Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                               Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach




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We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.


Tanck, Mary Jo, baby d/o R. L.  (d. 12-11-1945; b. 12-09-1945; TS; OC; Strates; LL) “Mary Jo Tanck. Born: Dec 9, 1945, at Odessa, WA. Died: Dec 11, 1945, at Spokane, WA. Buried: Dec 13, 1945, at Odessa, WA. Age 2 days. Cause: Erythroyoblastosis. Mourned by parents, Dr R. and Mrs. Tanck, 2 sisters, Judith and Ellen. Text: Gal. 3:27. ERP.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger) “Funeral services were held from the home of Dr and Mrs. R. L. Tanck for their infant daughter, Mary Jo, the Rev E. R. Pflueger officiating, this afternoon. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery. In addition to her parents she is survived by two sisters, Judith and Ellen, at the home.” (Odessa Record: 12-13-1945)

Tanck, Robert,  (Doc) (added)  “Death Notice. Robert (Doc) Tanck died Sunday, May 18, 2008 in Odessa. There will be a celebration of Life memorial service, Friday, May 23, 2008 at 12 noon at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Jerry Malone officiating. Strate Funeral Home is caring for the family. Full obituary to follow next week.” (Odessa Record: 5-22-2008)

Thiel, Jack,  (d. 9-25-1914; b. 9-15-1914; TS; OC; DC) “Jack Thiel. Male, white. Birth: Sept 15, 1914, Odessa, WA. Age: 10 days. Father: Ford Thiel born NE; Mother: Maud Johnson, born Texas.  Informant: father, Odessa, WA.  Death: Sept 25, 1914, 9:10 a.m. Odessa, Lincoln County.  Cause: pneumonia, lobar. Lee Ganson, MD. Burial: Odessa Cemetery, Sept 26, 1914; Undertaker: Stone, of Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

Thiel, Maud,   (d. 9-25-1914; b. 9-15-1914; TS; OC)

Thomas, Kim Marie Kramer,   (d. 10-20-1984; b. 1-08-1960; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct 24, 1984 from the English Congregational Church in Odessa for Kim Marie Kramer Thomas of Almira, WA.  Pastor Robert Shofner officiated at the 11 a.m. services.  Kim Marie Thomas was born in Odessa on Jan 8, 1960, the second daughter of Kevin and Nancy Kramer of Odessa. She was baptized and later confirmed into membership at the English Congregational Church on April 7, 1974.  She attended schools in Odessa and was active in tennis for 3 years, girls’ basketball 2 years, drama; was Girls’ Representative her sophomore year; was active in pep club 3 years; senior representative one year and in Honor Society for 3 years. Kim was Honor Society president in her senior year and also voted Outstanding Senior. She was school mascot her junior year and was in band and pep club for 4 years; was on student council; was voted Best Looking; took part in the school musical her senior year and took nurses aide her junior year. In 1977-78 Kim was Odessa’s Jr. Miss. She received an AA degree from Spokane community College in 1979. On August 30, 1980 Kim was married to Mark Thomas of Almira. She made her home in Almira until her untimely death in an automobile accident east of Wilbur, WA on Saturday, Oct 20, 1984. She is survived by her husband, Mark Thomas of Almira; her parents, Kevin and Nancy Kramer, her brother, Kevin Kramer and her grandparents, Martin and Jean Kramer, all of Odessa; her sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Floyd Christiansen of Spokane; numerous aunts and uncles, including Myron and Marlene Kramer of Odessa, and one niece and nephew.  Special music for the services was provided by Joyce Roberts, organist, and singers, Linda Burghard, Delores Stehr, Dewain Hemmerling and Gordon Neale, who sang ‘Nadia’s Theme’ and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.  Casket bearers were all classmates of Kin’s, Craig Schuh, Jim Lobe, Dean Schott, Roger Voise, Mark Worley and Tom Mills. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-25-1984)

Thomsen, Ingwer W.,  (d. 1992; b. 1896; TS; OC) “Longtime trustee and friend of Whitworth College, Ingwer Thomsen, 95, died Sept 8, 1992, in Spokane. Following a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church of Spokane, Thomsen was laid to rest at the cemetery in Odessa, WA, near the Wilson Creek ranch he had farmed for 37 years. A trustee for more than 40 years and 1988 recipient of the George F Whitworth Medal, Thomsen was an invaluable supporter of Christian higher education and played an instrumental role in the lives of many young people who came to Whitworth.  Thomsen is survived by his wife, Ruth, and three nieces.” (scrapbook item) “Three nieces, Ann Knope of Kettle Falls, WA, Marian Scafe of Kailua, HI, and Lilian Iorg of Pacatello, ID.” (scrapbook excerpt)“Memorial services for Ingwer William Thomsen, 95, were held Sept 11 at First Presbyterian Church of Spokane. Graveside service took place Monday at Odessa Cemetery.  Mr. Thomsen, a Spokane resident since 1967, died Tuesday, Sept 8. He was born in 1896 to Hans and Anna Thomsen, of Ritzville. Following high school, Mr. Thomsen worked at the Bonners Ferry Post Office in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and was also employed as a cashier for First National Bank in Ritzville and Bonners Ferry. He married Ruth Wiltse on July, 1939, in Walla Walla. With his late brother, Elmer Thomsen, as his partner, Mr. Thomsen then embarked on a 37-year career as a wheat farmer at a 3,500 acre ranch in Wilson Creek.  Mr. Thomsen and his wife also traveled extensively in the US and abroad. In addition to his work as a farmer, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spokane and was active in church governance for most of his adult life. During his time in Wilson Creek, he also served as an elder trustee and secretary of the Session at the United Presbyterian Church. He also served as superintendent of Church School there and sang in the choir.  Mr Thomsen was also a life member of the Whitworth College board of trustees, serving for more than 40 years. IN 1988, he was awarded the George F Whitworth Medal for Distinguished Service to the college. Noted for his generosity and advocacy of Christian higher education, he was instrumental in the college education of numerous young adults.  Survivors include his wife, Ruth, at the home, and three nieces, Ann Knopp, of Kettle Falls; Lillian Iorg, of Pocatello, Idaho, and Marian Scafe, of Kailua, Hawaii.”  (Odessa Record: 9-17-1992)

Thomsen, Ruth W.,   (d. 2002; b. 1902; TS; OC)

Timmerman, Bernice M. Stephan Hemmerling,  (??add) d. July 12, 1994 “A memorial service for Bernice M. Hemmerling Timmerman was held on Saturday, July 16, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel. She died Tuesday, July 12, 1994, at Odessa memorial Hospital. She was 63 years old. Bernice was born in Ritzville, the daughter of Herb and Helen Stephan, and she grew up on the family farm south of Odessa. She was graduated from Ritzville High School. She was a resident of Odessa. Survivors include her husband, Tim Timmerman, of Odessa; two daughters, Cheryl Bolin, of Lakebay, WA; and Diane Spivy and her husband, John, of Spokane; one sister and her husband, Opal and Bill Wilmot of Colfax; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Tacoma. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook-1994)

Tipke, Bertha Pauline,  (d. 1941; b. 1879; TS; OC)

Tipke, Christ,  (added) “Tipke, Christ.  Died: 27 Aug 1905; Birth: 27 Aug 1905” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) 

Tipke, (Conrad) Heinrich,   (d. 4-02-1906; b. 3-10-1880; TS; OC; LL; not Lartigue) “Tipke, Conrad Heinrich.  Died: 3 April 1906; Birth: 10 March 1880 in Goodhue Co, MN.; Married: Marie Cordes on 12 Jan 1905.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger)

Tipke, Henry,   (d. 5-04-1905; b. 4-04-1844; TS; OC; LL)  “Tiepke, Heinrich.  Died: 4 May 1905.  Birth: 4 Apr 1849; Married: Anna Berghardt in Dec 1876.” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger) 

Tipke, John H.,   (d. 1950; b. 1876; TS; OC)“Among deaths at Spokane this week were those of two former residents, John H. Tipke and George Eckhardt. The body of Mr. Tipke was buried in the Odessa Cemetery on Saturday following a Spokane funeral.  Mr. Tipke’s home was at Spokane, where he had lived the past 25 years. The Rev Mr. Merz of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiated at the service. Survivors include six daughters: Mrs. Sam Eckhardt, Mrs. Vernon Gray, Mrs. Harold Schram and Mrs. Lloyd Guffin, all of Spokane; Mrs. Dale David, at the home; Mrs. Ray Ostr__a, Portland; four sons, Henry Tipke of Moab; Lawrence and Raymond Tipke of Spokane, and Walter Tipke of Hayden Lake, Idaho; 29 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, and one brother, Fred Tipke of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 5-12-1950)

Tipke, Julius,  s/o J. H. & Lena  (d. 11-13-1905; b. 5-31-1902; TS; OC; dc; LL)  “Julius Christian Heinrich Tipke, born in Adams Co, in Odessa, WA on 21 May 1903 . Baptized 21 June 1903; Parents: John Tipke and Lena T Neubauer. Died:  13 Nov 1904 in Odessa, WA, ... Burial: 14 Nov 1904 in Odessa, WA... Age: 1 year 5 months and 23 days. Mourned by parents, 2 sisters and grandparents. ” (Odessa Christ Lutheran Ledger in German script) “Julius Tipke, the year and five month old son of Mr. & Mrs. John Tipke died at his home in this city at four o’clock Sunday morning of pneumonia. The funeral services were conducted at the German Lutheran church Monday, Rev Rieke assisted by Rev A Horn officiating, after which the remains were interred in the Heimbigner Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: Nov 18, 1904) 

Tompkins, Harry,   (d. 1986; b. 1903; TS; OC)

Tompkins, Mary Kissler,   (d. 1987; b. 1908; TS; OC; obit)  “Mary Tompkins of Ritzville, born March 16, 1908 in Frank, Russia to Jacob and Anna Margaret Kissler, passed away May 4, (1987). She was a resident of the Life Care Center, Ritzville. After the family came to America in 1913, they settled in the Odessa area, where she was united in marriage to Harry Tompkins in August, 1923. The couple was married for 62 years, until his death in Feb 1986.  Also preceded in death by a brother, Reuben Kissler, and by four sisters: Katie Iltz, Lydia Tschritter, Elsie Pavliska and Ann Reiner, Mrs. Tompkins is survived by three sons: Thomas Tompkins of Ritzville, Vernon Tompkins of Mesa, AZ; and Glen Tompkins of Pasco; by three daughters: Elta Ragsdale and Lorraine Miller, both of Ritzville; and Darlene Lightbody of Spokane; by a brother, Karl Kissler of Spokane; by a sister, Ruth Jeske of Odessa; by 21 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held May 8 at Zion Congregational Church in Ritzville, the Rev Russell Clark officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons. Danekas Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-14-1987)

Toner, Mary King,  (added); “Mary King Toner.—Her home, Yakima, WA, formerly of Odessa. Survived by her husband Dan G. Toner, at the home; 2 sons, Albert E. (Bud) King, Wallace R King, both of Odessa; one stepson, Dan G. Toner, USAF in Michigan; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marion Pfiefer, Mrs. Effie Frick, both Marlin, WA; 18 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Viola Lobe, Odessa; Mrs. Rachel Christensen, Issaquah, WA; Mrs. Elma Lesser, Spokane; 7 brothers, Ed Zeiler, Jacob Zeiler, Jr., Roy Zeiler, Vern Zeiler, Sam Zeiler Don Zeiler, all of Odessa; Fred Zeiler, Vancouver, WA. Funeral services, Tuesday, Oct 3 at 2 p.m. from the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, Rev William Houser officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. Strate Funeral Home of Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 10-03-1967)

Totusek, Emil,   (d. 5-09-1944; b. 9-02-1887; TS; OC; Strates; obit) “Emil Totusek, 56, was found dead at his home near Irby Tuesday evening by his brothers, who had been doing field work during the afternoon, leaving him in charge of the ranch chores. He had apparently taken his own life by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. Mr. Totusek was born in Silver Lake, MN, Sept 3, 1887, and had come to this area as a boy in February, 1901. He and two brothers, Joe and Jerome, had operated a ranch as the Totusek brothers’ firm. He was unmarried. Survivors include the two brothers, and another brother, Frank V. Totusek, at Marlin; one sister, Miss Lillian Totusek, Minneapolis, MN, two nephews and one niece. Funeral services will be held from the English Congregational church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, the Rev M. J. Galle officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. The American Legion will have charge of the burial services at the cemetery.” (Odessa Record: May 11, 1944)

Trank, Florence,  (added; d. 2-08-1914) "Florence Trank, who had been a resident of Irby for the past six months, where she was residing with her uncle, Axel Eklund, died last Sunday morning at 7:15 o’clock from tuberculosis, with which she had been a sufferer for many years. Death occurred at the Irby Hotel where she had been removed the previous Friday when it was seen that her condition was quite serious, and where it was hoped she could be better cared for. The funeral services were held on Monday morning at the Irby hall, conducted by the Rev Wm Rhode of the Odessa German Lutheran church. Interment was made in the Lutheran Cemetery at Odessa. Deceased was born in Chicago, IL, on the 27th day of January, 1894, and at the time of her death she had just passed 20. When she was a year old her mother died and her father passed away in her eighth year. Since the father’s death she has made her home with relatives in the east, having lived for several years in New Mexico for the benefit of her health, and came to Irby on the 19th day of last September in the hopes of improving in this climate. During the time she has been in that place she made many warm friends among the younger folk who deeply mourn her loss." (Odessa Record: 2-13-1914)

Trejbal, Anna,   (d. 10-22-1913; b. 1858; TS; OC; DC)  “Anna Trejbal.  Female, white, married, housewife.  Birth: 2-02-1858, Bohemia. Age: 55 yrs 8 mos 20 days.  Father: Geo F Kroupe, b. Bohemia; Mother: ___, b. Bohemia; Informant: John Trejbal, Odessa, WA.  Death: 10-22-1913, 8 a.m., Odessa, Lincoln County. Cause: chronic nephritis and valvular heart trouble. Duration: 10 months. H Mitchell, MD, Odessa.” (WA State Certificate of Death)

{Trejbal, Clarence R.,    (6-23-1923 only; TS; OC)

{Trejbal, Edmar (?Clar. E)  (d. 7-24-1924; b. 6-24-1924;  OC; DC) “Edmar Trejbal. Male, white, single. Birth: June 24, 1924, WA; age: one month. Father: George Trejbal born MN; Mother: Minnie Detillion born WA. Informant: George Trejbal of Odessa.  Death: July 24, 1924, Dist #6 near Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. Cause: Septicemia; Contributory: Intestinal infection. L M Thompson, MD, Odessa. Burial: Odessa on July 28, 1924.” (WA State Register of Death)  

Trejbal, George,  (WW I)  (d. 1-25-1972; b. 4-24-1895; TS; OC; obit) “George Trejbal, 76, who had lived in this area since 1900, died suddenly of a heart attack on Jan 25, while working with his cattle at the farm. Funeral services were held at the English Congregational Church on Saturday, Jan 29, with Rev Douglas Roberts and rev Albert Hausauer officiating. Mr. Trejbal was born in Olivia, MN, on April 24, 1895. He came to this area with his parents, John and Anna Trejbal, and lived here since that time with the exception of 18 months service in the Army during World War I. He was a member of the American Legion and the Odessa Grange. He is survived by his wife, Valentine, at the home; a son, Earl Trejbal of Sagle, Idaho; a granddaughter, Vicki Bejda of Airsdale, NJ; a brother, Albert Trejbal of Spokane; and two sisters, Emily Cerny of Spokane and Anna Pavliska of Odessa. Other relatives attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. George Kruse of Spokane; Mrs Ken Bennett and son of Spokane; Mr. and Mrs. James Trejbal of Rockford; Dr John A Trejbal of Grand Coulee; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pavliska of Odessa. Relatives of the widow who were here were a brother, Elliott Gay and his wife, Edna of Colfax; a sister, Kathleen Bray and husband Roy of Spokane; and a number of nieces and nephews from Coeur d’Alene, Colfax and Spokane. Casket bearers at the services were Bill Smith, Paul Praetorius, Ed Stehr, Earl Null, Art Deife, and Wilbert Schott. Flag bearers were Weldon Walter, Don Zeiler, Jake Reihs, Melvin Kissler, Bob Monroe and Walter Ott.” (Odessa Record: 3 Feb 1972)

Trejbal, George Cerny,   (d. 1965; b. 1891; TS; OC)

Trejbal, John,     (d. 1921; b. 1852; TS; OC) John Trejbal died at St Paul, Minnesota. He is survived by four (sic) children, Miss Emily Trejbal, Mrs. Jos. Pavliska, James, George and Albert Trejbal, all of the Odessa country. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-07-1921)

Trejbal, Mary,   (d. 1910; b. 1891; TS; OC; double listing) “Mrs. James Mikes, living with her husband on a homestead ten miles northeast of town, committed suicide by taking strychnine Monday afternoon. The young woman was married to Mikes last April, after he had been arrested on a warrant sworn out by her father John Trejbal, charging him with criminal assault. Mikes was as that time employed by Trejbal as a ranch hand, and fell in love with the girl. She reciprocated his affection, and they made plans to marry, but the girl’s father did not look with favor upon the match, until events took a turn that made a legal union necessary. Following their marriage the young couple took up their home on a piece of government land filed on by Mikes adjoining the Trejbal ranch and have lived together happily. But the father could not forget his daughter’s former indiscretion and frequently upbraided her for it. Recently, Mikes’ funds became low, and when a neighbor offered him employment for a few days, he gladly accepted. But when he told his wife he was going she urged him to remain with her, saying she was afraid to stay alone on the ranch. He suggested that she could stay with her parents while he was away, to which she said little and a little later, while Mikes was at the barn, she took the poison, not having the courage to again brave her father’s wrath. She then rushed out and told her husband what she had done and he administered such antidotes as were at hand but all to no avail as she was dead in fifteen minutes. The father, according to reports that have come to us, is seeking to place the blame for the young woman’s death upon Mikes, but the sympathies of the neighbors are with the young husband, whom they exonerate of all blame. Rev Rieke conducted the funeral, which was held from the German Lutheran church in Odessa Wednesday afternoon, the remains being interred in the German Lutheran Cemetery. Deceased was hardly nineteen years of age.” (Odessa Record: Feb 18, 1910) (See also Mary Mikes)

Trupp, Fred,   (d. 2-07-1944; b. 4-10-1900; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Fred Trupp. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Feb 7, 1944, at residence of Carl Kiehn, Odessa, WA. Birth: April 10, 1900, Hastings, NE. Aged: 43 yrs 9 mos 27 days. Male, white, single, laborer. Father: Henry Trupp, residing Portland, born Russia; Mother: Mary Lipsack. Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage. Dr L. J. Bonney, Odessa. Burial: Odessa Cemetery on 2-10-44; Funeral: St Mathews Church, 1:30 p.m., Rev J. P. Flemmer.” (Mortuary Ledger) “Fred Trupp. Aged: 43 yrs 9 mos 28 days. Dated: Feb 10, 1944. Burial: Odessa, WA.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Fred Trupp, 43, employee of the Odessa Trading Company, was stricken on Monday morning while delivering a tractor to the William Knapp ranch in the Mohler area, and died that afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kiehn, where he had been taken for treatment. He had reached the gateway of the ranch with his truck and the Knapp family saw him get out of the vehicle, then fall backward to the runningboard, where he was seated when they arrived. Realizing that he was seriously ill they brought him to town for medical attention. Mr. Trupp was born in Hastings, NE, April 10, 1900, and came with his parents to this area while a youth. He operated a ranch for a time and about six years ago entered the employee of the local firm, having charge of the large number of horses the company acquired and sold during recent years and operating the machinery delivery truck. Funeral services are being conducted this afternoon from the St Matthews Congregational church, the Rev J. P. Flemmer officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home is in charge. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Trupp, now of Portland; three brothers, Henry Trupp, Jr., Vancouver, WA; Jacob, with the marines, and Dan, Eugene, OR; three sisters, Mrs. Marie Kriger, Mrs. Helen Able and Miss Esther Trupp, all of Portland.” (Odessa Record: 2-10-1944)

(Trupp, Henry Sr.,  (h/o Marie)  (d. 11-03-1935 Ruff; b. Oct 1; 84 yrs)( buried Emmaus) Trupp, Henry Sr. (h/o Marie) (d. 11-03-1935 Ruff; b. Oct 1 age 84 yrs; Strates) "Henry Trupp, Sr. Residence: Ruff, WA. Male, white, widowed. Birth: Oct 1, 1856, Russia; aged: 84 yrs 1 mo 2 days. Father: Jacob Trupp born Russia; Mother: not obtainable. Informant: Mrs. Katie Dirks. Death: Nov 3, 1935 at 2 a.m., Ruff, Grant Co, WA. Cause: heart failure. Contributory: old age. Physician: E. S. Shwylenbach, coroner, Ephrata, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on 11-06-1935. Undertaker: H. H. Strate, Odessa, WA." (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

(Trupp: none listed at Ruff cemeteries; children buried Emmaus)

Tschritter, Edward,   (d. 1999; b. 1909; TS; OC; obit)  “Private family funeral services for Edward ‘Ed’ Tschritter, a life-long resident of the Ruff area and Odessa, were held Wednesday, Jan 6, at the Odessa Cemetery Chapel.  Mr. Tschritter, who was 89 years old, died Saturday, Jan 2, 1999, at Odessa Memorial Hospital, in Odessa. He was born March 10, 1909, at Ruff, the son of Samuel and Juliana Suckert Tschritter. He was a wheat and cattle rancher. He married Lena Litt on Sept 27, 1941, in Hartline. They lived on a farm in the Ruff area until Sept 1984 when they moved to Odessa. His wife died Jan 25, 1993. He had been a resident of the Odessa Convalescent Center since Jan 7, 1993. He was a member of the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. He is survived by his son and his wife, Donald and Connie Tschritter, of Marlin; his daughter and her husband, Doris and Tom Wilson, of Lamona; one grandson, (name withheld) of Spokane; one brother, Fred Tschritter, of Jalisco, Mexico; two sisters, Bertha King, of Newbury Park, CA, and Elsie Burdick, of Sun City, CA; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Emma Zundel, and three brothers, Dan Tschritter, Ted Tschritter and Rudolph Tschritter, preceded him in death. Pastor Don Smith officiated at the funeral services. Burial was at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: Jan 1999)

Tschritter, Julianna, (d. 1962; b. 1879; TS; OC; obit)
 “Funeral services were held on Wednesday from the United Congregational church for Mrs. Juliana Tschritter, 82, pioneer resident of the Marlin area. The Rev H. G. Pfeiff officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Grandsons were pallbearers, including Melvin Tschritter, Alvin Tschritter, Harley Tschritter, Dwayne Tschritter, Donald Tschritter and Dennis Zundel.  Mrs Tschritter, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Suckert, was born in Paris, Russia, May 8, 1879. She was married in 1902 to Samuel Tschritter, in Russia.  The family came to the US in 1904 and moved to a farm near Marlin, remaining there until 1941, when they moved to Odessa. In recent months Mr. and Mrs. Tschritter have made their home in Hillcrest Manor in Ritzville, where death came on Sunday. Mr. Tschritter will continue to make his home there.  Five sons and four daughters were born to their union, one daughter preceding her in death. Survivors are her husband, Samuel, at Ritzville; 5 sons, Daniel, Lind; Rudolph, Warden; Theodore, Ritzville; Edward, Marlin, Fred, Tacoma; 3 daughters, Mrs Bertha King, Los Angeles; Mrs. Emma Zundel, Wilson Creek; and Mrs. Elsie ___, National City Calif.” (Odessa Record: Jan 1962, scrapbook)

Tschritter, Lena,  (d. 1993; b. 1916; TS; OC)  “Lena Tschritter, 76, a resident of the Ruff area and Odessa for many years, died Monday, Jan 25, 1993, in Odessa. She was born on Apr 23, 1916, in Wilson Creek, the daughter of George and Anne Adolph Litt. She attended school in Hartline and was graduated in 1934 from Hartline High School as the class salutatorian. She married Edward Tschritter on Sept 27, 1941 in Hartline. They lived on a farm in the Ruff area until 1984, when they moved to Odessa. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary in 1991. She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Marlin until 1984, when she joined the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa. She was active in the church and she enjoyed quilting, gardening, puzzles, her home and her family. She is survived by her husband, Edward Tschritter, at the home; one son and his wife, Donald and Connie Tschritter, of Marlin; one daughter and her husband, Doris and Tom Wilson, of Lamona; one grandson, name withheld, at Gonzaga University in Spokane; two brothers, Jacob Litt and William Litt, both of Hartline; three sisters, Anne Murphey, Mollie Fish and Louise McLeod, all of Spokane, and three nephews.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Peter Litt, and a sister, Elizabeth Litt.  Private family funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan 29, at 1 p.m. at Odessa Cemetery Chapel, with the Rev Tom Sayre officiating. Interment will be in Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item)

Tschritter, Lydia, (d. 12-09-1975; b. 11-20-1913; TS; OC; obit)  “Lydia Tschritter.—Passed away Dec 9, 1975 at a Spokane hospital.  Her home, W3315 Beacon, Spokane . She is survived by her husband Ted Tschritter, at the home; one daughter, Sharon Tschritter, one son, Harley Tschritter; one grandson, Michael Tschritter, all of Spokane. One brother, Karl Kissler, Spokane; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Tompkins, Ritzville; Mrs. Ruth Jeske, Odessa; Mrs. Ann Reiner, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church of Spokane. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec 12, 1975 at 2 p.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church , Odessa , Wash.   Pastor John T. Christianson officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery , Odessa , Wash. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa , Wash , in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 12-12-1975)

Tschritter, Samuel,  (d. 1962; b. 1876; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Samuel Tschritter, 85, who died during Tuesday night at the Adams County Memorial hospital in Ritzville, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 from the UCC. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, where his wife, Juliana, was buried in January of this year. The Strate Funeral Home is in charge.  Mr. Tschritter was born May 8, 1879, in Russia. He married there in 1902 and the family came to the United States in 1904. They located on a farm near Marlin and lived there until 1941, when they moved to a home in Odessa. For the past nine months Mr. Tschritter has made his home at Hillcrest Manor in Ritzville. Survivors include five sons: Daniel, Lind; Rudolph, Warden; Theodore, Ritzville; Edward, Marlin; and Fred, Tacoma; three daughters, Mrs. Bertha King, Los Angeles; Mrs. Emma Zundel, Wilson Creek; and Mrs. Elsie Tadovich, National City, CA.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-1962)

Tschritter, Theodore,  (d. 4-11-1989; b. 3-22-1907; TS; OC; obit) “Theodore Tschritter (Ted), age 82.—Passed away April 11, 1989 in Spokane. His home, Spokane, formerly of Odessa. Survived by one son, Harley Tschritter and his wife, Sandi, of Spokane; one daughter, Sharon Johnson and her husband, Wally, of Spokane; 2 grandsons, Michael and Scott Tschritter of Spokane; one step-grandson, Adam Johnson, Tampa, FL; one step-granddaughter, Kara Valle, Everett, WA; Three brothers: Dan Tschritter, Lind, WA; Ed T. Schritter, Odessa, and Fred Tschritter, Centralia, WA; two sisters:  Bertha King and Elsie Burdick, both of Sun City, CA. Numerous nieces and nephews. Member of the Ascension Lutheran Church, Spokane. Funeral Services Friday, Apr 14, 1989, Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa. Pastor Fred Ahrendt officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook item) “Theodore (Red) Tschritter of Spokane, born at Ruff March 22, 1907 and raised on the family farm in the Ruff-Marlin Area, passed away April 6, (1989) at St Brendan Nursing Home in Spokane about two weeks after he had taken residence there. He was married in March 1940 to Lydia Kissler in Marlin, and after farming in that area for a time, the couple bought a farm west of Ritzville which they operated until health problems forced his early retirement. The couple moved to Spokane, where surgery in 1965 brought Mr. Tschritter some relief. After his wife passed away in 1975, the continued deterioration of his health caused him to make his home with his daughter, Sharon; then, after a short stay at the home of his son Harley, he entered St Brendan’s.  Mr. Tschritter is survived by his son, Harley Tschritter of Spokane; by his daughter Sharon of Spokane; by 3 brothers: Edward Tschritter of Odessa, Dan Tschritter of Lind, and Fred Tschritter of Centralia; by 2 sisters: Bertha King and Elsie Burdick, both of Sun City, CA; by 2 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren, and by other relatives and friends.  Funeral service was held April 14 at Christ Lutheran Church here, Pastor Fred Ahrendt officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Casket bearers were Karl Kissler, Louis Pavliska, Charlie Jeske, Dennis Kissler, Galen Pavliska and Rick Haase.” (Odessa Record: 4-20-1989) 

Tyler, Jeanette,   (d. 3-17-1995; b. 8-31-1924; TS; OC)

Uhl, Elizabeth Weigner,  (added) d. 4-09-1947  “Elizabeth Weigner Uhl.  Died: 4-09-1947.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Funeral services were held from Strate Funeral Home chapel on Sunday for Mrs. Elizabeth Uhl, 70, who had died Wednesday at the Ephrata hospital. The Rev Benj. W. Schuldheisz officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. Elizabeth Reiner was born on Feb 22, 1877, at Freeman, SD, and on Jan 20, 1896, was married to Mr. Frederick Uhl there. After marriage they moved to Otter Creek, ND, until the past few months, when sickness compelled her to make her home with children. She had been living at the Walter Uhl home at Warden at the time of her final illness. She is survived by 7 daughters, Mrs. Emma Buchman, Odessa; Mrs. Freeda Moos, Hazen, ND; Mrs. Mary Amoinger, Bismarck, ND; Mrs. Erna Ruff, Coeur d’Alene; Mrs. Amelia Weigum, Kalispel, MT; Mrs. Bertha Rowland, Boise, ID; Mrs. Viola Akins, Houstan, TX; one son, Walter Uhl, Warden; four sisters, one brother, 28 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. All the children were here for the funeral.  Pallbearers included Ervin and Edward Buchman, Alvin Weil, Gust Schmidt, Andrew Christman, and Alfred Schmidt.” (Odessa Record: 4-17-1947)

Uhrich, Conrad,  h/o Marie C.  (d. 1-28-1937; b. 12-09-1865; TS; OC; Strates; Cong) “Conrad Urich.  Aged: 71 yrs 1 mo 18 days.  Dated: Jan 31, 1937. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Conrad Uhrich. Residence: at home in Odessa, WA. By whom called: Smith & Co, Spokane.  Death: Jan 28, 1937, 4:45 a.m., at S. Heart Hospital, Spokane, WA. Informant: Henry Uhrich, Odessa, WA. Birth: Dec 9, (1865), Frank, Russia. Aged: 71 yrs. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Last worked: Jan 1926. Husband of Marie Catherine. Length of residence in city where death occurred: 10 yrs (sic). How long in US: 25 yrs. Previous residence: on farm 12 miles south of Odessa. Father: Paul Uhrich, born Russia; Mother: Margret Shell, born Russia.  Leaves: wife, Marie Catherine; 2 sons: Jacob Uhrich, Paul, Idaho; Henry Uhrich, Odessa, WA; 5 daughters: Mrs. John Groskopf, Michel, Nebraska; Mrs. Con Lesser, Ritzville, WA; Mrs. Henry Wertenberger, Wapato, WA; Mrs. H. B. Schafer, Odessa, WA; Mrs. Dan Lobe, Odessa, WA. 38 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren.” (Mortuary Ledger)  “Conrad Uhrich, 71, was buried from the St Matthews Congregational Church on Sunday, the Rev. J. H. Wacker officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, following his death at a Spokane hospital on Wednesday night. Pallbearers were selected form friends of the family and included Jacob and Conrad Schauerman, George K Walter, Con H Eckhardt, Conrad Walter and Wentel Weber.  Born in Frank, Russia, Mr. Uhrich came to America 25 years ago and farmed 12 miles south of Odessa for many years, retiring to make his home in town as advanced age came. During the past week he was taken to Spokane for an operation but died before the attempt could be made. Survivors include his widow, at the home; his mother, Grandma Uhrich, Odessa; two sons, Henry of Odessa and Jacob of Idaho; five daughters, Mrs. Dan Lobe, Odessa; Mrs. Henry Wittemberger, Sr, Yakima; Mrs. John Grosskopff, Nebraska; Mrs. Con Lesser, Odessa, and Mrs. H. B. Schafer, Odessa; a brother, George at Waterville; and three sisters, Mrs. George Grening, Sr., Puyallup; Mrs. J. J. Schoessler, Ritzville; and Mrs. Peter Yuckert, Odessa.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-1937)

Uhrich, Elsie,   (d. 1-21-1983; b. 1906; TS; OC; dc)  “Elsie Edwina Uhrich.  Died: 1-21-1983, Spokane County, Spokane, WA.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan 24, 1983 from the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa for Elsie Kuest Uhrich, who passed away on Jan 21, 1983. Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiated. Elsie Kuest Uhrich was born at Odessa on Dec 22, 1906, the daughter of John and Lydia Kuest. She was baptized in the Christian faith in infancy and confirmed in this faith as a young girl. Her formal education was received in the rural schools of Odessa. On Dec 12, 1927 she was married to Henry Uhrich. To this union three daughters were born. They engaged in trucking and farming until retiring and moving to Odessa in September, 1960. Elsie was an active and faithful member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, on April 20, 1967; by her parents; by one sister, Laura Hanks, and by three brothers, Arthur, Paul and Marion Kuest.  Survivors include three daughters, Carol, Mrs. Robert Sewall of Harrington; Rita, Mrs. Richard Vois and Sharon, Mrs. Loren Pfeifer, both of Odessa; by two sisters, Anna Vennect of Everett, WA and Esther Becker of Medical Lake, WA; by four brothers, Edmond Kuest, Dryden, WA; Edwin Kuest, Spokane, WA; Eugene Kuest, Odessa; and Harvey Kuest, Soap Lake, WA; by 9 grandchildren; one great grandson, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Special music for the service was provided by Florence Stout at the organ while the congregation sang ‘Softly and Tenderly’ and Donna Schafer sang ‘Asleep In Jesus’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.  Granddaughters, Amy and Heidi Sewall sang ‘Supper Time’.  Casketbearers were Alan Voise, Roger Voise, Marty Pfeifer, Larry Wiley, Mike Walter and Rod Coleman. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-1983) 

Uhrich, Henry.  (d. 4-20-1967; b. 1906; TS; OC; dc)  “Henry Uhrich. Died: 20 April 1967, Odessa, WA.  Birth: 19 Dec 1906, Russia; Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Henry Uhrich.—His home, Odessa, WA. Survived by his wife, Elsie Uhrich, at the home; 3 daughters, Mrs. Carol Sewall, Harrington, WA; Mrs. Rita Voise and Mrs. Sharon Pfeifer, both Odessa, WA; 9 grandchildren; 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary Rehn, Ritzville, WA; Mrs. Anna Wertenberger, Yakima, WA; Mrs. H. B. Schafer and Mrs. Nath Lobe, both Odessa. A member of the Christ Lutheran Church of Odessa. Funeral services, Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. from the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, Pastor Werner Fritz officiating. Interment, Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA. The Strate Funeral Home, Odessa, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 4-22-1967; Beck data card collection)

Uhrich, Marikatrina Grenwalt,  (d. 11-24-1942; b. 1-17-1864; TS; OC; DC; Strates; Cong)  “Mary Katherine Uhrich. Died: 11-24-1942. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.”  (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Mrs. Mary Katherine Uhrich. Residence: Rural, Odessa, Lincoln Co, WA. 30 yrs in community, 30 yrs in US. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Birth: Jan 17, 1864, Brunnehal, Russia. Age: 78 yrs 10 mos 7 days. Father: Henry Greenwalt born Brunnehal, Russia. Mother: Madiline Schauerman born Brunnehal, Russia. Informant: son, Jacob Uhrich of Paul, Idaho.  Burial 11-29-1942, Odessa, WA. H H Strate, director, Strates Funeral Home, Odessa, WA. Death: 11-24-1942, 8 p.m., Odessa, WA. Cause: coronary thrombosis due to arterio sclerosis. L. J. Bonney, MD, Odessa, WA.” (WA State Certificate of Death) “Maria Kath. Urich. Aged: 79 yrs 10 mos 7 days.  Dated: Nov 29, 1942. Burial: Odessa.” (St Mathews Congregational Church ledger) “Mrs Mary Katherine Uhrich. Res: Odessa. Death: 11-24-42, 8 p.m., at residence of H B Shaffer. Birth: Jan 17, 1864, Brunnehal, Russia. Female, white, widowed, housewife. Length of residence in city where death occurred: vicinity 30 yrs. In US: From Russia in 1912 to Odessa vicinity. Father; Henry Grenwalt, born Brunnehal, Russia; Mother: Madelene Schauerman, born Brunnehal, Russia. Previous residence: Russia. Physician: L. J. Bonney. Relatives: Jacob Uhrich, Paul, ID; Henry Uhrich, Odessa; Mrs. Mary Katherine Groskoph, Mitchell, NE; Mrs. Anna Marie Lesser, Ritzville; Mrs. Elizabeth Wertenberger, Toppenish, WA; Mrs. Mollie Schafer, Odessa; Mrs. Barbara Lobe, Odessa, WA. 42 grandchildren; 56 great grandchildren. Member: St Mathews Cong. Church and Ladies Aid. Bearers: Henry Walters, Con Eckert, Wendel Weber, Jacob Schaurman, John Hopp, Henry Gies, 2 extras, Dan Haase Jr, Conrad Giese. Minister: Rev Flemmer. Burial: family plot, Odessa Cemetery.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Undeberg,/Undeburg,  Hans O.,  (d. 1962; b. 1891; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services for Hans O. Undeberg, Lamona, were held from the Zion-Emmanuel Church on Friday afternoon, the Rev Elmer Wenzel officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.  Mr. Undeberg, born in Norway June 21, 1891, had been section foreman for the Great Northern Railway for 45 years, stationed at Lamona. He had retired from this employment. The Undeberg children attended the Odessa schools and were outstanding in class work and athletics. In 1936 Mr. Undeberg made a return trip to Norway, where he became engaged to Miss Marie Aasland. He returned home and she followed him to America and on Jan 25, 1937 they were married at Norway House in Brooklyn, NY, then coming on to Lamona to make their family home.  Survivors include his wife, Marie Undeberg, at the home; three sons, Lorus, at the home; Lt Oscar Undeberg, Ft Lewis, WA; Harold Undeberg, student at WSU; one daughter, Mrs. Donald Pallies, also of WSU; one sister, Mrs. Lars Larson of Everett; one brother, Tor Undeberg, of Norway.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1962) Information submitted by family member as correct spelling UndebErg., newspaper obit as Undeburg.

Undeberg/Undeburg, Marie K.,   (d. 1982; b. 1913; TS; OC; obit)  “Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 3, 1982 from the Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa for Marie K. Undeberg who passed away at the local hospital on June 1, 1982. Rev Kenneth Schauer officiated at the services.  Marie K. Undeberg was born on Jan 16, 1913 in Kvitseid Telemarken, Norway, the daughter of Oytein and Marie Kristofferson. She was baptized and later confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Norway. In 1937 she arrived in America and was married to her husband, Hans O. Undeberg, as soon as she arrived. They came to Lamona to live where he had employment as a section foreman on the Great Northern Railway. During her lifetime, in addition to being a wife and mother, Marie worked at the Odessa Memorial Hospital in the laundry department. In 1969 she was injured seriously in an automobile accident and was unable to continue with her work. In 1979 she became seriously ill and went to live with her daughter in Spokane. Early this year she was brought to live at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where she made her home until her death. Survivors include Oscar Undeberg and wife, Donna and daughters, Krista and Megan of Lind; Thelma Pallies and sons, Mark and David of Spokane; Harold Undeberg and wife, Joanne and daughters, Heidi, Wendy and Valerie of Ritzville and Lorus Undeberg and wife, Beth and daughters, Lisa and Dianne of Yakima; and one niece, Astrid Hildahl of Stilacoom, WA.  Special music was provided by Alice Melcher, Betty Holman, Lucile Iverson, Bill Iverson, Al Winter and Glen Tanke, singing ‘Near The Cross’. Mrs. Eileen Tanke accompanied them on the organ. Casket bearers were Tom Wilson and Melvin Carlson, Lamona; Dan Roloff, Seattle; Virgil Landfried and Erling Hjortedahl, Spokane; and Earl Hildahl, Steilacoom, WA.  Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-17-1982) Information submitted by family member states correct spelling as UndebErg., newspaper obit as Undeburg.

Unknown male: added (d. 7-25-1913) "Killed by a Great Northern passenger train, probably sometime last Friday night, the body of an unknown man, with both legs severed at the thighs, was found by a section crew last Saturday between Irby and Krupp near the county line. That the man did not meet death instantly is proven by the fact that the body was found almost fifty feet from the track by the section men, and evidences showed that he had crawled that distance after having been run over. The body was cold, however, when discovered by the crew. It was brought here for burial on Saturday, and interment was made in the Odessa Cemetery from the Stone Undertaking parlors. It was impossible to identify the man in any way because of the fact that he had nothing but a small package of tobacco and a few cigarettes in his pockets. He had no cards, letters, or any things on him by means of which identification might have been made, and his body was not marked by any scars or moles. He was apparently of Irish descent, wore blue overalls, a tan shirt and a thin cloth hat, was about five feet and nine inches high and weighed about 150 pounds." (Odessa Record: 8-01-1913)

Urbanus, Ida Krueger,  w/o N. (d. 5-08-1913; b. 1873; Odessa funeral; obit)  “Mrs. N. Urbanus died at her home in the western part of the city last Thursday night after an illness extending over three years. She was born in Huntington, Indiana, in 1873, and had been a resident of this place since 1901. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church in the afternoon of the 10th, interment in the Lutheran Cemetery.” (Dav. Tribune of May 15, 1913, Odessa column)

Urbanus, Nicolaus,   (d. 10 Oct 1931; b. 1860;  Auditor) “Urbanus, Nicholas. Age 68, born Chicago, Cook Co, IL. Widower. Last employed, Odessa. Admitted: 4-11-1928 for care. Nearest relation: Mrs. Germell of Bonners Ferry, ID, sister-in-law. Died: 10-10-1931, death cert. #68949, Buried: Odessa.” (Lincoln County Auditor PF files) “Urbanus, Nichlous; d. 10 Oct 1931 in Davenport, WA. Birth: 28 June 1860, Chicago, IL; Spouse: widowed, no name given.  Father: Ernest Urbanus, b. Germany; Mother: unknown. Burial: Odessa, WA, place not specified.” (Lincoln County Health death cards)

Vance, James D.,  (b. 12-03-1901; d. 2-20-1978); “Graveside services for Dessie Vance were held here on Friday afternoon, Feb 24, a sister of Conley Rodgers. Mrs Vance died Feb 20th at Port Orchard where she had been a resident of the convalescent nursing home.  The committal service was handled by Rev Douglas Roberts. A brief memorial service had been held Thursday evening at Strate’s Odessa Funeral Home, Rev Albert Hausauer, pastor.  James Dessie Vance was born Dec 3, 1901, at Gorman, Texas to Herbert and Alma Rodgers, one of nine children in the family. Because of ill health she had not been living alone since 1964.  Mrs Vance is survived by four brothers: Reace Rodgers of Fort Worth, Texas; Paul P Rodgers of Grand Saline, Texas; Eudell Rodgers of Renton, WA; and Conley Rodgers of Odessa. The four surviving sisters are Jessie Hagar of Moran, TX; Minnie Lee Thurman of Eastland, TX; Allene Garrett of Houston and Bonnie Jackson of Pasadena, TX.  Four family members present for the funeral were Eudell and Conley Rodgers, Allene Garrett and Bonnie Jackson.” (Odessa Record: 3-02-1978) “Jamie Vance.  Died: 2-20-1978.  Birth: 12-13-1901, Texas .  Divorced.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery , Odessa , WA .” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Velek, Jerome,  (d. 5-22-1966; b. 5-17-1907; TS; OC)  “Jerome Velek. Died: 5-22-1966.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Jerome Velek, 59, was found dead at his farm home five miles north of Odessa at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon by his brother-in-law, Miroslav Totusek. The sheriff’s office was notified and the county coroner called to investigate the death. Deputy Sheriff Alvin Iltz and Coroner Willard Zellmer conducted an investigation. It was determined the deceased had died sometime Sunday. The body was taken to Strates Funeral Home in Davenport. Velek, who lived in Odessa, is survived by two sisters here, Mrs. Lottie Braun and Mrs. Clara Totusek. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) from the English Congregational Church with Rev John A Birchard reading the service. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 5-26-1966)  “Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 26th, from the English Congregational church for Jerome Velek, the Rev John A. Birchard officiated. Jerome Velek, a life time resident of Odessa passed away May 22nd.  Sacred selections were sung by soloist, Mrs. Don Zeiler, accompanied by Leila Suko at the organ. Jerome Velek was born in Odessa May 17, 1907. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. James Velek, early Odessa pioneers. Jerome graduated from Odessa high school in 1926 and served in the United States Army for four years during World War II. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Henry Braun and Mrs. Miroslav Totusek, both of Odessa. Pallbearers were Dan Wilskie, Lloyd Williams, Leonard Mills, Harold Suchland, Walter Ott and Stanley Wraspir. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery.” (6-09-1966) 

Velek, Rosa Jilek,  w/o Vaclav  (d. 8-04-1948; b. 9-04-1865; TS; OC; Strates) “Rosa Velek.  Residence: Irby. Place of Death: Irby, WA at Mirsela Totusek. Wife of Vaclav. Born: Sept 4, 1865, Czechoslovakia. Death: Aug 4, 1948. Age 82 yrs. Female, married, housewife.  Father: Joe Jilek born Czechoslovakia; Mother: Helen Kucera born Czechoslovakia.  Physician: Bonney.  Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: English church, 2 p.m. Interment: 8-10-1948. Row 2 Grave 29” (Mortuary Ledger) “Rosa Velek. Died: 8-04-1948.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card) “Mrs. Rose Velek, 82, wife of Vaclav Velek, and a pioneer resident of the area, died on Wednesday. Funeral services are pending, waiting word from relatives. Rosie Jelek was born in Czechoslovakia and came to America at the age of 14, locating with her parents at Silver Lake, MN, and coming from there to Washington in 1889. Her marriage to Mr. Velek in 1904 was her second marriage. Survivors include three sons by her first marriage, Stanley and Emil Motycka at Spokane, and Albin Motycka at Davenport, and three children by her present marriage, Mrs. Clara Totusek, Irby; Mrs. Lottie Braun, and Jerome Velek, Odessa; a brother, Jim Jelek, New Franck, MN, and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Ardolf, Hollywood, CA. The latter’s husband was a former Odessa merchant in the firm of Ardolf and Schafer. Mrs. Velek had been in poor health for the past six months, during which she made her home with her daughter in Irby. Death came there.  The funeral service will be held from the English Congregational church with the Rev R W Pruitt officiating and burial will be in the Odessa  Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 8-05-1948) “Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Velek, 82, were held from the English Congregational church on Sunday, the Rev R. W. Pruitt officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home had charge of the service. Pall bearers included F. B. Totusek, Frank E Wraspir, Stanley Wraspir, George Trejbal, Jos. Pavliska and Stanley Klima. Mrs. Velek is survived by...” (Odessa Record: 8-12-1948)

Velek, Vaclav,   (d. 1959; b. 1872; TS; OC; Cong)  “Vaclav Velek.  Died: 10-09-1959; Birth: 9-24-1872. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit)  “Vaclav Velek. Age 87 yrs. Dated: Oct 12, 1959. Burial: Odessa.” (English Congregational Church ledger-handwritten) “Vaclav (Jim) Velek Struck by Auto. As the automobile traffic from the circus was passing through town following the performance Tuesday night, Vaclav Velek, 76, was struck by a moving car, knocking him down. He suffered a broken leg, and other injuries, and after Dr L J Bonney had given him first aid, was rushed to the Sacred Heart hospital in the Strate ambulance. Sheriff Frank C Rambo and Marshal C W Albright investigated the accident, reporting that the car was driven by Walter J Steffen, 46, of Lind. At a point about 30 feet west of Fourth street, on First avenue, Mr Velek stepped from between parked cars at the curb, the report stated. No arrests were made, as the officers state it was apparently not the fault of the driver.” (scrapbook item: Odessa Records, undated)

Voorhees, Emily Montana,   (d. 1962; b. 1914; TS; OC)  “Emily Montana Voorhees.  Died: 11-11-1962.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit) 

Vostral, Christina,  w/o James  (d. 11-10-1942; b. 10-27-1874; TS; OC; Strates)  “Christina Vostral.  Died: 11-11-1942. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card)

Vostral, James,   s/o Vaclav  (d. 10-04-1947; b. 5-15-1867; TS; OC; Strates)  “James Vostral. Residence:  Odessa, WA.  Place of Death: Odessa, WA. Birth: May 15, 1867, Czechoslovakia. Death: Oct 7, 1947.  Father: Vaclov Vostral born Czechoslovakia. Mother: unknown. Physician: Bonney. Burial: Odessa Cemetery. Funeral: Odessa Catholic church. 10 a.m.. Interment: Oct 11, 1947.” (Mortuary Ledger) “James Vostral: Died: 10-07-1947. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card.) “Neighbors, who had noticed a break in the regularity of his habits, investigated the home of James Vostral on Wednesday morning, finding him lying dead on the floor. Death had apparently come during the late evening Tuesday night. Born in Czechoslovakia, May 15, 1867, Mr. Vostral came to the United States 68 years ago and for many years operated a ranch 18 miles southeast of Odessa, retiring to live in town about 10 years ago. He was married, Mrs. Vostral preceding him in death. Survivors include one son, Rudolph Vostral, Ritzville; a daughter, Mrs. Louis Kremsreiter, Odessa; three sisters, Mrs. Katie Wilcox, Medical Lake; Mrs. Anna Williams, Ritzville, and Mrs. Emma Aherin, Odessa; and two brothers, Joe Vostral, Ritzville, and Frank Vostral, Scappoose, Oregon, and three granddaughters. Funeral services are expected to be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning from the St Joseph Catholic church of which he was a member, the rev W J Brennan officiating, the Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 10-09-1947) “Funeral services for James Vostral, 80, were held from the St Joseph Catholic church on Saturday morning... Pallbearers included James Kadlec, Lind; Henry and Joe Vostral, Ritzville; Ed Vostral, Ralston; Frank Horak and Oscar Anderson, Odessa. Mr. Vostral, a native of Czechoslovakia, came to the United States as a boy and later farmed in the Marcellus area, coming to town about 10 years ago to make his home. Mrs. Vostral preceded him in death. Survivors... Frank Vostral was the only one of the family that could not be present at the funeral services.” (Odessa record: 10-16-1947)


Vostral, Kathrine Helen,  (d. 1935; b. 1844; see Old Odessa Cath. Cem)



Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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