Obituaries for the day of April 2, 2012

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Fitzpatrick, Yeske, Hartley

Juanita Fitzpatrick



Juanita Fitzpatrick, 70, of Elgin, died March 31 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


Barbara Yeske

Formerly of La Grande


Barbara Yeske, 78, who lived for 28 years in La Grande and the last 25 years in Baker County, died April 1 at her home in Baker City with family at her side. 

At her request, there will not be any memorial services. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Alford ‘Al’ G. Hartley




Alford G. “Al” Hartley, 87, of Elgin, died March 29 at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande is in charge of the arrangements.

A graveside service, including Masonic rites, will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cove Cemetery.

He was born May 4, 1924, in Cove to Ray R. and Eva Mae (Baker) Hartley. Al was raised and educated in Cove, graduating with the Cove High School Class of 1943. 

On June 3, 1944, he married Leone Fay Simmons in Cove. The couple moved to Elgin in 1956 where they bought a ranch that they operated until their family was raised. Al went to work for Boise Cascade as a millwright in 1968 and retired in 1986 after 18 years of service.

Al was a 60-plus year member of the Cove Masonic Lodge. He was a charter member of the Cove Sportsman’s Club and had been a member of the La Grande Country Club. Al enjoyed getting firewood. The couple made several trips to Alaska to visit their daughter. 

Leone preceded him in death on April 17, 1994.

Survivors include children, Fay Winterton of Republic, Wash., Carolyn Partidge of Elgin, Gene and Patty Hartley of Summerville and June and Les Travis of Meridian, Idaho; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Clark Hartley of Hershey, Neb.; a half-sister, Alcie Steinborn of Selah, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives. Besides his parents and wife, Al was preceded in death by his step-mother, Hazel; and four step-sisters, Georgia, Pearl, Donna and Celeah.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children and may be mailed directly or in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.



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