Obituaries for Nov. 25, 2013

By Baker City Herald November 25, 2013 12:44 pm

Josephine Elskamp

Meridian, Idaho 1919-2013

Josephine Eva Moar Leuck Elskamp, 93, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 20, 2013, with her family by her side. 

At her request, her body was cremated and there will be no funeral. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1919, at Grants Pass to Verla Adelia and Thomas Harold Moar. After Josephine lost her parents, she and her younger brother, Thomas Moar, were raised by their grandparents, Malinda and Manuel Silvers, at Baker City.

Josephine attended St. Francis Academy, graduating at the age of 18 on May 27, 1938. She married Don Leuck in 1940 and had two daughters.

She married Sam Elskamp in 1963.

Survivors include her two daughters, Dona Jo (Murray) Stookey of Meridian, Idaho, and Mary Ann Edlin of Spokane, Wash.; three grandchildren, Dane (Ann) Stookey, Marna Hoiland and Bret (Maureen) Cunningham; nine great-grandchildren, Erika Stookey, Marissa Stookey, Ben Stookey, Savanah Cunningham, Tana Cunningham, Nicolas Cunningham, Judith Cunningham, Bailey Cunningham, and Reagan Cunningham.

Family members expressed special thanks to Rhea and Merrill of St. Luke’s Hospice and Yona, Crystal, and others at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

Brenda Hock

Halfway, 1949-2013

Brenda Gayle Hock, 64, of Halfway, died Nov. 21, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Brenda had been battling Stage 4 cancer for eight months until it finally got the best of her and she decided to leave this life and be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to also be reunited with her mother, father and her only son, Michael Jo.

There will not be a service at this time.

Brenda Gayle was born on Nov. 17, 1949, at Denison, Texas, to Curtis and Lora Thomas. In 2003, Brenda and Ken moved to Halfway.

Brenda will be missed. If you ever came to visit her, she would try to give you something. She was always a giver, never a taker. 

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Brenda, Ken suggests that you consider a tag from the Christmas tree at US Bank to brighten a child’s face this Christmas, or maybe a prayer, or just do something really special.  

Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.