July 13, 2003 11:00 pm

Joyce Weitlauf

High Valley


Joyce Marie Weitlauf, 66, June 19 at her home in High Valley. Viewing will be at 5 p.m. today followed at 7 p.m. by recitation of the Holy Rosary at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Union with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Weitlauf was born Dec. 31, 1936, to Johnnie and Lena Genovesi Montanari in San Jose, Calif.

On Nov. 17, 1957, she married Fred Weitlauf in Boulder Creek, Calif. The couple moved in 1974 to their High Valley ranch. She helped her husband on the ranch, worked as a dental assistant and later worked for 20 years as a bookkeeper in La Grande for a nursing service.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Union. She enjoyed roller skating, snow skiing, swimming, dancing, crocheting, fishing, cooking and being with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of High Valley; children and their spouses, Theresa and David Fuhrman of La Grande, John and Patti Weitlauf of Union and Charlene and Scott Neill of Brush Prairie, Wash.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and other relatives. A sister, Beverly Wingert, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any VFW post in care of Daniels Chapel.

Lucille Briggs



Lucille Briggs, 83, of Enterprise died June 22 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph. Vault interment will follow. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Briggs was born June 20, 1920, to Ben M. and Laura L. Hunt Peal in Enterprise. She graduated from Joseph High School in 1938, and in 1940 she married Bud Briggs.

The couple lived in Cougar, Wash., for seven years, where her husband operated a power plant for Pacific Power and Light Company. All the rest of her life she lived in Wallowa County. Her father ran a gas station that is now the Outlaw Restaurant.

Survivors include her husband of Enterprise, children, Sue Deaver of Enterprise and Gayle Briggs of Sherwood; two grandchildren and other relatives. A twin sister, Louise, died in 1986.

Memorials may be made to Wallowa County Hospice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

Lorretta Colpitts



Lorretta Colpitts, 67, of Wallowa died June 19 at a care center in La Grande. There will be no public service. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Colpitts was born Oct. 16, 1935, to Richard Edwin and Delores Lavina Whitmore Brock in Enterprise. She attended school on Alder Slope and graduated from Enterprise High School. On Dec. 21, 1956, she married William Colpitts in Wallowa. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, hunting and helping her husband cut and sell firewood.

Survivors include her husband of Wallowa, children, Juanita Jacobson of Lostine and Clayton Colpitts of Portland; two sisters, Carlene Johnson Small of Enterprise and Georgetta Colpitts of Halfway, and other relatives.

Her parents died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

Beatrice Keeling

La Grande


Beatrice May Keeling, 83, of La Grande died June 25 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m Saturday at Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Keeling was born Dec. 14, 1919, to William H. and Isabella Mars Evans in Butte, Mont. The family emigrated to northern Alberta in Canada and homesteaded in the Peace River country. She attended school there through the sixth grade., riding her white horse, Dickie, to the one-room school. The family later moved to Lake Ketchless, Wash., and on June 6, 1941, she married Ken Keeling. She was a kindergarten teacher, Cub Scout den mother, taught Sunday school and was involved in the PTA. She participated in the official ballot counting in Morrow and Union counties for many years. She was also a "sky watcher" for the government in the '50s, recording the types of planes observed over Morrow County. She loved her flowers and for many years furnished the flowers for the United Methodist Church for the Sunday altar.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Ken Keeling of Corvallis, and Don and Becky Keeling of La Grande; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her caregiver Jeanne Carter, and other relatives. Her husband, a brother, James Evans, and three sisters, Edith Northey, Margaret Bibby and Ruth Fortier died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., 97850.

Maurice Oslund

La Grande


Maurice Erving Oslund, 74, of La Grande died June 24 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Oslund was born July 10, 1928, to Eric and Gladys Weed Oslund in Elma, Wash. He attended schools in Portland and in 1961 married Zolana Davis in White Salmon, Wash. The couple moved in 1963 to

La Grande, where he worked as an independent insurance broker and as a bartender for the Tropidara Restaurant until his retirement. He was formerly a member of the Elks and the American Legion. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the ocean, the coast and working in his yard.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Jerry and Shannon Courtney of Payette, Idaho, Gene and Terri Courtney of Vancouver, Wash., and Greg and Marilyn Henkel of Gresham; nine grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Wally, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Maurice Oslund Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., 97850.



La Grande


Lawrence "Larry" Bergstrom, 65, of La Grande died June 23 at his home. A private service will be held later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bergstrom was born Sept. 5, 1937, to Theodore and Edith Eriksson Bergstrom at Alexandria, Minn. On Dec. 2, 1971, he married Nancy Narron in Carson City, Nev. The couple moved to Union in 1988 and later to La Grande, where he worked at various jobs including transporting crews for the Union Pacific Railroad. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, road trips and his dogs.

Survivors include a daughter, Jereline Horn of Overland Park, Ky.; three grandchildren; three brothers, Waldo Bergstrom of St. Cloud, Minn., Raymond Bergstrom of San Jose, Calif., and Arnold Bergstrom of Union; a sister, Florence Jung of Osseo, Minn., and other relatives.

His wife died in 2002. Three brothers and two sisters also died earlier.

Contributions to the family may be made in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

David Lee Walker

La Grande


David Lee Walker, 67, of La Grande, died June 26 at his home.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private burial will be held at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Walker was born on July 22, 1935, the son of John and Evelyn Lundeen Tyrrel Walker in Cottage Grove.

In 1956 he married Betty Belk in Reno. He worked for UPS as a feeder driver for 20 years until his retirement. They traveled to many places including Texas, Alabama, Hawaii and Disneyland many times. He enjoyed boating, fishing, camping with his family and loved to dance.

He adored his grandchildren and loved being "papa" to the youngest.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of La Grande; children, David John Walker of Portland, Linda and James Hermann of Vancouver, Wash., Rodney Lee Walker of

La Grande, Michael Wayne Walker of Aberdeen, Wash., Kenneth James Walker of La Grande and Barbara Jean and Richard Burton of Troutdale; nine grandchildren; sister, Arlene Hildenbrand of Creswell; brother, Gary Walker of Cottage Grove; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

His parents and brothers —John T., Darrel and Kenneth — died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Alice Morehead

A service for Alice Morehead will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Morehead, 96, died Thursday at her home in La Grande.

A full obituary will be published later.