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Obituaries for January 22, 2011

Jan. 22, 2011

Rita Hansen

A friend to all she knew, longtime resident Lorita (Rita) Jean Hansen, 80, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at her home in Hood River, Ore. Rita was born Aug. 15, 1930, in The Dalles, Ore., to George and Edith (Meyers) Hastings. The youngest of three children, Rita spent her childhood in The Dalles until she met a "local boy," a true gentleman, Elmer T. Hansen, from Hood River. They fell immediately head over heels for each other and knew it was their destiny to share their lives together so they married on June 7, 1953. On March 9, 1954, they welcomed daughter Nancy Jean to their lives. They leaned on each other in the death of two baby boys who were unfortunately not strong enough to make it in the world. They then shared in the delight of welcoming their son, Robert (Bob) Alan, born Aug. 16, 1960, into their little family which eased the sorrows of losing their two sons. Rita was preceded in death by her beloved Elmer in 1981 after a very long battle with cancer. Her parents as well as her older brother, Earl, and her nephew, Stephen Hastings, also preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother Dale, of Washington; her son Bob, and daughter, Nancy, and son-in-law, Howard Kiyokawa, all of Hood River; much delighted in by Rita her granddaughters Sarah Musgraves and Cathy Maxwell, and their mates, of Vancouver and Portland. She also has a niece and six nephews and their families, along with many cousins and extended family and friends in various cities and states. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at Anderson's Tribute Center. The family requests that any donations can be made in Rita's name to your favorite charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.

Essie Hausinger

Essie M. Hausinger passed away Jan. 3, 2011, at Ashley Manor of Hood River, Ore. Essie was born July 13, 1917, in Hood River, the last of six children born to Theodore and Jessie (Pember) McIlwain. She lived most of her life in the Hood River Valley near the mountain she loved. In September of 1936 she married Aloise J. Hausinger and they had three sons: Harold, Donald and Ronald. She always had a garden and did a lot of canning of veggies and fruits until her later years. The family always loved their yearly huckleberry trips. Essie loved camping by a lake or river; she didn't fish but loved to get in the water and paddle around. Timothy Lake and her many trips to the coast were her favorites. She loved her family more than anything and is survived by her sons, Harold "Hal" (and Barb) Hausinger, of Parkdale, Ore., and Ronald "Ron" (and Karen) Hausinger, of North Bend, Wash.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Essie was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1990; son Donald in 2008; sisters Eileen, Hazel, Marie and Violet; and brother, Cobe. She was an avid lover of cats and has always had one in her life and that is why family suggests memorials to the Hukari Animal Shelter in care of Anderson's. Services are planned for 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, at Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, Ore. Family friend and celebrant speaker Bob Huskey will officiate. Private graveside rites at Mountain View Cemetery will follow. Please visit www.ander­sonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.

Marcia Hamilton

Marcia Corrine Hamilton, 85, passed away Jan. 8, 2011, at the Hood River Care Center in Hood River, Ore., after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's. Marcia was born in Riverside, Calif., June 12, 1925, to Ed and Lucy Simmons and grew up in the Owens Valley of California, where she met her husband, Roy. They moved to the Los Angeles area where together they raised their four children in Baldwin Park until Roy's untimely passing in 1961. Marcia always worked. During World War II she supported the war effort by inspecting aircraft parts. She also worked from home, lacing moccasins, sewing and baby-sitting. After Roy's death Marcia went to beauty school while working and eventually owned and operated her own salon. Later she went back to school to earn her certification in medical records, eventually working as a consultant who resolved audit findings until her retirement. Marcia's children helped her move to the Pacific Northwest in 1993 where she settled in Olympia, Wash., where she could be close to many of her children and grandchildren. She joined Quiltmakers of Olympia and was a member of Westwood Baptist Church until she moved into an Alzheimer's care facility in 2006. Marcia will be remembered for her strength after Roy's passing as she continued to provide for her four children. She loved working with her hands and at an early age learned to sew, knit, crochet, cook and garden. She made clothes for her children, including numerous sequin-adorned baton costumes for her daughters. In her retirement she made toys, baby outfits and afghans, and quilted many items that were donated and given to her family to treasure for many generations. Marcia is survived by a brother, Dwight Simmons, and his wife, Melba; a sister-in-law, Joanne Simmons, her four children: Gail Gregson, Dean Hamilton, Wayne Hamilton and Dian Gowen, and their spouses Tom Gregson, Dianna Hamilton, Daralee Hamilton and Bob Gowen; her grandchildren, Trevor, Nathan, Amanda, Anne and Elise; and her great-grandson, Rylan; friends and salt-of-the-earth care-givers. A memorial will be held in Southern California at a later date. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations in her memory be made to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org or 800-848-7976.

Anna Knudsen

Anna Ruby (Flynn-Fahn) Knudsen was born May 21, 1917, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and passed away peacefully in her sleep Jan. 15, 2011, at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore., at the age of 93. All employees at the Oregon Veterans Home took very good care of her in her last months, days and hours. Anna was born as Edith Elizabeth Davis and was adopted to Frank and Maude Flynn, therefore her name being changed to Anna Ruby Flynn. Anna went by the name "Ruby" all her younger years while living in Fort Dodge. Life was not easy for Anna, having a stepmother who only had time for her own four children and made Anna do all the work. Life was very hard in those days, not even having the necessities in life, such as healthy food or a pair of shoes. Anna had four siblings, Douglas, Russell, Maxine and Flavia, all preceding her in death as well as her stepparents. Anna went through the ninth grade, and then she went to work in a home for epileptics for her room and board for years. Anna then got a job on a farm to work for room and board. She was shy but she did play the drums in the Salvation Army band for a while and she was very proud of that. She also had a love for looking for four-leaf clovers, and she loved lilacs, crocheting, cats, writing in her diary, and watching the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" as well as playing cards with her lady friends. Anna moved to Omaha, Neb., at the age of 29, getting a job at a birdseed company. She then met Edmund Fahn (Fon) at the age of 30 in 1948. Edmund fell for her and he would be sitting on her front steps waiting for her when she came home from work. They married on Jan. 8, 1949, in Omaha, at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Three children were born to Anna and Edmund: Diana, Gene and Raymond. Anna went to work after all three children were in grade school, doing housekeeping in motels or hospitals. Edmund provided most of the family's necessities, and Anna wanted to make money so that the family could have the rest of the necessities and a few things that were not. Anna did not have much as a child and wanted to make sure her children had what they needed. Anna went through a number of surgeries in mid-life, but always made it through with flying colors. The doctors and nurses at OVH felt that Anna had a very strong heart that was keeping her alive; even though she had made peace with God a few years ago, when she thought she was dying; only once again, beating the odds. When grown, Diana moved out to Washington state with her cousin and family, Darrellean and Smokey Card in 1968. She met and married Gil Randall and they had four daughters. Diana is still here in Klickitat County after 43 years, now living in Goldendale, Wash., with her husband, Julian Notestine. Gene moved to the state of Maine in 1976, and he still resides there, living close to his four children, and Raymond has lived in Phoenix, Ariz., for 29 years. Edmund died in 1979, and Anna had always said that she loved the White Salmon, Wash., area and when Edmund died, she wanted to move out here, which she did, soon after his death. Anna left White Salmon twice, as she found companionship in two other marriages: to George Streater in Quinault, Wash., and then to Kenneth Knudsen in Sterling, Alaska. But, Anna always came back to White Salmon, and here she will stay. Diana did some genealogy when her mother was 91 years old, with the help of two genealogists and a cousin, and found Anna's birth family of which some are still alive in their 90s and one just died at 100 years of age this past year. This proves that Anna came from a long-lived family. Diana hopes to go to Fort Dodge this spring to meet some of them. Anna's parents, siblings and husbands all preceded her in death but she is survived by her three children: Diana and Julian Notestine of Goldendale, Wash., Gene Fahn of Chesterville, Maine, and Raymond Fahn, of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren: Brenda Kerr, Portland, Ore., Wendy Cowan, Portland, Ore., Gina and Ken Thornton, White Salmon, Wash., Sally Randall, Portland, Ore., Ruby Fahn, Madison, Maine, Olivia Fahn, Farmington, Maine, and Nathan and Natalie Fahn, New Sharon, Maine; and nine and a half great-grandchildren: Mason, Skylinn, Savanna, Karissa, Shantae, Payton, Sydney, Javonte, Cameron and a first great-great-grandchild on the way. A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday, Jan. 21, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Andy Wesner officiating. Burial was held at the White Salmon Cemetery. Send condolences to the family by signing the online guestbook at www.columbia­gorgefunerals.com. "Anna," "Mom," "Gramma," you will be missed but not forgotten!

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