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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of May 1, 2008


Obituaries for the day of May 1, 2008

Cathey, Schwendemann, Stoddard




Laura Louise Cathey, 101, of Ontario and formerly of Baker City and La Grande, died April 28 in Ontario with family at her side.

Graveside services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Pastor Jon Privett will officiate.

Following the services there will be a reception at the Church of the Nazarene in Baker City for family and friends. Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette, Idaho, is in charge ofarrangements.

Laura was born Nov. 1, 1906, to James and Hulda Ray in Rushville, Neb. She was the second of 12 children. Laura’s family moved to Montana when she was a teenager. She met Hugh Cathey, a Montana rancher, and they were married in October 1925. The couple raised five children: Velma Corwin, Lloyd Cathey, LaVern Cathey, Verla Boles and Sharon Derrick. Hugh died in 1958 and Laura never remarried. Laura lived inLa Grande for a while to be near family.

Laura was a devout Christian.

Survivors include one daughter, Verla Boles and her husband, Bill, of Baker City; son-in-law, Harley Derrick of Ontario; daughter-in-law, Maxine Cathey of La Grande; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four children; three sisters; eight brothers; four grandsons; and onegranddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to any church or charity in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.

Margie Evelyn Schwendemann, 87, formerly of Wallowa and Union counties, died April 26 in Portland. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Wallowa Cemetery.

Marge was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Wallowa, the youngest child of Benjamin H. “Dick” and Martha M. (Wise) Anderson. She married John M. “Jack” Schwendemann on Sept. 10, 1946, in Boise. The couple lived in Camas, Wash., Portland, Lake Oswego and Boring, moving to Summerville in 1967. They owned and operated Western Automatic Sprinkler Co. since 1960. When Jack died in 1984, she moved back to Portland in 1990.

Those who knew her say Marge had an indomitable will that helped her survive and overcome many challenges. They considered her an unforgettable person. She valued her family and friends, and made sure to keep up with loved ones through visits and correspondence.

She devoted her life to creating a home and raising a family — her desire being that her children had more opportunities than she had. She was proud of not only their accomplishments, but of the good citizens and people they became.

Whether it was playing pinochle, gambling in Reno, deer hunting, traveling or reading, she was at her happiest. An excellent seamstress, she excelled at embroidery and appliqué. Everyone will miss her good cooking, but especially her baking powder biscuits, cakes and huckleberry pie.

She was a member of the 1909 Society of Emanuel Medical Center Foundation and Emanuel Children’s Hospital Foundation, a lifetime member of Lifeflight and a former member of the Hope Chapter No. 13 Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her children, Phyllis Crane and her husband, Marvin, of Clackamas, Malon Cowgill and his wife, Lola, of Kennewick, Connie Schwendemann and her husband, Pete Peterson, of Portland and John Schwendemann III and his wife, Verna, of La Grande; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, William Richard, Admiral Dewey and George Roland; and a sister, Violet Ripley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Shirley Elaine Stoddard, 66, formerly of Union County, died April 26 at her daughter’s home in Baker City. A celebration of Shirley’s life and a memorial service and potluck will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the V.F.W. Hall, 518 N. Main St. in Union.

Shirley was born Jan. 26, 1942, to Lawrence and Alberta (Holcomb) Conner in Halfway. She was raised in Halfway, Pondosa, Baker City, Elgin and graduated from Baker High School. She met Vernon Stoddard Sr. and the couple eloped and married on July 25, 1960. They had five children.

During Shirley’s life she worked as a teller at the 10th Street Market in Baker City, Valley View Nursing Home in

La Grande and the Union Market in Union.

Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to crochet, garden and read.

She is survived by her children, Patricia and her husband, John Weitlauf of Union, Jodi and her husband, Cecil George of Union, Kimberly and her husband, David Baggerly of Baker City, Vernon Stoddard Jr. of John Day and Daniel and his wife, Lisa Stoddard of Tochet, Wash.; sisters, Nellie Turner of Union and Rosemary Howerton of North Powder; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; sisters, Alberta Bowman Walker Conner and Pat Conner; brothers, Darrel Conner, Dan Conner, Donald Holcomb and Verlin Conner; and grandson, Joseph Weitlauf.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home to help defray funeral costs at P.O. Box 543 Halfway 97834.


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