Obituaries - September 17

Arthur Santavicca, Sr.

Arthur Santavicca, born April 10, 1915, in Bearcreek Mont., to Mauro Santavicca and Isabella Gallina, died Sept. 2, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Arthur joined the U.S. Navy in 1934 and retired a Chief Machinist Mate in 1954. During his career in the Navy he served in World War II, the Korean War, and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He spent time on the battleship U.S.S. Arizona, the destroyer Pruitt, and the Destroyer Rupertus.

Arthur loved children, dancing, traveling, and performing stand-up comedy. He was a member of the American Legion, Elks, and VFW.

Arthur was preceded in death by his sister, Evra Boscia; daughter-in-law, Gloria Santavicca; first wife, Maryellen Jones, of Bremerton, Wash.; and by his second wife Betty Harper.

Arthur had a wonderful 42 years with Maryellen and a wonderful 21 years with Betty.

Arthur was a resident of Newport, Ore., for the past 13 years and recently moved to Hood River to be near family.

Survivors include his sister, Lily Hitschew; two sons, Arthur and Michael; daughter-in-law, Jean Santavicca; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Arthur’s humor, stories, magic tricks, and love will be missed by all of his family and friends.

Private cremation was held with Anderson’s Tribute Center in care of arrangements.

A private memorial service will be held in Riverside, Calif.

Kimiko Yamashita

Hood River resident Kimiko “Kim” Yamashita died at her home on Monday, Sept. 15, 2003.

Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church.

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

Lucille Birkenfeld

Lucille Jane “Lucy” Birkenfeld, age 75, died Sept. 13, 2003, at her Hood River, Ore., residence.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at Mt. View Cemetery.

Lucy was born June 5, 1928, in Toledo, Ore., to Gordon and Viola (Mock) Emerson. She was raised and educated in Toledo, and had resided on the Oregon coast and Bend, Ore., before moving to Hood River in 1972.

On May 19, 1984, she and Tony Birkenfeld were married. She and Tony owned and operated Lucy Lambkins daycare for 11 years. She loved children and was everbody’s “Grandma Lucy.” Lucy and Tony enjoyed relaxing at the casinos. They went regularly and she was very lucky.

She loved her children and grandchildren dearly. Many of her earlier years were spent working as a nurse’s assistant. Lucy had a huge heart and always went out of her way to check on anyone in need. Another pastime Tony and Lucy enjoyed was clam digging on the Oregon coast. Lucy wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Not only did she dig the clams but also she quickly cleaned them by the bucket. Lucy’s other love was spending time enjoying her flowers. She especially loved roses.

She is survived by her husband, Tony, of Hood River; son Gary Williams and his wife, Duella, of Bend; daughter Janice Flynn of Portland, Ore.; daughter Cathy Frazier and her husband, Russ, of Hood River; step-daughters Lisa Bailey and her husband, Terry, of Hood River, and Beth Deskin and her husband, Terry, of Mosier, Ore. Twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

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

Jewell Rodecap

Parkdale resident Jewell Rodecap died Sept. 15, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 386-1000.

Ruby Hunt

Ruby Farley Hunt, a Hood River, Oregon resident, died Sept. 9, 2003 at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She was 74 years of age.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Recitation of the Rosary will be on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Ruby was born March 1, 1929 in Wallowa, Ore., to Clifford and Celia (Moore) Parker. She grew up in a small mill town of Pondosa, Ore. She traveled 40 miles of mountain roads to school graduating from Union High School. After graduation she married, had two children then attended Portland School of Beauty. She was a lifelong hairdresser though she retired in 1973.

In 1958 she married Joe Farley. After Joe adopted David and Valerie, Tricia arrived and their family was complete. Upon Joe’s death in 1972, Ruby raised Tricia and involved herself in many civic and volunteer activities. She loved to help people and wanted to make our community and world a better place.

Two families were united in 1979 with Ruby’s marriage to Jack Hunt. They had 19 great years together traveling the world until Jack’s death in 1998. The last years saw Ruby continue her volunteer activities, helping her family daily and enjoying being a grandmother. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The organizations Ruby has been involved with include the American Legion Auxiliary, Odell Garden Club, St. Mary’s Altar Society, all of which she was a past president. She was a charter member and past president of the Hood River Emblem Club. For twenty years she has been a Hospice of the Gorge volunteer. Ruby has volunteered for over thirty years with the Red Cross Blood Banks. Recently Ruby has been a weekly S.M.A.R.T. reading volunteer at Mid Valley Elementary School. She spent many days at the Hood River Care Center as a volunteer hairdresser for the patients there along with helping at the Veteran’s Home in The Dalles. Even in death she continued to give with the donation of her corneas to the Lion’s Eye Bank. Even though she was helping all these worthwhile organizations, she always had time for her children, friends and grandsons and Joe’s ballgames, which she loved to attend.

Ruby is survived by her son and daughter in law, David and Vickie Farley of The Dalles, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Butch Gehrig of Odell, Ore. and daughter Valerie. Two stepsons and daughters in law, Steve and Marsha Hunt of The Dalles, and Warren and Rhonda Hunt of Newberg, Ore., also survive, along with 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Donations in Ruby’s name may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or a charity of your choice c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

John Krzeszak

John E. Krzeszak, 67, a resident of The Dalles, died at Mid Columbia Medical Center on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003.

He was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Burgetteston, Pa., to Stephanie and Frank Krzeszak. When he was nine years old, his coal miner father was drafted and the family moved to Detroit, Mich., to help out with the war effort. He was a graduate of Wilbur Wright High School in Detroit.

At age 19, John went with a friend to a dance held at the Providence Hospital School of Nursing, where he met 17-year-old nursing student Nancy Brennan. John and Nancy married three years later in 1958, after Nancy graduated from nursing school. John enrolled in Wayne State University where he trained to be an accounts payable clerk.

In 1960, encouraged by his wife to pursue his love of art, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where John received his Bachelor of Professional Arts from the Art Center of Los Angles. After graduation, the couple moved to San Bernardino where John began a job with aerospace illustrating re-entry space vehicles for the government.

In 1965, John and Nancy moved back to Detroit, where their first son, John, was born and son, Michael was adopted two years later. John took a job as Art Director with advertising firm Darcy, McManus & Masius, where he was put in charge of ad campaigns for Anheiuser Busch, Sealy, Whirlpool, GM and Mr. Goodwrench.

In 1978, while on a trip to Oregon, John and Nancy fell in love with the state and decided that The Dalles was the place they wanted to raise their teenage sons. John took a job with the Forest Service at Dufur, where he worked in recreation until he retired in 1998.

During John’s full life, he was a hospital corpsman in the Navy, was very active with his family in the Community Meals Program, contributed his time and art to the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, served on the board of the Hood River Friends of the Library, was active in the Wahtonka High School booster club and served as president of the Rowena Dell Homeowners Association. He also taught many art classes through Columbia Gorge Community College.

John was the 10th heart transplant patient at Oregon Health Sciences University and a 17-year heart transplant survivor.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy, son, John F. Krzeszak of Parkdale and his two children, Tiffany and Katie Ann; son, Michael John of Portland and his partner, Donald Finch; his brothers, Danny and Gerald Krzeszak, and sisters, Sandy Imby, Debbie Falta and Connie Mott, all of Michigan.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of John’s life at the family home at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Remembrances may be made to Hood River Friends of the Library, The Dalles Community Meals or Columbia Art Gallery.

Lorraine Yerges

Lorraine Ethelda Holmes Yerges, a resident of Mosier, died at her home on Friday, Sept. 5, 2003.

She was born Oct. 3, 1915, in McCoy, Ore. one of three children to Ralph Malcolm and Mary Ethel (MacDowell) Holmes. She grew up in McCoy and Portland, Ore., and in Sacramento, Calif., where she graduated from Sacramento High School in January of 1934.

She met her husband, Clarence, at a dance and married him on May 2, 1940, in Carson City, Nev. They had four children: Cleone “Lonnie”, August, Helen and David.

Lorraine was very active in her children’s lives. When they were growing up, she played softball, rode bikes and played many inside and outside games with them. She was a 4-H leader for twenty years, teaching sewing and cooking. She was a Cub Scout leader for several years.

She has crocheted afghans for her children and grandchildren for graduation gifts. The following year, she gave them a pillow to match. She has also crocheted clothes for many stuffed animals and made pencil and tablet holders for many of her family and friends.

Lorraine enjoyed camping and traveling. She and Clarence belonged to Thousand Trails and spent many happy hours there. They celebrated their 45th anniversary by taking a boat trip to Alaska and Canada and then drove their camper back home.

Earlier this year, Lorraine took a trip to Wisconsin with Lonnie to renew her acquaintance with Clarence’s side of the family. This was her first trip back in 20 years.

During the last years, Lorraine has enjoyed writing letters, telephoning her friends, receiving calls and letters, crocheting, shopping, visiting her friends, and swimming.

She was a Christian and loved the Lord. She enjoyed going to church almost every Sunday at either Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hood River or Mosier Christian Church.

She is survived by her children, Cleone “Lonnie” Thorpe, Lincoln, Calif.; August “Augie” Yerges, Grants Pass, Ore.; Helen Huskey and her husband, Wayne, Mosier, and David Yerges and his wife, Trish, Summerville, Ore.; also Mae White of West Sacramento who adopted Clarence and Lorraine as her parents.

Lorraine is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; her brother, Ralph Malcolm Holmes, Sacramento, Calif., and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will greatly miss her.

Lorraine’s husband, Clarence, preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2000, and her sister, Cleone Roselda Holmes Baker, also preceded her in death.

Memorial services were Sept. 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hood River with Pastors Jerrold Collins and Brad Jeffries officiating.

Private cremation was held at Win-quatt Crematory in The Dalles with Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Remembrances may be made to Mosier Christian Church elevator fund, Good Shepherd Lutheran Home or Mosier School.

Timothy Tash

Timothy Dale Tash, born March 19, 1964 in Los Angeles, Calif., passed away Sept. 10, 2003, in Portland, Ore., following a long battle with diabetes.

A memorial service will be Monday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m., at Hood River Church of Christ.

Tim was an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Each day was a challenge, yet he accepted his heavy burden with courage and a spirit of optimism. Tim was creative; an artist and a poet. He will be remembered by his family and friends with so much love and admiration.

Survivors include his former wife, Jennifer Tash; two sons, James and Michael Tash; a daughter, Jessica Tash; his parents, Robert and Sandra Pelletier of Hood River; brothers, James Tash (Melanie), and William Tash (Marie); sisters Melinda Steiger, Heather Contreras, and Amber Lane (Jeremy); and aunt, Susan Fighera. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who are grateful for the years he was a part of their lives. He was preceded in death by his natural father, James Tash.

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