Margaret D. Fleck

Margaret Delia Fleck, formerly of Scappoose, died July 7, 2011, peacefully in the hospital surrounded by family. She was 88.

Margaret Delia Tessier was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Bannock, Mont., to William and Florence Tessier, and was the sixth of eight children.

She lived through the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, and World War II.

In 1940 she married George J. Fleck, and they eventually made their home in Oregon.

Throughout her lifetime she enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, dancing, knitting, crocheting, traveling and crossword puzzles.

Always a caring person, she built an addition on to her home and moved her elderly parents from Montana to Oregon so she could take care of them herself.

A wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, mentor and friend, she will be dearly missed by family and friends alike.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Dean, Jean, Mark, Shannon, Kimberly, and Darryl; great-grandchildren, Dana, Jennifer, Elyse, Rylee, Sydney, Devin, Natalie, Aerius, Kamryn, and Rachel; brother, Harley; sister Lelah; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; sons, Jim and George; life partner, Roy Forsberg; sisters, Helen, Irene, and Cary; and brothers, Victor and Dalton.

Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 N.W. Skyline Blvd., Portland.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Skyline Memorial Gardens.

Wilma L. Hackenberg and Carol Ann (Hackenberg) McNeely

A joint interment ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Rainier Cemetery, 75900 Larson Rd., Rainier.

Refreshments and music will immediately follow at the Grange Hall on cemetery grounds.

Bobby 'Dean' Harper

Bobby 'Dean' Harper of Warren died July 20, 2011, in Portland. He was 48.

Mr. Harper was born Aug. 24, 1962, in Portland to Bobby and Emma (Floyd) Harper.

In 1980 he graduated from Sherwood High School.

On July 25, 1987, he married Sonja Herbst. The couple had two children, Britney Jean and Beau Dean, and resided in Warren.

For the past 20 years he owned his own excavation company.

A member of the Columbia County Rodeo Committee and St. Helens Elks Lodge, his interests included hunting, riding 4-wheelers, and tractors.

He will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Sonja Herbst, and children, Britney Jean and Beau Dean, all of Warren; and sister, Cindy Harper of Tualatin.

His life was remembered by family and friends on July 24 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens, a place he loved. He was remembered through stories, pictures, music and the sharing of a meal.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Juneious F. Harty

Juneious Frank 'Papa' Harty of Scappoose died July 24, 2011, at his home. He was 91.

Mr. Harty was born Aug. 5, 1919, in McCrory, Ark., to Samuel and Franny (Stewart) Harty.

Educated through the eight-grade, he married Fern Bostock in 1937 in Logan, Utah. They moved to Vanport in 1941, and after the flood lived in Vancouver, Wash., for a time. In 1956 they moved back to Portland and later to Scappoose in 1980. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2002.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946.

In 1952 he was ordained as a Baptist minister, retiring in 1973.

A member of the Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the VFW, he was spiritual, a good farmer and a hard worker.

He is survived by his children, Alice Grove of Scappoose, Juneious Harty Jr. of Salem, and Beverley Harty of Fairbanks, Alaska; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Iva Bledsoe of Carlsbad, Calif.

Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, at First Missionary Baptist Church in St. Helens.

Committal service and interment with honor guard will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Missionary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Fr. Philip Michael 'Mike' Hemming

Fr. Philip Michael 'Mike' Hemming of Beaverton died July 16, 2011, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. He was 69.

Fr. Hemming was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Elgin, Ill., to Philip C. and Janet (Hawkins) Hemming MD, and was one of five children.

As a child he moved with his family to Eugene and attended St. Francis High School.

At the age of 13 he started his Seminary in Mt. Angel and finished with a Master's Degree at St. Thomas the Apostle Seminary in Kenmore, Wash.

In May of 1967 he was ordained a priest at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland.

He started as a teacher at Central Catholic High School in Portland.

In 1968 he was assigned as an Associate Pastor for Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem until 1970.

From 1970 to 1975 he was an Associate Pastor at St. Mary's in Albany, and was assigned at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland from 1975 to 1980.

He was a pastor at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rainier from 1980 to 1990, and also at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Kaiser from 1990 to 1999.

After two years of rest and recuperation from a car accident, he was assigned in 2002 to St. Francis Catholic Church in Roy, were he retired in 2010.

Among his interests he enjoyed music, traveling, especially to the coast, and visiting with his family.

An avid sports fan, he would often follow football and basketball.

He is survived by his siblings, Peter Hemming and his wife Janet of Albany, Larry Hemming of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Ann Walls of West Salem; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Emily Anne; and a nephew.

Rosary was recited July 21 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Banks.

Funeral Mass was celebrated July 22 at St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Rite of Christian burial and vault interment followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial gifts in Fr. Hemming's name may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Grade School, 39135 N.W. Harrington Rd., Banks, OR 97106.

Arrangements were provided by Duyck and VanDeHey Funeral Home in Forest Grove.

Online condolences may be sent at

John W. Kroeker

John Wesley Kroeker of St. Helens died July 17, 2011, at Hopewell House in Portland. He was 41.

Mr. Kroeker was born Oct. 17, 1969, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Peter and Esther (Winsinger) Kroeker.

At the age of five he accepted the Lord, and was a member of Jansen Bible and Newton Bible Churches for many years. His early years were spent between Kansas and Nebraska.

He graduated from Grace University in Omaha, Neb.

During college, he worked for Nylus Construction building homes, then returned home to help out shortly before his father died in 1997 and worked for Mead Lumber.

In 2000, he moved to the Bahamas where he ministered at Windermere High School as a building and grounds keeper. Good at his work, he took pride in doing it well.

On Dec. 20, 2008, he married Joleen Weaver in St. Helens at Grace Baptist Church, where they were members.

His interests included woodworking, remodeling his home and God's Word.

Additionally, he enjoyed photography, watching sunsets and going to the beach.

He is survived by his wife, Joleen, and son, Jonathan, both of St. Helens; mother, Esther Kroeker of North Newton, Kan.; and brother, Samuel Kroeker of Omaha, Neb.

A celebration of life was held July 21 at Grace Baptist Church in St. Helens.

Committal service and vault interment were at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Darwin Stoesz Missionary Fund-Japan, c/o Send International, or Joleen Kroeker for Jonathan's trust fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Cora Moreland

Cora Moreland of Lincoln City, formerly Warren, died July 22, 2011. She was 95.

Cora Schuring was born April 29, 1916, in Neerlandia, Alberta, Canada, to Peter Dirk Schuring and Jennie (VanDalen).

Her father and mother emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada and then to Portland to find work. In 1923 the family emigrated through Blaine, Wash., to Oregon. She was one of seven siblings, a brother died while they were still in Canada.

After high school she worked for St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland.

From 1936-1939, she was employed for the Montgomery Ward Store in the inventory/supply department.

During World War II she worked for Columbia Air Craft Co. in St. Helens as a 'Rosie the Riveter.'

It was there she met Gerald 'Jerry' Moreland. They were married on Jan. 24, 1944. Her husband was serving in the Air Force and based in Oklahoma City, Okla., so she moved there with him.

After completing his duty the couple returned to Warren and lived down the road from her mother's house.

In 1950 she worked at West Coast Shoe Company.

In 1963 the family moved to Lincoln City.

She worked for Dairy Queen, part-time at The Anchorage, the Delake Bowling Alley and managed the Salishan Golf Shop Coffee Shop from 1965 until retiring in 1988.

An avid bowler until her health prevented her from continuing to play, she then found Bingo to be another joy in her life.

She is survived by her sons, Steven Moreland (Joy Davies) of Oregon City, Dennis Moreland (Gini Lembkie) of McMinnville, and Jeffrey Moreland of Tigard; daughter, Susan (Bill) Hollander of White Salmon, Wash..; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Jo Kallberg of St. Helens. She was preceded in death by one daughter; her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

Graveside service and vault interment will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren.

Memorial gifts may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Henry J. Schmit

Henry J. Schmit of Scappoose died July 24, 2011. He was 89.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose.

Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the Springlake Community Hall in Scappoose.

A complete obituary will be published in our next print and online editions.

Craig E. Sylvester

Craig Eldon Sylvester of St. Helens passed away July 17, 2011, peacefully in his sleep at hospice with a friend by his side. He was 58.

Mr. Sylvester was born Oct. 14, 1952, in Vancouver, Wash., to Ellery J. and Doreen (Knowles) Sylvester.

A life long resident of Columbia County, he was the consummate gentleman. He was the first to greet you with his contagious smile and cheerful hello.

Among the things he loved were country music, dancing, Andy Williams' 'Moon River' and spending time with his friends.

He will be deeply missed by all who loved him and held him dear.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St Helens. Friends and loved ones are encouraged to attend and share their fond memories of this beautiful man.

Online condolences may be sent at

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