Baker City, 1923-2019
Sylva Isabelle Michael Zimmerman, 96, died peacefully on April 12, 2019, at Settler’s Park, where she had been a resident for many years.
There will be a family graveside service for Sylva at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Sylva was born on Feb. 12, 1923, at Brownsville, Oregon, to Frank and Clara Michael. The family eventually moved to Cottage Grove, and Sylva graduated from Cottage Grove High School as the class salutatorian. She also won several awards for distinguished efforts in many of her classes. Her love of study and research remained throughout her life.
During the summer following graduation while working in a small café, she met Everett Zimmerman. He was doing construction work in the area. They married later that year on Oct. 22, 1941.
A few months later, Everett was drafted into the U.S. Army and was shipped to Pearl Harbor where he remained for nearly three years. Sylva was pregnant when he left and gave birth to their son, Charles, on Nov. 24, 1942.
During the time Everett was stationed in Hawaii, Sylva and Charles moved to Coos Bay to live with her mother and father and her younger sister, Frances. She found employment as a clerk at CC Anderson’s, a high-end clothing store, and eventually became the buyer for the women’s wear department.
When Everett returned home, they moved to Baker and soon their daughter, Suzanne, was born. Everett began his career with Safeway and Sylva became a full-time homemaker. They moved to Hermiston for a short time with Safeway, then returned permanently to Baker.
In 1956 they moved from their home on North Cedar Street to the family ranch in Missouri Flat as Everett’s mother and uncle chose to move to town from the family ranch and then it became home to Everett, Sylva and the children. They raised registered Angus cattle and Everett continued as manager of the Safeway store.
Sylva was very invested in the local Toastmistress club and went on to win the grand prize of its International Club at the annual convention, which was held that year in San Francisco. She also won a national bakeoff contest with Betty Crocker and flew to Michigan with Everett for the finals. Her beef and pork meatball recipe won a blue ribbon and cash prize as first place in that category.
Sylva successfully sold real estate for Curfman & Ullman Realty and was also active as chairwoman of the Red Cross in Eastern Oregon. Later in life she worked part time for her dear friend Jo Curtis at Curtis Jewelry Store.
Following Everett’s retirement from Safeway, Sylva and Everett sold the family ranch and bought a small acreage in Auburn and had a home built. They remained there until they settled into their last home on Broadway by the river and had a constant stream of friends drop by daily. They held a weekly Bible study in their home for years and many people told us how blessed they had been by Sylva’s teaching and their warm hospitality, her family said.
Sylva continued to live in their home after Everett’s passing in October 2002 until she fell while on a walk with a friend and severely broke her wrist. It was a complex break that left her unable to care for herself. She refused to go to Portland or Phoenix to be with her children as “all of her friends were here.” Thus she became a resident of Settler’s Park where she remained with their extremely competent care.
Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne, and her husband, Michael Canifax of Portland; three grandsons, Matt Zimmerman, and Mike and Mark Canifax; her great-grandchildren, Kyle, Jake, Rylie, MacKenzie, Mikayla, Madison and Merci; her great-great-granddaughter, Addison; her sister, Frances Oldland of Central Point; and her nephew, Jim Oldland of Central Point.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Clara Michael; her husband, Everett, in 2002; and their son, Charles, in 2012.
Sylva was a member of the Island City Foursquare Church where she often was asked to help with the Sunday message. Pastor Ted Davis was a great comfort to both Sylva and Everett.
Sylva was also active with Women’s Aglow and spoke at many cities for them. She was always willing to share her faith.
Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Sylva may do so to the Benevolence Ministry (they help people in need) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamis
Formerly of Richland, 1936-2019
Carleton D. Knoblauch, 82, of New Orleans, and a former Richland resident, died April 7, 2019, at Broodale Assisted Living in Manderville, Louisiana.
Born on Aug. 12, 1936, at Baker City to William Knoblauch and Veatrice Ewing Knoblauch, Carleton grew up on the family farm in Richland. After graduating from Eagle Valley High School in 1953 he spent a short time in Butte, Montana, working in the mines. He attended the University of Oregon then joined the U.S. Air Force for four years, spending two of those years in Japan. Upon leaving the military in 1959 Carleton married Sharon Yandell of Highland, Texas, and they made their home in Hillsboro, where he worked for The Oregonian newspaper. While living in Hillsboro they welcomed a son, Dennis, to their family in 1961 and then daughter, Kathleen, in 1967.
The family moved to New Orleans in 1972 where Carleton worked for The Times Picayune newspaper until his retirement in 2002.
After Sharon passed away Carleton met and married Anne Duncan of New Orleans and welcomed stepdaughter Janie to the family.
If you ever had the pleasure to visit Carleton in New Orleans you had a great time, his family said. He loved showing you around and was a wonderful host. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home, fishing and flying his model airplanes.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathleen, and her partner, Christy, of Abita Springs, Louisiana; his sister, Sharla Stevens, and her husband, Wayne, of Baker City; his nieces, Ronda Sadlowsky of Baker City and Carol Wheeler and her husband, Patrick, of Hines.
Carleton was loved and will be missed by all who knew him, his family said.
Baker City, 1933-2019
Ruby Laurene Chapman, 85, of Baker City, died April 15, 2019.
Her memorial service will be Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Friends are invited to join the family at a reception following the memorial service. The location will be announced at the service.
Laurene was born on Oct. 2, 1933, at Portland to Milton and Hazel Butler. She grew up in Sheridan, Oregon, and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1950 at the age of 16.
She moved to Amity when she married Edward Chapman in December of 1951. They bought a house in Tigard where they raised their three children until the family moved to Bald Peak in Hillsboro, in 1969.
In 1977, after the kids moved out of the house, Ed and Laurene settled in Baker County where Ed built a log house while Laurene ran their business, Elkhorn Title Insurance Company in Baker City. She was widowed in 1996 when Ed passed away from cancer.
Laurene spent all of her adult life working in the field of title insurance until she retired and sold the company. She was an active member of the community including Oregon Woodlands Association, Soroptimists, Republican Central Committee, and the Threadbenders Weavers Guild.
Her favorite creative endeavor was weaving, and she won awards for her beautiful rugs. She was a passionate reader, enjoyed making and refinishing furniture, loved cooking on her woodstove and being in the woods at the log home.
Laurene is survived by her three children, Jim Chapman, Cathy Chapman-Perkins and Linda Chapman; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Don Butler of Albany; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Chapman; her infant son, Gary Lynn Chapman; her father, Milton Butler; her mother, Hazel Leith Butler; and her sister, Dorothy Butler Valet.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’N Home Hospice or to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Laurene, or to leave a condolence for her family, go to www.grayswestco.com