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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of August 29, 2011

Obituaries for the day of August 29, 2011

Horton, Datchuk, Fitzgerald, Waldher


Aug. 31 — Joanne Fitzgerald, burial, 4 p.m., Enterprise Cemetery

Sept. 6 — Jack Scott, memorial service, 11:30 a.m., Elgin Community Center


Grace L. Horton


Grace Louise (Henderson) Horton, 91, died Aug. 25 in Wallowa with her daughters at her side. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wallowa Cemetery.

An obituary will be available later. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

George A. Datchuk

La Grande


George A. Datchuk, 50, of La Grande, died Aug. 18 at home. A private memorial service will be held later in Ohio.

George was born Jan. 21, 1961, to George and Rosemary Datchuk. He grew up in Ohio where he attended Austintown Fitch High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1977 and was in active duty from 1978 through 1982. After an honorable discharge, George worked as a journeyman sheetmetal worker in Bend, Pendleton and La Grande. He enjoyed fishing, gold-mining and spending time with his constant companion, Jazz, a border collie.

George is survived by his parents, George Datchuk of Niles, Ohio, and Rosemary (Mike) DiVincenzo of Girard, Ohio; two sisters, Debora (Andrew) Wojtkowski of Canfield, Ohio, and April (Steve) Rusing of Greensboro, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Stephen D. Datchuk and Christopher M. DiVincenzo.

L. Joanne Fitzgerald

Formerly of La Grande, Wallowa County


L. Joanne Fitzgerald, 85, of Milton-Freewater, died Aug. 25 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Quinton Kimbrow officiating. Ritualistic services will be conducted by Loyalty Chapter No. 47 OES.

Burial will be held at the Enterprise Cemetery at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

She was born Aug. 26, 1925, to Lester J. and Reta Vest Thornburg in Enterprise. She attended school in Enterprise and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1943. After high school, she moved to Portland and worked as a secretary. A year later, she signed up for Cadet Nurses, a government program during the war years.

Joanne returned to Eastern Oregon and attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande. Due to an illness, Joanne was unable to complete her education but moved to Enterprise and worked in a drug store. While in Enterprise, Joanne met and later married Don Fitzgerald on March 26, 1950. The couple moved to Grandview, Wash., where Don worked as a carpenter at Hanford. They later moved back to Wallowa County to raise their three children, Patrick, Debra and Pamela.

Joanne owned and operated Joanne’s Gifts and Flowers in Wallowa and continued to operate it until the family moved to Milton-Freewater in 1967. She continued working in the flower business until her retirement in 1973.

She was a former member of the Wallowa Methodist Church, and was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.

She was a member of Blue Mountain Federated Garden Club where she had served as director of the Blue Mountain District.

She was a 52-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and was grand representative to Michigan in Oregon 2010-2012. She also belonged to the Fruitvale Extension Group, Daughters of the Nile, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sorority and was a Rainbow board member. She was the 2011 grand marshal for the Muddy Frogwater Festival in Milton-Freewater.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 13, 1988.

Survivors include her children, Pat Fitzgerald of Reno, Nev., Pam Fitzgerald of Milton-Freewater and Debbie Jordan of Milton-Freewater; a grandson; a sister, Oneta Owens of Enterprise; three step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Loyalty Chapter No. 47 OES.

Patricia R. Waldher

La Grande


Patricia Ruth Waldher, 80, of La Grande, died Aug. 22 at home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born Nov. 26, 1930, in New Orleans to William and Flora (Stanley) Wegener. She attended high school in Louisiana and later moved to Portland and then to La Grande. Patricia married Donald Kessler and later married Robert Waldher who died in 2008. She spent many years in banking, working for The Oregon Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

In her spare time, Patricia enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, reading and gardening.

Patricia is survived by her children, Darline Robison of Hermiston, Donna Dewberry (Robert Levy) of San Antonio, Texas, Dane Kessler of Olympia, Wash., and Denise Hill (Thomas Hill) of Okahumpka, Fla; her brother, Walter Wegener (Laura Wegener) of Metarie, La; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 13 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her sister, Billie Bumgarner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available for families who would like to include more information. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center posts unedited obituaries at www.danielsknopp.com, and Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory posts obituaries at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.


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