Obituaries - July 9

Lenny Schalk

Eldon Leonard Schalk, Jr., passed away on July 2, 2003. He was 38 years old.

Lenny was born in Astoria, Ore., on May 1, 1965, the son of Eldon and Sharon (Vosika) Schalk. He lived in Astoria, Seaside and then Knappa as a child, then moved to Underwood, Wash., with his family in 1972. In 1984, Lenny graduated from Columbia High School, where he was a stand-out athlete.

On July 28, 1984, he married Kim Beckwith.

Lenny worked for SDS Lumber Company until eight years ago at which time he began working for Coca-Cola Enterprises in The Dalles, where he was district manager.

Lenny enjoyed golfing, elk hunting, hiking and working in his yard. He loved sports and had a lot of respect for other people. Above all, Lenny was proud of his family and loved and respected them beyond measure.

Survivors include his wife Kim of White Salmon, daughter Sharlene Schalk of White Salmon, son Eric Schalk of Killeen, Texas, parents Eldon and Sharon Schalk of Underwood, sister Judith Irene Bean of Vancouver, Wash., two nieces and one nephew, and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister Lori on April 15, 1967, and grandson Kody Schalk.

A memorial service for Lenny was scheduled at Henkle Middle School in White Salmon on July 8, with a reception following at the middle school small gym. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a memorial fund to be created in Lenny’s name, in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, WA 98672

Ruth Reitan

Ruth Reitan, formerly of Hood River, died July, 3, 2003, with her family by her side. She was 99 years old.

Ruth was the 11th of 12 children to be born to Peter and Karen Marie Breding, in Powers Lake, N.D., on Oct. 5, 1903. In 1930 she married Emery Reitan in Vancouver, Wash. They lived in Forest Grove, Ore., where their daughter, Muriel (Post) Ross, was born.

In 1933 they moved to Hood River, Ore. Ruth worked part time for the Diamond Fruit Company cannery and later managed the cafeteria. In 1937 the couple purchased property on Avalon Way and built their home. They enjoyed raising flower and vegetable gardens and growing many types of fruit trees. Their home was always open to friends and family.

Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She enjoyed being a homemaker by baking, serving dinners, family gatherings, but most of all she treasured the love of her family which was evident when they were with her. Her family loved her dearly. Ruth’s love of life, kindness, sense of humor and thoughtfulness made her endearing to all. The family looked forward to their visits at their home.

Ruth and Emery celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1980, at First Baptist Church in Hood River, where they were members. Her husband, Emery, preceded her in death in 1985. When health problems emerged, Ruth stayed with her daughter and husband, Jack, in Sutherlin, Ore. In need of additional health care she became a resident of Mercy Rehab and Care Center in Roseburg, Ore., for the past 9 months where she developed many special friendships. Her steadfast faith and love for the Lord never wavered throughout her life.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Muriel Ross; five grandchildren, Mark Post and wife, Barbara, Colleen Loucks and husband, Scott, Patty Gray and husband, Tim, Michael Post and wife, Trina, and Jody Witten and husband, Don; one sister, Myrtle Fosse; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church in Hood River on July 11 at 1 p.m. with grandson, Pastor Mark Post, officiating. Internment will follow at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River.

Wanna Perkins

Wanna Anthony Perkins, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died July 3, 2003, at Parkhurst House. She was 91 years of age.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 12, at 3 p.m. at Riverside Community Church.

Wanna was born April 20, 1912, in Wichita, Kan., to Fred and Josie (Clark) Anthony. Her mother was killed in a buggy and car accident in Wichita, Kan., when Wanna was an infant. Two years later, her father, after caring for three girls, remarried. Wanna graduated in 1931 from Wichita East High School and in 1935 she graduated from Wichita University where she had been May Queen. She married Cy Perkins on May 31, 1936. They met in 1931 and celebrated their 72 years of love this past May 31.

Wanna was an avid sports fan, attending college football games in the Midwest and all Farwest Basketball Classics in Portland and most of the Portland Buckaroo Hockey Games traveling the Columbia River Highway. She and her husband held season tickets to Oregon State football and Oregon State basketball for the last 50 years.

Cy and Wanna came to Hood River in July 1941 to join Cy’s brother Clinton in a wholesale food business. Wanna delivered Blue Bell Potato Chips from a station wagon the opposite week of Cy being there in truck. Wanna had worked as a lab technician at Hood River Hospital during World War II.

Wanna and Shirley Pierson reorganized Sunday School at Riverside Community Church as their children became Sunday School age. She had campfire groups during and after her daughter Josie was out of Campfire. She enjoyed playing bridge with several groups. Wanna was very friendly with all she met on her regular trips to coffee spots in downtown Hood River and neighbors along the way.

She fell during the downtown construction which did slow her some. Wanna was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a member of Riverside Community Church and Guild and a charter member of the Hood River Lioness Club.

Survivors include her husband Cy Perkins of Hood River; daughter Josie Hawn and her husband John; granddaughter Ruth Halvorsen and her husband, Mark, and grandson Jim Mattocks and great grandsons Randy and Mason, all from New Mexico.

She was preceded death by her sister Isis Dillon and her son, Tony. Tony was taken by death one week before graduating from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverside Community Church Memorial Fund, the P.E.O. Scholarship Fund or a charity of your choice c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Hulda Walters

Hulda Walters, a former Hood River, Ore., resident, died July 3, 2003, at a Forest Grove, Ore., care facility. She was 100 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. A reception will follow.

Hulda was born July 14, 1902, in Napoleon, N.D., to Andreas and Magdalena (Schlicter) Sayler. She was raised and educated in Underwood, N.D. On July 1, 1923, she and William Walters were married in Underwood. In 1943 they moved to Portland, Ore., where William worked in the shipyards. Following the war, they returned to North Dakota and then moved to Hood River in 1947.

Mrs. Walters had worked at A.G.A. Cannery for 21 years. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening and cooking and was an avid Blazer fan. Her recipe for cinnamon rolls is still being used in a local restaurant. In 1969 she moved to Portland then to Cornelius, Ore., in 1981 and to North Plains, Ore., in 1994. In 1998 she moved to the care facility in Forest Grove.

She is survived by her sons, Gerald Walters of Hood River; Wilbert Walters of Alpine Lake, W.V., and Arlen Walters of Camas, Wash.; two daughters, Darlene Dorman of North Plains, and Betty Wade of Lewiston, Idaho, and her sister, Gertie Landsiedel of Turtle Lake, N.D.

Sixteen grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Her husband and granddaughter Cloë Walters preceded her in death.

Vault interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital or the Kidney Foundation c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Martin Czuba

Martin W. “Marty” Czuba, age 94, died June 23, 2003, at his Hood River, Ore., residence.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was a longtime member. A reception will follow at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Martin Czuba was born Sept. 24, 1908, in Genoa, Neb., to Valentine and Victoria (Czaplan) Czuba and was raised and educated in Duncan, Neb. On Nov. 11, 1933, he and Ruth Holste were married in Columbus, Neb. They came to Hood River in 1939 where he owned and operated an orchard.

He was also an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Czuba of Hood River; sons Quenton Czuba and (Mike) Steven Czuba both of Portland, Ore.; daughters Patricia Zoscak of Seattle, Wash., and Connie Kernen of Lexington, Ky. Thirteen grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters.

Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

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

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