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Barbara Berry

January 5, 2006

Barbara T. Berry of Ashland, Oregon, passed away December 4, 2005, in CA. She was born on Feb. 22, 1917, in Oxford, OH, to Clem A. Towner and Bernice Horrell. After graduating from Hendrix College, AK, in 1936, she moved to Long Beach, CA, where she met Alfred Berry. They were married on Christmas Day, 1938, and lived in Pasadena for the next 42 years before retiring to Ashland, OR, for twenty-three years.

Barbara spent her professional life with the Pasadena City Schools, first as an elementary school teacher, then as a pioneer in the early child education program, and finally as an early child education administrator for the Pasadena City School District.

Barbara and Al loved to travel all over the world and took thousands of photos and slides, many of which were made into presentation shows for groups. She loved playing Spite and Malice and Backgammon, working in her garden, and reading. In addition, she was involved with the Friends of the Shakespeare Festival, Oregon state and local AAUW, and Oak Knoll Country Club Women&

39;s Golf Association.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Al, in 1997, and daughter, Jane Buse, in 1971. She is survived by daughter Carolyn (John) Monzingo, Fargo, ND, and son, David (Wendy) Berry, Chino Hills, CA, and grandchildren Paul (Suzanne) Buse, Erin (Matt) Karnes, Evan (Liesl) Berry, Peter Monzingo, and Elizabeth Monzingo, step grandchildren, Carly, Holly, and Brett Tackman, and great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Christian Buse, Olivia Monzingo, and Hanna and Catherine Karnes.

There will be a memorial service held at Mountain Meadows, Ashland, in June. Todd Memorial Chapel, Pomona, CA, was in charge of arrangements.

Irma E. Klinghammer

The funeral for Irma E. Klinghammer will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the First United Presbyterian Church, Ashland. Officiating will be Rev. Eleanor Robinson.

Ms. Klinghammer, 86, of Medford, formerly of Ashland, died December 28, 2005 at the Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford. She was born February 7, 1919 at LaGrande, Oregon, the daughter of Myrtle and Hugo Klinghammer. She was raised in the LaGrande area and earned a Bachelors Degree in Education.

Ms. Klinghammer taught in the Bend, OR area before moving to Ashland in 1958 where she taught at Lincoln Elementary. She retired in 1984. She was devoted to education and enjoyed traveling, cooking and working with children.

She was a child advocate volunteer and a member of the Ashland Thursday Spinners, the Rogue Valley Hand Weavers Guild, Saturday Hand Weavers Guild, and the Ashland Soroptomist Club.

Surviving are: a niece, Linda Miller; her husband Steve and their children, Christine and Andrew; a nephew, Gary Klinghammer; and a cousin, Don Klinghammer and his wife Sally.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Arrangements under the direction of Litwiller - Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.

Memorial Service for Talent playwright, activist Margaret Brian

A memorial service for Margaret Schweitzer, 80, who died Dec. 16 at her home in Talent will be held Saturday, January 7, at 2pm at the Havurah Shir Haddash, Mountain Avenue, Ashland, with Rabbi David Zaslowe officiating. In lieu of flowers, Margaret&

39;s family asks that donations be made in her name to Oregon Stage Works, Ashland.

Margaret, whose professional name was Margaret Brian, established herself as a playwright and social activist wherever she lived over the past thirty years.

"She was an angel," said Larry Anderson of Ashland. "You couldn&

39;t meet her and not love her."

During the 1990s Margaret ran Uncle Good&

39;s Diner, a program to feed the hungry, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ashland, where Anderson was a board member. Enlisting help from the church, Peace House, Southern Oregon University, the Ashland Police Department, the Ashland Community Food Store and others, she was active in the program for eight years.

"If anybody had a problem, she&

39;d talk to them," Anderson says. "She took no guff. She treated the kids with respect and they respected her."

This reflected the work she did in the 1980s for the Clare Foundation of Santa Monica, California.

Margaret, who went by her pen name, Margaret Brian, saw readings and productions of her plays in Hollywood, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Marin County in California and at Actor&

39;s Theatre, Oregon Stage Works and Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

"She was a talented writer," said OSW Artistic Director Peter Alzado. "She dealt a lot with women&

39;s freedom. She was wonderful to work with, very smart. She had standards that brought people to a better level of work than they might otherwise have done."

Margaret organized volunteers for Actor&

39;s Theatre in Talent. In October, 2002, she hosted a meeting in her home that lead to the establishment of Oregon State Works.

She was born Margaret Anne Hecht, a daughter of Herbert and Alice Mayer Hecht, on, in New York City. She grew up in Scarsdale, NY, graduated from White Plains High School in 1941 and attended Hood College in Frederick, D. In 1943, in Beverly Hills CA, she married Matthew W. Rapf, then an ensign in the U.S. Navy. During World War II she followed her husband to many posts, including Boston, MA. After the war, Rapf became a motion picture and television producer. In 1952 she led the Adlai Stevenson presidential campaign in Beverly Hills, CA. After a 1956 divorce, Rapf lived briefly in Topeka, KS, working as a staff writer for Household magazine.

In 1961, in Los Angeles, she married screenwriter S.S. Schweitzer, wh survives her. The couple lived in Los Angeles, Malibu and Inverness, moving to West Marin in 1975, where she supervised the collection, sorting and sale of books for the Annual Inverness Library Sale. She began attending play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 1970s and in 1991 moved to Ashland and later to Talent, Oregon.

Among her plays was "The Amazing Mrs. Slee" a play about birth control advocate Margaret Sanger which was seen at SOU in 2000 to commemorate Women&

39;s History Month. She also wrote "A Delicate Life," about homelessness, "The Little Woman," a comedy, "The Value of Money," about a woman trying to raise a family in Los Angeles, "Boxes" about a woman examining her values and "The Phoenix Bird," a comic monologue.

"She had a wonderful quirkiness that was intriguing to be around," said Peter Alzado. "She&

39;ll be missed."

Margaret joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1972 and at the time of her death had 33 years of continuous sobriety. In that time, she helped set up AA meetings in Malibu, West Marin and Southern Oregon.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by as sister, Louise Rose of Mays Landing, NJ; a brother, Martin Hecht, of New York City,; three sons: James M. Rapf, of Malibu, CA, Steven A. Rapf, of Portland and John H. Rapf of Hyammpom, CA; two stepsons: George F. Schweitzer or Larchmont, NY, Peter Schweitzer of New York City and nine grandchildren.