Michael “Todd” Silva
October 29, 1967 - May 6, 2019
Michael “Todd” Silva, born October 29, 1967 at St. Joseph Hospital in La Grande, Oregon, son of Toni Conrad Silva of La Grande and Donald Silva of Haines died at Providence St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington on Monday, May 6. His mom was by his side, hand in hand. Diagnosed with esophageal cancer mid-December, Todd was determined to win the battle and never gave up, struggling to the very end.
Todd attended Sacred Heart Elementary School in Medford before moving to Wallowa where he attended sixth grade taught by Mrs. Emma Jean Tubbin. The family moved to La Grande where he entered middle school, graduating from La Grande High School in 1985.
Art, rock climbing and basketball were focal points in school. He had a creative mind, always thinking outside the box. Each month in middle school Mrs. Atkinson gave Todd the task of designing her library window box. Mom begins Halloween decorating to this day with a window art class project created by Todd for the mall.
Age four found Todd on his first backpack trip into the Eagle Caps with his very own pack. Unobserved by his parents, the heavy pack became lighter by tossing out the only thing in it, his sleeping bag!
Todd continued hiking whenever he could but began bike riding with his dad, a joy that continued throughout his life. The father-son duo biked and cross-country skied every chance they could, the ski trips often taking them on overnighters into the Eagle Caps.
Fishing with Uncle Dennis began at age two. Todd could talk perfect strangers out of their poles as a child. We would watch and wager on how long it would take before he would be casting with their poles. He and Godmother Pam Walker spent hours perfecting their talent of fly fishing on the rivers running through Wallowa County.
Bow hunting nearly replaced fishing with tall tales of stealth and stillness. The first big kill almost becoming his last; a ground squirrel wiggled on the end of the arrow, wrenching Todd’s heart, bringing on the tears.
Running solo for ten and a half years, Todd became a big brother to Trask. Breaking the news to Todd brought on a flood of tears and threats to move to Granddad’s house. He wanted a pony or a dog, not a kid. When the due date neared and Mom was late arriving home, the phone calls began. Pages were sent out at work, Safeway, calls made to OB. Todd was anxious and ready for his baby to arrive. He cherished that baby, not wanting us to get baby sitters, offering to stay home himself and care for his brother. The neighborhood “gang of four” included Trask in their curbside football games. From tears to cheers, Todd loved his little Bro.
Venturing to Santa Cruz, California after high school, Todd worked building yachts and apprentice in tile work as well as doing other carpentry jobs. He returned to La Grande and continued in a variety of carpenter-related jobs.
As well as his parents, Todd leaves behind his brother Trask (Kelly) Silva, niece Kasen and nephew Drew Silva, Uncles Dennis (Sue) Conrad, Clifford (Barb) Conrad, Kim Conrad and Aunt Carol Jean Conrad, Uncle Jack Silva and Aunt Edy Ann (Al) Silva Corso and many cousins.
Todd was preceded in death by his grandparents Wes and Betty Conrad of Wallowa and Kenneth and Naomi Silva of Santa Cruz, Aunt Linda Sue (Vearl) Conrad Lewis of Wallowa and cousin Angela (Ralph) Conrad Evans of Oregon City.
In Todd’s memory please pass forward a good deed, a warm smile or a helping hand to someone in need.
Molly Murrill, 88, of Enterprise, died May 17 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. An obituary is forthcoming. Bollman Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Thelma L. (Marquis) Ansell
Thelma Louise Ansell, 87, of La Grande, died May 11 at her residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Thelma was born July 4, 1931, in La Grande, to Clarence and Gladys (True) Marquis. She was raised in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. She married her one and only love for more than 70 years, Richard M. Ansell.
Thelma was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses of more than 66 years, she enjoyed talking to people about God’s word and the hope of everlasting life in perfect health on a perfect earth. Thelma enjoyed learning about God’s word, sewing, gardening, crocheting, knitting and many more arts and crafts, including sketching and painting.
Surviving relatives include her daughters, Linda J. Albrecht and Diana S. Lantz, both of La Grande; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850, to help with funeral expenses.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.
Daryl A. Thompson Formerly of La Grande
Daryl A. Thompson, 83, formerly of La Grande, died May 16 at his home in Milton-Freewater. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home of Milton-Freewater is in charge of the arrangements.
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Raedeke
Gerald “Jerry” Raedeke, 86, died May 13 at his home in Enterprise. An obituary is forthcoming. Bollman Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.