Obituaries 2/20


Melva Jean Van Vliet died on Feb. 14, 2002, at the age of 62. She was born in Goldendale, Wash. on on Aug. 6, 1939, to Claude and Sylvia (Winters) Campbell and moved with her family in 1941 to the Mt. Brook and B-Z Corner. She attended schools in White Salmon.

She married John Van Vliet, Jr. on Aug. 18, 1954, and worked as a dietician at Skyline Hospital. She loved serving God and her family. She was a member of the Bingen Assembly of God church, and enjoyed crocheting, teaching Sunday school, and doing volunteer work in her community. She had returned to school at Columbia Gorge Community College and had completed many courses there.

She is survived by her husband John of the family home, and by her children; son Donald Van Vliet of Umatilla, Ore., and daughters Debbie Van Vliet of The Dalles, Sherry Shewey of Bingen, Kathy Lucas of Mt. Hood, Ore., and Roselind Valenzuela of Orange City, Iowa. Also surviving are sisters Joanne Walker and Judy Fink of White Salmon and 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers; Melvin, Johnnie, and Jackie Campbell, and by her parents.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at the Bingen Assembly of God church, Pastor Bob Wolf presiding.

Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation & Burial.


Verley R. `Wig' Woosley died Feb. 13 in Hood River was born in Kimball, W.V., on Jan. 15, 1910 to Benjamin and Mary Woosley. In 1912 the family moved to White Salmon, Wash., where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Columbia High School. In 1936 he met and married Edna Lewis in Vancouver, Wash. To this union was born two sons, Roger in 1937, and Terry in 1945.

Mr. Woosley worked in sawmills in Bingen, Wash., until starting his lifelong career in the grocery business, with the Fred Meyer chain in Portland. He continued this work in Hood River, Ore., and Bingen, until his retirement in 1972.

He loved all sports, but baseball was his favorite. He enjoyed gardening and travel, and loved poetry and acting, having been a member of the Spotlight Players in White Salmon.

He and Edna traveled a lot, covering most of the United States and Canada. On the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary they took a cruise to the Bahamas.

They moved to Vancouver in 1978 and were members of the Brush Prairie Baptist Church.

He leaves two sons, Roger, of Hood River and Terry of Vancouver, Wash., seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Edna preceded him in death in 1994.

Services were Feb. 18 at Brush Prairie Baptist Church, 118154 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver, Wash,. with Dr. David Strader and Rev. Mark Kelly conducting the service. Graveside service was at Mt. Adams Cemetery, Glenwood, Wash.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Gorge.


Marion Elizabeth Wenberg, 83, a resident of Hood River, Ore., died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, on a visit to California.

She was born July 23, 1918 to August and Lucy Sommer in Minneapolis, Minn., and grew up in St. Paul, Minn. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and worked as an elementary school teacher for several years before her marriage to Stanley J. Wenberg in 1943.

She raised seven children in Minnesota, most of whom eventually followed her west after she moved to Oregon in 1983. In Oregon, she lived first in the community of Mt. Hood, then in Portland, then in Hood River.

She enjoyed cooking for the Pioneer Potlatch senior meals program in Mt. Hood and contributing her services to similar programs in Portland and the Hood River area. She was a member of the Parkdale Garden Club, a ticket-seller for the quilt shows at the Mt. Hood Towne Hall, an elections clerk in Mt. Hood and Hood River for several years, and a participant in the aqua-arthritis class at Hood River Sports Club.

She loved traveling, classical music, mystery books, giving presents, trying to garden, sharing activities with her friends, and, most of all, being with her children and their families.

Survivors include her children Marianne Wenberg, The Dalles; Larry Wenberg, Portland; Patricia Swanson, Silver Spring, Md.; Adrian Ward, Boulder Creek, Calif.; Michael Wenberg, Hood River; Thomas Wilde, Portland; and Nancy Mason, Trout Lake, Wash.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kate Swanson; Axel, Ian, and Alana Ward and Roxanne Eagan; and Evan and Alexander Wilde. She is also survived by her great-grandchild Brianna Eagan, brother Ralph Sommer, and eight nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by her brother, Armin Sommer.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held on or near her birthday, July 23, and an announcement will be made at that time.

Marion Wenberg worked as a librarian while in college and later in River Falls, Wisc., and was a "story lady" for the children's story hour in River Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hood River Library.

Roger D. Gleason

Hood River resident Roger Donald Gleason died on Feb. 15, 2002, at his home. He was 63 years of age.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at noon at Hood River Alliance Church with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.

Roger Gleason was born on Aug. 24, 1938, in Lansing, Mich., to Roger and Elizabeth (Quimby) Gleason. He spent his childhood in Michigan until joining the Army in the mid-1950s. Roger was in the 101st Airborne, touring in Korea, and being stationed at Ft. Sill and Ft. Leavenworth, until he was honorably discharged in the early 1960s.

Roger married Roberta Miller, whom he raised a family with for 33 years. In his early years of marriage Roger and his wife raised their family in Hawaii for about 12 years, until moving to Lansing, Mich., where they lived for about 10 years. In the early 1990s Roger moved his family one more time to the Hood River Valley.

Roger enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, gardening and farming. He was a glass carver, and was honored once by Glass Art Magazine as one of the world's best glass artists in the industry.

Roger is survived by his wife, Roberta Gleason of Hood River, Ore., daughters Rachel Voyles of Hood River, and Terrieann Dick of Indianapolis, Ind., sons Sgt. Rodger Gleason of Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Roger Gleason of Indianapolis, sisters Carol Beech and Maryann Ridenour of Lansing, Mich., 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Richard Gleason on March 28, 1999.

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


Hood River Valley resident Gladys Marie Poole died Feb. 13, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Ore. She was 84 years of age.

A funeral service will be held on Feb. 18, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center in Hood River. It will be followed with a committal service at Pine Grove Cemetery and then a reception at the Pine Grove Grange.

A visitation will be held on Sunday Feb. 17, 2002, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Gladys Marie Poole was born on July 30, 1917, in Eucha, Okla., to Joseph and Ethel (Perkins) Vanover. She spent her childhood in Oklahoma until 1930, when she moved to Oregon. Gladys finished school in Hood River, Ore., as a graduate of Hood River High School.

On Oct. 15, 1936, Gladys Marie Vanover married Denton Maurice Poole, with whom she shared 41 years of marriage. Denton and Gladys owned and operated Apple Blossom Dairy near Odell, Ore.

In the 1950s Gladys and her husband Denton had their own milk route, supplying local stores and schools in the Hood River Valley with dairy products.

Gladys was a Charter Member of the Eagles Auxillary No. 2150 of Hood River. She was also a member of the Assembly of God Church in Hood River. Gardening and tending to her flowers were things Gladys enjoyed to do in her free time. Her family remembers her as a hard worker and one who always put the needs of her family first.

Gladys M. Poole is survived by her daughters, Ethel Jones of Hood River, Carol White and Deloris Taylor of Dallas, Ore., her son, Don Poole, of Hood River, Ore., 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Denton, son Maurice and grandson Jake Poole, sister Elsie Bowlds, and two sons-in-laws.


Mabel Wieseke Callendar died Feb. 13, 2002, in Hood River.

She was born in Bertha, Minn., on March 13, 1901, which made her 100 years and 11 months old.

She was educated in a number of schools across the United States, and she taught school in going westward. In Wenatchee, Wash., she met and married Ralph H. Callender, who preceded her in death in 1938.

She returned to teaching, spending the last of her teaching career, 22 years, in city schools of Seattle, Wash. She spent her retirement years traveling and living in Portland and Hood River.

She will be buried beside her husband in Zion Cemetery in Bertha, Minn.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hood River.

She is survived by her sisters, Edna Carlson and Waneta Smith, both of whom live at Down Manor.

A memorial service will be Feb. 21 at Down Manor at 2 p.m.


A memorial service was held for Irene Bell Godfrey on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002 at the Parkdale Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m., with a reception that followed at the Parkdale Grange.

Irene was born on June 24, 1905, to Charles and Maggie (Ziegler) VanAllen in Mt. Rose, SD. She spent part of her childhood in South Dakota, Southern California, and then finally in Washington where she finished her schooling.

On Nov. 12, 1921, Irene VanAllen married Maurice B. Godfrey in Chehalis, Wash., with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Irene and Maurice lived in Centralia, Wash., where she worked in the laundry industry.

This is also where she first got involved with the Royal Neighbors of America, and led them as undefeated state champions as drill team leader. Around 1938 Irene and Maurice moved their family down to Springfield, Ore., where Irene worked in a cannery and remained active with the Royal Neighbors of America. Irene and Maurice made one more move with their family to Napa, Calif., around 1948, where they lived for the next 39 years. In Napa, Irene worked for the Rough Rider Factory and JC Penney's as a seamstress.

Irene stayed involved with the Royal Neighbors of America as she joined the local group in Napa. It wasn't until the death of her husband Maurice in 1987 that she moved to Parkdale, Ore., to be closer to family.

Once here in Parkdale she became very involved with the Parkdale Grange. She also volunteered at the Parkdale Elementary School where she made book bags for the students by hand. Irene also was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and helped with bingo at the Hood River Care Center.

Irene was a gifted seamstress and could sew just about anything from clothing to upholstery. She loved arts and crafts and was also known for her beautiful crochet work. Another thing she was known for was her famous gooseberry and strawberry rhubarb pies, which were a favorite at the Parkdale Grange.

Irene Godfrey is survived by her daughters Eleanor Parrott of Parkdale, and Barbara Berg of Vancouver, Wash., her son Leroy Godfrey of Garibaldi, Ore., sister Dorothy Treat of Marysville, Wash., seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice B., and her son, Leslie Delbert Godfrey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97041.


Paula Jean Stolhand of Goldendale, Wash., was born July 19, 1951 in Hood River, Ore., and died Feb. 11, 2002.

She is survived by her loving companion of 13 years, Joe Villalobos, her parents, Paul and Frances Kile Stolhand of Hood River, and brothers Larry Churchill of Usk, Wash., Darrell (Linda) Churchill of Crooked River Ranch, Ore., Ken Stolhand of Breitenwood, Ore., sister Joe Stolhand of Salt Lake City, Utah, nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Many special friends join the family in mourning.

Paula worked for 17 years as business manager for the Council and Resource Center in Goldendale before starting a small consulting business. She has maintained a life-long interest in softball, both as coach and player and played pool on recreational teams. Her numerous pets over the years have been her cherished companions.

Hobbies included sewing and design, collecting Loony Tune glasses and Bascal aluminum ware. She had recently begun marketing leather pillows under the "Lazy P" label.

A memorial service for Paula will be Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at Hood River Valley Adult Center.

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