Obituaries for the week of Feb. 25 to March 1, 2002

March 01, 2002 12:00 am

Bonnie Daniels

Bonnie Ellen Daniels, 71, of La Grande, died Feb. 25, 2002, at La Grande.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Bonnie was born on Aug. 31, 1930, at Alto, Wyo., to Charles Henry and Elfie Lucille Sorg Daniels. She worked as a veterinary assistant, cook, musician and singer.

Her hobbies included cooking, canning, fishing, bowling, sewing and working with wood. She loved her dog, Joker, who was her constant companion for 17 years. She was a loving wife, sister and mother.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Williams Sr.; grandsons, Charles Jr. and Zane Curtis; granddaughters, Rosemary and Vera Lynn; great-grandchildren, Corbin Lee Williams, Tyler Lee and Alyssa Renee Williams; stepdaughter, Christine, and stepson, John Leo; sisters, Joann, Ida Alice and Betty Ann; brothers, Frederick Arron, Carl Ray and Charles Henry Jr. Daniels and their families. Bonnie also enjoyed her 25 years with John Henry Williamson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and six sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Bernice Bumgardner

Bernice Elizabeth Bumgardner, 82, of La Grande died Feb. 28, 2002.

There will be no public service. There will be a private memorial service.

Mrs. Bumgardner was born Dec. 10, 1919, to Clarence and Alma Dorsey Southard at Laurence, Colo. She attended schools in Colorado and moved to Oregon in 1938.

On Oct. 4, 1941, she married Arnold Waelty. After a divorce she married Albert Bumgardner. She was a homemaker and enjoyed birds, animals, all kinds of hobbies and crafts and taking rides in the hills.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Ken Waelty of Hermiston, Pat Gutierrez of Heppner, Judith Ely of Oregon City, Laura VanDusen of Elgin and Larry Waelty of La Grande; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura Hampton of Lamar, Ark., and Josephine Parrish of Hermiston; a brother, Clarence Southard of Elgin; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Waelty; three brothers, James, Frank and Wally Southard; and a sister, Isabelle Walton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital transitional care unit through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande.

Steve Dalke

Stephen Arnold Steve Dalke, 49, of Hammett, Idaho, died Feb. 22, 2002, after battling cancer.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.

Steve was born on Dec. 2, 1952, at Omaha, Neb., to Arnold and Doris Dalke, who were missionaries with Village Missions in the Western states. He graduated from Yreka High School at Yreka, Calif., in 1971.

He attended Montana Institute of the Bible where he met his future wife, Carla Sue Claiborne of Boise. They were married at Cole Community Church on May 22, 1976. Throughout the next 25 years they served with Village Missions at Machais, Wash.; Callahan, Calif.; Portland, Mohawk and Unity in Oregon; DeBeque, Colo.; and at Hammett and Bruneau, Idaho.

Steve had a great love for life, people and animals. His strongest desire in life was that everyone would come to know and understand Gods great love and acceptance. He not only preached it, but lived it.

Steve loved spending time with family and friends. He was well- known for playing pranks on people, and had a great sense of humor. One of his hobbies was raising and training horses. He enjoyed helping area ranchers or just pleasure riding.

Steve is survived by his wife, Carla Dalke; his mother, Doris Dalke of Dallas; his children, Bryan Dalke and his wife, Nellie Dalke, and his granddaughter, Kaylee Dalke, all of Boise, Idaho, Cecily Dalke of Sisters and Tim Dalke of Boise; his brother, Dan Dalke of Rouge River; and his sister, Becky Pinson of North Bend.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Dalke.

Gary Dias

Gary Joe Dias, 48, of Larnet, Kan., died Feb. 17, 2002, at his home.

His graveside funeral was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Deacon Jim Watt of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church officiated.

Gary was born on Dec. 23, 1953, at Watsonville, Calif. He graduated from Watsonville High School and worked as an EMT at San Jose, Calif., and on several different construction jobs.

He served on an atomic submarine in the U.S. Navy and also worked with his dad on a commercial fishing boat at Bristol Bay, Alaska, before falling to a long-term illness.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Gerald and Jan Dias; his mother, Rose Bishop; his sister and her husband, Angelica and Ramy Hancock; three nieces; and two grandmothers, Pauline Dias and Rose Lewis, both of Watsonville, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Pete Cummings

Clardon B. Pete Cummings, 82, also known as Tuffy, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 24, 2002, at Portland.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home. Burial will be at noon Friday at the Willamette National Cemetery. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Cummings was born on Aug. 28, 1919, at Huntington. He served in the U.S. Army and in 1945 married Agnes Henderson. She died in 1992.

He had lived in the Portland area since 1946 where he worked as a road engineer for Multnomah County. He retired in 1982.

Survivors include his sons Donald P. Cummings and Jon Scott Cummings; a daughter, Carol Sayre; sisters, Emma Jean Greener, MaDonna Oliver and Lillian Densley; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the American Cancer Society.