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9/23 Obituaries

*Shannona Lee Miller*Teana Powell Woodbridge*Betty Emma Ronco*David Earl Kester*Dolores Adele Miskimen*Leo Casper Muller*Lonnie Burbank

Shannona Lee Miller

July 21, 1967 - Sept. 6, 2009

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Shannona Lee Miller, 42, of Dallas died Sept. 6 in Dallas.

She was born in Salem to Gerald L. and Karen L. Olson Miller.

She attended St. Philip Catholic Church kindergarten, Lyle Elementary School, LaCreole Junior High School, and graduated from Dallas High School in 1985. She studied at Chemeketa Community College, Oregon State University and Rutgers University.

She worked for the state of Oregon in Salem and Corvallis in various government agencies for 18 years. Shannona had worked for Polk County Housing for four years, and for the past five years has been disabled.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Dallas Trinity Lutheran Church.

Shannona enjoyed swimming, camping and reading. Her favorite place on earth was Disneyland; she had been there seven times.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Gail Miller, on March 21, 1966.

She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Karen, both of Dallas; aunts, Debbie Chevaz, Rachel Dalhman, Jan Miller, Mary Helen Jackson, Jackie Downer and Linda Guinad; uncles, Royce and Vern Miller, and Roger and Rodney Smith; best friend, David Buress; and good friend, John Phillips.

Memorial service was Sept. 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Contributions are suggested to the Commission for the Blind in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Teana Powell Woodbridge

Aug. 1, 1923 - Sept. 5, 2009

Teana Powell Woodbridge, 86, of Independence died Sept. 5.

Services are pending with Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

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

Betty Emma Ronco

Dec. 29, 1922 - Sept. 16, 2009

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Betty Emma Ronco, 86, of Pedee died Sept. 16.

She was born to Clifford and Eva Womer Burbank in Dallas.

Betty graduated from Pedee High School and went on to get her business degree.

She married Paul Albert Ronco on June 17, 1949, in Monmouth. They had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She also worked as a doctor's assistant as well as in the Polk County Assessor's Office.

Betty enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and baking. She was a member of Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church and the Pedee Missionary Society.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Albert Ronco of Pedee; children, Bradley (Kathy) Ronco of Falls City, Margaret (Jim) Jarvis of Zig Zag, Brenda Ronco of Dallas, Renee Ronco (companion Koos vanVelzen) of Blaricum, The Netherlands, and Jill (Spencer) Jones of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Service was Sept. 22 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church and interment was in Womer Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

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

David Earl Kester

March 13, 1949 - Sept. 11, 2009

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David E. Kester, 60, of Mount Vernon, Wash., formerly of Polk County, died Sept. 11, the result of a tragic motorcycle accident.

He was born to Kenneth L. and Vera L. Kester in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Dave was a longtime resident of Polk County from 1983 until 2003, and most recently was a resident of Mount Vernon, Wash., where he married Jodi L. Cruz.

He graduated from Borah High School in Boise, Idaho, in 1967 and was a proud member of the school marching band. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Dave worked as an auto body repairman most of his life. He ran the Joe Hayward Ford Auto Body Shop and received a prestigious award from Ford Motor Co. He thoroughly enjoyed restoring vehicles of all kinds.

He was a longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous and enjoyed 28 years of sobriety. Dave lived his life with purpose and passion. His deep love, warm smile, easy laugh and thought provoking counsel will be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Jodi; mother, Vera L. Evans of Nampa, Idaho; his children, David of Seattle, Cyle of Ola, Idaho, Christina (Jon) Forst of Nampa, and Lorena (Paul) Lambert of Monmouth; stepdaughters, Jayci and Jena Cruz, both of Mount Vernon; siblings, Gerald of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mildred Watkins of Wenatchee, Wash.; and 12 grandchildren.

Private memorial service was held Sept. 16 in Nampa.

Dolores Adele Miskimen

Jan. 25, 1924 - Sept. 15, 2009

Dolores Miskimen, 85, of Dallas died Sept. 15 in Dallas. She had been struggling with declining health for two years.

She was born in Cairo, a small river town at the foot of Illinois. She was the youngest of a Midwestern German family of five children, all of whom have preceded her in death.

Her passion in life was ballroom dancing, dancing to the big bands in the 1930s, at the Hollywood Palladium in the late 1940s, as well as ballroom dancing in the 1980s. The TV show "Dancing with the Stars" was her all-time favorite. Her other love in life was caring for her dogs, including Xena. Her warm, generous devotion to her children along with her zesty sense of humor will be missed.

Dolores married Pete Miskimen in 1973. Twenty years later she and Pete moved to West Salem to be closer to his brother, who lived in Woodburn, and her daughter, Mary Hughes of Dallas. Several years later they moved to Dallas.

Dolores was a parishioner of St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete, in 2003.

Survivors include her children, Bill Rice, Judy Morris, Bob Rice and Mary Hughes; stepchild, Ken Miskimen; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial celebration was Sept. 19 in Dallas and private interment was at Dallas Cemetery.

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

Leo Casper Muller

Jan. 15, 1936 - Sept. 18, 2009

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Leo Casper Muller, 73, of Independence died Sept. 18.

He was born to Theodore Casper Muller and Virginia Evelyn Muller in Salem.

He was raised near Independence, where his parents owned and operated Muller Lumber. He continued to operate this business with his son.

Leo graduated from Central High School in 1954. He served in the Oregon National Guard. Leo was a member of the Independence Elks Lodge.

Leo met Sarah Lou Booster in 1960 while he was working construction near her home. They were married on Sept. 9, 1961.

Leo's greatest pleasure was working in the family lumber yard and driving his truck. In his off-hours he enjoyed boating, fishing and ice cream at Aspinwall's Fruit Stand.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah; daughter, Suzanne Roppe (partner Mike Yates) of Salem; son, Thomas (Tracy) Muller of Independence; sister, Barbara (Ron) Wachter of Pullman, Wash.; and five grandsons.

Celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Cornerstone Christian Center, 4395 Independence Highway, in Independence.

Contributions are suggested to Blanchet Catholic School, 4373 Market St., Salem, OR 97305.

Lonnie Burbank

Sept. 23, 2009

Lonnie Burbank, a longtime resident of Monmouth, died Sept. 23 in Monmouth.

He had been serving as pastor of Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is handling arrangements. For information: 503-623-2325.

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