Obituaries for Dec. 19, 2012

By Observer Upload December 19, 2012 12:12 pm
Kittle, Zollman, Monk, Power, Sieders



Larry W. Kittle



Larry W. Kittle, 69, of Elgin, died Dec. 18 at Robin’s Nest Adult Foster Care. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.





Mervin Wayne Zollman

Lostine and Enterprise


Mervin Wayne Zollman, 90, of Lostine and Enterprise, died Dec. 18. A complete obituary and memorial service details will be published later. Arrangements are under the direction of Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise.





Ethella Rosalie (DeJean)Monk

Wallowa County



Ethella Rosalie (DeJean) Monk, 96, died Dec. 8. in La Grande A celebration of life will take place in the spring.

Known as Rosalie, she was born March 19, 1916, to William Hyland and Christine (Sorenson) DeJean at the family homestead in Eden, above Troy. She attended grade school at the old Eden School. During the hard winters, her father would drag a log behind a horse to make a trail in the snow so they could walk to school. Rosalie and her siblings had to board out to attend high school.

After graduating from Wallowa High School in 1933, Rosalie worked as a nursing assistant at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. She then moved to California, where she worked building airplanes during World War II, a true “Rosie the Riveter.” 

It was in California that she met her future husband, Lawrence A. Monk. They were married Nov. 17, 1944. Rosalie and Lawrence loved California, and she lived there until moving north to be closer to family nearly seven years ago.

A descendant of French royalty, Rosalie was very proud of her heritage. Her great-great-grandfather was Count Stephen Louis DeJean.

Rosalie was known for her sharp wit and caring ways. She loved warm weather, reading books, working crossword puzzles and traveling. She enjoyed camping with family, especially sitting around the campfire, and was a staunch Republican.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 63 years, Lawrence Monk; brothers, Hyland, Florian, Raymond, Teddy, Leland and Clarence DeJean; and sister, Frankie DeJean Kiesecker.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.




Margaret Ann Power

La Grande



Margaret Ann Power, 79, of La Grande, died Dec. 15 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Grande Ronde Community Church.

Margaret was born Oct. 28, 1933, to Pat and Helen (Llewellyn) Brooks in Hawthorne, Calif. She graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunao, Calif., in 1951. After attending Pacoima Skill Center in Pacoima, Calif., and becoming an LPN, Margaret worked at Kaiser Hospital in Van Nuis, Calif., and later in nursing homes and doctors’ offices. She moved to Union County in 1975. 

Margaret lived in Oklahoma for a time before returning to La Grande in 2009. She was a member of the Grande Ronde Community Church and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and computer games.

She was preceded in death by her 15-month-old daughter, Patricia Ann Power.

Survivors include her children, Thomas Power of La Grande, Timothy Power of La Grande, Theodore Power of Arkansas and Tamara Vasold of Oklahoma; and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Community Church. 



Russell E. Sieders

La Grande



Russell E. Sieders, 88, of La Grande, died Dec. 16 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Interment with military honors will be at the Grandview Cemetery.

Russell was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Van Dyke, Mich., to Frederick and Emelia (Klanowsky) Sieders. He was raised in Michigan. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe under Generals Omar Bradley and Dwight D. Eisenhower. After an honorable discharge, Russell returned to Michigan where he was employed as an auto worker for the Ford Motor Co.

Russell and his wife, Betty Ann, were married for more than 70 years and had three children. They moved to La Grande where he was employed with the La Grande Parks and Recreation for more than 30 years. Russell enjoyed gardening and playing cards. He was an active member of the Faith Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, William, Emily and Shirley. Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann; children and their spouses, Charles and Marilyn Sieders, Paul Sieders and Kevin and Mary Sieders; siblings, Helen Bushuiakovish, Viola Poteete, Fred Sieders, Dolly Davis and Connie Hite; and 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or a charity of choice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

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