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Obituaries - Sept. 1, 2011

Eunice 'Connie' Cahen Anker

Eunice 'Connie' Cahen Anker, a Mountain Park resident from 1985 to 2006, died Aug. 15, 2001, in Marysville, Wash. She was 92.

At the time of her death, she was residing in an assisted living facility near Lake Stevens in Washington. She loved her time in Lake Oswego and missed her friends when she left the area.

She was born on Dec. 9, 1918 in Seattle to Winifred Harkins Cahen Ankeny and William Cahen.

She was raised in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School.

On June 27, 1943, she and Frank Joseph Anker married in Los Angeles, Calif.

A community volunteer who loved fashion, art, music, bridge, travel, swimming, walking, and spending time with family and friends, she made friends wherever she went and was known for her upbeat, optimistic attitude.

'Fashion is my passion,' Mrs. Anker often said. She always finished her look with a scarf; purple was her favorite color.

A self-proclaimed chocoholic, she was also known as Grandma Connie Chocolate.

Her appreciation and knowledge of art and music extended to the end of her life. Music soothed her and gave her pleasure.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Art and Mary Anker of Portsmouth, N.H., daughter and son-in-law Leslie and Tom Elsemore of Lake Stevens, Wash., daughter and son-in-law Sydney and Bill Baer of Portland, and daughter and son-in-law Emily and Tom McElroy of Los Angeles.

She was preceded in death by husband Frank Joseph Anker and brother Emil A. Cahen.

At her request, there will be no service. Donations may be made in her memory to Urban Gleaners at 4500 S.W. Humphreys Blvd., Portland, OR 97221.

Genevieve Hermsen

Genevieve (Poff) Hermsen, a resident of Lake Oswego since 1946, died on July 24, 2011 in Oregon City. She was 95.

She was born in Portland on June 13, 1916 to Bill and Fern Poff. She grew up in Portland and attended Washington High School.

She married Frank J. Hermsen Jan. 28, 1954 in Vancouver, Wash.

She worked as a homemaker and volunteer and attended Christ Episcopal in Lake Oswego from 1945 to 1964. She served as president of the State Council of Women's Hospital Auxillaries and spent 11 years as a hospital volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital.

In 2007, she moved to Homewood Heights, an assisted living facility in Milwaukie.

Her husband Frank, who was a Lake Oswego City Councilor, precedes her in death, as does her sister, Barbara Bevan Bernard and her sister, Barbara Bevan Bernard.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Joel and Jane Hermsen of Redmond, granddaughter Sgt. Jill M. Hermsen of the U.S. Army, Fort Bragg, N.C., grandson James K. Hermsen of Redmond and granddaughter and grandson-in-law Janelle and Noah Henrich of Bend.

Crown Memorial Center in Milwaukie is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Jackson

Former Lake Oswego resident Barbara Lynne Jackson died Aug. 28, 2011 in California. She was 72.

Mrs. Jackson was born Feb. 15, 1939 to Darrell and Alice Jones in Portland. She was raised in Lake Oswego. She graduated from Lake Oswego High School and then worked her way through college at Lewis and Clark, Portland State where she earned at bachelor's degree and San Francisco State University where she earned a master's degree.

Mrs. Jackson had an infectious smile, which was what attracted James Jackson to her when they met in the elevator of their apartment complex. The couple married in Lake Oswego on Feb. 28, 1968.

She worked for 40 years for San Mateo (Calif.) County as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and psychologist.

Mrs. Jackson loved to travel with her husband, James.

A graduate of the LOHS class of 1957, she faithfully attended reunions every five years.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, James Jackson and her sister, Sallie Slaybaugh of Sherwood.

Mrs. Jackson's ashes will be scattered with her mother's ashes in a private family memorial service in Sherwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Oswego High School.