Lucille Edith Hardtke
March 27, 1921 – February 3, 2019
Lucille Edith Walters Hardtke, 97, of Puyallup, Wash., passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Covington, Wash. She was born in Seattle Wash., on March 27, 1921, to Henry Richard and Florence (Harper) Walters. She graduated from Puyallup High School in 1939, and briefly attended Central Washington College of Education. Lucille married Gerald Noble Hardtke, who she met at a party at Surprise Lake in Milton, Wash., on February 27, 1942. Gerald served our country proudly with the United States Air Force, first during World War II, and later during the Korean conflict, so they moved quite often. Lucille was a very talented and socially active woman. She and Gerald were avid bridge players and were members of several bowling leagues, and she hosted many dinner parties as a young mother. She enjoyed golfing, dressing up, and loved to entertain! In their fifties, she and her twin sister, Lillian, were quite the tap dancers. A favorite memory was when the pair dressed as The California Raisins and put on a show for their friends and family. Lucille volunteered as one of The Red Cross ‘Gray Ladies’ in many military hospitals, a Family Service worker for members of the military and their family members, and was a Boy Scout leader and member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Sheba Chapter, when she lived in Minn. Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; and siblings, Myrtle Johnson, Evelyn Danubio, James Walters, Woodrow Walters, and Lillian Montgomery. She is survived by her daughters, Vicky Haden, of Cal., Jill McCready, of Haw., and Lori Wilkinson, of Wash.; son, Dr. Timothy Hardtke, of Wash.; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Lucille’s life will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, February 11, at Mills & Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater, Wash., with a reception to follow in the funeral home’s reception room. Interment will be private at Mills & Mills Memorial Park.
- Memorial Service with A Light Reception to Follow Monday, February 11, 2019
Lucille Edith Hardtke
February 10, 2019
I fondly remember the whole Hardtke family when they lived next door to us in Stephenville, Newfoundland, in 1958-1959. Vicky, Jill, Laurie, and Timmy and their mother, Lucille, in particular, was always very kind to me. This memory is sent with the deepest sympathy for all and hopes for continued blessing for the family.
February 5, 2019
Wishing you fond memories and much comfort.