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Keith Wade

COOS BAY - A memorial service will be held March 12 for Keith Arthur Wade of Coos Bay, who died March 2 of heart and lung disease. He was 75.

Wade was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Marshfield, to Arthur and Wilma Hoagland Wade.

He grew up and attended schools in Coos Bay. He graduated from Southern Oregon College of Education in Ashland in 1951. While in college, he lettered in basketball and was selected to the first team Far West Conference's all-conference basketball team in 1950 and 1951, where he set new game scoring records for his college and the conference. In 1951, he was awarded a plaque as a member from the Helms Athletic National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball All American Team. Wade was inducted into the Southern Oregon State College Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

He served in the Army from 1954 until 1956 and was stationed at the 20th station hospital in Germany. He played basketball for the Western Area Command Rhinos.

He received a master's degree in education from the University of Oregon in 1959. Wade taught sixth grade and coached at Eastside Elementary School in Coos Bay. He also worked as a principal for various schools in Coos Bay. He also served for a year as a high school director of vocational education. Wade was president of the Southwest Oregon Elementary Principals Association in 1965. He was an educator for more than 30 years.

Wade enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, reading, traveling and playing bridge and other card games. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the North Bend Presbyterian Church, the Blanco Masonic Lodge No. 48 AF and AM and the Bay Area Duplicate Bridge Club.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Laura; two sons, Michael and Tom; two brothers, Bob and Phil; and three grandchildren. A son, John, died in 1995.

Tuesday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at the North Bend Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Coos Bay. Coos Bay Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Bend Presbyterian Church or the South Coast Hospice in Coos Bay.

Claretta Palanuk

A celebration of life Mass will be held March 13 for Claretta Mary Palanuk of Eugene, who died March 3 of age-related causes. She was 86.

Palanuk was born Nov. 15, 1915, in Braddock, N.D., to Adolf and Clara Duncan Exner. She married George Palanuk in 1942.

She attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in Braddock. She attended high school in Edgeley, N.D., and at St. John's Academy in Jamestown, N.D. She graduated from nursing school in Jamestown in 1938.

Palanuk worked as a registered nurse in St. Paul, Minn., and at Waipahu Hospital in Hawaii. She also worked at General Hospital in McMinnville and at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene. Her interests included crocheting, reading, dancing and horseback riding. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Palanuk was a member of the Altar Society at St. Peter Catholic Church and the Wednesday Prayer Group at St. Mary Catholic Church. She lived in the area for 61 years.

Survivors include her husband; five sons, Dennis of Keizer, Gerald of Pleasant Hill and Bruce, Dan and Chris, all of Eugene; a daughter, Georgene Brooke of Eugene; two sisters, Margaret Exner of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Sylvia Carow of Edgeley; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene. A recitation of the rosary will be at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, also at the church. Wednesday's Mass will be held at 12:15 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carmelite Nuns, 87609 Green Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97402.

Elizabeth McBurney

A memorial service will be held March 11 for Elizabeth C. "Betty" McBurney of Eugene, who died March 5 of age-related causes. She was 86.

McBurney was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Salt Lake City to Lynn and Elizabeth Crandall. She married John McBurney in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on May 7, 1941.

She graduated from the University of Washington and received a master's degree from the Boston School of Dietetics. She worked for the Providence-Biltmore Hotel in Boston before her marriage. She and her husband moved to Eugene in 1947.

McBurney was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, sewing and playing bridge. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Fortnightly Club, the Eugene Country Club and the Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Michael of Mill Valley, Calif.; a brother, David Crandall of Salt Lake City; and one grandchild. A daughter, Nancy McBurney, died previously.

Monday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will be at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Presbyterian Church.

Shirley Moxley

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held March 9 for Shirley Ann Moxley of Springfield, who died March 6 at age 50. Her family chose not to list the cause of death.

Moxley was born Aug. 20, 1951, in Burke, S.D., to August and Beulah Davis Klein. She grew up in Gregory, S.D., before moving to Springfield in 1960.

In 1969, Moxley graduated from Springfield High School. She married Kenneth Moxley in Eugene on Nov. 11, 1969.

Moxley worked at the Ramada Inn for 23 years.

Her interests included working in her yard and collecting angels, ducks, bears, bells, brass ornaments and green glass, and she enjoyed family activities. Moxley was a member of Restoration Fellowship in Springfield.

Survivors include her husband; her mother of Springfield; a son, Steve of Eugene; a daughter, Laura Donoho of Springfield; two sisters, Anita Keogh of Gresham and Peggy Jensen of Portland; two brothers, Jim Klein of Sandy and David Klein of Springfield; and two grand- children.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Buell Chapel in Springfield. Saturday's service will be at 2 p.m., also at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

John Demarco

A memorial service will be held March 9 for John J. Demarco of Bend, formerly of Eugene, who died March 6 of heart failure. He was 81.

Demarco was born Aug. 26, 1920, in Nashwauk, Minn., to Michele and Teresa Falbo Demarco. He married Leona Petkoske in Hibbing, Minn., on May 12, 1948.

He graduated from high school in Nashwauk. Demarco worked as a boxer, a real estate investment representative, a lumber broker, a rancher, a car salesman and a credit bureau owner. He was an avid fisherman and he enjoyed hunting. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lumberman's Association. Demarco served as president of the Isaac Walton League. He was an active member of the Churchill High School Boosters and a member of the Churchill Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the Saddleback Snow Plower of the Year.

Survivors include his wife; five sons, Ray and James, both of Portland, John of Eugene, Jerry of Springfield and Ric of Bend; two daughters, Clare Drews of Portland and Mary Griswold of Friday Harbor, Wash.; a sister, Elizabeth of Hibbing; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Two sons, Frank and Robert, died previously.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Deschutes Memorial Funeral Home in Bend. Saturday's service will be held at noon at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clare's Chapel or a charity or environmental group of choice.

Vernard Smith

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held March 8 for Vernard S. "Smitty" Smith of Springfield, who died March 5 of a stroke. He was 78.

Smith was born May 23, 1923, in New Holstein, Wis., to Edward and Gertrude Worthington Smith. He married his wife, Elvira, in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 9, 1970.

He attended schools in Wisconsin. Smith served in the Coast Guard in the Pacific and European Theaters during World War II. He worked as a mechanic.

His interests included fishing, camping, playing musical instruments, singing, yodeling and traveling. He lived in Seattle before moving to the area 25 years ago.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Vernon of Oakridge; a stepdaughter, Gina Sorenson of Springfield; two stepsons, Roger Van Gilder of Northridge, Calif., and Rod Van Gilder of Everett, Wash.; two brothers, Alvin of Kewaunee, Wis., and Leroy of Two Rivers, Wis.; two sisters, Mary Clarkson of Two Rivers and Ruth Wilson of Gobles, Mich.; three grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. Friday's service will be at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Beverly Wise

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held March 9 for Beverly "Gail" Wise of Springfield, who died Feb. 24 of heart failure. She was 56.

Wise was born Sept. 27, 1945, in Bend to Bruce and Betty Weigand Bates. She married Blacky Wise in Vancouver, Wash., on April 11, 1970. They later divorced.

She attended Southwest Oregon Community College. Wise worked as a manicurist and as an adult care provider. She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed crafts, needlepoint and crocheting. She especially enjoyed her dog, Otis. Wise was a member of the Christian Science Church. She lived in Reedsport and Redmond before moving to the area 15 years ago.

Survivors include her former husband; two sons, Dustin Nordman of Pleasant Grove, Calif., and Shawn Wise of Redmond; and four grandchildren.

Saturday's service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond. Buell Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Prokop

LAKESIDE - Robert George Prokop of Lakeside died March 4 of age-related causes. He was 82.

Prokop was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Kansas to James and Rose Sebesta Prokop.

He served in the Army in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He worked as a contractor and owned a construction business. Prokop enjoyed fishing and sailing. He lived in Lakeside since 1994.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Lowry of Bend; a son, Randy of British Columbia; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

No services have been planned. Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Baratti

OAKRIDGE - Helen C. Baratti of Oakridge died March 4 of age-related causes. She was 81.

Baratti was born March 11, 1920, in Rockford, Ill., to Ernst and Harryet Vorbeck Sedlacek.

She attended college for two years and was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce of Eugene and Victor of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; a daughter, Judy Shamblen of Kalispell, Mont.; four grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

No services have been planned. Oakridge Chapel of the Woods Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clarification

Edna L. "Dewey" Baker of Eugene died March 3. Memorial contributions may be made to McKenzie-Willamette Adult Day Care.

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