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12/16 Obituaries

*Rebecca 'Becca' Dolores Dunaway*Helen Margaret Madison*Marian Merle North*Ramon Simbeck*William 'Bill' Paul Wadman*Mabel Maxine Dodele*Thomas Norman Flansberg*Howard L. Fitzgerald*Ethelyn Pearl Abern

Rebecca 'Becca' Dolores Dunaway

Nov. 13, 1985 - Dec. 6, 2009

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Rebecca "Becca" Dolores Dunaway, 24, of Salem, formerly of Dallas, died Dec. 6 as a result of an auto accident.

She was born in Corvallis to Dwight D. and Virginia Fincham Dunaway Sr.

Rebecca lived in Falls City until age 13, when she moved to Dallas. She was a 2004 graduate of Falls City High School. She was prom queen during her high school senior year and was active in volleyball, basketball and cheerleading.

Her first job at age 15 was at the Ice Cream Sandwich. She went on to work at Subway, Walmart, T-Mobile Call Center, Quiznos, Partnerships in Community Living, Red Lobster and Spirit Mountain Casino. Rebecca was currently training with Dr. Jay Schofield in Dallas as a dental assistant.

She was always on the move and would never turn anyone away or down who needed help.

Rebecca moved to Salem during the summer of this year.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia.

Survivors include her father, Dwight of Salem; sisters, Gina Schilling of Bowling Green, Mo., Joyce J. Dunaway and Anneliese Dunaway, both of Salem; brothers, Jimmy Zadnik of LaFayette, Jamie Zadnik of Beaverton, and Rex Dunaway and Dwight "Dewey" Dunaway, both of Dallas; grandmother, Joyce Dunaway of Dallas; and the love of her life, Jordan Iott.

Memorial service was Dec. 12 at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas. Private interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to a fund established at Wells Fargo Bank in Rebecca's name.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Helen Margaret Madison

April 16, 1916 - Dec. 9, 2009

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Helen Margaret Madison, 93, of Dallas died Dec. 9 in Dallas.

She was born in Hamlet to Frank and Louise Horecny LaPay.

She grew up in Hamlet, Necanicum and Seaside.

She married Lester Madison on Jan. 25, 1941, in Ilwaco, Wash. They spent many years in Astoria before moving to Salem in 1957, to Keizer in 1968, and to Dallas in 2006.

Helen enjoyed gardening, flowers, dancing, decorating her home, baby-sitting and trips to Reno.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank LaPay; sister, Esther Worrell; and a grandson, Brandon Madison.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Lester Madison of Dallas; son, Jerry (Jeannie) Madison of Dallas; daughter, Myra (Richard) Martin of Silverton; brother, Carl (Jane) Easters of Washington; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Service was Dec. 14 at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment was at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Odyssey Hospice.

To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Marian Merle North

March 12, 1929 - Dec. 6, 2009

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Marian Merle North, 80, of Dallas died Dec. 6 after a courageous and graceful battle of more than 30 years with cancer.

She was born in Owensville, Mo., to Washington and Sarah Wood.

Marian grew up in King Fisher, Okla., where she also graduated from high school. Her parents died during her childhood and she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Hiram and Gertrude Henderson.

Marian attended business school, where she learned shorthand and typing to be a secretary. At the age of 19, she moved to California with only a suitcase in hand. She met Richard Edward North in California and they courted for several years before marrying on Sept. 6, 1953, at Fort Benning, Ga.

She was an executive secretary for the San Martine Winery in San Martine, Calif. Marian and Dick lived in various areas including San Martine and Coursegold, Calif., before moving to Dallas in 1992.

Marian was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed fishing, archery, golf and being a pilot. She loved to travel. She and Dick took trips to Alaska by boat and car, sailed around Cape Horn, and visited Switzerland, Scotland, Canada and Mexico. She loved the beauty of a sunrise, sunset, wildflowers and animals both wild and tame. In later years she loved to play bridge.

Survivors include her husband, Dick of Dallas; daughter, Tere North of Macomb, Ill.; and son, Steve North of San Jose, Calif.

Service was Dec. 11 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private family interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Ramon Simbeck

Feb. 16, 1929 - Dec. 8, 2009

Ramon Simbeck, 80, of Sheridan died Dec. 8 in Sheridan.

He was born in Mexico City to parents of German and Basque decent, Antonio Simbeck and Elena Gonzales Simbeck.

At the age of 19, he won the world championship in jai alai (fronton, a Basque game) and received a contract to play in Acapulco. He later played in Tijuana.

He and some teammates made a wild decision to travel to Las Vegas before one season, and while there lost all their money at the gambling tables.

Stranded, Ramon was forced to look for a job. That was difficult since Ramon's command of the English language was very limited. However he found work as a dishwasher and earned enough money to get to Los Angeles.

There he began working at a restaurant and drive-in and began training as a cook. After a year or so he went to work at a restaurant named Bob Burns and was soon promoted to night chef.

Burns recognized Ramon's talent and ability and sent him to culinary school in Los Angeles and Santa Rosa. Following schooling he was named executive chef with the responsibility of opening several new restaurants for what became the Bob Burns restaurant chain.

While preparing to open the Newport Beach restaurant in 1967, Ramon met Carmen Lee Henderson when she applied for a job there. They were married on Oct. 28, 1968.

Even though they lived in Southern California at the time, they flew to McMinnville for the wedding with a reception at the Bayou Restaurant.

They returned to California, where Ramon went to work for Sorrentino's in the Burbank, Calif., area.

The 1971 earthquake in San Fernando Valley shook both of them up so much they moved to the Northwest and settled in Longview, Wash., where they bought Bart's Restaurant and operated it for two years.

They returned to Southern California when Ramon was asked by owners of a large restaurant chain to open a new theme restaurant in Newport Beach, named Blackbeard's.

He was a consultant for several restaurant chains in California for the next several years.

During a visit to Carmen's family in 1985 he rediscovered the restaurant in McMinnville, where they had their wedding reception and took over the lease on "The Bayou."

They operated the Bayou Restaurant from December 1985 until January 1988, and the Safari Club Restaurant from 1987 to 1990.

Ramon began catering with a focus on wineries, festivals and weddings.

He settled into catering primarily for winery festivals and openings. Most of his food service was performed at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, where they originated the first full-scale food service out of a winery setting in the Northwest and began offering his famous Sunday brunches.

He later opened a restaurant in Sofia, Bulgaria. In November 2000 he returned to Eola Hills Winery.

He used his vast experience to open and operate a culinary school. He took interested youths and worked with them to develop them as far as they were willing to advance. These students became a core crew.

The program was extremely successful until he was no longer able to continue once diagnosed with esophageal cancer in April 2008. Ramon continued to work with his crew at his home.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Antonio Simbeck in 1960, and sister, Elena Semon in 2007.

Surviving is his wife, Carmen Lee Simbeck of Sheridan.

Mass of Christian burial was Dec. 14 at St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville.

Chapel of Macy and Son, McMinnville, handled arrangements. To leave online condolences, visit www.macyandson.com.

William 'Bill' Paul Wadman

Oct. 9, 1926 - Dec. 6, 2009

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William "Bill" Paul Wadman, 83, of Prineville, died Dec. 6.

He was born in Minneapolis to Axel Emmanuel and Irene Josephine Bastien Wadman.

He moved to Southern California from Minnesota as a child. Bill attended and graduated from Leuzinger High School in Hawthorne, Calif., in 1943. Bill enlisted in the Navy and attained the rank of Boatswain Mate 2nd class. He served aboard the sub chaser U.S.S. PC 816, known as the "Hell Hobo." He was honorably discharged in 1946.

After the military, he went to work for North American Aviation as a machinist.

Bill married Beverly Jean Collins in Yuma, Ariz., on Oct. 30, 1948.

He worked as a machinist in Southern California until moving to Dallas in 1979. Upon arriving, he worked in McMinnville and Albany, retiring in 1993.

Following retirement, he and his wife moved to Prineville.

In September 1993 Bill worked as a gardener at Meadow Lakes Restaurant and then washed dishes at The Club Pioneer for several years.

Bill was active supporting Crook County High School athletics, attending every home game. He enjoyed gardening, television sports, rooting for the underdog, camping and traveling. His family was the most important thing in his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and two brothers.

Survivors include his sons, Robert Paul (Vicky) Wadman of Grass Valley, Calif., and William John (Marjorie) Wadman of Las Vegas; daughters, Linda Dee (Johnny) Ferlazzo of Long Beach, Calif., Debra Jean (Jim) Michalak of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Mary Kay (Larry) Murray of Prineville; brother, Jack Wadman of Hawthorne; sisters, Irene Lombardo of Temecula, Calif., and Mary Garrett of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Dec. 12 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Prineville.

Contributions are suggested to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 695 NE Third St., Prineville, OR 97754, or Crook County High School Athletics, in care of the Athletics Account, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, OR 97754.

Prineville Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mabel Maxine Dodele

June 1, 1932 - Dec. 8, 2009

Mabel Maxine Dodele, 77, of Independence died Dec. 8.

She was born in Butler, Mo., to Frank and Eunice Thomas.

When she was a small child she moved to Oregon. In 1956, Mabel married Paul Douglas Dodele. Together they worked their cherry farm just south of Independence.

Mabel enjoyed painting, arts and crafts, and cooking.

Survivors include her, husband Paul D. Dodele of Independence; son, Paul T. Dodele of Independence; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

At her request no service will be held. Private interment will be at Palestine Cemetery.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Thomas Norman Flansberg

Aug. 4, 1943 - Dec. 11, 2009

Thomas Norman Flansberg, 66, of Dallas died Dec. 11.

He was born in Chicago to Seymour Flansberg and Ann Derbick.

Tom lived in Chicago until he was 23 and then moved to Seattle. He worked in radio as a DJ and in sales.

He married Phyllis Ann Hamm on July 18, 1970, in Astoria.

After a brief time in Puyallup, Wash., they moved to Salem, where Tom was instrumental in establishing and getting radio station KCCS on the air. He was the station manger from 1971 to 1973.

The family lived in Newport from 1978 to 1984, when they moved to Dallas. In 1991 Tom began his career with Horace Mann Insurance Company, where he was the senior account executive in Dallas and the owner of TNT Insurance Company in Dallas.

Tom was active in the establishment of the Praise Assembly and was a part of the leadership team in Monmouth. He recently had been a member of the Life Underwriters Training Council Fellowship. He was a part of Kids, Inc. and was a past president, coach of girls volleyball and board member. He was a model train enthusiast and enjoyed gardening.

Tom was the "golden voice" for the Santiam Christian Eagles sports teams. The Chicago Cubs were his team and he was "always waiting for next season." His daughter, Hollie Ann, said he was a "wood butcher woodworker" and enjoyed being in his shop.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Alan.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Dallas; and daughter, Hollie Ann of Emmett, Idaho. Also surviving are Alysia and Avalon Thompson of Emmett, Idaho.

Memorial service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Praise Assembly, 189 S. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.

Contributions are suggested to the church building fund.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Howard L. Fitzgerald

April 11, 1939 - Dec. 3, 2009

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Howard L. Fitzgerald, 70, of Dallas, died Dec. 3.

He was born in Ainsworth, Neb., to Leonard and Lila-Faye Fitzgerald.

Howard moved to Oregon in 1950. He was awarded the "Young American Medal for Bravery" at the age of 13 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He rescued his family members from a fire at their home in 1952.

Howard served in the Army and studied mechanics and heavy equipment operation.

He had lived in Valsetz, Falls City, Dallas and Sitka, Alaska. His jobs and hobbies included tug boat operator, heavy equipment operator, logger, mechanic, truck driver, welder and fabrication, and electrical and hydraulics. He also participated in demolition derbies and driving the train at the Portland Zoo.

Howard was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Fitzgerald; brothers, Keith and Larry Fitzgerald; and stepfather, Clarence Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Fay Fitzgerald of Dallas; children, Christine Morgan, Lila Pomeroy, La Wanda Hurst, Mary Knudsen and Dan Fitzgerald; mother, Lila Johnson of Dallas; siblings, Lial and Merle Fitzgerald, both of Dallas, Jim Fitzgerald of Portland and Luvilla Bisogno of Everett, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.

Celebration of life is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Hong Kong Restaurant in Dallas.

Contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army or the Boy Scouts.

Keizer Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

Ethelyn Pearl Abernethy

Sept. 29, 1906 - Dec. 11, 2009

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Ethelyn Pearl Garrison Abernethy, 103, of Dallas died Dec. 11.

She was born in Lombardville, Ill., to Linus and Pearl Runyon Garrison.

When she was 2 the family moved to Alberta, Canada, where her father became a pioneer farmer. They later moved to Calgary, where she spent most of her early life. She graduated from Calgary Normal School and taught school before attending Prairie Bible Institute, spending summers in mission work on the prairies.

In 1934 Ethelyn sailed to Nigeria as a missionary. Her first years were spent in remote areas that could only be reached on foot. She met Harry Abernethy, a missionary from the Shetland Islands, whom she married on Oct. 10, 1938, in Edinburgh, Scotland. They continued their mission work -- she as a teacher -- until 1970, when they retired in Salem.

In 1994 they moved to Dallas Retirement Village.

She enjoyed numerous activities, including playing the piano, making cards, playing Scrabble and writing her memoirs.

She was a member of Griswold Street Baptist Church in Port Huron, Mich., then Salem Alliance Church and most recently Dallas Alliance Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, and her daughter, Jennifer Taylor.

Survivors include her daughters, Audrey Delgado of Keizer and Pearl Abernethy of Hawaii; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of her life is at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Dallas Alliance Church.

Contributions are suggested to the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church for Solea and Rodney Johnson, her grandchildren who are missionaries in Uruguay.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

Glenda Lee Betts

Nov. 14, 1944 - Dec. 9, 2009

Glenda Lee Betts, 65, of Dallas died Dec. 9 in Dallas.

Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Dallas Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Marion-Polk Food Share or to Breast Cancer Research in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Ann Stuart Quarterman

March 15, 1919 - Dec. 12, 2009

Ann Stuart Quarterman, 90, of Independence died Dec. 12.

No service will be held.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Myron Charles 'Chuck' Foss

July 24, 1949 - Dec. 14, 2009

Myron Charles "Chuck" Foss, 60, of Dallas died Dec. 14 in Salem.

At his request, no service will be held.

Contributions are suggested to the Humane Society.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

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