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Rod Anundi

June 17, 1953-Sept. 15, 2012

Rodney Lynn Anundi, better known as “Captain Ron,” of St. Helens passed away Sept. 15 in St. Helens. He was 59.

Rod was born June 17, 1953, in St Helens.

Raised and schooled in St. Helens, he lived there until his early 20s when he moved and lived up and down the Willamette Valley.

He spent many years making and installing neon art pieces as well as neon signs. One of his many achievements was producing and installing neon at the Gateway Mall when it was first opened in Springfield.

After buying a home in Sweet Home, he decided to change his career and became a lead laborer at Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center in Lebanon, where he managed a group of disabled men and women.

In 2009, he returned to St. Helens and worked at Calaway Trading.

He loved the outdoors and nature. It made him feel at peace. Everyone in the family was known to have been taken out fishing by him.

He will be truly missed.

He is survived by his mother, Opal Anundi of St. Helens; son Nicholas Barger-Anundi of Longview, Wash.; daughter Brittany Anundi of Lebanon; stepdaughter Wendy Rodger of Albany; grandchildren Gabriella DeLong, Zachaey Rodgers and Britain Barger; and sister Ronda Grau of St. Helens.

Private burial was held at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.

Betty Harrington

June 6, 1923-Sept. 14, 2012

Betty Jane Harrington of St. Helens passed away Sept. 14 in St. Helens. She was 89.

Betty was born June 6, 1923, in Kalispell, Mont., to George and Blanche (Radabah) Sievers, and was the fifth of six children.

Raised in Kalispell, her family moved to St. Helens in 1939, when she was about 16 years old.

On Nov. 11, 1944, she married E. Irvin Harrington. They had 58 wonderful years together until he passed away in 2002. They were members of Yankton Baptist Church and St. Helens Community Bible Church.

On July 4, 1972, they opened the doors to Harrington’s Clothing Store in St. Helens providing both work clothing and young adult apparel for many years.

They also loved to spend time at their beach home in Rockaway, where she enjoyed watching game shows and her favorite professional and college football teams.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don (Kim) Harrington of Columbia City; daughter Judy Garriott of Rainier; grandchildren Chad Harrington, Lisa Schaffner and Brett Long; great-grandchildren Maggie Schaffner, Tanner and Michael Hart, and Jacob and Nathan Long; and brother Dick Sievers of Ferndale, Wash. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Ryan Harrington.

Private burial was held at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.

Robert Meader

March 14, 1930-Sept. 6, 2012

Robert “Bob” Allen Meader died Sept. 6 in Portland. He was 82.

Mr. Meader was born March 14, 1930, in Sand Stone, Minn., to Herbert and Mary Meader. They later moved to the Portland area.

He joined the U.S. Army and during his service transported scientists working on the A bomb. He was honorably discharged.

He had many occupations in his life, frequently more than one at a time. They included, to name a few, officer, truck driver, mechanic, business owner and many more; he was not an idle man.

Pat was his wife and partner for 46 years at the time of her passing on March 4, 2003.

He was many things to many people: a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and mentor.

He continued to mourn the loss of his loving wife until his passing; he now follows her. He is so loved and will be missed.

He is survived by his stepsister Darlene; children Marcia, Mike and Robin; grandchildren Robert, Katie, Misty, Molly, Starla, Ashley and Stacy; and great-grandchildren Skyler, Sydney, Shelbi, Trevor and Desi.

Services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland.

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center in Portland.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at anewtradition.com.

Lois Sivers

Aug. 24, 1925-Sept. 12, 2012

Lois Jean Sivers of Warren passed away Sept. 12 at St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., surrounded by the love of her family. She was 87.

Lois was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Nebraska City, Neb., to Laura (Rogers) and Herbert Waugh and joined older sister Maxine.  

Her parents divorced, and in 1933 her mother remarried a kind farmer, William Klintworth, who loved and raised the girls as his own, moving them to Oregon in 1936 settling in Scappoose. There they contributed a lot to the community.

On April 1, 1944, she married Vern Sivers while he was on a short leave from the Navy; spending their honeymoon at the Arcadia Hotel in St. Helens. They started their family when Ron was born in 1945, followed by Mike in 1947 and Patricia in 1950. They raised their kids along with every animal from cows to pheasants on a farm in Warren.

On the farm, she not only cooked, cleaned and cared for her family while her husband worked long hours as a beverage distributor, she also worked many day jobs around the community including The Tulip Café, Mildred’s Café, Western Wirebound Box Factory, and finally Thriftway in St. Helens where she retired as a checker. She knew the codes of every item in the store by heart, as well as, the names of all her customers.

She lit up like a candle every time her grandkids would come visit her. In her free time she enjoyed camping, clamming and playing pinochle. She hated flies, made an incredible burnt roast and was startled easily, something her grandkids regularly exploited.  

Although very healthy throughout her life, in her final years, she suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s and lived at Avamere Memory Care with a staff that loved and cared for her like she was their own. They and her family were by her side in her final days.

She is survived by her children, Ron and Pat; grandchildren Eric and Kelli; and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter, Amalie, who misses her great-grandma and loved to visit her in these final years, possibly because of her consistent supply of ice cream.

She was preceded in death by her husband Vern; son Michael; and sister Maxine.

Her parents were one of the founding families of Grace Lutheran Church in Scappoose, and she always felt a sense of pride when bringing her family to services there. With this honor, her celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.

Lola Widmer

May 25, 1919-Sept. 11, 2012

Lola Marcella Widmer of Warren died Sept. 11 at Thanksgiving House Adult Foster Care Home in St. Helens. She was 93.

Lola was born May 25, 1919, in Portland to Ralph and Rose (Martin) Hunt.

She moved to St. Helens, where she attended and graduated from St. Helens High School in 1938.

A year later she married Walter Widmer in St. Helens.

A homemaker, she and her husband lived all of their lives in the area and were charter members of Warren Community Fellowship Church.

Her interests included the church and bible studies, as well as the Columbia County Humane Society.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Widmer of Warren; children Carol Eickmeyer of St. Helens and Philip Widmer of Warren; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sept. 18 at Warren Community Fellowship Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Warren Community Fellowship Church Memorial Fund or to the Columbia County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.

Rosemary Williams

Sept. 29, 1927-Sept. 11, 2012

Rosemary Kathleen Williams of Warren died Sept. 11 at her home. She was 84.

Rosemary was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Perham, Minn., to Frank and Maria (Kraus) Thus.

In 1936, she moved to Hillsboro, where she attended St. Matthews Catholic Church School.

On July 3, 1948, she married Arthur Williams in Forest Grove. He preceded her in death in 1995. They lived in the area for 50 years.

A machine operator for Leupold & Stevens (gun scope manufacturing company) for 25 years, she retired in 1986.

Her special interests included camping, fishing and driving.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Williams (Sheryl) of St. Helens and Wayne Williams (Lorraine) of Hillsboro; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings George Thus of Pharr, Texas, and Frances Beaman of Forest Grove. She was preceded in death by her sons Larry and Jim Williams.

Private niche inurnment was held at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Helens Senior Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.