August 17 obituaries


Mary V. Low

Nov. 13, 1922 - Aug. 15, 2006

Mary (May) V. Low, a resident of Beaverton for the past 23 years, having moved from Canada, died Tuesday at age 83.

Mary V. Rodger was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Burnbank, Glasgow, Scotland.

In 1942 she married Arthur Low.

She was a member of the Daughters of the British Empire.

She had volunteered in women's clinics in Pakistan and Malaysia.

Surviving in addition to her husband Art are daughters Bev Twine; son Dennis Low; brother Bill Rodger; sisters Nessie Muncaster, Jean Whyte and Evelyn Irvine; plus four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Mary V. Low may be made to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

No service has been for Mrs. Low, and Pegg, Paxson, and Springer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Alan Wohl

March 31, 1932 - Aug. 8, 2006

Alan Wohl, a resident of Beaverton since 1983, died Aug. 8 at age 74.

A memorial service will take place Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., in Pegg, Paxson, and Springer Chapel, 4675 S.W. Watson Ave., in Beaverton.

Mr. Wohl had moved to Beaverton from Anchorage and worked for Burroughs/Unisys for more than 35 years, retiring as service manager.

During the Korean conflict he had served in the Air Force.

In 1953 he married Evelyn Lobeck.

He was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife Evelyn are son and daughter-in-law Mark and Judy Wohl; daughter Susan Johnson; sister Alice Sahr; plus grandchildren Christa Savely, Devon Johnson and Daniella Barry.

Donations in memory of Alan Wohl may be made to the Outreach Program at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 5650 S.W. Hall Blvd., Beaverton.

John Peter Bagan Jr.

Aug. 19, 1924 - Aug. 10, 2006

John Peter Bagan Jr., 81, of Tigard died Aug. 10.

He was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

He moved from Portland to Tigard 57 years ago.

During World War II he served in the Army from June 28, 1943, until March 7, 1946.

A master mechanic, he was employed at Knauss Chevrolet.

He is survived by sister Joyce M. Bohn of Portland.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at Young's Funeral Home.

Isla M. Ballard

Aug. 10, 1924 - Aug. 8, 2006

At her request, no service has been held for Isla M. Ballard, 81, who died peacefully Aug. 8 of natural causes at her home in Sherwood.

The family will celebrate her life at a private gathering.

She was born Isla M. Cross on Aug. 10, 1924, in Lingle, Wyo.

In 1934 the Cross family forged the trek to Sherwood from Wyoming by way of an old bus converted into what might resemble a modern day motorhome.

Isla Ballard was raised in Sherwood, where she met her future husband, Elmer Ballard, who had also been raised in Sherwood. They graduated from Sherwood High School and were married March 31, 1944.

Mr. Ballard served for four years in the Marine Corps and after his return the couple returned to Sherwood. They also lived and worked in Swiss Home, near Florence, and Tigard, where they finished raising their four children.

For many years the Ballards enjoyed square dancing together and were active in various square dancing organizations. They enjoyed traveling, including a road trip across the United States and an adventure in Europe.

In their later years they enjoyed traveling together in their motorhome spending time in Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska.

They returned to Sherwood, where they have spent the past 15 years.

Mrs. Ballard was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a successful insurance underwriter for many years, an especially devoted wife and mother, and a friend to many.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Elmer; daughters Margo Glover and Wendy Ballard-Turner of Tigard; Marilyn Bedell of Bremerton, Wash; son Steven Ballard of Albuquerque, N.M.; brothers David and Louis Cross of Sherwood; sisters Gail Sauter, Carole Williams-James and Phyllis Martin, all of Sherwood; plus seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Contributions in memory of Isla Ballard may be made to Shriners Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97239, or to the OHS Foundation (note: brain cancer research), c/o Dr. Edward Neuwelt, OHSU, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, L603, Portland 97239.

Skyline Memorial Gardens are handling arrangements.

Edna Marie Blethen

June 30, 1916 - Aug. 12, 2006

Native Oregonian and longtime Beaverton resident Edna Marie Blethen died Saturday at age 90.

Visitation at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 N.W. Skyline Blvd., will begin at noon Thursday and graveside services will be held at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Blethen, whose maiden name was Blanken, was born June 30, 1916, in Lake Oswego.

Her husband Bernard preceded her in death.

Surviving are sons James, Michael and Ernest; daughter Patricia; plus six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mary Louise Patricia Day

May 25, 1913 - July 26, 2006

Mary Louise Patricia Day, a resident of Portland and Astoria before moving to Tigard in 2000, died July 26 at age 93.

She was born May 25, 1913, in Le Mars, Iowa. She graduated from Morningside College and was a high school teacher in Iowa.

In 1938 she married Gurney W. Day, who died in 1995.

She was a volunteer at Meridian Park Hospital.

Survivors include daughter Susan Martinson; son Thomas; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Mary Louise Patricia Day may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Telophase has been in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Ilmar Otto Kiesel

Oct. 14, 1912 - Aug. 10, 2006

No service has been held for Dr. Ilmar Otto Kiesel, 93, a resident of Beaverton from 1962 to 2006, who died Aug. 10.

He was born Oct. 14, 1912, in Tiflis, Caucasus.

In 1938 he married Hilja Kama. She died in 2005.

Dr. Kiesel was educated at Tarfu University in Estonia, escaped to Germany in 1944, and immigrated to the United States in 1949.

He first lived in Page, N.D., moved later to Minneapolis, and in 1962 to Oregon.

A physician/radiologist, he served as chief of radiology at the VA hospital in Portland and was a professor at OHSU.

He is survived by son Tõnu Kiesel; daughters Maarja Paris and Lena-Liis Kiesel; plus seven grandchildren and one grandchild.

Donations in memory of Dr. Ilmar Otto Kiesel may be made to Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 S.W. Fairview Drive, Portland 97221.

John L. Long

Sept. 17, 1926 - Aug. 6, 2006

Native Oregonian John L. Long, 79, a resident of Tigard since 1994, died Aug. 6. The cause of death was lung cancer.

Mr. Long was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Corvallis.

During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps.

In 1954 he married Maureen Seabridge.

He worked for finance companies in New York, Kansas, Oklahoma and Seattle before moving in 1973 to Beaverton, where he was a real estate investor.

Survivors in addition to his wife Maureen include nieces Marilyn Arendt, Carolyn Long and Nancy Schulz and nephew Gary Long.

A memorial service was held Aug. 12 in St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Portland.

Donations in memory of John L. Long may be made to St. Vincent Hospice.

Arrangements have been handled by Autumn.

Jim M. Luoto

Nov. 13, 1929 - Aug. 8, 2006

Native Oregonian Jim M. Luoto, a recent resident of Tigard, died Aug. 8 at age 76.

He was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Westport. He had previously lived in Lebanon and was a log scaler for Willamette Industries.

In 1952 he married Mary Ann Tiniakos, who survives him.

He is also survived by daughter Kristi Starr, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Wednesday in Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel.

Raymond J. Martin

Sept. 16, 1926 - Aug. 8, 2006

Raymond J. Martin, a Southwest Portland resident, died Aug. 8 at age 79.

He was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio.

During World War II he served in the Army.

He graduated from Notre Dame in 1950 and married Dolores J. Shull that year.

He was a wood products executive for Martin Brothers Container and Timber Products Corp. and was also an insurance agent for the Knights of Columbus.

He was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and had served as state deputy of the Knights.

He was a member of the Sierra Club.

Survivors include his wife Dolores; daughters Maryann Leach, Judy Miller and Diane Lampa, Patty Duggan and Kathleen Studer; sons Jerry, Tim and Tom Martin; plus 30 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 11 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Pegg, Paxson, and Springer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Leonard P. Michaud

July 15, 1917 - Aug. 6, 2006

Leonard P. Michaud died Aug. 6 with his wife Jane by his side. The resident of Beaverton and King City for many years and of Summerfield for the past two years was 89.

He was born July 15, 1917, in Fort Kent, Maine, where he grew up enjoying sports, particularly baseball, skiing and hockey.

At age 19 he joined the Army, transferred to the Air Corps in 1939 and was commissioned an officer in 1942.

During World War II he helped train bomber crews and was commander of a weather and radio range station in Labrador.

On Aug. 11, 1943, he married Jane Lillian LaLonde.

After 27 years of service he retired as a Major from the Air Force in 1962.

He held many command positions and served three years at NATO headquarters in Norway.

He was a Boy Scout leader in Norway and organized skiing competitions for young people. He and his family enjoyed frequent ski trips.

After retirement from the Air Force he earned a business degree at Portland State College in 1966.

The Michaud family often went camping at Clear Lake, Detroit Lake, and went skiing on Mt. Hood.

Mr. Michaud lived in Beaverton and sold real estate before retiring to King City, where he enjoyed long walks in the Tigard area and trips to Florida to see his grandchildren.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 63 years, Jane, include sons and daughters-in-law Jim and Glenda of Sagle, Idaho, Richard and Janet of Haines City, Fla., and Mike and Evelyn of the Philippines; sons Bob of Evergreen, Colo., and Dave of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter Mary Anne of Sacramento, Calif.; plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Monday in St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood. A committal service with full military honors followed at Willamette National Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Leonard P. Michaud may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, 15651 S.W. Oregon, Sherwood 97140.

Robert Austin Watt Ramage

July 27, 1922 - July 31, 2006

Robert Austin Watt Ramage, 84, died July 31 in the Corbett home of his stepdaughter Mary Redfield. Cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A gathering will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. in his stepdaughter's home.

Mr. Ramage was born July 27, 1922, in Alloway, Scotland.

During World War II he served in the British Royal Air Force.

He immigrated to Portland in 1948, moved to Tigard in 1970 and to Corbett in 2005.

In 1967 he married Viola Burk Hermens, who died in 2002.

He was a warehouseman for General Electric Supply for approximately 20 years.

Surviving in addition to Mary Redfield are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Robert Austin Watt Ramage may be made to Adventist Health Hospice.

Arrangements have been conducted by Oregon Cremation.

Dolores L. Schefsky

Oct. 29, 1919 - July 28, 2006

A private service has been held for King City resident Dolores L. Schefsky, 86, who died July 28.

She was born Dolores L. Scott on Oct. 29, 1919, and has lived in the Portland area since 1971.

In 1940 she married Carl W. Schefsky.

A teacher, she lived and taught school in Tillamook in the late 1940s to 1970s and owned a private kindergarten.

She was a member of Daughters of the Nile, Easter Star, past matron of Silver Wave Chapter 18 and Rainbow Girls.

She enjoyed vacationing at Black Butte and traveled extensively.

Her husband Carl died in 2004.

Surviving daughters and sons-in-law Sharon and Henry Plumeau and Judy and Paul Richter; plus three grandchildren and one grandchild.

Donations in memory of Dolores L. Schefsky may be made to Shriners Hospital For Children, 3101 S.W, Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland.

Cornwell Colonial Chapel has been in charge of arrangements.

David Schulz

Nov. 17, 1943 - Aug. 14, 2006

David Schulz of Newberg suffered a heart attack and died Monday. He was 64.

A private memorial service is taking place at 2 p.m. today at Newberg First Methodist Church, 2105 Deborah Road.

Mr. Schulz was born Nov. 17, 1943, in New England, N.D.

In 1965 he married Linda Edwards.

He was a self-employed homebuilder.

Survivors in addition to his wife Linda include his mother Martin Schulz-Scott; sister Gloria Kerr; sons Joey and Troy; plus four grandchildren.

Donations in memory of David Schulz may be made to the Oregon Humane Society.

Neptune Cremation has conducted cremation service.

Delta Willetta Sipe

Dec. 31, 1912 - July 23, 2006

Delta Willetta Sipe, a lifelong Oregonian, died July 23 at age 93. She was born to James and Daisy Hayes on New Year's eve, Dec. 31, 1912, in Sherwood.

She spent her early years in the Glen Morrie and Pete's Mountain area of what is now West Linn. She attended school in Lake Oswego and Stafford before moving to West Union when she was 12 years old. In 1931 she graduated from Beaverton High School.

In October 1936 she married Howard Stratton and they had two daughters, Sharlene and Geri,

The Strattons lived in logging towns throughout Oregon, including Roseburg and Glenwood, before buying a home and settling in what is now Aloha.

After they divorced in 1958 she went to work in the food service department at Tektronix in Beaverton, where she was employed until 1974.

In 1960 she married Arnold (Curly) Sipe.

Shortly after Mrs. Sipe's retirement, the couple became the guardians of Teri and Michael Moser, the children of their daughter Geri, who died in a car accident in 1969.

The Sipes enjoyed many travels in their trailer and motorhome throughout Oregon. Their mutual love of animals and the outdoors had proved the right recipe for a long marriage.

In 1987 Delta and Curly Sipe began a new phase in their life when they sold their Aloha home and moved into a home in West Linn with granddaughter Teri and her husband John Wood.

Mr. Sipe died in 1992.

Mrs. Sipe was a wonderful presence in the Woo house, with the boys quickly learning as infants that 'Meema' lived downstairs and was always available to spoil them. As the boys grew into teenagers they continued to have a close relationship.

Mrs. Sipe was the matriarch of a large family of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was called by many names, including Momo, Meema, Aunt Dada and mom. Her family will remember her for her spaghetti and her Swiss steak, plus the potholders that each received, carefully planned to coordinate with their individual kitchen colors.

Surviving are daughter Sharlene Russnogle, five grandchildren and seven great-grandsons, plus nephew James Dailey and niece Melody Zemke with husband Jim, who have been in integral part of her family and were a wonderful help to the Woo family during the last years of Mrs. Sipe's life.

The family of Delta Sipe wish to thank the Kaiser palliative care and hospice program for their wonderful care during her last few weeks, plus Robyn Russnogle, who helped care for her in the last months of her life.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at the Aloha Church of God.

Donations in the name of Delta Willetta Sipe may be made to the Aloha Church of God, 18380 S.W. Kinnaman Road, Aloha 97007, the American Heart Association or to the Humane Society.

Scott Thomas Weber

Feb. 19, 1960 - Aug. 12, 2006

Scott Thomas Weber, a lifetime resident of the Portland area, died Saturday at age 46.

He graduated from Central Catholic High School and earned a bachelor's degree at Portland State University.

In 1982 he married Luba Kalinak.

A stock trader, he has worked for Paulson Investment Company since 1982.

Survivors in addition to his wife Luba include daughter Stephanie Weber; sons Thomas and Max; parents Tom and Phyllis Weber; sisters Laurie Bales, Dee Dee Weber and Carolyn Anderson; brothers Tim, Greg and Brad; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, preceded by Recitation of the Rosary.

Donations in memory of Scott Thomas Weber may be made to St. Vincent De Paul.

Pegg, Paxson, and Springer Chapel has handled arrangements.