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Ruth A. Van Driesche, 90, of Stayton, who attended nursing school in Baker City, died Aug. 14, 2005, at her home.

There will be a Catholic vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Vault interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Stayton.

Mrs. Van Driesche was born on Feb. 12, 1915, at Enterprise to Tom and Zelnie Downing Lathrop. She was raised and educated at Enterprise.

She earned her nursing degree in 1937 from St. Elizabeth’s Nursing School at Baker City. She married Marcel Van Driesche on June 5, 1939, at Mount Angel Abbey. The couple made their home at Stayton where they owned and operated the Star Theater for 30 years.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Stayton and greatly enjoyed sewing, reading and her family.

Survivors include her husband, Marcel Van Driesche of Stayton; five children, Ken Van Driesche of Salem, Carla Rosenbalm of Stayton, Karen Bettencourt of Asburnham, Mass., John Van Driesche of Jefferson and Roy Van Driesche of East Hampton, Mass.; a sister, Elf Bissinger of Enterprise; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School at Stayton or to the Stayton Public Library. Weddle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 19, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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