Obituaries - May 21

Alden McNerney

Alden L. “Mac” McNerney, a Parkdale, Ore., resident, died May 11, 2003, at Brookside Manor. He was 90 years of age.

Services will be held on Friday, May 23, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Church.

He was born Sept. 17, 1912, in Osborne, Kan., to James and Ethel (Langley) McNerney. He was raised and educated in Osborne County, Kan., graduating from High School in Luray, Kan., in 1930. He then completed teacher training at Fort Hayes State College in Hayes, Kan. In 1932, he and Rosie Fern Gray were married in Osborne.

Mac enjoyed a couple of years as a teacher, teaching first through eighth grades in a one-room schoolhouse. He was the custodian, coach, consultant and music, math, English, etc. teacher. He moved from Kansas to Parkdale, Ore., in 1940 and lived there until moving to Brookside Manor in 2000. Mac had worked as Hardboard Plant Supervisor for Hines Lumber Company and U.S. Plywood and also owned and operated an orchard. His special interests included horses (he considered being a jockey at one time) and cars. He was very mechanical, being able to rebuild almost any car, tractor, etc.

He is survived by his sons, Dr. Jerry McNerney of Wilsonville, Ore.; James McNerney of Vancouver, Wash.; and Steen McNerney of Parkdale, Ore.; daughter Susan Emerald of Sweet Home, Ore.; sister Freda Rogers of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and brothers, Gerald McNerney of Wakeeney, Kan.; Dwight McNerney of Tulsa, Okla.; and Robert McNerney of Napa, Calif. Nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren also survive.

His wife, Rosie, preceded him in death in 1989.

Private interment will be at Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Hospice of the Gorge or a charity of your choice c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Gladys Stolhand

Hood River resident Gladys Burr Stolhand died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at Hood River Care Center. She was 82 years of age.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center with a reception to follow with Interment at Idlewild Cemetery.

Gladys was born Aug. 8, 1920, to William Calvin and Laura Ethel (Lowther) Burr in Inola, Okla. She attended grade school in Inola, Okla., and Claremore, Okla. Gladys then attended high school in Sequoyah, Okla.

In July of 1938, Mrs. Stolhand came to Hood River, where she worked as floor lady for Diamond Fruit at the Cascade Houses.

Gladys enjoyed fishing, painting and tending to her flower garden.

Mrs. Stolhand is survived by her sons Jerry and Jim Stolhand of Hood River, and John Stolhand of Silverdale, Wash., five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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

Jean Perkins

Hood River, Ore., resident Jean Miller Perkins died Monday, May 20, 2003, at Columbia Basin Nursing Facility in The Dalles, Ore. Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 386-1000.

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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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