wife Christine Conrad, sister Ruby Alexander, daughter Susan Zenkner (husband Grant), son Bill Conrad, stepchildren Michael, Steven and Mary O'Neill, and six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his first wife Harriet.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Margaret M. Corvin Margaret was born in Buckley, WA on May 7, 1928, and passed away on March 23, 2017 in Tacoma, WA. Margaret graduated from Stadium High School in 1946. She worked at the Department of Social and Health Services in Child Protective Services as a homemaker, and worked with children and their families during her 29 years of service. Margaret loved her job and all the children she worked with over the years. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Kocha, her daughter Denise Corvin, her brothers John Kocha and Walter Kocha, and her sisters Barbara Martineau and Elaine Kelly. Margaret is survived by her sister Isabel Whannell, her friend and housemate of many years, Susan Kerns, her niece Sandra Juvik (Dave), and nephew Randy Kelly (Melinda) and their family. We are grateful for the kind and compassionate care she received over the past two years at the Orchard Park Care Center. At her request, a gathering of friends and family will be held soon.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Michael P. Williams Michael Williams was born in Tacoma, WA on January 14, 1950, during the worst blizzard Washington State had seen in years. Mike passed away peacefully in his home on March 15, 2017, with his daughter at his side, after one of the hardest winters the Thompson Falls area had seen in years. Mike was born to Alice and Gene Williams, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter Rachel Largent and grandson William of Thompson Falls, MT, and two sisters and two brothers who reside in Western Washington. Mike attended All Saints Catholic School in Puyallup, WA through his 9th grade year and graduated from Puyallup High School in 1968. Mike married Judy Norman in 1972 and they later divorced but stayed friends, and together co-parented their only child, Rachel, who meant the world to him. Mike started his career of power and lineman work in 1973, working at the "flume" for Puget Power in Kapowsin, WA. Later, he was able to transfer to lineman work in Puyallup, WA and then Lacey, WA. Finally, during the last few years before he retired in 2004, he did contract work for Potelco as a foreman before moving to Thompson Falls to be near his lifelong best friend and hunting partner Bob Hicks of Plains, MT, who preceded him in death and family. Mike had an unending love of the outdoors. He enjoyed many hunting and fishing excursions in Canada, Alaska, and many other areas. In Thompson Falls he made many friends and spent his days fishing, hunting, exploring, and taking in the beauty of Sanders County, MT. Mike enjoyed a fulfilling life that many men could only dream of. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, and friend to many. A celebration of life will be held this summer.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Shirley Ann Bostwick Of University Place, WA, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at her home on February 13, 2017. Growing up in Tacoma, WA, she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943. She married Gordon Bostwick in 1947. She worked at AT&T Telephone Company and then Tapco Credit Union until she retired in 1985. Shirley loved cooking, skiing and playing golf. She also loved to travel with family and friends. She later enjoyed going on international cruises with her life partner John Dolge. She was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Fannie (Woodard) Carscallen, parents in-law William and Verna Perkins, her husband Gordon Bostwick, her brother Thomas Carscallen (Irene), her sisters Beverly Tweedy (Jack) and Margaret Thomas (Al), granddaughter Elaine Bostwick Widener, and great-granddaughter (Thompson) Hailee M. Franklin. Shirley is survived by her loving son Donald (Pat), grandson Brian Bostwick (Nicole), and great-grandchildren Koral Bostwick, Brison Bostwick, (Thompson) Cera Widener, Kyea Cooper, and Mason Newman. She is also survived by her caring sister Carol Ward (Bob). Loving aunt of her nieces and nephews (Ward) Pat, Wendy, Penny, and John, (Tweedy) Sue, Sandy, Jack Jr. Jeff, (Thomas) Carrie, Mark, Tiff and David, (Carscallen) Sheri and Pamela. Shirley enjoyed visiting with friends and family and will be surely missed.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Stephen McCullough Stephen McCullough died March 13, 2017 at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Stephen was born January 12, 1957 at Springfield, IL. Survived by daughters, Stefani McCullough of Tacoma, WA and Kellyn McCullough of Renton, WA, parents, Blanche and William McCullough of Federal Way WA, sisters, Julie of Juneau, AK, Janice of Colden, NY. and Martha of Eugene, Oregon, friend Debbie Samuelson of Tacoma, WA. At Stephen's request he was cremated with no service. His favorite saying, "Everything matters, but not very much". He lived his life that way.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017
Steven Vincent Bennett Age 47. Born; January 16, 1970 Died; March 23, 2017. Steve was a son, brother, dad, grandpa, and friend. He graduated from Stadium High School Class of '88. His work record was so varied and he enjoyed every single job. The last place of employment was at the Red Wind Casino in which he held different positions. The last he held was as slot manager. He was enrolled with the Nisqually Tribe, in which he was very proud. He resided in NE. Tacoma his entire life. He was survived by; parents, Larry and Shirley Bennett, brother, Larry (Sunny) Bennett, son, Averi Bennett, daughter, Elysa Bennett, grandchildren, Akeana Rosita Starr and Louise Annabelle Starr. There will be service and Celebration of life on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at 11 am at The Billy Frank Jr. Community Hall, Nisqually Tribe, it's part of the Admin Bldg. 4820 She-Nah-Num Drive SE, Olympia, WA 98513.
Pub Date: 3/29/2017


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