Obituaries for Oct. 4
Beth Berglund, Doris Xochihua, Emogene Chapman, Bill Hays, Tony DeFazio, Adam Denson and Garth Ledwidge
Elizabeth 'Beth' Helen Berglund
April 8, 1914-Oct. 1, 2006
Former Gresham resident Elizabeth 'Beth' Helen Berglund, 92, died Sunday, Oct. 1, at an assisted living facility in Sandy.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Mt. Hood Christian Center, 2500 S.E. Palmblad Road, Gresham. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.
Beth was born April 8, 1914, in Seattle to Fred and Lewella (Atwood) Blonn. When she was 7 years old, she moved to Gresham, where she graduated from Gresham High School.
After her graduation, she worked as an operator for West Coast Telephone Company for two years. She continued her education at what was then known as Northwest Bible Institute in Seattle and graduated with a degree in Christian education.
On July 30, 1938, Beth married Arlan Berglund in Gresham. They lived in Gresham for a short time before moving to Oakridge. The following year, they returned to Gresham, where they lived until 1959.
At that time, they moved to Kirkland, Wash., where they opened their home to Bible school students who needed a place to stay. In 1978, Beth moved back to Gresham with her husband. In 2003, they moved to Sandy.
When her children were young, Beth was actively involved in a parent teacher association and once served as president of the group. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking, oil painting and flowers.
Survivors include her husband of Sandy; sons, Bob Berglund of Cannon Beach and Ron Berglund of Sandy; daughter, Betty Gilliland of Vancouver, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Northwest University, P.O. Box 579, Kirkland, WA 98083-0579. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Doris Mae Xóchihua
Nov. 1, 1934-Sept. 21, 2006
Troutdale resident Doris Mae Xóchihua, 71, died Thursday, Sept. 21, in Troutdale.
A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.
Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive.
Doris was born Nov. 1, 1934, in Isanti, Minn., to Rudolph and Mabel (Hagglund) Bergman. She graduated from Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Minn., in 1952.
On April 9, 1955, Doris married David Xóchihua in Cambridge. They lived in Fridley, Minn., for two years before moving to Hopkins, Minn., in 1966.
Doris worked as a secretary for Brauer and Associates, a landscape architectural firm in Minnesota, for six years. In 1972 she moved to Gresham and in 1974 to Sandy. She served as a secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham for 11 years. She retired when she was 60 years old.
In 2001, Doris moved to Troutdale.
She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed Bible studies. She also volunteered at Snow-CAP and at a local food bank, and served as a liaison for the Hispanic community in Sandy.
Doris was also a member of the Sandy Garden Club and was involved with the Multnomah County Garden Club. She enjoyed music, crafts, cooking, baking, canning and dancing.
Survivors include her husband of Gresham; sons, David Xóchihua of Vancouver, Wash., and Paul Xóchihua and John Xóchihua, both of Portland; daughter, Lilia Xóchihua of Damascus; sisters, Laverne Ries of Gresham and Dorothy Bergman of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Emogene V. Chapman
May 5, 1921-Sept. 29, 2006
Longtime Gresham resident Emogene V. Chapman, 85, died Friday, Sept. 29, at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 N.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. Interment will follow.
Emogene was born May 5, 1921, in Calhoun, Ga., to Albert and Bessie Missouri (Wilson) Barton. She was raised and educated in Cleveland, where she graduated from West Technical High School. She continued her education at Lorain Community College and graduated with an associate's degree in nursing.
She married Wayne Chapman on July 5, 1951, in Cleveland.
The couple moved to Gresham in 1986.
Emogene was a nursing home administrator for Quality Care Nursing Facilities in Cleveland. She also worked as a real estate broker and was owner and operator of Pike View Motel in Strongsville, Ohio.
Emogene enjoyed cooking, reading the Bible and traveling. She was a member of the Unity Church, where she was active in the Ongoers group.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Barton; and daughter, Cheryl Joy Chapman, in 1990.
Survivors include her husband of Hillsboro; and daughter, Carol Ford of Banks.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Attention: Donation Coordinator, 1275 Lakeside Ave. East, Cleveland, OH 44114-1132.
Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is handling arrangements.
William 'Bill' E. Hays
July 6, 1926-Sept. 28, 2006
Former Gresham resident William 'Bill' E. Hays, 80, died Thursday, Sept. 28, at a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Central Christian Church, Fort Worth, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Northwest Christian College, 828 E. 11th Ave., Eugene.
He was born July 6, 1926, in Fairview, Kan., to Esther Maness and Donald Hays.
He moved to Gresham with his mother and siblings where he was raised and educated.
Bill enlisted in the Navy in 1943, as an air-radioman and gunner in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged in 1946.
Bill married Allene Jones in 1945 in Gresham.
He graduated from Northwest Christian College in Eugene in 1957. He served as a pastor and educator for the next 50 years.
He was president of Northwest Christian College from 1978 to 1985, and served as a pastor in Washington, Oregon and Texas.
Bill graduated summa cum laude with a master's of divinity from Texas Christian University's Brite Divinity School, where he also received an honorary doctorate in 1978. He retired in 1985.
Bill returned to Gresham, where he was a member of the Rotary Club and served as president from 1993 to 1994.
He moved to Fort Worth in 2004.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Sharon Hudson of Fort Worth, and Nancy Gebhardt, of Vaughn, Wash.; son, Mark Hays of Tacoma, Wash.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Hays Scholarship Fund, Northwest Christian College, 828 E. 11th Ave., Eugene, 97401-3727.
Anthony 'Tony' Francis DeFazio
Oct. 17, 1918-Sept. 26, 2006
Gresham resident Anthony 'Tony' Francis DeFazio, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland. A recitation of the rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Private interment will follow at Gethsemani Cemetery.
Tony was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Chicago to Carmine and Mary (Cappallupo) DeFazio. His family moved to South Haven, Mich., where he sold produce door-to-door for his family's greenhouse.
After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army on Aug. 8, 1941. He was a corporal in World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 27, 1945.
He married Nancy Serio in 1947.
Tony was a produce manager for more than 30 years. He retired in 1977 and relocated to Portland. He owned and operated Dad's restaurant in St. John's for seven years.
His wife preceded him in death 1992.
He married Doris Smith in 1994.
He was an active member of the Gresham Eagles.
Survivors include his wife of Gresham; son, Anthony DeFazio Jr. of Gresham; daughter, Mary Allen of Portland; stepson, John Wees of Dallas, Texas; stepdaughters, Tobbi Holzer of Portland and Teddi Waller of Vancouver, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Gresham Eagles, 17 N.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham 97030.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Adam Dean Denson
Nov. 4, 1986-Sept. 29, 2006
Corbett resident Adam Dean Denson, 19, died Friday, Sept. 29, in Corbett. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Columbia Life Center, 27938 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale.
Adam was born Nov. 4, 1986, in Portland. He was adopted by Robert and Bernadine (Klemann) Denson days after his birth.
Adam was raised and educated in Corbett, where he attended Corbett High School.
He worked in quality control at Townsend Farms.
He previously worked with his dad at McAdam Aluminum Foundry in North Portland, as a prep-cook at Popeyes and at Big Bear's Country Market in Corbett.
Adam was a self-taught guitarist. He enjoyed going to Dabney State Park to play Frisbee golf.
Survivors include his parents of Corbett; sisters, Angel Denson of Corbett, Connie Holmes of Gresham, Janelle Barney of Brush Prairie, Wash., and Jessica Guerroro of Portland; and brothers, Kasey Denson, Robert Denson and Valentino Guerroro of Corbett, and George Denson and Dan Blacker of Portland.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Columbia Life Church youth group, 27938 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, 97060.
Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Garth S. Ledwidge
March 27, 1934-Sept. 30, 2006
Former East County resident Garth S. Ledwidge, 72, died Saturday, Sept. 30, at his home in Vancouver, Wash.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel, 400 S.W. Walters Drive, Gresham. Private interment will follow.
Garth was born on March 27, 1934, in Alamosa, Colo., to Patrick and Irma (Hunt) Ledwidge.
He moved to East County in 1936.
He graduated from Central Catholic High School and from Lewis and Clark Law School. He also attended Portland State University.
Garth served in the Army in Japan and became proficient in speaking Japanese.
He also served with the Army Mountain Corps in Colorado.
Garth had his own practice in Portland and Gresham as an attorney for 30 years before retiring in 1997.
He married Connie Gravett in August of 1996, in Portland. They moved to Vancouver, Wash., four years ago.
Garth loved to fish, hunt and enjoyed horse and dog racing. His son, Eric Ledwidge, preceded him in death in 1999.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Ledwidge; mother, Irma Ledwidge of Portland; brothers, Chris Ledwidge and Sean Ledwidge of Portland; sister, Pamela Montgomery of Portland; and three grandchildren.
Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 710 Second Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.