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Tom Bauer
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2012-07-11 22:23:28
Beatrice Beard (Groom)
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Retired Married 2021-12-02 02:15:09

Beatrice  Leigh Groom

August 1, 1941 —  November 19, 2021

Beatrice Leigh Groom, grew up on a lively block of E. Maple St. in Walla Walla where she was born to parents Dorothy Walter and Erwin James Beard. She attended Paine Elementary, Pioneer Junior High, and Walla Walla High School, graduating in 1959. She went on to Central Washington State College where she caught the eye of her future husband, Richard Groom.

Bea returned to Walla Walla and began working at Baker Boyer Bank, which was the beginning of many years of employment in neighborhood banks, primarily in the Puyallup, WA area. More than a job, this was also the source of many long-term friends and acquaintances. She resided in the Puyallup/Graham area for about 45 years. Upon retirement, she and Dick moved to Walla Walla. 

As a descendant of pioneers that came to the Walla Walla Valley in the early 1860s, Bea kept up an interest in her ancestors and how they created and fit into the history of the area. She enjoyed exploring the territory, whether traveling down familiar roads or discovering something new. Bea maintained a life-long enthusiasm for bowling, and continually played on a league. She also enjoyed an occasional round of golf with family or friends and a variety of card games. And a trip to Vegas with the girls meant a set few dollars for the casino.

With Dick she thoroughly enjoyed taking the trailer out on the roads of the Pacific NW, boating through Puget Sound, or just staying home and keeping track of the sizable garden that their yard always had space for, particularly the tomato section.

Bea is survived by her husband, Dick; a brother, Jim (Barbara) Beard; a sister, Eleanor (Tom) Quick; a niece, Chloe Beard; a niece, Kay Lynne (Aaron) Bridges; a niece, Amanda (Jeremy) Andrus; and four grandnephews, Broni, Wesley, Trygve, and Meilyr Andrus. She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Darcy Anne Quick.

A gift of remembrance may be made in Bea’s name to the Frazier Farmstead Museum in Milton-Freewater.

Spouse:  Richard
Activities/Hobbies:  Gardening, Bridge, Walking our Dog, Bowling

I left Walla Walla in the early 60's and moved to the Tacoma area.  After over 40 years I decided to return home in 2007.  Along with me came my husband, Dick, of 26 years and our spoiled Jack Russell.  It's great to be back.

We have a motorhome so we do some traveling in that.  The only thing it doesn't seem to get past a casino without stopping.  I love to play the slot machines.

In kindergarden I met Carol Brehm Woods.  We have stayed very close all these years.  I'm putting a picture on the website that was taken of us back in the days when we didn't have a care in the world.
Shan Beck (Miller)
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Administrator Married 2 2012-07-11 22:23:29
Spouse:  Moe
Children:  1 Son and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren:  1 Grandson

Following graduation from Wa-Hi, I attended Washington State University where I graduated with A BA in Business and Secretarial Studies, as well as serving as President of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
I married Moe Miller (class of 1957) in the fall of 1963. Moe, after graduating from Central Washington, joined the management team of J. C. Penney. He retired after 32 years in 1999. I also “retired” two years ago, after a 25-year career with a real estate development and property management firm, where I served as administrator to the President. However, I guess I didn’t retire completely cause I am now considered a consultant for a non-profit corporation, specializing in preserving low-income housing. I can come and go as I please and no more minutia – perfect set up.
We are so lucky to have both children and family right here in Boise. Our daughter, 42, is a senior compliance auditor for Idaho Housing and Finance Association and teaches Canadian Studies at Boise State University Our son, 40, is married with our new one-year old grandson and is a stockbroker with RBC Wealth Management. The joy of grand parenting….need I say more.
Moe and I now enjoyed traveling which included our 45th wedding anniversary trip “cruising” down the Danube River taking in the sites and sounds of Germany and Austria. Our families are very involved in Boise State athletics, as well as Boise High School (where our children graduated) because Moe is a volunteer special team’s coach (kickers). Family, friends, gardening and lots of “wish I had time for” fills in the gaps.
Ra Ra for Wa-Hi-----------looking forward to our 50th – how time does fly!!!!
Jack Bell
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February 28, 1940 2012-07-12 00:17:25

Jack A. Bell, 55, died Jan. 24, 1996, at St. Mary Medical Center.  Funeral was held at Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home.  Chaplian Walter Meske officiated and burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery.

Jack was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Caraville, Tenn., to William and Mary Ward Bell.  He attended Pioneer Junior High School and graduated from Walla Walla High School.

He joined the U.S. Army and served in North Carolina and the Dominican Republic.  He worked for Montgomery Ward for several years; the Bon Marche and later for Walla Walla School District No. 140.

He married Karen Clayton Staudenmaier in Lewiston in 1977.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, mushrooming, tinkering in his shop, gardening and horse trading.

He was a member of the BPOE No. 287 Board of Trustees; a former vice president of Tri-State Steelheaders; and a member of Eagles Lodge and VFW Grant Farmer Post No. 992.

Surviving are his wife, at home; a daughter, Shelley Bell of Portland; three sons, William Bell and Mike and Jeff Staudenmaier, all of Walla Walla; a brother, William Bell of Milton-Freewater; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

(from obit dated 1-26-96)
Shirley Ann Bennett (Anderson)
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November 26, 1940 2012-07-11 22:23:31

Shirley Ann Anderson, 65, of 46 Onyx St. died March 16, 2006, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way.

Shirley was born Nov. 26, 1940, in Walla Walla to Fred and Jean Marie Bond Bennett.  She graduated in 1959 from Walla Walla High School and attended Eastern Washington University for a year.

She worked in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin circulation department.  She and Phillip R. "Phil" Anderson married Feb. 4, 1962, in Walla Walla.  She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Pioneer United Methodist Church, Walla Walla Country Club and its women's 18-Holer Golfers and was a seven-time champion in women's golf there.

The Andersons enjoyed spending winter months in southern California, where she was a member of and four-time champion at Shadow Mountain (Calif.) Country Club.

An ardent reader she also enjoyed gardening, cooking and friendships she made during golf.  She doted on her husband and family.

Survivors include her husband, at home; two daughters, Kerry Angerson of Yelm, WA, and Vickie Lee Anderson of Walla Walla; her father, Fred Bennett of Walla Walla; brother Bob Bennett of Walla Walla; and a grandson, Matthew Hines of Yelm, WA.  She was preceded in death by her mother.

(note:  obit dated circa 3-17-06)
Marlene Benzel (Saager)
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Retired Teachers Assistant Married 3 2012-07-11 22:23:32
Spouse:  Bill
Children:  2 Sons and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren:  2 Grandsons & 2 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Cowboy Action Shooting, Woodcarving, Crocheting, Traveling, Gardening, Reading, Rugtwining

During our senior year I went on a blind date and the following year ended up making it permanent. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary this Nov. 14. We built our home across the street from Bill’s parents in Milton-Freewater and we are still living there today.
In 1961 we started our family with twin girls; they were very small and only one survived. Two years later we added a boy and eight years more added another boy. During this time I was pretty much a stay at home mom until our family was all in school and then started working outside of home. I was a teacher’s assistant for 15 years in the resource room in a Junior High. Bill was the Electric Superintendant and Fire Chief for the city. We have been retired from our jobs now for the last 12 years and loving it. We have a three acre cherry orchard that we farm, three rental houses we maintain, plus our home and our church affiliations, so we have plenty to keep us busy.
We have two granddaughters and two grandsons, which have been fun to watch grow up. Over the years I have had many different hobbies; woodcarving, crocheting, reading, gardening, traveling and rugtwining, and enjoyed them all. But about five years ago we discovered Cowboy Action Shooting and are both enjoying it. We have traveled the length and breadth of the Northwest to different shoots and spend almost three months in the winter in Arizona, including going to the national shoot three different years now. It’s a great sport to keep you both active and alert and a good excuse to travel, meet neat people who are all enjoying doing the same thing. We feel so blessed to have had so many wonderful years together and have had good health to enjoy life.
Ursula Bergstrahser (Wittren)
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2012-07-11 22:28:13
Bob Biersner
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Now 2012-07-12 00:39:36



Occupation:  Federal attorney

Marital Status:  Widowed (Marjorie; 2007)

Children:  2 daughters

Grandchildren:  2 granddaughters; 1 grandson

Great grandchildren:  1 great grandson

Activities/Hobbies:  Weekends boating, kayaking, and fishing at my lake house in southern Maryland; power hiking with my youngest granddaughter; fishing trips (about once a year) to Walla Walla and other parts of the Mountain West; and gardening (mostly lawn mowing)




Education.  After graduating from Central Washington University in 1963 with a Bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology, I completed the Master’s and Doctorate degrees in neuropsychology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1964 and 1966, respectively.  To escape the Canadian winters, I went to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, on a postdoctoral research fellowship under Nobel laureate (medicine) R. W. Sperry.


Military Service.  With the Vietnam War going full blast (so to speak), and needing a break after 20 years of schooling, I decided to join the military, and obtained a commission in the U.S. Navy as a Research Psychologist in 1967.  Over a 20-year Navy career, my assignments included:  Research Psychologist, Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Washington, DC; Human Factors Specialist to the Chief of Naval Education and Training, Pensacola, FL; Director of Scientific Programs at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory, New London, CT; Program Manager for Research Psychology and Aviation Medicine, Naval Medical Research and Development Command (NMRDC), Bethesda, MD; and Associate Director for Program Planning, NMRDC.  I retired with the rank of Captain in 1987 after completing a tour of duty as Commanding Officer, Naval Biodynamics Laboratory, New Orleans, LA.  During my Navy career, I qualified as a Saturation Diving Officer and a Helium-Oxygen Diving Officer, the submarine patrol insignia (for two ballistic-missile nuclear submarine patrols), and had special duty with the Naval Support Force, Antarctica, where I visited the South Pole.  I also received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal.


Federal Civil Service.  After retiring from the Navy, I was selected as Chief of the Applied Psychology and Ergonomics Branch at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH, and served in this position from 1987-1991.  During this period, I attended evening law school at Northern Kentucky University (across the Ohio River from Cincinnati) on the GI Bill.  After obtaining the JD degree (and passing the Kentucky bar) in 1991, I became a standards attorney in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division of the Office of the Solicitor of Labor (SOL), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  In this capacity, I served as project attorney on a number of OSHA safety and health standards, including:  exposure to cadmium; regulating confined spaces for construction; commercial diving operations; ergonomics; respiratory protection (respirators), including protection ratings for respirators and procedures for fit testing respirators; operation of cranes and derricks in construction; roll-over protection structures (roll bars and cages) for agricultural and construction tractors; and regulations enforcing the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.  I also provide legal advice to OSHA on granting variances from standards, OSHA’s nationally- recognized-testing-laboratory program for testing and certifying electrical equipment used in the workplace, enforcement interpretations, paperwork-reduction regulations, policy memoranda, and technical and hazard bulletins; I also assist appellate attorneys on litigation matters.  While at DOL, I’ve received numerous awards, including the Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award and the DOL Safety and Health Award.  I also served several years as Agency Vice President for SOL, American Federation of Government Employees, Local 12.  I recently switched to the management side of SOL, and currently hold the position of Counsel for Safety Standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Division of SOL; I plan to retire from this position in about 3-4 years.

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Audrey Blanc
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2012-07-11 22:23:30

Sharon Blomquist (Moomaw)
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Now Retired Married 2 2012-07-11 22:23:31
Spouse:  Dave
Children:  2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  1 Grandson & 1 Granddaughter
Activities/Hobbies:  Grandchildren, traveling, crafts, quilting

I went to WSU and graduated in Elementary Education. I taught second grade in Parkrose, R (suburb of Portland) for three years and then moved to Seattle to teach in Bellevue for a year. I met my husband, Dave, and we were married in 1967. After living in Seattle for a few months he got a new job, which moved us to Portland, where we lived for nine years. Both of our daughters, Melanie and Allison, were born in Portland.
In 1976 we moved to Keizer, OR (next to Salem) where we have lived ever since. During the girls’ school years I was very involved in volunteer activities in their schools. I also volunteered at the YWCA and served on the board of the Salem YW for six years. Presently I volunteer at the Keizer library.
In 1989 I went to work part time as a gift buyer and salesperson for a local furniture store. It was a fun job as I got to travel to Seattle and Portland for gift shows.
In 1992 after my husband retired as the Administrator of DMV for Oregon we bought an RV and traveled in the U.S. and Canada. The only state we missed was North Dakota. There are so many beautiful places in our country. WE spent a few winters in the southwest to get out of the Oregon rain.
We have two grandchildren; Grand 14 and Lauren 11. We love spending time with them and taking them to the beach every summer. Both our daughters and families live close so we are blessed to see them often.
In the last few years we have enjoyed several cruises to Alaska, Mexico, Panama and the Caribbean. Two years ago we spent a month in Italy exploring the hill towns of Tuscany. A favorite trip last fall was a two week river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.
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