Obituaries - Dec. 3

Emma Isaak

Emma L. Isaak, wife, mother, and homemaker, passed away at the age of 92 on Nov. 22, 2005.

Emma was born to Bertha and Peter Keszler in McHenry County, N.D., a twin and the 15th of 16 children.

She attended a one room country school near Drake, N.D.

She married Harold Isaak in 1937 in Anamoose, N.D., and together they operated the Bank of Anamoose until they moved out west in 1946.

The couple settled in Hood River, Ore., in 1947 and lived there until her death. Her husband preceded her in death in 1994.

Emma was a longtime active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hood River. In her earlier years, she devoted much time working beside her husband, Harold, son, Jim, and daughter, Eileen in many church and community functions, as well as on their farm.

Emma was always busy with many activities. She especially enjoyed sewing and was a skilled seamstress, and also was an accomplished painter of ceramics.

She loved to work outside in her flower garden, but most of all, she loved to cook. Her love of music was obvious and she enjoyed listening to classical and religious music, and she encouraged her children to partake in music.

Surviving are her son, James H. Isaak of Vancouver, Wash., and daughter, Eileen Swanson, also of Vancouver, Wash., as well as grandson, Jeffery Isaak, and granddaughter, Molly Isaak and great-granddaughter, Sophia, all of Vancouver.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. The family requests memorials in her name be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals - Receptions - Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Dan Harada

Dan K. Harada, of Hood River, died Nov. 28, 2005, at the age of 51.

He was born Sept. 28, 1954, in Hiroshima, Japan. At the age of four he was adopted from a Japanese orphanage and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he grew up and became a naturalized citizen.

Dan graduated from McKinnley High School in Hawaii and went to college at New Mexico Military Institute and Arizona State University. He has lived in numerous areas in the West, including Las Vegas, where he worked at the University of Las Vegas as a food service manager; and Santa Ana, Calif., Irvine, where he worked as a food manager.

He has also worked in food service in Milwaukie, Ore., for the North Clackamas School District; Astoria, Ore., for the Astoria School District; Salem, Ore., for Willamette University; Tigard, Ore., for Lewis and Clark College; Bend, Ore., for Central Oregon Community College; Portland, for the University of Portland; Forest Grove, for Pacific University; in San Jose; in Salem, Ore., for Tokyo International University of America.

Dan also worked in Billings, Mont.; San Diego; Hermiston, Ore.; Vancouver, Wash., for the Camas School District, in food service; and in Hood River, Ore., for the Hood River County School District, as “Da Food Guy.” He has also been the Area 5 Rep for the Oregon State School Nutrition Association.

Dan has also been a volunteer fire fighter since 1978 in Astoria, Tualatin, Bend and Hood River, and has been a volunteer in the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) since 1998, starting in San Diego and moving to the Portland/Vancouver chapter in 2000.

When he moved to Hood River he would travel at his own expense to Vancouver/Portland and stay in a hotel to cover his volunteer TIP shifts.

When the Coos Bay Fire Department lost their own TIP at around Thanksgiving, 2002, Dan packed up and went to Coos Bay with 12 TIP volunteers for 10 days. And when the fire captain was killed in the line of duty in Polk County, Dan went to help as a TIP volunteer and stayed to help for five days.

On Oct. 22, 1977, Dan married Sally Gebolys.

Dan is survived by his wife, Sally Ann Harada; daughter, Jenny Sachiko Harada; son, Jason Kiyoshi Harada; and special friend and companion, Bonnie Bray. He is also survived by his 157 TIP brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Nathan Harada, and father, Yoshito Harada. A Celebration of Life service, the Dan Harada Excellent Adventure Service, will be held Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at Omega Funeral and Cremation Service, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave, Portland, Ore. Remembrances may be made to the Trauma Intervention Program in care of Omega Funeral and Cremation Service, (503) 231-6030, which is handling arrangements.

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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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