Obituaries for the week of Dec. 22-26

December 26, 2003 12:00 am

Carmen Whiteley

Carmen Whiteley, 75, of Baker City, died Dec. 17, 2003.

There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

She was born on July 25, 1928, to Claude and Rachel Krigbaum in a farmhouse near Halfway. She was married to Daryl Whiteley on Dec. 22, 1945. They would have celebrated their 58th anniversary this year.

Daryl and Carmen worked in many places over the years. They spent a number of years in the livestock business. While managing a large cattle operation, Carmen had her own horse and helped with everything that needed to be done such as doctoring, branding and driving truck. They were true partners, without her help, people said, "we would have to hire two more men."

Carmen loved rodeos and saw lots of them including several times at the National Finals Rodeo. Whenever Daryl entered a rodeo and got hurt, she would say "it serves you right." Carmen and Daryl were not only husband and wife, but partners. While buying livestock they traveled all over the Western states and Canada.

Carmen almost always traveled with Daryl. While working construction, they spent 4 years in Hawaii where Daryl was a construction superintendent. Carmen spent all the time that she could on the beach looking for seashells. That 4 years was one of her happiest times.

Carmen was a member of the Trail Tenders organization for more than 11 years and volunteered countless hours at The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. She was involved in many activities at the center including being a member of the Sew 'N Sews.

Carmen was also a member of the Oregon California Trails Association. She and Daryl traveled to many conventions all over the Western states where Carmen made many friends she remained in contact with. Carmen will be missed by all of them and everyone who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Daryl; son, Larry, of Walla Walla, Wash.; a brother, Phil Krigbaum, and his wife, Marty, of Connel, Wash.; a sister, Joann Hulse, and her husband, Herb, of Kennewick, Wash.; sister, Lana Sloan, and her husband, Jim, of Pendleton; granddaughter, Lehua Hanson, and four great-granddaughters of Pasco, Wash., Kuiipo Whiteley and three grandchildren of Othello, Wash., and granddaughter, Heather Clark, of Richland, Wash.; an aunt, Marie Colombari of Baker City; and uncle, Don Makinson of Pine Creek; many cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends who she loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trail Tenders Inc. to establish a memorial in her name at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. This may be done through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Judith Andrew

Judith Rae Andrew, 65, of Baker City, died Dec. 4, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center with her family around her.

At Judy's request, there will be no memorial service.

She was born Judith Rae Walters on April 8, 1938, at Portland where she lived until 1995 when she moved to Baker City to retire. Here she met and married George Andrew, who died in 2001.

Judy was a gifted musician and singer who majored in music at Oregon State University at Corvallis. She went on to record a Christian music album with her longtime friend, Judy Gritzmacher. She was very active in church activities in Portland and for years sang with the church folk group along with her five children.

Her dream was to have her children sing like the VonTrapp family singers in "The Sound of Music." It's only fitting then that she end her life with the name Judy Andrew (almost Julie Andrews, who played Maria in the movie).

Survivors include her five children, Daedre Decker, Darcie Ward, Denise Wymore, Mark Prehn and Carl Prehn; 11 grandchildren, Matthew, Leslie, Stephanie, Amanda, Timothy, another Matthew, Mason, Grant, Rachel, Eliott, and Megan; and two brothers, Roger and Rick Walters.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Pathway Hospice program in Judy's memory through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Kathy' Smietana

Kathryn Jean "Kathy" Smietana, 48, of Baker City, died Dec. 21, 2003, at her home.

There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. The Rev. Connie Boone will conduct the service.

Kathy was born July 2, 1955, at Corona, Calif., to John "Jack" and Beverly Neske. She attended school in Perris, Calif., and in 1972 participated in the American Field Services (AFS) exchange program. She spent 10 weeks in Costa Rica with a host family.

She graduated from Perris High School in 1973. After graduation, she moved to Baker City. On Nov. 8, 1975, she married Mike Smietana. They had two children, Michelle and Joseph.

She worked for the Baker County Health Department for the last 13 years. Kathy enjoyed her family and the outdoors.

The family extends a special thanks to all of the friends who helped during hard times, especially Bertha Bales, Nancy Staten, Patty Bogart, Mickey Bowman, Katie Countryman, Julie French, Larry Frank, the Dodsons, the Halls, Agnes Heck, Mary Tomlinson and many others.

Survivors include her husband, Mike; daughter, Michelle, and son, Joseph Smietana, all of Baker City; her mother, Beverly Neske-Schaer and her husband, Duane Schaer, of Baker City; father-in-law, Ted Smietana of Baker City; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Marcella Neske of Baker City, and Martin and Mary Neske of Haines; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patty and Richard Howe of Haines, and Dana and Mark Robinson of Springfield; sister-in-law, Kay Sword, and her husband, Dan, of Baker City; brother-in-law, Ted Smietana, and his wife, Pam, of Salem; nieces and nephews, Josh, Jolynne, Patrick, Kathleen, Pamela, Casey, Dan Jr., Al and Steve.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Neske; and her mother-in-law, Ann Smietana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Pathway Hospice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Kenneth Rost

Dr. Kenneth D. Rost, 59, a La Grande resident since 1978, and a former Baker City physician, died Dec. 23, 2003, at his home of natural causes.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in La Grande. Pastor Norman Shrumm will officiate.

Dr. Rost was born on Feb. 17, 1944, at Spokane, Wash., to Clarence A. and Iris V. Fear Rost. He was raised at Beaverton, and was a 1962 Beaverton High School graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Willamette University at Salem in 1966. There he met his wife, Mary Anne Dorsch. They were married in 1966.

He received his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1970 and later returned to OHSU to complete his residency as an obstetrician and gynecologist in 1978.

Between medical school and completing his residency, Dr. Rost was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1973. He maintained a private practice in Baker City from 1973 to 1975. He returned to Eastern Oregon in 1978, where he maintained a private OB/GYN practice in La Grande until his retirement in 2001.

Dr. Rost was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in La Grande. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed water skiing, hunting, horseback riding and running. He especially enjoyed the Eagle Cap Wilderness and spending time with his family at Wallowa Lake. The Rost family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who gave their love and support during the last several years of Dr. Rost's life.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of La Grande; two sons and their spouses, Jeff and Tiffanie Rost of Salem and Brian and Jennifer Rost of Lolo, Mont.; a brother, Terry Rost, of Beaverton; and his mother, Iris Rost of Hillsboro.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary's Regional Cancer Center, the Presbyterian Church Help Fund or the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Ministries through the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.