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Obituaries Dec. 16

Sally K. Lindholm

July 2, 1916-Dec. 12, 2006

Sally K. Lindholm, longtime Troutdale Elementary School teacher, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 90.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at River View Cemetery, 8421 S.W. Macadam Ave., Portland. Those attending should meet at the main office at 12:30 p.m.

Lindholm, who continued to keep in touch with some of her students from Troutdale, retired in the mid-1970s. She began teaching in a one-room school on Mount Hood and came to Troutdale in the early 1940s. She taught at Troutdale Elementary School from 1949 to 1972.

Sally was born July 2, 1916, in Portland to Arthur George Hobson and Bessie Avery Hobson. A longtime North Portland resident, she and both of her children attended the same Portland schools, Ockley Green Grade School and Jefferson High.

She earned her teaching credential in Monmouth at what is now Western Oregon University. She married Arthur Lindholm on May 27, 1938, in Portland. He died in 1993.

When her husband retired from the U.S. Post Office, she retired from teaching and the pair moved to Tigard. She moved to Boise in 2001.

For many years she volunteered for the U.S. Post Office in Portland answering letters to Santa Claus, which were then mailed out with a North Pole stamp on them. She wrote biographical books and poetry and most recently wrote a collection of poems about clouds.

In 1998, Sally was preceded in death by her son, Eric.

Survivors include her daughter, Christina Wilson of Boise; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Maxine Mongar

April 3, 1918-Dec. 12, 2006

East County resident Maxine Mongar, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 12.

A recitation of the Rosary was held Friday, Dec. 15.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. Private interment will be Monday, Dec. 18, at Gethsemani Cemetery, Happy Valley.

Maxine was born April 3, 1918, in Hebron, Neb., to Fred and Goldie (Hill) Craig. She was raised and educated in Hebron.

In 1935, she married Vincent W. Mongar in Hebron. She was a homemaker.

Maxine was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church. She enjoyed doing crafts, knitting and crocheting.

In 1997, Maxine was preceded in death by her husband.

She was also preceded in death by her son, James Francis Mongar; daughter, Yvonne Jean Moore; and siblings, Delbert, Gwendolen, Derene, Bud, Marcella and Gaylen.

Survivors include her son, Vincent Mongar of Richland, Wash.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jack Kenneth Valberg

Dec. 31, 1944-Dec. 12, 2006

Jack Kenneth Valberg, 61, a longtime resident of Boring, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Boring.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 17-18, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Grace Community Church, 800 S.E. Hogan Road, Gresham. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.

Jack was born Dec. 31, 1944, in Portland to Kenneth and Juanita (Dark) Valberg. He was raised and educated in East County, where he attended Boring and Powell Valley grade schools and graduated from Gresham High School in 1963. He continued his education at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where he studied for two terms.

Jack enlisted in the Air National Guard and was called to active duty during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged.

In the 1960s, Jack worked for the family businesses - Valberg Timber Corporation and Valberg Building Inc. Beginning in the early 1970s, he worked as a heavy equipment field mechanic for N.W. Roads and was involved with the clean up after the Mount St. Helens eruption. Jack was later sent to England to supervise a similar project.

In 1991, he opened his own business - Jack's Tractor Parts - in Boring.

In 1974, Jack married Geraldine 'Jeri' Richardson. They divorced 23 years later.

Jack served on the Boring/Damascus Grange executive committee, was a board member for the Community Planning Committee and was vice chairman of the Friends of Trail Head Park at Boring Station.

He was a member of the Gresham Elks Lodge and the Gresham Eagles. He was the founder of the J.T.P Golf Tournament, which benefits Mt. Hood Hospice, and assisted with the Gresham Eagles' annual barbecue fund-raiser.

Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, welding and making birdhouses. He also liked barbecuing onions, volunteering and spending time with his cat.

Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Valberg, in 2004.

Survivors include his brother, James Valberg of Damascus; and stepdaughters, Debra Martian of Hawaii, Linda Cline of Vancouver, Wash., and Darla Rosser of Camas, Wash.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055, or the Friends of Trail Head Park at Boring Station.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bruce Rudy Ritschard

Oct. 26, 1950-Dec. 10, 2006

Former Gresham resident Bruce Rudy Ritschard, 56, died Sunday, Dec. 10, in Portland.

A private funeral will be held Monday, Dec. 18, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Bruce was born Oct. 26, 1950, in Portland to Rudolph and Elaine Ritschard. He was raised and educated in Portland, graduating from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1968.

He attended Mt. Hood Community College.

Bruce enlisted in the Army in 1970. He served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1976.

He lived in Gresham during the early 1980s.

Bruce married Michelle Monger in 1984. They were divorced.

He worked as a fence builder.

Bruce was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his mother of Clackamas; sisters, Heidi Campbell of Portland and Suzanne LeBaron of Milwaukie; brothers, Brad Ritschard and Chris Ritschard of Gresham; daughter, Melissa Ritschard; and two grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, 1750 S.W. Skyline Blvd., Portland, 97221.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.