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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending September 1, 2007


Obituaries for the week ending September 1, 2007

Gary Kolasinski, 53, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande and Enterprise, died Aug. 24 at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

A funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1002 L Ave., in La Grande. Following the service, friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the church.

Gary was born Oct. 12, 1953, four minutes before his twin brother to Ardath Snitgen and Donald Kolasinski in Alpena, Mich. He lived in Alpena, St. John's, Mich., Portland and La Grande where he spent his high school years.

He later moved to Casper, Wyo., to work as a welder in the Wyoming oil fields. Gary spent more time in Portland and La Grande, three years in Enterprise and then Baker City where he lived for the last year and a half.

In La Grande, Gary met and fell in love with Julie Gooderham. The couple had a daughter, Laura Lee Kolasinski.

Gary loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed riding his bike, strumming his guitar, fishing, talking to his family all day long and a little gambling with his friends (pull tabs) when they went out to coffee.

He is survived by his father, Donald Kolasinski and step-mother, Mary Kolasinski of Smoot, Wyo.; his mother, Ardath Snitgen of Crystal Lake, Mich.; twin brother, Terry Lee Kolasinski of College Place, Wash.; a daughter, Laura Lee Kolasinski, 12; a niece and two two great-nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.


Alice Flora Lessman, 95, of Enterprise, died Aug. 24 at her home surrounded by family.

Viewing runs from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bollman Funeral Home with a private burial to follow at Enterprise Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to a reception from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Alice's home, 404 Grant St. in Enterprise.

Alice was born July 23, 1912, at Cliffs, Idaho. She was one of five children from a farming family near Jordan Valley. From 1932 through 1936, Alice attended Gem State Adventist Academy and later Northwest Business College in Portland. After working in La Grande and Baker City, Alice settled in Enterprise in 1948. Until 1985, she was assistant to longtime friend, Marjorie Martin, the Wallowa County clerk.

Alice was a member of the Soroptimist International and the Adventist Church. In 2000, she was awarded the Unsung Heroes Award by the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce.

At her request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Enterprise SDA Elementary School.


Patricia Lee Berryhill, 71, of La Grande, died at a local care center Aug. 27.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Island City Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Viewing will run from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Bishop Bruce Kevan will officiate.

Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Chimes Memorial Gardens in Happy Valley near Clackamas Town Center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on Nov. 24, 1935, to Earl Howard and Helen Gould (Jensen) Miller in La Grande. She was raised and educated in La Grande and moved to California, where she met Donald Ray Berryhill. They married in Reno, Nev., in 1956.

She loved horses, camping, spending time with her grandchildren, going for walks at the beach and shopping. She also enjoyed drawing horses and playing on the computer.

She is survived by five children, Christina and her husband, Joe Bunten, of Gresham, Sheri and her husband, John Brooks, of Portland, Cathrine Koenig of Gresham, Deborah Berryhill of Island City and Danyel Schlaht of La Grande; sisters, Phyllis and her husband, Marty Heisig, of Ontario, Judith Evans of Vale and Shari Tollman of Vale; brothers, E. Earl and his wife, Beth Miller, of McMinnville, Dennis and his wife, Judy Miller, of Payette, Idaho, David Miller of La Grande and Theodore and his wife, Connie Miller, of La Grande; 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; and her parents.


Lawrence "Larry" Waliser, 84, of La Grande, died Aug. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital of lung cancer.

A private family service will be held with burial following at Summerville Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Larry was born in January 1923 to George and Mary Waliser in Sykeston, N.D. His family settled in Milton-Freewater in 1934. At 17, Larry joined the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at Heppner. In 1943, he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS White Plains aircraft carrier, serving in the South Pacific in five invasions including the Battle of Leyth Gulf, Philippines. He owned a cab company in Milton-Freewater after his honorable discharge in 1946.

He married Barbara Knight in 1952. They moved to La Grande and were employed by Barbara's father at Knight Tire Service. The couple purchased the company and changed the name to Larry's Tire Service. He retired in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of La Grande; daughters, Sandra Brown of La Grande, Sheila Shark of Nampa, Idaho, Georgia Van Arsdale of Island City and Michelle Waliser of La Grande; brother, Jim Walise of Milton-Freewater; sister, June Lehman of Colorado; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by six brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society or any other charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1503 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Karen L. Jones, 57, of La Grande, died Aug. 27 at a local care center after a long battle with cancer. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Karen was born on April 1, 1950, to Dale Dean and Dorothy Lois (Ramsey) Meese in Decatur, Ill. She was raised and educated in Decatur, then moved to Southern California. She married Clifton Guy Jones in Valley Vista, Ariz., in September 1999, and in 2000 they moved to La Grande.

Karen loved working in the garden and shopping on QVC. Before becoming ill, she worked as a cook for several local care centers.

She is survived by her husband, Guy of La Grande; brother, Gregory Meese of Surprise, Ariz.; sister, Diane Bickford of Surprise; daughter, Lennore Merx of San Francisco; mother, Dorothy Meese of Surprise; one grandson and a granddaughter on the way. Karen was preceded in death by her father and a son, John.


Gale "Jean" Standley, 89, of La Grande, died Aug. 29 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church.

Jean was born on Nov. 18, 1917, to Robert Gale and Edna (Wissler) Sturdivant in La Grande. In 1934, she graduated from La Grande High School. She attended Eastern Oregon Normal School, University of Oregon and Northwestern Business College. On Dec. 4, 1938, she married J. Dale Standley in La Grande. Their family farm has been designated as a "Century Farm."

Jean was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of Hope Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Union County Nile Club, La Grande Country Club and the Rusty Wheels Car Club. Those who knew her say she enjoyed her family and home as well as golf, bridge and pinochle and sewing and knitting.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, David and Carol Standley of Corvallis, James and Sally Standley of La Grande and Linda and John Gothie of Aloha; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Mary Lou Standley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or the Presbyterian Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


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