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Edith B. Jaffe October 29, 1926 February 15, 2017 The world lost one of the kindest, most non-judgmental and loving souls anyone could ever have known Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Edith Jaffe was a true Tacoma matriarch, born and raised in her beloved city. Edith entered this world on October 29, 1926 to Phil and Anne Brodsky, "small enough to fit into a cigar box," as she loved to let everybody know, joining her older sisters Dorothy (Maier) and Gladys (Skorman). She met the love of her life, her prince, Morrie Jaffe, on a blind date, and they were engaged after only 3 weeks, marrying in November 1946. They were inseparable for over 60 years until Morrie's death in February 2009. She taught all of us the true meaning of loving each other "in sickness and in health." Edith had 3 children, Sandi Rowe (Kevin) of Richland, WA, Steven (Susan), and Jerry (Janni) of Palm Desert, CA. Edith was a lifelong member of Tacoma Beth El; she proudly served on the boards of the Temple Sisterhood and Hadassah. Edith worked at her family's business, Brodsky's Uniforms, which was operated by her father, husband, and 2 sons. Brodsky's Uniforms was a longtime established Tacoma icon for over 90 years. Edith's greatest passion was her family. She always found the positive in all people and life situations. She was preceded in death by her husband Morrie, infant daughter, son Steven and his wife Susan, nephew Dr. Charles Maier, her parents, sisters, and loving dachshund Rosie. She is survived by her daughter Sandi (Kevin) and son Jerry (Janni), her grandchildren Brian, Joel, Stephanie, Stephen, and Nicole, and 14 great-grandchildren. Interment will be held Sunday, February 19th, at 1:00 at Home of Peace Cemetery, 5421 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. Shlaf gezunt Grandma Ewiff. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 2/18/2017
Raymond H. Cheek 2/10/27 ~ 1/29/17 Chief Warrant Officer 4, Retired, US Army passed Jan. 29, 2017 in Sumner, WA. Raymond was born 10 February 1927, to Wanna W. and Lucy F. Cheek, both deceased, Sharps Chapel, TN. His siblings, Edward 0., Myrl N., And Elbert G. Cheek are all deceased. The family relocated in 1936 due to the completion of Norris Dam. He remained a Tennessee resident until graduating from Youngs High School, Knoxville, TN 14 May 1944. He moved to Akron, Ohio where he resided until entering the US Army in March 1945, he returned to Akron in 1946 and reentered the Army in 1947. He married Mildred Ann (Pulskamp) Cheek on 4 November 1948 and eight children were born of this union, to wit: James R., Hanford, CA; Martha M., Tacoma, WA; Michael D. Palm Bay, FL; Kenneth W., Bonney Lake, WA; Linda A. Babino, Clarkston, W A; Deborah L. La Chance, Spokane, W A; Pamela M. Ellis, Spokane; and Christopher S. Bermuda Dunes, CA. His much beloved Milly passed away after a long bout with cancer on 8 September 2003 and he was emotionally devastated with the loss of his wife, best friend, and loving companion for 54 years. During his 30 years of distinguished US Army he served in Japan 45-46 as a stevedore; Military Police, 47-48; Ft Riley, then in the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps until retirement in 1975. Duty stations included Washington, DC; Army Language School, Monterey, CA; Tokyo, Japan; Columbus, OH; Fort Richardson, Anchorage, AK; Fort Bliss, TX; Viet Nam near Saigon; Los Angeles, CA; and Munich, Germany. Raymond took great pride in the entire period of military service and earned the bronze star and other commendations. He was deeply committed to the health and welfare of veterans and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Retired Officers Association. Both Ray and Milly volunteered in excess of 750 hours each at the VA. There will be a Celebration of Ray's life on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 11:00 at Powers Funeral Home in Sumner. To be joined together at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA
Pub Date: 2/18/2017
Sheila McNeill Honeywell Sheila Honeywell passed away February 2, 2017 at her home in Lihue, Kauai. Born March 9, 1921 in Glasgow, Scotland, she moved to Seattle with her parents at the age of 3. In 1943 she married the love of her life, Valen, and, following his military service, they settled in Tacoma Over the next 50 years they raised their family, and had an active social life, enjoying travel, golf, tennis, and bridge. In the early 1980's they purchased a condo in Kauai, gradually staying for longer periods. Upon Valen's death in 2002, after 60 years together, Sheila moved there permanently. In her later years she became quite an accomplished bridge player, and, with her partner, frequently placed first in inter-island tournaments. Learning to play the ukulele, she often joined with others to share music at a nearby hospital. Family was always important, and whether it was a large gathering on Vashon or individual visits to her Garden Isle home, or even via computer, she stayed close to everyone. Her children Mark (Diane), Erica (Terry), Jock (Sylvie), and Scott, as well as 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, all shared their love for her. Sheila had style. She didn't wear sparkle, but she left a little sparkle wherever she went. She lived her life with strength, grace, and beauty. The immense impact she had will never be forgotten. At her request, there will be no service. All are encouraged instead to simply live with an attitude of gratitude.
Pub Date: 2/18/2017
Joe V. Kitchen, Jr. 7/3/1936 2/18/2014 Some of us do not know what we have until it is gone. "It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tisue and the pain lessons. But it never goes away." It's been three long years. Never out of my heart. Never far from my mind. Never loved and missed more than now.
Pub Date: 2/18/2017

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