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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