Obituaries - September 18

Bonnie Mae Steager

Hood River resident Bonnie Steager died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 103 years of age.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Bonnie Mae Steager was born April 22, 1899, in David City, Neb., to Luther and Isabel (Spratland) Gaines. The family moved to David City, Neb., where Bonnie received her education.

She was an operator for the David City Telephone Company until she married Louis (Louie) Steager on July 2, 1918. She and Louie joined his family farming a section just outside David City. Her children Richard and Naomi were born in David City.

The family moved to Oregon in 1929 and settled in the Hood River, Ore., area. Both Louie and Bonnie worked in the fruit industry. Bonnie packed cherries, pears and apples working for Duckwall Bros., Stadelman Fruit and then in the middle 1940s she went to work for the Apple Growers Association as a floor lady at their old Cascade House downtown. She and Louie bought a small house and orchard on Lippman road at about the same time.

Memorial contributions may be to the Hood River Care Center c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Russell Hahn

Russell G. Hahn, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Sept. 7, 2002, at The Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore. He was 84 years of age.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at 10 a.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center. A reception will follow.

Russell Hahn was born June 22, 1917, in Miller, Neb., to Paul and Mabel (Miller) Hahn. He was raised and educated in Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945, serving in the Aleutian Islands from 1942 to 1944.

In 1942 he and Sylvia Scranton were married in Vancouver, Wash. They moved to Hood River in 1945.

Interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the Oregon Veteran Home c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031

Lillie Colburn

Lillie Arabell Colburn, 96, of Canby, Ore., passed away Sept. 12, 2002, at her residence in Canby. She was born March 8, 1906, at Valentine, Neb., to Ernest and Ida (Archer) Bowden. She grew up and attended school in Valentine.

On July 15, 1926, she married Earl G. Colburn in Chadron, Neb. In 1951 they moved to Hood River, Ore. She moved to Canby in 1998 and lived by herself until January 2001. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at Pine Grove Cemetery, Hood River, with vault interment to follow.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.

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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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