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Death notices for Kristy Kessinger, Neal Ball, Nellie Sorensen, Jeanette Wroe and Joanne Dix


Kristy Jodele Kessinger, 57, a resident of Klickitat, died Dec. 4, 2007, in The Dalles, Ore. She was born Nov. 15, 1950, in The Dalles, Ore., the oldest of five children to Walter and MaryLou Greenfield.

She spent her whole life in Klickitat, graduating from Klickitat High School in 1969. On April 25, 1970, she married her high school sweetheart Chuck Kessinger.

She was a homemaker all of her life, also working part-time at Underwood Fruit, for the Postal Service, and the Klickitat School District as the concessions manager.

She enjoyed going camping, participating in the Timber Carnivals (where she won many first place trophies in the ax throw and sawing with her husband), and playing women's softball.

She most enjoyed spending time with her family and especially being with her grandchildren,

She is survived by her husband of 37 years Chuck Kessinger; daughter Traci Kessinger; son Keith Kessinger; grandchildren Matthew, KyAnn, Kylie, Markus and Konner Kessinger; mother MaryLou Greenfield; sisters Tammy Greenfield, Cheryl Steindorf, and Valerie Steindorf; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Walter Greenfield, brother Mark Greenfield, and grandparents John and Della Monroe and Roy and Josephine Greenfield.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at the Klickitat School with the burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Appleton.

Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Klickitat School District Athletic Fund, PO Box 37, Klickitat, Wash. 98628.


Neal Ball was born one happy day in May 2002. He died on Nov. 27, 2007.

He brought so much joy into his family's lives. He taught them to look at the world with wide open eyes and enjoy every moment of it. He was looking forward to making a snowman this winter. He was playing checkers with Papa, singing Russian songs with Mama. He shared love with so many people.

At school he learned to count and was counting nearly everything.

He used to say "I am the bestest!" And he was for his family.

He left behind his parents, Lon and Natalia; brothers Theodor and Nate; sisters Genevieve and Hanna; uncles Alex, Jeff and Travis; aunt Anastasia, Katie and Lori; grandmothers Sandra and Tatiana; grandfather Vitali; many cousins, his kindergarten classmates, church school classmates and countless adoring friends.

All had wonderful remembrances at the Trout Lake Presbyterian Church.


On Dec. 5, 2007, Nellie A. Sorensen died at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles, Ore., at the age of 84. She was born on May 22, 1923 in Lyle, to Nellie Ada (Evans) and Irwin Andrew Sauter.

She grew up on a farm along the Columbia River, helping her parents raise produce, sheep, chickens and eggs that were sold commercially. She attended Balch Grade School and graduated from Columbia Union High School in 1939. Following her graduation, she continued to work on the family farm and helped her father fish on the Columbia.

On July 23, 1943, she went to Portland, Ore., and after taking her physical and aptitude tests, was sworn into the WAVES in the United States Navy. She served her country honorably and was discharged in July of 1946.

Upon returning to Lyle after her military service, she rekindled a relationship with Kenneth "Pat" Sorensen, whom she'd met a year earlier while home on leave. They were married on Feb. 22, 1947, and moved to the family farm in Hartland, which is now known as High Prairie. In 1948 they purchased their own farm on Canyon Road in Lyle and she lived there until health issues forced her to reside at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles.

Besides ranching, the couple owned and operated the Sorensen's Cash Store, and the Lyle Tap Room. Though she had a career and business obligations, Mrs. Sorensen was also a full-time homemaker and took good care of her family.

She enjoyed flower gardening, watching hummingbirds, swimming and traveling. She loved music and watching musicals and ice skating on television. She was a 67-year member of Columbia Grange #87. She was a proud member of the Red Hat Society and also enjoyed the Tuesday Senior luncheons at the Lyle Lions Club.

Survivors include her daughters Linda Porritt, Murdock and Sharon DoByne, Dallesport; sons Mike Sorensen, Lyle, Martin Sorensen, Lynden, and Leroy Sorensen, Lyle; brother Dick Sauter, Vancouver; 19 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death are her sister Mary Ramm, brothers Erwin Sauter, Frank Sauter and Ted Sauter and her husband Kenneth Sorensen, who died in November of 1987.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.

Memorials may be made to Celilo Cancer Center, 1700 E 19th St., The Dalles, Ore. 97058


A funeral service for 72-year-old Jeanette Wroe was held on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at 3 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. Mrs. Wroe died in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 4, 2007.

She was born in Inchelium on May 17, 1935, to Jeanette (Williamson) and John Marlett. On July 2, 1952, she married James A. Wroe in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The couple lived in Loon Lake until moving to Underwood in 1969 then settling in White Salmon in 1970. She ran a ceramics shop for many years and especially enjoyed teaching the craft to children.

Mrs. Wroe liked anything to do with arts and crafts, including beading, crocheting, tatting, plastic canvas, and knitting. She also loved collecting bells and wind chimes. Another passion of hers was traveling. She loved going to the beach, went to Disneyland every chance she got and had a great time on an Alaskan cruise. She was active in the Senior Center and enjoyed spending time with her many friends there. She also loved to spend time with her family. Her children and grandchildren will remember the many fun games of "Chicken Foot" she played with them.

Survivors include her brother John Marlett, Deer Park; daughter Colleen Engh, Vancouver; son Terry Wroe, Appleton; daughter Virginia Engh, Vancouver; daughter Debbie Wroe, White Salmon; daughter Kristy Balsiger, White Salmon; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband James who died on Nov. 3, 1983; sisters Leona Helbig, Nellie Skeels and Fay Campbell; and brothers Sid Marlett and Fred Marlett.


JoAnne Dix was born on Oct. 23, 1929, in Cando, N.D.

She married Mal Dix in January 1948. Together they raised their three children in Clarkston, until moving to Milwaukie, Ore., in 1960.

Mrs. Dix was a school teacher and counselor at Rowe Junior High for 27 years. She and her husband moved to Vancouver in 2002. From 1971, their summers were always spent at "The Cabin" in Trout Lake.

Mrs. Dix is survived by her husband of 60 years, Mal Dix; two brothers Robert and Gordon; her three children Kate, Steve and Sue; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and many, many friends.

Mrs. Dix died in her home, after succumbing to lung cancer on Dec. 6, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel on Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at 2 p.m. It is located at 4700 NE St. John's Road, Vancouver.


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