Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District
Matilda Walberger (Weimer) Zaegel, 88, a Lewiston homemaker, died early Monday morning of a stroke at Tri-State Convalescent Center at Clarkston.
She was born Jan. 24, 1902, at Pomeroy, the daughter of Joseph and Matilda Kreiling Weimer. She went to school in the Pomeroy area, where she met and married her first husband, Adam Rubenser, when she was 15. He died in 1934.
She later married Harry Zink of Starbuck. They worked his ranch there until his death in 1956.
She sold the ranch and moved to Waitsburg, where she married George Douglas. She enjoyed hunting and fishing and was known by many of her friends for her shooting ability. Family members tell that she apparently was restricted from participating in the annual Waitsburg Turkey Shoot to give the men a better chance.
The couple lived at Waitsburg for several years before moving to Walla Walla, where her husband died soon after.
She worked as an Avon representative at Walla Walla for many years.
She married Ernie Zaegel later in her life. They moved to Lewiston three years ago.
She was a member of the Walla Walla Eagles and Elks lodges and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Walla Walla.
Survivors include her husband, Ernie Zaegel of Lewiston; a son, Cecil Rubenser of Lewiston; two daughters, Dorothe Newton of Walla Walla and Bernice Novell of Port Hueneme, Calif.; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Richardson-Brown Funeral Home at Pomeroy. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Richardson-Brown, with the Rev. Howard Neal of the First Christian Church of Pomeroy officiating.
Burial will follow at the Pomeroy City Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the Washington State Heart Association, in care of Ann Heitstuman, 176 18th St., Pomeroy, Wash., 99347.
--Lewiston Tribune Dec 4, 1990 (Updated Jul 29, 2013)
John Peter Herres, a Pomeroy area farmer, died Friday at Garfield County Memorial Hospital here of a lung disorder. He was 73.
He was born July 23, 1916, to Michael Peter and Mary M. Kucklick Herres at Peola.
He attended Mount Angel Seminary High School until 1932 when he returned to Pomeroy where he graduated in 1934.
After graduation, he began working in the trucking business on the family farm with his brother, Leonard Herres.
In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps where he served until the following year.
On Nov. 11, 1944, he married Dorothy J. Malone at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The couple settled on the family ranch five miles west of Pomeroy. She preceded him in death.
He enjoyed fishing, farming and woodworking. He was a babysitter for many area children who called him "Papa John," and he enjoyed making wooden toys for the children he cared for.
He was a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Pomeroy, a Third and Fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Garfield County Cattlemen's Association and the Pleasant Valley Grange at Pomeroy.
Survivors include two sons, John Peter Herres of Vancouver, Wash., and Frederic C. Herres of Pomeroy; a daughter, Joan Kay Herres of Pomeroy; eight brothers, Mike Herres, Hubert Herres and Joe Herres, all of Walla Walla; Leonard Herres, Herman Herres, Ferd Herres, Jim Herres and Richard Herres, all of Pomeroy; a sister, Sister Mary Ann of Toppenish, Wash.; and six grandchildren.
A Rosary was recited at at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with a funeral Mass celebrated the next day. The Rev. C.A. Verdoorn officiate.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Memory Manor Roof Fund in care of Muriel Bott of Pomeroy.
Neil James Scott, 40, formerly of Pomeroy, died Tuesday [June 5, 1990] at Lynn, Massachusetts, of kidney failure.
He was born July 6, 1949, to James A. and Maxine Dye Scott at Pomeroy. He graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1967 and attended Yakima Valley College and Central Washington University for three years.
In 1971 he moved to Boston and worked in computer assembly. He returned to Pomeroy in 1973 and worked on the family farm.
On July 10, 1975, he married Ilene Turkanis at Clarkston. They later divorced. On Oct. 17, 1980, he married Deborah Newbury at Lynn. They also divorced.
He moved back to Lynn in 1980 and was employed as a truck driver at the time of his death.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He had been an active Boy Scout, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and received scouting's God and Country Award.
He enjoyed college sports, especially football, and became a licensed pilot while attending college.
Survivors include three daughters, Melissa J. Scott of Cambridge, Mass., and Heather Scott and Susan Scott, both of Lynn; his parents, James and Maxine Scott of Pomeroy; two sisters, Janice Mathison and Nancy Scott, both of Wenatchee, Wash.; a brother, Gregory J. Scott of Pomeroy; and his grandfather, John A. Dye of Pomeroy.
Private family inurnment at Pomeroy City Cemetery will be followed by a memorial service for friends and family at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church at Pomeroy. The Rev. Carl Beal will officiate.
The family suggests any memorials be sent to the United Methodist Church at Pomeroy or to Memory Manor Nursing Home Roof Fund in care of Muriel Bott, Pomeroy, Wash., 99347.
Richardson-Brown Funeral Home at Pomeroy is in charge of arrangements.