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OBITUARIES.

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Virginia Gignac

A memorial service will be held June 18 for Virginia L. Gignac of Eugene, who died June 13 of complications from cancer. She was 68.

Gignac was born March 6, 1936, in Eugene to Albert and Mary Chisamore Davis.

She was a lifetime resident of this area and graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School.

She worked as a cook for various area nursing homes. She also worked for Eugene Fruit Growers and Agripac for many years.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene and an Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed games of chance and garage sales. She especially enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include her life partner of 15 years, Michael Welton; four sons, Tim Haugen and Greg Gignac, both of Eugene, and Dave and Roger Haugen, both of Springfield; a daughter, Vicki Culwell of Powell Butte; two brothers, John Davis of San Diego and Jim Davis of Florence; five sisters, Charlotte Putnam and Frances Bires, both of Eugene, Louise Shaw of Springfield, Peggy Haney of Corvallis and Maryellen Oldham of Veneta; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Friday's service will be held at 12:15 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene.

Charlotte Schmitt

A graveside service will be held June 18 for Charlotte E. Schmitt of Carson City, Nev., formerly of Triangle Lake, who died June 11 of age-related causes. She was 94.

Schmitt was born Nov. 7, 1909, in Oregon City to Charles and Marion Bell Van Orden. She married Ralph Schmitt in Eugene on Sept. 15, 1931. He died in 1999.

She lived in Triangle Lake from 1931 to 1998.

She graduated from Grant High School in Portland in 1929. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed taking care of her family.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Ann Pitts of Carson City; a son, Larry of Eugene; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Restlawn Memorial Park in Junction City. Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home in Junction City is in charge of arrangements.

Fred Hartstrom

A celebration of life will be held June 25 for Fred A. Hartstrom of Eugene, who died June 8 of cancer. He was 64.

Hartstrom was born July 13, 1939, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Fred and Lena Rendel Hartstrom. He married Carol Pilgard in Eugene on Sept. 4, 1965.

He lived in Jewell and Astoria before settling in Eugene in 1958.

He received a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

He was employed with the Lane County district attorney's office for 19 years before working with Horton, Hartstrom and Koenig. He was later a sole practitioner.

He was a member of the Lane County Bar Association. He received the Owen M. Panner Professional Award from the Oregon State Bar Association.

He enjoyed commercial fishing in Alaska, country music and reading. He was an avid sports fan, and he also enjoyed coaching youth sports.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Rik of Beaverton; a daughter, Michelle Hartstrom of Portland; and two sisters, Millie MacKenzie of Bend and Joyce Angelus of Dallas, Ore.

A coffee reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Astoria Elks Lodge. The celebration of life will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 25 in the McKenzie Ballroom at the Valley River Inn in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lane Community College Foundation Baseball Fund or to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Jerry Love

OAKRIDGE - A memorial gathering will be held June 20 for Jerry Leroy Love of Oakridge, who died May 20 of pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Love was born May 18, 1935, in Salem to Harold Love and Vera Polland Love Lewis. He married Rebecca Johnson on March 1, 1957.

He lived in Wendling from 1935 to 1948. He attended Oakridge High School.

He settled in Oakridge in 1948 and was employed as a millworker. He later worked for the water and waste management department for the city of Westfir.

He was a member of the Oakridge Riding Club, the Arthur Miller Dance Studio and the Oakridge Gun Club.

He received a Hero's Life Saving Award.

He enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Gerald of Chisholm, Minn.; four daughters, Linda Hanneman of Oakridge, Tonya Deisner of Tigard, Shonnie Love of Cheshire and Tina Ferguson of Marcola; two brothers, David of Springfield and Michael of Elmira; two sisters, Myra "Betty" Ekman of Bremerton, Wash., and Margarite "Peggy" Love of Newport News, Va.; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A daughter, Kellie Woolery, died in 1983.

Sunday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Greenwaters Park in Oakridge.

Oakridge Chapel of the Woods Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Ammann

A memorial service was held June 15 at Willamette Christian Center in Eugene for Joyce Ammann of Eugene, who died June 10 of cancer. She was 73.

Ammann was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Dallas, Ore., to Joseph and Clarice King Garner. She married Robert Dressel. He later died. She married Albert Ammann in Eugene on July 18, 1980.

She lived in Eugene since 1976.

Ammann graduated from Klamath Union High School. She was employed as a receptionist at Serenity Lane in Eugene.

She was a member of the Willamette Christian Center in Eugene.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Bill Dressel and Daniel Ammann, both of Portland; three daughters, Deidra Storm of Eugene and Bonni Tierney and Susanne Ammann, both of Portland; and three sisters, Janice Frazier of Madison, Miss., Jo Anne Sweek of Klamath Falls and Judith Willis of Springfield; and numerous grandchildren.

Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Traci Hartford

The funeral will be held June 18 for Traci Rae Hartford of Eugene, who died June 14. She was 38. The cause of death has not been determined.

Hartford was born Jan. 27, 1966, in Eugene to Barry and Judi Sorenson Hartford.

She was a lifetime resident of this area and attended the Easter Seal School.

She was affiliated with the Big Sister Program for 30 years and she served as an advocate for the disabled. She was a poster child for the March of Dimes in 1974.

She was a member of the Oregon Supported Living Program and Easter Seals.

She enjoyed crafts, camping and group outings. She also enjoyed spending time with her caregiver and her family. She especially enjoyed her cat.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Red Dishner of Junction City; a sister, Kelli Latham of Cottage Grove; and her grandparents, Stan and Elenor Sorenson of Creswell.

Friday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Burial will be at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene.

Jacob Mentzer

A memorial service will be held June 17 for Jacob "Jake" Mentzer of Fresno, Calif., formerly of Springfield, who died June 11 from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. He was 14.

He was born March 1, 1990, in Clovis, Calif., to Michael Mentzer and Cynthia Beaver Reed.

He lived in this area for six years. He was a student and completed the eighth grade.

Survivors include his father of Hood River; his mother of Fresno; a brother, Christopher of Fresno; and a sister, Christina Mentzer of Oregon.

Visitation will be held today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wallin's Fowler Funeral Home in Fresno. Thursday's service will be held at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Easton, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, P.O. Box 331, Wilmette, IL 60091.

Frances Griffeth

A memorial service will be held July 3 for Frances Alvina Griffeth of Eugene, who died June 10 of age-related causes. She was 97.

Griffeth was born Feb. 20, 1907, in San Francisco to Hermann and Caroline Hellmar Rosenberg. She married Earl Griffeth in Oakland, Calif., on Jan. 20, 1928. He died in 1971.

She was a member of Living Hope Church and was baptized in Fern Ridge Reservoir at age 86.

She lived in Los Gatos, Calif., before moving to Eugene in 1986. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She also enjoyed square dancing, and she belonged to several local clubs. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Lois Montgomery of Eugene and Joyce Burns of Grand Junction, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A son, Glenn, died in 2003.

The memorial service will be at 4 p.m. July 3 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Springfield. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Braunavven Cox

SPRINGFIELD - A graveside service will be held today, June 16, for Braunavven Andrew Lee "Avven" Cox of Springfield, who died June 13. He was 13. The cause of death has not been de- termined.

He was born April 10, 1991, in Reno, Nev., to Shawn Cox and Cheri McAlister.

His family moved to Springfield from Oroville, Calif., in 1996. He completed the seventh grade at Walterville School.

His interests included electronic games. He also enjoyed building things and was working on a treehouse the day before he died. He especially enjoyed playing soccer.

Survivors include his parents of Springfield; three sisters, Tovven Cox, Michelle McAlister and Gelfinn Cox, all of Springfield; and his grandparents, Dianna Shires of Springfield, Robert Evingham and Linda and Billy Clark, all of Oroville and Gary Cox.

Today's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Springfield Memorial Gardens. Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Avven Cox Memorial Fund at any Washington Mutual Bank.

Buzz Cannon

A graveside service, with military honors, will be held June 18 for Lee R. "Buzz" Cannon of The Dalles, formerly of Springfield and Eugene, who died June 9 of heart disease. He was 67.

Cannon was born July 14, 1936, in Grants Pass to Walter and Theresa "Pat" Wideman Cannon.

He attended Grants Pass High School. He served in the Air Force as a crew leader with the fire department from 1954 to 1958 and was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California and in French Morocco.

He lived most of his life in this area.

He worked in the lumber industry in Roseburg and as a utility lineman for Pacific Power and Light. He also worked as a cable television installer.

Survivors include his mother of Grants Pass; a daughter, Jody Cook of Aloha; a son, Walter of Springfield; a brother, Lynn of Medford; a sister, Jewel Coleman of Grants Pass; and five grandchildren.

Friday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Mary Blase

A memorial Mass will be held June 18 for Mary W. "Billie" Blase of Eugene, who died June 12 of age-related causes. She was 78.

Blase was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Gurdon, Ark., to Charles and Gertrude Bunch Measeles. She married Alfred Blase Sr., in Reno, Nev., on June 29, 1946.

He moved to Eugene from El Cerrito, Calif., in 2003.

She attended public schools in Gurdon. She later attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif.

She worked as an executive secretary for Chevron Chemical Co. for more than 20 years.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, traveling and sports. She was an active member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in El Cerrito for more than 20 years.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Al Jr., of Springfield and Bob of Wilsonville; a brother, Arnold Measeles of Aptos, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Friday's Mass will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church in El Cerrito. Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
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