Obituaries 9/26


Marie Wimmers, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died at her home Sept. 21, 2001. She was 80 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Hood River Valley Christian Church. Visitation was scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001 from 4 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Marie was born Sept. 16, 1921 in Indian Valley, Idaho to Wells and Anna (Riggin) Gordon. She came to Hood River, Ore., as a child and attended Barrett Grade School and graduated form Hood River High School. On Oct. 15, 1938, she and Frank Wimmers were married.

Mrs. Wimmers was a member of Hood River Valley Christian Church. She enjoyed being a Cub Scout and 4-H leader and volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels. Marie and Frank enjoyed traveling and had visited Jerusalem three times, and also visited Egypt, New Zealand, China, Australia and South America.

Her husband, Frank of Hood River; two sons, Bob Wimmers and his wife Evilo and Frank Wimmer, Jr. and his wife Jacki, both of Hood River, and two daughters, Joy Hoisington of Hillsboro, Ore., and Linda Fletcher of Bonney Lake, Wash., and a brother, Howard Gordon of Gladstone, Ore., survive her.

Thirteen grandchildren, Becky, Robin, Nan, Chris, Tricia, Beth, Jaki, Sandy, Will, Lauren, Ryan, Chad and Lori and ten great grandchildren also survive.

Vault entombment will be at Idlewild cemetery mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ray Yasui Dialysis Center or the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation c/o Anderson's Tribute Center 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


David Dean Vannet, a resident of Edmonds, Wash., died Sept. 18, 2001. He was 77 years old.

Dave was born on April 5, 1924 in Hood River, Ore., to Edward A. and Edith (Sproat) Vannet. He attended Pine Grove grade school and graduated from Hood River High School in 1942.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and trained in the Armored Field Artillery. He joined the 62nd A.F.A. in North Africa. He received several medals for service in Sicily, Omaha Beach D-Day invasion, Normandy, Ardennes, Alsace, Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe, and Czechoslovakia.

Dave earned a B.A. from the University of Washington in 1950. Following graduation he went to work for Standard Oil Co. in the Hood River plant.

In 1952 he and Joan Schuler, a local teacher, were married in Hood River. They moved several times as Dave was promoted in the Chevron Co. He took early retirement after 30 years with the company and remained in Edmonds.

Dave and Jo especially enjoyed attending his Army reunions and their class reunions. He was a fierce bridge player and avid investor in the stock market.

He leaves a large circle of friends, most of who had coffee-time every Friday for 19 years.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan of Edmonds; daughter Barbara, her husband, Walt Roestel and grandson, Connor, of Mukilteo, Wash.; son, Bill, of Seattle; and brother Ed Vannet and wife, Cherie, of Hood River, Ore.

A gathering of family and friends was held Sept. 22 at Edmonds Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Red Cross or charity of your choice in his name.

Arrangements were by the Neptune Society of Everett, Wash.

Norval I. Foster

Norval Ivans Foster, 83, a resident of Hood River, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001 at the Oregon Veterans Home following a battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 21, 1918 in Vernal, Utah to Walter and Lenora (Jewitt) Foster. He served in WWII as an aerial navigator with the Army Air Corps.

He owned and operated Foster Saw Shop on Tucker Road in Hood River, selling and maintaining chain saws in the local forest products industry for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian, of Hood River, stepsons Roger and Lyle Baxter of Hazel Dell, Wash., and daughters Gail Washausen of Chandler, Ariz., Susan McClement of Bremerton, Wash., and Edith Fleck of Hood River. He was preceded in death by a son, Draden.

No public funeral services will be held; the family will observe private services of remembrance.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 or to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Oregon Veterans Home. Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation & Burial.


Rhoda Benson died Sept. 23 in Portland, Ore., at the age of 65.

Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at First Baptist Church of Hood River.

Rhoda graduated from Hood River High School in 1954 and then attended Oregon State University. She worked for Standard Insurance for 17 years.

She is survived by her mother, Ruth E. Markley of Hood River, and her sister, Shirley Fairchild of Hood River, and her son, Scott A. Benson of Gladstone, Ore., and daughter Amy L. Hulscher and her husband, David, of West Linn, Ore.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Louisa and Timothy Hulscher.


Helen Bellinger, a Parkdale, Ore., resident, died Sept. 20, 2001 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 89 years of age.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Helen was born March 5, 1912 in Emmett, Idaho to Leroy and Rachael (Lecholt) Pass, descendents of the Pass Ironworkers family, whose name appears on the Liberty Bell. She was raised and educated in Emmett, Idaho.

In 1939, she and Allen Bellinger were married in Twin Falls, Idaho. They moved to Hermiston, Ore., in the early 1940s and drove trucks at the Ordinance Depot at Umatilla during the war years. In 1948 they moved to Nebraska and then moved to Parkdale in 1952. Helen had been a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary and a bowling league. She worked for Diamond Fruit Company at Parkdale for 15 years, retiring in 1974. Helen enjoyed flowers, cooking, baking, and sewing, and loved to care for stray animals.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Bellinger in March 2001, a brother, Richard C. Pass and two sisters, Martha Harvey and Margaret Dean.

She is survived by three daughters, Patricia R. Springsteen of Kennewick, Wash.; Barbara D. Hawley and Gail Ann Gosson, both of Parkdale. Eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren also survive.

Private interment will be at Hermiston Cemetery in Hermiston, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Hood River, OR 97031.


Ada Marie Neufeld, a longtime Odell, Ore. resident died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001 at the Hood River Care Center after a long illness. She was 75 years of age.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001 at 3 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center. Private interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Ada was born Sept. 4, 1926 in Independence, Ore., to Paul and Mabel (Nicholsen) Wickwire. She came to Hood River in 1933 where she was raised and educated. On Sept. 23, 1944 she and Pete Neufeld were married.

Ada was active in the Odell Baptist Church for many years and was also a cook at Mid Valley Junior High School for many years. She enjoyed making crafts.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pete Neufeld in 1984, her parents, son Michael, a sister, Darlene Haskins Peterson, a brother, Donald F. Wickwire and a nephew, Glenn Pitzer.

She is survived by one sister, Joyce Pitzer DeHart of Parkdale, Ore., one grandson, Cale Neufeld of Vancouver, Wash., two nieces, Roberta Haskins Wamboldt of Malone, Wash., and Connie Pitzer Keechle of Portland.

Also surviving are one nephew, Donald J. Pitzer Wickwire of Forest Grove, Ore., six great-nephews, one great-niece, and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ada may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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