Obituaries for October 2014


Lillian Pauline Humphreys


Lillian Humphreys, 89, of Independence died Thursday at Willamette Valley Hospice in West Salem from complications from a fall. She was born to Karl and Margaret Jensen, the first of her family to be born in the United States. Her ...

Marion 'Mary' Davidson


Marion Davidson, 90, of Independence, a Grand Ronde Tribal Elder, died Oct. 20 in Independence. She had lived with her daughter, Joannie West, for the past 12 years. She was born in Wiley City, Wash., to Adeline Menard and Wilbur ...

Steven G. Fink Jr.

Medford, formerly of Dallas

Steven G. Fink Jr., 44, formerly of Dallas, died Oct. 22 in Medford. He was born in Salem to Steve Sr. and Suzan Fink. Steven “Stevie” grew up in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 1989. He joined ...

Vernita Arlene Bernardo


Vernita Arlene Bernardo, 93, of Dallas died Oct. 19 in Salem. She was born in Seattle to Robert and Arlene Bishop Antes. She traveled from Seattle by train to the southern United States to marry George Bernardo before he left ...

Elaine Lavonne Zeiszler


Elaine Lavonne Zeiszler, 69, of Independence died Oct. 12 in Salem. She was born in San Diego. Elaine had lived in Oregon since the early 1950s. She married Peter Zeiszler on June 14, 1983, in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Survivors include ...

Jedson Dalton


Jedson Dalton, 80, of Independence died Oct. 14 in Independence. He was born in Monago, N.D., to Anton and Minnie Forner. No service is planned. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online tribute:

Frederick Anthony McClure Jr.

Falls City

Frederick Anthony McClure Jr., 45, of Falls City died Oct. 7. He was born in Sonora, Calif., to Frederick Anthony Sr. and Lee Meyers. At a young age Fred moved to Salem and attended school there. After high school he ...

Dr. L. Carl Brandhorst


Carl Brandhorst, 85, of Monmouth died Oct. 9 while vacationing in Show Low, Ariz. He was born at home to Dr. Carl T. and Louise A. (Koeneke) Brandhorst in Bremen, Kan. Carl taught in Lutheran schools for 15 years. He ...

Elena Ojeda


Elena Ojeda, 85, of Independence died Oct. 1. She was born in Perry, Kan., and was raised in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico. Elena returned to the United States in 1979 along with her children, Manuel, Antonio and Lucia, and settled in ...

Reinhold Leo Horst


Reinhold Leo Horst, 84, of Monmouth died Oct. 4. He was born in Elgin, N.D., to Leopold and Maria Horst. After graduating from Elgin High School, Reinhold married Marjorie Hafner on Sept. 19, 1954, in Elgin. They had two children. ...

Joe Haener

Federal Way, Wash., formerly of Independence

Joe Haener, 53, of Federal Way, Wash., formerly of Independence, died Oct. 5 in Federal Way. He was born in Corvallis to Ron Haener and Shirley Storm. Joe was raised by his parents, Ron and Janis Haener, on their Independence ...

Don Kinion

Monmouth, formerly of Dallas

Don Kinion, 88, of Monmouth, formerly of Dallas, died Oct. 8. He was born in Dallas and was raised on a farm on Pioneer Loop outside of Dallas. Don joined the U.S. Navy before he finished high school and served ...

Dorothy Edith Green Gunter


Dorothy Edith Green Gunter (Anderson), 90, of Dallas died Oct. 6 in Dallas. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Golden Hyrum Green and Dolly Edith Kendall Green. Although Dorothy believed strongly in mothers staying home with their children, she ...

Florence Louise Trachsel Schmitke


Florence Louise Trachsel Schmitke, 97, of Dallas died Thursday. She was born to Carl and Louise Staehle Trachsel in Portland. Florence grew up on a dairy farm in Reedville and graduated from Hillsboro High School. She attended Linfield College in ...

William Lee Slater


William (Bill) Lee Slater, 61, of Dallas died Oct. 6 in Dallas. He was born in Alameda, Calif., to William Ray and Barbara Joyce Slater. Bill married Pamela Jean McCann on June 2, 1971, in Irvington, Calif. He served his ...

Joyce Jeannette Teters

Silver Springs, Nev.

Joyce Jeannette (Johnson) Teters, 89, of Silver Springs, Nev., died Sept. 27 in Reno, Nev. She was born in Wausa, Neb., to Martin and Caroline (Persson) Johnson. The Johnson family moved in 1934 to Rickreall, where they established a family ...

Dwight W. Hildenbrand


Dwight W. Hildenbrand, 74, of Monmouth died Saturday. He was born in Marshfield to Dorothy and Elmer Hildenbrand. Dwight graduated from Central High School in 1958. He married Carolyn Hamilton on April 30, 1960. He worked at Independence Auto Parts ...

Claire MacCarthy


Claire MacCarthy, 90, of Monmouth died Sunday. She was born in Newberg to Gover and Florence Rogers. She grew up in Newberg. Claire graduated from the University of Oregon. She married Eugene MacCarthy in June 1948. Survivors include her son, ...

Elena Ojeda


Elena Ojeda, 85, longtime Monmouth resident, died Oct. 1 in Keizer. Service is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, 485 S. Seventh St., Independence. Interment will be at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, ...

Ronna Mae Knight

Corvallis, formerly of Salem and Independence

Ronna Mae Knight, passed away on Monday after a long and courageous fifteen year battle with cancer. She was in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Ontario, Oregon on June 12, 1937 to Roland and Edna ...


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