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Obituaries

Death notices for Lillian Moss, Lester Blair, Jerry Wood and Marjorie Mattoch

LILLIAN MOSS

Lillian Jane Moss, of Klickitat, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at The Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles.

She was born in Carrington, N.D., on Aug. 15, 1935, to Jake and Lydia (Mauch) Rodacker. At the age of nine, her family moved to Toppenish. She married Curtis Moss on Aug. 4, 1965, in Yakima. During her lifetime, she worked at Jantzen Clothing, Luhr Jensen, St. Regis, and the Klickitat Primary School. She enjoyed camping, knitting, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a fantastic homemaker, wife, mother, and grandmother. Lillian was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Bobbie, and infant granddaughter, Brittany.

Lillian is survived by her husband, Curt; her son, Jim and wife, Leesa (Goldendale); and son, Jay and wife, Becky (Klickitat); her grandchildren Nick and wife, Kirsten (Vancouver), Hillary (Puyallup), Rachel and fiancee, Adam Bauer, and Sammy (Klickitat). She is also survived by her very special cousins, Pearl Rice (Union Gap) and Karen Williams (Elma), her brothers-in-law, Jerry and Esau, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on March 22, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale. A celebration of life will follow at the Klickitat School multipurpose room.

Memorials can be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, Lillian's Memorial.

LESTER BLAIR

Lester Wayne Blair passed away at his home in Glenwood on March 17, 2012, at the age of 83. He was born in Camas to Nellie (Pugh) and Lester Clarence Blair on April 30, 1928.

Lester grew up in Washougal and enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. He served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1947. On Nov. 9, 1964, Lester married Helen Kissel Pratt in Stevenson.

Mr. Blair worked as a supervisor for the Clark County Road Department until his retirement in 1981. In 1988 he moved to Glenwood where he enjoyed farming, woodcutting and most of all, horses. Lester liked the country life and always had a dog by his side.

Mr. Blair is survived by his wife Helen of Glenwood; son Michael Blair and his wife Apryl of Dayville, Ore.; stepchildren Robert Pratt and his wife Marvein of Washougal, Gary Pratt and his wife Jeanne of Dallesport, Nancy Graham of Vancouver and John Pratt of Washougal; 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by stepdaughter Kathy Pratt.

Funeral services will be held at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Mt. Adams Cemetery in Glenwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glenwood Fire Department.

JERRY WOOD

Jerald Frederick Wood was born in Portland, Ore., to Violet M. (Speer) and Frederick Joseph Wood on Jan. 12, 1947.

He was raised in Trout Lake and worked on his family's dairy farm, which is now the site of Trout Lake School. Jerry graduated from Trout Lake and earned his bachelor's degree in education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg then continued his education for seven years after receiving his degree. Mr. Wood taught school in Santa Maria, Calif., for three years but grew tired of the concrete and city life, so when a teaching position opened up in his beloved town of Trout Lake, he took it. He taught for many years at Trout Lake School, guiding and influencing generations of students until his retirement.

Besides teaching, Jerry loved the mountains and woods that surrounded his home. He climbed Mt. Adams yearly and knew the forest as well as anyone. Throughout his life, Jerry had been on every trail -- and where every trail should be. He shared his passion for the outdoors with his children and grandchildren, who sometimes found it hard to keep up with his boundless energy. Jerry was a tender and committed man whose family always came first.

Though Mr. Wood had a very rare form of cancer, he never complained. He faced the diagnosis like any other challenge in his life: with a positive attitude and the heart of a warrior. Jerry fought his battle right to the end. With his loving family by his side, he passed away in Portland, Ore., on March 13, 2012, at the age of 65.

Jerry will be missed and remembered by his wife Zoe Wood of Trout Lake; children Derrick Frederick SmithWood of Eugene, Ore., Robin Wood Scheradella of Hillsboro, Ore. and Justin Brock Wood of Seattle; sister Barbara McConathy of Roy; twin brother Garold Wood of Carson; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of Jerry's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Trout Lake School.

Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lymphoma Society, Donor services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, Mass., 01202, 888-557-7177.

MARJORIE MATTOCH

Marjorie Elaine (Brawner) Mattoch passed to everlasting life March 3, 2012 in Vancouver. A strong-willed fighter, she had endured a year-long battle with cancer.

Marjorie was born Feb. 16, 1937, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, one of four children of Roy and Eva Brawner. Her family moved to Fruitland, Idaho, in the late 1940s. She graduated from Fruitland High School in 1955 and married Jack Mattoch in 1960. She worked as a telephone operator and nurse's aid. They made their home in Fruitland and had three children.

Marjorie and her family moved to Underwood in 1971 and lived there through the mid-1980s where she was employed by Underwood Fruit Company. She moved to North Bonneville after the loss of her husband Jack and began work for the Skamania County Sherriff's Office. Later she moved to Salem, Ore., where she worked for Governor Barbara Roberts. Marjorie moved from Salem to Mt. Angel and returned to her work as a nurse's aid. Eventually she retired from nursing work at the Oregon State Hospital in 2002.

She moved to Vancouver to be near family and friends. Late in her life she found joy again and married Richard Sauter, a native of Lyle. Her friends and family remember her as a lively and devoted friend, sister, mother, and wife who enjoyed gardening.

Marjorie is survived by her husband, Richard; three siblings Frank Brawner, June Wilson and Joan Sargent; three children Kevin Mattoch, Felicia Mattoch and Cheri Hutchens and their spouses; two grandchildren Brandon Hutchens and Ali Mattoch; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a bounty of friends who will miss her deeply.

Funeral Mass will be at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fruitland, Idaho, on March 30, 2012, at 1 p.m., followed by burial at Park View Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho.

Memorials may be made in Marjorie's name to the American Cancer Society or the Ray Hickey Hospice House of Vancouver.

A "celebration of life" open-house style gathering of family and friends in the Columbia Gorge area will be held at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel in Portland, on April 1, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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