Obituaries - August 30

Maria Farwig

Hood River resident Maria Antonia Farwig died Aug. 24, 2003, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 98 years of age.

Maria was born April 30, 1905 in La Paz, Bolivia, to Mr. and Mrs. Guillen. She was raised and educated in Bolivia. She then married Hans Gunther Farwig. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Europe, living in many different countries, but primarily Germany.

Following the death of her husband Mrs. Farwig moved her family back to Bolivia. In 1960 she gained her U.S. Citizenship and moved to America. Maria lived in Boise, Idaho, Portland, Ore., and then Hood River.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Farwig loved to read, listen to music, dance, sew and knit. She was a full time mother and spent most of her time caring for all of her family.

Mrs. Farwig is survived by her sons, Rene Farwig of Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and Hans Farwig of Denver, Colorado; eight grandchildren: William (Billy) Farwig, Jr., Renee Lyn Collins, Steven, James and David Farwig, Janet Robins, Johana Leisge and Sonja Wilmot. Ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans Gunther Farwig, her son, William August Farwig, two sisters, two brothers and her granddaughter, Karin Sonja.

Dorothy Zimmerman

Doris Irene McColley Zimmerman, age 75, passed away on Aug. 21, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Glencove, Wash., and graduated as Valedictorian of Vaughn High School. She then attended Washington State College in Pullman, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education with a major in music and minor in history. She began her teaching career in the early 1950s in Bickleton, Washington and then moved to the White Salmon Valley School District.

On Aug, 17, 1952, she married Thomas A. Zimmerman of White Salmon, where the couple resided for most of their married life. Doris retired in 1982 after 30 years of teaching, most of which were spent teaching junior high English and girls’ P.E. and coaching junior high girls’ athletics. She was one of the first female referees for high school boys’ basketball.

During her lifetime she was extremely active in many Masonic organizations: International Order of the Rainbow Girls, White Shrine Daughters of the Nile and, for more than 50 years, Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the PEO Sisterhood in Chapter AW of Portland, Ore.

She is survived by her two daughters, Helen Watts of Bend, Ore., and Edie Hooker of Seattle, Wash.; brother Roy McColley of Iowa and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Aug. 28 at the White Salmon United Methodist Church. A second service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 NE Alameda, Portland.

Remembrances may be made to the White Salmon United Methodist Church, the Estarl Scholarship Fund, Rose City Park United Methodist Church or to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 1685 Branham Lane, Suite 227, San Jose, CA 95118.

Gardner Funeral Home’s Columbia River Crematory in White Salmon is in charge of arrangements.

Mervin Hussey

Mervin O. Hussey, of Umatilla, Ore., died Aug. 21, 2003, at his home. He was 89 years of age.

Mervin was born April 15, 1914, in Mundan, Kan., to John Harrison and Nancy Ada (Randall) Hussey. In the 1930s he married Bertha Mae Barge in Jerome, Idaho.

Mervin was a career military man in the U.S. Army and served during World War II and the Korean conflict. After his military service he became a farmer. He trained horses and loved being a cowboy.

Mervin is survived by his sons, Jack and his wife Deloris Hussey of Umatilla and Buck and his wife Brenda Hussey of Cascade Locks; daughters, Marge and her husband Ron Johnson of Yakima and Shirley and her husband Bruce Miller of Yakima; brothers, Ben Hussey of Urinton, Nev., Allen (Pete) Hussey of Denver, Colo., and Merril Hussey of Evergreen, Colo.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bertha Mae in 1987; a daughter, Gin McNeil; his parents; and two brothers, Bill and Carl Hussey.

Graveside services were scheduled for Aug. 27 with Military Honors in the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Umatilla. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston handled arrangements.

Frank Akin, Sr.

Frank S. Akin, Sr. died Aug. 28, 2003, at his Hood River, Ore., residence at the age of 81.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 1, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church followed by a special Tribute service and dinner reception at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Family entombment services will be held the following day at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum.

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

A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.

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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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