Obituaries - July 27, 2005

Josephine Shea

Hood River resident Josephine Shea, 92, died July 22, 2005, at Parkhurst House.

Josephine Susannah Sigler Shea (“Jo”) was born May 13, 1913, in Burlington, Ind., to Dr. and Mrs. Glenn V. Sigler (Julia Rook), the youngest of three children. At age 3 she and her family moved to Highmore, S.D., where Dr. Sigler was medical director at Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, and also was in private practice. Her mother died during the 1918 influenza epidemic, and Josephine and her two older brothers returned to Burlington to await their father’s return from World War I medical service in France.

Josephine graduated from Highmore High School and completed nursing school at Los Angeles General Hospital, graduating in 1934. Following graduation, she worked mainly in obstetrics until 1940, when she joined the Red Cross. She was an obstetrics nursing supervisor at Glendale Hospital for five years.

She married George W. Schenk in 1935 and had two daughters, Rita and Suzanne. In 1947 she and her daughters moved to Parkdale to be near family. She married Fred Hicks, and they had a daughter, Margo. She had begun working at Hood River Memorial Hospital, where she remained in the OB department for 27 years. She helped in the delivery of several hundred babies, many of whom continue to live in the Hood River Valley. She was very proud of her nursing profession.

In 1966 Josephine married John Shea, of Parkdale. They traveled extensively after retiring; became “snowbirds” who spent winters in Arizona, and eventually settled in Woodburn. He died in 1986. She enjoyed trips to the Holy Land, Rome, Australia and New Zealand, and many areas in the U.S. Mrs. Shea moved back to Hood River in 1990, living first at Down Manor and then at Parkhurst House.

Josephine was affiliated with the California Registered Nurse Association, Oregon Nurses Association, Eastern Star, and American Legion Auxiliary, and was a member of the Catholic Church. Her hobbies included sewing, basketry, quilting and gardening.

Survivors include daughters Rita Saling of Stevenson, Wash., Suzanne Irwin (Roy) of Mesquite, Nev., and Margo Peifer (Stephen) of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Nickolas Saling, Marni Saling Mayer, Jeffrey Irwin, Michael Irwin, Brian Irwin, Katherine Peifer, and Molly Peifer; and great-grandchildren Skye Saling and Reed Saling. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, John and James, and husband, John Shea.

Josephine requested no funeral services, but donations can be made to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.

Harland Hartley

Longtime Stevenson resident, loving husband and father Harland Myron Hartley died July 22, 2005, in Hood River, Ore., at the age of 77.

Born Feb. 19, 1928, in Hinsdale, Mont., to Verner and Marie (Bjonteguard) Hartley, Harland married Anna Rose Steudler in 1953. She preceded him in death in 1999. Harland married Oramay Swaim in 2000.

Harland was a journeyman lineman for more than 40 years and a foreman for 10 years for the PUD in Stevenson. He was an honorable man with a huge heart and enormous sense of humor.

He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He was a dedicated husband and father and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his loving wife; daughters Mary Callis of Irving, Texas, and Peggy Zoeller of Camas, Wash.; son, Patrick Hartley of Stevenson, Wash.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and sisters Velma Reber of Helena, Mont., and Erma Brown of Fort Beck, Mont.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Faith Tabernacle in Stevenson.

Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon 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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