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Shirley Kitts

REEDSPORT - Shirley Kitts of Reedsport died Sept. 24 of cancer. She was 67.

Kitts was born Sept. 26, 1935, in Stockton, Calif., to Virgil and Georgia Lang Pierce. She married Karl Kitts in Reedsport on Feb. 4, 1993.

She lived in this area for 45 years, and she enjoyed socializing and playing bingo and keno. She was a member of an Eagles Lodge and a Moose Lodge.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Steve, Michael and Douglas Harris; four daughters, Candace Alexander, Danita Miller, Arleta Boyter and Shirleen Hugg; two brothers, Bob and Chuck Pierce; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

No service is planned. Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Umpqua Hospice in Reedsport.

Margaret Warzecha

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held Oct. 1 for Margaret Ann Warzecha of Springfield, who died Sept. 27 of age-related causes. She was 83.

Warzecha was born March 4, 1920, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Walter and Freida Sutter Henning. She married Zigmund "Zeke" Warzecha in Kodiak, Alaska, on April 12, 1941. He died in September 1990.

She graduated from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee in 1938. She lived in Wisconsin and Alaska before moving to Oregon. She lived in Coos Bay for 40 years and in Forest Grove for 10 years before settling in Springfield in 2000 to be near a son and his wife.

She was the mother of 10 children, and her interests included following their adventures. She worked for Bay Area Hospital for 10 years until her retirement in 1982. She once wrote an article about the Bandon cranberry industry, which was included in a book. She was an avid reader of pioneer history and she enjoyed baking bread and studying the history of the West Coast. She also enjoyed hiking and camping with her family.

Survivors include six sons, Charles of Springfield, Steve of Phoenix, Ariz., John of McMinnville, David of Forest Grove, Daniel of Gaston and Tony of Coos Bay; four daughters, Barbara Price of Las Vegas, Christine Bradley and Ramona Stanley, both of Forest Grove, and Cecelia Blake of Dallas, Ore.; three sisters, Barbara Juelich of Green Bay, Wis., Elizabeth Gersten of Albany and Priscilla Stewart of Bend; 24 grandchildren; and 16 great-grand- children. A grandson, Ty Hickman, died previously.

Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Wednesday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

Robert Schmisek

A memorial service will be held Oct. 1 for Robert A. Schmisek of San Juan, Puerto Rico, formerly of Eugene, who died Aug. 28 at age 45. His family chose not to list the cause of death.

Schmisek was born Jan. 31, 1958, to Joseph and Lois Charon Schmisek. He married Carline Sansburn in 1976. They divorced in 1982.

He attended North Eugene High School and lived in Eugene from 1972 to 2002.

He worked as a handyman, carpenter and in construction. His interests included traveling, camping, scuba diving, exploring and metal detecting.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby and Jason, both of Springfield; a daughter, Christy Schmisek of Springfield; three brothers, Karl Oberg of Salem, Kris Oberg and Joe Schmisek, both of Eugene; two sisters, Kathryn Ridgley of Olympia and Elizabeth Noon of Eugene.

Wednesday's service will be at 2 p.m. at Lane Memorial Funeral Home. A potluck picnic will follow the service at Perkins Peninsula Park in Veneta.

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

Betty Allen

A memorial service will be held Nov. 29 for Betty Warner Allen of Tacoma, formerly of Eugene and Springfield, who died Sept. 22 of age-related causes. She was 85.

Allen was born Aug. 21, 1918, in Seattle to Edgar and Bess Littlefield Warner. She married Donald Allen in Tacoma on Feb. 18, 1942.

She lived in Seattle and Tacoma until 1949, when she moved to Eugene. She lived in Springfield from 1954 until 1974, when she returned to Tacoma.

She received a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Puget Sound.

She worked as a school secretary for the Springfield School District. She also worked as a church organist for 50 years and was a member of the American Guild of Organists.

She enjoyed vocal music and was a member of the Eugene Women's Choral Club. She also enjoyed boating, golfing and playing bridge. She belonged to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Eugene.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Don Jr., of Eugene and Greg of Tacoma; a daughter, Leslie Davis of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 29 in the chapel at the University of Puget Sound. American Memorial in Tacoma is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tacoma Rescue Mission.

Roy Strauss

VENETA - A celebration of life gathering will be held Oct. 3 for Roy Strauss of Veneta, who died Sept. 19 of a heart attack. He was 48.

Strauss was born April 25, 1955, in Denver to Archie and Marje Johnson Strauss. He attended Siuslaw High School.

He married Sylvia Odell on Nov. 30, 1974.

Strauss lived in Florence until moving to Veneta in 1979. He was self-employed and worked in the construction industry.

His interests included camping, fishing, and playing with his family.

Survivors include his wife; and two daughters, Stacy Strauss of Veneta and Tiffany Strauss of Eugene.

Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Virgil Boekelheide

Virgil Boekelheide of Eugene died Sept. 24 of age-related causes. He was 84.

Boekelheide was born July 28, 1919, in Chelsea, S.D., to Charles and Eleanor Boekelheide. He attended a small school in Northville, S.D., graduating at age 15. He graduated magna cum laude from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

He married Caroline Barrett in Urbana, Ill., on Sept. 1, 1945.

Boekelheide taught chemistry at the University of Illinois, at the University of Rochester (New York) and at the University of Oregon before retiring in 1984. He enjoyed keeping in touch with his students and encouraging them.

He received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1953, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1958, a Fulbright Distinguished Professorship in 1972 and Alexander von Humboldt awards in 1974 and 1982. In 1962, Boekelheide was the first Oregonian elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Boekelheide taught, lectured and worked as a consultant in many countries including Japan, China, Canada, Poland, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Great Britain, Brazil and Germany. He was plenary lecturer to the Japanese Chemical Society in 1979 and a distinguished scholar designate with the U.S.-China National Academies of Science Exchange in 1981. In 1988, he was elected to honorary membership in the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. The UO presented Boekelheide the Charles E. Johnson Memorial Award in 1991.

His interests included playing chess and poker with family and friends, classical music, opera and ballet. He was president of the Eugene Ballet board of directors from 1988 to 1991.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Erich and Karl; a daughter, Anne Boekelheide; a brother, Irving; a sister, Dorothy Anderson; and two grandchildren.

No service is planned. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Virgil and Caroline Boekelheide Endowment Fund at the UO or to the Eugene Symphony.

Jeff Krivchuk

A memorial service will be held Oct. 2 for Jeff Krivchuk of Eugene, who died Sept. 24 of lung cancer. He was 41.

Krivchuk was born Aug. 16, 1962, to Jerome and Audrey Sack Krivchuk. He married Stacey Sandoval in Arcadia, Calif., on Sept. 4, 1983.

Krivchuk lived in the California cities of Baldwin Park and Glendora before settling in Eugene. He graduated from Baldwin Park High School in 1980 and attended the University of California, Los Angeles.

He worked as a computer technician for FSG since 1983. He enjoyed classic cars, surfing, baseball and football. He was a devoted fan of the Chicago Bears and the Anaheim Angels. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and the Emerald Valley Classic Chevys.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Alexis of Eugene; a son, Kevin of Eugene; two brothers, Tom and Russ, both of West Covina, Calif.

Thursday's service will be at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Marist Foundation or to Hospice of Sacred Heart.

Mani Shimada

A memorial service will be held Oct. 2 for Mani Shimada of Eugene, who died Sept. 26 of meningitis. He was 16.

Shimada was born Feb. 8, 1987, in Brisbane, Australia, to James Fox and Miya Shimada.

His family moved to Eugene from Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2000.

He attended Bach School and Slausson Middle School in Ann Arbor. He attended Roosevelt Middle School and Wellsprings Friends School in Eugene.

His interests included computers and he enjoyed playing the guitar and listening to loud music. He was an avid reader of science fiction and political philosophy. He was the assistant administrator with Computer Gaming Clans. He will be remembered as a young man with a bright spirit who was loved by his friends.

Survivors include his parents of Eugene; and his grandfather, Aaron Fox of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Thursday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Wellsprings Friends School in Eugene. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wellsprings Friends School in Eugene.

Merle McNeil

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held Oct. 3 for Merle Roland McNeil of Springfield, who died Aug. 29 of pneumonia. He was 70.

McNeil was born March 17, 1933, in Pozo, Calif., to Harry and Ruth Kester McNeil. He married his wife, Patsy "Katie," in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 27, 1958.

He lived in the California cities of Delano, Bakersfield, Sacramento and Auburn before moving to Oregon in 1988. He lived in Brookings until 2000 when he settled in Springfield.

He served in the Navy Seabees from 1952 until 1955. He worked as a driver and sales representative for Rainbo Bakery for 30 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local 150.

He enjoyed golf, football games and traveling. He was a member of the Brookings Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Debbra Thompson of Temecula, Calif., and Denise Brey of Eugene; two sisters, Ardyce Rymer of Bakersfield and Pat McAbee of Fresno, Calif.; four grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

Friday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to an Alzheimer's organization.

Keith Bodily

The funeral will be held Oct. 1 for Keith P. Bodily of Preston, Idaho, who died Sept. 26 of age-related causes. The former Eugene resident was 88.

Bodily was born March 18, 1915, in Fairview, Idaho, to Wilford and Albena Peterson Bodily. He served a church mission to the northern states from 1939 to 1941, then enlisted in the Navy and served until the end of World War II.

He married Ruth Hubbard in the Logan Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple on Aug. 6, 1943.

Bodily managed hotels in Salt Lake City, in San Diego, in Grants Pass and in Eugene before moving to Preston in 1997. He also owned a music shop.

He volunteered as a scoutmaster and was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bodily was a young men's president, bishop's counselor and ward clerk. He is remembered as a faithful home teacher.

Survivors include his wife; a son, David of Salt Lake city; three sisters, Donna Nielsen, Mildred McCarthy and Helen Jensen; and one grandchild.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Webb Funeral Home, Preston, and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Preston North Stake Center, 310 N. State St. Wednesday's service will be at 11 a.m., also at the center. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Idaho.

Shirley Britt

REEDSPORT - A celebration of life will be held Oct. 12 for Shirley Ann Britt of Reedsport, who died Sept. 23 of cancer. She was 59.

Britt was born Feb. 9, 1944, in Huron, S.D., to Ivan and Pearl Wright.

She enjoyed ocean fishing, hunting big game in the woods and camping with her family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Rickey Kilgore of Oklahoma; her life partner of 25 years, Danny Doyle and his children, Karie Jo and Jeff of Reedsport; three brothers, Kenneth and Rockey Wright, both of La Pine and Harvey Wright of Winchester Bay; four sisters, Billie Henderson and Karen Hoskins and Wanda Warner all of Springfield and Sharon Crawford of Pleasant Hill; and two grandchildren.

The celebration of life will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Elks Lodge in Reedsport. Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Umpqua Hospice in Reedsport or to the American Cancer Society.

Dorothy Cornell

Dorothy Jane Cornell of Keizer, formerly of Springfield, died Sept. 9 of age-related causes. She was 80.

Cornell was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Ypsilanti, Mich., to John and Katherine Stapleton Crampton. She married Albert "Dick" Cornell in Jacksonville, N.C., on Aug. 3, 1945. They later divorced.

She served as a corporal in the Marine Corps during World War II. She was a member of the Cascade Seafarers 138 in Springfield, a national WAVES organization.

She was a homemaker and she owned "The Gas Man" gas company in Tucson, Ariz.

She was an artist and she enjoyed working with charcoals, pens, acrylics and oils. She also enjoyed photography.

Survivors include a daughter, Jerry Waid of Federal Way, Wash.; two sisters, Muriel McGrogan of Lancaster, Calif., Abigail Kaufman of Altamonte, Fla.; a brother, Robert Crampton of Lago Vista, Texas; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lane County Mental Health Services.

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