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Obituaries - April 16

Ruth McGreer

Ruth Marie McGreer passed away on April 11, 2005, at the age of 93. Services will be held on Saturday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. A reception will follow.

Ruth was born on April 4, 1912, to Rudolph and Katherine (Stroehecker) Mappes in Milwaukee, Wisc. The oldest of three children, at age 5 she became the caregiver for her ill father and two younger siblings because her mother had to work to support the family. When she was 13 she quit school to work, as a cook’s assistant, to help support her family.

In 1930, Ruth met Henry at work and they fell in love. She asked Henry if he would like a “date with a nut” and when he said yes she handed him a date stuffed with a walnut. He loved telling the story, saying that at the time, he thought she was asking him out. They were married Sept. 1, 1933, in Milwaukee, Wis., and had a loving partnership for 70 years. They moved to Clarno, Ore., where she ran the household of the McGreer family farm. Later she and Henry moved to Swan Falls, Idaho, where Henry worked for the Idaho Power and Light. In 1940 they moved to Chicago, Ill., so that Henry could get his graduate degree in electrical engineering.

Ruth dedicated her life to the service of others. She loved teaching young children in Sunday school. She served as Cub Scout and Boy Scout Den Mother, Brownie, Girl Scout and 4-H leaders and PTA President. She served as League of Women Voters eventually serving as Illinois President. Ruth was an active member in the Southside Congregationalist Church in Chicago, and the Glen Ellyn First Presbyterian Church, in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

The McGreers moved to Lahore, Pakistan, in 1965, where Ruth worked as a full-time volunteer nurse at the United Christian Hospital. Although not formally trained, her work was so respected that she assisted in surgery. When they returned to the U.S., they bought and remodeled their second home. Ruth was active in The Elmhurst Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst, Ill., and the League of Women Voters.

Henry and Ruth moved to Hood River in 1980, where they remodeled their third house and built their house on Cherry Drive.

Until her health declined, Ruth was a Lioness and active in the Riverside Community Church.

Everyone was welcomed at the McGreer house and well fed.

Ruth loved gardening, and enjoyed arranging cut flowers from her garden. She won First Place in State in Illinois for her floral arrangements and roses. Her family and friends remember fondly being treated to her wonderful homemade jams, canned fruits, and pies.

Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She lived a simple life and loved to share her time and talents. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, her sister, Camilla, and brother, Lee (Italy, 1945).

She is survived by her children, Tom and Vicki McGreer, Irene and Frank Muus, and Mary and Bob Olson; granddaughters, Jennifer and Meredith Olson, and grandson, Wesley Reidy; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Interment will be at Antelope Cemetery, Antelope, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations) 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Jane Wood

Christiana Leatha Jane Wood passed away April 3, 2005, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Ky. Jane was born Oct. 20, 1932, in Kansas to Charles and Opal (Robinson) Leonard.

The family moved to Oregon in 1936 and Jane grew up in Dukes Valley. On April 4, 1953, she married James E. Wood, Sr. She spent the next few years traveling with her husband, who was in the Navy; finally settling in Hodgenville, Ky.

Survivors include her husband, James Wood, Sr., of Kentucky; two daughters, Donna (husband Donnie) Crabtree of Anna, Texas, and Janet (husband Matthew) Brown of Elizabethtown, Ky.; son, James Wood, Jr. (wife Betty), of Hodgenville, Ky.; six grandchildren: Brian Wood (wife Stephanie), Brandon Wood, Christi Crabtree, David Crabtree, Randi Parker and Alexis Brown; and two sisters, Margaret Lee of Grove, Okla., and Adria Erwin of Hood River, Ore.

She was preceded in death by infant son James Richard Wood; her parents, Charles and Opal Leonard; and two brothers, Elmer Leonard and Richard Leonard.

Funeral services were in Hodgeville, Ky., officiated by her grandson, Brian Wood.

Matt Kosmata

Matt Kosmata, 43, of Hood River, Ore., died early Sunday morning, April 10, after almost a year’s courageous battle against tongue cancer. He died at his former Richland home.

Those who knew Matt’s healthy habits and lifestyle were as shocked as he was to learn of his affliction. All of us who loved him and who are so deeply saddened and hurt by his death hope that this tragedy might serve to make other young healthy people aware that there is no immunity to such serious diseases and to be alert to any early warning signs.

Matt was born in Richland in 1961, graduated from Hanford High and then earned a degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University. After graduate work at the University of Washington he lived on Lake Sammamish in Redmond and worked for Sundstrand designing and developing aircraft black boxes.

While growing up on the Columbia in Richland he had learned to windsurf and it was this passion that took him to Hood River on weekends. In 1994 he took advantage of an opportunity to move to Hood River to join a company working on aircraft navigation systems.

One of Matt’s friends recently wrote that Matt had the best work-to-fun ratio of anyone he knew. Matt was one of those rare people who found a perfect balance between work and play. His transition to private consulting work in the design and development of measurements and control systems allowed him time to devote to windsurfing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter.

While he worked tirelessly with singled-minded focus, he also knew when to take a break and hit the river or the slopes. He loved the small town characteristics of Hood River, the people, politics and its perfect outlet to the outdoors he cherished. His last project the summer of 2004 was the design and development of improved fish monitoring and associated data storage and retrieval systems, work that allowed him a pleasant balance of time in his lab and on the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

Matt was a happy young man with a great sense of humor, sharp wit and a real love of life. He was the “go-to guy” when it came to solving problems and he was extremely generous of his time and energy when it came to working with and helping others. His smile was a large as his heart.

Matt’s mother was the late Reeve Kosmata. He is survived by his father, Hank, of Richland, and his beloved sister, Kristi, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.

A casual celebration of Matt’s life will be held for family and friends at the family home Saturday, April 16 at 3 p.m.

William Woosley

William D. (Bill) Woosley, of Reedsport, Ore., passed away Feb. 19, 2005, at Hearthside Rehabilitation Center in Coos Bay, Ore.

Bill was born May 28, 1920, in White Salmon, Wash., to James B. and Annie L. Woosley. He attended school at Bristol, White Salmon and Underwood. In his teens he worked in several sawmills, orchards and the Underwood fruit warehouse.

He entered the Army in February of 1942 and after basic training was sent to the 820th Engineers (aviation) Battalion; he took training building airports and landing fields for the U.S. Air Corps. On D Day plus one, the battalion went ashore on Omaha Beach and built the first operational landing strip on the European continent for P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang fighter planes to use to land and take off on their missions to escort the B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberator Heavy Bombers. After the Germans surrendered, the battalion moved to Hitler’s own personal airfield. There Bill received the Good Conduct Medal, European Theater of Operations Medal with four campaign stars, and Expert Bayonet and Marksman Rifle Medals. He was discharged in September of 1945.

Bill worked in the lumber and timber industry for many years in Washington and Oregon. He retired in 1987 and spent his newly found free time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 2150 of Hood River, American Legion Post 22 of Hood River and AARP. He loved hunting, fishing, bowling, golf and country music.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, three brothers, one daughter, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha, of Reedsport, Ore.; daughters, Rosie Nakamura of Hood River and Candace Hand of Bedford, Texas; sons William J. Woosley and wife Ruth of Huntsville, Ala., Charles Woosley of Winchester Bay, Oregon, and George Woosley and wife Kathy of Cascade Locks, Ore.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. At his request there were no services held.

Jacqueline Farris

Jacqueline Farris, 78, of Hood River, Ore., died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at her residence at Down Manor.

A funeral will be held Saturday, April 16, 2005, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. with concluding services to follow at Idlewild Cemetery.

Jacqueline was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Portland, Ore. She spent her childhood in Texas, Corvallis and Hood River. Once married in 1948 she and her husband, Mark, settled in Portland. Following their retirement Jacqueline and her husband moved to Hood River, where they have resided ever since. She was a member of the Odell Garden Club and Alpha Phi.

Jacqueline is survived by her daughter, Marti Farris, sons John Farris and Thomas Farris, sister, Joyce Ricker, and grandchildren Matthew, Kevin and Maia Farris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or the Hood River Garden Club, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals - Receptions - Cremations), 1401 Belmont Rd., Hood River, OR 97031.

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