Death notice — Agnes Blair

Posted on December 22nd in Obituaries

Agnes M. Blair 91, of Ontario died on Dec. 21.

Arrangements are pending under the direction of Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario.


Patricia (Pat) Sneva died on Dec. 7 at her home.

She was born on May 2, 1929, in Fergus Falls, Minn., to Melvin Hysjulien and Marie Thompson Hysjulien.

Sneva graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1947.

She married Forrest A. Sneva on Sept. 26, 1947, in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. About a year later, she and her husband moved to Logan, Utah, where he completed a degree in range management in 1952. In the spring of that year, the couple moved to Burns, where Sneva’s husband was employed by the government at the Squaw Butte Experiment Station. They have resided in Burns since then.

Sneva enjoyed doing counted cross-stitching and sewing. She especially liked making specialty items such as doll clothes and costumes for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed bowling and carried a good average for her team. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Burns.

Sneva and her husband enjoyed returning to Fergus Falls to stay at South Turtle Lake and visit family and friends.

Sneva is survived by her husband, Forrest Sneva of Burns; children, Pennie Hatlestad and husband Jerry of Harwood, N.D., Greg Sneva and wife Kathy of Redmond, and Gary Sneva of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Joyce Sha of Cold Spring, Minn., and Geneal Luebke of Morris, Minn.; brother, Milton Hysjulien; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Hank Sha.

A memorial service was held on Dec. 13, at Peace Lutheran Church. Contributions in Sneva’s memory may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church or the Harney County Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Louise E. Rice 1912-2010

Posted on December 15th in Obituaries

Louise E. Rice, 98, died  of age related health problems on Dec. 7 at Ashley Manor Care Center in Hines.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1912, in Corvallis to Hans J. and Edna Mae Tilrum.

On Dec. 26, 1930, she married Roy Rice. They resided in the Portland-Vancouver area for many years, where they were employed and raised their two children, John and Sally.

After moving to the Long Beach Peninsula in Southwest Washington in 1952, Rice was employed as a retail clerk and gift buyer for Ilwaco Pharmacies in Ilwaco, Wash. She was active and involved with family and community affairs, and holds the honors of past president of the Pacific County Chapter of Business and Professional Women’s Organization, as well as state level past president of Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington State. In 1982, she published a book titled, “Soapsuds to Sunday School.” Rice conducted classes in her home on subjects relating to the book that offered college credits through Grays Harbor Community College.

Rice relocated to the Hines area in May 2001, to live near her daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Eldon Hart. While residing at the Aspens Assisted Living Center, she found pleasure in surfing the web, at the age of 93, becoming proficient at playing computer games, tracing her family history and researching various other topics of interest.

Rice is survived by her son, John Rice and wife Maxine of Boring; daughter, Sally Hart and husband Eldon of Hines; sister, Eunice Hippenstiel of Gresham; brother, Harold Tilrum of Corvallis; grandchildren, Cheryl Halstead of Jacksonville, Fla., Roy Rice of Rochester, N.Y., and Lori Rice of Aberdeen, Wash.; eight great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; and many cherished friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Roy, in 1966.

At Rice’s request, there will be no funeral services. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.

Internment was at Taylor-Ocean Park Cemetery in Ocean Park, Wash.

Contribution’s in Rice’s memory may be made to the Harney County Library, 80 West D Street, Burns, OR 97720, or Harney County Senior and Community Services, 17 S. Alder, Burns OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Nancy Arlene Sahlberg 1962-2010

Posted on December 15th in Obituaries

Nancy Arlene Sahlberg, 48, died at Renown Hospital in Nevada on Nov. 30.

She was born on Sept.13, 1962, in Burns.

Following her graduation from Burns High School in 1979, Sahlberg worked on the Youth Conservation Corps program for several summers. She moved to Washington for two years, and then to Bend before moving to the Reno/Sparks, Nev., area.

Sahlberg dedicated her life to raising her children. She loved to read and had a passion for the unexplained and spiritual. She was a strong supporter of the Organ Donor Program, and was a total body donor upon her death.

Sahlberg is survived by her common-law husband, Louis Martin, Sr.; father, George Sahlberg of Burns; step-mother, Hilda Sahlberg; mother, Garnett Sahlberg of Pleasant Hill; brother, Carl Sahlberg of Portland; children, Michelle Martin, Lynn Martin and Louis Martin, Jr.;  granddaughters, Haily and Cloe; and many other family members.

Sahlberg will be laid to rest at Sierra Memorial Cemetery in Lemmon Valley, Nev. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation’s patient care program, P.O. Box 45, Burns, OR 97720.


Verna Margaret Morrison died on Dec. 10, in Burns.

She was born on July 9, 1928, in Tyee, AK., to Robert and Lucy Jamestown. She was the oldest of 10 children.
Morrison enjoyed knitting, crocheting and beading Native American artwork. She was married to Lloyd Leon Morrison, Sr. for 38 years before being widowed.

Morrison is survived by her children, Lloyd Leon Morrison, Jr., Amzel Estella Morrison, Joann Morrison and Geraldine Jamestown; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters still living in Alaska.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lucy Jamestown; husband, Lloyd; brothers, Alfred and Bobby; sister, Ruthie; daughter, Georgie; and son, Charlie.

Services for Morrison will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Burns.


Patsy Lee (formerly Fawcett) Holecheck of Culver died on Dec. 9, 2010, in Bend.

Holecheck was born on March 9, 1927.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry Holecheck of Los Cruces, N.M., and Tom Holecheck and family of Molalla.

Services are pending.


Michael L. Callaway, 59, died on Dec. 1 at his home in Burns.

He was born on Nov. 16, 1951, in Burns, to Brick and Ellen Callaway.

Callaway graduated from Burns Union High School in 1969 and then moved to Bend to attend Central Oregon Community College (COCC). During college he worked the summer months for the Forest Service at Prairie City as an engine foreman in 1970, and at Silver Lake as a timber marker in 1971. He graduated from COCC in 1972 with a degree in forestry. He then went to work for the Forest Service at the Allison Guard Station in Burns as an engine foreman.

In 1973, Callaway married Cheryl Turley and they had two children — Zachariah and Michelle.

In 1980, he went to work at Snow Mountain Pine as a grader, working there until the mill closed in 1989.

In 1986, he married Tonny Wood. Callaway then returned back to federal service at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge as an engine foreman until 1993, when he then went to work for Oregon Department of Forestry as a forest officer. Callaway was a wildland firefighter, of which he thoroughly enjoyed as much as life itself.

In his spare time Callaway loved to hunt, fish, camp, woodwork and most of all, tell stories of his summer fire experiences and on his co-workers.

Callaway is survived by his wife, Tonny of Burns; son, Zachariah of Ontario; daughter, Michelle Parkay of Burns; brother, David of Florence; nephews, Benne of Redmond and Stephen of Eugene; and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Benne; father, Brick; and mother, Ellen.

A memorial service for Callaway will be held on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, or the Harney County Cancer Support Group in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Allene Dunn — 1935-2010

Posted on December 8th in Obituaries

Allene Dunn died on Dec. 2, with her family at her side. She had been in failing health as a result of a serious car accident several years ago.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1935, in Portland. She grew up with her parents, Alan and Grayce Catterson, who ranched in Lawen. Both parents preceded her in death.

She attended Lawen grade school and Crane High School, where she graduated as class salutatorian in 1953. While attending Crane, she met her high school sweetheart, Larry Dunn. They were married shortly after graduation and moved to the Dunn family ranch near the Narrows. In 1984, they moved to Diamond where they have continued to ranch.

Dunn and her husband were married for 57 years; together they had four children. Nothing was more important to her than her family.  She felt that her proudest accomplishments were her four children, and nothing gave her greater joy than spending time with her grandkids.

Dunn had a fondness for education and children, and served as the clerk of Sod House School for 30 years. She also served as a teacher’s aide there for six years and found it very enriching. She would often share something she found interesting or amusing that had happened with one of the neighbor children at school.

She often helped her sister-in-law, Mavis, at  Oard’s Service in Buchanan and enjoyed seeing friends as they stopped in.

She was a member of the Harney County CattleWomen’s Association for 25 years and always looked forward to the Harney County Fair and Rodeo. Dunn loved working on the ranch alongside her husband and family.  Always a softie for a person or an animal in need, she raised many motherless calves. Her family often thought that heaven on earth would be living as one of her pets because nothing was too good for them.

Dunn was a private homebody with an easy smile and an infectious laugh. She enjoyed seeing neighbors and loved to cook for them when they came to help brand calves.  She believed that there was no place in the country where you could find better friends and neighbors than in Harney County.

Dunn is survived by her sons,  Mark Dunn of Boise, Idaho, Brett Dunn and wife Shelly of Albany, and Bryan Dunn and  wife Ronita of Diamond; and daughter, Renae  Jenkins and husband Rich of Diamond.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, three nieces and two nephews; as well as brother, Frank Catterson and wife Sharon of  Lawen; former daughter-in-law, Karen Dunn; and sister-in-law, Mavis Oard.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contribution in Dunn’s memory may be made to the Harney County Fair Association, PO Box 391, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Nancy Arlene Sahlberg, 48, died at Renown Hospital in Nevada on Nov. 30.

She was born on Sept.13, 1962, in Burns.

Since 1986, Sahlberg had lived in the Reno/Sparks, Nev., area, where she dedicated her life to raising her children. She loved to read and had a passion for the unexplained and spiritual.

Sahlberg is survived by her common-law husband, Louis Martin, Sr.; children, Michelle Martin, Lynn Martin and Louis Martin, Jr.;  granddaughters, Haily and Cloe; and many other family members.

Sahlberg will be laid to rest at Sierra Memorial Cemetery in Lemmon Valley, Nev.


Luciana C. Garatea 1905-2010

Posted on December 1st in Obituaries

Luciana C. Garatea, 105, died on Nov. 15 at her home in Idaho, surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born on March 3, 1905, as Luciana Aboitiz Goitia in Lekeitio, Bizkaia, and was the oldest of eight children.

At 15, Garatea received a letter from her aunt Gabina (Goitia) Aguirre requesting she come to Idaho to help with her children and work at the Star Boarding House. She had never been away from her family or her village in the Basque country, and she admitted being scared and not wanting to come.

After a long ocean voyage, she arrived at Ellis Island, where she spent 11 days standing in lines, walking the hallways, sleeping in what she described as “chicken coops” and being amazed by the sea of humanity from nations all over the world. Garatea soon boarded a train and eventually arrived in Boise, Idaho, on Sept. 6, 1920.

On Feb. 3, 1923, she married Esteban Garatea at St. John’s Cathedral, before the building was quite completed. The newlyweds traveled by taxi to Nampa for their honeymoon. Together they raised four children: Francisco (Frank), Enrique (Henry), Jose (Joe), and Rosalina (Rosie) in Barber, Idaho, where her husband worked at the sawmill.
In 1935, along with the other Basque families in Barber, the Garatea’s moved to Emmett. Garatea and her husband bought a house in September 1935, and in November of that same year, her husband died in a mill accident.

Garatea raised her young family alone in Emmett and her children helped her study for her citizenship exam before World War II. But it wasn’t until after the war, where her three sons proudly served in the Navy, that she took the exam and received citizenship.

In 1948, Garatea purchased the Plaza Hotel in Burns, which was a Basque boarding house.

In Burns, her daughter Rosie graduated from high school and all her children began to raise their families. It was at the Plaza Hotel that her children and grandchildren have some of their fondest memories, the majority of which were centered around celebrations, music, dancing and, of course, food. Famous for her codfish croquetas, red bean soup, solomo and beef tongue, Garatea spent countless hours cooking for family and friends. She was a surrogate mother and friend to many lonely Basque sheepherders who called her hotel their home.

Garatea returned to the Basque Country for a visit in 1953, and was welcomed by her extended family, many of whom still reside in Lekeitio. Up until the time of her death, she was in regular contact with her nieces and nephews in Bizkaia, both by mail and by frequent phone calls.

Garatea sold the Plaza Hotel in 1965 and returned to Boise. At the age of 78 she moved to a condominium in the Imperial Plaza, where she decided to rent instead of purchasing a unit, since she thought she didn’t have many years left. However, she ended up living on her own until the age of 104, when she decided it might be nice not to have to do all of her own cooking and cleaning. Last year, she moved into Plantation Place, where she met many new friends and was treated as “the queen” by the staff and the other, often much younger, residents.

In 2009, Garatea was honored in a featured exhibit at Ellis Island in New York City, titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques.” If she hadn’t already been a celebrity before that, she certainly became one after the exhibit. In her last several years of life, she gave countless interviews that appeared in both local media and in Spain. For the 2010 Jaialdi Festival, Garatea was interviewed by television crews from Spain and was visited by friends and relatives from all over the country. She was also honored by a personal visit from the President of the Basque Country, Patxi Lopez, who presented her with gifts and a plaque confirming her standing as the oldest Basque immigrant in the United States.

When asked, as she often was, how she made it through the last century — leaving her home, making her way through an unfamiliar country, losing her husband and eventually her three sons — Garatea had one simple reply, “I’ve always been happy in my heart.”

Garatea is survived by her daughter, Rosie Williams; and grandchildren, Rex Blackburn and wife Barbara, Kim Blackburn and Gary Betts, Lynette Williams and Derek Johnson, Melissa Garatea, Sue Garatea and Merritt Aune, Angie Autele and husband Ron, Gloria Lejardi and husband John, Nicholas Garatea, Paquitia Garatea, Steve Garatea, Johnny Garatea and Jody Garatea and wife Belinda. She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Esteban;  sons, Frank Garatea, Henry Garatea and Joe Garatea;  granddaughters, Cathy Garatea and Jan Blackburn; and great-granddaughter, Amanda Yensen.

Memories and Condolences can be sent to The Basque Museum, 611 W. Grove St., Boise, ID 83702. To share memories with the family, go to Garatea’s memorial web page online at: www.Cloverdale


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