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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of September 30, 2011


Obituaries for the day of September 30, 2011

Bailey, Reinecke, Thomas


Oct. 1 — Gladys Nobles, celebration of life, 3 p.m., Enterprise Elks Lodge; dinner to follow

Oct. 1 — Edith Johnson, memorial service, 2 p.m., Wallowa Christian Church

Oct. 4 — Al Thomas, memorial service, 2 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center

Oct. 8 — Estella West, graveside service, 2 p.m., Union Cemetery

Oct. 8 — Emmett Bailey, remembrance gathering, 2 p.m., Emmett’s cabin, Glass Hill Road, La Grande


Emmett G. Bailey

La Grande


Emmett Gerald Bailey, 68, of La Grande, died Sept. 9. A remembrance gathering of family and friends is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Emmett’s cabin on Glass Hill Road in La Grande.

He was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Bluefield, W.Va., son of the late Wayne and Florence Bailey. He was a former resident of Marlinton, W.Va.

He was an honor graduate of Marlinton High School and he attended West Point Military Academy, Concord College, West Virginia University and Kent State University, obtaining a degree in psychology. He worked as a real estate appraiser in La Grande before retiring on disability.

Emmett is remembered for his work as an early manager for the Mt. Emily Food Co-op and he enjoyed marching as the flag bearer for the precision drill team “Lawn Chairs for Peace.”

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Brandon; and his friend and companion, Ann Eskridge.

Surviving are his son, Demian Alfred Wayne Bailey and his wife, Tiffany; two grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Irene Chappelear Nicowski and her husband, Hank, of Dunkirk, Md., and Key West, Fla., and Cheryl Ann Morrison and her husband, Robert, of Danville, Va. Also surviving are Ann Eskridge’s son, Todd Cleek, and his wife, Debbie, of Portland, who cared for Emmett the last 10 years; a niece; and a nephew.



Theresa A. Reinecke

Formerly of La Grande and Wallowa


Theresa Ann Reinecke, 81, formerly of La Grande and Wallowa, died July 23 at Aegis of Aptos in Santa Cruz, Calif. A rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 with a Mass at 10:30 at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. Father Julian Cassar will officiate. Urn burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. A luncheon will be served to family and friends at St. Francis de Sales parish hall following.

Theresa was born June 5, 1930, to Raymond and Angela Brown in The Dalles. She attended school at St. Patrick’s Parish in Walla Walla, Wash., and St. Francis Academy in Baker City, graduating from St. Francis Academy in 1948. Theresa attended Marylhurst Catholic College for Women and West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., majoring in home economics, art and textile art and design.

She married R. Douglas Reinecke at St. Francis Cathedral in Baker City on Aug. 26, 1950. They moved to La Grande where Doug completed college, then on to Wallowa where he taught school. They had five children:  Sherri, Damon, Shawn, Synthia and Suzanne. In 1959 the family moved to San Jose, Calif., where they lived until returning to Baker City in 1986. Theresa moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., in August 2009 to be near family.

Theresa’s joys were her family and friends. She enjoyed teaching sewing, arts and crafts and cooking. After her children were grown, she taught adult sewing and worked in fabric stores in California. She also managed a clothing store and designed window displays until retirement.

Theresa was a member of St. Francis Cathedral, Altar Society Circle II, Beta Theta Sorority, La Grande Chapter of E.S.A. and St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Sherri and Ron Enz of Granite Bay, Calif., Damon and Pat Reinecke of San Jose, Calif., Shawn and Mike Morse of Aptos, Calif., Synthia Reinecke of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Suzanne Schooler of Moss Landing, Calif.; sister, Betty Jo Kratz; a niece and two nephews and their families; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Doug.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Elevator Fund or St. Francis Altar Society in care of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.


Alan ‘Al’ E. Thomas

La Grande


Alan “Al” Eugene Thomas, 82, of La Grande, and formerly of Wallowa County, died Sept. 28 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.

He was born Oct. 31, 1928, the son of Adrian and Gertrude (Starr) Thomas in Corvallis. His stepfather was a logger and commercial fisherman and he and Al built two 40-foot fishing boats. He lived and was schooled in various places on the Oregon Coast before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.

After his honorable discharge, he worked in the logging industry in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

In 1977 he married Deloris McBath. They lived in Sequim, Wash., for three years and lived in Wallowa and Union counties over the years.

He was a member of the NRA. Those who knew him say he was always a busy man working on cars, repairing things and helping neighbors. He loved fishing, hunting and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris Thomas of La Grande; children, Paula Thomas of Newport, Guy Thomas of Bend, Jess Pryce of La Grande and Nadine Layfield of Newport; step-children, Renee Sullateskee of Bellingham, Wash., Reba Gibson of Tulsa, Okla., and Melody Wilcox of Elgin, Ill.; seven grandchildren; half-sister, Clarice Kaplan of Seattle; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Thomas; step-son, Mark Markham; and brother, Elton LeRoy Thomas.


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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