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Colleen Toppings

REEDSPORT - The funeral will be held today, Feb. 28, for Colleen Toppings of Reedsport, who died Feb. 25 of a heart attack. She was 73.

Toppings was born Feb. 19, 1929, in Reedsport to Herbert and Maxamillia Thompson Butler.

She married Dale Toppings in Reedsport on May 26, 1946. He died Feb. 12, 2002.

Toppings was a homemaker. Her interests included bowling, and she enjoyed activities with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Sather of Eugene and Wannette Vosburg of Veneta; two sisters, Margaret Conrad of North Bend and Violet Richardson of Reedsport; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A daughter, Eilleen Binning,, died in 1999.

Today's service will be at 10 a.m. at Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport. Burial will be at Scottsburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Umpqua Hospice.

Georgia Jones

A memorial service will be held March 3 for Georgia Helen Jones of Eugene, who died Feb. 23 of congestive heart failure. She was 81.

Jones was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Angelo, Wis., to Mark and Viola Hansen Baker. She married Harry Jones in Eugene on July 23, 1938. He died Sept. 2, 1987.

She moved to Eugene in the early 1930s and attended schools in Santa Clara and Junction City. She was a homemaker and served as a foster parent for more than 100 children. In addition to the Eugene area, she had lived in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Fisher of Junction City; a son, Terry of Bend; two brothers, Hugh Baker of Lebanon and Donald Baker of Florence; two sisters, Sylvia Paseman of Lebanon and Margaret Mola of Eugene; six grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren.

Sunday's service will be at 11 a.m. at the Santa Clara Seventh-day Adventist Church. Inurnment will be at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lane Rural Fire Department or Sacred Heart Hospice.

Helen Peot

A memorial Mass will be held March 2 for Helen McKeever Peot of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Eugene, who died Feb. 8 of complications from a fall. She was 92.

Peot was born April 6, 1909, in Lena, Wis., to John and Emma DePouw McKeever. She completed normal school at age 16 and began teaching in a one-room school near Lena, Wis.

She married Edward Peot in Milwaukee in 1935. He died in 1972. They moved to Eugene in 1950 and worked together as Stanley Home Products representatives for the Pacific Northwest.

She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene, where she taught catechism and was a member of the Catholic Daughters. She and her husband were instrumental in establishing the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Eugene.

She enjoyed traveling with her family and playing bridge and bingo with her friends. Peot baked cookies every month for 10 years for the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars in Eugene. She moved to Henderson from Eugene one year ago.

Survivors include a son, Tom of Henderson; two daughters, Mary Peot of Beaverton and Donna Hicks of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Golden of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Gerald McKeever of Wauwatosa, Wis.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Saturday's Mass will be at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Eugene. Crown Burial and Cremation Service in Milwaukie, Ore., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Ray Ralls

The funeral will be held today, Feb. 28, for Ray James Ralls of Bend, who died Feb. 24 of age-related causes. The former Eugene resident was 89.

Ralls was born Sept. 20, 1912, in Portland to Ollie and Nellie Ralls. He attended Roosevelt High School.

Her married Mary Monner in 1940 and moved to Eugene.

From 1941 to 1945, Ralls served in the Navy. After World War II, he opened Burton Saw and Supply Co. He also owned Triangle Veneer. He retired in 1982 and moved to Bend.

His interests included hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling. He particularly enjoyed Native American history and talking with people.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Dick and Rod, both of Eugene, Russell of Brookings and Randy of Portland; a daughter, Roberta Stafford of Anchorage; and 10 grandchildren.

Today's service will be at 11 a.m. at Niswonger, Reynolds and Tabor Funeral Home in Bend. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Bend.

James Wiley

CRESWELL - The funeral will be held March 1 for James William Wiley of Creswell, who died Feb. 25 of cancer. He was 72.

Wiley was born Sept. 4, 1929, in Wehutty, N.C., to Jim and Josie Panther Wiley. He married Arzella Crowder in Blue Ridge, Ga., on Dec. 17, 1948.

He moved from Cleveland, Tenn., to Oregon in 1958. He worked for the Pearless Textile Mills in Tennessee and for Edward Hines Lumber Co. in Westfir. He retired from Bohemia Lumber Co. in Cottage Grove, where he worked as a timber faller.

Wiley enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with his family.

Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Marilyn Jones, Joann Carlson and Loretta Adams, all of Springfield, and Judy Kempfer and Brenda Wilson, both of Cottage Grove; a son, Dan of Yoncalla; seven sisters, GennieVee Herron and Elsie Head, both of Oldfort, Tenn., Helen Swafford and Hazel Swafford, both of Cleveland, Tenn., Alice Bowen and Jeanette Vineyard, both of Chatsworth, Ga., and DeBra Long of Cisco, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. Friday's service will be at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Walker Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Bernice Niederhiser

VENETA - A memorial service will be held March 2 for Bernice May Niederhiser of Veneta, who died Feb. 25 of age-related causes. She was 89.

Niederhiser was born June 16, 1912, in Canton, Ohio, to Emerson and Ada Grimes Hoffman. She married Arthur Niederhiser in Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 11, 1938. He died June 4, 1976.

She graduated from Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio. She moved from Canton to San Diego in 1944, then to Eugene in 1947. She worked as a telephone operator.

She was an active member of the Veneta Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She enjoyed cooking, the outdoors, embroidery and making quilts. Niederhiser especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include four sons, Randy, Steve and Eric, all of Veneta, and Roy of West Linn; and five grandchildren.

Saturday's service will be held at 6 p.m. at the Veneta Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

Robert Truesdell

COTTAGE GROVE - A memorial service will be held March 2 for Robert "Neil" Truesdell of Cottage Grove, who died Jan. 30 of heart failure. He was 48.

Truesdell was born Oct. 16, 1953, in Coronado, Calif., to Robert and Maree Lambkin Truesdell.

He received an associate's degree in auto electronics and architecture from Southwestern Community College in Southern California. He worked as a maintenance worker at Sutherlin High School.

His interests included auto mechanics and designing and building things, including a custom bicycle. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, scuba diving and white-water rafting. He also enjoyed cooking and baking for his friends and family, especially birthday cakes. He lived in the area for 24 years.

Survivors include two sisters, Susan Lawn and Janis Hulsey, both of Cottage Grove; and a brother, Larry Witten of Dana Point, Calif.

Saturday's service will be at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Cottage Grove. Burial will be at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Sue Prewitt

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be March 2 for Sue Prewitt of Springfield, who died Feb. 26 of age-related causes. She was 91.

Prewitt was born Dec. 2, 1910, in Tazwell County, Va., to Montgomery and Lavonia Sparks Johnson. She was educated in Kentucky.

She married Silas Prewitt in London, Ky., on July 19, 1931. He died Sept. 5, 1992.

In 1936, Prewitt moved from Kentucky to Pacific Palisades, Calif. She moved to Springfield in 1979.

Prewitt worked 20 years as a real estate agent.

Her interests included her family and gardening. She was an avid reader and was considered a fabulous cook. She belonged to McKenzie Baptist Church in Leaburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Wood of Bozeman, Mont.; two sons, Harold of Springfield and William of Bend; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A granddaughter, Jennifer McGough, and a great-granddaughter, Cerissa Wood, died in 1987.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. Saturday's service will be at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to McKenzie Baptist Church.

Michael Rehmeier

A memorial service will be held today, Feb. 28, for Michael E. Rehmeier of Eugene, who died Feb. 24 at age 47. His family chose not to list the cause of death.

Rehmeier was born Sept. 18, 1954, in Omaha, Neb., to Patricia and Fred Rehmeier.

He graduated from Harry A. Burke High School in Omaha in 1972. Rehmeier served in the Navy from 1973 until his retirement in 1993. In 1994 he began working for the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. He was a volunteer with the Eugene Thunder ice hockey team. He lived in the area for five years.

Survivors include his father of Omaha; and four brothers, Charlie of Waterloo, Neb., Terry of Omaha, Dennis of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Patrick of Long Beach, Calif.

Today's service will be at 7:30 p.m. during the Eugene Thunder ice hockey game at the Lane County Ice Arena. Reichmuth Funeral Homes, Inc., in Elkton, Neb., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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