Baker City, Baker County, Oregon
Elise Namchek, 92, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 1, 2003, at Tuality Community Hospital at Hillsboro.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Dennis Hickman of the First Lutheran Church, will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Namchek was born in 1910 at Baker City to Ernest and Ida Bahler. She spent her childhood and attended school in Baker City. She worked as a maid and was a U.S. Air Force observer during World War II.
She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge and Ladies Auxiliary and she volunteered at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
She married George Melvin Namchek on Feb. 16, 1952. They made their home at Baker City. George had a son, James, from a previous marriage and the couple adopted Jerry Namchek in 1955.
Mrs. Namchek moved to Beaverton at the age of 89 to live with her son, Jerry Namchek. Mrs. Namchek enjoyed card parties with her friends and visiting with her family. She also was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Baker City.
Survivors include Jerry and Glenna Namchek of Beaverton, and two granddaughters, Samica Namchek of Portland and Magan Boyle of Sherwood; and five great-granddaughters. She also leaves behind six grandchildren from the Tacoma, Wash., area born to James Namchek; and two nieces in the Portland area.
She was preceded in death by George Namchek, three brothers, her parents and her stepson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January, 10, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor