December 10, 2004 11:00 pm

Lawrence Cathey

La Grande

Lawrence L. Cathey, 75, of La Grande died Saturday.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


Vern Cathey

La Grande


Lawrence "Vern" Cathey, 75, of La Grande died Nov. 27 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the New Life Center, 10700 Walton Road. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cathey was born Sept. 26, 1929, to Hugh and Laura Ray Cathey at Spearfish, S.D. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and on Aug. 6, 1955, he married Maxine Kimball. He worked as a cement finisher in building and road construction, laid pipe and was foreman at Wild Dish Construction and Salem Sand and Gravel.

Survivors include his mother of Ontario; sons and their wives, Larry and Kathleen Cathey and Calvin and Kerry Cathey, all of La Grande; five grandchildren; and two sisters and their husbands, Verla and Bill Boles of Baker City, and Sharon and Harley Derrick of Ontario.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society, 330 S.W. Curry St., Portland 97201.


Helen Sandra Andrew

La Grande


Helen Sandra Andrew, 89, of La Grande died at a local care center on Nov. 26.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1915 in Dodgeville, Mich., to Herman and Maria Junila Pelto who had immigrated from Finland. Her Finnish birth name was Helmi Aleksandra Pelto. She was raised and educated in Dodgeville.

During the Great Depres-sion, she left home as a teenager and found work in Detroit, Mich., as a housekeeper and later baked pastries at The Finnish Restaurant. She met Lyle Theo Andrew and they were married June 4, 1938, in Detroit.

Shortly thereafter, they moved to Southern California and lived in Hollywood and Reseda until 1964, when they moved to Cove. She moved to La Grande in 2001.

She enjoyed gardening, yard work, baking, cooking, sewing and was handy building with a saw and hammer. She was proud of her Finnish heritage.

She was a member of the Cove United Methodist Church, The Cove Improvement Club and also the Cove Sportsman Club.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Phillip and Marjorie Andrew of Woodland Hills, Calif., Dennis Andrew of Visalia, Calif., Sandra Jeannette Wade and David of Cove, and Kimberly Robinson and Rick of Cove; and siblings and their spouses Lloyd and Ella Wiitanen, Karlo Pelto, Benjamin and Dorothy Pelto and Veikko Pelto; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and brothers Emil, John, Edward, Andrew, Wolfred and sisters Mary Tihinen and Wilma Pelto.

Celebration of life services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at The Cove United Methodist Church with Pastor Elmer Yoder officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Cove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Cove United Methodist Church.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


Shirley Gunston

Formerly of Elgin


Shirley Gunston, 86, of Portland and formerly of Elgin died Nov. 25 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gunston was born April 5, 1918, to Vern and Francis Hug on the family ranch on Pumpkin Ridge, homesteaded in the 1800s. She married Ray Gunston in the 1930s and was married for 42 years until his death.

The couple moved back and forth between Eastern Oregon and Portland and raised their family in La Grande. When her husband retired they moved to Elgin and he died soon after.

She enjoyed being with her friends, gardening, sewing, playing cards and dancing at the Eagles Lodge. Four years ago she moved to Portland to be close to family.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Bill and Connie Gunston of Portland; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Russell "Bud" Hug died earlier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Found-ation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Mass. 01061-0515.


Inez Fries

La Grande


Inez Lenore Fries, 98, of La Grande died Nov. 29. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mrs. Fries was born March 26, 1906, to Miles M. and Katie Baker Woodell in Summerville. Both sets of grandparents were Summerville pioneers. She attended school in Summerville and Dry Creek, and attended college at Monmouth and Ashland. She taught at both Summerville and Dry Creek. Seventeen of her students were at a reunion at Dry Creek School that she attended at the age of 94.

On Dec. 19, 1927, she married Henry W. Fries, and the couple took over the Woodell farm in 1943. After his death she moved to La Grande in 1975.

Survivors include children, Leland Fries of Milwaukie and Newport, Thelma Rollins of Imbler and Milodene Bolen of Sweet Home; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Jarvis of La Grande, a sister-in-law, Myrle Woodell of Beaverton; and other relatives. A brother, Lloyd Woodell, and a sister, Ava Paul, both died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Summerville Cemetery or the cancer research fund of the Order of Eastern Star in care of Loveland Chapel.


Reed Harwood

Formerly of Elgin


D. Reed Harwood, 77, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Elgin died Nov. 18 at the Veterans' Administration Med-ical Center in Walla Walla. The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Harwood was born Oct. 3, 1927, to Dallas W. and Mildred N. Reed Harwood in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1945 and served in the Army just after World War II.

On Nov. 21, 1953, he married Ona Hug Bertleson in La Grande and worked as the manager of the H.F. Reed Lumber Company in Elgin and later for the Western stud mill as a timber cruiser. He started his own logging business and Elgin's first trash pick-up service. He later had a restaurant and bar.

In 1960 the family moved to Milton-Freewater. He retired in 1994. He was president of the Milton-Freewater Jaycees in 1964.

Survivors include his wife of Milton-Freewater; children and their spouses, Chuck Bertleson, Cort Harwood, Reed and Sharon Harwood, and Millie Lou and Bob Dombrosky, all of Milton-Freewater, Holly Harwood and Michael Hill of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister and brother-in-law, LouCeile and Eddie Walter of Belmont, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Twin grandsons died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin Alumni Association in care of Munselle-Rhodes.


Josephine Huston

La Grande


Josephine Agnes Huston, 80, of La Grande died Nov. 22 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. At her request there will be no services. Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Huston was born April 24, 1924, to Joseph and Genevieve Jordan Chlopek in Spokane. She is believed to have married at a young age and divorced. She worked in a sawmill during World War II and as a waitress in Arlington. She remarried and divorced again, and lived in Connell, Wash. Around 1958 she married Thomas Claud Huston Jr. at Goldendale, Wash. The couple lived near Heppner and built a house near Hardman. The couple divorced in 1972. She moved to La Grande in 1983 and worked until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of the Rebekahs, the Order of Eastern Star and the Ione Garden Club.

She enjoyed her cat, playing Scrabble, crosswords, pinochle, contests, reading and gardening. She always had something blooming in her garden.

Survivors include her companion, Percy Cecil of La Grande, his daughter Kay Braseth and her husband Craig; her adopted children and their spouses, Claudia and Scott Smythe of Heppner, and Tom and Connie Huston of Vale; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Roberta Manley

La Grande

Roberta Manley, 84, of La Grande died Wednesday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


‘Maggie' Whittemore

La Grande

Thordice "Maggie" Whittemore, 91, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St.,

La Grande. Committal and interment will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be submitted later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


‘Boots' Churchill



Berta "Boots" Churchill, 72, died Nov. 29 at her home in Elgin. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Elgin Stampede Hall.

Mrs. Churchill was born Oct. 31, 1932, to Eucle and Georgia Persinger Spencer in McLeod, Okla. She married Jack Crosser and worked picking cotton and blackberries, and later for the Sylvania Corporation before moving to Elgin in 1963.

On Feb. 12, 1965, she married Wesley "Wick" Churchill in Elgin. She worked at Odies, the Brunswick, as a bookkeeper for Boise Cascade, and for Elgin Electric where she worked for more than 20 years. She was named the Whirlpool Salesperson of the year for the Pacific Northwest Region for five years. She opened a bakery and catering business then sold the bakery but continued to cater special occasions; she also worked at the Timbers and Taco Shack.

She served on the Elgin City Council for 12 years and as mayor for another four. She was a member of the League of Oregon Mayors, the Elgin TV Association, the Elgin Women's Service Club, the Order of Eastern Star, the Rebekahs, the VFW Auxiliary and served as secretary of the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. In 2003 she was named Elgin Woman of the year.

She enjoyed fishing, hunting, gathering huckleberries, gardening, sewing, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She was considered a mom and a grandma to a lot of people other than her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Ken and Jackie Crosser of Oklahoma City, Linda and Phillip Hagen of Waupaca, Wis., Jack and Brenda Crosser, and Julia and Roy Howell, all of Elgin; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lois Cable of Elgin, Betty Pendarvis of Wyoming and Maxine Haley of Oklahoma; four step-brothers; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law and other relatives. A sister and a brother both died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Elgin High School for the FFA, FBLA or the Honor Society giving tree at P.O. Box 68, Elgin 97827.


Thordis Whittemore



Thordis Matilda Whittemore, 91, of Elgin died Nov. 30 at Grande Ronde Hospital. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Whitte-more was born July 5, 1913, to John and Emily Ausland Henjum in Hoffman, Minn. She attended Morehead State College and taught in a one-room schoolhouse. In June 1938 she married Charles K. Whittemore. They came to Union County in 1953 where she finished her education at Eastern Oregon Normal School. She taught third grade at Stella Mayfield School for more than 30 years.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, the Knife and Fork Club and the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary. She was very active with the Elgin Stampeders and was grand marshal of the parade at one time. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, visiting with anyone and helping others.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Deirdre Whittemore of Portland, Wesley and Lynn Whittemore of Meridian, Idaho, and Noel and Valerie Whittemore of La Grande; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Vivian Gruber of Minneapolis, and other relatives. Her husband and a sister, Signe, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Devers Eye Institute, Good Samaritan Medical Building, 1040 N.W. 22nd Ave., 2nd Floor Portland 97210 or to the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary, PO Box 3290, La Grande 97850.


Maxine Huizenga

La Grande


Maxine M. Huizenga, 78, of La Grande died Nov. 28 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Summerville Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating.

Mrs. Huizenga was born on June 22, 1926, to Charles and Daisy Shafer Tamaris in

La Grande. She spent her early years in Pumpkin Ridge, Summerville, Imbler and

La Grande. In January 1945 she married Cornelius "Casey" Huizenga in Seattle. The couple lived in Palatine, Ill., before moving back to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1955. She worked as a nurse's aide and was known for her compassion. She was a past member of the Mount Emily Good Sam Club and enjoyed crafts, ceramics, gardening, fishing and camping.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Buck and Jeannie Huizenga of Palmer, Alaska, and Andy Huizenga of Island City; two great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband; siblings, Erma Riding, Evelyn Rose, Una Wilson, Ruby Evans, Olive Johnson, Guy Tamaris, Eldridge Tamaris and Richard Tamaris; and one grandchild died earlier.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the Cancer Research fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Richard Duckett



Richard E. Duckett, 51, of Elgin died Nov. 30 at his home following a long illness. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the

La Grande Baptist Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Duckett was born Nov. 15, 1953, to Richard L. and Doris Duckett in La Grande. The family moved to Bates in 1959. He graduated from Prairie City High School in 1972 where he was a member of the Order of DeMolay and played both baseball and football.

He served in the Navy, and on Dec. 30, 1972, he married Debra Frazier in Prairie City. The couple lived in Antioch, Calif. and Canyon City before moving to Elgin in 1988. He worked as an electrician for John Day Lumber Co., Malheur Lumber, Boise Cascade and Marvin Wood Products of Baker City. He was a member of the Canyon City Masonic Lodge and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He was quick with a smile and always had a joke to share.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Missy and Jason McKinnon, and Rick Duckett and his fiance Nikki Stark of Island City; one grandchild; one step-grandchild; his mother of La Grande; sisters and their husbands, Georgia and Jim Boethin of Canyon City, and Debbie and Shane Horrell of Elgin, and other relatives. His father died earlier.

Contributions may be made at US Bank.