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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Oct. 29, 2010


Obituaries for Oct. 29, 2010

Agnes Uttenreuther
Agnes Anna Uttenreuther, 95, of Baker City died peacefully at her home on Oct. 25, 2010.
A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled later.

Agnes was born on Jan. 21, 1915, at Evanston, Ill., to Phillip Knepper and Maria “Minnie” Seagren Knepper. She took a two-year business course at Mallinckrodt High School in Wilmette, Ill. Upon completion, she took college business courses while working for National Tea Co. from which she retired after 41 years as a bookkeeper. During World War II she managed one of their stores and was one of the first members of the Retail Clerks Union.

Agnes married Willard Uttenreuther on Aug. 26, 1933, at Evanston, where they continued to live until 1954 when they moved to Wheeling, Ill. They retired to Baker City in 1971 to be near their children. Willard died on Nov. 23, 1972. They had been married 39 years.

Agnes worked for the phone company in Baker City until the office was moved to Pendleton, then she went to work for the library.

In 1981, she and her son, Tom, moved to Brooksville, Fla., where they lived until 1987 when they returned to Baker City.

Some of her most memorable times were vacations to Canada, Florida, Niagara Falls and Disneyland. Agnes loved to dance, bowl and go for rides in the country with her husband.

Besides bingo, reading, working crossword puzzles and playing cards, her trips to Winnemucca, Nev., were special. She would advertise, take reservations and secure rooms.

Her knack with figures was amazing, family members said.

“She could add so fast whether on paper or in her head, that she didn’t need an adding machine,” they said. “People were drawn to her by her wonderful sense of humor and love of life.”

Agnes knew the birthday of each member of her family and never missed sending a card. She would buy the cards by the month and have them sit in order so they would get mailed on time.

She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was also a member of The Society of Little Flowers of Jesus at St. Theresa’s in Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard; sisters, Edith Sproat and Virginia Einsweiler; and a brother, Phillip Knepper.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Curtis and her husband, David; sons, Bill Uttenreuther and his wife, LaDonna, and Tom Uttenreuther; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Knepper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’n’ Home Hospice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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