Tim "Tino" Wannassay

Born: Tue., May 16, 1939
Died: Mon., Feb. 24, 2014


2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Dressing Ceremony

2:00 PM Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 AM Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Location: St. Andrew's Church


10:00 AM Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Location: St. Andrew's Cemetery

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Tim “Tino” Wannassay

May 16, 1939 – February 24, 2014

Tim “Tino” Wannassay – a resident of Pendleton passed away Monday evening, February 24, 2014, in Pendleton.  He was 74 years old.

A Dressing Ceremony will be held Wednesday, February 26th at 2:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM followed by a Washat Service, also at Burns Mortuary.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 27th at 9:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Mission, with burial to follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.  The luncheon will be held at the Kateri Hall following burial.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Tim Tino Wannassay was born May 16, 1939, to Matilda Minthorn and Lloyd Wannassay Jr. in Pendleton, Oregon.  He is part of the extended families of the Joshua sisters; Minthorns, Van Pelts, Halfmoons, Webbs and others.  He went to school in Slickpoo, Idaho, Clarkston, Washington and Marti, S. Dakota.  He joined the Marines at sixteem and served in Vietnam.  He returned to Portland, learned welding and worked on the construction of the 405 bridge.  While in Portland he also studied writing at Portland State, which published some of his short stories.  He also wrote poetry and was an accomplished artist.  He married Marietta Craig and they were married until her death.  After 20 years or so in Western Oregon he returned to Pendleton and lived on the Umatilla Reservation the rest of his life.  He designed T-shirts and worked at St. Andrew’s Mission as cemetery caretaker and groundskeeper.  He was a hard worker and carefully cleaned graves and the area around them as preparation for the Memorial Day decoration of graves by the families.  He considered it his personal responsibility and worked until, at age seventy-three he was diagnosed with cancer.  He refused any radiation or chemotherapy and continued to work as he was able until the last few months.  Tino took in stray animals, and even when very ill himself, wanted assurance that they were taken care of.  His companion for 20 years, Glenda Stanton cared for him with the help of Barb from Assured Care and hospice for a time, and was especially grateful to nurse Rhonda Craig for her attentive care and support. 
He is survived by a brother Vincent Wannassay and sister Rene’ Broncheau-White, many nieces and nephews as well as friends.  He was preceded in death by his sisters: Fiona Stevenson, Rosa Lynn Wannassay, Lita Lavadour, and Pauline Anderson as well as nieces and nephews.

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Harold Halfmoon
   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
Tino and me go way back to our childhood days; his mother was my aunt. I really don't know who is taking care of Tino in his last service here. I knew that his brother lived in Portland and a sister I don't know where. Tino has lineage that is impressive to read, grand son of Anna Wannassay and also grand son to Gilbert Minthorn. Both of these people were well known during their life time. It is sad that we lose another member of our family. Good to know he is gone to a better world. Rest in Peace Tino. You were my good friend, as well as my cousin.

Harold Halfmoon
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014

GARDEN PATH was sent by Harold .

Tino, you have always been a good friend to me. You have always been there when I needed a friend. May you Rest In Peace with the Lord my good friend.

Ron T Halfmoon
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
To the family of Tim Wannasay. Matilda ( Tillie) was my aunt being a sister to my mom Mary Halfmoon. Tillie was always a lot of fun to know and be with. Tim is my first cousin. We did not know each other well as we had gone our separate ways. When Tim was born his grandpa was so proud of him in the home at Cayuse where a feast had been prepared. Gilbert may have said it in ndn but as I learned from my dad and mom he gave Tim the ndn name of "Elk running over the mountain in seven days" I was there because my mother's mother was married to Gilbert Minthorn and Tillie was the daughter. That ranch is gone now since grandma, Kautza, died. RIP Tim and prayers for the loved ones who grieve his passing.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Sun March 02, 2014
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

Roberta Fitzpatrick
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
I will miss seeing Tino when I go to visit my brother. Glenda, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember that when my dad died, Tino came in to bid his friend goodbye. "C.J." was there to welcome Tino. I'm sure Tino is at peace.

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