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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of August 4, 2011


Obituaries for the day of August 4, 2011

Laird, Shafer, Goodman, Laing, Wheeler-Sullivan

Nancy J. Laird

Formerly of La Grande

Nancy J. Laird, 74, of Poulsbo, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died July 28 at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., with her daughter, Kristine, at her side. A memorial is not planned at this time. Those who knew Nancy may visit http://www.tuellmckeebremerton.com to sign the online guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society or to local shelters.

Richard Shafer


Richard L. Shafer, 60, of Elgin, died Aug. 1 at his home. A complete obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Verne H. Pieper

Island City

A graveside service for Verne Henry Pieper, who died Aug. 2, will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Summerville Cemetery. A reception will follow at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande.

Verne was 86 and lived in Island City.

Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Maxie Pauline Goodman

Formerly of La Grande


Maxie Pauline Goodman, 88, formerly of La Grande, died July 23. A celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church in Union. A potluck will follow.

She was born May 23, 1923, in Jefferson, in Ashe County, N.C. She was the third of eight children born to Robert Foster Brown and Mary Viola (Burkett) Brown. She was known as Polly when she was younger.

Pauline married Corman Deheart Goodman, July 17, 1941, at BelAir, Md. Dee died in 1990.

Their son Jerry was born May 6, 1942, shortly before Dee left for three years serving in the Army during WWII. Their son Roger was born July 15, 1946, the year after Dee’s return.

Besides caring for her family and her home, she always had a job outside the home. While Dee was in the Army, Pauline worked for Armstrong Cork, which was at that time manufacturing ammunition, and for Hershey Chocolate. Pauline and Dee moved from the East Coast to the West Coast in the early 1950s and made their home in Oregon.

Pauline worked many years for Paris Woolen Mills in Stayton and at White Stag in Portland. She was a seamstress, making clothes for her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. She made large braided wool rugs and crocheted blankets for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She worked in later years as a caregiver for the elderly, though she was older than many of them. She cared for Dee for years.

She said her family was the most important thing to her. They went hunting and fishing and went for firewood.

Pauline and Dee enjoyed trips to Jackpot and Winnemucca. She and her friend, Carolina, enjoyed trips to Nevada. She liked to go on the New Year’s Eve trip with Moffit Bros.

As she dealt with cancer, her family says she remained hopeful and independent and never said, “Why me?”

Pauline lived in La Grande for 30 years, sold her home two years ago and lived part of the time in Eugene with Jerry and his family and part of the time in Union with Roger and family.

Pauline is survived by sons, Jerry and his wife, Diana, and Roger and his wife, Kathy; sisters, Ennice and her husband, William Jordan, of West Jefferson, N.C., and Ella Sue and her husband, Glenn Grogan, also of West Jefferson; brother, Scott Brown and his wife, Judy, of Molalla; many grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Dee Goodman; great-grandson, Cody; brothers, Robert Brown, David Brown and Luther Brown; and sister, Rosalie Goodman.

Douglas A. Laing



Douglas A. Laing, 70, of Cove, died July 31 at a local care center. At his request, there will be no service. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Doug was born Sept. 10, 1940, in Dallas to Charles and Mabel Ardell (Tharp) Laing. He moved to La Grande in 1967.

He served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked 40-plus years in the press department for the Bend Bulletin and was later transferred to The Observer in La Grande.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, LaWanda (Woods) Laing of Cove; stepchildren, Rhonda Stewart of Oregon and John Woods of Oregon; a grandson; brothers, Gary and Anita Laing of Oregon and Kenneth and Phyllis Laing of Oregon; and sister, Bonnie Laing of Oregon.

Douglas was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


Barbara Ann Wheeler-Sullivan

La Grande


Barbara Ann Wheeler-Sullivan, 69, died Aug. 1 at her home. A viewing will run from 4 to 6 today at Loveland Funeral Chapel. The service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in La Grande. Burial will be at Summerville Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Salt Lake City to Frank Paluso and Neva Belle Latta. She graduated from Boise High School in 1960. On June 27, 1964, she married Gary Sullivan and they had four children John, JoAnn, Janice and Jennifer.

Barbara was a sales clerk and was recognized for her perfect attendance at work. She enjoyed doing art work, which she won several awards for. Barbara was a devoted member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She was a Sunday school teacher and was on the church guild and church committee.

She loved her cats, and enjoyed the outdoors and studying the stars.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Sullivan; her children and their spouses, John and Susan Sullivan of Placerville, Calif., JoAnn and Mark Durand of Bend, Janice and Alan Wilks of Pendleton and Jennifer and Bob Fossek of Pendleton; sister, Mary Ann Graham of Salt Lake City; 12 grandchildren; one great-grand child; and several nieces and nephews.


Aug. 4 — Barbara Wheeler-Sullivan, viewing, 4 to 6 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

Aug. 5 — Barbara Wheeler-Sullivan, funeral service, 10 a.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, La Grande

Aug. 6 — Verne Pieper, graveside service, 2 p.m., Summerville Cemetery; reception, Zion Lutheran Church, La Grande


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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