Obituaries -- October 2

Edith J. Hertel

Edith J. Hertel died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, in Albany, Ore., just a few weeks shy of her 92nd birthday.

A service to remember and honor Edith will be held at Cascade Locks Community Church beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. Interment will follow the church services at the Cascade Locks Cemetery. A light luncheon will be made available at the Cascade Locks Community Church following the interment.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Anderson’s Tribute Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mrs. Hertel spent her childhood and early adulthood in South Dakota before moving east to Baltimore, Md., to begin a long career working for the U.S. government as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. Mrs. Hertel was married approximately 14 years before divorcing in 1950 and moving to Cascade Locks with her two sons.

She loved living in Cascade Locks and the many friends and activities that she had in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Gardening was a passion of hers and she was a great lover of animals. Cats were constant companions of hers throughout her lifetime. She was an active member of the Cascade Locks Community Church where she served as treasurer until failing health caused her to relinquish this duty. Mrs. Hertel also served as a volunteer at the Historic Museum at Cascade Locks for a number of years.

A paralyzing stroke in July 2001 resulted in the need for her to move from her home at Cascade Locks to the Mennonite Village in Albany, Ore., where she received excellent, loving and attentive care for the last 14 months of her life.

Mrs. Hertel in survived by her two sons, W. John Hertel and his wife Rosemary who reside in Salem, Ore., and Bradley R. Hertel and his wife Marsha who reside in Blacksburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Jeff Hertel, Jill Abrams, Mark Hertel, and Scott Hertel; and four great grandchildren, Cameron and Cooper Abrams and Gus and Nicole Hertel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Humane Society c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Win Sewell

Hood River resident Win “Winnie” Sewell died Sept. 23, 2002, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 74 years of age.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Win was born February 22, 1928, to Harry and Bessie (Whitaker) Walther in The Dalles, Ore. She spent her childhood in The Dalles and later graduated from The Dalles High School. Once out of High School Win worked for Hudson Insurance in The Dalles.

On Jan. 16, 1964, Win married Bud Sewell in The Dalles. Together they moved to La Grande, Ore., for work with the railroad. After living there for about 19 years, Mr. Sewell retired and they moved to Hood River, Ore., where they have lived ever since.

Mrs. Sewell enjoyed recreational bowling and loved to go to lunch and socialize with her teammates. She also was a talented seamstress and made clothes for all of her family members. Win also enjoyed square dancing.

Mrs. Sewell is survived by her husband Bud Sewell of Hood River, and daughter Linda Sewell of Husum, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband David Espey, son Daniel and brother Harry Walther II.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

David Tiffany

David Ross Tiffany, 81, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at a local care facility.

He was born Dec. 26, 1920, at his family home on the Laurel Road in Bellingham, Wash., the second of seven children to Ross David and Emma Ilene (Hardy) Tiffany.

He spent the first half of his life in the Bellingham area. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a cook, and later cooked at a restaurant in Bellingham. Following the death of his father he moved to The Dalles and worked at the aluminum plant from which he later retired.

He is survived by his brother John of Mosier, Ore., and sisters Marie Henderson of Hood River, Ore., Thelma Rood of Vancouver, Wash., and Ruth Lynn of Fairview, Ore., and several nieces and nephews. He wa preceded in death by his parents and by a brother Robert and a sister Elizabeth Wedrick.

In accordance with his wishes no public services will be held. The family will observe private ceremonies of remembrance. Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation & Burial in The Dalles.

Gregory Mendick

Gregory Mendick, 42, of Hood River, died Sept. 17, 2002, as the result of a traffic accident on Sept. 16, in Sacramento, Calif.

He worked at Hood River Ford as a sales representative, and he was also working in Sacramento in car financing. He moved to Hood River in 2001.

He attended Asbury Methodist Church in Hood River.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Mendick, of Hood River, and by his daughter, Rachel Bohnen of Atlanta, Ga., his mother, Doris Nelson of Seaside, Ore., and stepfather Mario Padilla of Placentia, Calif.

Also surviving are his brother Rodney and his wife, Lizzie, of Texas, nephew Waldo Mendick of Texas and sisters Lisa Mendick of Portland, Ore., Debbie Mendick of Seaside, Ore., Michelle Krynski of California, and Melody Lansky of Rogue River. Nieces Amanda of California, Nadia of Portland, Ore., nephews Jevon and Rodney of Seaside also survive.

He is also survived by his great-aunt Charlotte Wertgen of Hood River, cousins Matt and Mary Thomas of Parkdale, Ore., and their sons Derek and Billy, cousin Guy Wertgen of Parkdale, cousins Lori and Tony Martinez of Portland, and his second-cousins Andy and Annika of Portland.

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Betty Breidel of Washington and his brother-in-law, Jeff Paxton and his wife, Penny, of Washington, nieces Ricki Jean and Jessica, of Washington and his dogs, Boo and Hannah. A service is planned in California.

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Leona Ritchey

Leona Marie (Herbst) Ritchey, 81, a resident of Parkdale, Ore., died Sept. 26, 2002, at her home.

She was born April 2, 1921, in Lenox, Iowa, to Carl and Cora (Preston) Herbst and grew up there. She taught school for seven years before going to work in the underwriting department of several insurance companies in the Midwest. She married Leslie Ritchey on Dec. 29, 1951, in Harlan, Iowa. She enjoyed traveling, reading, making pressed flower creations and doing genealogical research which she shared with her family. She was a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, Parkdale Grange No. 500, as well as the Parkdale Garden Club, Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society, and the Hood River Historical Society.

Survivors include her husband Leslie of Parkdale; two daughters, Jean Stark and her husband, Paul, of Sisters, Ore., and Connie Ritchey of Hawaii; son Jim Ritchey also in Hawaii, stepson Brian Ritchey of Des Moines, Iowa and five grandsons; Justin Swope, Jonathan, Jim, Ian and Jaxon Stark of Sisters. A memorial service will be held at the Parkdale Grange on Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in conjuction with the evening’s potluck supper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle Street, The Dalles, OR 97058. Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation & Burial.

Audrey Tolleson

Audrey P. Tolleson, a Mosier, Ore., resident, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore. She was 84 years of age.

Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the tribute center.

Audrey was born May 19, 1918, in Anniston, Alabama to Lawrence and Leila (Woods) Parker. In 1937, she and George William (Bill) Tolleson were married and moved to Oregon in 1957 where the family resided in Pilot Rock, Dale, and Salem until moving to Mosier in 1981.

Audrey enjoyed painting, sewing, bridge and golf among many other interests. She loved entertaining friends and family.

Survivors include two daughters, Charlotte Symons of Pendleton, Ore., and Sandra Rose of Redmond, Ore., and seven grandchildren, Charles, Dean and Mindy Barnes, Eric and LeChell Carlos, Kurt Symons and Les Kannier. Eight great grandchildren also survive. Her husband, Bill, preceded her in death on March 11, 2001.

Vault interment will be at Mosier Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Mosier Grange.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Celilo Cancer Center or the Arts Council of Pendleton, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Betty Mainwaring

Hood River, Ore., resident Betty Ann Mainwaring died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 79 years of age. Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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