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Death notices for Al La Fazio and Mary Jane Grove


63-year-old Alfred Gene La Fazio passed away at his home in Murdock on Dec. 16, 2010. He was born to Andy and Mary Ann (Rodgers) La Fazio in Fort Bragg, Calif., on Jan. 23, 1947.

Al graduated from Fort Bragg High School in 1965 and entered the United States Army in 1966 where he served in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge from military service, Mr. La Fazio moved to Alaska and worked on the Alaskan Pipeline for 10 years before returning to Fort Bragg.

On Aug. 4, 1979, he married Andrea Garlock in Reno, Nev. The couple moved to the Gorge area in 1991 and Al worked for Allied Waste for 17 years.

Al had an art collection and loved to go gallery hopping. He enjoyed hunting, shooting guns and camping but had a passion for fishing and was widely regarded as a good drift fisherman.

Al adored his dogs Buddy and Ethel Marie, whom he called his babies. He is survived by his wife Andrea of Murdock; sons Nelson La Fazio of Medford, Ore., and Addison La Fazio of Lyle; brothers Nick and Roy La Fazio both of Fort Bragg; sisters Bertha Humpries and Pearl Thorstrom both of Fort Bragg, Josephine Carver of Concorde, Calif., and Joanne Perry of Middleton, Idaho; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Frank La Fazio.

A memorial service was held at Gardner Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.


Mary Jane Grove (Scammon), 91, died in her sleep Nov. 14, 2010, at Providence Hospital, Everett. She was a resident of Sun Rise View Retirement Villa.

Mrs. Grove was born in Kittitas and she and her late husband, Rev. Harold C. Grove, served Assembly of God Churches in Yakima, Roslyn, Cle Elum, Eatonville, Deer Park, and Lyle.

They were married in 1936 and celebrated their 50th anniversary several years before his death in 1997.

Along with raising eight children, she was a professional cook, working for schools in Eatonville, and Deer Park, where her goal was to educate the palate of children. Many Eatonville alumni of the 50s and 60s will also remember her as a school bus driver.

In later years, she worked as the cook for Cedar Springs Camp in Lake Stevens, where her husband served as camp maintenance man. She is a member of the Lake Stevens Assembly of God church.

She was predeceased by her husband, a daughter Kathy, and her sister Elizabeth. She is survived by seven sons: John of Snohomish, Wayne of Orting, Joe of Jonesboro, Ark., Phillip, of Reno, Nev., Harold, of Chattaroy, Michael of Edmonds, and Carl of Bangkok, Thailand; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild.

A memorial service is to be held at Lake Stevens Assembly of God on Jan. 2, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.

Memorial can be made to the Lake Stevens Assembly of God Women's Ministries.


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