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Obituaries Nov. 1

Chasenkaton, Girsberger, Jones, Helfrich, Schleich, Griffin, Nelson, Carlson, Wecks and Snyder

Churchon Chasenkaton

July 8, 1959-Oct. 20, 2006

Churchon Chasenkaton, 47, a resident of Boring, died Friday, Oct. 20, in an automobile accident.

A funeral will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 5, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Interment will follow Sunday, at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 N.W. Skyline Blvd., Portland.

Churchon was born July 8, 1959, in Laos to Chaseng and Mee Vue Xiong. He was raised and educated in Laos, but got his general education diploma in Fresno, Calif., after he immigrated to the United States in 1980.

In January 1978, Churchon married True in Laos.

Churchon worked as a custodian at Ogden Middle School in the Oregon City School District, owned and operated Churchon Janitorial Services, sold strawberries and flowers from his farm on Orient Drive and was a pastor at Trinity Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife of Boring; sons, Lao Pao Xiong and Lee Xiong, both of Vancouver, Wash., and Leng Xiong of Boring; daughters, Landa Xiong, Marrilla Xiong, Christy Xiong, Pa Chia Xiong, Kalusha Churchon and Louajee Churchon, all of Boring; parents; brothers, Siyi Xiong, Teng Xiong, Ntxheb Xiong and Txos Xiong; and sisters Mai Xiong, Ying Xiong, Nou Xiong, Yer Xiong, Kou Xiong and Patricia Xiong; and 10 grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Margaret Rose Girsberger

March 6, 1920-Oct. 26, 2006

East County resident Margaret Rose Girsberger, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 26, at her home in Portland. A funeral Mass will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 3, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2120 N.E. 148th Ave., Portland. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Margaret was born March 6, 1920, in Everett, Wash., to Charles and Anna (Pratt) Wall.

When she was young, Margaret worked in Seattle as an elevator operator in Smith Tower. She later worked at Rumbaugh McLain's in Everett, Wash., which was bought by Bon Marche.

On Feb. 10, 1950, Margaret married Charles Girsberger.

They lived in Everett, Wash., Warm Springs, Fort Hall, Idaho, Salem and Portland.

Margaret was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing golf and volleyball, gardening and knitting.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by her son, Timothy Girsberger; sisters, Mary Gunderson and Marcelyn Parker; and brothers, John Wall, Ken Wall and Bud Wall.

Survivors include her daughter, Terry-Jo Lewis of Seattle; son, Brian Girsberger of Portland; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Portland Providence Medical Foundation for the music thanatology program (which provides music at a dying person's bedside), 503-216-6636, or to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 1236 Ginger Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth Joyce Jones

Jan. 19, 1925-Oct. 18, 2006

Gresham resident Elizabeth Joyce Jones, 81, died of cancer Wednesday, Oct. 18, at her home. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Elizabeth was born Jan. 19, 1925, in River Falls, Wis., to Hans E. 'Pep' and Sarah E. Hanson. Joyce graduated from Stillwater High School in 1944. She then graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1947.

In 1947, Elizabeth married Charles Jones in River Falls. She was a homemaker, but later worked as a bookkeeper at Kmart.

She lived in Boring from 1975 until 2001, when she moved to Gresham.

Elizabeth was an accomplished artist and enjoyed doing portraits, woodcarving and basket weaving.

In 1998, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her son, Cris Jones of Roscommon, Mich.; daughters, Gail Seib of Owosso, Mich., Barbara Fitzsimmons of Portland and Carrie Carman of Gresham; sisters, LaVerne Delorit of River Falls, Ila Pykonen of Minnetonka, Minn., and Bonnie Polinsky of Cambria, Calif.; brother, Bob Hanson of Lake Jackson, Texas; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Aftercare Cremation and Burial is handling arrangements.

Helen Eva Helfrich

July 16, 1926-Oct. 26, 2006

Gresham resident Helen Eva Helfrich, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 26, in Gresham. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, followed by a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham. Interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Helen was born July 16, 1926, in Inwood, Iowa, to Peter and Minnie (Bornholdt) Jensen. She was raised and educated in Iowa.

In 1944, she moved to Portland, where she worked at Sunshine Biscuit during World War II. She later worked for New Systems Laundry and Dry Cleaning.

On Sept. 27, 1949, Helen married Clement Helfrich. She was a homemaker.

Helen was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing.

Helen was preceded in death by her brother, Earl Jensen, in 1930; and sister, Pearl Franks, in 1998.

Survivors include her husband of Gresham; sons, Steven Helfrich and Gerald Helfrich, both of Boring; daughter, Joan Miller of Damascus; sister, Mae Riggs of Portland; and four grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lydia Schleich

Aug. 25, 1912-Oct. 28, 2006

Gresham resident Lydia Schleich, 94, died Saturday, Oct. 28, at her home. A celebration of life will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 6, at First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Rose City Cemetery, 5625 N.E. Fremont St., Portland.

Lydia was born Aug. 25, 1912, in Lincoln, Neb., to John and Anna Hergert. She was raised and educated in Lincoln.

In 1931, Lydia married Jacob Schleich in Lincoln. They moved to Portland in 1943, and later to Troutdale.

She was the business manager at First Congregational Church for 17 years. She also served on the board of the Patton Home for 12 years and volunteered at Kaiser Hospital for 23 years.

Lydia was a member of First Congregational Church and the United Commercial Travelers Organization, where she was a grand counselor and treasurer.

In 1978, her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Richard Schleich of Corbett, William Schleich of Bothell, Wash., and Stan Schleich of Portland; daughter, Sandra Emrick of Troutdale; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, Pacific Mountain Affiliate, 710 Second Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104.

Ann Patricia Griffin

July 12, 1918-Oct. 23, 2006

Longtime Troutdale resident Ann Patricia Griffin, 88, died Monday, Oct. 23, at her home. There are no services scheduled at this time.

Ann was born July 12, 1918, in Gladstone, Mich., to Michael and Antonia (Jackovich) Stemac.

She moved to Portland in the 1940s and worked in the shipyards during World War II. She returned to Michigan after the war.

Ann married James Ray Griffin in Michigan.

They moved to East County in 1954.

Ann was a homemaker, but also worked on the family farm and for various cannery or production companies.

She was a former member of St. Therese Catholic Church.

Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, James Griffin of Corbett; daughter, Barbara Griffin Tobie of Corbett; brother, George Stemac of Gladstone, Mich.; and five grandchildren.

American Burial and Cremation of Oregon is handling arrangements.

Howard Franklin Nelson

June 24, 1924-Oct. 27, 2006

Gresham resident Howard Franklin Nelson, 82, died Friday, Oct. 27. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy. Private interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Howard was born on June 24, 1924, to Walter and Ottomine (Christensen) Nelson on a family farm near Elk Horn, Iowa.

He entered into the Navy in 1942. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

He married Eva Houck on March 27, 1945.

The couple moved to Miami, where he worked as a carpenter.

They relocated to Portland in 1951.

Howard was a homebuilder and contractor in the Portland-metro area for more than 20 years and operated Howard F. Nelson, Builder Construction Company.

He moved to Audubon, Iowa, where they owned and operated Eve 'n I tavern until their retirement.

They returned to Portland in 1988, and settled in Gresham.

Howard was a Mason, Shriner and member of the Gresham Elks. He loved to hunt, fish and did cross-stitching.

His son, Gary, preceded him in death in 2001.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Gale Mahan; sister, Eunice Cunningham; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Arthur D. 'Art' Carlson

Nov. 12, 1925-Oct. 27, 2006

East County resident Arthur D. 'Art' Carlson, 80, died Friday, Oct. 27, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Omega Funeral and Cremation Service, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland.

Art was born Nov. 12, 1925, to George and Pearl (Walker) Carlson in Alliance, Ohio, where he was raised and educated.

He worked as a welder on airplanes during World War II. He moved to Portland in 1961.

He married Phyllis Roberts in 1967, in Vancouver, Wash.

During his career, he was an insurance salesman for A.D. Carlson and Associates.

Art loved cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He also flew his own plane.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Carlson of Portland; daughters, Lynn Mueller of Akron, Ohio, Connie Taliaferro of Eugene, Vanessa Armstrong and Jennifer DeWolfe of Gresham; stepdaughters, Joann Jones of Wilsonville and Lynn Roberts of Troutdale; stepson, William Roberts of Oregon City; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to OHSU Diabetes Research, 181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, 97239-3098.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Fern V. Wecks

Jan. 21, 1926-Oct. 27, 2006

Former Corbett resident Fern V. Wecks, 80, died Friday, Oct. 27, at a home in Portland. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Central Bible Church, 8815 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.

Fern was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Portland to Paul and Veneta Trueb. She graduated from Franklin High School.

After graduating, Fern worked for the Bank of California. She then worked in a shipyard during World War II.

Fern married Earl Weeks on Aug. 15, 1947, in Portland.

The couple moved to Corbett in 1951. She was a homemaker, a member of Aims Community Church and worked with the American Missionary Fellowship. She also volunteered at Trout Creek Bible Camp in Corbett.

Her husband preceded her in death June 8, 1992.

Survivors include her daughters, Janet Altman and Bonnie Lucas of Corbett, Linda Eldredge of Fairview; brothers, Darrell Trueb of West Linn and Ron Trueb of Henderson, Nev.; sister, Taffy Blackwell of Gresham; foster sisters, Sharon Bartley of Gresham and Marci Sell of Portland; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to Trout Creek Bible Camp, 38105 S.E. Gordon Creek Road, Corbett, OR 97019.

Bateman-Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Josephine Melvina Snyder

Feb. 26, 1915-Oct. 28, 2006

Longtime Gresham resident Josephine Melvina Snyder, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 28, in Gresham. A viewing will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Douglass Cemetery, Troutdale.

Josephine was born on Feb. 26, 1915, in Granton, Wis., to Richard and Hollis (Chapel) Downer.

She married Leonard A. Snyder.

Josephine was a homemaker. She worked for the Mt. Hood Community College bookstore from 1972-82, when she retired.

She was an active member of Gresham First Baptist Church. She was a deaconess and did visitations to help the homebound.

Josephine loved puzzles, fishing and hiking.

She was preceded in death by her son, George Snyder in 2000 and husband in 1982.

Survivors include her sons, Tom Snyder of Portland, Ken Snyder of West Linn and Ron Snyder of Klamath Falls; daughter, Jeanette Gabbert of Gresham; 16 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. Remembrances can be made to Kaiser Hospice, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., Ste. 140, Portland, 97210-5398.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Tressa Edwards

Oct. 11, 1909-Oct. 30, 2006

Former Sandy resident Tressa Edwards, 97, died Monday, Oct. 30, at Mountain View Foster Care Home in Boring. At her request, no formal services will be held.

Tressa was born Oct. 11, 1909, in Peoria, Ill., to John and Mary (Batz) Sladky. When she was a year old, she moved with her family to Oregon.

On July 15, 1925, Tressa married Lennis Edwards. She was a homemaker.

Tressa lived in Sandy for 63 years. She moved to Boring four years ago.

She enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.

In April 1992, Tressa was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her daughter, Nonie French of Boring; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sandy Fire Department. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.