Obituaries for week of 6-11-03
Former Madras resident Garland Wells Bennett died June 7, 2003, at the age of 89. No local services will be held. A memorial service will be held in Andrews, Texas. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.
Simnasho resident Geraldine Ethel Blodgett died June 3, 2003, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She was 75.
Mrs. Blodgett was born April 15, 1928, in Simnasho to parents Moses Hellon and Juanita Wainanwit. She was a lifetime resident of Warm Springs and Simnasho and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She attended Warm Springs Boarding School and Madras Union High School. She was married to Fred Blodgett Sr.
Mrs. Blodgett was a member of the Simnasho Longhouse and Warm Springs Presbyterian Church. She worked as the head cook for the longhouse and was a traditional food gatherer for the ceremonial feasts.
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Davis of Bloomfield, N.M., Laura Switzler of Warm Springs; son, Delbert Blodgett of Warm Springs; sisters-in-law, Madeline Spino and Antoinette Pamperein, both of Warm Springs; brother-in-law, Rafel Queahpama of Warm Springs; cousin, Albert Comedown of Warm Springs; nieces, Monica Yallup of White Swan, Wash., and Alberta Comedown of Warm Springs; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Blodgett Sr.
A dressing ceremony was held June 4, at Simnasho Longhouse, followed by overnight services. Burial was at sunrise June 5, at Red Lake Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Eileen Estel Gilpin died May 25, 2003, at the age of 83.
Mrs. Gilpin was born May 8, 1920, in Held, Ore., to parents Frank Luis and Elnora (Sigler) Ramsey. She attended Bend High School.
On Sept. 21, 1940, she married William Justin Gilpin in Idaho. She was a homemaker whose personal interests included sewing, knitting, painting, and cooking. She loved to visit with friends and loved her family.
Survivors include her son, Michael Gilpin of Bend; daughters, Susan Capps of Bend and Lynne Weisen of Madras; brother Keith Ramsay of Bend; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband William on Feb. 9, 1996; a brother; two sisters; and a grandson.
Memorial services were held May 30, at Niswonger, Reynolds Chapel in Bend. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Parkinson's Foundation, 1015 NW 22nd, Portland, OR 97201.
Warm Springs resident Sarah Jane Hall died June 3, 2003, at the age of 79.
Mrs. Hall was born March 28, 1924, in Danville, Ill., to parents William and Nora Adams. She was married to Rufus Hall and worked as a waitress for Deschutes Crossing Restaurant.
She enjoyed her work, her dogs, and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Susie Smith of Warm Springs; sister, June Sears of Madras; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, and a sister.
Funeral services were held June 5, at Hi Lookee Lodge in Warm Springs. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Former Madras resident Ethel Hofstetter died May 14, 2003, in San Diego, Calif., at the age of 92. A private family memorial service was held. A full obituary will be run in next week's Pioneer.
Former Madras resident Alice Elizabeth (Campbell) Kostelnik, a resident of Aberdeen, Wash., for the last seven years, died May 27, 2003, at the home of her daughter. She was 86.
Mrs. Kostelnik was born Dec 17, 1916, in Madras, to homesteaders John L. and Ella (Oxborro) Campbell. She grew up in Madras and attended the Vanora School, and graduated from Madras Union High school in 1935. She also attended Portland Business College, and earned a Business Degree.
She had been married to John Kostelnik who preceded her in death in 1999.
While in Madras, she was employed as a payroll supervisor for the Warm Springs Plywood Plant. She moved to Gaston, Ore., where she was Dean of Girls at Laurelwood, Academy, for three years, before moving to Portland to work for ICN Medical Lab's as payroll supervisor until her retirement in 1974.
Mrs. Kostelnik was a member of the Tacoma Southside Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Tacoma, Wash. Her interests included cooking, reading, traveling, working with youth, and her family.
Survivors include her two daughters, Linda J. Halvorson, of Polson, Mont., and Sue E. Siolo, of Aberdeen, Wash.; brother, Verne S.Campbell of Madras; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother preceded her in death.
A graveside service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Milo Gard cemetery in Madras.
Madras resident Bill Major died June 5, 2003, at the age of 69.
Mr. Major was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Ft. Towson, Okla., to parents Delbert and Verna (Bulick) Major.
He and his wife Betty were married May 3, 1968 in Old Mexico. He was a farmer and his interests included work, hobby work, and more work.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Major of Madras; son, Earl Duane Major of Oklahoma; daughters, Tarry Pickard of Oklahoma, Carol Adams and Thelma Chandler, both of Baker City; several older children from a previous marriage; three sisters; two brothers; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Funeral services were held June 9, at the First Baptist Church in Madras, officiated by Rev. Richard Burson. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Mt. View Hospice, 470 NE A St., Madras, OR 97741. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals of Redmond.
Former Madras resident Mona Lucille "Sally" Ryun died June 8, 2003, at the age of 90.
Mrs. Ryun was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Puyallup, Wash., to parents Ray and Mary (Ferguson) St. Clair and raised in Wilder, Idaho. She graduated from Wilder High School in 1931 and became a sales clerk, then a telephone operator for 7 1/2 years.
She remained single until 1943, when there were just too many dances to attend. In 1943 she married Arthur Warren "Pat" Ryun in San Francisco, Calif., and they returned to Idaho for six years.
Her most valued career goal was to become a mother, and she immediately became the mother of two stepdaughters upon her marriage, a role she readily accepted and relished. Then in 1945, her son David was born, then son Curtis in 1959. In 1960 the Ryuns adopted a daughter, Sandra.
In the spring of 1949 the family moved to a "homestead" in Madras and she began the life of a farmer's wife. She had joined the Rebekah Lodge at Wilder, Idaho, and later transferred to the Juniper Rebekah Lodge No. 229 in Madras. A member for over 50 years, she tried to follow the teachings of the lodge in her daily life.
Survivors include her children, David Leon Ryun of Clackamas, Curtis Layne Ryun of Portland, Sandra Kay Henderson of Clackamas, Barbara Main of Vancouver, and Sharon Freidle of Lake Oswego; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Madras at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 12, with internment following at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Juniper Rebekah Lodge No. 229, 16 SE D St., Madras, OR 97741.