Thursday, December 15, 2005

Dylan Lee Winkles, Infant

GRANGEVILLE: Dylan Lee Winkles, infant son of Clint and Christina Winkles of Grangeville was stillborn Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at Syringa General Hospital.

He is survived by his parents, a sister Elizabeth, grandparents, Dan and Sandy Winkles and Bruce and Tammie Battles all of Grangeville. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Scott Ferguson.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Martha Bauer, 81

GRANGEVILLE: Martha Bauer, age 81, died peacefully December 10, 2005 at Syringa General Hospital from complications of cancer.

She was born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany to Karl and Rosa Bauer on March 21, 1924. Martha spent the first twelve years of her life in her mother country. In 1936, she immigrated to the United States with her parents; specifically to Nezperce where her father was to assist an aging uncle who was no longer able to care for his farm and had requested help from his family in Germany.

Martha spent her remaining school years in Nezperce, forming life-long friendships with her classmates and participating in the high school choir. Once she completed high school, Martha worked at several odd jobs before taking employment with the Idaho Free Press as a typesetter—an unusual position for a woman during that time (1945-1973). Upon her retirement from the Free Press, Martha worked for Josef’s bakery for the next five years.

Martha enjoyed her career with the Free Press, which was a catalyst for two of her favorite hobbies—photography and writing. She spent her free time and vacations traveling in Idaho and surrounding states to take advantage of various photographic settings. Martha completed writing her life’s memoirs before she went to rest in the Lord. She was also passionate about music. She received vocal training in Germany during her early years, sang in choirs there, in Nezperce, and concluded her musical calling with the Camas Choristers.

On April 6, 1996, Martha professed a new love for God and was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist church. Through the years she was a cherished part of her Grangeville church family. Among the many responsibilities she accepted, she was diligent in sending birthday and anniversary greetings to each church member, whom she considered her family and was thought of likewise. Martha was a precious delight to all who knew her.

Martha is survived by her cousins; Bruno Bauer, Kurt Kessler, and Rita Neubert, all residents of Germany.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville with Pastor Dan Cole officiating. Internment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Nezperce. Memorial contributions may be made to Syringa General Hospital Hospice or to the Grangeville Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels program. Send condolences to family at

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Anthony J. Oreb, Jr., 96

GRANGEVILLE: Anthony J Oreb, Jr. passed away December 8, 2005 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation from causes related to aging.

He was born to Antonio and Daisy Oreb at home on Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles California, January 11, 1909. He married Helen Massie on October 19, 1935. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1995.

Tony, known as A J, worked for Sears Roebuck and Co. for 38 years beginning as a stock boy on roller skates and ending as manager of the Hollywood store. After retirement he and Helen volunteered all over the world with the International Executive Service Corps and traveled privately to 39 countries. He loved to travel, read books, attend plays, work on his computer, and study French, physics, and astronomy. He was doing all things up to two months before his death. He was a long time member of Oneonta Congregational Church, So. Pasadena, CA, serving as its moderator for many years.

Tony and Helen lived in Alhambra, CA from their marriage until retirement when they moved to Ventura CA. Tony moved to Grangeville ID in 2001 to be closer to his family.

He is survived by his daughters and husbands: Elizabeth and Jerome Cain, Lincoln MT and Katherine and Kenneth Carpenter, Grangeville ID; four grandchildren and
spouses: Kevin and Kimberly Carpenter, Caldwell ID, Karen and Tony Kight, Lewiston ID, Keith and Kristine Carpenter, Winona MN and Kent Carpenter, Richmond CA; 13 great grandchildren: Kaleigh, Kaleb, Kristian, Kamas, Kourtne, KJ Carpenter, Caldwell ID, Kale, Samuel, Hannah Kight, Lewiston ID and Konnor, Kaden, Kody , Kaleb Carpenter, Winona MN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, in 1995.

Viewing will be Wednesday, December 14, 2005 from 9 am to 2 pm and graveside service at 3 pm at Rose Hills. Arrangements are with Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville and Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Thursday, December 08, 2005

James Lee Gortsema, 59

James Lee (Jimmy) Gortsema 59, died on December 3, 2005 of an apparent heart attack, outside of Grangeville.
He was born November 22, 1946 in Grangeville to John Gortsema and Shirley Hayhurst Gortsema. He attended schools in Grangeville and entered the army in 1966. He was honorably discharged in 1970.
While serving in the Army he married Dolly Smith. They later divorced in 1971.
He later married Carol Swedblom. Together they had a son Jason Lee Gortsema in 1977. They later divorced.
He met and fell and in love with Julie Harcourt and together they had a daughter Jennifer Lynn Gortsema in 1984.
Jim worked for McGregor Company for a short time. He went to work for Baker Truck Service where he has been a truck driver for the past 33 years.
He spent the last six years with his companion and best friend Deanne Clark.
Jim was a member of the Camas Prairie Cruisers Car Club. He enjoyed showing off his 1956 Ford pickup and he was restoring a 1979 Ford pickup.
Jim is survived by his father John Gortsema of Grangeville, a sister Janet Gortsema of Bliss, Idaho, his beloved girlfriend Deanne Clark, his son Jason Gortsema and companion Jessica Dewey and their son/his grandson James Lee Gortsema of Grangeville, his daughter Jennifer Lynn Gortsema of Grangeville. Deanne’s children and grandchild which he thought of his own, Jeremy and Heather McCoy. Brenna and James of Lewiston, Jay and Jennifer Cutlip, Alex, Noah and Molly of Pullman,Washington, Shelly Clark and her companion Jared Andrews of Grangeville. Two step-brothers, Randy and Debbie Carrell and Dennis and Donna Carrell all of Boise.
He was preceded in death by his mother Shirley Gortsema Carrell.
Jim was deeply loved and will be extremely missed by all who cared for him.
Viewing hours will be Wednesday December 7, 2005 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. at the Blackmer Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday December 8, 2005 at 2:00pm, at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery.