Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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                                                                     Submitted by Marge Womach

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Wachter:  “Funeral services for E J (Slats) Wachter, who died at Vancouver, WA, on Monday, Oct 18, will be held at 11 this morning from the English Congregational Church in Odessa. Wachter had been visiting a daughter in Vancouver at the time of his death.  Rev Douglas Roberts will officiate at the service here today. Masonic graveside services and interment will be at the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Spokane at 1:30, it is reported. Honorary pall bearers for the services will be Dave Weber, Clarence Heimbigner, Ed Salo, Walt Quast and Al Wagner. Casket bearers will be Dick Dashiell, Bob Tanck, Henry Michaelsen, Jr, Frank Wraspir, Dave Birge and Mel Schauerman.  Ernest J Wachter was born at Stevenson, WA on Jan 24, 1897. He married Dorothy Neff at Yakima on Dec 26, 1920. She preceded him in death on March 20, 1963. Wachter is survived by a daughter, Virginia Burge, Vancouver, WA; two grandsons; one great grandson; one brother, Frank, of Stevenson and one nephew.  He was a member of the English Congregational Church, the Odessa Golf Club and F & AM Lodge 156, all of Odessa.  Wachter arrived in Odessa in 1914 or 1915 as a night telegrapher for the railroad, according to Al Wagner. he later worked with the Odessa Hardware as a stockholder and part-owner until the business closed. Another business venture was the Associated Oil Co which he sold and then worked with Dan Wilskie in the insurance business. When John Erickson consolidated his Bank of Krupp with the Old National Bank in Odessa, Wachter started work as a cashier, continuing in that position when the firm was taken over by the Seattle-First National Bank, in 1951. He retired at the age of 65, in Jan 1962.  Wachter was known for his athletic ability, having played baseball with the Spokane league and basketball with Wagner and others of the community for many years. He was an avid golfer. He was also a musician, singing with the church choir and playing a violin.” (Odessa Record: 10-21-1976)  

Wacker: "Emma A Wacker of Astoria, Oregon, born Jan 6, 1899 in Bessarabia, Russia to Gottfried and Theresa Ruff, passed away August 16. She was a member of the family for whom the Ruff community was named. She came with her family to Canada as a small girl, later moved to Odessa where she attended schools before going to business college in Spokane. In July, 1920, she was married to George Wacker here, and the couple operated a wheat ranch for ten years before moving to Portland in 1930. Mr Wacker died there in 1978. Mrs Wacker lived in Portland until four years ago, when she moved to Astoria to live with a daughter, Edna Packard, who survives. Other survivors include Merlin and Cornelius Jantz of Odessa, nephews of Mrs Wacker; another daughter, Ruth Haugsten of Beaverton, Oregon; a brother, Martin Ruff of Fairfield; two grandchildren, Connie Warrington of Tigard, Oregon and Harry Haugsten of Beaverton; and several other nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Portland, to which the family suggests memorials may be made for the church library. Final service was held Aug 20 at Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria. Burial followed at Skyline Memorial Park in Portland." (Odessa Record: 9-11-1986)

Wacker:  William Wacker, 58, of 1216 Downs Road, Wenatchee, a Sunnyslope orchardist, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Feb 15.  Funeral services were held on Thursday in Wenatchee at the Church of the Brethren. Burial was at the Cashmere Cemetery.  A number of relatives and friends from Odessa were present for the last rites.  Wacker was born at Odessa on Sept 18, 1912, and he moved to Dryden in 1919 and graduated from high school there. On Dec 27, 1937 he married Thelma Dennis and they ranched at Dryden.  In 1951 the couple moved to Sunnyslope. Mr Wacker operated an orchard, a saw shop and also a wheat ranch near Odessa. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Wenatchee.  Surviving are his widow; one son, William Jr, Wenatchee; four daughters, Kim Wacker, Sunnyslope; Gerri Walter and Judy Wacker, Edmonds; and Pat Villacres in CA; four grandchildren; his brother, Henry J Wacker of Odessa; and sister, Mrs Albert Widmer, Warden.” (Odessa Record: 2-25-1971) 

Wagner:  Charles B Wagner, formerly of Odessa died March 1, 1978 in Olympia. Burial was in Olympia Memorial Gardens. He was born in Montana on May 28, 1901 and grew up in Odessa. Surviving are his wife, Geneva; three sisters, Mrs Maggie Butte and Mrs Ida Weber, both of Odessa, and Mrs Claudia Holder, Lacey; and a brother, Al Wagner of Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 3-09-1978)

Wagner:  “Funeral services were held for Conrad Wagner at Spokane on Oct 30, with Pastor Theodore Dorpat, St John’s Lutheran Church, officiating. Mr Wagner was married to a former Odessa resident, Matilda Hardung. He was a retired WWP employee.” (Odessa Record: 11-08-1962)

Wagner:  “Funeral services were held recently for Mrs Matilda (Tillie) Wagner of Spokane, WA, who passed away on May 15 in her home. She was born on Oct 14, 1889 to Mr and Mrs Jacob Hardung in Adams County. In 1919 she was married to Dave Greenwalt and they lived in the Wenatchee Valley, where they engaged in the apple industry. Following his death she and her son, Loren, lived in Wenatchee for five years, moving to Spokane, after her marriage to Conrad Wagner who preceded her in death in 1963. Loren passed away in April of 1974. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs Fern Greenwalt Bixler; three sisters, Lydia Heimbigner, Anna Yerington and Lucille Haskins; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Services were held form the Ball and Dodd Funeral Home in Spokane with the Rev Eugene W Dowdle officiating. Interment was in Cashmere, WA, in the family plot.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1979)

Walter:Carol June Walter. Died: 1-02-1971, Odessa, WA. Father: Richard R Larson. Mother: Ruth Irwin. Spouse: divorced. Buried: St Andrew Cemetery, Coulee City, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) “Last rites for Carol Jean Walter, who died here Jan 21, 1971, a victim of multiple sclerosis, were conducted Wednesday morning from Christ Lutheran Church. Carol had been afflicted with the disease for nearly 14 years, having been hospitalized here for over six years.  Rev Daniel Cronrath officiated at the service. Mrs Donna Schafer sang ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ and ‘The Lord is My Shepherd.’  Wally Larson of Wilbur was organist. Pallbearers were all cousins of the deceased.  The daughter of Richard R Larson and Ruth Irwin Larson, Carol June was born on Aug 11, 1934. She died at the age of 36. She was born at Port Townsend, WA.  Survivors from her marriage with Myron Walter are two daughters, Christy Lee and Jaylene; two sons, Tom and Mike Walter, all of Odessa; her mother, Mrs Ruth Dumas of Electric City, WA; and one brother, Richard M Dumas, of Alameda, CA. Burial was at the St Andrew Cemetery, near Coulee City, according to Glen Strate of the Strate Funeral Home.” (Odessa Record: 1-07-1971)

Watson:  “Mrs Mary Ann Watson, 79, a resident of the Davenport region for many years, died Thursday at the home of her daughter. Funeral services were held Saturday. Survivors included three daughters and two sons, three sisters and a brother, 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.” ( Odessa Record: 4-19-1935)

Webber: "Joyce Webber, the 11-year-old daughter of Mr and Mrs W H Webber, for several years residents of this place but now living at Colfax, where Mr Webber is local representative of the Holt Mfg Co, was drowned in the Palouse River near that place Monday while out fishing in the company of her two brothers. The news of Joyce's death was received with much sorrow by her little friends in Odessa and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr and Mrs Webber in their bereavement."
(5-09-1913 of Odessa Record )

Weber:  Bertha Mae Weber of Cheney, a former longtime Odessa resident who was born April 3, 1907, passed away May 24.  She was a member of Cheney Christian Church and Prescella Rebekah Lodge 231 of Lind. Preceded in death by her husband, Henry, Mrs Weber is survived by a son, Wayne Weber, of Cheney; by two daughters, Myra Glick of Lacey and Lois Wolfe of Kennewick; by two brothers, Irvin Swarts and Kenneth Swarts, both of Lind; by a sister, Hazel Swarts of Lind; and by 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 28 at Ball & Dodd, Krumm & Langbehn Funeral Home in Spokane, the Rev John Myers officiating. Interment followed at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Bearers included Jim Stentz, Charles Madison, Don Lambert, Dick Camp, Norman Graham, and Skip Kurkowski.” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1985)

Weber:  H P (Harvey) Weber, a resident of Stockton, CA, and brother of Mrs John Hopp of Odessa, died in Stockton after a long illness. Military services were held for him on Monday, July 8, in Stockton.  Mr Weber was born March 19, 1898 at Delmont, SD. He married Lydia Heimbigner in Nov of 1919, and they farmed near Packard before moving to Stockton. He was a veteran of WW I, having served with the 22nd Aero Squadron of the US Air Force.  In addition to his wife, Weber is survived by one daughter, Virginia Klarer, and a grandson, Larry; two sisters, Mrs John Hopp of Odessa; and Mrs Nathan Reiman of Stockton; and one brother, Rev Jonathan Weber of Lodi, CA.” (Odessa Record: 7-11-1974)  

Weber: "Henry Weber. Birth: 12-15-1908, WA; Death: 8-31-1979. Spouse: Bertha Mae Swartz. Father: Wentel Weber. Mother: Katherine E Geist. Buried: Spokane Mem. Gardens. Spokane, WA." (Lincoln Co Health death card)  Funeral services were held for Henry Weber at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 4, 1979 from the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, WA, with the Rev A Hausauer officiating. Sacred selections, ‘In The Garden,’ ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ and ‘My God and I’ were tapes sung by Merrill Womach. Henry was born Dec 15, 1908 to Wentel and Kathryn (nee Geist) Weber at Ritzville, Wa. He grew up on a farm, southwest of Odessa. He was married on Oct 11, 1940 to Bertha Swarts. They moved to the Ada Jantz farm, southwest of Odessa and farmed there until 1950 when they bought a ranch southeast of Cheney. It was during the year of 1950 that he was told he had MS. As the disease progressed, he chose to live at the Odessa Convalescent Center, where he lived since 1967. He passed away at the Odessa Memorial Hospital on Friday, Aug 31, 1979, at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 16 days. His parents preceded him in death. He was a member of the Odessa Masonic Lodge, No. 156 F&AM.  He is survived by his wife, Bertha of Odessa; two daughters, Mrs Myra Glick of Lacey, WA; and Mrs Lois Pendell Wolfe of Oak Ridge, TN; one son, Wayne Weber of Cheney; two brothers, John Weber of Spokane and Sam Weber of Odessa; five sisters, Marie Phillpotts of Puyallup, WA; Freda Black of West Covina, CA; Esther Gardner of Seattle, WA; Mildred Hardman of West Covina, CA; and Gertrude Glanzman of Portland, OR; eight grandchildren, Wayne, Jeanell, Brian and Randy Weber of Cheney; Lorena, James and Richard Glick of Lacey, WA; and Kimberly Pendell of Oak Ridge, TN, and numerous nieces and nephews. Masonic graveside services and interment were at the Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery with the Strate Funeral Home of Davenport in charge. Casket bearers were Frank Wraspir, M E Richardson, Cecil Schell, David Birge, James Scrupps, Alvin Goetz and Walt Ott.” (Odessa Record: 9-13-1979)

Webley:  “Lawrence Edward Webley, 78, of Wilson Creek passed away Friday, Jan 2, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.  He was born on Nov 20, 1908 in Wilson Creek and lived on a farm homesteaded by his parents, J B and Alma Webley at Gloyd. Mr Webley was schooled at Gloyd and married May Elizabeth Bise on Jan 20, 1930 at Ephrata. Following their marriage, both worked at the Dipper Ranch, and in the apple harvest, before they bought a dairy at Coulee City, delivering milk to Coulee City and Grand Coulee during construction of Grand Coulee Dam. In 1941, they purchased a ranch at St Andrews and farmed there until purchasing the Seleen Ranch at Wilson Creek in 1945.  In 1952 they built the Ala Cozy Motel at Coulee City. In 1954, Mr Webley broke out the first farm unit that was developed in the Columbia Basin (Unite 364, Block 40). He sold it and moved to Benton City in 1960 where he developed a ranch. In 1966, Mr Webley purchased the Jameson Lake Resort and owned and operated it for seven seasons before retiring and moving to Wilson Creek. Mr Webley was well known and knowledgeable about trapping in Washington and patented the nationally known Webley trap and the Webley swivel. He attended the Assembly of God Church in Coulee City.  Mr Webley is survived by his wife, May Webley, at the home; a son, Larry Webley, of Wilson Creek; a daughter, Velma Provost of Davenport; four sisters, Alma Elby of Portland, OR; Hilda Bise of Coulee City; Norma Schmidt of Seattle and Sylvia Olson of Spokane; five brothers: Ralph Webley of Coulee City; Alan Webley of Renton; Jay Webley of Electric City; Carl Webley of Noxon, MT; and Cecil Webley of Vancouver; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan 7, at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Coulee City with Pastor Leonard Lamphear officiating. Interment will follow at Valley View Memorial Park in Soap Lake. Nicoles Funeral Home of Ephrata is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Weishaar: “A listing of a death in the Spokane papers recalled a former Odessa family. The death was the son of Mr and Mrs Rein E Weishaar at Oroville, CA.  Rein Weishaar was the youngest son of a pioneer family that lived where the Reinhold Roloff place is now located. The body of the boy was brought to Deer Park, WA, for burial.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1952)

Werner:  “Mrs Eva Werner, 89, a pioneer resident of Peshastin where she had lived the past 54 years died Tuesday, Feb 15, in a Leavenworth hospital following a short illness. Among her survivors is Gussie Werner of Odessa, a daughter.  Mrs Werner was born Feb 4, 1883, at Scotland, South Dakota, and as a young woman came to Odessa, where she was married to John Werner on Feb 14, 1902. In 1918 she moved to the Wenatchee Valley, settling in Peshastin.  Other survivors include six other daughters, Mrs Emma Cordes, Mrs Anne Darlington and Mrs Forest (Dorothy) Brender, all of Seattle, Mrs Fred (Ruth) Meinhardt of Oak Harbor, Mrs Kenneth (Beatrice) Colvin, of Leavenworth, and Mrs John B (Bernice) Smith of Peshastin; six sons, Herman Werner of Seattle; Harold of Anchorage, Alaska; John E of Dryden; and Ted, Dan and Paul, all of Wenatchee. A sister, Mrs Rosina Dammel of Sultan; a brother, Emanuel Pflugrath of Ritzville; 35 grandchildren, 65 great grandchildren, 26 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1933; two sons, Rudolph and an infant son; one daughter, Johanna and a twin brother, Adam Pflugrath.  Wards Funeral Chapel of Leavenworth was in charge of funeral services, which were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb 18 with Rev James Farris officiating.  Interment in the Peshastin Cemetery followed.” (Odessa Record: 3-09-1972)

Werner:  “The deaths of Hubert C Werner, who had lived at Lamona in the early ‘30s, of Mary Lou Swyter of Ritzville and Christ Schiewe at Davenport were all reported to the Record office this week.  Memorial service and interment was held for Werner at Yakima on Sept 12 in the Wesley United Methodist Church with cremation following. He had been a superintendent of schools in this state. Surviving are two daughters.” (Odessa Record: 9-30-1976)  

West:  “Funeral services for Mrs Sarah Jane West, 76, who died last Tuesday, were held Thursday from the Methodist church at Davenport. Burial was in Mountain Home Cemetery. Mrs West, a native of North Carolina , came to the county 30 years ago. She is survived by her widower, J H, and a son and three daughters.” (Odessa Record: 7-26-1935)

Wheeler:  “Death claimed Cal Wheeler, 65, veteran restaurant employee here, at the Memorial hospital on Wednesday morning. Funeral arrangements have been trusted to the Strate Funeral Home and at press time an effort is being made to locate possible relatives. He had worked as custodian at the Smith’s Cafe for several years. During the past few months he had been semi-retired, on his social security payments.” (Odessa Record: 3-01-1962)

Widmer:  Donald Roger Widmer, 69, of Freeman, died Sunday, Aug 29, 2004, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was born March 4, 1935, to William and Amelia Widmer. He was raised in Odessa and later moved to the Spokane area. After serving in the US Army, he worked at the inland Empire Paper mill for many years before beginning a career as a truck driver. He was employed by Taylor Edwards and Silver Eagle Trucking before he retired.  He was a longtime member of the Teamsters. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Eugene, Bob and Jim, and the love of his life, Florence St Paul.  He is survived by his sister Lilia (Mitch) Mitchell, of Moses Lake; half brother Virgil Finkbeiner, of Spokane; son Burt (Sue) St Paul, of Reno, NV, and grandson Shad St Paul of Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 10-04-2004) 

Widmer:  “Funeral services for Jacob Widmer, Eastern Washington pioneer who died Nov 21 at his Cashmere home, were held Saturday at the Methodist church. Burial was in the Cashmere Cemetery. Kuelbs and Braun were in charge of funeral arrangements and during the services, conducted by the Rev Clinton Aiton, Mrs Robert Bates sang, with Mrs R Peterson at the organ. Pallbearers included Roy Hayden, W H Murray, Les Jarvis, Mike Mann, Max Nollmeyer and G B Reiman.  Mr Widmer was born Oct 20, 1880, at Kulm, South Russia, and came to the US in 1901, settling at Warden, WA, where he married Emilia Radach Dec 15, 1904. They lived on a farm near Warden until 1935, when they came to Cashmere. Mrs Widmer passed away in Sept, 1955. Mr Widmer was a member of the Cashmere Methodist Church.  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs Emanuel Hoffman, Portland; Mrs John Gerlack, Cashmere; Mrs Carl Josivoff, Gary, Indiana; one son, Albert Widmer, Warden; two sisters, Mrs Mary Suko, Warden; Mrs Bertha Schwartzwalter, Yakima; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.—Cashmere Valley Record.” (Odessa Record: 12-06-1956)

Willging:  John Z Willging, 57, who farmed the John Willging Jr homestead on Wheeler Rd for the past 30 years, died last Tuesday at Deaconess hospital in Wenatchee. He had been ill for several months.  Born at Ruff on Dec 26, 1908, Willging was educated in that district. He married Martha Van Cannet of Webster, WI, at Ephrata on April 26, 1944. Willging was a past Master of the Moses Lake Grange and a member of it for 22 years. He was also a member of the Moses Lake Elks lodge.  Survivors besides the wife at the home, include his mother, Mrs Katherine Willging of Almira; two sisters, Mrs David Iltz of Odessa and Mrs Joseph Hurliman, Othello; three brothers, Gus and William of Springdale and Rudy of Othello. Funeral services were held on.... (oops, missed the ending of Odessa Record: 24 Nov 1966)

Wilson:  Aileen N Wilson of Seattle, born in Odessa Oct 8, 1905 to Henry and Sarah Phillips, passed away Nov 21.  A resident of Seattle for more than 50 years, she was the widow of Boone L Wilson. She attended the Univ. of WA and EWSU, and taught in the Seattle public schools. Mrs Wilson is survived by two brothers, Howard E Phillips of Odessa and Merlin Phillips of Walla Walla; by nephews Paul Phillips of Spokane, John Phillips of Chesaw, Ned Phillips of Odessa and Charles Phillips of Walla Walla; and by nieces Beth caw of Walla Walla, Suzanne Huff of Austin, TX, Sandra Phillips of Seattle, Nancy Burris of Cheney, Kathleen Garrett of Auburn and Nancy Ramstedt of Coeur d’Alene. Memorial services are pending.” (Odessa Record: 11-28-1985)

Wilson:  Nona M Wilson of Wilson Creek, born Oct 16, 1909 in British Columbia, passed away Sunday, Nov 3, at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. She was married to William Wilson in Nov, 1950, and had been a resident of the Odessa-Wilson Creek area since that time. Mrs Wilson is survived by her husband, William, at the family home; by two sons, William and Jack Trimble, both of East Wenatchee; by a daughter, Gladys Johnson of Spokane; by a sister, Edna Strandberg of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; and by 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  Funeral service was held Wednesday morning, Nov 6, from the Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, the Rev Robert Shofner officiating. Concluding service and interment followed in the Valley View Memorial Park.” (Odessa Record: 11-14-1985)

Wolf:  E J Wolf, ‘Manny’, former Odessa resident, who would have been 53 Monday of this week, died March 4 at Seattle. Funeral services were held there on Friday from the chapel of the Washington Memorial Cemetery.  Mr Wolf was born and raised in the Odessa north country. In about 1926 or 1927 he married Freda Lesser, and in about 1930 moved to Seattle. There he worked as city engineer and county assessor until 1937, when he transferred to Boeing, remaining with the company until his death. He suffered a stroke about two weeks ago and another on the day before his death. Survivors include his wife, Freda, at the home; two sons, Nile and Ronny, Seattle; a married daughter, Shirley, in Mexico City, and 6 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs Ida Neumann and Mrs Elsie Wolbert, Tacoma; Mrs Dorothy Orcutt, Deer Park; three brothers, Leo Wolf, Deer Park; Ruben Wolf, Tacoma; and Al Wolf, Odessa. All the brothers and sisters were present for the service.” (Odessa Record: 3-15-1962)

Wolsborn: “Funeral services for Mrs Emma Katherine Wolsborn, 51, who died on Sunday, June 20, at the home of her sister, Mrs Louise White of Prosser, were held on Friday of last week. The Rev Vincent Larson officiated.  Born in Odessa, Mrs Wolsborn had been a resident of Prosser for six years. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. While in Odessa Mr Wolsborn was school janitor.  She is survived by her husband, John, of Prosser; two daughters, Mrs Laura Mercer and Patricia Ann Wolsborn, both of Prosser; three sons, Howard, Robert and Larry, all of Prosser; five brothers, Leo Grimm of Portland; William Grimm of Prosser, and Alfred, Charles and Harlan Wolsborn, all of Long Beach, CA; three sisters, Mrs Louise White of Prosser; Mrs Pearl Pederson of Long Beach; and Mrs Helen Stricker of Long Beach.” (Odessa Record: 7-01-1954) 

Womach:  “Mr and Mrs Henry C Gies and Mr and Mrs Patrick Gies attended memorial services in Spokane July 18 for Martha Womach. A 1936 graduate of Odessa High School, Mrs Womach passed away in a Seattle hospital July 11 after an explosion in her Spokane home left her with critical injuries. She was the daughter of the late Conrad and Anna Derr Gies and the sister of Henry Gies. She is also survived by two children, three grandchildren, four sisters and another brother.  Her husband, Ray, preceded her in death in 1983.” (Odessa Record: 7-25-1985)

Young: Nicole Eileen Young, born Aug 30, 1985 to Henry and Geralyn Young of Odessa, died Sept 2 at home.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Jennifer and Ashley, and by her grandparents: Joe and Doriene Jacobs of Odessa, and Henry and Feris Young of White Swan, Washington.” (Odessa Record: 9-12-1985)

Zeiler:  Katherine Zeiler was born in Kulp, Russia on Aug 12, 1894. She came to the US at the age of 17 and later married Henry Thaut. Six children were born to this union. They lived in the Tacoma and Yakima areas. Mr Thaut died in 1933. In 1942 she was married to Jacob Zeiler of Odessa and lived  in the Odessa area until his death in 1954. For the past 20 years she has been living in San Jose, CA. She died Feb 4, 1976 after a brief illness.  She is survived by four sons: Henry of Stewartsville, MN; Fred of Snohomish, WA; Leo of Escondido and Arthur of San Diego, CA; two daughters, Mrs Ella Reed of San Diego; and Mrs Clara Tessier of San Jose; 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; 7 step sons: Edward, Jacob Jr, Roy, Sam and Don Zeiler of Odessa; Fred Zeiler of Vancouver, WA; and Vernie Zeiler of Alderwood Manor, WA; 3 step daughters: Viola Fode of Odessa; Rachel Tyler of Kent and Elma Lesser of Soap Lake; numerous step grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were held in San Jose, CA on Feb 7, 1976.” (Odessa Record: 2-19-1976)

Zier:  Donald Zier of Seattle died Dec 28,k 1985. He was the son of David and Amalia Zier, born in Odessa on Jan 11, 1929. He graduated from Odessa high school in 1947. He is survived by his wife, Juanita; two daughters, Vicki and Becki; one brother, George Zier, and two sisters, Martha Sullivan and Ruth Adams. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-24-1985)

Zimmerman:  “Walter Schnell has received word of the death of his sister, Mrs Elsa Zimmerman, of Seattle, who died Tuesday night. Mr and Mrs Schnell left today for Wenatchee where other members of the family live, and at least one of them will attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 2-14-1952)

Zundel:  Alfred Zundel, 50, of Ephrata died June 22 at the hospital in Soap Lake after a sudden illness. Services were held June 25 at Ephrata with burial in Soap Lake.  For the past 20 years he was a resident of the Ephrata-Soap Lake area. Zundel was born June 6, 1920, in Surprise, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Survivors, other than a sister Mrs Arthur (Helen) Deife, Odessa, are: his widow, Ruth; one son, Edward, and one daughter, Betty, at home; his mother, Mrs Katherine Zundel, Wenatchee; another sister, Mrs Roscoe (Irene) Thomas, Wenatchee; one brother, Theodore Zundel, Hartline; three step-daughters, Mrs Victor Nacarato in Alaska, Mrs Douglas Overen, Newhall, CA, and Mrs Arthur Thivlerge, Issaquah.” (Odessa Record: 7-09-1970) 

Zundel:  “Funeral services were held at Orange, CA, on Jan 31 for Mrs Emma Zundel, former resident of Wilson Creek. She was born on Nov 23, 1915 at Ruff. She lived in CA with her daughter since May, 1974, after the death of her husband, Fred. The past several months she has been in a California nursing home after suffering another stroke.  Mrs Zundel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Don McDaniel and grandson, Mike of Orange, CA. Also surviving are two sisters, Bertha King, Sun City, CA; and Elsie Burdick, KY; 5 brothers, Dan Schrader of Lind; Rudolph Tschritter of Warden; Ted Tschritter of Spokane; Ed Tschritter of Marlin; and Fred Tschritter of Oakville; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sons and her husband.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1976)

Zundel:  Fred Zundel, who died of a heart attack at the Memorial Hospital in Odessa on Thursday, May 2, was born Oct 1, 1898 in Bessarabia, Russia. He came to America with his parents, Paul and Katherine Zundel, when he was 2 years old, along with his two sisters and two brothers. They settled in the Ruff area, and Fred later farmed in the Wilson Creek area for many years.  He is survived by his wife, Emma Tschritter Zundel; one daughter, Lois McDaniel and a grandson from Orange, CA; two sisters, Mrs Matilda Raugust, Walla Walla, WA; and Mrs Otto Schuh of Marlin; one brother, Rudolph Zundel of Harrington; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sons preceded him in death, one of whom was killed during service in World War II at the age of 20. Funeral services were held on May 7, 1974 at Zion-Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, with Rev Harold Lachmann officiating. Organist was Mrs Mary Louise Horak, with Mrs Ione Zeiler and Mrs Donna Schafer as vocalists. Serving as casket bearers were Lewis Zundel of Marlin, Russell Zundel of Harrington and Ted Zundel of Hartline, all nephews; Cecil Pfeifer, Floyd Divito and Walter Fiess of Wilson Creek. Burial was in the Shultz Cemetery, with Strate’s Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 6-06-1974)


Odessa Obituaries, unspecified burial location, Odessa, Washington, 

submitted March 2006 by Marge Womach

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