Obituaries for Sept. 28, 2011

By Baker City Herald September 28, 2011 05:41 pm

‘Tom’ Gately
Leslie Thomas “Tom” Gately, 75, died Sept. 21, 2011, at North Powder.
His military graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the North Powder Cemetery.
Tom was born on April 13, 1936, at Wichita, Kan., to Leo and Mary Rohrbach Gately. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, retiring after 20 years as a staff sergeant.
Tom worked for Senyoy for eight years as a courier and recently retired. His hobbies were fishing and camping. He was a member of the American Legion.
He owned his home and raised a great and loving family.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Gately; stepfather, Gordon Gately; and his brother, Barton Gately.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Marion Rose Gately of North Powder; sons, David Gately of Pendleton and Don Gately of North Powder; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa Reinecke
Theresa Ann Reinecke, 81, of Santa Cruz, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died July 23, 2011 at Aegis of Aptos in Santa Cruz, Calif.
The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Father Julian Cassar will officiate. Urn burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. A luncheon will be served to family and friends afterward at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall.
Theresa was born on June 5, 1930, to Raymond and Angela Brown at The Dalles. She attended grade school at St. Patrick’s Parish in Walla Walla, Wash. She was a 1948 graduate of St. Francis Academy at Baker City.
Theresa attended Marylhurst Catholic College for Women and West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., majoring in home economics, art, textile art and design.
She married R. Douglas Reinecke on Aug. 26, 1950, at St. Francis Cathedral in Baker City. The couple moved to La Grande where Doug completed college, then on to Wallowa where he taught school. They had five children:  Sherri, Damon, Shawn, Synthia and Suzanne. In 1959, the family moved to San Jose, Calif., where they lived until returning home to Baker City in 1986. Theresa moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., in August 2009 to be near family.
Theresa’s joy was her family, her love of friends, teaching sewing, arts and crafts and cooking, her family said. After her family was grown, she taught adult sewing and worked in fabric stores in California. She also managed a clothing store and designed window displays until retirement.
She was a member of St. Francis Cathedral, Altar Society Circle II, Beta Theta Sorority, La Grande Chapter of E.S.A. for many years and St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include her children, Sherri and Ron Enz of Granite Bay, Calif., Damon and Pat Reinecke of San Jose, Calif., Shawn and Mike Morse of Aptos, Calif., Synthia Reinecke of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Suzanne Schooler of Moss Landing, Calif.; grandchildren, Ryan Enz, Eric and Katie Reinecke, Amie Northrip, Joseph, Elizabeth and Robert Schooler; sister, Betty Jo Kratz; niece, Anna Lisa Valentine; nephews, David and Geoffory Kratz and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Doug.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Elevator Fund or St. Francis Altar Society through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Bill’ Best
Lloyd “Bill” Best, 56, a former Baker City resident, died July 27, 2011, at Salt Lake City.
At his request, his uncles will scatter his cremated remains near the Powder River.
He was born on July 26, 1955, at Baker City to George and Arlee Nebeker Best. He was the first grandchild of Ed and Merna Nebeker and Lloyd and Edra Best. The family moved to Salt Lake City in 1963.
As a teenager, Bill spent many summers at his Grandmother Nebeker’s home at Baker City. He had many friends in the community.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; and a younger brother, Danny Joe.
Survivors include his son, Patrick Best, daughter, Katie Best, and his ex-wife, Sue Best, of Lancaster, Calif.; two uncles, Dale Nebeker of Baker City and Devear Nebeker of Hood River; and many cousins and other relatives.