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Kovach, Florian Michael – Obituary

Dr. Florian Michael “Jeff” Kovach, 87, of La Grande, died Oct. 12 at a local care center. A celebration of life will be planned for sometime in the spring. The announcement will be published later. He was born on July 3, 1920, to Michael and Elizabeth (Farkas) Kovach in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in veterinary medicine and served with the Air Force in Korea. In 1946 he moved to the Grande Ronde Valley as the county’s first professional veterinarian and opened the Animal Health Center on Island City strip. On Aug. 30, 1948, he married Ruthe Dusenberry from Halsey in La Grande, initially living above the original clinic. He took care of large and small animals throughout the county, and was known by many. He later built a new clinic in Island City proper and loved his work there. He retired in 1987. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening and spent many hours growing a large garden and lots of flowers. He enjoyed fishing, especially with his pals, Joe Fredricks, Dick Crawford and many others. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthe Kovach. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Florian Michael Kovach Jr. of Florida, Peter Anthony and his wife, Rebecca Kovach, of Eugene, Rebecca Jo and her husband, Mark Sullivan, of La Grande and Nicholas Lee and his wife, Jan Kovach of Bellevue, Wash.; brother, Arnold Kovach of Fircrest, Wash.; three granddaughters; and other relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of...

Morefield, William Reecer – Obituary

Services for William R. Morefield will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Piper Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Wade LeRoy officiating. Burial in Tacoma Cemetery. Evening hours until 8:30 p.m., Friday. Tacoma News Tribune, June 6, 1968 Contributed by: Shelli...

Fix, Stella F. Hall – Obituary

Mrs. Stella F. Fix, 93, of 112 S. 36th St., Tacoma, died in a local hospital Wednesday [February 12]. She was born in Battle Ground, and had lived in this area all her life. She is survived by a son-in-law, Fred Ferritti of Tacoma; and a cousin, Bill Burt of Portland. Services are announced by Orting Funeral Home. [Interment Orting Cemetery] Tacoma News Tribune, February 14, 1969 Contributed by: Shelli...

Brunn, Marie Hertz – Obituary

Mrs. Marie Brunn, the wife of Dr. C. Brunn, died at her home, 3124 South Seventh Street, early Sunday morning [June 3]. Mrs. Brunn has suffered from asthma for a number of years, and about two months ago the disease developed alarmingly, causing her death yesterday. She was 45 years of age and had come to Tacoma from Seattle two years ago. Mrs. Brunn is survived by her husband and eight children. The funeral services will be held at her late residence on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Walker of the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church conducting the services. Interment will follow in Tacoma Cemetery. Tacoma Daily News, June 4, 1906 Contributed by: Shelli...

Lee, Robert Edward – Obituary

Robert Edward (Bob) Lee, manager of the Tacoma office of the General Electric Company and prominent in business, civic, and sports circles, died late Wednesday night [October 23, 1940] at his home, 825 North Yakima Avenue, of a heart attack. He appeared to be in good health during the afternoon and ate a hearty dinner Wednesday night. Following dinner, he sat down in his living room and fell into a sleep from which he never awakened. He had been at his office as usual Wednesday. About three years ago he suffered a slight stroke, from which he seemed to have almost completely recovered. Only a few weeks ago he took a 500 mile trip into the Cariboo District for hunting with Ralph Scott, President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Les Jensen, an engineer of the Star Iron & Steel Company. Lee was said to be the only person holding a position of his importance in the General Electric organization who was not a college graduate. From boyhood he had a genius in mechanical and electrical matters. When he finished high school in his native town of Orting, he went to work for the Puget Sound Power & Light Company. He was only a youth when he was made a foreman. Boys who grew up with him in Orting 40 years ago say they rarely ever saw him unless he had parts of an electric motor or some other electrical equipment in his possession. Popular with the youngsters of the town, he often had a large crowd of children around him as he explained, to a skeptical...

Lee, Mary O’Conner O’Farrell – Obituary

This community was saddened on Christmas day when the news reached here of the passing of Mrs. Mary C. Lee [December 25, 1926], at the home of her son in Tacoma. She had made her home for the past few years with her son Daniel. Mrs. Lee was born in Ireland and spent her early life in Melbourne, Australia, being married in New Zealand. In September she met with an accident and broke a hip and since that time had been confined to her home and with her advanced age, she soon grew weaker, quietly passing in the great beyond, at the age of 88 years. Thus passes another and we might say the last of the early settlers of the upper Puyallup Valley. There were only four families in this section when the deceased came with her husband to settle here. And since that time she has made her home in and near Orting. The memory of this pioneer cannot be honored too highly. For it was from hardships endured by her kind that the present cities and towns have evolved. Mrs. Lee was a true character of pioneer days. Always faithful and kind, and one whose greatest quality was in making and holding her friends. Her slipping quietly into the great unknown, takes from our midst a personage beloved by all. She gave to the Northwest the biggest portion of her life and sent forth a family of children well trained and honored because of their background of pioneer existence. Her thoughts were purely Christian and it was from the steps of Christianity that she directed the...

Hardesty, Noah – Obituary

Noah M. Hardesty, 84, of 2509 ½ S. 13th St., died Wednesday [March 28, 1968] in a local hospital. He was born in Spokane and had lived in Tacoma seven years. He was a retired plumber. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Joe Lyons of Tacoma; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday under the direction of Cassedy and Allen Mortuary. Contributed by: Shelli...

Zelten, Bessie Pedersen – Obituary

Mrs. Walter Zelten, 77, of 1001 E. 32nd St., died Wednesday [February 4, 1981]. Mrs. Zelten was born in Ellensburg and moved to Tacoma in 1942. Survivors include a son, Walter, Jr. of Tacoma; a daughter, Mrs. Irene Aylett of Tacoma; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Henry of Tigard, Ore., and Mrs. Louise Durland of Portland; four grandchildren and a great grandchild. Buckley-King at Brookside is in charge. Contributed by: Shelli...

Zelten, Walter Jr. – Obituary

Walt was born in Akron, OH on Feb. 5, 1930 to Bessie and Walt Zelten Sr. and passed away on May 26, 1997. Along with his family at age 12, he moved to the Tacoma area in the summer of 1942. He completed his elementary education in Akron, and attended Gault Jr. High and Lincoln High School here in Tacoma. After school, he was stationed in Korea with the Army during that war. He was a lifetime member with the Ray C. Roberts VFW Post #969. Contributed by: Shelli...

Swayze, Wesley – Obituary

Wesley Swayze, 66, for some years a resident of Tacoma and living on South L Street, did Saturday [August 9, 1930] at Hamilton, Canada, where he had gone on a visit. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Flora Duffy of Tacoma and a daughter, Mrs. Karl Smith of Muroc, Cal.; sons, Dee of Portland, Roy of San Diego and Hubert of Alaska, and four grandchildren. Mr. Swayze was a floor man in a garage in Tacoma for some time, and was a member of the IOOF in Hamilton. His body will reach the Lynn mortuary Monday and the funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Methodist Church, Rev. O. J. Beadles officiating; burial in Tacoma Cemetery under the direction of Lynn. Contributed by: Shelli...
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