Gordon G. Tholberg

Born: Wed., Jan. 7, 1931
Died: Thu., Apr. 29, 2010

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Gordon Gene Tholberg, 79, of Pendleton died Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the home of his oldest daughter in Aloha. Graveside services will be held at 11a.m. Friday, May 7 at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Mr. Tholberg was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Spirit Lake, Idaho, to Helge and Ellen Tholberg. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1949 and then attended Oregon State University for two years. He served in the Army for approximately four years. While stationed in Germany, he met and married Marianne Pichler. In 1955 he returned with his family to Pendleton, where he began his employment with the East Oregonian in 1956; he remained until his retirement in 1995. In 1994, he married Colleen Taylor. Mr. Tholberg is survived by his wife Colleen at home; daughters Christel Quimby of Aloha and Shirley Winburn, Laura Gaines and Heidi Tholberg, all of Pendleton; son Doug Tholberg of Sandy; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three stepchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Marianne; three brothers and one sister; and one grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Cancer Center in Walla Walla.

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John Pedro
   Posted Wed May 12, 2010
Gordon and his family were long-time family friends. I espcially remember Gordon and Marianne in the late '50's at Eagle picnics, and when they visited us in Union and later back in Pendleton. They were lovely and interesting people. Gordon was a fine accordion player, too! I will fondly keep those memories. Regards...

Arne L. Swanson
   Posted Fri June 04, 2010
To the Tholberg family, Please accept my sincerest sympathies during this difficult time. May the fondest of memories sustain your loss and perspective of life prevail. Your father was a wise man and will be remembered for his generosity and good sense of humor. A talented man who supported his community. Take care and may God Bless each of you.

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