Hillcrest Cemetery Obituaries...N

        Excerpts from Early Obituaries

         by Marge Womach





Naylor, Jane Labonna Hill, --- d.6-15-1984

Nelson, Clara Ethel

Clara Ethel, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. M. M. Nelson of Edwall, WA, was born Jan 31, 1910 at Edwall and died at Harrington, Jan 1st, 1911, from infection of the hand and pneumonia, aged 11 months. She was a dear, sweet little babe, rarely ever complained and was always noted for her sunny and happy disposition. During all the hours of her suffering she rarely ever complained and bore it better than many grown people would have done. After a short, though beautiful service by Rev R. D. Streyffeler at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Bassett, the little one was given burial in the Harrington Cemetery, Mortician J. E. Turner conducting the funeral and Rev Streyffeler officiating at the grave. Rev Streyffeler’s thoughts of “The Gardener walking in his garden and gathering lilies” and “the owner of the garden having the right to gather the buds and the blossoms” and that “beautiful lilies always grow up, pure and sweet from the stagnant, muddy lakes and marshes” were particularly beautiful thoughts, the way he brought them out. (Citizen-Jan 6, 1911)

Nelson, Gail Edwin, s/o Mr/Mrs M. M.

Born: To Mr. & Mrs. M. M. Nelson, at Edwall, Christmas Day, Dec 25, 1919, twin sons. Gail Edwin was born at 1:15 PM and Gordon Matthew at 2:15. Little Gail Edwin only survived a short time, passing away Dec 26, 1919. The remains of the little babe were brought to Harrington Saturday evening and laid to rest in the Harrington Cemetery, beside those of a little sister, Clara, who preceded him in death several years ago. (Citizen-2 Jan 1920)[City Hall-“In order to bury Gordon Nelson (twin brother)… Remains of Gale Nelson were exhumed by city employees at the request of Norman Nelson on Aug 19, 1987. The remains that were found were taken to Strate Funeral Home in Davenport and put in a container. They were reburied in the same grave space along with the twin brother Gordon Nelson on Aug 20, 1987.”]

Nelson, George G., d.1943

Nelson, Gordon Matthew, –8-17-1987

Gordon M. Nelson—Passed away Aug 17, 1987 in Spokane. His home Spokane, formerly Reardan. Survived by one brother, Norman Nelson; 3 sisters, Nettie Van Skiver, Helen Nelson and Marian Hagan. Graveside services Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman Review)

Nelson, Helen K .,

Burial services for Mrs. Helen Nelson were held in Hillcrest Cemetery last week Monday, following funeral services from Sunset Memorial chapel at the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home in Spokane. Mrs. Nelson died at the home of her cousin, Mrs. Anna Lueck in Spokane, where she had received care for several years. Surviving Mrs. Nelson are four nieces, Mrs. J. J. Smith, Warren, OH; Mrs. Edna M. Kerr, Mrs. Robert Sindorf, and Mrs. Mildred Kerr, all of Pittsburgh, PA; 2 nephews, Frank and Howard Kerr, Pittsburgh; brother-in-law, Robert Kerr, Pittsburgh; and cousins, Mrs. Lueck, T. J. Kerr, Spokane; and W J Kerr, Harrington. (Citizen-17 Apr 1953)

Nelson, (Miss) Helen Martina

Helen M Nelson—Passed away Sept 9, 1988 in Spokane. Her home Spokane. Survived by one brother, Norman Nelson; two sisters, Nettie Van Skiver, Marion Hagan; Graveside services Sept 13 Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman Review); 

"Helen M Nelson of Spokane died Sept 9, 1988. She was 84. Miss Nelson was born March 24, 1904. She was the second child of Martin M and Jenny Judd Nelson. The family lived in Wilbur but later moved to Edwall in 1907. The Nelsons remained there until 1922.   Miss Nelson received her early schooling in Edwall but finished her senior year at Reardan High School.  She worked as a telephone operator for many years. During WW II she worked at Farragut, Idaho at the navy base. After her retirement she and her brother, Gordon, made their home in Reardan. They later moved to Spokane and to the Lilac Plaza shortly before Gordon’s retirement. Miss Nelson fell at her apartment and fractured her hip. Surgery was performed to replace the ball in her hip but later heart problems developed which resulted in her death.  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, American Association of Retired Persons, the Telephone Pioneers and a member of the Shadle Park Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include two sisters, Nettie VanSkiver of Davenport and Marion Hagan of Kalispell, MT; and a brother, Norman C Nelson of Davenport. Graveside services were held Sept 13 in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Harrington. A memorial service was held Sept 14 at the Lilac Plaza in Spokane. Pastor Dick Avery officiated at both services.” ( Davenport Times: 9-15-1988)

Nelson, Jenny E., (Judd), --- 1-25-1961

Funeral rites were held for Mrs. Jennie Nelson, widow of the late Martin Nelson, pioneer blacksmith of Lincoln County Saturday at the Presbyterian church with Rev Rymes officiating. Burial was in the family plot at Hillcrest cemetery. Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1878, she came to Washington with her parents when three years old, locating at Sprague. Later the family moved to Wilbur where she married Mr. Nelson in 1901. They moved to Edwall and from there to Reardan in 1922 where she has lived until the time of her death, Jan 25, 1961. Mrs. Nelson had been hospitalized in Spokane following heart seizure. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Nettie Van Skiver, Davenport; Miss Helen Nelson at the home; and Mrs. Marion Hagan, Kalispell, MT. Two sons, Norman Nelson, Davenport, and Gordon Nelson at the home. Two brothers, Charles Judd and Frank Judd, Spokane. Two granddaughters. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery beside Mrs. Nelson’s husband, Martin M. Nelson, and their two children, Clara Ethel who died 50 years ago, and Gale, who died 41 years ago. Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Nettie Bassett were sisters. (Citizen 2-02-1961)

Nelson, Martin M. ---11-21-1947

“Martin Magnus Nelson, 83, pioneer Lincoln County blacksmith, died at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane Friday after being there about a week. His home was at Reardan. Born in Ringsaker, Norway , he came to the United States in 1882, spending his 19th birthday on the ocean. In 1890 he homesteaded near Govan and lived there until 1897 when he went to work for a well-known pioneer, Andrew Nygaard, in a blacksmith shop in Wilbur. He was married to Jennie Judd in 1901 and they later lived at Edwall, then Reardan, where he retired. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Jennie Nelson, Reardan; three daughters, Mrs. Nettie Van Skiver, Bluestem; Helen Nelson, Davenport; and Mrs. Marion Hagen, Spokane; two sons, Norman Nelson, Davenport, former Odessa Record employee; and Gordon Nelson, Reardan.” (Odessa Record: 11-27-1947) 

Neumann, (Alma) Eugenia Baker

Former Rocklyn resident Eugenia Baker Neumann died Nov 12, 1984 at her home in Cheney. Services take place at Hazen and Yaeger on Thursday with interment following at Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington. (Dav Times-15 Nov 1984)

Newland, Edward E .,

Edward Newland, shoemaker, who had a stroke something over a year ago, was found dead across his bed in the rear of his shoe shop on Third Street last Friday (Feb 13, 1931) about 10 AM…. There was no doubt but that he had had another stroke. J. E. Turner prepared the body for burial and the funeral was conducted Sunday by Rev Donald M MacNeil at the Community Congregational Church and interment was in the Harrington Cemetery. A male trio composed of Claude Cormana, John Timm and Henry Miller with Mrs. C. A. Scott at the piano provided the music. The pall bearers were R. George Turner, W. T. Cormana, Chas Brown, Henry Johnson, Bill Warren and Chas E. Moore. Mr. Newland left a will appointing J. E. Williams as administrator… Not so much is known of Mr. Newland farther than that he was a good citizen, above the average in intelligence, had been married, and is survived by a father, Jacob Newland, 90 years old at Glencoe, Oklahoma; a brother, C. L. Newland, resides with the father; a brother at Smith Center, OK; a daughter at Tankawa, OK; and a son. (Citizen-Feb 20, 1931)

Newsome, Edith (Serwise) 2009

“Memorial service for Edith M (Serwise) Newsome, 98, of Harrington, took place at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11, at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport. The Rev Ted Broadway officiated.  Mrs. Newsome died June 4.  Born in 1911 in Illinois , she lived much of her life in Indiana and moved in 1975 to Harrington. Active in the Presbyterian Church in Davenport, she served a term as an elder. She also was a Silver Star member of Bluestem Grange and served in different offices during years of faithfulness. Always interested in politics, both local and national, she also served a term on the Harrington City Council.  Preceding her in death were her husbands, Alfred Amidei and Clone Newsome; and a son, Lawrence Amidei. She leaves a daughter, Lorraine (Amidei) Gilliland (and husband Paul); step-daughter Shirley (Newsome) Musick (and Allan); a granddaughter, Laura (and John Michael) Hayes; grandson, William Gilliland (and wife Katje Sabin); a great grandson, Lincoln Gilliland; and several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport .”( Davenport Times: 6-11-2009)

Newton, George

While working on the section about 5 miles east of Harrington last Monday, George Newton complained about being ill shortly after dinner and a few minutes later he dropped dead… Deceased was a resident of Harrington and had lived here for many years. He was 73 years of age, was a native of VA, but had resided in WA for 30 years. The cause of death was reported as heart trouble or apoplexy. Deceased is survived by 2 sisters and 3 brothers. They are Mrs. Eliza Wilkes of Forest, ID; Mrs. Elizabeth High of WI; Alonzo Newton, who lives on the Sound; Orlando Newton of Forest ID; and Edwin Newton of Spokane. The funeral was held Thursday in the Harrington Cemetery. (Citizen-15 Nov 1918)

Newton, Mildred ,(infant of W. L.)

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Newton died Wednesday morning, presumably from brain fever. The little tot had been ailing for several days, but Tuesday night was pronounced much better and it was thought was recovering, but the mother awakened Wednesday morning only to find it dead. Interment was made in the cemetery yesterday. (Citizen  Feb 10, 1905)

Niemi, Leonard E.,

Leonard E. Niemi—Entered into rest Aug 15, 1980 in Spokane. His home Spokane. Survived by his wife, Georgia Niemi; one daughter, Karen Remington; one brother, Art Niemi; 3 sisters, Mrs. Elmi Hubert, Mrs. Lillian Grigsby, and Mrs. Florence Kynsie; step-daughter, Yvonne Kloster. Graveside services at the Harrington cemetery. (Spokesman Review)

Nohr, Arnold Henry

Arnold H. Nohr was born in Dupont, Waupaca County, WI. After working in Chicago, he came west in 1908 to be with his brother, Louis A Nohr, Spokane. Mr. Nohr met Frances C. Knapp at Peone Prarie Grange and they were married July 30, 1910 in Ephrata. After several moves, they located in Lamona in 1924 where they have been 35 years. Mr. Nohr passed away Oct 19, 1959 in Deaconess hospital. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Surviving Mr. Nohr, besides his wife, Frances at the home, is his daughter, (Frances) Louise (Mrs. George H. Main); two sisters, Mrs. C. H. Buell (Ella) and Mrs. F. B. Dinsmore (Polly); two brothers, Louis A. Nohr and Fred H. Nohr. (Citizen-30 Oct 1959)

Nohr, Frances C .,

A tribute was held in Odessa in memory of Mrs. Frances C. Nohr following her death in Odessa on Apr 11, 1969. Mrs. Nohr was born in Felton, and lived in Deleware and PA until she came west in 1907. She married Arnold H. Nohr in 1910 and homesteaded near Gloyd, WA. Later they purchased a ranch south of Stratford which they farmed until 1924. They then resided at Lamona for 35 years, until the death of M. Nohr in 1959, moving to Odessa in 1961. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. George H. Main. Private graveside services were held in Hillcrest Cemetery. (Dav. Times-17 Apr 1969) Frances Conestoga Knapp Nohr died April 11, 1969 with burial in Harrington’s Hillcrest Cemetery (see file). Frances was born in Felton, Delaware, the daughter of Leah Frances Mast and John Wesley Knapp. She married Arnold H Nohr on July 30, 1910. He died in 1959. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-17-1969)

Nollsh, Fred ---

Nollsh, Frederick Sr.,

Frederick Nollsh died last Saturday of pneumonia at the age of 80 years. Deceased was a pioneer of Harrington, having come here in 1887 from Weston, OR. He was born in Donow, Germany in 1837 and came to New York City at age 14 years. On Mar 22, 1865 he enlisted for service in the Union army in Co A 49th, NJ regiment. He was wounded Apr 2 and honorably discharged Sept 7, 1865. He had four brothers and two sisters, all deceased. He married Emma Teruf at the close  of the Civil War. Four children were born to this union, of whom two survive: John and Joe, who live west of town. The mother and two of the children died in 1877. In 1870 Mr. Nollsh and family moved from NY to MO, later WY, thence OR, and WA. The funeral was held Sunday June 3, 1917.

(Citizen-8 June 1917)

Nollsh, Joseph

Graveside rites were held at Hillcrest Cemetery for Joseph Nollsh. He died in a hospital in Hollywood, CA, Sunday (March 15, 1953) following a surgery. The body was shipped here for burial. Born Jan 29, 1874 at Oregon, MO, Joe Nollsh came west with his father, first to Oregon, then in 1887 to Harrington. He homesteaded land west of town. In 1921 he moved to Hollywood where he made his home. Joe never married and was the last member of his immediate family. His father, Fred Nollsh, Sr., died in May 1917, and is buried at Hillcrest. Joe was laid to rest in this family plot. Survivors include his nephew, Fred Nollsh, who farms the Nollsh land, and a niece, Mrs. Claire Lynne, San Francisco. (Citizen-20 & 27 March 1953)

Norin, George S., --- 4-28-78

Norin, Iola V. --- 12-21-1996

“Former Harrington businesswoman Iola V. Norin, 79, died Dec 21, 1996 in Coupeville, WA. She was born March 10, 1917, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hose.  She married George Norin, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Norin was an ardent golfer and was a charter member of the original Holmes Harbor Golf Course. She also was a member of the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club and the Useless Bay Country Club. Memorial services for Mrs. Norin will be announced at a later date.” ( Davenport Times: 12-26-1996)

Norske, Irene E.,

Irene  E. Norske—Entered into rest Dec 31, 1989 in Spokane. Her home Spokane. Survived by a daughter, Dorothy Stiles of Spokane; a son, Clarence R. Norske of Vancouver, WA; a brother, Ben A. Brockob. Preceded in death by a brother, Clarence E. Brockob in 1985. Private interment Harrington Cemetery. (Spokesman Review)

Norske, Rudolph M., 11-09-1970

Rudolf M. Norske, or Rudy as he was more generally known, passed away in Odessa Memorial Hospital after a week’s illness. He was born Sept 15, 1886, in Dodge Center, MN. He learned the barbering trade at the Mohler Barber College in Minneapolis and after graduation he barbered in Austin, MN for one year, before coming to Edwall, Jan 27, 1911, where he purchased the Barber shop there, continuing until Jan 1933, when he purchased the Palm Barber Shop from Paul Beck in Harrington. He retired in June 1964 after fifty-five years of barbering. He was married to Irene Brockob, June 1, 1916, in Spokane and they celebrated their Golden Anniversary June 1, 1966. Rudolf is survived by his wife, Irene, at the home, one daughter, Dorothy Stiles, one son, Clarence Norske of Spokane; 3 grandsons, Brian and Clark Norske and Craig Stiles, 5 nieces, 3 nephews, 1 sister in Windom, MN. Funeral rites were held Nov 12, in the Harrington Community Church with Rev Melvin Fenner officiating. Greg Knapp, soloist, was accompanied at the organ by Margery Armstrong. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery with Strate’s Funeral Home in charge. Casket bearers were Attie Turner, Bill Kerr, Lyle Bailey, Frank Tate, Darrel Turner and Lyle Coleman. Dav Times-19 Nov 1970)

Novotney, Karla A Warwick    2011

“Memorial service for Karla Ann Novotney, 72, of Harrington, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec 10, at Harrington United Methodist Church with Pastor Cynthia Wuts officiating. Mrs. Novotney died Dec 3, in Spokane.  Born Aug 13, 1939, to Donivan and Mary Alice Warwick in Harrington, she grew up there and graduated in 1957 from Harrington High School. She attended Kinman Business School for a short while before returning to Harrington. She married William ‘Bill’ Novotney on June 3, 1961, in Harrington, where they made their home, raised four daughters and enjoyed their grandchildren.  She was a member (and choir director) of the Harrington United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and International Order of Rainbow for Girls, and the elected treasurer for the City of Harrington.  Since the late 1950s and until her death, she was employed at Leffel, Otis and Warwick accounting. She enjoyed and supported her grandchildren’s activities, Gonzaga Basketball and playing cribbage.  She also taught her grandchildren to play piano.  Her parents and husband (in 2010) preceded her in death.  She leaves four daughters, Marty (Keenan) Sells of Valley, WA, Melissa (Marlon) Schafer of Odessa, Susan (Casey) Aldridge of Davenport and Debbie Bruce (and fiancé Lonny Soliday) of Harrington; 8 grandchildren, Kieran and Kiel Sells, Andres, Sam and Molly Schafer, Catie Aldridge, Alexandria and Zackary Bruce; two brothers, Donald (Claudia) Warwick of Syringa, Idaho, and George ‘Rusty’ Warwick of Davenport; a sister, Karen Lee of Davenport; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 12-08-2011)

Novotney, William D.,         2010

“William D. ‘Bill’ Novotney, age 68.—Passed away on March 21, 2010 in Davenport, Washington.  His home was Harrington, WA. Survived by his wife, Karla at the home; four daughters: Marty (Keenan) Sells of Valley, WA, Melissa (Marlon) Schafer of Odessa, WA, Susan Aldridge of Harrington, WA, and Debbie Bruce of Harrington, WA; 8 grandchildren: Kieran and Kiel Sells, Andrew, Sam, and Molly Schafer, Catie Aldridge, and Alexandria and Zackary Bruce; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Member of the United Methodist Church in Harrington, past Master of Acacia Lodge F & AM, Past Master of OES and a rainbow dad. . Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Harrington United Methodist Church, Harrington, WA with Pastor City Wutz officiating. Concluding Services and Vault Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: 3-24-2010)



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