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Obituaries: Nov. 7, 2018

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Published on November 6, 2018 4:18PM

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Contributed PhotoMary Theresa Weaver

Contributed PhotoMary Theresa Weaver

Contributed PhotoCal Eston Weissenfluh

Contributed PhotoCal Eston Weissenfluh

Mary Theresa Weaver


July 19, 1955 - Oct. 30, 2018

Mary Theresa Weaver, 63, of John Day, Oregon, passed away at her residence on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. with her loving family by her side. A graveside memorial service to celebrate Mary will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at Moon Creek Cemetery near Mt. Vernon. After the graveside service, friends are invited to join the family at the Grant County Fairgrounds Trowbridge Pavilion for a celebration of Mary’s life at 1 p.m.

Mary was born on July 19, 1955, to Fred and Virginia Spinney in San Diego, California. Mary is survived and loved by her husband, James Weaver; daughter Mandy Weaver and son Jarrod Weaver; siblings Kim Johns, Fred Spinney Jr., Gary Spinney and Bonnie Foster. Mary is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews and five grandchildren.

Mary has been a pillar and leader in the Grant County community since her family’s arrival in 1971. Mary graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1973 and married the love of her life shortly thereafter. Jim and Mary built a life together of love, hard work and world travel. As a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, daughter and friend, Mary was devoted to the happiness and health of all she shared life with. Mary was a lover of people, travel, fun, friends and her family.

Thank you to all who have supported Mary and her family through these challenging times. Mary could not control the shortened length of her life, but she certainly managed the depth of her life by radiating love through her daily interactions and embracing all of the moments with family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Fairgrounds through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To leave an online condolence, visit: www.driskillmemorialchapel.com.


Robert Lee Boethin


Robert Lee Boethin, 93, of John Day passed away at his residence on Nov. 4. Arrangements have been entrusted to Driskill Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic or to the Shriners Children’s Hospital through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To leave an online condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.


James T. Mael


James T. Mael, 77, of Monument passed away at his residence on Nov. 4. Arrangements have been entrusted to Driskill Memorial Chapel. To leave an online condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.


Norma Joyce Montgomery


Norma Joyce Montgomery, 85, of Prairie City passed away at her residence on Nov. 3. Arrangements have been entrusted to Driskill Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To leave an online condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.


Calvin Eston Weissenfluh


Aug. 10, 1923 - Oct. 15, 2018

Calvin Eston Weissenfluh, 95, of Bend, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15.

Cal was born Aug. 10, 1923 in Long Creek, Oregon, the oldest of three children of Garland and Leona (Blackwell) Weissenfluh. During WWII, Cal enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Hawaii. After his discharge in 1946, he entered Oregon State College graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. In Cal’s 30-year career with the Forest Service he served as Assistant District Ranger in Dale (Umatilla NF), District Ranger in Burns and Lakeview (Ochoco NF) and a time on the Fremont NF, retiring in 1978.

Cal’s paternal ancestors emigrated from Switzerland to Long Creek in the 1890’s. A chance encounter with a Swiss tourist in 1950 led to Cal’s discovery of Weissenfluh relatives in Guttannen, Switzerland; he traveled to Switzerland and maintained contact with Swiss relatives.

Later in life, Cal pursued his interest in genealogy. He brought the family together for a reunion in the ’80s and created a slide show of the Weissenfluh family history and narrated it at the most recent reunion in 2017. Cal is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; half-brother Harvey Sweek; son Gregg; daughters Reigh Hays, Dawn White, Diana Stoffel, Jenny Hansford and Tracy Hayes; grandsons Scott Hayes, Gary Weissenfluh, Jamie Hayes and David Weissenfluh; nephew Tim McAllister; and nieces Neva Lynde, Treva Archer and Tracie Valenzuela.

He was preceded in death by his brother John “Bud” Weissenfluh; sister Helen McAllister; and grandson Kristopher Hayes. At Cal’s request, no local service will be held. His urn will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with full military honors at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Cal’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Central Oregon.



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