Obituaries - July 5

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright of Hood River died on June 28, 2003. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2003, at Anderson’s Tribute Center at 2 p.m. with vault interment to follow at Mt. View Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 2, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Talitha Elizabeth Sturges was born in Eucha, Okla., on June 27, 1918, to James and Beatrice (Newman) Sturges. Jim died in December 1917. Beatrice later married Alan Justus Perkins.

In May 1929 they moved to Hood River to work on Milt Downing’s apple ranch.

Elizabeth attended Central Vale School for four years, Odell High School for one year and Hood River High School for three years, graduating in May 1936.

Elizabeth joined the Valley Christian Church when she was 13 years old. She was baptized in the Hood River by the old Hood River bridge. Bonneville Dam hadn’t been built yet, so the water was shallow. There were 23 lined up on the sandbar. They waded out into the water where B. Ross Evans baptized them.

In 1936 on Valentine’s Day, Elizabeth met Eugene Wright from Berryville, Ark. They were married on Aug. 15, 1936, by B. Ross Evans of Valley Christian Church.

Gene always liked cows so as soon as they could, they bought a farm in the Barrett District. Gene and Elizabeth operated a dairy farm from 1941 to 1976.

Elizabeth worked seasonally in the packing house and cannery. She was a cook’s assistant at Barrett School. She also bottled and delivered milk for the farm.

Elizabeth’s many activities in the community included: PTA, 4-H Leader, Home Extension, Ladies’ Aid at church and TOPS club.

Elizabeth loved her family. She was an only child and always wanted a large family. She succeeded and was a loyal supporter of all activities in which her children and grandchildren participated.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her grandson, Ray Gilkerson, in 1992 and her husband, Eugene Wright, in 1995.

Elizabeth is survived by three daughters: Barbara Jones and Kathy McNerney of Parkdale and Margaret Strasser of Hood River. She has nine surviving grandchildren: Scott and Greg Gilkerson; Joel, Jeff, and Kevin McNerney; Kristi Van Dooren, Ron and Jon Kurahara; and Nancy Rinella. Elizabeth has 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Elizabeth Wright to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital or the Lions Fireworks Fund, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Ernestine Harms

Hood River resident Ernestine L. Harms died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 81 years of age.

A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, July 1, at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Following the mass a celebration of life reception was held at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Ernestine L. Harms was born Aug. 23, 1921, to Alphonse and Ruth Eula (Chase) Kollas in Hood River. Ernestine was raised and educated in Hood River and lived here for the duration of her life.

On May 16, 1942, Ernestine married Harold W. Harms. Together they had three children. She was a full time mother and spent her time taking care of her family and household.

In her free time Ernestine enjoyed walking, reading, needlepoint and gardening.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served on the altar society at St. Mary’s.

Ernestine is survived by her son Harold Harms of Hillsboro, Ore., daughter Sandra Harms of Tillamook, Ore., sister Dorothy Harms of Hood River, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, brothers Phillip, Robert and Alphonse Kollas and daughter Nancy.

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

Michael Mohr

Michael Duane Mohr died at his Bend residence June 29, 2003. He was 83 years of age.

Michael was born on Mar. 19, 1920, in Hood River to parents Michael A. and Gladys (Keyes) Mohr. The Mohr family was one of the pioneer families in Hood River and used to hold church services at their homestead, before the Catholic church was built.

Michael was educated and raised in Hood River, graduating from Hood River High School in 1939. Michael married Virginia on Dec. 7, 1978, in Sand Point, Idaho.

The family lived in Columbia Falls, Mont., before moving to Bend in 1979. Michael worked as an auto parts manager for Thomas Sales and Service for many years. He was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was very active in the activities at St. Francis Church. He enjoyed playing cribbage with family and friends.

Survivors include sons Michael D. Mohr II of Aukland, New Zealand, David Mohr of Arcanum, Ohio, and Randy Kirkbride of Kennewick, Wash.; daughters Anna Lee Kirkbride of Moriarty, New Mex., Beth Ann Wroe of Tacoma, Wash., and Michelle Ostgarden of Redmond, Ore.; 15 grand-children and eight great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held July 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Bend, after which there will be a luncheon at the parish center. An urn placement will follow at St. Edwards Garden at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Sisters.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Bend-LaPine or the St. Francis Building Fund. Autumn Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

William Reanier

William Alvin “Bill” Reanier, a former resident of Hood River, died June 29, 2003, in Fremont, Calif. He was 65 years of age.

Bill was born Jan. 17, 1938, in Bremerton, Wash., to Lillian Mae (Vosgien) and Clifford Alvin Reanier. He grew up in the Bremerton and Port Orchard, Wash., area as the oldest of four children. He graduated from South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard. Bill spent three years in the Army National Guard followed by two terms of duty with the Air Force. Following his discharge he worked six years as a civil service employee at the Naval Ammunition Depot in Bremerton.

Bill moved to Utah and attended Brigham Young University for two years prior to beginning his employment with the U.S. Forest Service in 1968. He worked as a fire fighting crew chief and recreation officer in Spanish Fork, Utah. He transferred to Idaho Springs, Colo., where he met Jennifer Ann McCarthy. They married in Georgetown, Colo., on July 22, 1980. In 1981, they made their home in Hood River where he worked as a law enforcement officer, then became a criminal investigator in 1983. He worked as a safety/security officer in a regional overhead fire management team traveling throughout the west. He was transferred to Klamath Falls in 1987 and worked in the Winema and Fremont National Forests. He retired on June 30, 2002.

Bill especially enjoyed vegetable gardening and gave away the excess produce to friends and the Gospel Mission. When he lived in Utah, he enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader. He loved bike riding, fishing, ice-skating, watching football and hockey, and marching bands. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Klamath Ice Rink and was working with the Klamath Youth Hockey program. Within the last few years, he developed a strong interest in drum and bugle corps, and following his retirement he found time to volunteer with the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps out of Casper, Wyo. It was while working with this group in Fremont, Calif., that he died, doing something he really enjoyed.

Bill received numerous honors and awards from the U.S. Forest Service as a law enforcement officer and as a sharpshooter. He enjoyed his volunteer affiliation with the Klamath Ice Sports and Casper Troopers.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer, of Klamath Falls; children Matt Reanier and Eric Reanier, Idaho Falls, Ida., and Sasha Reanier and Zach Reanier, both of Klamath Falls; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Rhonda Odden of Port Orchard, Wash.; mother and stepfather Mae and Bill Odden of Port Orchard, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews. His father, Clifford Reanier, brother Bob Reanier and sister Rena Sturlock preceded him in death.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held July 5 in O’Hair and Riggs Funeral Chapel at 515 Main St. in Klamath Falls. The Rev. Faith Marsalli of the Friends Church will officiate. Those wishing to pay their respects may visit July 3 from 1-4 p.m. Cremation will be made by Klamath Cremation Service. Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Klamath Ice Sports, 2575 Campus Dr., Ste. 331, Klamath Falls, OR 97601; or Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, 535 N. Beverly, Casper, WY 82609.

Martin Czuba

Martin W. Czuba, age 94, died June 23, 2003, at his Hood River, Ore., residence.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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