Obituaries - May 7

Rachel Winklebleck

Rachel Euphrosyne Winklebleck, 78, of Hood River, Ore., passed away at her home May 1, 2005, after a long, courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Mrs. Winklebleck was born Aug. 26, 1926, in Hood River to Otto and Sofia (Kulmala) Kotila. She graduated from Hood River High School in 1945 and attended Willamette University until 1947 when she met the love of her life, Carl J. Winklebleck.

They were married on Feb. 14, 1947, in Medford, Ore. During the summer of 1949 they were fire spotters on Red Hill for the Forest Service. Throughout the years Carl was in the Navy they lived in Bremerton, Wash., San Diego, and Long Beach, Calif.

Following that time she and her husband lived in Eugene while Carl studied for his degree in music at the University of Oregon. It was there that Rachel worked at the Eugene Public Library, making a meager “Vet’s” check stretch to cover the necessities of life. During the early years of their marriage they resided in Halsey, Culver, and Harrisburg. They also lived in Medford and Seattle before returning in 1964 to Hood River, where they lived out their remaining years together.

Rachel worked in the fruit industry and also the Hood River County Library. She was a co-founder of the Educational Resource Center concept, working two years in that capacity at Wy’east High School until the opening of Hood River Valley High School.

Rachel and husband, Carl, loved their mountain home above Odell, but relished the time spent in the Southwest, studying and photographing ancient cultural remains and the magnificent scenery of that part of the country. Rachel enjoyed a love of the ancient Southwest Indian and digging for Indian pottery and ruins with her husband in Arizona and New Mexico until his death in 1992.

Rachel had a love for all animals, especially her four cats, all of whom adopted her. She enjoyed all the wildlife that visited her mountain home on a regular basis which included quail, raccoon, deer and elk, along with the occasional bear. She was a member of the Natural Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, OPBS and the Oregon Humane Society. She loved to travel and enjoyed going on day trips with the Community Education tours. She was an avid lover of classical music and loved reading, making gifts and crafts, archaeology and all things Finnish.

Rachel was preceded in death by parents, Otto and Sofia Kotila, her husband Carl, sisters Aili Campbell and Sylvia Jarvi, brothers Reino, Lauri and Aatos “Jiggs” Kotila and niece Carol (Campbell) Pettit.

Aunt Rachel was a favorite great aunt to Jordan Kotila who liked to visit her with his grandpa Jiggs, which gave Rachel so much pleasure. Jordan also preceded Rachel in death in 1998.

Rachel was a devoted sister and is survived by eldest sister Helen Arola, who resides in Hillsboro; nephews Norman Arola of Hillsboro, Darryl Arola of Aloha, David Arola of Fairfax Station, Va., Marvin Arola of Seattle, Rick Arola of Portland, and Sonny Jarvi of Eugene; nieces Rosalie Kathcart and Marian Hill of Albany, Ore., and Judy Peabody of Port Angeles, Wash.

Also surviving are nephews Laurie “Hoss” Campbell of Parkdale and David Campbell of Sandy; nieces Karen Frazer of White Salmon, Wash., and Linda Kotila of Hood River, and nephews David McMurren of Middletown, Ohio, Michael McMurren of Marysville, Wash., and John McMurren of Stanwood, Wash.; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, Oregon Humane Society, and PROD, in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

A celebration of Rachel’s life will be held at the Hood River County Fairgrounds recreational building on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. Her family invites everyone to come share their memories and stories of this wonderful woman we were proud to call our Aunt.

Luther Lloyd Cease

Luther Cease, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died May 3, 2005, at his home. He was 71 years old.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m., followed by a short graveside service at the Catholic cemetery on Tucker Road. Services will be followed by a reception downstairs at St. Mary’s Church.

Luther was born in Harbor Springs, Mich., to Beatrice and Luther Cease, Oct. 12, 1933. He lived in Harbor Springs until the age of 12 when he, his mother, sister Betty June, and stepfather Lionel (Frenchie) Brosseau moved to Hood River. He attended Park Street, Frankton, Hood River Junior High, and graduated in 1954 from Wy’east High School.

In 1956 Luther married Bonnie Mays. Also in 1956 Luther was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he spent the next two years working for Uncle Sam. In 1958 daughter Terri was born, followed by Roxann in 1960, and then after 10 long years son Sean was born in 1970.

Luther was an extremely hardworking man. He knew that if you ever wanted anything in life you had to work for it. He started working at a very young age, doing odd jobs around Krieg Millwork at age 14 alongside his stepfather. While still in high school he worked for a tugboat company on the Columbia River, AGA Cannery, and Safeway. After high school he worked at The Dalles Safeway, did his time for Uncle Sam, and spent the next 15 years working one full-time job for Krieg Millwork and a part-time job at Cliffs Market; he then spent 12 years working for Prairie Market and in 1987 he went back to working for Krieg Millwork where he only just retired this past January.

Together he and Bonnie built three homes for his family, not just with strength, but also with tons of love. He loved skiing in the winter and hunting both for deer and elk in the fall. Luther was a hard-core runner for many years; he won many metals and plaques and only because of health reasons did he have to give up his favorite sport. He also loved his many trips to his “other” favorite place, Hawaii.

Football was a big part of his life and in December he traveled to Dallas, Texas, to a Dallas Cowboy’s game with son, Sean, to watch their favorite team.

Luther loved being involved with his grandchildren, and watched granddaughters Ashley and Nicole’s softball games, grandson Nicholas’ soccer games, and Tyler’s T-ball games, and got to see one coach-pitch game.

He was a strong, uncomplaining, gentle, kind man so was loved by all who were honored to know him.

Luther is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bonnie; three children: daughter Terri May, and husband, Danny, from Vancouver, daughter Roxann Cochran and husband, Mike, from Parkdale, and son Sean Cease from Portland; grandchildren Nicholas May, Nicole Delepine, Ashley Delepine, Tyler Delepine, and three step-grandchildren, Shanna, Amanda and Rudy Cochran; also a sister, Betty Christiansen, and her husband John; a brother, Jack Brosseau and wife Bonnie; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frenchie and Beatrice Brosseau, niece Julie Geibel, and nephew David Johnson.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Luther’s name be made to Hospice of the Gorge or to the Prostate Cancer Research Center, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Albert L. Brown

Albert L. Brown, 77, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, following a courageous battle with cancer.

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Nampa Church of the Brethren, 11030 Orchard Ave., Nampa. A graveside service will precede the memorial service at the Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell. Services are under the direction of the Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. So., Nampa, ID 83651, (208) 466-3545.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Hood River on Wednesday, May 11, at 1 p.m.

Albert was born on May 6, 1927, in Long Beach, Calif., the son of Barker and Jewell Brown. Al, also known as Sonny Brown, completed his school years in Fullerton, Calif.

Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served until the end of World War II.

Following his honorable discharge he returned to further his education at Los Angeles School of Optometry.

He married Marian Glick of Anaheim, Calif., on June 17, 1951. In the summer of 1954 he opened his optometric practice in LaHabra, Calif. He was involved in community service, became Charter President of LaHabra Boys Club and was a member of Temple Baptist Church. He and Marian had three sons, James Lee, Kenneth Glick and Clayton Louis, who all went through the LaHabra School District.

Al retired from optometry in 1976 and bought an orchard in Hood River, and farmed it for 22 years. The last 10 years he and Marian had a bed and breakfast in their home called Brown’s Bed and Breakfast. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hood River and was an active member of the Gideon Ministry.

Following the sale of the orchard Marian and Al moved to Nampa in 1999 to be near their youngest son, Clay, and his family who live in Greenleaf.

Another new beginning in Idaho was to join the Nampa Church of the Brethren and become an active member. Al also worked as a driver for Hertz Car Sales of Caldwell. He now had time to enjoy the sport he loved, trap shooting. He became a member of the Caldwell Gun Club and served as a board member.

Al loved the Lord and looked for opportunities to share Him with others. He also was a great storyteller and enjoyed making others laugh.

Al is survived by his wife, Marian, Nampa, Idaho; two sons and their spouses, James and Cathy Brown of Hood River and Clayton and Maxene Brown of Greenleaf, Idaho; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and another due this month; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his sister and brother-in-law, Virginia Dee and Alfred Wasser, of Roseville, Calif.. and a daughter-in-law, Barbie Brown-Ashley, Portland, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Ken Brown.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Nampa Church of the Brethren, 11030 Orchard Ave., Nampa, ID 83651; the Mercy Medical Center Hospice Program, P.O. Box 1452, Nampa, ID 83653-1452 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 173, Nampa, ID 83653.

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