Obituaries for January 9, 2013

By Observer Upload January 09, 2013 02:22 pm
Niederer, Booth, Howland-Spriet, Peck, Tarvin



Rosalie Niederer

La Grande


Rosalie Niederer, 89, died Tuesday at her home at Jody’s Country Care in La Grande. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.



Joan Booth

La Grande



Joan Booth, 75, of La Grande, died at her residence Jan. 7. Funeral services were held at the Lighthouse Church in Island City at 11 a.m. today.

Joan was born Aug. 8, 1937, in Sanford, Miss., to Oliver Roy and Mary (Mooney) Reeves. Her family moved to Prineville, where she attended school in a one-room schoolhouse.

Joan married Roy Booth on March 12, 1953. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

Joan was a homemaker and mother. She owned Roy Jo’s Fabric shop from 1972 to 1974, and also was a business owner of Booth Chain Saws from 1988 to 1995. She enjoyed archery, gardening, fishing, hunting, dancing, logging sports and quilting.

She received sportsmanship of the year awards in logging sports and had more than 500 logging trophies and many archery trophies and awards.

One of her special achievements and a great example to her family was earning her high school diploma in her 40s. 

She was a member of the American Cancer Society, an election volunteer and a member of the Assembly of God Church and the Lighthouse Church. 

She was a Grande Ronde Bowman and a member of the Logging Sports Association, as well as a Star Promenader, and was an associate member of the Dancing Cowboys. She was also a member of the Elks Lodge and Eagles Lodge.

Joan is survived by her husband, Roy Booth Sr. of La Grande; three children and their spouses, Nita and Lloyd Baker of La Grande; Carolyn and John Stewart of Ghana, West Africa; Jolene and Rob Smith of La Grande; one brother, Jack Reeves of Salem; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Mary; son, Roy Hurbert Booth Jr.; brother, Alvin Roy Reeves; and sister, Maud Coop.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

 Online condolences to the family may be made at



Lorene Howland-Spriet

La Grande


Lorene Geneveave Howland-Spriet, 91, of La Grande, died Dec. 31. 

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City. Funeral services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Lorene was born in Lone Pine to Mabel May (York) and James Otho Hall. 

She married James “Jimmy” Clifford Howland Feb. 5, 1938, in Caldwell, Idaho. From this union were born 12 children: Clifford Howland (Debbie) of Fishers, Ind.; Nita Powell (Carl) of La Grande; Vernon Howland of Baker City; Tera Cassie of Boise, Idaho; Michael Howland (Darlene) of Umatilla; John Howland (Candy) of Huntington; Edwin Howland (Betty) of Boise; Nelda Petitt (George) of Huntington; Lela Stangle of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Marla Coalwell (Jerry) of John Day; Bill Howland and June Wolf.

Jimmy died Feb. 10, 1953.

Lorene later met Willie Alphons Spriet and they married Feb. 25, 1955, in Pasco, Wash. From this union were born two children: Mary Spriet and Wilma Hawk (Harold) of Huntington.

Lorene spent her last years in La Grande and her final days at Wildflower Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; siblings, Millie Mann, Ada Haney, Dorothy Henner, Glenn Hall, Edward Hall and Donald Hall; and children, Bill Howland, June Wolf and Mary Spriet.

Survivors include her twin sister, Irene Martin of Caldwell, and 50 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.



Ronald Martin Peck

La Grande



Ronald Martin Peck, 72, of La Grande, died at his home Dec. 31 surrounded by his family after a long battle with illness. Memorial services will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, with a reception immediately following.

Ronald was born Feb. 1, 1940, in La Grande to his parents, Elmer M. and Elizabeth M. (Martin) Peck. He was a lifelong resident of La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and attended two years at Blue Mountain Community College. Ronald was employed at Boise Cascade Corp. from 1975 to 2002 when he retired. He was honored with a 25 years of service award in 2000.

 Ronald was married to Marsha M. Peck. They were divorced in 1988. Ronald then married Martina Adele Bowler.

 He enjoyed spending quality time with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed attending the sporting events and games of his grandchildren. 

He also liked hunting and fishing.

 Ronald is survived by his wife, Tina of La Grande; four children, Steven H. Peck of Pendleton; Lance D. Peck and his wife, Heather, of Weiser, Idaho; Randy A. Peck and Lourie J. Morgan, both of Springfield; three stepchildren, Susan M. Berry and her husband, Jerrod, of Wichita, Kan.; Dennis W. Keeling and his wife, Cathy, of La Grande; Dexter W. Keeling and his wife, Lillian, of La Grande; three sisters, Libby Markworth and her husband, Charles, of Foothill Ranch, Calif.; Mary Jo Lemon and her husband, Terry, of La Grande; Kathy P. Rudd of La Grande; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Betty Peck.

Donations to help the family with Ronald’s funeral expenses may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at



Kathleen Ruth Tarvin

La Grande



Kathleen Ruth Tarvin, 64, of La Grande died Jan. 5. A mass will be held in her honor beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande.

Kathleen (Kathy) was born Jan. 11, 1948, in Sterling, Colo., to Earl and Ruth (Green) Flaherty. During early childhood she lived in Portland, Vale and Ontario. 

Kathy went to grade school in Westfall from 1952 to 1960; high school from 1960 to 1963 in Burley, Idaho; and finished high school from 1963 to 1965 at Unity. 

She married Clinton Lee Tarvin Feb. 13, 1966.

Kathy was instrumental in the education of many students during her 24-year career as a teaching assistant at Island City Elementary School, 1979-2003. 

To family and close friends, she was known for her homemade crafts and canned goods as well as her quick wit and sense of humor.

She is survived by her mother, four siblings, Jim and Betty (Scott) Flaherty, Ray and Marybeth (Flaherty) Cornell, Barb Flaherty (Sanders) and Mike and Dawnel (Wagstaff) Flaherty; husband; children and their spouses, Andy and Julie (Larson) Tarvin of Summerville, Brian and Peggy (Thompson) Tarvin of Echo, and Blake and Tammy (Tarvin) Slater of Nampa, Idaho; and 13 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.



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