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John Cross

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be at 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 1, at St. Mary Catholic Church for John Cross of Springfield, who died March 22 of age-related causes. He was 92.

He was born Dec. 24, 1918, in Cincinnati to Walter and Grace Clark Cross. He married Marjorie Meyers on May 30, 1940, in Cincinnati. She died on April 15, 2006.

He was a World War II veteran who served from 1943 to 1946. He had worked as a bank teller, head cashier and accountant, and he owned a health food store.

Survivors include four daughters, Judith Cross of Springfield, Ann Mueller of Eugene, Constance Benten of Encinitas, Calif., and Karina Cross Boettcher of Cottage Grove; a brother, Carl, of North Carolina; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Kathleen Wilson, died previously.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Suzanne Fisher-McNemar

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. April 16 at 7614 158th Court E., Puyallup, Wash., for Suzanne Fisher-McNemar of Portland, formerly of Springfield, who died Jan. 27 of cancer. She was 58.

She was born April 12, 1952, in Portland to Jack and Toni Woolley Fisher. She married Steve McNemar on Dec. 12, 2004, in Leavenworth, Wash.

She graduated from Thurston High School in 1970.

Survivors include her husband; her mother; two stepsons, Steve of Longview, Wash., and Dan of Puyallup, Wash.; a sister, Margo Fisher of Anchorage; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center in University Place, Wash. Remembrances to the American Cancer Society.

VernaDell Gant

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. April 30 at Countryside Christian Fellowship in Coburg for VernaDel l Gant of Eugene, who died March 22 of age-related causes. She was 86. A graveside service will be held Friday, April 1, in Salem.

She was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Eugene to Leon and Edyth Morris Funke. She married Orville C. Gant on Nov. 25, 1944, in Seattle. He died Oct. 12, 1987. She was a homemaker and worked for 10 years as a clerk at a Hallmark store.

Survivors include a son, Morris of Eugene; a daughter, Verlene Faust of Harrisburg; a sister, Joyce Williamson; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene.

Roy Geer

COTTAGE GROVE - The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1, at Smith-Lund-Mills Chapel for Roy Albert Geer of Cottage Grove, who died March 28 of age-related causes. He was 93.

He was born April 15, 1917, in Genesee, Idaho, to Thomas "Frank" and Delpha Bemis Geer. He married Marie Gilham on Aug. 12, 1939, in Eugene.

Geer was a flume walker and timber cutter for W.A. Woodard Lumber Co. and a timber cutter for Weyerhaeuser.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Barbara Funk of Eugene; a sister, Elsie French of Albany; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Burial will be at Taylor-Lane Cemetery.

Isabel Miller

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Springfield Memorial Gardens Funeral Home for Isabel Miller of Eugene, who died March 28 of age-related causes. She was 95. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

She was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Warsaw, Ind., to Joe and Anna Loman Renz. She married Carl Miller on Jan. 3, 1970, in Las Vegas. He died on Nov. 28, 1988. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Alice Lacewell and Marlene Gleich, and a son, Larry Myers, died previously.

Arrangements by Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. Burial will be at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

James "Steve" Nix

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Second Ward, 1533 Market St., for James "Steve" Nix, who died March 24 in a car accident. He was 72. A visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Nix was born on Oct. 5, 1938, in Evansville, Ind., to Maurice and Margaret Hedges Nix. He married Marylin Schmidt on March 14, 1958, in Eugene.

He served in the Air Force and had worked as a car salesman and in the wood products industry.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Stephanie Adams of Lake Kiowa, Texas; two sons, Marcus of Burley, Idaho, and Shawn of Buford, Ga.; a sister, Margaret Darland of Eugene; a brother, Michael of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield.

Vernon Phillips

A funeral will be held in San Diego for Vernon K. Phillips of Eugene, who died March 26 of age-related causes. He was 95.

He was born May 1, 1915, in Paducah, Ky., to Vernon and Monna Kirkland Phillips. He married Dorthea Naill on Oct. 15, 1940, in Phoenix, Ariz. She died in September 2003.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee and did postgraduate work at Redlands University in California. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. While in the Navy Reserve, he was a probation officer in San Diego County.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Orrick of Eugene; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Entombment will be at Cypress View Mausoleum in San Diego.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Curtis Rutledge

Curtis Lowrey Rutledge of Eugene died March 24 of heart failure at age 85. A family memorial service will be later.

He was born on Oct. 7, 1925, in Chillicothe, Texas, to Luther and Emma Parker Rutledge. He married Dorothy Hampel on June 5, 1945, in North Bend.

He served in the Navy for two years. He managed the Klamath Falls McMahan's Furniture for 10 years and was a wood craftsman.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Hampel of Eugene, Dan of Las Vegas and Dale of Portland; two daughters, Darla Watson of Keno and Susan Bucholtz of Eugene; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield.

Remembrances to Greenhill Human Society.

Debra Shaddy

SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. April 9 for Debra L. Shaddy of Springfield, who died March 23 of cancer. She was 47.

She was born May 26, 1963, to James and Patricia Brumer Godwin. She married Michael Shaddy on April 7, 1981, in Reno, Nev.

She worked for Monaco Coach in Coburg.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Bobby of Del Rio, Texas, and Daniel of Springfield; two daughters, Mandy Shaddy of Del Rio, Texas, and Kayla Shaddy of Springfield; five sisters, Tammy Steele of Lorida, Fla., Pam Lynch of Cottage Grove, Cherri Bartow of Springfield and Judy Samowski and Charlotte Kent, both of Mill City; and two brothers, Chuck Godwin of Eugene and Jim Godwin of New Mexico.

Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield.

Alfred Torrisi

SPRINGFIELD - Alfred Carmen Torrisi of Springfield died March 25 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 88.

He was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Giarre, Italy, to Frank and Rose Ficherra Torrisi.

He married Margaret Jones. She died in 1982. He married Darla LeBret in 1989 in Keizer.

He came to the United States through Ellis Island at age 7. He later served in the Army and worked for the Burlington Northern Railway until retirement.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, M. Lynette Broadwell and Michelle Torrisi, both of Spokane; two stepdaughters, Shelli LeBret of Missouri City, Texas, and Kristi Hamilton of Springfield; a stepson, Jim LeBret of Casa Grande, Ariz.; a sister, Mary Carlotta of Los Altos, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Three sons - Alfred Jr., Franklin Scot and Michael - died previously.

Arrangements by Sunset Hills Cemetery, Funeral Home and Crematorium.

Audrey Wagner

Audrey Ann Wagner of Medford died March 23 of age-related causes at age 93. No service is planned.

She was born June 25, 1917, in Bismark, N.D. She lived in Lane County for 27 years.

She married Truman Wagner. He died in 1977.

Survivors include a son, Richard Wagner of Dunsmuir, Calif.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Mary Smith

A funeral Mass will be held at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at St. Mary Catholic Church for Mary Lucille Smith of Eugene, who died March 26 of age-related causes. She was 90.

A recitation of the Rosary will be at 4 p.m. today at Buell Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Smith was born Sept. 9, 1920, in David City, Neb., to Achiel and Eliza Braeckeveld Pieters. She married William Smith on Aug. 8, 1945, in Portland. He died in November 2005.

She served in the Navy and the Coast Guard in 1944 and 1945. She worked for the Bon March as a sales associate for 12 years and before that had worked as a telephone operator for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in Portland.

Survivors include seven sons, Mike, Bruce and Ken of Eugene, Paul of Creswell, Dan of Ventura, Calif., Steve of Palo Alto, Calif., and Frank of Springfield; two daughters, Bev Mason and Margaret Newlander, both of Eugene; a sister, Dodie Bogren of Portland; a brother, Art Pieters of Mount Vernon, Wash.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Larry, died previously.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield.

Remembrances to Birthright at

Rachel Wingerd

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland for Rachel Wingerd of Veneta, who died March 26. The family did not list a cause of death. She was 91.

She was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Morrison, Ill., to Ralph and Florence (James) Bush. She married Alfred Wingerd on Aug. 27, 1940, in Upland, Calif.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Mervyn of Veneta; two daughters, Elaine Monninger of Riverside, Calif., and Jeannine Holmes of Cornelius; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A grandson, Adam Holmes, died previously.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

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Date:Mar 30, 2011
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