HERMISTON Pauline (Stohler) Walz died peacefully in her Hermiston home with her family by her bedside on Sept. 29.
Pauline was born on Aug. 28, 1912, in Benedict, N.D., to Christian and Caroline (Vollmer) Stohler. She and her twin sister were seventh and eighth of 14 children. She was 95 and survived all her brothers and sisters.
Pauline spent her first 21 years in North Dakota until the family moved to Twin Falls, Idaho. There she met and married Bill Walz on Jan. 12, 1936. In 1937, the couple settled at Lincoln Heights in Ontario, to farm under the Owyhee Irrigation Project. They remained there for 62 years farming and raising their four daughters. In 1998, because of failing health, they were moved to Hermiston to be cared for by their daughter, Diane, and son-in-law, Harold Brown.
Pauline received the Lord Jesus as her Savior in November 1953 during an evangelistic meeting in the White Settlement School House.
Later she became a charter member of the Malheur Butte Baptist Church.
Pauline was known for her ready smile. She loved people and was a wonderful cook. She had the gift of hospitality many family, friends and missionaries were fed at her table. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband; two children; one great-granddaughter; her mother and father; and all 13 of her siblings. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Laray and Marvin Hetrick of Orovada, Nev., Janice and Bill Rudd of Ontario, Diane and Harold Brown and Gloria and Dave Ego of Hermiston; nine grandchildren and spouses, Jim and Cheryl Rudd, Virginia and Daryl Moser, Lisa Hetrick, Kevin and Rebecca Hetrick, Jay and Michelle Ego, Julie and Tom Spoo, Joshua and Emily Ego, Rex and Kerry-Lynne Brown, Carole and Mike Ruikka; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law and their spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Malheur Butte Baptist Church on Friday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. The church is located on Highway 20/26 west of Cairo Junction.
There will be a dinner following the service. All family and friends are invited to participate. The family would appreciate written remembrances of Pauline. You may bring these to be read at the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be sent to Malheur Butte Baptist Church; 3658 Lincoln Drive; Ontario, 97914.