Births & Deaths in Polk County families


Helena Marguerite Niles

July 10, 1900 - Jan. 12, 2001

Helena Marguerite Niles of Dallas died on Jan. 12 in Dallas. She was 100.

She was born in Coldwater, Mich. the daughter of Perry and Harriet Smith Root.

As a young child she lived in Goble, Mich. She moved to Kalamazoo, Mich. at the age of 25.

On Sept. 9, 1919 she married William G. Niles, who died on Feb. 17, 1973.

The couple had a second home in Brandy Wine Lake, Mich. and she moved from there to the Dallas area in March 1995 to be with her granddaughter, Karen and grandson-in-law, Mick Donnelly.

She was employed with Gilmore Brothers Store, VanderSalm's Flower Shop and J.R. Jones Sons & Co.

She was a lifelong Baptist.

She enjoyed homemaking, sewing clubs, flowers, baking pies, traveling and fishing. She loved peanut butter, blueberry muffins and chocolate.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth G. Niles.

Survivors include her son, Richard Niles of Clayton, Georgia; daughter, Virginia Fish of Kalamazoo; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 15 at the Dallas Retirement Center and inurnment was at Goble's Covey Hill Cemetery, Goble, Mich.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.

Helen Funk Pauls

July 12, 1904 - Jan. 3, 2001

Helen Pauls of Reedley, Calif. died on Jan. 3 in Reedley. She was 96.

She was born the daughter of Jacob and Helena Loewen Funk in Washita County in the Oklahoma Territory.

She attended grade school at Greenfield School near Corn, Okla. She was a pitcher for the baseball team, not softball, at Greenfield.

She married Peter Pauls on June 3, 1923 in Corn.

She was a good homemaker and mother of 10 children.

The family moved to the Dallas area in 1947 where there was always a large garden for flowers and vegetables.

She enjoyed cooking, canning, baking and baseball.

She was baptized on May 16, 1920 and became a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Corn.

She was an avid quilter and enjoyed quilting with the ladies of the Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church where she was a member. She made more than 100 quilts and comforters during her lifetime with most of them given to family members.

She moved to Reedley in 1992 to be with her daughter and in 1995 moved into Palm Village Health Care in Reedley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter and son, Samuel.

Survivors include her nine children, daughters, Luella Pauls of Reedley and Deloris Mulder of Pocatello, Idaho; sons, Jacob Pauls of Sunriver, Vernon Pauls and Melvin Pauls, both of Reedley, Wesley Pauls of North Newton, Kan., Adonijah Pauls of Fresno, Calif., Nelson Pauls of Paso Robles, Calif., and David Pauls of Woodbridge, Conn.; 34 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services were Jan. 11 at Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Palm Village Health Care Facility, Reedley in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas who handled the arrangements.

Bernice H. Fratzke

March 17, 1916 - Jan. 6, 2001

Bernice H. Fratzke of Redmond died on Jan. 6 at Terrebonne. She was 84.

She was born near Littleton, Iowa the daughter of Walter J. and Nellie F. Masters Howard.

She graduated from Jesup High School, near Littleton, in 1934.

On Dec. 19, 1935 she married Martin George Fratzke in Independence, Iowa.

In 1936 they moved to Oregon, residing in a town by the same name of Independence. They were co-owners of Fratzke's Garage in Independence where she was also the bookkeeper.

In 1973 they started traveling and enjoyed RV travel for more than 18 years. In 1992 they settled in Terrebonne and then moved to Redmond in 1996.

She enjoyed reading, traveling and was an excellent seamstress and tailor for her family and others.

She was preceded in death by four siblings and her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Martin George Fratzke of Redmond; daughters, Glenda N. Rondeau of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Mona R. Mole of Terrebonne; sister, Ferne Kern of Independence; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Redmond.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Redmond, Sisters and Grant County and/or Habitat for Humanity.

Autumn Funerals of Redmond handled the arrangements.

George Lewis Peterson

Sept. 5, 1912 - Jan. 11, 2001

George Lewis Peterson of Dallas died on Jan. 11. He was 88.

He was born and raised in Tillamook and moved to Falls City in 1952. He moved to Pacific City in 1986 and had lived in Dallas since 1995. He was a logger for 60 years, last working for John Tack Logging in Sweet Home.

His hobbies included fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his daughters, Joyce Coonrod of Dallas and Karen Clark of Idanha; son, George "Buzzy" Peterson of McKinleyville, Calif.; sisters, Lena Gildermeister of Kenosha, Wis. and Elizabeth Slater of Redding, Calif.; brothers, Chesley Peterson of Dallas and Roy Peterson of Seaside; eight grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Jan. 13 at Lone Oak Cemetery in Stayton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas Retirement Village.

Weddle Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Gertrude Elizabeth Sisson

Dec. 18, 1906 - Jan. 4, 2001

Gertrude Elizabeth Sisson of Dallas died on Jan. 4 in Dallas. She was 94.

She was born the daughter of William and Heneritta Faas Wegge in Walla Walla, Wash.

She attended school at St. Vincent Academy in Walla Walla.

She married Howard Sisson on Feb. 28, 1929 in Wapato, Wash.

The couple lived in Washington before moving to California in 1952 and then moved to Oregon in 1955.

She was a devout Catholic throughout her life.

She enjoyed cooking, reading and gardening. She loved plants and animals.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard in 1990 and three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her son, Gerald of Independence; daughters, Frances Thompson of Millington, Tenn., Patricia Rollins of Polson, Mont., Arlene Kluting of Monmouth and Anita Talbert of Lebanon, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church and interment will follow at Fircrest Cemetery in Monmouth.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Philip Catholic Church building fund in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.

Lorraine Doris Cox

Nov. 7, 1918 - Jan. 13, 2001

Lorraine Doris Cox of Dallas died in Dallas on Jan. 13. She was 82.

She was born the daughter of Claude and Pearl Case in Ellis, Minn.

She spent her childhood in Minnesota. The family came to Oregon in the early Depression, settling in the Perrydale area.

On July 23, 1936 she married Fred Cox in Vancouver, Wash.

The couple made their home in Oregon, living in Dallas, Roseburg, Florence and back to Dallas in about 1970.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Fred of Dallas; daughters, Sharlene Breyman of Salem and Rita Doerfler of Silverton; sons, Richard Cox of Hubbard and Robert Cox of Drain; brothers, Dwayne Case and Jerry Case, both of Salem; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 16 at Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Gospel Mission in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.


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