January 04, 2004 11:00 pm

Lola Mae McManus

La Grande


Lola Mae McManus, 76, of La Grande died Dec. 21 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. Burial will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery.

Mrs. McManus was born Oct. 29, 1927, to Charles Edward and Anna Tauscher Rogers in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1945 and in 1952 she married Claire McManus in La Grande. She taught piano and organ lessons for over 50 years and played for various churches for weddings and funerals and with many groups over the years. She also accompanied the Union County Fair Maids.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Christian Women's Fellowship and Sister Act. She was formerly a member of Soroptimists, the Eagles and the Union County Umbrella Ladies.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Tim and Laura McManus of La Grande and Cindy and Dave Grunert of Annapolis, Md.; three grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Betty and George Bohnenkamp of Arizona and other relatives.

Her husband, a son, Patrick, and several brothers and sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the GRH Home Health Hospice or the Mountain States Tumor Institute in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Anne Anderson

Formerly of La Grande

Anne E. Wheeler Anderson, 85, of Burns and formerly of La Grande, died Wednesday in a Burns Hospital.

Funeral services are pending, and a full obituary will follow.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Kenneth Rost

La Grande


Kenneth D. Rost, M.D., a resident of La Grande since 1978, died Dec. 23 at his home in La Grande of natural causes. He was 59.

A celebration of his life will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave. with Pastor Norman Shrumm officiating.

Dr. Rost was born Feb. 17, 1944, in Spokane to Clarence and Iris Fear Rost. He was raised in Beaverton, graduating from Beaverton High School in 1962. He earned his B.A. in chemistry from Willamette University in 1966, where he also met his wife, Mary Anne Dorsch, whom he married that same year.

He received his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1970, and later returned to OHSU to complete his residency in OB/GYN in 1978. Between medical school and completing his residency, Dr. Rost was a flight surgeon in the Air Force from 1971 to 1973, and maintained a private practice in Baker City from 1973 to 1975.

In 1978 Dr. Rost returned to Eastern Oregon, where he maintained

a private OB/GYN practice in La Grande until his retirement in 2001.

Dr. Rost was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed water skiing, hunting, horseback riding, and running. He especially enjoyed the Eagle Cap Wilderness and spending time with his family at Wallowa Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of La Grande; two sons and their spouses, Jeff and Tiffanie Rost of Salem and Brian and Jennifer Rost of Lolo, Mont.; a brother, Terry Rost of Beaverton; and his mother, Iris Rost of Hillsboro.

His father died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary's Regional Cancer Center, The Presbyterian Church Help-Fund or the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Ministries in care of the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.,

La Grande 97850.

Linda J. Smethurst

West Jordan, Utah


Linda J. Smethurst, 63, died Dec. 20 in West Jordan, Utah.

She was born to John M. and Eleanor Jean Hawes Hodge Feb. 22, 1940, in La Grande.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and loved the Oregon Coast.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters Brenda, Tracy, Bobi, Kori and Debra; sons Bill, Rob, Brian and Cameron; sisters Nancy and Judy; and six grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Mon-day at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, West Jordan. Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, Salt Lake City, and one hour prior to the church service. Committal is at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City.

B. ‘Bernie' Voelz

B. "Bernie" Voelz, 87, of La Grande died early this morning at her home.

A complete obituary will be published later. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is handling arrangements.

Bessie Fleser



Bessie LaVerne Winters Fleser, 85, of Minam died Dec. 21 at a care center.

The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. A private burial will be at Enterprise Cemetery.

Mrs. Fleser was born Dec. 2, 1918, to James and Anna May Beeman Winters at Paradise. She lived in Wallowa County her whole life and in 1935 came to Minam, where she lived with and worked for Cortis and Mattie Goff.

She married Myron S. Fleser on Feb. 29, 1955, in Weiser, Idaho. The couple raised a niece, Shelley, who was like a second daughter. They ran the old Minam general store until 1963, and built the Minam Motel in 1952. He died in 1970.

She ran the motel until 1997, when health issues forced her to leave her beloved Minam.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, enjoyed square dancing and was an exceptional quilter.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Melva and Jim Horn of Minam; a niece and her husband, Shelley and Steve Alexander of Issaquah, Wash.; one granddaughter; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Alta Anderson, Bertha Prince, Wilma Courtney and Rena Clark and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Diana Wheeler



Diana Gayle Wheeler, 59, of Joseph died Dec. 19 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital of natural causes. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. today at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, with Larry Dodd officiating.

Mrs. Wheeler was born March 16, 1944., to Chester Lee and Ruth B. Harris Cavin in Richmond, Calif. She married Richard Ray Wheeler on Sept. 9, 1989, in La Grande. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of Joseph; her mother; a son, Brian Hill of Baker City; five step-children; 11 stepgrandchildren; a grandson, Brady Hill of La Grande; and other relatives.

A brother, Jack Cavin, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.