Odessa City Cemetery 


                                                                                   Obituaries submitted by Marge Womach


Page Schoo through Schor


We give credit to the Heritage Church, Odessa Historisches Museum and the Odessa Record for assistance in gathering the data.   These have NOT been confirmed by the Odessa City Clerk, but are documentation found within the county that purport to have been buried in Odessa. In many instances (?) will denote that there is some likelihood of error. 

Explanations and Common abbreviations used herein:

TS = Tombstone; OC = specific location to Odessa Cemetery; LL = Christ Lutheran Ledger, data furnished by the Museum

dc = death card; DC = death certificate; Obit = obituary

Suchland = A thorough research of the cemetery was done by Harold Suchland and in some cases his mention is the only available record, with no explanation. From that mention, additional research continues and some records are being documented. Due to the fragile condition of the local copies of the Odessa Record papers which went through a fire in the 1980's, some items are not available.


Schoonover, Belle A.,   (d. 1968; b. 1912; TS; OC; dc) “Belle Alice Schoonover. Died: 7-20-1968. Birth: 2-20-1912, WA; Spouse: Ted Schoonover. Father: Gottfried C. Haase. Mother: Amelia Wahl. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)

Schoonover, Eliza M.,   (d. 1951; b. 1863; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the English Congregational church for Mrs. Eliza Melissa Schoonover, 87, pioneer of this area since 1886. The Rev R. H. Satterfield officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were chosen from neighbors and close friends of the family, including William Geissler, Raymond Geissler, E. J. Ish, Austin Miller, Gottlieb Giese and Oscar Anderson. Mrs. Schoonover died at a Spokane hospital on Thursday afternoon, where she had gone on Monday after falling at her home at Schoonover station, breaking a hip and sustaining other injuries.  Born at Richland Center, WI, in 1863, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Allen Thompson, she was married there in 1884 to Levi Marion Schoonover, and the family came west in 1886. Mr. Schoonover came first, arriving here in May and taking up a homestead and timber culture claim at the present home site. His wife followed by immigrant train. They made their home at the ranch except for a short time when they lived at Opportunity, about 25 years ago.  Her husband, two sons and two daughters preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Goldie Estes, Waitsburg, and Mrs. Ruby Curl, Salem, Oregon; two sons, Otto and Levi M Schoonover, Jr., both of Odessa; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-05-1951)

Schoonover, Ellen R.,  (d. 1958; b. 1914; TS; OC; dc) “Ellen Rosalie Schoonover.  Died: 6-25-1958. Birth: 8-18-1914, Odessa, WA.  Never Married. Father: Walter Schoonover.  Mother: Emma Seidl.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Ellen Rosalie Schoonover, 44, daughter of Mrs. Walter Schoonover and the late W H Schoonover, died Wednesday, June 25, at the family home, following recent surgery. Services were held on Friday from St Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev Roy Thelen officiating. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of Strate Funeral Home.  Ellen was born in Ritzville on Aug 18, 1914. Most of her life had been lived in Odessa.  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Walter Schoonover, and sister, Wanda Travis of Gary, IN.  Coming from Ritzville to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gillis, Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Sielaff, Mrs. A. L. Reeve, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Maher and Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Evans. Guests at the home of Mrs. Schoonover were her sisters, Mrs. Ralph Gillis and Mrs. B. E. Sielaff, of Ritzville.” (Odessa Record: 7-03-1958)

Schoonover, Emma M.,   (d. 1982; b. 1890; TS; OC; dc) “Emma Marie Schoonover.  Died: 3-21-1982, Lincoln Nursing Home, Davenport, WA. Spouse: Walter Schoonover. Mother; Rose Burkhardt. Father: George Seidl. Buried: Odessa Cemetery.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Funeral Mass services were held for Emma Marie Seidel Schoonover on Wednesday, March 24, 1982 at 11 a.m. from St Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa with Rev William L. Kelley conducting the services. She was born on June 7, 1890 in Ritzville, WA.  In 1920 she was married to Walter Schoonover, Odessa town marshal. The couple made their home in Odessa, where Emma remained until she sold her home on North Birch Street and moved to live in the Convalescent Center in Davenport, WA.  She passed away at the center on March 21, 1982.  She was a member of the Catholic Church, where she served as organist and was president of the Altar Society for many years, and will be remembered for her devotion to her church in caring for the altar linens and arranging the altar flowers each Saturday for Sunday services. She was also a charter member of the Fortnightly Bridge Club and of the Royal Neighbors of America Rainbow Camp #10309, Odessa. She will also be remembered for her love of flowers and gardening, and for the sewing that she did for members of the community.  Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Robert (Wanda) Travis of Portage, IN; one sister, Mrs. Dora Cooper, Portland, OR; 8 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Schoonover; one daughter, Ellen; her parents; two sisters, Mrs. Bruno (Mabel) Sieloff; and Rose Gillis.  Organist at the funeral service was Mary Louise Kern. Casket bearers were Louis Kremsreiter, Harold Kern, Archie Staley, Lynn Reeves, Paul Gross and Bob Pierce. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 4-08-1982)

Schoonover, Levi M.,  h/o Eliz (d. 1-14-1939; b. 5-25-1859; TS; OC;  Strates) “Levi M Schoonover. Residence: 12 miles SE of Odessa. Death: Jan 14, 1939, 8:45 p.m., at home. Informant: Eliza. of Odessa. Birth: May 25, 1859, Wisconsin. Age: 79 yrs 6 mos 19 days. Male, white, married, retired farmer. Ceased occupation in 1936, 59 yrs in occupation. Wife: Eliza. Residence of 8 yrs where death occurred. Previous residence: Opportunity, WA. Father: Nathan Schoonover born WI. Mother: Sara Andrews, born WI. Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage. Dr Morehead of Ritzville, WA. Leaves: wife, Eliza; 2 sons: Otto Schoonover of Odessa, WA, Levi M. Schoonover, Odessa; 3 daughters: Mrs. Estes of Waitsburg, WA; Mrs. Bradford Davis, Cashmere, WA; Mrs. Ruby Curls, Portland, OR. 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 5 brothers; 8 sisters.” (Mortuary Ledger)

Schoonover, Levi M Jr.,  (Ted)  (d. 1979; b. 1904; TS; OC; dc) “Levi Marion Schoonover, Jr. Died: 10-04, 1979; Birth: 11-22-1905, WA. Widowed. Father: Levi Marion Schoonover, Sr.; Mother: Eliza Thompson. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Family graveside services were held on Oct 5 at 11 a.m. for Ted Schoonover. He passed away Oct 4, (1979) at the Odessa Memorial Hospital. Rev Albert Hausauer conducted the service.  Levi M (Ted) Schoonover was born Nov 22, 1904 to Levi and Eliza Schoonover at the family ranch at Schoonover Station near Odessa. One of eight children, Ted spent most of his life farming and living around Odessa. He was preceded in death by his wife Belle (Haase) Schoonover. Ted lived with his one remaining brother, Otto and his wife Olga, prior to his entering the Odessa Convalescent Center several years ago.  Survivors include one brother, Otto A Schoonover of Wilbur and numerous nieces and nephews.  Strate Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 10-11-1979) 

Schoonover, Peter,*  (d. 1893; b. 1886; TS; OC; Burial pre-dates the cemetery)

Schoonover, Royden K.,   (d. 12-18-1938; b. 2-21-1895; TS; OC;  Strates) “Royden Schoonover. Residence: Odessa, WA. Death: Dec 18, 1938, 4:28 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital, room 312. Birth: Feb 21, 1895. Age: 43 yrs. Male, white, divorced, laborer. Cause of death: hemorrhage from bullet wound. Physician: Dr G. E. Rosenthal. Parents: Mr & Mrs L M Schoonover, Odessa; 2 brothers: Otto A Schoonover, Odessa; Levi M Schoonover, Jr, Odessa; 3 sisters: Mrs Bradford Davis, Cashmere, WA; Mrs T P Estes, Waitsburg, WA; Mrs Ruby Curl, Portland, OR; 3 sons: Royden Keith Schoonover, Charles Lee Schoonover, Edward Albert Schoonover. Physical: Brown hair, gray eyes, 5 ft 11 inches, 170 lbs.” (Mortuary Ledger)“Mrs Mary Schoonover was granted an interlocutory decree of divorce from Royden Schoonover in the superior court, even Odessa residents testified during the trial. Mrs Schoonover charged her husband with non-support. She was granted $15 a month alimony, $50 attorney’s fee and was given custody of three children.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1938)

Schoonover, Walter H  (d. 1956; b. 1881; TS; OC; dc) “Walter H Schoonover.  Died: 3-19-1956, Odessa, WA. Mother; Rachel Davis; Father: Nathaniel Schoonover. Spouse: Emma Schoonover. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Walter Schoonover.  Age: 74 yrs. Dated: March 21, 1956. Burial: Odessa.” (English Congregational Church ledger-handwritten) “Funeral services are being held from the English Congregational church this afternoon for Walter H Schoonover, widely known Odessa resident, who died at his home here Monday afternoon after a long illness.  The Rev F William Westwood is officiating and the Modern Woodmen of America will conduct graveside services in the Odessa Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home is in charge. Walter H Schoonover was born May 6, 1881, at Richland Center, WI, and graduated from high school at Lonerock, WI.  He came west in 1902 and was a street car conductor in Spokane, where he attended night school at business college.  He came to Odessa and engaged in farming, and later was engaged in business with his brother in Odessa. He was married to Miss Emma Seidl in 1913. Later with his brother, Grover, he moved to Newport, coming to Odessa during the summers to buy wheat for the White-Delaney company.  In 1917 the family moved to Ritzville, where he was employed by the Ritzville Flouring mills. He was forced to leave this work due to ill health and moved back to Odessa in 1922 to become marshal, a post he held for several years.  He was afflicted with Parkinson’s disease for 25 years, for 15 years being an invalid. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Odessa Camp No 9781 and the English Congregational Church.  He is survived by his wife, Emma, at the home; two daughters, Ellen, at the home and Mrs. Wanda Travis of Gary, IN; 5 grandchildren; 7 sisters, Miss Bertha Schoonover of Green Bay, WI; Mrs. Myrtle Sherwood and Mrs. Edith Moore, both of Madison, WI; Mrs. Blanche Quale of Hudson, WI; Mrs. Esther Everson of Viroque, WI; Mrs. Lily Trantum and Mrs. Mary Shearer, both of Spokane; one brother, Ed Schoonover of Avoco, WI.” (Odessa Record: 3-22-1956) 

Schorzman, Anna M. Lauer,    (d. 1985; b. 1894; TS; OC; dc)  “Anna M. Schorzman.—Passed away June 27, 1985 in Odessa, WA. Her home, Odessa. Survived by one daughter, Edra Haugen, Royal City, WA; two sons, Ray L. Schorzman, Odessa, WA, Lee W. Schorzman, Lind, WA; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rosa Kramer, Spokane; Edna Wakeling, Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Christ Lutheran Church, Charter member Odessa Grange and Odessa Alumni Assoc.  Funeral Service, Monday July 1, 1985 at 11 a.m. Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge.”  (scrapbook obit) “Anna Martha Schorzman. Died: 6-27-1985, Odessa, WA. Mother: Martha Miessner. Father; John F. Lauer. Spouse: widowed-Fred C. Schorzman. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Anna Martha Lauer Schorzman, born Dec 10, 1894 south of Packard near Ritzville to John and Martha Lauer, passed away June 27, (1985).  The second of four daughters in her family, she attended the school her father founded in Lauer Coulee for eight years, then waited until a sister, Rosa, did the same before both came to Odessa for high school.  She graduated in 1916, and later that same year married Fred C. Schorzman. They farmed north of Odessa, where Ray and Edra were born, until 1925, when the family moved to the Lauer family home south of Odessa, where Lee was born. Through the years, Mrs. Schorzman was known as an outstanding cook and hostess. She was active in Christ Lutheran Church, in the Odessa Grange and in the Odessa Alumni Association. The couple retired in 1960 and moved to town, where Fred passed away quite suddenly. She remained active until ill health forced her to move into the Memorial Convalescent Center in 1976.  Mrs Schorzman is survived by her children: Edra and Abner Haugen, Ray and Eleanor Schorzman, and Lee and Claudia Schorzman; by her sisters: Rosa Kramer and Edna Wakeling; and by her 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral service was held July 1 at Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Daniel Cronrath officiating. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery, where Pastor Bill Anderson gave the prayer and benediction. Casket bearers included Eugene Schorzman, Lani Schorzman, Randy Schorzman, Loren Schlimmer, Robert Kramer and Rick Haase. Arrangements were under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport.” (Odessa Record: 7-04-1985) 

Schorzman, Arnold,   (d. 1996; b. 1907; TS; OC) “Graveside services for Arnold Schorzman, who died on Friday, May 3, 1996, in Palm Springs, CA, will be held on Thursday, May 16, at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be published next week.’ (Odessa Record: 5-09-1996) “Graveside services will be held today, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Odessa Cemetery for Arnold Schorzman. He died on Friday May 3, 1996, in Palm Desert, CA, where he was a resident. He was 89 years old. He was born at Marlin on April 5, 1907, the son of William and Dinah (Mayer) Schorzman. He was graduated from WSU with a bachelor of science degree in physics. He married Marie Patrick in 1969, and they farmed north of Odessa for 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marie; two daughters, Betty Peterson, of Seattle, and Charlene Dawe, of Homestead, FL, and a brother, Arthur Schorzman, of Odessa; 6 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 5-16-1996)

Schorzman, Arthur,   (d. 1996; b. 1909; TS; OC; dc) “Arthur Schorzman. Died: 7-12-1996.  Birth: 1-18-1909, WA.  Spouse: Dorothy Mediros; Father: William Schorzman; Mother: Dinah Mayer. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, July 18, for Arthur Schorzman. Mr. Schorzman, a lifelong resident of the Odessa-Marlin area and a member of the region’s pioneer families, died on Friday, July 12, 1996 at Odessa Convalescent Center. He was 87 years old. He was born in Marlin on Jan 18, 1909, the son of William and Dina Schorzman. He was a farmer and rancher in the Marlin area and on the Portagee Joe Ranch until he retired in 1972. He lived in Odessa for 41 years. Survivors are his wife, Dorothy, two step-sons, William (Sonny) Waialeale, of Wailua, Kauai, Hawaii; and Alan Lani Schorzman, of Marlin; 7 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great grandchildren. The Rev Charles Smith, pastor of the Odessa Baptist Church, will officiate at the graveside services.” (Odessa Record: 7-18-1996)

Schorzman, Christian,  h/o C.  (d. 1-06-1945; b. 3-09-1858; TS; OC; Strates; dc) “Christian Schorzman. Died: 1-06-1945; Birth: 3-09-1858, Russia. Spouse: Christina; Father: Christ Schorzman.  Mother: Anna Marie Miller. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Pioneer Leaves 109 Descendants. Odessa, WA, Jan 8.—Christian Schorzman, 87, head of one of Odessa’s largest pioneer families, died Saturday after a long illness. He leaves 109 descendants.  A native of Russia, he came to America in 1873 when 15, was married at Menno, SD, in 1879, moving to the Odessa area in 1901. Survivors include the widow, Christina, 86; five daughters, Mrs. Amelia Goetz, Cashmere; Mrs. Henry Schiewe, Odessa; Mrs. Jacob Bertsch, St Lawrence, SD; Mrs. Nath Koth, Odessa; and Mrs. Conrad Schlimmer, Marlin; eight sons, Henry, Menno, SD; Jacob, Odessa; John, Odessa; Fred, Odessa; Adam, Marysville, CA; Chris, Cocolalla, Idaho; Gus, Marlin, WA; and William, Marlin; 44 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.” (Spokesman Review: scrapbook item undated)

Schorzman, Christina,   (d. 1-26-1949; b. 9-07-1858; TS; OC;  Strates) “Christina Schorzman. Residence: Odessa. Birth: Sept 7, 1858; d. Jan 26, 1949 at Spokane Sanitarium. Widow of Christian.  Father: Christian ____. Funeral: Baptist at 2 p.m.. Interment: Odessa Cemetery on 1-30-1949 in family lot.” (Mortuary ledger) “Funeral services for Mrs. Christina Schorzman, 90, were held from the Odessa Baptist church on Sunday afternoon, the Rev A. Foll officiating, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Grandsons of the pioneer matron acted as pall bearers. These included Ewalt and Raymond Goetz, Ray Schorzman, Eugene Schorzman, Ivan Schorzman and Laddie Schlimmer. Christina Ulmer was born in Johannesthal, South Russia, Sept 7, 1858, and came to America at the age of 15, living with her parents near Menno, South Dakota. She was married to Christian Schorzman in 1879. To this union 14 children were born, two preceding her in death. In 1901, the family came to Washington, settling 15 miles north of Odessa. In the fall of 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Schorzman moved to town to spend their remaining years. Mr. Schorzman died Jan 6, 1945.  Mrs. Schorzman suffered a stroke in November of 1940 and never completely recovered. For the past eight years she has made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schiewe. The last two months she has been at a Spokane nursing home.  Survivors include seven sons and five daughters, Christ, Sandpoint; Adam, Marysville, CA; Jacob, William, John Fred, and Gust of Odessa; Mrs. Katherine Bertsch, St Lawrence, South Dakota; Mrs. Amelia Goetz, Cashmere, WA; Mrs. Anna Schiewe, Mrs. Dina Koth and Mrs. Hattie Schlimmer, of Odessa; 45 grandchildren; 70 great grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren, all together 136 direct descendants; one brother, Gust Ulmer, Great Falls, MT, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Bender of Lodi, CA. Music for the service included a solo by Gordon Swyter, and a son by the ladies trio, Mrs. A. Foll, Mrs. John P Miller and Mrs J R Goetz.” (Odessa Record: 2-03-1949) “Word was received this morning that Mrs. Christine Schorzman, 90, died at a Spokane nursing home about 11 o’clock Wednesday night. The Strate Funeral Home is making plans for the funeral, which is expected to be held Sunday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, from the Odessa Baptist church, the Rev A. Foll officiating. Mrs. Schorzman headed one of the pioneer families of Odessa. She had been taken to Spokane recently for trained care, as advanced age had left her bedridden. A complete obituary will be published next week.” (Odessa Record: 1-27-1949)

Schorzman, Curt A.,   (d. 3-26-1969; b. 1957; TS; OC; dc) “Curt Arthur Schorzman. Died: 3-26-1969; Birth: 3-22-1957, WA. Never married.  Father: Arthur Schorzman.  Mother: Dorothy Schorzman. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Curt A. Schorzman, born March 22, 1957, died on Wednesday, March 26, (1969), at his home here. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schorzman of Odessa, two brothers, Alan Lani Schorzman at the home and Bill Waialeale of Hawaii, and his grandmother, Mrs. Dina Schorzman of Marlin.  Private funeral services were held on March 28 from the Odessa Baptist church, Rev Albert W Richardson, officiating.” (Odessa Record: 4-03-1969)

Schorzman, Dina,   (d. 1972; b. 1886; TS; OC; dc) “Dina Schorzman. Died: 6-04-1972. Birth: 9-20-1886, Oregon. Widowed. Father: Daniel Mayer. Mother: Rose Schiewe. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Mrs. Dina Schorzman, lifetime resident of the Odessa area, passed away at the Memorial Hospital in Odessa on Sunday, June 4. She was 85 years old. She was born in Stafford, Oregon, Sept 20, 1886, the daughter of Dan and Rose Mayer, and came with her parents to Odessa as a very young girl. In 1905, she married William Schorzman, on Nov 12, and the couple farmed in this area all of their married lives. Mr. Schorzman passed away in 1959. Survivors include two sons, Arnold and Arthur, both of Odessa; one sister, Mrs. Louise Kulm of Jerome, Idaho; and one brother, Julius Mayer, of Portland, Oregon.  Mrs. Schorzman was a member of the Baptist church where funeral services for her were held on Wednesday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m.  Rev Albert Richardson officiated. Mrs. Donna Schafer was soloist and Mrs. Lynnae Rodenbough, organist. Pall bearers were Ray, Eugene, Ivan and Lee Schorzman, Ewalt Goetz and Loren Schlimmer. Burial was in the Odessa Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: June 8, 1972)

Schorzman, Eleanor,  (added)  “A celebration of life memorial service was held on Monday, Aug 8, for Eleanor Margaret Scrupps Schorzman at Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Mrs. Schorzman died on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2005, in Odessa. She was 80 years old. She was born on April 5, 1925, in Spokane, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Walters Scrupps. The family lived in Odessa until 1938, when they moved to Seward Park in Seattle, where Fred worked for the Washington State Fish and Game Dept.  Eleanor married Ray Lauer Schorzman on Dec 2, 1942, in Seattle. They lived in Kent, WA, and worked at the Boeing plant at Renton, WA, during WW II, from 1942 to 1945. Eleanor worked as an expediter, and Ray was a sheet metal worker on an experimental airplane Boeing was building.  They moved to Odessa in 1945 and purchased the Williams plumbing business. Ray did plumbing, heating and sheet metal work while Eleanor did the bookkeeping, until they started a family.  She was confirmed into the Christ Lutheran Church in 1945 at the same time her father-in-law Fred Schorzman, was. They attended catechism classes together. For many years, Eleanor and Dorothy Tanck were in charge of the church paraments and altar flowers at Christ Lutheran Church.  Ray and Eleanor lived in the Odessa Hotel while building their first home on the South Hill. Their first child, Nancy, was born in 1947, followed by Susan in 1948. They soon outgrew the first small home and built a larger house on the same lot. Ray did all the plumbing and heating for both of their homes.  The family was completed when Bob was born in 1953, and by then Eleanor led an active life involved with her children. She was a Brownie Scout and Girl Scout leader for her girls, a Cub Scout leader for her son and was a Rainbow Mother for her daughters’ Rainbow group.  She was an active member of the Order of the eastern Star, Royal Neighbors, and was a member of two bridge clubs, the sewing Club and the Ceramic Club. Eleanor and Frances Weishaar opened the first ceramic shop in town in 1972. They operated a retail store, sold kilns as well as firing ceramics and taught lessons until they closed the shop in 1978. Eleanor began working with porcelain, creating lace dolls, handpainted birds and eggs. Her artistic and creative talent created a legacy of beautiful items for her family to cherish.  In 1978, Ray and Eleanor purchased an historic home in Spokane’s Browne’s Addition. Their son Bob lived there and managed the apartment building, and Ray and Eleanor had a small apartment there as well. As the Cheney Cowles Museum was across the street from their home they became active members of the museum, participating in the Spring Art Fest and the annual picnics. They sold the  Spokane home in 1998, following the death of their son.  They have been lifetime members of the Odessa Historical Society since it was established. They have contributed their time as well as family antiques to the Odessa Historisches Museum. Ray and Eleanor enjoyed traveling throughout the US including Hawaii, and they also traveled to Europe.  Eleanor is remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and for her kindness, patience and sense of humor. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ray Schorzman, at the home; two daughters, Nancy Deife and her husband, Dale, of Odessa; and Susan Adams, of Spokane; six grandchildren, Joe and Matt Evavold, Brenna Sloan, Anna DeJager, Brandi Maioho and Dallas Deife; 5 great grandchildren and, sister, Marlene Homberg of Odessa. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Elizabeth Walter Scrupps; infant sister, Barbara Jean Scrupps, and son Robert Schorzman. Pastor Tim Hauge officiated at the memorial service. Interment preceded the service at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 8-11-2005)

Schorzman, Emelia Koth,    (d. 1987; b. 1890; TS; OC; obit)  “Emelia Schorzman, born March 25, 1890 in Parkston, SD to Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Koth, died Jan 26, (1987). In 1902 the family settled in Odessa, where she was married to John Schorzman March 24, 1913. She was a charter member of the Odessa Baptist Church, where she actively served for many years. Preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, by her parents and by four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Schorzman is survived by a daughter, Bunny Ellingburg of Elk, and by two grandsons, Todd Ellingburg of Aberdeen and Tracy Ellingburg of Spokane. Funeral service was held Friday, Jan 30, at Odessa Baptist Church, Pastor John C. Bayles and Rev Albert Richardson officiating. Interment followed at the Odessa Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1987)

Schorzman, Eugene,   (d. 12-15-1994; b. 6-19-1922; TS; OC; dc) “Eugene G. Schorzman.  Died: 12-15-1994. Birth: 6-19-1922, WA.  Spouse: Marie Reihs. Father: Gus Schorzman. Mother: Ida Kallenberger. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Eugene Schorzman.—Passed away Dec 15, 1994 in Odessa, WA. He is survived by his wife, Marie, at the home; one daughter and her husband, Marlene and Myron Kramer of Odessa, WA; one son, Randy Schorzman of Odessa, WA; three grandsons, Bart and Jamie Schorzman, Scott Kramer; one granddaughter, Chalese Rabidue; two sisters, Delores Cook of Odessa, WA; and Marciel Holmes of Ephrata, WA; his mother, Ida Schorzman of Marlin, WA; dear and special friends, sandy Pfeifer and Laura Spurlock; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Gus Schorzman and sister, Polly Bradshaw, member of the Heritage UCC, WAWG, WA Cattlemans Assoc., Cannawai Grange. Funeral services Monday, Dec 19, 1994 at 11 a.m. at the Heritage UCC Sanctuary, Odessa, WA. Pastor Dexter Edwards, officiating. Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Spokesman-undated)

Schorzman, Fred C.,   (d. 10-01-1960; b. 1895; TS; OC; LL) “Fred Christian Schorzman. Born Menno, South Dakota, on April 13, 1895. Died: University Hospital, Seattle, Saturday, Oct 1, 1960. Service: Christ Lutheran Church, Wednesday Oct 5, 1960. Interment: Odessa Cemetery. Survived by wife, one daughter, 2 sons. S J Fritz.” (Christ Lutheran Church ledger)

Schorzman, Fred John,  s/o FC  (d. 3-15-1929; b. 2-04-1929; TS; OC; DC) “Fred John Schorzman. Male, white, single, infant. Birth: Feb 4, 1929, Lauer Station, WA. Age: 1 mo 11 days. Father: Fred C Schorzman, born South Dakota. Mother: Anna Martha Lauer, born Ritzville, WA. Informant: Fred Schorzman, of Odessa. Death: March 15, 1929, 5 a.m., R II, Lauer Station, Adams County, WA.  Primary Cause: pneumonia, duration 2 days; Contributory: measles. Glenn E. Snyder, MD, of Odessa, WA. Burial: Odessa, WA on March 17, 1929, J E Turner, Undertaker, of Harrington, WA.” (WA State Register of Death)

Schorzman, Gustav C.,   (d. 1968; b. 1896; TS; OC; dc) “Gustav C. Schorzman. Died: 12-16-1968. Birth: 11-01-1906, SD.  Spouse: Ida Kallenberger. Father: Christian Schorzman. Mother: Christina Ullmer.  Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)

Schorzman, Herman John,   (d. 3-15-1999; b. 4-06-1918; TS; OC)

Schorzman, Ida A.,  (added; d. 11-07-2004 obit) “Ida A Schorzman, a longtime resident and community leader of the Marlin area, died Sunday, Nov 7, 2004, in Odessa. She was 100 years old. She was born Dec 19, 1903, near Shelby, MT, the daughter of Jacob and Eva Kallenberger. She was baptized in the Congregational faith in Eureka, SD in 1906. The family moved to a farm northeast of Marlin in 1907.  Her parents were instrumental in starting a school one mile from the farm, which was named Kallenberger School, one of the many rural public schools throughout the region at that time.  Congregational church services were held at the school every Sunday, often visited by a traveling minister. Ida attended this school and church. On Nov 7, 1921 she married Gustav Schorzman, who was a farmer in the area. Her husband died in 1968, and Ida lived on the same farm until 2002, when she moved to the health care facilities in Odessa. She was a 70 year member of Canniwai Grange and a member of the Washington Assoc. of Wheat Growers. Her Southwestern Lincoln County wheat ranch was her pride and joy. She traveled extensively in the United States and foreign countries and kept journals and many photos and slides of her trips, which she enjoyed sharing with others. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters, five brothers, one son, Eugene Schorzman; one daughter, Ellene (Polly) Bradshaw, and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters, Delores (Delbert) Cook, of Odessa, and Marciel (James) Holmes, of Ephrata; 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandsons; a daughter-in-law, Marie Schorzman, of Odessa; a sister-in-law, Helen Kallenberger, of Box Elder, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov 12, at the Heritage Church in Odessa, with Pastor Larry Snyder officiating. A graveside service followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 11-18-2004)

Schorzman, Jacob,   (d. 1968; b. 1881; TS; OC)“Jacob Schorzman. Died: July 1968, Spokane, WA. Last Residence: 99207. Birth: 7-17-1881.” (SS Death Index) 

Schorzman, John C.,   (d. 1984; b. 1891; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held at the Odessa Baptist Church on Tuesday, Oct 9, 1984 for John C. Schorzman, 93, who died at the Madison North Convalescent Center on Oct 6, 1984.  John was born July 17, 1891, the son of Chris and Christina Ulmer Schorzman, near Menno, SD. In the fall of 1901, he came with the family to Washington and they settled on a wheat ranch 15 miles northeast of Odessa. In 1908 the family moved to town and John began work in the grocery department of the Kriegler-Paige Mercantile Company. On March 23, 1913 he was married to Emelia Koth. He as a member of the Odessa Baptist Church, sang in the choir and was the church treasurer for many years.  On July 4, 1979, he suffered a stroke and was confined to a wheelchair. His wife took care of him until Dec 1982 when they both entered the Madison Convalescent Center in Spokane.  John is survived by his wife at the center, two sisters, Dina Koth and Hattie Schlimmer, both of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were his parents, eight brothers, and three sisters.  Sacred music of ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’ and ‘Beyond the Sunset’ were sung by Delores and Delbert Cook, accompanied by Lynnae Rodenbough on the organ.  Casket bearers were Bill Schlimmer, Lani Schorzman, Clarke Schlimmer, Douglas Roller, Randy Schorzman and Todd Ellingburg.  Vault interment was in the Odessa Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (Odessa Record: 10-18-1984)

Schorzman, Leona L.,   (d. 5-19-1996; b. 2-01-1917; TS; OC; obit) “Leona (Heimbigner) Schorzman, 79, of Roslyn, died Sunday, May 19, 1996, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She was born Feb 1, 1917 in Odessa, the daughter of Conrad and Catherine Heimbigner. She and Herman Schorzman were married in Odessa on Nov 24, 1938. She was a graduate of Odessa High School and attended business school in Spokane, working and residing in Odessa for many years. She moved to Seattle in 1952 and to the Cle Elum-Roslyn area in 1977. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Helen, and two brothers, Edward and David Heimbigner. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Herman Schorzman, of Roslyn; her daughter, Patricia Titus, two grandchildren, Greg (and Lisa) Titus, and Jennifer Titus (and fiance Bryan Eyerly), two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Lindsay, all of the Cle-Elum-Roslyn area; a sister, Elsie (and Ray) Huddle, of Harrington, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 5-30-1996; original print had error in death date as 1966)

Schorzman, Mary,   (d. 1960; b. 1881; TS; OC)

Schorzman, Ray Lauer  (b. 9-14-1919; d. 5-23-2010);  “Ray Lauer Schorzman died Sunday, May 23, 2010 in Odessa. He was born Sept 14, 1919, to Fred and Anna Lauer Schorzman at home near Marlin. He is survived by his two daughters, Nancy Deife and Dale of Odessa and Susan Adams of Spokane, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one brother, Lee Schorzman of Post Falls, Idaho, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eleanor (Scrupps) Schorzman in 2005, his won, Robert Schorzman, an infant brother Freddie and his sister Edra. They lived and farmed in Marlin until moving to the Lauer family homestead when Ray was six years old. He went to school in the one-room school house at Lauer, then rode the bus to Odessa for high school, graduating in 1938. He studied architecture at WSC for one year. After being rejected by the Army because of his asthma, he worked in Sitka, Alaska doing sheetmetal work on ships for the Navy.  He married Eleanor Scrupps Dec 4, 1942, in Seattle. They lived in Kirkland, and they both worked at Boeing, Ray as an engineer and Eleanor as a secretary. They moved to Odessa in 1945, and he bought the Odessa Plumbing and Heating Shop. IN 1950, he added the Culligan Soft Water service to the shop.  He sold the business and started farming in the 1960s. He retired at a young age, leasing out the farm. He and Eleanor bought a beautiful old mansion in the Browne’s Addition area of Spokane, spending time there and in Odessa. In the spring of 1981, he contracted Guillian Barre Syndrome, overcoming the paralysis with therapy and hospitalization and sheer determination. He was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church, a Sunday School Supt., a member of the Masonic Lodge, Sage Shriners and the Lion’s Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapshooting, playing cards, growing roses, playing golf, collecting coins, did tole painting and was an avid reader with a vast library. He especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends.” (Odessa Record: 5-27-2010; graduation photo)

Schorzman, Robert R.,   (d. 1997; b. 1953; TS; OC; obit) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan 22, at Christ Lutheran Church for Robert R (Bob) Schorzman. He died on Saturday, Jan 18, 1997, in Spokane, after a lengthy illness. He was 43 years old. Bob was born in Odessa on Aug 21, 1953, the son of Ray and Eleanor (Scrupps) Schorzman. He attended Odessa schools and was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1971. He was among class members who gathered for their 25th reunion last June in Odessa. He attended EWU at Cheney and Western Washington University at Bellingham. For many years, he was manager of the Walden Book Store in Franklin Park Mall in Spokane. He also managed his parents’ apartment building in Browne’s Addition. He enjoyed reading, gardening, art and genealogy. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. He is survived by his parents, Ray and Eleanor Schorzman, of Odessa; two sisters, Nancy Deife and her husband Dale, of Odessa; and Susan Adams, of Spokane; two nephews, Joe Evavold, of Moscow, Idaho, and Matt Evavold, of Pullman; two nieces, Brenna and Anna Adams, of Spokane, and numerous friends, including special friends and caregivers Eric Epperson and Sandra Deitz. The Rev Scott Jurgens officiated at the funeral. Interment followed at Odessa Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record-Jan 23, 1997)

Schorzman, William,   (d. 5-16-1959; b. 1882; TS; OC; dc) “William Schorzman. Died: 5-16-1959.  Birth: 8-25-1882, S Dakota. Married.  Father: Chris Schorzman. Mother: Christine Ulmer. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)


Odessa City Cemetery Obituaries, Odessa, Washington,  submitted 

to the WAGenweb March 2006 by Marge Womach

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