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Obituaries, December 6, 2006

Stowie, Chanthakhoun, Wieprecht, Thompson, Wright, Schulte, Schamberger, Thames, Carter, Brooks, Arlt

Verna Mae Stowie

March 4, 1924-Nov. 28, 2006

East County resident Verna Mae Stowie, 82, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Gresham. A private family service will be held.

Verna was born March 4, 1924, in Paul, Idaho, to Charles and Agnes (Bunn) Fielding. She graduated from high school in Ogden, Utah.

On Feb. 7, 1959, Verna married Ernest Stowie in Stevenson, Wash. They moved around the country while Ernest was in the Air Force. They moved to East County in June 1973.

Verna worked as a chef for various hotels in the Portland-metropolitan area for seven years. She later served as the head cook for Reynolds School District for five years. She retired in 1986.

She enjoyed ceramics, sewing and cooking.

Survivors include her husband of Portland; daughters, Charlene Fitzpatrick of Portland, Kathleen Leek of Boring, Joyce Stowie of Portland and Kelly Mencel of Minnesota; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Adventist Medical Center, hospice program, 5835 N.E. 122nd Ave., Suite 135, Portland, 97230.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mark Chanthakhoun

Dec. 9, 1979-Nov. 30, 2006

East County resident Mark Chanthakhoun, 26, died Thursday, Nov. 30, in Portland.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Mark was born Dec. 9, 1979, in Portland to King Island and Bouaphanh Chanthakhoun. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1998.

He worked as a courier for Iron Mountain Storage for eight years.

Mark enjoyed snowboarding and spending time with his friends.

Survivors include his parents of Portland; and sisters, Joy Phonharath of Portland and Mang Chanthakhoun of Beaverton.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Betty Joyce Wieprecht

Nov. 20, 1925-Dec. 3, 2006

Troutdale resident Betty Joyce Wieprecht, 81, died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 3, at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave., Fairview.

Betty was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Portland to Elbert and Helen (Richmond) French. She was raised and educated in Portland, where she graduated from Jefferson High School in January 1943.

She later earned a nursing degree from what is now Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, and graduated first in her class for the entire state of Oregon.

On May 28, 1949, Betty married Harvey Alan Wieprecht in Portland. She worked as a registered nurse at Emanuel for more than 30 years. She retired in 1987.

Betty and Harvey enjoyed the outdoors and in 1949 found a lot on the Sandy River on Jackson Park Road. They spent three years clearing the lot before building a tiny 'starter' house on the property.

Betty was a member of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Troutdale Historical Society, Job's Daughters, where she served as Honored Queen, and the Mazamas.

She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Camp Fire USA.

Betty enjoyed skiing, rafting, bicycling and hiking. She also enjoyed baking, knitting and sewing.

Survivors include her son, Ron Wieprecht of Troutdale; daughter, Lori Vencill of Bend; and brother, Bill French of Winchester Bay.

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

Her body was donated for research and education.

James Lloyd Thompson III

June 11, 1986-Dec. 2, 2006

Former Gresham resident James Lloyd Thompson III, 20, died Saturday, Dec. 2, in a car accident in Boring.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 38452 Proctor Blvd., Sandy.

James was born June 11, 1986, in Seattle. He was raised and educated in Gresham and Sandy. He graduated from Sandy High School in 2004.

James was a welder for Evans Manufacturing. He later worked for Cunningham Construction Inc. in Boring.

He enjoyed welding, working on his car and making others laugh.

Survivors include his parents, Don and Julie Thompson of Sandy; mother, Lisa Thompson of Gresham; brother, Cory Watson of Sandy; sister, Misty Thompson of Gresham; and grandmother, Betty Fleming of Sandy.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Truly Vella Wright

July 13,1910-Dec. 2, 2006

Former Wood Village resident Truly Vella Wright, 96, died Saturday, Dec. 2.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tickle Creek Ward, 16317 S.E. Bluff Road, Sandy.

Truly was born July 13, 1910, in Downey, Idaho, to Oliver L. and Mable (Byington) Kofoed. She was raised and educated in Blackfoot, Idaho.

On March 20, 1929, Truly married Acil M. Wright at the temple in Salt Lake City. She worked as a bookkeeper for several different companies and served as president of the Idaho Business Women's Association in the 1970s.

In 1965, Truly moved to Wood Village with her husband so they could be closer to their daughters. She worked as the city recorder and later served as a municipal court judge in Troutdale. In 1997, she moved to Sandy.

Truly was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She volunteered as a tutor at Kelso Elementary School.

She enjoyed growing roses, solving puzzles, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

In 1989, Truly was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by one grandson.

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Nielsen of Vancouver, Wash., Gloria Smith of Beaverton and Greta McKnight of Boring; brothers, Glenn Kofoed of Red Bluff, Calif., Walter Kofoed of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Clyde Kofoed of St. George, Utah, and Dean Kofoed of Idaho Falls, Idaho; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Troutdale Historical Society via Troutdale City Hall, 104 S.E. Kibling Ave., Troutdale, 97060.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lois Schulte

Dec. 26, 1914-Dec. 1, 2006

Former Troutdale resident Lois Schulte, 91, died Friday, Dec. 1, in Milwaukie.

A longtime member of the Troutdale Historical Society, she was Mrs. Santa to her late husband, Ted Schulte, who played the role of Santa at the Harlow House museum for more than 25 years. She also was the membership secretary of the historical society and was honored as a member of the year.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Lois was born the day after Christmas 1914 in Dee to Walter J. and H. Pearl (Morby) Peck. She graduated from high school in Stevenson, Wash., and lived in Tillamook for many years.

She came to the Portland area in 1950 and married Theodore John Schulte on Dec. 15, 1973, in Sandy. He died in 2000.

Lois worked in the shipyards during World War II and was a secretary for Standard Insurance in Portland for many years. She later worked on the City-County Council on Aging.

In addition to the Troutdale Historical Society, she was a member of the Troutdale Lions Club and St. Henry Catholic Church and enjoyed reading, gardening, canning, painting, sewing and crafts.

Survivors include her daughter, Deanna Maughan of Portland; stepdaughter, Diane Janni of Kihei, Hawaii; sister, Patricia Evans of Portland; brother-in-law, Edward Gruble of Seattle; two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Henry Luncheon Committee, St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elaine Schamberger

Aug. 4, 1929-Dec. 2, 2006

Gresham resident Elaine Schamberger, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 2, in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham. Private internment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Elaine was born Aug. 4, 1929, in San Francisco to Clyde and Alberta (Hayes) Smith. She was raised in the Mt. Shasta-California area and moved to Portland as a teenager. She graduated from Girls Polytechnic High School in 1947.

Elaine married Toby Schamberger on Sept. 15, 1949.

They lived in North Portland until moving to Rockwood in 1961. She was a homemaker.

Elaine was a trivia buff and loved to tell jokes. She was a member of Mountainview Christian Church since 1980. Elaine was involved in the quilting ministry as well as the church 'Lunch Bunch' and card ministry.

Her husband preceded her in death on May 15, 1979. One grandchild also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Toby Schamberger of Sandy; daughters, Lynda Burks of Milwaukie and Angie Long of Portland; brother, Jerry Smith of Warren; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Cecil Warner Thames

Dec. 8, 1934-Nov. 29, 2006

Former Gresham resident Cecil Warner Thames, 71, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, at his home in Damascus.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Abundant Life Christian Church, 17241 S.E. Hemrick Road, Damascus.

Cecil was born Dec. 8, 1934, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Norman and Fannie Mae (Jones) Thames. He graduated from Medford Union High School in Medford in 1953.

Cecil worked for the Local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers while going to trade school in Medford. He retired in 1994 after 33 years of electrical service.

Cecil moved to Portland in 1970.

In 1990 he opened Thames Nursery in Damascus.

Cecil married Doris Ingwersen on Jan. 25, 1958, at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.

Cecil enjoyed boating, fishing, and woodworking. He was a Boy Scout leader for troops 588 and 212.

Survivors include his wife of Damascus; sons, Tim Thames of West Linn, Randy Thames of Damascus, and Rick Thames of Gresham; and sisters, Louise Burton of Medford and Carolyn Strickland of Houston.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Abundant Life Church, Youth Ministries, 17241 S.E. Hemrick Road, Happy Valley, 97089.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Alvin Elmer Carter

Aug. 7, 1913-Dec.2, 2006

Gresham resident Alvin Elmer Carter, 93, died Saturday, Dec. 2. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, 1515 N.E. 106th Ave. Portland.

Alvin was born Aug 7, 1913, in Mullan, Idaho, to Oliver William Carter and Mayme Adair (Brown) Carter.

He moved to Portland in 1926.

He enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 25, 1932. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 24, 1938.

He married Barbara Clarkson in Jan. 22, 1982, in Portland.

During his career, Alvin did construction for Edgar J. Kaiser, where he worked on the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge. He was also the chief testing engineer at Kaiser Shipyards.

Alvin was a building manager with the Bank of California for 15 years. He also opened and operated a refrigeration school in Portland for two years.

He retired in 1983.

Alvin became an active member with the Unity Masonic Lodge in 1958. He was also active with the Scottish Rite Temple, Al Kader Shrine Temple and the Red Cross of Constantine.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; son, Roger Carter of Corbett; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Shiners Children's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.

Annabelle Edith Brooks

Dec. 4, 1917-Dec. 2, 2006

Former Gresham resident Annabelle Edith Brooks, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 2, at Newberg Care Home.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell, Blvd., Gresham. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Damascus Pioneer Cemetery, 19428 S.E. Chitwood Road, Clackamas County. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. at 17482 S.E. Hemrick Road, Boring.

Annabelle was born Dec. 4, 1917, in Mt. Solo, Wash., to Arthur and Edith Peake. She was raised and educated in Damascus and Gresham. She attended Gresham High School.

Annabelle married Frederick Hoppe in September 1945.

She worked as a florist.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1981.

In her 50s, Annabelle graduated from Oregon State University with an associate's degree. She worked as an agricultural consultant. She worked for Oregon State's University extension services for more than six years.

Annabelle was an active member of the Pleasant Valley Grange for more than 50 years. She was a worthy matron and member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 40 years.

She was an avid gardener, specializing in roses.

Survivors include her son, David Hoppe of Boring; daughters, Anita Taylor of Loon Lake, Wash., Betty Namie of Newberg and Carol Adams of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Daniel 'Dano' Phillip Arlt

April 18, 1953-Nov. 26, 2006

Former Sandy resident Daniel 'Dano' Phillip Arlt, 53, died Sunday, Nov. 26, at his home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dano was born April 18, 1953, in Butte, Mont., to Ruben and Betty (Kiefer) Arlt. The family moved to Portland, where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Benson High School.

Dano married Patricia Barnhart on July 12, 1975, in Columbia Falls, Mont.

They returned to Portland, where Dano managed a service station. They then moved to Clackamas, where he was employed at Vanport Manufacturing in Boring.

They moved to Sandy in 1984, where he worked for Stimson Lumber. He was also employed at a Mobil Service Station and at B.P.

Dano opened A Performance Towing with his wife in 1995. The shop expanded to include auto repair services in 2005.

He enjoyed chopping wood, playing Santa Claus, listening to country music and boxing.

One brother preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of Sandy; son, Alvin Arlt of Sandy; daughter, Heather Arlt of Damascus; brothers, Gary Arlt of Portland, Doug Arlt of Louisville, Ky., Ken and Mark Arlt of Washougal, Wash.; sisters, Darlene Herrera and Colleen Pfau of Portland.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.