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Obituaries for Sept. 24, 2011

Thomas Melvin Ehlers

July 28, 1954-Sept. 20, 2011

East County resident Thomas Melvin Ehlers died Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Portland. He was 57.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland.

Tom was born July 28, 1954, in Portland to Melvin and Dorothy (Vick) Ehlers. He graduated from Parkrose High School and completed his associate degree at Mt. Hood Community College.

Tom married Paula Lourenco in 1979 at Faith Lutheran Church in Portland. They were later divorced.

Tom worked for Peter Corvallis Productions for nearly 15 years. He loved movies, music, computers and photography. He also enjoyed the outdoors, water skiing, hunting and golf. He was an avid Trail Blazers fan and was a longtime member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, where he participated in the hand bell choir.

Survivors include his daughter, Nicole Vaicunas of Portland; brother, John Ehlers of Vancouver, Wash.; and sister, Mary Brown of Portland.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4380 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 210, Portland, 97239.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Herman Leo Wolfe

Aug. 16, 1928-Sept. 19, 2011

Former Gresham resident Herman Leo Wolfe died Monday, Sept. 19, in Beaverton. He was 83.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Herman was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Devils Lake, N.D., to Michael and Matilda (Gefroh) Wolfe. The family moved to Oregon in 1947. Herman enlisted with the Oregon National Guard in 1949 and served three years.

In 1952, he married Elizabeth Olbrich in Gresham.

Herman worked as a butcher for Wood Village Market, where he was a co-owner until 1962. In 1964, he built the Columbia Manor nursing home by Alpenrose Dairy in Southwest Portland. He retired in 1973.

Herman was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a lifetime member of the Gresham Elks Lodge. He enjoyed horseback riding and tennis.

His wife preceded him in death in May 2007.

Survivors include his sons, Gregory Wolfe of Tigard and Patrick Wolfe of Wilsonville; daughter, Stephanie Koenig of Boston, Mass.; brothers, Al Wolfe of Eugene and Duane Wolfe of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.