Gerald M. Stradley 'Jerry'
Jan. 27, 1941 - Jan. 23, 2009
Payette - Gerald M. “Jerry” Stradley, 67, Payette, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at his home after a hard- fought battle with cancer. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
Jerry was born Jan. 27, 1941, to Archie and Irene Stradley. He attended school in Caldwell and Ontario.
In 1958, he joined the U.S. Army and served three years in the Military Police. He returned to the Treasure Valley and married Patricia Wiles in 1962. They raised two daughters, Karie and Lyndsay.
Jerry was an extremely hard working man with a strong work ethic. He worked at Champion Home Builders, H.H. Keim, owned and operated AmeriClean of Treasure Valley and retired from Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario as a correctional officer.
Jerry had many hobbies. He loved hiking, fishing, backpacking, gardening, woodworking and spending time at his cabin with his 8-year-old granddaughter.
He will be loved and missed by his wife, Pat, of 46 years; his daughters, Karie (Robert) Trujillo, of Portland, and Lyndsay (Nick) Gastelecutto, of Boise; sisters, Jackie (Terry) Franklin and Shirleen (Bill) Box, all of Boise; his granddaughter, Isabella Trujillo; several nieces and nephews; and his cousin, Connie Keller.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister, Sheryl.
A special thanks from the family to the staff and doctors at MSTI and the nurses and caregivers from Heart 'n Home Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Idaho Humane Society in Boise, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Anthony Edward Wonka
Nov. 25, 1922 - Jan. 14, 2009
Payette - Anthony Edward Wonka, 86, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, after spending one day at Payette Care Center. He loved, lived and told many a joke at Meadowbrook Retirement Center during his last two years.
He was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Hempstead, N.Y., to Aldolphine and Edward Wonka.
Tony graduated from Hempstead High and was drafted into the Army to serve in the South Pacific. After the war, he met and married Loretta Teresa Nickols. Together, they had four children and enjoyed many years living in Uniondale, N.Y., as Tony worked as an Electrolux salesman and milkman. Then, he and Loretta opened their own Delicatessen and later “Wonka's Luncheonette.” In 1970, Tony and Loretta sold their business and, with the two youngest children, headed west, settling in Ontario. Tony briefly sold furniture for Blacker's Furniture but is best known for his New York accent while selling cars for Gentry Ford.
Tony enjoyed the lifestyle Ontario offered as he became an avid golfer at the Municipal Golf Course and served as an exalted ruler for the Elks lodge. He also enjoyed many memorable boating, camping and fishing outings with family and friends.
Tony was preceded in death by his loving wife, Loretta, and his eight siblings.
He is survived by his children, Charles Wonka, Janet (Al) Beaupre, Nora (Alan) Miller and Brian (Deb) Wonka; grandchildren, Laura, Heather, Yvonne, Tara, Dean, Dan and Brianne; and great-grandchildren, Andrew, Bryce, Sarah, Samantha, Andrew, Liam, Jayce, Jayen and Owen.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at the Ontario Elks Lodge.
Arrangements are by Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario.
George Rudolph Leonardias Smit Jr.
July 29, 1919 - Jan. 15, 2009
Parma - George Rudolph Leonnardias Smit Jr., 89, Parma, passed away peacefully, with his daughter by his side, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland, with the Rev. Linda Tucker officiating. Interment will follow at Hilltop Memorial Cemetery, Nyssa. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
An Idaho native, George was known in his community as a successful farmer and avid political enthusiast. Born July 29, 1919, at home near Nyssa, George was the third child of George Rudolph Leonnardias Smit and Alida Kruyt Smit, both formerly of The Netherlands.
After high school graduation in 1940, George enlisted in the Army in February of 1941 and was honorably discharged in December of that same year for medical reasons. After his service, George stayed in the Tacoma, Wash., area finding work as a welder doing his part for the war effort at home. Having saved enough money to buy property at home, he moved back to the Nu Acres area where his parents had homesteaded and bought his first farm and began farming in 1948. During that time, he formed a farm implement company with partners Bob and John Palmer that would in later years become Palmer Equipment Company.
After leaving the partnership in the early 1950s, George concentrated on farming and ranching, but decided in the mid-1960s that row crop farming was his true calling, selling his cattle in order to concentrate on farming. On Nov. 10, 1963, George married Joyce Mitchell, of Nyssa, and was joined by her three children and receiving their only child in November 1964. George's farming career continued to span another two decades until his retirement in 1997 at the age of 78.
After retirement, George traveled to see family and enjoyed many different parts of this country that he loved so much. At home, he busied himself with “staying informed about the political scene” and making sure his coffee buddies knew what his opinions were each afternoon. George lived a long and contented life ending in no regrets. He loved his country and the valley he lived all his life in and was grateful for friends, neighbors and family.
George is survived by his daughter, Melody Smit; his step-daughter, LeRoyce Williams (David); his step-son, Andrew Schlupe (Shirlene); as well as six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jacob; sister, Ida Gallant; step-daughter, Evelyne Jackson; and ex-wife, Joyce Nelson.
George and his family were very grateful for the care he received from Dr. Andrew Peterson, of Ontario, Dr. William Kreisle and the MSTI staff, of Fruitland, and Dr. Mark Mallory, of Boise.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
There will be a reception following the graveside services, at the Nu Acres Farmeretts Hall at 2391 W. Delmar Ave.
Berniece Marion Crogh
Jan. 26, 1922 - Jan. 13, 2009
New Meadows - Berniece Marion Crogh. formerly of Payette, was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009.
Berniece was born in Kimberly, Idaho, on Jan. 26, 1922, to Jack and Grace Breazeale. She married Peter Harris Crogh on Feb 26, 1940. They had celebrated 64 years of marriage before Harris was laid to rest on Oct. 11, 2004, in New Meadows, Idaho. Berniece's life revolved around raising her 12 children and being with her sister, Hazel, and her six sons, and her brother, Lloyd, and his five daughters.
Berniece had a close, personal relationship with God and walked in His shining example. She was a prayer-warrior and also enjoyed fishing with her soul mate, sewing (especially wedding dresses) and crocheting.
Berniece was preceded in death by her parents; husband; eldest son, Larry; and sister, Hazel Schwartz.
Survivors include her brother, Lloyd Breazeale, of Lincoln, Calif.; and her 12 children, six sons, Lenard Crogh (Anna), of Ardmore, Okla., Lamont Crogh (Connie), of New Meadows, Idaho, Rhawn Krogh, of Corvallis, Ore., Kent Kao (Annie), of Madison, Conn., Ken Crogh (Nikki), of New Meadows, Idaho, James Kao (Ket), of Boise, and five daughters, Laurale Lorentzen, of Florence, Ore., Sandy Blatchley (Darrell Sr), of the Philippines, Jeanne Wilson (Martin), of Eagle, Idaho, Faye Sharrai (Todd), of Payette, and Naomi Alton, of Payette; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to sincerely thank Newborn's Personal Care and their staff for their wonderful and compassionate care for our Mom this last year.
Larry E. Muir
Nov. 16, 1920 - Jan. 2, 2009
Weiser - Larry E. Muir, 88, Weiser, passed away, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
At his request, no service will be held.
Larry was born Nov. 16, 1920, to Ole G. and Nellie Muir in Weiser. He attended the Weiser schools, graduating from Weiser High School in 1938. While in high school, he played basketball and football. After high school, Larry worked in the grocery business in Weiser and New Meadows. He married Hulda Thomason on May 10, 1942.
On Dec. 23, 1943, Larry enlisted in the Army and was assigned to serve in the European Theater of World War II. After the war, Larry returned to Weiser. His son Robert L. Muir was born in 1948. Larry worked for the Jewel T Company, selling and delivering grocery items to homes in the area.
Larry and Hulda divorced in 1960. Larry married Vivian Scott on Aug. 2, 1961. Vivian's two sons, Richard A Scott and Gene T Scott, completed their family. He bought the Hix Randleman Farmers' Insurance business on East Idaho in October of 1963.
Later the office was moved to North State Street. Larry worked as an insurance agent until his retirement in January of 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian; son, Rob, and his wife, Connie; stepson, Richard, and his wife, Susie; stepson, Gene, and his wife, JoAnne; his brother, Merle Muir; eight grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bernice Gerrard; brother, Roy Muir; and sister, Helen Muir.
A special thanks to Ashley Manor and Sunbridge Care Center employees for all their love and care.
R.L. Masingill ‘Tobe'
Sept. 29, 1928 - Jan. 5, 2009
Payette - R.L. “Tobe” Masingill, 80, Payette, passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at a Payette care facility. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at St. James Episcopal Church, Payette. Inurnment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Services are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
Tobe was born at his grandparent's house in Nampa on Sept. 29, 1928, to Tollie and Nettie Masingill. His parents moved to Payette and started Gem Electric Company in downtown Payette, and that is where Tobe and his brother, Cliff, grew up. They lived above the store and spent their childhood playing on Main Street while their parents operated the business.
Tobe was obsessed with baseball! He played on every team that he could find. He played youth baseball while spending time with his grandparents in Nampa. He played high school baseball for Payette High School. During the summers, he played Junior Legion baseball on a winning team that captured two state championships. Then, with a baseball scholarship, he went on to play for the University of Idaho, where in a newspaper article in 1950, he was reported as being the No. 1 baseball player for the university up to that year.
After graduating from college with an engineering degree, he moved back to Payette with his wife, Bettie. He joined the Air National Guard, and in 1951, the 190th Squadron was assigned to active duty. Tobe, along with his brother, Cliff, was sent to Valdosta, Ga. While away, his wife gave birth to Brad, the first of three children. After a short stay there, he moved his family to Victorville, Calif., and served his country at George A.F.B. and had the honor of playing baseball on the team that won the southern division championship. He moved back to Payette in 1952 and went to work at the family business with his dad, mom and brother. In 1953, his daughter, Lee, was born and in 1955, his daughter, Anne, was born.
His life's passions were rooted in the town of Payette. He helped reinstate the Apple Blossom Festival; served as president of the Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce; was state president for the opponents of the sales tax initiative; was instrumental in building the golf course; started a local investor's club; bowled every Wednesday night for over 50 years; played baseball on a town team known as the Payette Packers, and, while in his 60s, played second base on a softball team with his son Brad and son-in-law Lee. He coached baseball, hunted, fished and played golf. Tobe lived a life full of taking care of his family, working to make Payette a great place to live and tending to the customers of Masingill's Furniture.
He is survived by his son, Brad, and his wife, Robin, of Payette; daughter, Lee, and her husband, Lee Nelson, of Payette; daughter, Anne Masingill, of Payette; brother, Cliff Masingill, and wife, Shirley, of Payette; grandchildren, Brandon and Eben Masingill, of Payette, Kelli Rich, and her husband, Cody, of Nampa, and Alex Masingill, of Payette; two special little great-grandsons, Kalen and Carson Rich; and special friends, Felicia and Leticia Parraz; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Other special members of his family are Leisa, Kristen and Megan.
Tobe was preceded in death by his parents; Bettie, his wife of 51 years; son-in-law, Tom Evans; brother-in-law, Warren McCain; nephew, Mark McCain; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bud and Bettie Jenkins; and sister-in-law, Margaret Jenkins.
A special thank you goes to all those who offered love and care during the last three years of Tobe's life, including Kyle, who became his golfing partner for his last 90 rounds of golf, and the staff of Royal Villa, who allowed him to live out his last days with dignity.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Scotch Pines Golf Course, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Maria M. Laurance
Oct. 11, 1910 - Jan. 6, 2009
Vale - Maria M. Laurance, 98, Vale, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at a Vale care center. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Vale. A memorial Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, also at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Private family interment will be at a later date.
Charlotte T. Woodie
July 9, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2009
New Plymouth - Charlotte T. Woodie, age 89, of New Plymouth, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario. A visitation for family and friends will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, followed by a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Fruitland. Mass of a Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Fruitland. Interment will follow at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
Charlotte was born on July 9, 1919, in Spalding, Neb., to Clyde and Mary (Roessler) Criss. She grew up and attended schools in Spalding, Neb. Her final years of school were in New Plymouth, Idaho, graduating in 1937.
She married Russell Carpenter in New Plymouth in 1937. To this union, three children were born, Jim, Sheila and Margaret. Russell passed away in 1954. In 1963, she married Les Woodie in New Plymouth. Les passed away in 1996. She worked as a cook for the New Plymouth School District and later as a cook for the New Plymouth Senior Citizens Center. Charlotte was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church and Corpus Christi Catholic Church. She was active in the Catholic Women's League and served as a catechism teacher.
Charlotte is survived by a son, Jim Carpenter, of Vancouver, Wash.; a brother, Paul Criss, of Wilder, Idaho; a stepson, Gary Woodie, of Port Angles, Wash.; two stepdaughters, Rita Krause, of Jordan Valley, Ore., and Colleen Grover, of Pendleton, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Karen Peterson, of New Plymouth.
She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two daughters, one stepson, two sisters and one brother.
Memorials may be made to the New Plymouth Senior Citizens Center, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.