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Claudia Eliasen

Claudia Eliasen, resident of Talent, died on January 25th, 2004 in Palo Alto, CA. An announcement for her memorial service will be published at a later date.

As a child in Atlantic City, NJ, Claudia loved to spend time on the beach and at the Boardwalk. After Claudia attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she worked as a homemaker and loving other. For three years, Claudia and her sons lived on a Kibbutz in Israel, after which time they moved to Ashland where she met her husband of 25 years, David Eliasen.

For 27 years, Claudia was well-respected in the community for the intensity, passion and care she put into her career as an advocate for the children of the Rogue Valley. During the first part of her career, she worked in a variety of settings for adolescents and troubled teens. Later, Claudia served as a child protective worker for the State of Oregon.

Her family and friends loved her for her warmth, compassion, selfless generosity and wonderful sense of humor.

Claudia struggled with cancer during the last year of her life. During this year, she was fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time with her family and friends, and was delighted to share her final three months with her new granddaughter.

Claudia is survived by her husband David; her children Scott, Jason an Ari Langer and their partners; her sister Joan Gross and her granddaughter Lilah Caputi.

Memorial donations may be made to Children&

39;s Advocacy Center, 816 W. 10th St., Medford, OR 97501 or the American Cancer Society.

Margaret &


39; P. Wiley

Margaret was born on November 15, 1917 in Eugene, Oregon to Hans William and Nellie Goserud Petersen.

She grew up in Eugene, Oregon but moved to Cottage Grove during her high school years. She graduated Cottage Grove High School in 1934. She attended Oregon State University and transferred to Southern Oregon Normal School (now SOU) where she earned a Teaching Degree in 1938. Margaret taught school for 6 years in Coburg, Salem and Ashland schools. In 1939 she married Ashland native Howard S. Wiley, who preceded her in death in 1968.

She enjoyed raising a family and returned to Southern Oregon College in 1970, obtaining a degree in Law Enforcement. She went on to become the first Executive Director of the Jackson-Josephine County 4C Council from 1972-1980.

She loved gardening, sewing/ knitting, bowling, bridge and traveling around the world, but most of all her family, for which she would do anything within her power.

Survivors include her daughter, Christine Shebley of West Linn; and sons William Wiley of Lake Oswego and Charles Wiley of Medford; her brother Herman of Cottage Grove; and 5 grandchildren. Her brother Robert preceded her.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.

Lea A. Brannack Lea A. Brannack, 85, of Ashland, died Wednesday () at Linda Vista Care Center, Ashland. Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.