Obituaries - Dec. 21

Jessie Kappitz

Jessie Kappitz died at 12:40 a.m. Dec. 17, 2005, at home in Stevenson, Wash., with her family at her bedside.

She was born on April 21, 1927, to Ralph G. and Ella Mae Dillon in Wyandot, Okla.

Survived by: her three sons —Timothy Patrick Baker of Hillsboro, Ore.; Jarrell (Jay) Clifton Baker of Chicago, Ill., and Joseph (Raymond) Wesley Baker of Auburn, Wash.

Also surviving are five grandchildren: Angela Jaensch, Scott Patrick Baker, David Jay Baker, Timothy Ray Baker, Jonathan Trey Baker, and Chad P. Baker; three great-grand children-Noah Isaac Baker (6), Virginia Maye Baker (2) and Maryn Nicole Baker (1).

She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews who loved her and helped care for her in her waning years.

Known as “Jessie” or “Jess” to her friends and affectionately as “Aunt Fern” to her nieces and nephews, she was the “last leaf” of a generation consisting of six brothers and five sisters.

During the Great Depression the family migrated from Colorado to the beautiful Columbia Gorge and later dispersing throughout the Great Northwest.

Jessie Fern attended school in Mosier up to the eighth grade and first married at the age of 16.

For many years her life was difficult; she worked in the ship yards during World War II, labored in canneries, harvested crops, set chokers in the Tillamook Forest (Tillamook Burn), sang in Honky-tonks and spent most of her working years as a waitress in various bars and restaurants.

Throughout her life Jessie was strong willed and free-spirited. Nonetheless, her spirit was somewhat tamed when she married William (Bill) Kappitz in 1964 and for twenty-two years she lived with the love of her life. While Jessie and Bill had no children together, they served their community as foster parents.

Jessie’s three sons held a deep respect for this man who was able to tame their mother and they all shard in the sorrow of Bill’s sudden death in 1987.

Jessie never desired to remarry. She threw herself into volunteer community work and when she moved to Stevenson in the year 2000, she found a ready opportunity serving in her church and especially the Seniors Community Center.

As late as this last November she, along with three others, received a write up in the local paper offering special recognition and appreciation for their volunteer work.

Jessie was loved by a great many people of her community with whom she served as well as those to whom she served. She was admired for her wit, constant optimism and her sassy manner.

All her life, Jessie possessed the soul of an artist and entertainer. She loved music and had hundreds of songs, mostly old Country Classics, committed to memory.

She loved to write poems and songs. She loved family gatherings and at any family or community event where a guitar was present she took the opportunity to bang out, in the key of ‘G’, a song or more. If anyone ever forgot the words or the verses Jessie could always fill the gap.

Jessie died of cancer while cradled in the arms of a beloved son with her feet tapping to the rhythm of the music her dear family was singing together for her.

Mary Stoll

Mary Lynn Stoll passed away at her home in White Salmon, Wash., on Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. She was 60 years old.

Mary was born in Escanaba, Mich., on April 11, 1945, the daughter of Ethel Mary (Dufour) and William Morgan Stoll.

Ms. Stoll traveled much as a young girl. She graduated from high school in Green Bay, Wisc., and from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, where she earned a degree in biology.

In 1971, she moved to Tacoma, Wash., working for the Tacoma School District as a teacher and counselor at the junior high level. She also earned her Master’s Degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

In the early 1990s, Mary met Gail Hardcastle and in 1998 Ms. Stoll relocated to Sacramento, Calif., so they could be together. The couple settled in the White Salmon five and half years ago and Mary joined the Glenn Taylor Realty Group as a real estate agent soon after that.

Having raised champion dogs for 25 years, Mary was a prominent member of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America. She was a very serious animal lover who enjoyed her two dogs, four cats, one rabbit and one bird. Ms. Still enjoyed carving wood and was a wooden boat enthusiast. She also loved her Harley and her yellow Corvette. Mary was a fighter and a “my way gal.”

Surviving Mary are her life partner, Gail Hardcastle, and sister, Barb Van Abel, both of White Salmon. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Christmas was Ms. Stoll’s favorite time of year. Appropriately, a memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Dec. 22, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.

Contributions to her memory may be given to Hospice of the Gorge or to the Providence Foundation in carte of the Infusion Center.

Please send condolences and words of encouragement to Mary’s family at

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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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