April 27, 1930-April 19, 2003
WHITE SALMON, Wash. Dorothy Maechtle died Saturday, April 19, at her home in White Salmon at the age of 72.
A memorial service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Stanfield at a later date.
She was born on April 27, 1930, in Miles City, Mont., to Emil H. and Hazel (Kearns) Ebsen. She was raised in the Sand Hollow and Echo area of Eastern Oregon.
She kept busy working, doing whatever it took to raise her five children. In Eastern Oregon, she worked as a bartender and in fruit packing sheds and canneries. She lived the last seven years in White Salmon. For the past four years, Dorothy spent a great deal of time doting on her granddaughter, Winter.
Mrs. Maechtle was a collector of unicorns, eagles, music boxes and horses. She loved thrift stores and crossword puzzles, and one of her favorite places to be was at the slot machines in Reno. Her children were her everything.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Smith of Lodi, Calif.; son, Ken Bergin of White Salmon; brother, Don Ebsen of Klamath Falls; sister, Berna McCormack of Milton-Freewater; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by sons, Dan Martin Bergin, Steven Ray Bergin; daughter Donna Mae Werhan; and brothers Wallace, Herman and Joe Ebsen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672.