In loving memory of wife and mother, a memorial service will be held for Celeste Dzieman at 5 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2004, at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church, 600 Beebe Rd., Central Point.
— - Larry and Jesse
Donna Marie Alves-Seela
Donna Marie Alves-Seela, 56, passed away peacefully at her home in Medford on Saturday, April 3, 2004.
— A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Table Rock Fellowship, 3608 N. Pacific Hwy.
— Donna was born on October 23, 1947 in Oakland, CA, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Soito) Alves. She grew up in the East Bay area, attending schools in Hayward and San Leandro. Donna moved to Medford in 1978. She married George Seela in Medford on August 20, 1988.
— She worked as a clerk at Bi-Mart and had also worked at the Red Lion.
— Donna enjoyed her kids and grandkids, going to the coast and candles. She also loved to shop.
— Survivors include her husband, George Seela of Medford; sons, Erik Karlson of Ashland, Richard Karlson of Dublin, CA, Shanun Miner of Medford, Travis Seela of Medford; daughters, Desirea Gaut, and Monique Berryman both of Medford; mother, Marie Alves of Medford; sister, Bernette Schelin of White City; brothers, Mike Alves of Marysville, CA, and Joe Alves of White City; and thirteen grandchildren.
— Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher's Childrens' Hospital in Portland.
— Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, Medford.
Elmer R. Harnish
A memorial service for Elmer R. Harnish will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 12, at Perl Funeral Home at Siskiyou Memorial Park.
— Mr. Harnish, 84, of Eagle Point, died Wednesday (April 7, 2004) at his home.
— Memorial contributions may be made to: "Harnish Wayside Park," c/o Eagle Point City Hall, Eagle Point, OR 97524; or to the Senior Center, Eagle Point, OR 97524.
— He was born on Feb. 16, 1920 in Eagle Point, to Ray B. Harnish and Mabel Taylor Harnish. On Oct. 17, 1948 in Eagle Point, he married Marguerite "Midge" Nelson, who survives. Born and raised, he had lived in the Rogue Valley his entire life.
— Starting with pick and shovel, working his way up to District Foreman, Mr. Harnish worked 40 years for the Jackson County Road Dept.
— He enjoyed golf, athletics, the Senior Center in Eagle Point, and gardening. His garden was so delicious that "strangers would stop and admire his tomatoes." He was devoted to his family. He was his grandkid&
39;s biggest fan.
— In addition to his wife Midge, survivors include: his children, Lynda Rodgers and Roger Harnish; his sisters, Mary Ballard, and Helen Wolgamott; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Jay; a brother, Earl; and parents.
Eric Allen Heisel
Eric Allen Heisel, of Hagatna, Guam, died Thursday, March 18, 2004.
— He was born September 25, 1946 to Manville and Margaret Heisel. Eric graduated from Medford High School. He was an attorney with the Department of Education in Guam.
— He is survived by his wife, Marilu; and a sister, Rebecca. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Chris.
— Grace Genevieve Kvale Thompsen
Grace Genevieve Kvale Thompsen was born October 26, 1913, in Crosby, North Dakota, to Norwegian immigrants, Erik Kvale and Signe Hofstad Kvale. Grace died in Portland on November 12, 2003, after a long illness. Her brother, Lorents, preceded her in death. Her sister, Irene, lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
— Grace attended Minot State Teacher&
39;s College and taught grade school music in North Dakota, Wyoming and Oregon. While teaching in Rainer, Oregon, she met Ralph Thompsen. They married in 1941. They moved to Portland, where Ralph attended medical school. They co-owned and ran the medical school cafeteria.
— In 1950, they moved to Medford accompanied by three daughters.
— Grace was active in the Triple Trio at the Presbyterian Church. She participated in many volunteer activities. She was supportive of musical events in the Medford area. She enjoyed entertaining and having fun. She even tried to love golf! Grace and Ralph moved to Springridge in Charbonneau, in 1994, to be closer to family in the Portland area.
— Ralph Thompsen died in 1998. Grace leaves behind their three daughters, Cassandra Tuft of Bend, Patricia Wagner and Holly Thompsen, both of Portland. She has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Grace was very much loved and respected by her family and will be strongly missed.
— A memorial service was held Saturday, November 22, 2003, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Portland.
— Memorial contributions may be made in Grace&
39;s name to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3200, Portland, OR 97205; Glaucoma Research, c/o D. John Samples, 3375 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR 97238; or a charity of your choice.
Loren Edward Leach
Loren Edward Leach, 65, former resident of the Rogue Valley, passed away in Las Vegas, NV on April 6, 2004.
— He was born in Medford, OR on July 31, 1938 to Lorena Stratton Leach and Edward Leach who were long time residents of the Central Point area. He was a son-in-law of Jack and Doris Caldwell who were long time residents of Eagle Point.
— On July 4, 1964 in Eagle Point, Loren married Sandra Jean (Sandy) Caldwell. The pastor who married them was the same pastor who had married his parents years before.
— He is survived by two children, Trina Stout or Rogue River, and Michael Leach of Carson City, Nevada; a sister Adrienne Norris; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Beverly Leach and Elayne McClelland.
— Loren served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961 and will be inturned in the VA Cemetery in Eagle Point. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Medford.
— Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society, or to the First Presbyterian Chruch, Medford.
— Michael R. Calderwood
Michael Richard Calderwood 60, of Jacksonville, died at home March 11, 2004, after an eleven-month determined battle against brain cancer.
— He was born June 26, 1943 in Huntington Park, CA. He married Lois Calderwood in San Francisco, CA.
— Mike was an officer in the US Navy from 1966 through 1969.
— He worked as an Account Executive with Oregon Telecom, in Medford.
— He was past president and longtime member of the Rogue Valley Professional Association, and served on the board of directors of Mobility Unlimited. He attended Living Waters Foursquare Church in Medford where he enjoyed teaching Sunday school, and along with Lois, conducted marriage and couples ministry.
— Mike had great love for his wife, children, two grandchildren, and many friends. He was blessed by their prayers and support during his battle with cancer. He was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed, though all know that he is at home in heaven.
— Survivors include his wife, Lois Calderwood; children, Amy Calderwood Melone, Emily Calderwood, and Jason Calderwood; grandchildren, Lucas Calderwood and Grace Genevieve (Gigi) Melone; sister Virginia Barr; and brother James Calderwood, and many special friends.
— A memorial celebrating his life was held at Applegate Christian Fellowship March 15, 2004.
— In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Providence Hospice and Home Care, 940 Royal Ave, Suite 410, Medford, OR 97504.
Mrs. Leah Etta Kerr
Mrs. Leah Etta Kerr, of Bend, a former elementery school teacher for 37 years, died Saturday, April 4, 2004 of natural causes. She was 85.
— Mrs. Kerr was born June 25, 1918 in Loveland, Colorado to Leon and Olivia (Hewitt) Evans, and raised in Medford. On April 11, 1942 in Medford, she married Norman M. Kerr, who preceded her in death in 1988.
— Mrs. Kerr taught elementary school for 37 years, teaching in McMinville and Baker City, retiring in 1980.
— She was a member of Delta Kapa Gamma - Oregon Retired Educators and active with the Baptist Church. She was an avid reader, loved to sing and listen to music.
— Survivors include: son, Norman Kerr V and wife, Vicki of Union, Oregon; daughter, Karen Spencer and husband, Virgil of La Pine, Oregon; brother, Leon Evans of Medford; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Kerr was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, — brothers and her husband.
— Memorial contributions may be made to the Bend Senior Center, 1600 S.E. Reed Market Rd., Bend, Oregon 97702.
— Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend.
— Sam Stovall
Sam Stovall, 85, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday (April 6, 2004). He had been a resident of Ashland for over 20 years.
— He was born in Coleman, Texas, he had also lived in New Mexico, Arizona, and eventually California. He spent about two years in the CCC&
39;s then joined the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps., became a pilot, flying torpedo bombers off jeep carries in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans until the end of the war. After the war he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from UC Davis in 1948.
— Sam was a farm adviser in California, worked as a cattle broker and then was employed by Spreckles Sugar to find markets for their byproducts.
— Sam and his wife, Grace, who passed away in 1991 came up to Oregon where they started a new life.
— Fly-fishing was Sam&
39;s passion. He served as President of Rogue Flyfishers for a number of years in the late 80s. Golfing was also a favorite activity of his.
— A "people person," Sam had many friends and knew no strangers. They will miss him.
— He is survived by his wife, Norma, son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Roby; daughter, Nancy Pate; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
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