LONG BEACH - Former Seaside, Ore. resident Winifred "Winnie" Ann Wascher, 97, died Feb. 6, 2003 in Long Beach. The daughter of Ola and Sibella (Yoe) Harris, she was born on Aug. 29, 1905 in Amity, Ore. where her father was a pioneer pharmacist. He died when she was an infant and Mrs. Wascher and her mother moved to Portland where her mother re-married.
The family moved to Seaside, Ore. where Mrs. Wascher grew-up and graduated from Seaside High School. She attended Oregon Normal School in Monmouth, Ore., and became an elementary teacher. She taught all grades in a one-room school in Lakeview, Ore. for several years.
In 1932 she married Robert Wascher and returned to Seaside where she was a mother and homemaker. Following the death of her husband in 1958 she moved to Corvallis, Ore. and became a housemother for Sigma Nu fraternity. Seven years later she again 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 in Seaside and was a member of the Seaside Elks Lodge. She enjoyed bowling, golf and bridge and trips to Reno and Hawaii. She took pride in her homemaking and cooking skills, enjoyed flowers, decorating for the holidays, and was a regular for coffee with friends at Holladay Drug in Seaside for many years. Her family will remember her as a loving mother and grandmother who always enjoyed life to the fullest.
She is survived by daughters Barbara Lund of Bodega Bay, Calif., and Betty Chambers of Seaview; brother Edward Nimmo of Seaside; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and her second husband Harrison Blake who she married in 1974.
Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview. A reception follows in the church hall and graveside committal will be held at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton, Ore. Memorials 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.