Obituaries - April 9

Helen Holmes

Helen Holmes died at the age of 84 on March 31, 2003, at Hopewell Hospice Center, Portland, Ore.

Helen Lee (Slocum) Holmes was born in Gerster, Mo., on March 4, 1919, to Edward and Mollie Slocum. Helen was the youngest of 10 children. On Feb. 28, 1936, she married Carl William Holmes.

They had one child and lived in Missouri until 1951 when they moved to Bingen, Wash., and then later to Hood River. Helen worked as a cook at Larsens Lunch in White Salmon. Later she worked several years as a meat wrapper at Town and Country (now Thriftway) supermarket, also in White Salmon.

Helen retired from work in 1974. In 1976 she and Carl sold their home, bought an RV and hit the road. She thoroughly enjoyed her golden years traveling with Carl.

Their RV was their home for a quarter of a century. Helen’s pastimes were going to the beach, fishing, clam-digging and camping. A great deal of her time was spent with her grandchildren. They truly were “spoiled by Grandma.”

Helen leaves behind her son, Vernon Holmes; grandchildren Terry, of Portland, Ore., Carol of Beaverton, Ore., and Christopher of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandchildren Doug and Faith Woods of Beaverton and one great-great-grandchild, Keegan Woods, of Beaverton. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her nine older brothers and sisters, her other “sister,” Dora Foster-Slocum who passed away two weeks before, and her husband of 66 years, Carl. Services were held April 4 at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Care Center of your choice.

Masaye Kato

Masaye S. Kato, who was born in Hood River (Dee), died April 3, 2003, at her home in Los Angeles.

Masaye is survived by her son, Roland Kato and daughter, Terri Kato Togiai; grandchildren, Christopher and Jonathan (Arlene) Togiai; great-grandchildren, Mia and Tera Togiai; brothers, Katsumi Sato (Yuki), Victor Sato (Fumi), and Ben Sato; sisters, Yoshiye Sato Tsuboi, and Setsuko Ruth Malora; nieces, nephews, and many relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 12 at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Forest Lawn Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity or foundation of your choice.

John Kesti

John A. Kesti, a former resident of Hood River, died March 30, 2003, in Okanogan, Wash. He was 83 years of age.

John was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Clatskanie, Ore., the son of Charles and Hilma (Jurmu) Kesti. He lived in Hood River from 1926 until about 1942, when he went to California and worked on the Shasta dam.

He returned to Oregon, and entered the Army Air Corps, and served in India for the duration of the war, and was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. After the war he worked in the Westside Garage for a time and then went to work on the Bonneville Dam and other dams around the state. He married Merlotte Jordan in 1948; they later divorced.

On April 27, 1960, John married Linda Bohn Steiner in Reno, Nev. John loved to go to Reno and play cards. Linda preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 2001.

John and Linda lived in Sweet Home for 34 years. He retired in 1975 as a machinist for the Army Corps of Engineers. John and Linda moved to Gresham in 2001 and after her death, he moved to Okanogan, Wash., to be close to his son. He was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3437 in Sweet Home and was a member of their honor guard team.

Survivors include his son, Charles Kesti of Brewster, Wash.; daughter, Susan Kesti of Eugene, Ore.; step-son, Rocky Steiner of Gresham, Ore.; 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are a brother, Ray Kesti, of Poulsbo, Wash., and a sister, Esther Comstock, of Tacoma, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation and services were in Gresham April 3 and 4.

Viola Welch

Viola Fern Welch, a Hood River, Ore., resident died April 7, 2003, at Down Manor. She was 84 years of age.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 14, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park in Modesto, Calif.

Fern was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Lawrence, Kan., to Clyde and Mary Miller Shivley. She moved to Waterford, Calif., as a child and grew up and attended schools there.

On June 9, 1939, she and Sydney Welch were married. She lived in Modesto, Calif., for 60 years, moving to Mount Hood, Ore., in August 1999. She enjoyed the last three years at Down Manor.

Fern was a member of the First Baptist Church of Modesto, and lately had attended Hood River Valley Christian Church. She enjoyed gardening, Sunday School Fellowship and social activities with her friends at Down Manor.

She is survived by her children, Leonard Welch and his wife Carol of Mt. Hood; Edward Welch and his wife Denise of Grants Pass, Ore., and Carolyn Jones of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; grandchildren Nicole Welch of Mt. Hood, and Jacob Welch of Grants Pass.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sydney, and her brother, Earl Shivley.

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

Albert Jaco

Albert Jaco, resident of The Dalles, Ore., passed away Friday, April 4, 2003, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. He was 67 years of age.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

A visitation was held on April 8 from 10 a.m. until noon at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Albert was born Dec. 14, 1935. in Hickman, Ark., to Albert and Myrtle (Heckard) Jaco.

In 1969 Mr. Jaco moved to Parkdale, Ore. Since that time he moved to The Dalles, where he lived until his passing.

Some of Albert’s hobbies included hunting and fishing. He loved the outdoors. Mr. Jaco was also a United States Veteran, serving his country in the Korean War and then was honorably discharged in 1963.

Mr. Jaco is survived by his daughter, Marjorie, and her husband, Michael Nunley, of Santa Rosa, Calif., son Albert D. and his wife Laura Jaco of The Dalles, and Johnny L. Jaco of Portland, and grandchildren Mitchell and Michael Nunley of Santa Rosa, and Dakota and Angelia Jaco of The Dalles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Americal Lung Association c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Albert Parrott

Parkdale resident Albert Parrott died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Hood River Memorial Hospital. Please call Anderson’s Tribute Center at 386-1000 for service times and arrangements.

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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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