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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 9, 2006

OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 9, 2006

Gerald Sylvester Chrusoskie, 80, of La Grande, died Dec. 3 at a local care facility. A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Chrusoskie was born April 2, 1926, to Barnaby and Vivian Laidlaw Chrusoskie in La Grande. He served in the Navy during World War II and after an honorable discharge returned to

La Grande.

He worked as a glazer at Miller's Cabinet for many years until retiring in 1991.

He was married to Charlotte Lee Spiker, and they had five children. They divorced in 1966. In 1966 he married Essie "Belle" Smart.

Mr. Chrusoskie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Carpenter's Union, the Eagles Lodge, the VFW and the American Legion. He loved doing carpentry, building houses and furniture. He also enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth Chrusoskie of

La Grande, Phillip Chrusoskie of Imbler, Catherine Moore of Irrigon, Teresa Smith of Union and Charles Chrusoskie of Portland; stepchildren, Mike Sirrine and Matthew Sirrine, both of La Grande; siblings, Floyd Chrusoskie of Olympia, Wash., Edith Tucker of

La Grande, Lorraine Chrusoskie of Philadelphia and Evernett Chrusoskie of Eagle Point; and six grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Belle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice or the Disabled Veterans in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

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William Edward Talbott, 90, of La Grande died Dec. 2 at a local care center. A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest East Cemetery. Viewing will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Talbott was born Dec. 17, 1915, to Clarence and Hattie Short Talbott in Dodge City, Kan. At an early age his family traveled by touring car to

La Grande, where they settled and he attended school.

On Sept. 1, 1935, he married Mary Svetich. He worked for the Oregon Highway Department and in the Portland shipyards for a time before moving

back to

La Grande. He worked as an electrician for Eastern Oregon University for 18 years until his retirement in July 1977. He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus and the electricians union.

Mr. Talbott was a great historian and shared many stories with children in area schools. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and woodworking, and he loved the mountains.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of La Grande; siblings, Grace Carpenter of Lewiston, Idaho, and Manson Talbott of Battle Ground, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. Dying earlier were a daughter, Virginia Talbott; and siblings, Hershel Talbott, Ernie Talbott, Pauline Yohn and June Christensen.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.,

La Grande 97850.

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Patricia Jean Whitmore, 81, of La Grande and formerly of Enterprise, died Nov. 30 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service is planned for the spring of 2007.

Mrs. Whitmore was born Jan. 21, 1925, to Thomas and Winona Stevens Bittle in Lewiston, Idaho. She graduated from Adams High School in Clarkston, Wash., in 1943.

During World War II she worked at the Lewiston Tribune and later at Hanford in Richland, Wash.

On Aug. 23, 1945, she married Robert Glen Whitmore in Walla Walla, Wash. They lived in Enterprise from 1945 to 1967, at which time they moved to La Grande.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, tending to her roses, toll painting and taking photographs. Until recent years, she enjoyed going to garage sales and planning for her own yearly sale with family and friends. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at the Senior Center, helping with senior meals.

She always had time to sit and visit and generously shared whatever produce was currently in season in her garden. Above all, she will be remembered by her family as someone who loved them completely and unselfishly.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Mike and Cindy Whitmore of

La Grande, Jackie and Jay Simmons of Oregon City and Tim and Cammie Whitmore of Island City; brother and his wife, Chuck and Louise Bittle of Clarkston, Wash.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2003.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Senior Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850

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Gerald Sylvester Chrusoskie, 80, of La Grande died Dec. 3 at a local care facility. A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Committal and interment will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Chrusoskie was born April 2, 1926, to Barnaby and Vivian Laidlaw Chrusoskie in

La Grande.

He served in the Navy during World War II and after an honorable discharge returned to La Grande. He worked as a glazer at Miller's Cabinet for many years until retiring in 1991.

He was married to Charlotte Lee Spiker, and they had five children. They divorced in 1966. In 1966 he married Essie "Belle" Smart.

Mr. Chrusoskie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Carpenter's Union, the Eagles Lodge, the VFW and the American Legion. He loved doing carpentry, building houses and furniture. He also enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth Chrusoskie of

La Grande, Phillip Chrusoskie of Imbler, Catherine Moore of Irrigon, Teresa Smith of Union and Charles Chrusoskie of Portland; stepchildren, Mike Sirrine and Matthew Sirrine, both of La Grande; siblings, Floyd Chrusoskie of Olympia, Wash., Edith Tucker of

La Grande, Lorraine Chrusoskie of Philadelphia and Everett Chrusoskie of Eagle Point; and six grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Belle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice or the Disabled Veterans in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

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Lawrence Henry Molitor Jr., 72, of Dallas and formerly of

La Grande, died Dec. 5. A memorial service begins at

11 a.m. Saturday at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Mr. Molitor, known as Hank, was born Jan. 5, 1934, in Chetopa, Kan., to Lawrence Henry Sr. and Nellie Juanita Caldwell Molitor. He was raised in Kansas and moved to Idaho during his teenage years.

On Oct. 13, 1951, he married Irene Humphreys in Idaho. The couple and their children lived in Oakridge, where he worked in the plywood mill, and later moved to La Grande, where Mr. Molitor worked for the Eddie Bread Company until retiring in 1989.

After retirement the Molitors spent six months of the year in the Yuma, Ariz., area. Mrs. Molitor died in 2003.

Mr. Molitor was a yodeler and a karaoke singer and loved country music. Four years ago he moved to Dallas to be near family.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Vicki and Bruce Kibbey of Dallas, Cheryl and Scott Hansell of Albany, Mary and Gary Allen of Kennewick and Larry and Nancy Molitor of Tigard; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Juanita Wilson and Verla Weber, both of La Grande. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister, Shirley Brackett.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 287 SW Washington St., Dallas 97338.

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Chester Glen Comstock, 56, of La Grande, died Dec. 5 at a care home in La Grande from complications of cancer. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Born May 15, 1950, in Seattle, Chester spent his childhood in St. Paul, Minn., graduating from high school and attending vocational school there, where he participated on the wrestling team.

He married and had two children, and was then inducted into the Army, where he served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1974.

He divorced and moved to Oregon in the mid-1970s. He joined the LDS Church where he met and married Melada Lee Doney on May 10, 1983.

In 1989 the couple moved to Pendleton for 15 years, returning to La Grande in 2004.

Mr. Comstock was a devoted husband, a hard worker and a good friend. He enjoyed gardening, animals and mechanics.

He is survived by his wife, Melada, of La Grande; a son, Travis; and a daughter, Amy, of St. Paul, Minn.; and a sister, Linda Wesley of Coon Rapids, Minn.

 
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