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Lydia Smith

Jan 26, 1941 - Nov 02, 2023

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Gig Harbor, WA

Lydia Loy Smith, 82, died November 2, 2023 in Gig Harbor, Washington. She was born on a snowy January 26, 1941, in her grandmother's house near Akron, Ohio to Bernard and Myrl Ballard. In early 1942, she took the train with her mother, brother, and aunt to Southern California to join her father who had recently graduated from trade school and had secured employment as a tool and die maker in the aerospace industry. She grew up in Lenox, a suburb of Los Angeles, when the area was still somewhat r...Read More

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Martha Jean Bryant

Jun 24, 1947 - Feb 11, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

Martha Jean Bryant, beloved mother, sister, and friend, peacefully passed away on February 11, 2024, at the age of 76, surrounded by her loved ones. Martha was born on June 24, 1947, in Martinsville, Indiana, the third of four sisters to Efra and Jean Frounfelter. Her formative years in Kansas City, Missouri, were filled with summers spent at the community pool, nurturing her love for swimming and lifeguarding. Martha's passion for water sports led her to earn a degree in kinesiology from the University of Missouri, where she later graduated with a teaching degree. She dedicated her early career to shaping young minds as a physical education teacher and lifeguard, leaving a lasting impact on countless lives. A devoted mother, Martha cherished her children, Erik, Jeremy, and Allison. Despite the heartbreak of losing her son Erik at the tender age of four, Martha's resilience and unwavering love guided her in raising her two surviving children with boundless care and support. Martha's enduring legacy lives on through her children, Jeremy and Allison, her sisters, and her four cherished grandchildren. She was a rock of strength and stability for her family, always prioritizing their well-being above her own. Beyond her professional endeavors, Martha's love for swimming extended to the synchronized swimming team, the "Mo Maids," at the University of Missouri in 1968. Her determination and courage were evident as she broke gender barriers, becoming the first female member of the Scuba club at Missouri University after surpassing the rigorous test requirements. She married Jerry in 1971 and followed him westward to Washington State. Following the birth of their children, she stepped back from her career to care for the family. In 2003, her marriage of 31 years collapsed, and Martha found herself homeless and destitute with her two teenage children still in high school. Undeterred, Martha's unwavering faith and determination guided her to employment as a receptionist at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. With support from her church family at Harbor Covenant Church, she provided for her family, ensuring they never went without shelter or sustenance. Four years after her life was upended, Martha proudly achieved independent homeownership in Purdy, Washington, at the age of 59. She filled her humble abode with love and laughter, creating countless cherished memories until her final days. Martha's compassion and empathy endeared her to all who knew her. Advancing professionally, she became an esteemed office manager and later a respected funeral director and grief counselor. Martha's personal journey of triumph over adversity became a beacon of hope and healing for those experiencing grief and loss. Martha will forever be remembered for her unwavering dedication to family, her resilience in the face of adversity, and her steadfast commitment to her church community. She leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and strength that will inspire all who had the privilege of knowing her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor Covenant Church in Martha's honor. A celebration of Martha's remarkable life will be held at Harbor Covenant Church on February 24, 2024, at 1:00 pm. Friends and family will gather to honor her memory and share stories of her enduring impact. To to the family or in memory of Martha Bryant, please

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Roger William Sadler

Feb 09, 1937 - Jan 24, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

Roger William Sadler died on January 24, 2024, in Gig Harbor, Washington. Roger was born on February 9, 1937, in St. Maries, Idaho to parents Ed and Lorraine (Acre) Sadler. He was the younger sibling of two brothers, Richard and Robert, and sister Edna (Ted). His cousin Patricia was his sibling in heart. In 1954, Roger graduated from St. Maries High School. Roger worked for his brother Robert in his land and surveying business, and served in the US military from 1958 to 1962, most notably as an instructor at the US Army Engineering School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After the military, Roger attended the University of Idaho and obtained his Bachelor's degree. Roger was a life-long enthusiast of learning, and in 1975 attended the UCLA Executive Program in Management. Roger was a registered professional manufacturing engineer. In 1963, Roger married Nancy Jean Mullen and the couple began their 60+ years of moving adventures. Much loved daughter Brenda joined them in Knob Noster, Missouri. The Sadler family lived thereafter in Sedalia, Missouri; Huntsville, Alabama; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Washington, DC; Binghamton, New York; West Los Angeles, California; Montréal, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Diego, California, Crystal City Virginia, Austin Texas, and Gig Harbor Washington. Roger spent his career as a Project Manager, Aerospace Engineering Executive, and consummate start-up Team Leader in many environments. Roger was proudest of his service for The Boeing Company, the Apollo Man-on-the Moon Program, the Minuteman Program, the Saturn V Program, and the 1976 Summer Olympics, as well as his work for Systems Development Corporation, the Singer Company, AMEX Systems, Allied Bendix Corporation, and Tracor Inc. Roger was a member of the Security Affairs Support Association, the Association of Old Crows, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the American Electronics Association and the Barton Creek Country Club. Roger retired in 1999, and devoted himself thereafter to family, garden design, golf, and travel. Roger took joy in gardening, his annual winter road trips with Nancy " down south", attending every one of his grandkids' activities and events, excellence in all its forms, attending sporting events and watching them on TV, and spending time with his friends and neighbors, especially Don Rifenbery and Bryan Metcalf. Roger and Bryan went for day trips many-a-Thursday, in the later years lovingly chauffeured by Roger's namesake grandson, Sadler. Roger loved to read, and each year made a schedule of reading lists from graduate courses and listening opportunities through The Great Courses program, to continue to learn about "how the world works". Roger threw himself and Nancy 100% into seasonal and holiday decorating, with a monthly rotating ever-growing array of visual and musical delights. Those who yearn to feel this spirit of festivity one more time include his wife, Nancy, his daughter, Brenda Bono (Steve) of Gig Harbor, and his grandchildren, Sadler Bono and Stephanie Bono. The family would like to extend their thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Jennifer Slim, and the care givers at Tacoma General Hospital, Cottesmore of Life Care, Gig Harbor Health and Rehabilitation, and Hospice, for their loving care of Roger. There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial reception in the Salish Rooms of Ocean5, 5268 NW Point Fosdick Dr in Gig Harbor, WA 98335, on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11:30 am. We will gather to eat, drink, listen to live jazz, share stories and swing a golf club in Roger's honor. In lieu of flowers, Nancy asks you to consider a donation to the Tunnels to Tower Foundation. To to the family or in memory of Roger William Sadler, please

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Sylvia Hagen

Died : Feb 05, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

On Monday, February 5th, God called his beloved daughter, Sylvia Hagen, 83, home to be with Him. She was born in Barron, WI in June of 1940 to Daniel Swan and Mabel Macak Swan. When Sylvia was two years old, her family moved to Portland, OR where her dad began working in the shipping yards during WWII. When she was ten, they moved to Hood River, OR, to live and work on a dairy farm. She grew up helping her dad fulfill the many tasks required in farm life. She described it as a hard life, but one she appreciated. In 1958, she graduated from High School and then began her college career at Seattle Pacific University. She was the first in her family to attend college. She met Ronald Hagen in 1959 when a group of young men from University Christian Union Men’s House at University of Washington and young women from Seattle Pacific enjoyed a group date. She graduated in 1962 with a degree in Home Economics. The two married on August 12,1962 in Hood River and then moved to Albany, CA so Ron could attend graduate school at Cal Berkeley. Sylvia taught second grade that year. After grad school, they moved to Livermore, CA where Ron took a job at Sandia Labs and Sylvia transitioned to teaching 1st grade. In 1964, they welcomed their first child, Gwendolyn. Sylvia stopped teaching elementary school so she could be a full-time wife and mom but began teaching piano lessons on the side. Next God blessed with Jacquelyn, Carol, David, and Jeanette. Additionally, word of Sylvias piano teaching spread and she became a popular, sought-after teacher for many neighbors and friends. Sylvia is known for her remarkable Christian character and love. She dedicated herself to serving her church and community and never sought recognition. She served in her church’s children’s ministry, Bible clubs, women’s ministries, and served as church pianist. She is survived by her husband Ron, son David, daughters Gwen, Carol, and Jeanette, 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, sister Lois. To to the family or in memory of Sylvia Hagen, please

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Terrill Gene Bolyard

Jul 10, 1955 - Feb 06, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

Terrill Bolyard was born 7-10-1955, passed 2-6-2024. Terry was raised on Key Peninsula, WA. After graduation from Peninsula High School he enlisted in the Navy and went overseas, upon returning to the U.S., he served as military police in San Francisco Bay, discharge Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He started an HVAC business until he retired and spent his time fishing, boating, gardening, baking, camping, and visiting friends and family. He left to be with parents and brother Jay, survived by brothers, Allen, wife Norsey Bolyard, Marty Bolyard, Nieces Katrina Bolyard, Mira, Kene' Sealy, Adrea, Travis, Bock, with great nephew Vash. Services will be held at 11:00am on Monday 2-26-2024 at Haven of Rest Memorial Park (8503 SR 16 NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332); services will be immediately followed by a get together at 12504 106th St NW Gig Harbor, WA 98329. Terry will be missed by all. To to the family or in memory of Terrill Gene Bolyard (Terry), please

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Edward Martin Fessler

Oct 29, 1940 - Jan 29, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

Edward Martin Fessler, 83, of Gig Harbor, Washington, passed away on January 29, 2024. He was born in Portland, Oregon to Edward and Ada Fessler, nee Cappo. He was a loving husband to Ann Fessler, nee Moyer. Together, they shared a beautiful journey and raised three children, Mark (Amber), Aaron (Elizabeth), and Sarah Thi. He has 2 adorable grandchildren, Norah and Ada Fessler. Ed was very close with his sister, Betty Fessler Braet. Ed's dedication to his family was unwavering, and his presence will be deeply missed. Ed's educational journey began at St. Philip Neri School, where he laid the foundation for his future success. He attended Central Catholic High School and Gonzaga University, graduating with a degree in Math. He continued his education at UCLA, earning an MBA which equipped him with the skills necessary for a successful career. Ed’s professional life was marked by his tenure at Lockheed, Boeing, IBM and Weyerhaeuser. He made valuable contributions to these companies, leaving a lasting impact on his colleagues and the industry. Ed's dedication, intelligence, and strong work ethic were admired by all who had the pleasure of working with him. In his free time, Ed enjoyed various hobbies and interests, including running, reading and hiking. His participation in a book club gave him great pleasure in his later years. His greatest experience was walking the Camino de Santiago. In lieu of flowers, Ed’s family requests donations to St. Leo’s Food Connection (Tacoma), or a food bank of your choice in Ed’s name. Ed felt strongly that in the richest nation in the world, no one should be hungry. Ed will be forever remembered for his kindness, intelligence, and unwavering love for his family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of cherished memories and a profound impact on the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. May his soul rest in peace. To to the family or in memory of Edward Martin Fessler, please

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Richard Palmer

Aug 07, 1932 - Jan 31, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

Richard "Dick" Palmer August 7, 1932 - January 31, 2024 Richard was born in Viola, Idaho and adopted by Claude and Mary Palmer. Shortly after, the family moved to Grants Pass, Oregon. Richard attended Whitman College in College Place, Washington where he met and married Eleanor LeFore of Freewater, Oregon. They were married on January 4th, 1953, and Richard immediately left to serve in the US Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and then to Tokyo during the Korean war. After his return, the couple moved to Seattle where Richard worked at Boeing until he accepted an apprenticeship at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS). The couple made Port Orchard their home in the early ‘60s. Richard retired from PSNS in 1993. He also had a machine shop for several decades where he did contract work for the US Navy and for friends and neighbors. Richard was an active member of the Port Orchard Masonic Lodge for over fifty years and spent his free time volunteering with several Masonic groups in the Kitsap County area. Richard is preceded in death by his parents and his wife who passed in 2006. He is survived by his four children Patty (Greg) Mettler, Pam (Lynn) Manning, Richard (Chris) Palmer, and Meredith (David) Sterling. He has nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Per Richard’s request, no funeral or memorial service will be held. To to the family or in memory of Richard (Dick) Palmer, please

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Dale Gerald Bone

Oct 25, 1942 - Jan 30, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

Dale Gerald Bone (81) of Gig Harbor, Washington, passed away on January 30, 2024. Dale was born to Dorsey and Gertrude Bone on October 25, 1942 in Denver, Colorado. He was a successful business owner and pioneer in the concrete pumping industry. He married his wife Margaret in 1990 where they had a blessed marriage with a “blended” family that he was so loving and dedicated to. Dale is survived by his wife Margaret, his three children, LaCinda, Dale, and Cory, as well as Margaret’s children Scott, Andrea, and Matt. He was blessed with ten beautiful grandchildren. Aside from his business’, Dale loved spending time with family and friends. He loved to play golf, ride his Harley, and enjoy fine wine paired with his favorite Italian food. Dale had a love for life and approached each and every day with zest, energy, and effort. He will be sorely missed, but remembered in our hearts forever.Dale’s family will host a celebration of life in Gig Harbor, Washington in the upcoming weeks. Details about the event will be available at www.Hansenmortuary.com

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Rebecca Elaine Jordan

Jul 14, 1947 - Dec 10, 2023

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Gig Harbor, WA

Rebecca Elaine Jordan, age 76, of Gig Harbor, Washington passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2023. A memorial service for Rebecca will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77077.

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Joyce Ann Ison-Angel

Aug 11, 1935 - Jan 22, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

"Joyce Ann Ison-Angel was born August 11th, 1935 in Seattle, WA. She was raised and lived in Kitsap County most of her life, Joyce spent her early years with her parents, John and Florence Walton and brothers Roy and John. Graduating from West High School in Bremerton in 1953, she started her adult life raising five children. She worked at Spud-Nut Donuts, the Westgate Motel, Belfair Liquor Agency, and as a personal housekeeper while actively participating in her community. Joyce is a 50-plus year member of the Order of Eastern Star (past matron) and member of the Daughters of the Nile. Spending time at the family cabin on Wildcat Lake with friends and family was a favorite pastime - especially when listening to Willie Nelson, enjoying Camp Union Pizza, and swimming in the lake. As a Kitsap County native, Joyce was patriotic and loved the colors red, white, and blue, and bald eagles. If you knew Joyce, you would instantly recognize her amazing jewelry (Black Hills Gold, personalized cartouche necklace, and opals at all times), signature apple berry lipstick, and Elizabeth Taylor Passion perfume. Her best days included Pink Champagne Cake from McGavin\u0027s Bakery in any size, shape, or form. She loved flowers with lilacs and hydrangeas being her favorites. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John and Roy Walton (Evelyn), husbands Merrill Ison, and Robert Angel. She is survived by her children Debbie (Chris) Lemke, Donna (Rick) Martin, Dale (Ruth) Ison, Dorene Ison, and Merrillyn Ison; grandchildren, Christy Deese, Jena Lemke, Jaime (Melvin) Perez, Ashley Lemke, Amy (Seth) Hamlett, Amber (Mike) Nunley, Angela (Todd) Loose, Ashley Duszynski, Carlitos Davila-Ison, and Charlea Patterson; twelve Great-Grand Children, and sister in-law Joan Walton. Thank you to everyone that loved and supported Joyce throughout her life. A special thank you to the staff at Liberty Place that were on her team and the staff at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor for their kindness, compassion, and care. Joyce donated to many special causes dear to her. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity that speaks to your heart. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date."

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John Marko Jerkovich

Aug 20, 1931 - Jan 04, 2024

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Gig Harbor, WA

John Marko Jerkovich (92), of Gig Harbor, made his final voyage home on January 4, 2024, and is now reunited with Pat, his beloved wife of 65 years. Jay, as he was known throughout his life, was born to John and Mary Jerkovich on August 20, 1931. As a member of one of Gig Harbor's foundation families, he followed after his father and two older brothers and became a commercial salmon fisherman at an early age. Jay attended school in Gig Harbor, graduating from Peninsula High School in 1949, where he was a star football player. After attending Gonzaga University, he joined the US Navy where he served aboard the USS Lyman K. Swenson and was later stationed in Adak, AK. Shortly after his discharge, while fishing in San Pedro, CA, he was introduced to the love of his life, Patricia (Patee) Peternell. They married, settling in Gig Harbor, and had three children, Juleeann, Joni and John, Jr. Although Jay had a few "side professions" in his life - as a barber and owner of J's Barber Shop, and as a Plumber/Pipefitter at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, his true calling was commercial fishing; in Southeast Alaska and along the West Coast, as well as in the San Juan Islands, and Puget Sound. As part of Gig Harbor's fishing fleet, he was the "skipper" of several boats, including the Susie Q, The St. Bernadette, and the Pacific Dawn, and was a mentor to his many crew members over the years. Truly someone who "never met a stranger", Jay was known for his outgoing personality and sense of humor, as well as being a great cook, and especially liked to prepare his traditional Croatian recipes. He was also a first-class shopper and loved to go "into town" to visit his favorite store -Nordstrom. After retiring from fishing, Jay and Pat traveled the world, and enjoyed ballroom dancing and spending time with family and friends. He was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, where he belonged to the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Gig Harbor Fisherman's Club and Eagles. A diehard sports fan, he never missed a Seahawks or Mariners game. In addition to his wife and parents, Jay is predeceased by his brothers Nick, Sr (Brud) and Tom (Toe). He is survived by his children, Juleeann Jerkovich Loreth of Orlando, FL; Joni Dupille and Son-in-law Dave, of Gig Harbor; John Jr., and Son-in-law John N. Berg of Ridgefield, WA; Sister and Brother-in-law, Mary Ellen (Jerkovich) and Mark Gilmour, of Tacoma; and was "Didi" to his Granddaughter Abigale, and fiancé, David. He also leaves behind his beloved Wheaton Terrier, Polly, as well as many, many, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. The Jerkovich Family would also like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Virginia Mason Franciscan Hospice team, and the "angels" who were his Caregivers throughout his final months. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am, Monday, February 19th, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. Remembrances may be made to The Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community Services, P.O. Box 154, Gig Harbor, WA 98335/ghpfish.org. To to the family or in memory of John Marko Jerkovich, please

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