Norma Shirley Schwartz
Oct. 2, 1926 - Dec. 10, 2006
Norma Shirley Bender Newtson Schwartz, 80, died Dec. 10 in Corvallis.
She was born in Pendleton to Fred and Gunda Newtson Bender.
Her mother died when she was two and she was raised by Newt and Katherine Newtson, and later by Newt and Aggie Newtson.
She attended grade schools in Helix and Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1944. She attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande for two years and then returned to Pendleton.
A number of Norma's early years were spent growing up and working on the family wheat farms in Juniper Canyon, outside of Helix and Pendleton.
Norma married John Schwartz on March, 26, 1950 in La Grande. She worked at a number of secretarial and bookkeeping jobs in Pendleton, with her last job being 29 years with the Federal Land Bank, a farm loan institution. She retired in 1987.
John and Norma moved to Dallas in 1989 and spent a lot of time traveling. She moved to Corvallis in July 2003.
She loved to ride horses, and she and her cousins often rode their horses into Pendleton for the Round-Up. She last rode a horse in December 2003 as a Christmas gift from her family.
Norma loved to play cards at family gatherings. Her hobbies included stamp collecting, coin collecting, jigsaw puzzles, and genealogy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and brothers Elmer Newtson, Freddie Newtson, Gerald Bender, and Fred Bender of California.
Survivors include her son, Michael of Corvallis; daughter, Sherrill, of Pasco, Wash.; sisters, Barbara Russell of Capay, Calif., JoAnn Pratt, Shirley Fields, and Judy Karlstad, all of Woodland, Calif., and Sharon Hall of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, George Schwartz of Snoqualmie, Wash.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial service is 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007 at Peace Lutheran Church in Philomath. Inurnment of ashes and another memorial service will be held in Pendleton at a later date.
Contributions may be made to "Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund", c/o Peace Lutheran Church, 2540 Applegate, Philomath, OR, 97370, or Meadowood Springs Speech & Hearing Camp, PO Box 1025, Pendleton, OR, 97801.
Martha Matilda Westbrook
Aug. 21, 1905 - Dec. 19, 2006
Martha Westbrook, 101, of Sweet Home died Dec. 19 in Sweet Home.
She was born to Robert Wayne and Flora Etta Hovey Archerd in Kimball, S.D.
She moved to Alsea at the age of 11 and then moved to Falls City in 1945. She moved to Sweet Home in 1970.
Martha met Walter Westbrook at a dance and they were married April 5, 1925 in Falls City. They had 11 children, of which three died at birth and she also had three stepchildren.
She was a member of Highway 20 Church of Christ in Sweet Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; daughters, Verla Johnson, Annetta Burser, Virginia Montegomery-Cooper, sons, Robert and baby boy Westbrook and stepsons, Walter and Aazel Cate.
Survivors include daughters Ina Dunaway of Sweet Home, Wilma Denue of Blodgett and Marie Lamb of Fairbanks, Alaska; sons, Harold Westbrook of Sweet Home, and Floyd and Wayne Westbrook, both of Blodgett; brother, Wayne Archerd of North Bend; 52 grandchildren; 131 great-grandchildren; 122 great-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-great-grandchildren.
Service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Hwy 20 Church of Christ, 3025 Hwy 20 and burial will follow at Gilliland Cemetery.
Workman & Steckly Funeral Chapel of Sweet Home handled arrangements.
Howard W. Schwanke
Jan. 25 1942 - Dec. 16, 2006
Howard W. Schwanke, 64, died Dec. 16 in Corvallis.
He was born in Corvallis to Ella Leder and Walter Schwanke.
He worked for Fisher Implement.
Survivors include his wife, Robin; sons, Ryan McCormick and Chad McCormick; brothers, Ray Brauner and Kenneth Brauner; and three grandchildren.
Service was Dec. 22 at McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis, and interment was at Crystal Lake Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Samaritan Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis in care of McHenry Funeral Home.
Jessie Mae Wheeler
Jan. 15, 1932 - Dec. 24, 2006
Jessie Mae Wheeler, 74, of Milwaukie died Dec. 24 in Milwaukie.
She was born to Glenn and Helen McDaniel in Mosquero, N.M.
In 1950 she moved with her mother and three sisters to Oregon. She attended her last year of high school at Central High School in Independence.
Jessie married Bill Wheeler in 1956.
In 1959 they moved from Portland to Monmouth, where Jessie lived until 1995. She worked for the Oregon State Highway Department for more than 30 years, retiring in 1995.
She moved to Milwaukie in 1995 to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Fred Wood.
Jessie was well known for her dedication to her faith, as a Jehovah's Witness, for many years. Most recently she was a member of Mt. Scott Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include her daughter, Melodie Hale of Seattle; and sisters, Jean Wood of Milwaukie, Marcy Cremer of San Jose, Calif., and Claire Berglund of Pasco, Wash.
Memorial service was Dec. 30 at Mt. Scott Congregation of Jehovah's Witness, Portland.
L. Joanne Boatwright
Feb. 1, 1923 - Dec. 25, 2006
Joanne Boatwright, 83 of Dallas died December 25.
She lived in Ketchikan, Alaska, with her husband and family from 1954 to 1984. She moved to Oregon in 1984 and lived in Keizer and Dallas.
She loved to volunteer and help others.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Boatwright.
Survivors include her son, Robert Boatwright; daughters, Kathi Wallace and Susan Burns; brother, Hugh Byrkit; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial service was Jan. 2 at Dallas Church of the Nazarene. Private interment was at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.
Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence handled arrangements.
Ernest Ralph Radke
May 10, 1913 - Dec. 23, 2006
Ernest Ralph Radke, 93, of Salem died Dec. 23.
He was born in Underwood, N.D., to Edward and Carrie Schafer Radke.
He married Alice G. Renfrow Dec. 12, 1931 in Washburn, N.D.
He farmed in North Dakota before coming to Salem in 1954.
He moved to Dallas in 1964.
Ernie worked many years for the Oregon Department of Transportation, retiring in January 1976.
He moved to Lancaster Retirement Village in Salem following the Aug. 4, 1998 death of Alice.
He was an active member of the North Salem Baptist Church for many years and was currently a member of the First Baptist Church in Salem.
Ernie enjoyed fishing, cutting wood, playing pool, and played many hours of Skip-Bo when he could find a willing partner. Ernie greatly loved and enjoyed spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald, and brothers, Walter, John, Carl, Dale and Elmer.
Survivors include his daughters, Darlene (Marv) Schirman and Donna (Mike) Rodia, all of Salem; daughter-in-law, Jann Radke of Salem; sisters, Dorothy Valish of Salem and Idella Hinshaw of Crabtree; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial service was Dec. 29 at Salem First Baptist Church and interment was at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Salem.
Contributions may be made to Union Gospel Mission in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.
Barbara Rose Woodhouse
Jan. 5, 1928 - Dec. 4, 2006
Barbara Rose Woodhouse, 78, of Monmouth, formerly of Sedalia, Colo., died Dec. 4 in Monmouth.
She was a loving mother, grandmother,and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her four children, Sharon Bowman, Patricia Lang, Bonnie Garretson, and Frank Woodhouse; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
No service was held at her request.
Contributions may be made to Monmouth Senior Center.