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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of June 27, 2011

Obituaries for the day of June 27, 2011

Hazelett, Robinson, Klaus, Jennings


June 27 — Wilma Klaus, service, 2 p.m., Island City Cemetery

July 6 — Justine Parks, memorial service, 10 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, La Grande

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

Jeffrey E. Hazelett


Jeffrey E. Hazelett, 49, of Madras, died June 25 in La Grande. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Janine M. Robinson

La Grande

Janine Marie Robinson, 61, of La Grande, died June 23 at the Boise Veterans Hospital Community Living Center. Arrangements are by Boise Funeral Home, Aclesa Chapel.

Wilma Klaus

Formerly of La Grande


Wilma Annie Ruth Bruins Klaus, 104, formerly of La Grande, died June 18 in Las Vegas where she made her home the past 10 years with her daughter, Lila, and son-in-law, Tim. Before she lived in Las Vegas, she lived in La Grande and Nampa, Idaho. A graveside funeral service will begin at 2 today at Island City Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 22, 1907, to Henry and Anna Backer in Crandon, S.D. She was from a family of 11 children. One sister died as an infant.

She married John H. Bruins Oct. 8, 1924. They divorced in 1949.

She married Jay Klaus in the ’70s. They divorced a short time later.

She raised of family of 10 children. The eight surviving are John H. Bruins of Walterboro, S.C., Oscar E. Bruins of Heber Springs, Ark., Myrna Woodell of La Grande, Marilyn Winterton of La Grande, Lila May of Las Vegas, Sally Roe of La Grande, Sharon Belcher of Portland and Jim Bruins of Hermiston. She is also survived by lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children, Carolyn Odermott and Cecil Bruins, both of Nampa.

She and John came to Oregon in a big Army truck from their farm in South Dakota in 1946 with eight of their children and all their belongings that hadn’t been auctioned off.

Wilma had polio at the age of 3. Her granddad paid for the surgery or she would never have walked again. She ended up handicapped, but active all her life. She was a homemaker.

Her education consisted of eight years of school. She lived on a farm after getting married and coming to Oregon in 1946.

She enjoyed baking homemade bread and made pretzels, also called elephant ears. She made her own mincemeat for pies and crocheted afghans. She loved to play cards and put puzzles together until the past month. She made many quilts.

Dayle L. Jennings

La Grande


Dayle Leona Jennings, 64, of La Grande, died June 23 of complications from stroke at Boise. A celebration of life and party will begin at 2 p.m. July 17 at Fred Beeman Memorial Park at Island City. Her family asks that attendees bring memories to share.

Dayle was born July 27, 1946, to Sherman and Iona Murray at Tillamook. She grew up in Eastern Oregon. She graduated with honors from La Grande High School and graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Oregon State College.

She married Michael Howard in July 1964 in Weiser, Idaho. They had one son, Michael Bruce Howard Jr. They divorced in 1970. She married Warren Jennings in October 1973 at Elko, Nev. They had one son, Wade Tucker Jennings.

She pursued a career as a mental health counselor, specializing in drugs and alchohol for Union and Baker counties.

She later helped her husband, Warren, run Corner Store Computers in La Grande. She received a disability retirement pension in her early 50s and continued to reside in La Grande until she died.

Dayle was a member of the EOSC drama club, AA and NA.

Survivors include children, Michael Bruce Howard Jr. and his wife, Jessica, of Union, and Wade Tucker Jennings of La Grande; siblings, Lavina Greenough of La Grande, Aline Yeakley of Walla Walla and Nolan Murray of Birch Bay, Wash.; nine gradchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lynn Murray; parents, Sherman and Iona Murray; and husband, Warren Jennings in 2007.

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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