Obituaries for September 17

By Observer Upload September 17, 2012 02:06 pm

Kari de Lint



Kari de Lint, 50, of Cove died Sept. 13 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. A funeral service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Lighthouse Church.

A complete obituary will be available at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

James Goucher



James Goucher 85, of Union died Sept. 15. A complete obituary will be published at a later time. Arrangements are under the care of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Cherie Lynn Jimmy

La Grande


Cherie Jimmy, 58, of La Grande died Sept. 14 of complications due to long-term illness at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

A complete obituary will be available at a later time. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Nazarene Church in Baker City.

Nolan Kim Swart

La Grande


Nolan Kim Swart, 57, of La Grande, died Sept. 3 at his home. A celebration of life will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at his mother’s home, 305 Fourth St., La Grande. The celebration will include a potluck, and family and friends may bring a side dish.

Thomas P. Wagner

La Grande


Thomas P. Wagner, 79, of La Grande died Sept. 15 at a local care facility. A complete obituary will be available at a later date. 

Arrangements are under the care of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Joseph ‘Earl’ Bristow

Formerly of Union County


Joseph Earl Bristow, 87, formerly of Union County, died Sept. 4 in Portland. As he requested, there will not be a service. Arrangements are under the direction of Crown Memorial Center of Tualatin.

Know as “Earl,” he was born May 4, 1925, in Wapato, Wash., and raised in Junction City by his grandparents. Earl was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator for Union County.

On Sept. 19, 1956, he married Avon Anderson in Cove. He loved fishing, boating and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 56 years, Avon Bristow of Cove; children and their spouses, Larry and Lynette Bristow of Portland and Debbie Jones of Sacramento, Calif.; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Marie Trieber Gabler

La Grande



Marie Trieber Gabler, 91, of La Grande died Sept. 10. She will be interred alongside her husband at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena, Calif. Arrangements are under the care of Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Marie was born Nov. 20, 1920, in Milwaukee, Wisc. Formerly of Carson, Calif., she became a resident of La Grande in 2007, soon after the death of her husband, Russell A. Gabler. She was a dedicated pastor’s wife and proud of her 59 years of service alongside her husband.

Russell and Marie were both preceded in death by a son, Daniel Lee Gabler, and grandson, Christopher Allan Martin.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Allan R. and Melody Gabler of La Grande and Grace M. and David Martin Jr. of Aurora, Ill.; siblings, Gottlieb Trieber of Santa Maria, Calif., and Molly Goree of Vista, Calif.; and four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wycliffe Associates, 11450 Translation Way, PO Box 62143, Orlando, Fla. 32862.

Kathleen A. Long

La Grande



Kathleen A. Long, 61, of La Grande and Vancouver, Wash., died July 19 at her home. Military services were held Sept. 14 at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. 

Known as Katie, she was born Kathleen Ann Guck July 26, 1950, to Henry and Virginia Guck in Minneapolis, Minn.

Katie was on active duty in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1990 to 1994 as a recruiter and supply sergeant, stationed in Des Moines, Iowa, Fresno, Calif., and Portland. After retirement she settled in La Grande to be close to her family, where she became active in the local American Legion and Master Gardeners Program and also taught painting classes.

Katie was happiest playing the piano, fishing, painting, crafting, cooking, cake decorating and entering homemade creations in the Union County Fair.

She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Guck, and brothers, Chuck and Craig Guck.

Survivors include her mother, Virginia McBride Guck of Muscatine, Iowa; brothers, Tom Guck of Muscatine, Iowa, Chris Guck of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mike Guck of Iowa City, Iowa; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Shaine Gorham of Vancouver, Wash.; two grandchildren; adopted family, Nickole Long-End and Cain End of La Grande; and beloved cat, Suzi.

Memorial contributions may be made to a veterans’ charity of choice.

Frank J. Michaels

North Powder



Frank John “The Flyer” Michaels, 65, of North Powder, died Sept. 13 at a medical center in Boise. A service will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the North Powder Methodist Church.

Frank was born Dec. 9, 1946, to Lewis Albert and Evelyn Pearl (Collins) Michael in La Grande. He was raised and educated in La Grande and Cove. On April 11, 1967, Frank married Luella “Susie” Soles in Weiser, Idaho.

Frank was a truck driver, operating both long-haul and log trucks. He was a life member of the NRA and participated in CB clubs earlier in his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gun collecting and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a very special grandmother, Jessie Etta Michael.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Luella “Susie” Michaels of North Powder; children and their spouses, Louie and Susan Michaels of Pilot Rock, Dee Dee Wise of La Grande and Jessie and Jason Wilson of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Chris Funk of Pendleton and Lewie and Leslie Michael
of La Grande; and 11
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank Michaels Memorial Fund in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.