Theresia Schlossarek
December 13, 1930 - May 19, 2019

Theresia Schlossarek 88, of Spanaway Washington and formally of La Grande Oregon passed away on Sunday May 19th at Tacoma General Hospital with her daughters by her side. A memorial service will be held July 20th at 11 am at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, in La Grande where Theresia was known by so many. There will be an open house to follow from 1pm to 4pm, for people to come share stories with the family, it will be at the home of her dear friends, Dr. Joseph and Cathy Petrusek, 62654 Mink Lane, Summerville OR.
Theresia was born on December 13, 1930 in Amberg Germany to Christine, she was the oldest of 6 children. In January of 1949 Theresia gave birth to the first of her two daughters, Bianca, followed by Ingrid in May of 1951. At the age of 21 Theresia lost her mother to cancer. Leaving her along with her sister Betty to raise their younger siblings, as well as their own children.
In 1971 Theresia moved to the United States with her daughters and their families. She started working at Grande Ronde Hospital in 1972 and had a long career there retiring after 42 years. Theresia loved to work in her yard, crochet, shopping, and jigsaw puzzles on the computer. In her later years she liked to go to the casinos in Washington with her daughters. She loved spending time with her family and would make a German meal to get everyone over to her house.
Theresia was always friends with everyone she met. She will be missed by so many.
She is survived by her daughters Bianca Gibson of Spanaway, WA, Ingrid Brown of Spanaway WA. Her siblings brother Herman Ilnseher of Toms River, NJ and sisters Betty Mulheron of Las Cruces, NM and Edda Miller of La Grande, OR. Her 6 grandkids, Kerstin (Stacy) Knight of Cove, OR, Harold Ilnseher of Tacoma, WA, Sandra (Russ) Hafer, of Meridian ID, Tanya (Shannon) Hively of Oregon City, OR, Simone (Sean Rudge) Brown of Spanaway, WA and Cody Brown of Tacoma, WA. She had 7 great grandkids, Ryan (Caitlin) Knight, Brittany Hafer, Brandon (Justine) Hively, Beau Knight, Courtney Hafer, Andrew (Jordan) Hively and Miles Rudge born 3 days after her passing. 3 great great grandsons, Ridge and Ace Knight and Everett Hively. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, her brothers Mike Schieder and George Ilnseher, sister in law Erica Ilnseher and her son in law Ronald Brown.

Robert D. Jellum

La Grande


Robert Duane Jellum, 82, of La Grande, died Dec. 18, 2018, at a local care facility. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 22 at the Union United Methodist Church.

Robert was born June 18, 1936, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, to Harry and Sophie (Holden) Jellum. He resided in North Dakota, California and La Grande and graduated from Williston High School. Robert served in the U.S. Army. He was married to Kathy Sowitch until her passing in 2000. He married Linnie Long on June 18, 2005.

Robert was employed with an oil company and, when he moved to La Grande, owned and operated a motel. He also owned a small farm. He raised sainfoin hay, Galloway cattle and German shorthair hunting dogs. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Linnie; children, Lynne Jellum Hadock of Boise, Idaho, and Robin and Gloria Jellum of Los Altos, California; brothers, Norman Jellum of Bend and Larry Jellum of Eugene; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Sophie, and first wife, Kathy.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Gary L. Sullivan

Formerly of La Grande

Gary Leroy “Sully” Sullivan, 78, formerly of La Grande, died June 14 at a care facility in Pendleton. A viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 20 at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. June 21 at Summerville Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at 1 p.m. at Cove Ascension School. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Sandra L. (Harrison) Spence

La Grande


Sandra Louise Spence, 76, of La Grande, died June 13 at Wildfower Lodge. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. June 23 at Island City City Hall. All are welcome to come share favorite stories of Sandy.

Known as Sandy, she was born May 24, 1943, in La Grande, to Thomas and Mildred (Daron) Harrison. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1961. She was devoted to her dog, Jethro.

Surviving relatives include her children and their spouses, Jody Dockweiler of Salem, Alvin Dockweiler II of La Grande, John Dockweiler of La Grande, Jennifer and Kevin Gentleman of La Grande, Stephanie Neaves of La Grande, Michael and Sara Neaves of Omaha, Nebraska, and Sally Neaves of La Grande; sister, Cheryl Harrison-Duff of Battle Ground, Washington; and 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mildred Harrison, and sister, Barbara Young.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

William Wolford


William “Bill” Wolford, 87, of Elgin, died March 23. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. June 22 at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande. A celebration of his life will follow at 2 p.m. at Tamarack Campground, where Bill spent many years as a camp host. A full obituary is available at

Alfred O. Frye Sr.

La Grande

Alfred O. Frye Sr., 78, of La Grande, died June 16 at his residence. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 27 at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A viewing will also be held from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. June 28 at the La Grande First Presbyterian Church, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Leah M. (Erwin) Lewis

Formerly of Union


Leah Maxine Lewis, 80, formerly of Union, died May 26 at her home in Baker City. A celebration of her life will be held a 1 p.m. June 26 at the United Methodist Church in Union.

Leah was born Feb. 2, 1939, in Union, to Gerald and Fern (Baxter) Erwin. She graduated from Union High School in 1957. Leah spent her early adult years keeping up with her kids and later worked at several small businesses in Baker City.

Leah’s favorite things were family gatherings, supporting her children and grandchildren in whatever they were doing, fishing, gardening and occasionally contributing to the success of the local casinos.

A devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Leah was a kind person and chose to see the best in everyone and everything. The simple things gave her the most pleasure. Leah had a witty sense of humor and could always find a reason to smile and have a good laugh.

Surviving relatives include her brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Barbara Erwin of Lincoln City and Richard and Janice Erwin of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Joe LaVerdure of Pendleton; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Kevin Zemmer of Vale; sons and daughters-in-law, Mick and Cathy Lewis of Tualatin and Randy and Becky Lewis of Bend; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n Home Hospice, 3370 10th St., Baker City 97814.

Michael P. Lowery


Michael Patrick Lowery, 73, of Milton-Freewater, died June 16 in Walla Walla, Washington. He worked as a lumber grader for Boise Cascade in La Grande prior to retiring. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home of Milton-Freewater is in charge of arrangements.