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Chrusoskie, Gerald Sylvester – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon

Gerald Sylvester Chrusoskie, 80, of La Grande, died Dec. 3 at a local care facility. A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Chrusoskie was born April 2, 1926, to Barnaby and Vivian Laidlaw Chrusoskie in La Grande. He served in the Navy during World War II and after an honorable discharge returned to La Grande.

He worked as a glazer at Miller’s Cabinet for many years until retiring in 1991.

He was married to Charlotte Lee Spiker, and they had five children. They divorced in 1966. In 1966 he married Essie “Belle” Smart.

Mr. Chrusoskie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Carpenter’s Union, the Eagles Lodge, the VFW and the American Legion. He loved doing carpentry, building houses and furniture. He also enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth Chrusoskie of La Grande, Phillip Chrusoskie of Imbler, Catherine Moore of Irrigon, Teresa Smith of Union and Charles Chrusoskie of Portland; stepchildren, Mike Sirrine and Matthew Sirrine, both of La Grande; siblings, Floyd Chrusoskie of Olympia, Wash., Edith Tucker of La Grande, Lorraine Chrusoskie of Philadelphia and Evernett Chrusoskie of Eagle Point; and six grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Belle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice or the Disabled Veterans in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

The Observer-Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 9, 2006, Published: December 9, 2006

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