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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of July 6, 2011


Obituaries for the day of July 6, 2011

Winterton, Christensen, Cutright, Sana


July 7 — Mary Cutright, viewing, 11 a.m. to noon; celebartion of life, 1 p.m., Faith Center, Island City; reception follows

July 9 — Alice Eft, celebration of life, 4 p.m., lower Catherine Creek State Park, Union

July 11 — Ralph ‘Bud’ Winterton, memorial service, 10 a.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

July 12 — Casper ‘Cap’ Christensen, graveside service with military honors, 3 p.m., Hillcrest Cemetery

July 16 — Jim Patterson, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Enterprise Elks Lodge, lunch provided

Ralph ‘Bud’ Winterton

La Grande

A memorial service for Ralph “Bud” Winterton, who died July 5, will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Ralph was 77 and lived in La Grande. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Casper ‘Cap’ Christensen

Formerly of Lower Perry


Casper C. “Cap” Christensen, 92, former Lower Perry and La Grande resident, died June 13 in Boise. Graveside services with military honors will begin at 3 p.m. July 12 at Hillcrest Cemetery, 600 12th St. in La Grande. Anyone who knew Cap is welcome to attend. The Cremation Society of Idaho is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born June 18, 1919, to Frank and Avis Christensen (Smith) in Crofton, Neb.

He worked in sales, as an oil rigger, in construction, as a saw mill worker and truck driver. He also worked for Safeway and Union Pacific Railroad. Those who knew him say Cap was a Jack of all trades.

Cap married Donnis Brooks in 1940 and had five children. Cap joined the Navy in 1942 and was later honorably discharged.

Cap spent the last 40 years in and around Emmett, Idaho, with his beloved June (Storey) Brown Christensen.

Cap was preceded in death by his daughters, Donnis Christensen and Georgia Secrest; brothers, George and Wayne; sisters, Della Rose and Buella; and his beloved June. Cap is survived by brother, Frank “Sonny”; sister, Leetha; his daughters, Avis Gertrude Kampe of Puyallup, Wash., and Diane Darlene Brown of Gearhart; his son, Casper Chris Christensen of Graham, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind June’s children who took care of him even after losing their mother.

Mary K. Cutright

La Grande


Mary Kathryn Cutright, 31, of La Grande, died July 2 following a short illness. A viewing will run from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Faith Center, 10300 S. D St. in Island City. A celebration of life will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. A reception will follow.

Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest View Cemetery, 1161 SW Pacific Ave. at Forest Grove. A reception will follow at 1410 SW Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove.

Mary was the first born of twins on Dec. 14, 1979, in La Grande. At three days old, she became ill with meningitis. The illness left her with multiple disabilities.

Mary graduated from La Grande High School in 2001. That summer she became one of the first medically fragile residents to live at New Day Enterprises. She moved into New Day’s Pine Street home with four other residents. There, she received the care and support she needed to live her life to its fullest capacity.

Starting at 6 months old, teachers and specialists taught and refined communication skills for the deaf/blind to Mary. In return, Mary was able to influence the way these same skills were later taught to other children, her family says.

Mary, in her own quiet, loving, sweet way continued to be an ambassador and teacher all her life, her family says. Because of their work with Mary, people were encouraged to make improvements and search out new alternatives to help people with disabilities reach their fullest potential in life. Policies were created and changed along the way.

Mary enjoyed going to church at Faith Center with her parents and going home for visits. She loved chocolate, shopping, going to the beauty parlor, swimming, getting a massage and drinking iced coffees.

Mary is survived by her parents, Mervin and Glenda Brown Cutright of La Grande; twin brother, Eric Cutright and his wife, Tiana, of Happy Camp, Calif.; sister, Anna Cutright and her fiancé, Derek Hale, of Forest Grove; a niece; grandparents, Jean Cutright of La Grande, Barbara Scherr of Vancouver, Wash., and Glenn and Carmen Brown of Forest Grove; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Uniting Together in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Noreen E. Sana

Formerly of La Grande


Noreen Elizabeth Sana, 89, of Bend and formerly of La Grande, died June 30 in Bend. A Mass of Christian burial was held at 1 p.m. today at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Burial will be at Hillcrest East Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends was held July 5.

Noreen was born Oct. 23, 1921, in Pendleton, daughter of Arthur and Della (Wall) Berry.

She was first married to Alex Nagy, who died June 22, 1962. Her second marriage was to Paul Sana, who died March 3, 2003. Noreen was employed as a cook at a hospital in Alaska.

Her favorite activities were playing cards, going to the senior center and spending time with her family. Those who knew her say she was known for making everyone happy and always helping anyone in need.

She enjoyed quilting, knitting, reading, music and laughter. She was a member of the Catholic Church.

Noreen is survived by her children and their spouses, Joyce and Tom Fleming of Bend, Louis and Judy Nagy of Port Orchard, Wash., Don and Sandy Nagy of La Grande and Ron and April Nagy of Nampa, Idaho; her sister, Orpha and her husband, Vern Pieper, of La Grande; and several grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

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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