Winifred 'Winnie' Ann Wascher

Long Beach resident, 97Winifred "Winnie" Ann Wascher, 97, of Long Beach, Wash., died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, in Long Beach.

Mrs. Wascher was born Aug. 29, 1905, in Amity, to Ola and Sibella Yoe Harris.

In 1932, she married Robert Wascher; he died in 1958. In 1974, she married Harrison Blake; he died earlier.

Following the death of her father when she was an infant, Mrs. Wascher moved to Portland and then to Seaside. She graduated from Seaside High School and attended Oregon Normal School in Monmouth. She became an elementary school teacher and taught for several years in a one-room school in Lakeview. She then moved to Seaside again. Following the death of her first husband, she moved to Corvallis and was a housemother for the Sigma Nu fraternity. After seven years, she returned to Seaside and in 1998, moved to Long Beach to be near her family.

She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and the Seaside Elks Lodge. She enjoyed bowling, golf, bridge, flowers, decorating for the holidays, meeting friends for coffee at Holladay Drug in Seaside and trips to Reno, Nev., and Hawaii. Family members say she took pride in her homemaking and cooking skills.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Lund of Bodega Bay, Calif., and Betty Chambers of Seaview, Wash.; a brother, Edward Nimmo of Seaside; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, a sister died earlier.

Funeral mass is 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview, with a reception following. Committal will be at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harbors Home Health and Hospice, in care of Penttila's Chapel by the Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.


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