May Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:
This from the Legal Insights for Pension Boards newsletter may be of interest to our local pension boards.
A pension board’s denial of disability benefits for a firefighter’s back injury was recently reversed by the court, where the pension board clearly disregarded the findings of all the physicians in the matter and instead inserted its own medical opinion to support its decision.
In Scepurek v. the Board of Trustees of the Northbrook Firefighters’ Pension Fund, 2014 IL App (1st) 131066, Gabriel Scepurek injured his back while performing CPR on a patient. Scepurek felt his back tightening while crouched over the patient to perform chest compressions, and felt excruciating back pain when he stood up. Scepurek was unable to finish his shift and was transported to a hospital emergency room.
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Theodore "Ted" Sholdra, beloved husband and father, died peacefully at home in Renton, WA on May 4, 2015. In 1949 he joined the Seattle Fire Department, where he served at Stations 27, 13, and 36, retiring as a Captain in 1975. He then served as Secretary-Treasurer and Newsletter Editor of the Seattle Retired Firefighters' Association for 22 years. July 15, 1949, he married the love of his life, Mary Alice Munger, and they have been happily married for 65 years. They raised their two sons, Steve and Gordon, in Seattle until Ted built a beautiful house and the family moved to Maple Valley. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Steve; daughter-in-law Connie; and grandson Steve, Jr.; as well as extended family. He was predeceased by his son, Gordon Sholdra. The family would like to thank Providence Hospice of Seattle for their caring assistance through Ted's final stage of Alzheimer's disease. A private celebration of Ted's life will be held by the family.
We want to remember Ted and thank Mary for all their many contributions, years of service and excellent work!
Gary Barrett passed away 5/16/15.
Martin Gustavson passed away 5/11/15.
Richard Minteer passed away 5/3/15.
Thomas Leonard passed away May 30th. Tom served in the US Navy, then became a Tacoma firefighter. He retired from the TFD as a Captain after 25 years. Tom is survived by wife Eileen "Dolly" of 52 years and his son Schalk (Marjorie).
Wilma (Kiesser) Rosenow passed away June 19, 2015. In her busy life, she loved the Mountaineers and hiked many Pacific Northwest trails and also the Grand Canyon, visited and cruised to 16 countries, studied birds with the Audubon Society, taught English to foreign adults, worked at the YWCA for 13 years, was president of the Firefighters Auxiliary, founded the Manhattan Dance Club in Tacoma, and was active in her church, Life Center. Who would think she would lead such an exciting life of 107 years after farming the homestead in Montana and wearing flour sack dresses and button shoes. Wilma was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife who was led by her Christian faith. Her husband, Carl Rosenow, passed away in 1951 and was a Tacoma fireman. She is survived by her two children (and spouses), Marlene Bostic (Don) and Richard Rosenow (Pat). Her two granddaughters are Marilee Bostic (Dev) and Sheryl Bullard (Phil). She has three great-grandchildren. Wilma's life motto was, "Keep busy and do something worthwhile for others." She will be forever in our hearts and an eternal inspiration. A celebration of her life will be held at the Narrows Glen in Tacoma on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM.
Ray (Pete) Palmer passed away on June 15th 2015. Ray was born in Snoqualmie, WA. and grew up in Carnation. He attended Tolt High School and graduated in 1954. He worked in the woods and was a meat cutter with Safeway before joining the Seattle Fire Department in 1961. He retired as Lieutenant in 1984. The rest of his life he went traveling by trailer and cruise ships and enjoyed raising cattle and chickens on the small farm where he was raised. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, two children, Ray (Rip) Palmer and Debra Mock and three grandchildren. A service of "Celebration of Life" will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Tolt-McDonald Park in Carnation, WA.
Harold Minea, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 due to complications from
Parkinson’s disease. Hal was 87. He lived a good life. He was married to
Evelyn Minea, for over 66 years. They raised 3 children: Robert of Seattle
WA, Kristina Adee of Lynnwood, WA and John (Lynn) of Peoria, Ill. He was
grandpa to 7 and great grandpa to 3. He served as a firefighter with the
Seattle Fire Department for 32 years. He was an avid bowler and active in
the Wenatchee Bowling Association, a dedicated Seattle Mariners fan, and he
loved dragons and dinosaurs. There will be no service. His ashes will be
interred at Crown Hill Cemetery in Seattle WA.
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Frank H. Showman, 92, died Sunday July 19, 2015 in Yakima, WA. He joined the Army in March 1943, during WWII. On October 9, 1943 shortly after arriving at Omaha Beach, he was captured by the Germans and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. After the war, he joined the Yakima Fire Department in 1949, retiring 26 years later in 1974, as Chief Mechanic. He is survived by his wife Rose. There will not be a funeral at his request, but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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