Obituaries for March 15, 2013

By Observer Upload March 15, 2013 10:33 am



MaryAnne Neer

La Grande, 1935-2013

MaryAnne Neer, 77, of La Grande, died March 9 at Grande Ronde Hospital with her family at her side. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. April 27 at 1601 ½ X Ave., La Grande.

MaryAnne was born Dec. 2, 1935, in La Grande to Marion and Rachel (Lewis) Bach. She grew up in La Grande and graduated from
La Grande High School.

MaryAnne married George Neer and they later divorced. She enjoyed sewing, decorating her home, traveling and entertaining her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Pauline Beickel.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Brenda Neer of La Grande; daughter, Sheila Romine of La Grande; sister, Joan McGee of Eugene; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Online condolences to the family may be made at



Douglas G. Sage

Formerly of Cove


Douglas George Sage, 69, of Richland, Wash., and formerly of Cove, died Feb. 27 in Kennewick, Wash. A celebration of life will begin at noon May 4 at the Buckskin Golf Course in Richland. Arrangements are under the care of Einan’s Funeral Home.

Known as Doug, he was born Dec. 6, 1943, to Wesley and Eileen Sage in Buena Vista, Colo. He grew up in Garden City, Kan., and was on the wrestling and football teams. In his early adulthood he married and moved to Kansas City, where he completed trade school and worked for Dean Machinery.

In 1972, Doug, his wife and their two children moved to Cove. Doug was employed at Western States Equipment Co. as a technician. Over time he was promoted to service manager in La Grande. In 1986 Doug was promoted to regional product support manager and moved to West Richland, Wash.

Doug took great joy in watching his children and grandchildren play sports and teaching his grandsons to golf. He was a proud member of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club. He owned and restored an antique Caterpillar and had a collection of vintage manuals. Doug was also an avid golfer, photographer and artist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Eileen Sage.

Survivors include his children, Wesley Sage II of Eugene and Sandra Sage of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Norman Sage of Denver, Colo.; and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA. The family welcomes thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at / 



Cynthia G. Williams



Cynthia Gail Williams, 67, of Union, died March 10 at her home. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. Interment will be at the Union Cemetery.

Cynthia was born Dec. 29, 1945, in Philadelphia, Penn., to George and Claire (Lewis) Young. In 1966 she became a licensed cosmetologist in the state of California.

In 1970 Cynthia moved to Union County from Los Angeles, Calif. Upon moving to Union County, she became an antique dealer and appraiser. Cynthia enjoyed traveling and visited every U.S. state except Alaska. She enjoyed genealogy and researched her family tree back to the Mayflower.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Claire Rosengarten.

Survivors include her children, Ryan Wilson, Rhonda McDaniel and Edan Miller; brother, Jack Perroset; and three grandchildren and two nieces. 

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Verle D. Martinson



Verle Douglas Martinson, 58, of Pendleton, died of local causes at a local care facility. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Highland Cemetery in Elgin. 

Verle was born on Christmas Day 1954 to Vernon and Mavis (Elling) Martinson in Silverton. He loved Jesus and he loved Santa Claus.

Verle enjoyed dressing up for Halloween and liked to play jokes on people and make them laugh. He also enjoyed taking lots of pictures with his Polaroid. Verle worked hard at his job. 

He loved wrestling and super heroes, especially Batman and Spider-man. Hamburgers were his favorite meal.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Martinson, and grandparents, John Elling, Gunda Elling, Karsten Martinson and Ebba Martinson.

Survivors include his parents, Ralph and Mavis Simonson of Elgin; siblings and their spouses, Gary Martinson and Kathy of Elgin and Theresa Tishmack and David of La Grande; Aunt Violet, Uncle Marley and Uncle Leslie; and three nieces and one nephew.

Memorial donations may be made to Horizon Enterprises and St. Anthony Hospice, both of Pendleton.

Online condolences to her family may be made at



Maria P. Walker

La Grande


Maria Pastora Walker, 84, of La Grande, died of natural causes March 13 at a local care facility. A viewing for family and friends will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A Recitation of the Rosary will follow at 3 p.m. at the chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Summerville Cemetery. A reception at the church will follow the graveside service.

Maria was born April 10, 1928, in Opico, El Salvador, to Francisco and Graciela Arana. She lived in San Rafael, Calif., before moving to La Grande.

On May 25, 1957, Maria married Milo Gene Walker. Being of Salvadorian decent, Milo helped her study to receive her United States Citizenship in 1957 after they were married.

Maria was a homemaker and day care provider. She was awarded Mother of the Year in 1977. She enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses. Her family says her greatest achievement was the fantastic job she did raising three children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Graciela, and a brother, Castro Arana.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Milo Gene Walker of La Grande; children and their spouses, Emmett Walker and Debbie of Hermiston, Lydia Collins and John of San Rafael, Calif., and Glenda Walker of Anchorage, Alaska; brother and sister-in-law, Chilano Arana and Lilian of California; and 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Online condolences to her family may be made at


Judy Brock



Judy K. Brock, 70, of Wallowa, died March 10 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Wallowa Assembly of God Church. A potluck lunch will follow. For potluck information, contact Marti Spar at 541-398-0218. Arrangements are under the direction of Bollman Funeral Home.

Judy was born April 25, 1942, to Clarice “Bun” and Eugene “Gene” Gastin in Enterprise. She grew up in the Leap area and attended elementary school in Lostine. Judy graduated with high honors from Lostine High School, then attended St. Anthony’s Nursing Program in Pendleton, where she earned a Licensed Practical Nurse degree. Later she obtained a BA in general studies at what is now known as Eastern Oregon University.

Judy met her future husband, Art, on a blind date in 1959. They were married Oct. 11, 1962, at the Lostine Presbyterian Church, and settled in La Grande, where Judy worked as an LPN at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital. She later worked at Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Wallowa County Nursing Home as well as nursing homes in La Grande while ranching with her husband.

Among Judy’s favorite pastimes was playing the piano and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed riding four-wheelers, mowing the lawn on her beloved John Deere seven days a week and, in her early and late years, driving fast.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur “Art” Brock; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Lisa of Spokane, Wash.; daughter, Brenda of St. Helens; brother and sister-in-law, Teddy and Marilyn Gastin of Lostine; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Box 547, Enterprise 97828.