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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of June 14, 2011

Obituaries for the day of June 14, 2011

Shaffer, Page, Moon


June 15 — Trevor Page, Mass of Christian burial, 3 p.m., Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church; graveside service, Hillcrest Cemetery; reception, church

June 18 — Wesley Shaffer, memorial service, 2 p.m., Summerville Cemetery chapel

June 25 — Edward Wheaton, memorial service, 3 p.m., La Grande Country Club

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

Wesley Shaffer


A memorial service for Wesley Shaffer, who died June 9, will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville cemetery chapel.

Wesley, 83, lived in Summerville. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Trevor W. Page



Trevor William Page, 23, of Summerville, died June 11 on Hunter Road due to a car accident. Mass of Christian burial begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Father Christopher Agoha will officiate. A graveside service at Hillcrest Cemetery will follow.

A reception will then be held at the church.

Viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Trevor was born Sept. 12, 1987, in La Grande. His father is Chris Page of La Grande and his mother is Kelli Page-Elliott of Summerville.

He attended Greenwood Elementary and La Grande High School. He played football as a freshman in high school.

Trevor had not married, but the love of his life since high school was Sandy Kohler.

He worked at Eastern Oregon University for Aramark Food Service.

Trevor loved history and those who knew him say he knew every detail of the Civil War, and was also interested in the Medieval era. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, flying airplanes, camping, video games, music, movies and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of NRA.

Trevor’s family says he was a smart and outgoing young man, and he enjoyed making everyone smile and laugh. They say his family was the most important thing in his life along with his friends and his animals, especially his pet, Mr. Cat.

Survivors include his parents, Kelli and Frank Elliott of Summerville and Chris Page of La Grande; siblings, Haley Page, Lilly Page and Wyatt Page, all of La Grande; many aunts, uncles and great-aunts and great-uncles; and grandparents, Mary Tolles, Virginia Randolph, Ralph Hartley, Scott and Donna Hartley and Wilma Page.

He was preceded in death by his cousin, PJ Gray; great-grandfather, Bill Tolles; grandfather, Bill Page; and uncle, William Page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic church.

Susan B. Moon

Formerly of La Grande


Susan Bernadette Moon (Tannehill), 61, formerly of La Grande, died June 8 at her home in Horse Heaven, Wash. A memorial service was held today at Prosser Funeral Home.

She was born June 26, 1949, to Don and Charlotte Tannehill in Pendleton. Since her father worked for the railroad, Susan moved throughout Eastern Oregon in her childhood. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1967 and moved to Portland where she studied language arts, elementary education and music at Marylhurst College.

After graduation, Susan took to the road with a group of fellow graduates to hand-deliver resumes to likely schools. This is how she got her first job teaching elementary school in Fossil.

While in Fossil, she met her future husband, Jim Moon, at a dance. They married June 8, 1974, in Portland. She moved from Fossil to the Horse Heaven Hills where her husband’s family farmed. Susan liked to recall riding the Roosevelt ferry, one of the last on the lower Columbia, across the river to begin her married life. Susan and Jim had three children: Ryan, Garrett and Devin.

On the farm, Susan gardened, raised animals and became an expert baker, teaching community classes on the subject. She impressed her new father-in-law by taking his newly harvested wheat, grinding it into flour and bringing him fresh cookies in the field hours later.

Susan became an experienced equestrian and started a 4-H club in order to share that knowledge with her and others’ children.

Those who knew her say Susan cherished learning and strove to instill an appreciation for it in herself, her children and her students.

She was an accomplished cellist, playing in the Lower Valley Orchestra; a self-taught master knitter; an avid reader; and a writer and poet. A collection of her work was published in 2000 in her book, “The Telling Signs.”

Susan worked for several years as a special education teacher at Prosser preschool. She enjoyed scrapbooking and making cards for her friends and family.

Susan battled cancer twice in her life. The first fight ended with a remission and the gift of 20 additional years to raise her sons and enjoy with Jim, her partner and the love of her life.

Susan is survived by her mother, Charlotte Tannehill; and her siblings, Jim and Mary Tannehill, both of Seattle; as well as Jim, her husband of 37 years; and their three sons and spouses; and one granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy or the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation.

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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