Obituaries for April 3, 2013

By Observer Upload April 03, 2013 12:46 pm
Beery, Cross, Kronsberg, Homan, Wyckoff


Charles A. Beery

Formerly of La Grande

A funeral service for Charles A. Beery, formerly of La Grande, will take place at 1 p.m. April 17 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Beery, 65, died Nov. 23 at Salem. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem.



Betty Maxine Cross


Betty Maxine Cross, 89, Elgin, died Monday at a local care home. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements. 


Gertrude Kronsberg

La Grande

Gertrude Kronsberg, 90, La Grande, died Monday at her residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Janet Edra Homan

La Grande


Janet Edra Homan, 80, of La Grande, died at her residence March 29. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. April 13 at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City.

Janet was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Ervin and Jennie Moys. She attended school in Enterprise and graduated from high school. Janet married Arthur Warren Homan on June 27, 1954, in Enterprise. 

They were married for almost 51 years. Arthur died in 2005.

Janet’s lifelong occupation was caring for her three children and her home. In addition, she worked at an espresso/sandwich shop and the hospital. Janet loved cooking. Her favorite activity was playing and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushrooming, canning, camping and getting her nails done. She also enjoyed dancing with her husband, Arthur, in their younger

Janet is survived by two children, Douglas Homan of La Grande and Cynthia Homan of Joseph, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; son, Steven; and sister, Macel.


June-Marie Wyckoff



June-Marie Wyckoff, 90, of Wallowa died March 27 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. While a student at the University of Oregon, she was elected “Miss Smiles a Million,” a title that described her attitude throughout life.

June-Marie will be remembered for her adventurous spirit and outrageous sense of humor. At age 82, dressed in street clothes, she jumped from a boat into Payette Lake in Idaho because she could not stand watching everyone else having fun swimming and not participate herself. 

She enjoyed long rides in the countryside, exploring new places and taking the most unpromising road to the end. Turning back was not an option.

A talented musician, June-Marie shared her love of music as church organist, pianist, choir director and teacher and by playing anyplace people gathered where there was a piano or an organ. 

June-Marie considered her musical talent a gift from God and a way of expressing the joy of Christian faith. She was a member of the United Methodist Church for more than 75 years. June-Marie was also an elementary school and public librarian.

Born on June 1, 1922, in Nyssa to Barney and Edith (Richey) Wilson, June-Marie graduated from Nyssa High School. She studied music at the University of Oregon and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Mu Phi Epsilon in the School of Music. 

In 1944, she married Dwight Wyckoff, whom she’d met in high school. They spent 65 years together, including 11 years traveling the United States in their fifth-wheel trailer.

June-Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Dwight, and three brothers, Houston Wilson, Richard Wilson and Phillip Wilson. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Christy and Laura Wyckoff of Portland, Barney Gerald Wyckoff and life partner Morri Stewart of Bend, Marcia and Dennis Sheehy of Wallowa, and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her dearly.

Her joy and smile will be missed, family members said. 

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. June 1 at the Wallowa Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Memorial Fund of the United Methodist Church in Wallowa or to the Wallowa Public Library in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.