Scouting News: Local Scouts programs now enrolling girls

As of early November, more than 148 girls registered to join more than 20 local Cub Scout packs, or approximately one-half of local Cub Scout units.

The numbers should rise, as more packs are currently transitioning to the new Family Scouting model and recruiting girls ages 5-11.

Dorothy Theresa Guest Benes

Dorothy Theresa Buest Benes 012319 onlineDorothy Theresa Guest Benes died peacefully on November 19, 2018 at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois after a long illness. She was born on November 7, 1932 in the mining town of Montreal, Wisconsin and was the fourth of five children born to Arthur and Evelyn Guest. After graduating from high school, Dorothy attended community college in Ironwood, Michigan. In 1956, she visited California on vacation. She loved it there so much that she moved to Los Altos, California and continued her education at Foothill College. Following college, she worked at the Philco Ford Corporation as an executive secretary and administrator for over forty years.

Dr. Barbara Blancke

Dr Barbara Blancke 012319 onlineDr. Barbara Blancke, 93, of Happy Valley, OR, passed away January 11th, 2019. She was born in New York City on February 27th, 1925. Barbara graduated from Adelphi College with a B.S. degree in 1947 and earned her M.D. degree from New York University in 1951. She was married to Dr. Wilbur Koester on June 28th, 1952. Together they had two children, Douglas and Meredith. They were married for eighteen years. Dr. Blancke worked in private and group practice for 30 years specializing as an OB/GYN. At age 56 she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. Col and served six years at various base hospitals. Dr. Blancke was also a member of numerous medical societies.

Wilbur P. Clarke

Wilbur Clarke 011619 onlineJanuary 24, 1929 – January 4, 2019 Wilbur Clarke entered through gates of heaven to join his wife on January 4th. They were married for 70 years. He was 89 years of age. Wilbur was very devoted to his Catholic faith, the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed the rosary daily. He passed away peacefully in his home with his family close by. He was the father of 9 children and is preceded in death by his wife Betty, his daughters Mary Clarke and Sandi Clarke-Herrera and his son, Kenneth Clarke. His surviving children include Mike (Mary), Bob (Michael Grove), Elaine (Mark Twede), Don (Debi), Barbara (Don Chapin), Mark (Megan), and numerous grandchildren, great grand children and great – great grandchildren.He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews from California to Canada. Wilbur was a devoted husband and father originally born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He and his wife Betty moved to Santa Cruz, California in 1948, where they had six children.


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