Obituaries for March 22, 2013

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Sullivan,Wilson, Lovell



Maria Louise Sullivan

La Grande


Maria Louise Sullivan, 84, of La Grande, died at a local care facility in La Grande on March 8. Celebration of life services will begin at 

10 a.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Maria was born Jan. 30, 1929, in Bad-Orb, West Germany, to Katarina Nix Ihl and Heinrich Ihl. She completed high school in West Germany and later came to the United States with her two young children in 1961. Maria was a homemaker and worked as a waitress.

Maria met Eugene Sullivan and they were married Oct. 7, 1972. They made their home in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Maria and her husband traveled throughout Europe and went on many cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. They moved from Santa Rosa to La Grande in 2003 to be near her daughter.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; mother, Katrina; father, Heinrich; and brother, Karlheinz.

Maria is survived by her daughter, Renate Gray and husband John of La Grande; son, Alfred of California; sisters, Elisabeth Sharp of Arizona; Elvera Shelly of Arkansas; Josefa Pence of New York; Helga Bayerl of West Germany; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.




Esley Ted Wilson

Former of Elgin


Esley Ted Wilson, 88, of Pendleton, died March 20 in Pendleton. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop. No services will be held.

Mr. Wilson was born June 5, 1924, to Fonzy and Opal (Richards-Ketcham) Wilson in Wallowa. He attended school in Elgin and married Alta Marie Hazen in Joseph. They had one son, Theodore J. Wilson. They later divorced. He lived in Union County, and in Ohio for a short time, before settling in Umatilla County. He built the cabins at Red’s Horse Ranch, ran the card room at Sheean’s café in the 1960s, worked in the ship yards in Bremerton, Wash., during the war and after that was a carpenter and handyman until he retired in 1986. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on clocks and old kerosene lamps.

Survivors include his sister, Margaret Bethel Croghan of Elgin; numerous nieces and nephews, including niece Jan Post, who was his caregiver for many years; one grandson; one granddaughter; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Theodore Wilson and another son, Richard Wilson; brothers, Fred Wilson, Fonzy Wilson, Richard Wilson, Sydney Wilson; sister, Jessie McDonald; and half brothers, Willard Young and Jess Vandervort.

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Richard Alan Lovell

Formerly of La Grande


Richard Alan Lovell, 44, of Astoria and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 11 in Astoria.

Known as Rick, he was born Aug. 21, 1968, to Stewart and Dorothy “Dottie” (Slovard) Lovell in

Rick will be remembered for his quiet demeanor and solitary life. He lived most of his life in Portland and also for a while with his sister, Verla Lovell Kirkeby, in
La Grande and with his brother, Mel Lovell, in Oklahoma.

Throughout his life he suffered from mental illness and eventually lived on the streets of Astoria, where he relied on the generosity of the people who lived and visited there. His mother and stepfather, Dottie and Frank Buzetti, of Astoria, were helpful to Rick, supporting and providing for him in many ways, including giving him a place to stay when it was too cold to be outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother.