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Obituaries for Aug. 24, 2006

Robert Harold Adams

Dec. 1, 1955 - Aug. 15, 2006

Native Oregonian Robert Harold Adams of Newberg died Aug. 15 at age 50.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sherwood Elks Lodge.

Mr. Adams was born Dec. 1, 1955, in Portland and graduated from Benson High School.

He was employed for 10 years at Gerber Legendary Blades and was a current employee of Chevron in Newberg and Tualatin.

His childhood involvements included the Boy Scouts and Little League for several years.

He was an avid Nascar fan, enjoyed the Blazers, Seattle Seahawks and the Mariners.

He was a regular donor to American Red Cross blood drives.

Survivors include daughter Andrea Punley of Colton; father Merle Adams of Portland; mother D. June Moore of Newberg; grandmother Mabel Adams of Sherwood; and sisters Vicky Churchill, DeAnna Adams and Suzanne Owen, all of Sherwood, and Lillian Larson and Jeannie Adams, both of Portland.

Contributions in memory of Robert Harold Adams may be made to the American Red Cross.

Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Elaine Day

Jan. 18, 1911 - Aug. 7, 2006

Services have been held for native Oregonian Margaret Elaine Day who died Aug. 7 at a nursing home in Beaverton. She was 95.

Mrs. Day, whose maiden name was Caldwell, was born Jan. 18, 1911, in Buxton. In the mid-1920s her family moved to Hillsboro, where they would have the benefit of electricity.

She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1927.

She was active in church and community activities and enjoyed singing with her family in Hillsboro programs and at church.

She worked at the Venetian Theater Coslett's Restaurant and the Malling Cannery.

After high school she attended Northwest School of Commerce in Portland and after graduation worked in downtown Portland.

She was employed in the county clerk's office at the Washington County Courthouse.

She was active in the Business and Professional Women's organization, where she held officer positions at the local and state levels.

In 1938 she married Robert (Ed) Day at St. Matthew's Church in Hillsboro. Over the years they followed his teaching positions to Hood River, Forest Grove, Banks, St. Helens, Albany and Hillsboro.

The family moved to Newberg in 1946.

Mrs. Day was a homemaker and cared for their seven children. She loved gardening and flowers, and with her children canned hundreds of jars of fruits and vegetables each year.

She was a 4-H mother, hauling animals and children to the fair. In the early 1950s she was selected as Newberg Mother of the Year.

In 1954 the Days moved to the Day family farm in Beaverton, where they continued to garden and raise livestock.

Mr. Day died in 1984.

In 1989 the farm was sold, and Mrs. Day moved to Hillsboro.

After a stroke in 1993, she moved to Maryville Nursing Home, where she resided until her death.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by siblings Tommy Caldwell, Kathleen Caldwell and Mary Wojahn.

Survivors include daughters Sheila Day of Banks, Mary Day of Petrolia, Calif., Carol Ann VanderZanden of Sherwood, Kathleen Day-Cain of Pearce, Ariz., and Patricia Day Jamison of Florence; sons Tom Day of Aloha and Bob Day of Hillsboro; plus 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family of Margaret Day suggests that contributions in her memory be made to Valley Catholic Music Program, 4440 S.W. 148th Ave., Beaverton 97007.

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

Mary Elizabeth Domreis

Jan. 25, 1922 - Aug. 12, 2006

Native Oregonian Mary Elizabeth Domreis, 84, died Aug. 12 of congestive heart failure.

She was born Mary Elizabeth Williams on Jan. 25, 1922, in Klamath Falls. She moved to Tigard in 1955 and to Portland in 1999.

She graduated from nursing school at Portland Community College in 1978. She was a registered nurse, most recently for Women's Care Associates.

Survivors include sons David and Stephen; daughter Lynn Oveson; plus eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Aug. 17 in Portland First United Methodist Church.

Donations in memory of Mary Elizabeth Domreis may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were made by Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary.

Margie MacKinnon Fixott

Nov. 21, 1938 - Aug. 15, 2006

Margie MacKinnon Fixott, 67, a resident of Tigard since 1991, died of cancer Aug. 15.

A funeral service will take place Saturday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. in St. James Episcopal Church, 11511 S.W. Bull Mountain Road.

Mrs. Fixott, whose maiden name was MacKinnon, was born Nov. 21, 1938, in Framingham, Mass., where she was raised.

She attended Jonathan Maynard Elementary School and Lincoln Junior High School.

She moved to Portland in 1954, was a graduate of Jefferson High School and attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

She was a dental X-ray instructor at Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry.

In 1966 she married Dr. Ernest Hurley. He died in 1973.

In 1982 she married Dr. Rupert Fixott.

Mrs. Fixott was active in the Oregon Republican Party, the National Federation of Republican Women and the Oregon Federation of Republican Women. She was a delegate from the 2nd Congressional District to the 1984 National Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas.

She served on the board of trustees of Southern Oregon Historical Society from 1984 to 1987, served as Republican precinct committeeperson for Jackson and Washington counties, and was on the board of directors for the Highlands Homeowners Association.

She was active in P.E.O. and Vestry of Ascension Parish. She was a member of King City/Tigard Republican Women, Oregon Mainstream Republicans and Nova Scotia Highland Village Society.

In 1982 she moved to Medford.

Surviving, in addition to her husband Dr. Rupert Fixott of Tigard, include stepson Dr. Richard Fixott of Redmond; stepdaughter Ann Star Heer of Stockton, Calif.; cousin Ethel Hedlund of Portland; plus an aunt and several cousins and step-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Margie MacKinnon Fixott are suggested to the Salvation Army.

Riverview Abbey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ione Gleason Miller

Feb. 10, 1914 - Aug. 2, 2006

Ione Gleason Miller, 92, died Aug. 2 at her home in Sherwood after a short illness.

She was born Feb. 10, 1914, in the farm home of Horace and Liza Gleason in Garland, Utah.

As a young woman she followed her older sisters to California, where she met her future husband, Richard Maurice (Maury) Miller. They were married in 1940 and made their first home in Burlingame, Calif., before moving to Burney, near Mt. Shasta. They later had a dairy ranch in Palo Alto, then moved to Sunnyvale and also had a ranch in Soledad. In the early 1960s they made their home on a ranch in Petaluma.

During those years Mrs. Miller held a civil service position at Two Rock Coast Guard Station, which she greatly enjoyed.

The Miller's son Henry (Hank) Gleason Miller was killed in a terrible accident while employed as an ironworker building a high-rise in San Francisco. He was a young husband and father of a baby girl.

Ione and Maury Miller were active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a source of many good friends and comfort.

During the early 1970s Mr. and Mrs. Miller followed her older sisters to Florence. There they made a lovely home for their retirement on Woahink Lake, taking great pleasure in their garden, filling it with colorful native plants and whimsy. Another favorite pastime was going on road trips in their car.

The Millers moved to Tigard in the 1980s. Mr. Miller died in 1996, and Mrs. Miller moved to an assisted living facility in Sherwood two years ago.

In addition to her husband Maury and son Hank, she was predeceased by sisters Marjorie Gleason, Alice Tonneson and

Grace Miller Avery.

Surviving are her youngest sister Dawn Retallick in California; her cherished granddaughter Lisa and her husband Mark Trodd and great-grandson Rylan Trodd of Wales, in the United Kingdom; plus nieces and nephews in Alaska, California and Utah, and devoted friends from her church.

At Mrs. Miller's request, no service has been held. She is buried with her husband and son in Florence.

Alex Johnson Sr.

July 10, 1916 - Aug. 12, 2006

Alex Johnson Sr., a resident of Tigard since 1972, died Aug. 12 at age 90.

He was born July 10, 1916, in Kaunas, Lithuania.

In 1938 he married Felicija Zimuviciute.

After immigrating to Harlem, Mont., in 1951, they moved to Duarte, Calif., in 1953 and to Lake Grove in 1967.

Mr. Johnson was chief of security for Gunderson for 17 years.

Survivors in addition to his wife Felicija include sons Raymond and Victor; plus four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Son Alex Johnson Jr., who died in 1969, preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held Aug. 19 in Young's Funeral Home.

Elsie Katherine Klostermann

Jan. 20, 1921 - Aug. 11, 2006

Elsie Katherine Klostermann, a homemaker, died Aug. 11 at age 85.

She was born Elsie Hoelzer on Jan. 20, 1921, in New York City. She married Walter Klostermann in 1942. They moved to Tigard in 1982, and Mr. Klostermann died in 2000.

Survivors include son Bill; daughter Kittie Murray; sister Gertrude Hartnett; and three grandchildren.

A funeral is scheduled today in Greenville, N.Y.

Young's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Lotte W. Magnus

March 17, 1920 - Aug. 9, 2006

Lotte W. Magnus, a resident of Portland since 2004 and former resident of Tigard since 1973, died Aug. 9 at age 86.

A service will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. in Tigard Senior Center, 8815 S.W. Omara St.

Born Lotte W. Goldsmith on March 17, 1920, in Frankfurt, Germany, she moved to the United States in 1934.

During World War II she served in the Women's Army Corps.

In 1946 she married James G. Magnus.

After graduating from the University of Colorado, she moved to Portland in 1949 and was a dietician for Physicians and Surgeons Hospital.

Her husband James died in 1999.

Survivors include sons Ronald and Thomas; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Lotte W. Magnus may be made to the Tigard Senior Center.

Young's Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Hilter H. Velasco

March 23, 1947 - Aug. 8, 2006

Hilter H. Velasco died Aug. 8 at age 59.

Mrs. Velasco was born Hilter Ekkein Henry on March 23, 1947, in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. She immigrated to the United States in 1990 and settled in Portland, then moved to Tigard in 2000. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters Vivianna A. Clanry, Jacqueline Velasco and Anna Velasco; brothers Heichi Elmi, Felix Elmi and Emi Elmi; sisters Juliet Nashion, Taruna Joab, Tommy Lakjohn, Eonjin Harris, Sue Pereira and Jewoj John; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday at Tigard Christian Church.

Arrangements were handled by Autumn.

Myles W. Ralston

Sept. 22, 1927 - Aug. 13, 2006

Native Oregonian Myles W. Ralston died Aug. 13 at age 78.

Born Sept. 22, 1927, in Portland, he graduated from Tigard High School, the University of Oregon and Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.

He served in the Merchant Marines and later in the Army during the Korean conflict.

He had been an insurance adjuster and owned two collection companies.

He was a volunteer for SCORE.

In 1996 he married Sharon E. Imper, who survives him.

He is also survived by sons Michael, Gregory, Christopher and David; brother Bill; and five grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Myles W. Ralston may be made to the Oregon Humane Society.

A funeral service was held Wednesday at Finley's Sunset Hills Mortuary.

Adriana Ritchie

Oct. 28, 1927 - Aug. 18, 2006

Adriana Ritchie of Portland, 78, died Friday, Aug. 18.

Born Adriana de Jesue on Oct. 28, 1927, in Shanghai, China, she immigrated to San Francisco in 1962, where she worked for an insurance company.

In 1951 she married Gustavo A. Ritchie. They moved to King City in 1990.

Mrs. Ritchie was preceded in death by husband Gustavo in 1997.

Survivors include sister Adelina Bride; brother Andre Jesue; and nephews David Jesue and Alan Jesue.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. John Fisher Catholic Church.

Arrangements were handled by Finley's.