Obituaries - Nov. 19

Bobbie Vieira

On Nov. 14, 2005, 71-year-old Bobbi Lou Vieira passed away in White Salmon, Wash. She was born in Glenwood Springs, Colo., July 10, 1934, to Grace (Evans) and Cecil Draper.

Bobbie moved to the Gorge area in 1975. Her great hobby and love was quilting. She was an accomplished quilter and taught the craft to many. She was also a loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her husband, George, of White Salmon; children Chris Vieira of White Salmon, Greg Vieira of Parkdale, Lisa Cavanagh of Portland, and Matt Vieira of Parkdale; grandchildren Kristin, Maggie, Joe, Cody, Colten and Kalen; sisters Sally Ruggles of White Salmon and Jo Dean Hansen of Idaho Falls, Idaho; aunt, Frankie Evans of Underwood; and uncle, Robert D. Evans of Idaho Falls.

The Vieira family will hold a private family gathering in their home and a public memorial at a later date. Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.

Helen Fassbender

Helen Joan Fassbender of Pendleton, Ore., died Nov. 11, 2005, at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendleton, at the age of 58.

Helen was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Edward William and Dorthy Irene (Lindell) Bennett. During her childhood the family moved to Hood River, Ore. There she met the love of her life, James Leroy Fassbender. They married May 10, 1968, at Port Angeles, Wash.

The Fassbenders moved to Hermiston to raise their family, and later to Hood River. She worked for Wal-Mart for 14 years, where she met many friends. She enjoyed her job. Most of all, Helen enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her mother, Dorthy Bennett, of Pendleton; daughters Cindy Pinkston of The Dalles, Ore., Shannon Severns and husband, Randy, of Pendleton, and Melinda Harris and husband, Robert, of Pendleton; 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, which is handling arrangements.

Antonio Muñoz Garcia

Antonio Muñoz Garcia passed away on Nov. 12, 2005, at his home in Hood River. He was 42 years of age.

A funeral mass will be held Monday, Nov. 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 2 p.m.

A Rosary will be held at 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Antonio was born June 13, 1963, in Jalisco, Mexico. Antonio was the seventh child of 12 children to Guadalpe Muñoz Hurtado and Erminia Garcia Marquez.

He moved to Hood River in 1981 and was employed for 25 years at Dan Sheppard’s orchard.

He was foreman at the orchard for the last 10 years.

Antonio will be remembered for his smile and as a loving father, brother, son and uncle.

He loved life, hunting, fishing and his work. He was a dedicated Catholic all his life.

He is survived by his three children, Liliana Muñoz, Alfonso Muñoz, and Lisa Erminia Muñoz; ex-wife Antonia Martinez; his parents; brothers Jose de Jesus Muñoz, Demetrio Muñoz, Jose Guadalupe Muñoz, Alfredo Muñoz, and Francisco Muñoz; and sisters Maria de Luna, Yolanda de LaTorre and Rasalba Vasquez.

Arrangements are being handled by Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals–Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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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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