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Joyce W. Snyder

SnyderJoyce.jpgJoyce Winifred Snyder, 83, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Shelton, WA. Joyce was born on April 5, 1928 to Alfred and Emily (Edwards) Wynn in London, England. Joyce was one of four children and attended school in London until the school was bombed during World War II.  She met her husband George, of 66 years, at a skating rink in England while he was stationed there. They eventually married and she came on a ship all by herself in March of 1946 to join him and start their life together. She worked for Olympia Oyster Co. and also Cook’s Plant Farm until its closure. She then went to work for Mason General Hospital in the laundry and linen department for many years. Joyce had a real love for flowers and enjoyed gardening and traveling. She was a wonderful cook and baker, baking wild blackberry pies and tasty cinnamon rolls for the neighborhood and family. She was always active in Cub Scouts and 4H Clubs when her sons were growing up. She enjoyed her family and was always by her husband’s side spending time together. Joyce is survived by her husband George; granddaughter, Paula Blandin; great granddaughter, Deray Blandin; and great great granddaughter Sarai Sayasane, all of Shelton. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings and sons Bryan and Leslie. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, 12721 30th Ave NE, Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98125. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Rebecca S. Napoleon

Napoleonreb.jpgRebecca Sue Napoleon, 55, Kamilche, WA passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Rebecca was born on May 22, 1956 to Lewis R. and Elsie I. (Natt) Nopoleon in Crescent City, CA. She attended school in Crescent City and married Leroy Black in December of 1973 in Taholah, WA. They divorced but have remained close friends.
As well as being a full time homemaker, Becky had worked in lily fields, in a fishery for the Quinault tribe, as a custodian for the Squaxin tribe and also dug clams in Alaska. She was a member of the Shaker Church and the Women’s Circle of Kamilche. Her tribal name is “Da-shoots” meaning “strong one”. Her hobbies included camping, hunting, fishing, traveling, swimming, reading, home video filming and collecting eagle feathers. Her greatest love was that of her children and grandchildren and her family will remember her for her wonderful sense of humor.
She is survived by daughter, Lolita Black, Taholah; sons, Daniel Napoleon, Kamilche, Stanley Napoleon, Taholah; sister, Deborah Napoleon-Obi, Kamilche; brother, Lewis “Robert” Napoleon, Kamilche; eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held at the Squaxin Island Gymnasium on Monday, March 12, 2012. Donations can be made to the family (contact person is Gloria Hill 360-229-6324) or to an animal charity of the donor’s choice. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Loretta M. La Berge

Loretta May La Berge, 79, died on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Mason General Hospital. Loretta was born on May 17, 1932 to Dominic and Adeline (Crivellone) Rogers in Pasco, WA. She graduated from Milwaukee High in Oregon. She married Jean La Berge in Longview, WA and was a full time homemaker raising eight children. Loretta enjoyed gardening, crocheting and was an avid reader. She owned a rabbit named “Bunny”, finches and a couple of canaries. Her family will remember her as being very religious and serious, but a very loving woman that loved her children and family very much.
She is survived by her sons, John La Berge, Allyn, WA, Ronald La Berge, Shelton, Thomas La Berge, Grapeview and Gerald La Berge (Abita), Grapeview; daughters, Paula La Berge, Shelton, Theresa Criss (Jon) Belfair, J’Anna Frisby (Matt), Belfair, and Janell Chandler (Eddie), Battleground, WA; sister Mary Webb, brother Frank Rogers, 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
At her request no services will be held. Donations can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.