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Paul B. Retter
Family and friends are invited to an informal celebration of thelife of Paul B. Retter from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland. Privateinterment will be at Scenic Hills Memorial Park, Ashland.
Mr. Retter, 90, of Ashland, died Monday (April 22, 2002) atAshland Community Hospital.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spina Bifida Associationof America, 4590 MacArthur Blvd. N.W., Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20007-4226.
He was born July 17, 1911, in Wakefield, Kan. On Aug. 16, 1936, inDickinson County, Kan., he married Anna Gertrude Scripter, who survives. He taught in several small schools inrural Kansas for several years.
In 1946, the Retters moved to Ashland, where he entered into apartnership with Eldon Scripter operating a Flying A gas station on the south end of Ashland. He laterreceived a degree in education from what is now Southern Oregon University.
Mr. Retter was the principal of Bellview Elementary School for 30years, where he was active in school functions, served as a Boy Scout Master and as a 4-H leader. He alsooperated a dairy farm on Clover Lane.
He served in the U.S. Army Military Police and as a liaisonspecialist from 1943 to 1946.
Mr. Retter enjoyed sailing, square dancing, traveling and woodcarving.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Bill,Ashland, and Denny, Raymond, Mo.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in deathby a brother and a sister.
Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory,Ashland.
Dorothy E. Winchester
The graveside service for Dorothy E. Winchester will be at 2 p.m.Thursday at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Mrs. Winchester, 77, of Central Point, died Friday (April 19,2002) at her home.
She was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Hooker, Okla., to Virgil and CarrieNevins. On Oct. 5, 1940, in Yuma, Ariz., she married Alvin Winchester, who preceded her in death. She moved tothe Rogue Valley in 1973 from Palmdale, Calif.
Mrs. Winchester was a certified nurse's aide at several retirementcenters in the Rogue Valley.
She enjoyed reading romance novels, doing word search puzzles,watching the Grand Old Opry and camping.
Survivors include a daughter, Eldena A. Coon, Central Point; abrother, Glen Nevins, Whittier, Calif.; a sister, Geraldine Gombert, Huntington Beach, Calif.; fourgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and a great-grandchild.
Friends may leave a message in the guest book atwww.perlfuneral.com.
Arrangements: Perl Funeral Home, Medford.
Carleton Eric Rosander
The memorial service for Carleton Eric Rosander will be at 2 p.m.today at Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford. Chaplain Paul Hagedorn will officiate.
Mr. Rosander, 48, of Central Point, died Thursday (April 18, 2002)at his home.
He was born June 8, 1953, in San Francisco, to Carol O. and WilmaD. Reeder Rosander. He graduated from high school in Sunnyvale, Calif., and lived there for several yearsbefore moving to Phoenix, Ariz. He moved to Coos Bay in 1987, On Dec. 6, 2000, in Coos Bay, he married KarenRogers, who survives.
In Coos Bay, Mr. Rosander worked for Timber Products as adispatcher/salesman in the trucking division.
He enjoyed gardening, sports and spending time with his family.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Jason E., FortMeyers, Fla.; a daughter, Nichole Rosander, Phoenix, Ariz.; his parents, Carl and Wilma Rosander, Sunnyvale,Calif.; and two brothers, Aaron, Hanford, Calif., and Myron, Vancouver, Wash.
Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
Dorothy M. Pirnie
The graveside service for Dorothy M. Pirnie will be at 11 a.m.Wednesday at Woodville Cemetery in Rogue River. Pastor Aaron Veach will officiate.
Mrs. Pirnie, 63, of Rogue River, died Saturday (April 20, 2002) ather home.
She was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Nampa, Idaho. On Jan. 10, 1958, inNampa, she married Roy Pirnie, who survives. The family moved to Rogue River in 1977.
Mrs. Pirnie worked for Evergreen Federal for several years. Shethen semi-retired and worked part-time for Advantage Home.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren,gardening and crocheting afghans.
Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two sons, Allan,Rogue River, and Lee, Rio Rancho, N.M.; a brother, John Matthews, Klamath Falls; a sister, Cathy Graham,Magalia, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
Friends may pay their respects from noon to 4 p.m. today at Hulland Hull Funeral Directors, Grants Pass.
Gene Samuel Bell
Gene Samuel Bell, 70, of Ontario, formerly of Ashland, died March9, 2002, in Ontario. The memorial service and scattering of ashes was held March 24 along Dead Indian MemorialRoad. Pastor Bill Halstead of Ashland Foursquare Church officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box1207, Medford, OR 97501.
He was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Ashland, to Robert E. and LuLu Bell.He graduated from Ashland High School and lived in various towns in the Rogue Valley for most of his life.
Mr. Bell served in the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed bow hunting and pencil-sketching wildlife.
Survivors include a son, Marty; a daughter, Gloria; and a sister,Patricia Bell Roberson. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary; two brothers, Robert and Kenneth; and twosisters, Rosemary Kesler and Margie Ross.
Arrangements: Flahiff Funeral Home, Caldwell, Idaho.
Georgianna Smith, 60, of Central Point, died Friday (April 19,2002) in Crescent City, Calif. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was born July 29, 1941, in New York. She was a Jackson Countyresident for the past four years.
Ms. Smith was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She was known for her sense of humor and enjoyed journal writing.
Survivors include her companion, James Lulay, Central Point; threesons, Leslie Bart Smith, Central Point, Steven Froelich, Hornbrook, Calif., and Richard Smith, Desert HotSprings, Calif.; five daughters, Amanda Rene? and Danielle LeShawn Smith, both Medford, Lucille Robles,Grants Pass, Nikkie Jane Smith, Corvallis, and Susan Smith, Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; seven grandchildren;and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements: Wier's Mortuary Chapel, Crescent City, Calif.
Margaret A. Nichols
Margaret A. Nichols, 81, of Eagle Point, died Friday (April 19,2002) at Eagle Cove Retirement in Eagle Point. A private service will be held at Eagle Cove Retirement inEagle Point.
She was born March 23, 1921, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Olaf andOline Olstad. She moved to the Medford area in 1990 from Kansas City, Mo., and began living at Eagle Cove in2000.
Ms. Nichols was a live-in caregiver.
Survivors include three brothers, Raymond Olstad, Central Point,Alwin Olstad, San Diego, and Oscar Olstad, Las Vegas; and a sister, Agnes Carlson, Denver.
Arrangements: Hillcrest Mortuary, Medford.
Taeko Wood, 69, of Ashland, died Sunday (April 21, 2002) atAshland Community Hospital. The memorial service will be held in Hawaii this summer.
She was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Tokyo, to Kinotsuk and Jiitsu(Takada) Watanabe. On April 1, 1957, in Tokyo, she married Wayne T. Wood, who died in 2001. She moved toAshland in March from Pearl City, Hawaii, to live with her daughter, Pamela Danielle.
Mrs. Wood was an active member of Makiki Christian Church inMakiki, Hawaii.
Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Danielle, Ashland; abrother, Yasuo Watanabe, Tokyo; three sisters, Aiko Watanabe, Yaeka Tazawa and Fumiko Mitsue, all Tokyo; andtwo grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, William.
Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory,Ashland.
Frieda Poch, 94, of Medford, died Friday (April 19, 2002) atHearthstone. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
Edwin Smith, 78, formerly of Grants Pass, died Sunday (April 21,2002) at an adult foster care home in Medford. Arrangements will be announced by Lundberg's L.B. Hall FuneralHome, Grants Pass.
George E. Cutler
George E. Cutler, 90, of Grants Pass, died Monday (April 22, 2002)at Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass. Arrangements will be announced by L.B. Hall Funeral Home,Grants Pass.
Dale E. Sprout
Dale E. Sprout, 78, of Grants Pass, died Monday (April 22, 2002)at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Lundberg's L.B. Hall Funeral Home, Grants Pass. Obituary Guidelines
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