John A. Carlson

June 20, 1925-June 17, 2012

Lake Oswego resident John "Poppie" A. Carlson died June 17, 2012, in his home. He would have celebrated his 87th birthday on June 20. Mr. Carlson was born in Portland to Olga and Andrew Carlson on June 20, 1925. He graduated from Seaside High School in 1943, then joined the Civil Service and worked at the Naval Station in Fairbanks, Alaska. Mr. Carlson married the love of his life, June Grohs, on May 16, 1948; they celebrated 63 years of marriage in 2011. He worked 55 years for General Motors, retiring from Wentworth Chevrolet in 1996. He was an award-winning parts manager and was well known in the automotive industry. After retiring, he volunteered at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, delivering lunches and good cheer; he and his wife were active in the center's exercise programs. Mr. Carlson was recognized for his cheerful, optimistic love of life. He is survived by his daughter, Julie (Ray) Gehlbach of West Linn; grandchildren, Annie (Kevin) Schilperoort, Katie Schmidt, Jonathan Peachey, Christian (Katie) Haglund and Jennifer (Justin) Batty; sister, Marilyn Staley of Seaside; nieces, Nancy Olson-Chatalas, Rosemary Swenson, Connie Staley and Judy Staley; several great-grand nieces and nephews; and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Carlson was preceded in death by his wife Nov. 9, 2011, and his daughter, Johanna Haglund, in 1996. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at Riverwest Church in Lake Oswego.

Edwin Learned Blossom

Sept. 20, 1935-June 20, 2012

Edwin Learned Blossom of Lake Oswego died June 10, 2012. He was 76.

He was born Sept. 20, 1935, in Massachusetts, where he was raised.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. He then went on to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he was a crew member on an ice breaker to Antarctica. After his time in the Navy, he went on to earn a master's degree from Brown University in Rhode Island.

He became a history teacher, teaching both middle and high school in Massachusetts and New York. He earned numerous awards and accolades, including Fulbright grants to Mexico and India, which he declined, as well as two MDEA grants for post graduate study at the University of Colorado and San Jose State University. He eventually left teaching to become a businessman and active Rotarian.

Mr. Blossom was married in 1969 to wife Patricia Pendergast, with whom he had two children, a daughter, Stacy, and a son, Thomas.

Both he and his wife lived in Lake Oswego for 15 years. He was a member of the 50+ Advisory Board and was a proponent of healthy living, jogging daily in his 70s and eating natural foods.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Thomas; and grandchildren, Jackson and Carolyn. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stacy.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. at Young's Funeral Home in Tigard.

Mildred ‘Milly' Allice Bennett

Jan. 16, 1921-June 15, 2012

Mildred ‘Milly' Allice Bennett of Lake Oswego died June 15, 2012. She was 91.

She was born on Jan. 16, 1921, in Tientsin, China, at a U.S. Army Compound to parents Mildred and George Woodard, MD. She was accompanied by brother, George Woodard.

The daughter of an Army physician, she grew up in China, New York, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Hawaii and El Paso,Texas.

She attended Austin High School in El Paso, graduating in 1938. She then went on to graduate from Oberlin College in Ohio with a bachelor's degree in 1942, eventually earning a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan in 1970.

She was married to Henry Stanley Bennett, MD, on Dec. 26, 1943, in Carlisle Barracks, Pa. She and husband lived in Grosse Ile, Mich., from 1953 until 1986, where her husband founded the Associated Physicians in Taylor, Mich., and they raised their three children, David, James and Barbara.  After retiring, they spent three years in Africa, where Dr. Bennett became a staff doctor for the Peace Corps, serving volunteers in Togo, Ghana and Benin. 

Mrs. Bennett enjoyed a rich life filled with reading newspapers and books, attending plays and concerts,  completing crossword puzzles, playing bridge, international traveling, following politics, knitting, bird watching and being in nature. She was a member of the League of Women Voters as well as the American Association of University Women. She was also an active docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts for many years.

She moved to Palisades Lake Court, Lake Oswego, in 1988. She then moved to Mary's Woods Villa in 1999.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan, in 2008, and son, James, in 1995. She is survived by son, David; daughter, Barbara; brother, George; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A private family service is yet to be scheduled.

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