January 22, 1995 in Features

Obituaries

 

Esther Johnson Spokane

Memorial service for Esther C. Johnson, 95, is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Moran United Methodist Church. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home South is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson died Thursday. Born in Minneapolis, she moved to Spokane in 1925.

She married Erick Johnson in 1922. They owned and operated a farm and sold milk during the Depression.

Mrs. Johnson then worked for Jacobson Greenhouse for 25 years, retiring in the late 1980s.

She was a member of the Moran Homemakers Club, the Moran Ladies Aid Society and Moran United Methodist Church.

Mr. Johnson died in 1964.

Survivors include three daughters, Corinne Gustafson, Margaret Knapp and Christina Tweedy, all of Spokane; two sons, Gerald Johnson and Eric Johnson, both of Spokane; a sister, Anna Lovick of St. Louis Park, Minn.; 14 grandchildren and 22 greatgrandchildren.

Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Moran United Methodist Church.

James Seabrandt Bay City, Ore.

Mass of Christian Burial for James Lyall Seabrandt, 76, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pullman followed by burial at the Pullman City Cemetery. Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Seabrandt died Wednesday of pneumonia. Born in Chewelah, Wash., he graduated from Chewelah High School in 1935.

He farmed in the Chewelah area until 1939, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

Mr. Seabrandt’s plane was shot down in 1942 and he served 3 years in prisoner-of-war camps in the Philippines and Japan. He was given an honorable medical discharge.

Mr. Seabrandt attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., for three years. He sang in the college’s famous choir and was also a soloist.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth College in 1949 and received another bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in microbiology.

Mr. Seabrandt received a master’s degree in 1955 in microbiology from Washington State University.

He worked as a sanitarian with the Spokane County Health Department until 1961, when he began attending the University of California, where he received a master’s degree in public health.

Mr. Seabrandt returned to Spokane and the Health Department and worked until 1965.

From 1965 to 1967 he taught environmental health at American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

He returned to Spokane and was a private consultant until 1972, when he moved to Tillamook, Ore.

Mr. Seabrandt was the sanitarian for Tillamook County Health Department, before retiring in 1980. He then moved to Bay City, Ore.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tillamook, the Knights of Columbus (fourth degree), and the American Legion. He was a life member of American Ex-Prisoners of War.

Mr. Seabrandt was also a member of the Tillamook Elks Lodge, the Al Kader Shrine and the Bay City Masonic Lodge.

He raised and demonstrated Missouri fox-trotting horses.

He married Bernadine Fulfs in 1954.

Survivors include his wife; a son, James Peter Seabrandt of Oregon City, Ore.; and a sister, Verna Rosenberg of Addy, Wash.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.

Cecelia Lanier Coeur d’Alene

Funeral Mass for Cecelia Irene Lanier, 91, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Catholic Church followed by burial at the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Lanier died Tuesday.

Born in Brainerd, Minn., she moved to Circle, Mont., in 1911.

She moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1922 and married Claude Lanier in 1924.

Mr. Lanier died in 1984.

Mrs. Lanier was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Eagles Aerie Auxiliary, and the Elks Lodge Auxiliary.

Survivors include a sister, Irene Green of Coeur d’Alene; three nephews and one niece.

Memorials may be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Ladies Auxiliary, 929 Indiana, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

Shirley Birchard Veradale

Memorial service for Shirley Birchard, 70, is planned for 2 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Birchard, who died Monday, was born and raised in Omaha, Neb. She later moved with her family to Eugene, Ore., where she graduated from high school.

She attended the University of Oregon and Warner Pacific College in Portland.

She married John A. “Jack” Birchard in 1946, and they moved to Spokane in 1970 from Odessa, Wash.

Mrs. Birchard worked for Mailwell for four years as a secretary and then worked for Safeway as an executive secretary for nine years. She retired in 1990.

She was a mother adviser for the Rainbow Girls in Odessa and was also a leader in the Girl Scouts of America. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Blue River Chapter, in Eugene and was a member of the United Church of Christ English Congregational Church in Odessa.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years; a daughter, Karen Catey of Moxee, Wash.; her mother, Karolina Glasgow of Eugene; a brother, Robert Glasgow of Beaverton, Ore.; two sisters, Elaine Morgan of Umpqua, Ore., and Mary Lou Potter of Eugene; two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Gertrude Heaton Spokane

Private service was held for Gertrude J. Heaton. Burial was at Fairmount Memorial Park. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home North was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Heaton, 81, died Monday.

Born in Brucken, Germany, she later moved to Miles City, Mont., where she received nurse’s training.

In 1949 she moved to Spokane, where she operated the Mallon Rest Home.

Mrs. Heaton later worked for the Davis Nursing Home before retiring.

She was a 30-year member of Moose Lodge 161. She was also a member of the Hillyard Senior Citizens and the Inland Empire Diabetes Association.

Mrs. Heaton was a life member of St. Anthony Guild and the National Travel Club.

Her husband of 31 years, George Y. Heaton, died in 1974.

Survivors include a son, Ralph Heaton of Spokane; a sister, Wilhelma Schuck of Germany; and two granddaughters.

Thomas Nelson Spokane

Service for Thomas B. Nelson, 89, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Riverside Mausoleum Chapel followed by burial at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Nelson died Wednesday.

Born in Rosebed, Ark., he moved to the Spokane area 25 years ago.

He worked for Safeway stores as a baker and was a member of the Bakers Union.

His wife, Flossie Nelson, died in 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Janette Phyon-Butler of Mead; a son, J. Don Nelson of Harrison, Ark.; a brother, Ed Nelson of Arkansas; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

James Smith Spokane

Private burial is planned for James Harry Smith, 90, at Fairmount Memorial Park. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Smith died Monday. He was born in Brandon, Manitoba, and was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He worked as a machinist helper with the Canadian National Railway.

Mr. Smith later moved to Minneapolis, where he worked as a machinist for Great Northern Railway. He later moved to Spokane.

Mr. Smith retired as a railroad machinist in 1970.

His wife, Christy Belle McLean Smith, died in 1989.

Survivors include several nephews and nieces.

Burdette ‘Burt’ Wilkinson Spokane

Memorial service for Burdette L. “Burt” Wilkinson, 91, was Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wilkinson died Sunday.

Born in Plaine Township, Iowa, he moved to Spokane many years ago.

He worked for Whitehouse and Price designing many buildings in downtown Spokane.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Myrtle E. Wilkinson.

Dora Ryan Colfax

Memorial graveside service for Dora Ryan, 76, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the LaCrosse (Wash.) Cemetery. Cremation will precede the service. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ryan died Wednesday. She was born and raised in LaCrosse, where she attended school. She graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1935 and then moved to Spokane to work as a telephone operator.

She married James Ryan in 1939, and they lived in various places for a few years.

The Ryans returned to the LaCrosse area in the early 1940s and began farming. They lived on the farm until his death in 1991.

Mrs. Ryan moved to Colfax two years ago.

She was a member of the LaCrosse Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Richard Ryan of Cashmere, Wash.; three sisters, Jean Hammill of Washtucna, Wash., and Donna Andrus and Velma Camp, both of LaCrosse; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Whitman Hospital Foundation.

Leo Zimmerman Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Service for Leo Michael Zimmerman, 99, was Monday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bonners Ferry and was followed by burial at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Zimmerman died Jan. 12. Born in Plymouth, Ind., he moved with his family to Bonners Ferry in 1908.

He served in the Navy during World War I and returned to the Curley Creek area after his discharge.

He married Beulah Virginia Davenport in 1924, and they lived in Kalispell, Mont., for one year.

The Zimmermans moved to Libby, Mont., and then to Bonners Ferry.

Mrs. Zimmerman died in 1994.

Survivors include a son, Dean Zimmerman; eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Algot Nilsson Spokane

Memorial service for Algot E. Nilsson, 87, was Wednesday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Deer Park. Cremation was held. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home North was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Nilsson, who died last Sunday, was born in Goteborg, Sweden. He moved to Missoula in 1929 and to Spokane in 1934.

He worked at several lumber mills, including the Deer Park Pine Mill, until 1950.

Mr. Nilsson started his own dairy in 1951 and operated it until retiring in 1965.

He was named top dairyman of Spokane County in 1965.

Mr. Nilsson was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Spokane County Dairy Association.

His wife of 37 years, Irene V. Nilsson, died in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Sebright of Clayton, Wash.; and three grandsons.

Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Zion Lutheran Church.

Josephine Vukich Orange, Calif.

Service for Josephine Ann Vukich, 92, was Jan. 6 in Orange, Calif.

Mrs. Vukich died Jan. 1.

Born in Poland, she lived more than 50 years in Spokane, where she worked for Diamond Match Co.

She moved to California a few years ago to live with her daughter.

Survivors include a daughter, Marie Brunk of Orange; a son, George Vukich of Los Angeles; a brother, Henry Cruz of Spokane; four sisters, Phyllis Pierce of Honolulu, Sister Melissa Cruz, SSND, of Moscow, Idaho, and Mary Frankovic and Helen Kalez, both of Spokane; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Virginia Hall Blanchard, Idaho

Private family service for Virginia J. Hall, 74, will be at a later date. Coeur d’Alene Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hall died Tuesday. Born in Omaha, Neb., she graduated from Cascade High School in 1938.

She married Earl R. Hall in 1940 and they lived in Meadows and Riggins, Idaho.

The Halls moved to Grangeville, Idaho, in 1949 and she worked as a bookkeeper for Washington Water Power Co. She retired in 1980 and they moved to Blanchard.

Mrs. Hall was a member of the Valeria Chapter No. 76, Order of Eastern Star, in McCall, Idaho.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Bonnie Hall-Corbin of Yuma, Ariz.; two brothers, Logan Lanham of Boise and John Lanham of Midland, Mich.; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Alberta Ramsey Spokane

Inurnment for Alberta Louise Ramsey, 69, will be at the Elmwood Cemetery in Toppenish, Wash., at a later date. Colonial Funeral Home in Toppenish is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ramsey Jan. 14.

She was born in Colville, Wash., and raised in Sandpoint.

She married Arthur Ramsey, and they later moved to the Tri-Cities area. The Ramseys moved to Spokane in 1959.

Mr. Ramsey preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Eileen Tobin of Toppenish and Carolyn Kister of Price, Utah; two sons, Carl Ramsey of Depoe Bay, Ore., and Richard “Jim” Ramsey of Spokane; a sister, Berneice Aylor of Elk; a brother, Louis Crabtree of New York; 10 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren.

Clara Peterson Spokane

Private service is planned for Clara L. Peterson. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Peterson, 70, died Jan. 14.

Born in Zigler, Ill., she moved to Spokane 23 years ago.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Verlin Peterson; three sons, Wayne Peterson, Gene Peterson and Dale Peterson, all of Spokane; a sister, Arlea Branden of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Roy Oglesby and Ronnie Oglesby, both of Columbus; and five grandchildren.

Dr. Joseph Lee Spokane

No service is planned for Dr. Joseph Lee, 68, at his request. Inurnment will be at Fairmount Memorial Park. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Lee died Jan. 11.

Born in Los Angeles, he moved with his family to Spokane as an infant. He graduated from North Central High School and the University of Washington Dental School.

Dr. Lee served in the military during World War II. He practiced dentistry in Spokane from 1956 until 1994.

Dr. Lee was a member of the Spokane Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Bodies and the El Katif Shrine.

He was also a member of the North Side Rotary Club, the Spokane Gun Club and the National Association of Smoke Jumpers.

Survivors include two daughters, Joselle Lee Chao of San Francisco and Bettina Lee Mileur of Palmer, Alaska; two sisters, Lucille Lill of Spokane and Joyce Mark of Mercer Island, Wash.; two brothers, Dr. Paul Lee of Clark Fork, Idaho, and James Lee of Oakland, Calif.; a companion of 24 years, Virginia Wade; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Spokane, P.O. Box 30261, Spokane 99223-3004.

Ivy Miller Spokane

No service is planned for Ivy Alice (Campbell, Barthule) Miller, 74, at her request. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of cremation and arrangements.

Mrs. Miller died Wednesday. Born in Bigfork, Mont., she moved to Spokane 16 years ago.

She was self-employed in the upholstery business.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post auxiliaries in Townsend, Mont. She was also a member of the Spokane Eagles Aerie No. 2 Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Moose.

Survivors include a son, Fred Rick Barthule; three daughters, Patricia Dahl, Shirley Snider and Bobbie Antonich; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Patrick Casey Spokane

Private service will be held for Patrick C. Casey. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Casey, a lifetime Spokane resident, died Monday. He was 31.

He was one of the founders of Peoples AIDS Project and was involved with the Spokane AIDS Network.

Mr. Casey was a nurse’s aide in nursing homes.

Survivors include his father, Marion Casey of Otis Orchards; his mother, Peggy Napier of Coupeville, Wash.; two brothers, Michael Casey of Everett and Robby Casey of Bellingham; one nephew; his grandmother; and his close childhood friend, Russell Chambers of Spokane.

The family suggests memorials may be made to AIDS Life Link, Client Services, P.O. Box 1790, Spokane 99210-1790.

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