January 25, 2005 11:00 pm

Wilbur Osterloh

La Grande


Wilbur Marshall Osterloh, 86, of La Grande, died Jan 14. The funeral was held today at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating. A reception and celebration of life followed. Daniels Chapel of the Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Osterloh was born Dec. 7, 1918, to W.H.C. and Hannah Osterloh in Blackwell, Okla.

In 1934 the family moved to Portland where he graduated from Washington High School in 1936. He attended Oregon State University and the University of Oregon where he graduated in 1942 with a degree in business.

On March 21, 1942, he married Erros Penland of Albany and then served in the Army during World War II receiving his officer's training at Fort Benning, Ga. His active duty was in the Pacific arena and in Japan with the army of occupation in the Americal Division. He attended graduate school at the University of Oregon and received a work study scholarship to New York University where he earned a master's degree in business. In 1948 he went to work for J.C. Penney and worked in Roseburg, Baker City and Portland. The family moved back to Eastern Oregon in 1956 where he taught business classes at Union High School. He served as Union County School Superintendent from 1959 through 1962. The family moved to La Grande in 1960. He began teaching at Eastern Oregon College in 1962, and served as registrar and other administrative positions until his retirement in 1980. He retired from the Army with the rank of captain after more than 20 years in the Oregon National Guard.

During his 24 years of retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling by trailer in the U.S. and traveling overseas. They visited England, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska.

He enjoyed singing, playing handball and teaching tumbling and gymnastics. He sang with the Blue Mountain Barbershoppers and in the church choir. He was a member of the Grande Ronde Wheelers Good Sam Club; the Rotary Club in La Grande, serving twice as president and for 17 years as treasurer; and the North Powder Masonic Lodge where he was Past Master.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; sons, Walter and Russell of La Grande, Ronald of Enterprise and Douglas of Boring; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Caner Society, 0330 S.W. Curry, Portland 97201.


Anna Cosner



Anna L. "Annie'' Cosner, 88, of Elgin died Jan. 13 at a care center in La Grande.

A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the La Grande Baptist Church with a potluck following. Burial will be at the Island City Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cosner was born Oct. 29, 1916, to Forest Alwell and Lara K. Carpenter in Gooding, Idaho. The family moved to Island City, traveling by cook wagon, and then to La Grande where Anna attended Riveria Elementary School.

On Aug. 12, 1940, she married Otto N. Cosner. They moved first to Summerville, and then they bought a farm near Elgin where Anna lived the rest of her life.

For years she dreamed of having a new house, and in 1993 her dream was realized through the help of her son, Dan, nephew Rollie Mattson and family friend Alva James Wing. She was proud of her new home and loved to have company.

She enjoyed raising livestock, growing flowers and vegetables, gathering firewood, camping, fishing, hunting, cooking for holidays and family occasions, and traveling. In her later years she enjoyed short trips around the valley to look at farms and livestock, and she enjoyed trips to her daughter Helen's for dinners.

She had a close relationship with her daughter Agnes, who took care of Anna in her later years.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Agnes Cosner of Elgin, Helen and Fred Brown of Pendleton and Dan Cosner of Elgin; sisters, Dorthy Lockner of Fruitland, Idaho, and Alice Wilson of Boise; and close family friend Alva Wing. Her husband, two brothers and two sisters all died earlier.


Emile Gingras Jr.

Formerly of La Grande


Emile E. Gingras Jr., 64, of Happy Valley and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 14. A memorial service will be held in La Grande in the spring.

Mr. Gingras was born Jan. 30, 1940, to Emile and Hilda Isabell Mitchell Gingras in New Britain, Conn. He married Kay Podvin. The couple were later divorced. Around 1974 the family came to La Grande, where he worked as a carpenter and as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad. He retired from the railroad on a disability around 1984 and built a duplex near the college that he lived in and rented out. He moved to Happy Valley five years ago to live with his daughter.

He served in the Army Reserve and was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the Junior Old-Timers and the Eagles. He enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, boating, kayaking, woodworking and the Oregon Coast.

Survivors include children, Cheryl Kasch of Happy Valley, and Colleen McDonald of Omaha, Neb.; seven grandchildren; five sisters and a brother.


‘Pina' Cavinato

La Grande


Giuseppina "Pina" Benedetti Cavinato, 82, of La Grande died Jan. 15. The funeral was held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Interment was at Grandview Mausoleum.

Mrs. Cavinato was born Jan. 8, 1923, to Domenico and Maria Rizzo Benedetti in Taranto, Italy. After high school, she worked as a bookkeeper at a Navy base, and moved to Venice in 1948. On Jan. 14, 1952, she married Silvio Cavinato.

The family lived in several places while her husband was on military assignments until 1956 when he retired and they moved back to Taranto. In 1993 they moved to La Grande to be near their daughter.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed company. She enjoyed cooking and being with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Anna Cavinato and David Mayes, and three grandchildren, all of La Grande; and other relatives in Italy. Her husband and two brothers died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


Shirley Spence

Rock Creek


Shirley Spence, 80, of Rock Creek died Jan. 10 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Methodist Church with her nephew, J.O. Maxwell, officiating. Burial will at the North Powder Cemetery.

Mrs. Spence was born June 26, 1924, to Windom Holly and Katherine Nevada Woods Myers in North Powder.

She graduated from Powder Valley High School, and from St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing. She worked at hospitals in La Grande and Baker City, often assisting in operations.

In 1948, she married Fred Virgil Spence Jr. After a short time in La Grande the family moved to a farm near Haines, and then to the Rock Creek area where they continued farming throughout their lives. She enjoyed handicrafts and was known as an excellent cook. She especially loved the Lord and her family.

Survivors include children, Kemet D. Spence of Genesee, Idaho, Mary Jo Spence of Clarksville, Tenn., and Susan Sells of Forest Grove; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Fern Galligan of North Powder; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Betty Jean Myers of McMinnville and other relatives.

Her husband, sister, Marjorie DeMoss, and a brother, Kermit Myers, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.


Emma Stonebrook



Emma Stonebrook, 86, of Joseph died Jan. 19 at her home.

A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Cemetery with Pastor Neal Evans officiating. Vault interment will follow. A reception at the home of her daughter, 305 N. Lake St. in Joseph will follow the service.

Mrs. Stonebrook was born in Loraine, Ohio, Feb. 14, 1915, to Adolph and Pauline Missel Tapper, both Russian immigrants. She was raised in Birmingham, Ohio, and graduated from high school with honors. On Dec. 31, 1947, she married Oscar Stonebrook at Loraine. She worked as assistant manager of a Kroger's grocery store in Vermillion, Ohio. The couple moved to Warrenton in 1961 and to Joseph in 1974.

She was a member of a garden club, the Liberty Grange women's activity club, and the Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed gardening, the Wallowa County Fair and entertaining family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of Joseph; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharron and Eugene Yates of Joseph; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


‘Patsey' Conner



Patricia Ruth "Patsey" Conner, 70, of Union died Jan. 18 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gray's West and Company, 1500 Dewey Ave., in Baker City. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery with her brother-in-law, Forrest Turner, officiating.

Ms. Conner was born April 18, 1934, to Lawrence Albert and Alberta Holcomb Conner in Halfway. In 1942 the family moved to Pondosa, and she attended school in Union.

She moved to Baker City in 1950, where she lived until she moved to Union in 2001. She married George Judkins and was later divorced.

She enjoyed crocheting heirloom tablecloths and bedspreads.

Survivors include twin sons, Jason and Justin Judkins of Baker City; stepchildren Barbara Davis of Ontario, and Gary Judkins of Juneau, Alaska; two granddaughters; a brother, Verlin Conner of Tygh Valley; and sisters, Nellie Turner and Rosmary Howerton, both of North Powder, and Shirly Stoddard of Union. Her ex-husband, three brothers, Daryl Conner, Daniel Conner and Don Ray, and a sister, Alberta Walker, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to help the family with funeral expenses in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.