Longtime West Linn resident Maxine Buse died Nov. 24, 2011, of cancer. She was 83.
Mrs. Buse was born July 2, 1928, in Tillamook, Ore. to Lawrence and Eva Marie Fitzpatrick, the oldest of four children.
She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Tillamook before moving to Willamette in 1942 and graduated from West Linn High in 1945.
Upon graduation, she was offered a full scholarship to Stanford University, but declined in order to stay home and help take care of the family after her father died.
In early 1949, she began dating Richard Buse, a fellow WLHS student and they married Sept. 11, 1949.
The couple had eight children, which they raised in West Linn. Mrs. Buse worked for the State of Oregon Employment Division and retired in 1991. She enjoyed helping raise her grandchildren and taught many of them to swim in their pool.
She enjoyed knitting and crocheting blankets and slippers. She was a longtime member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Oregon City.
Mrs. Buse had recently moved to Berry Park Retirement Center in Oregon City.
Survivors include her children: Joan Rondeau (Dan), of Coupeville, Wash.; Jay Buse, Jim Buse and Julie Hugo (Tony), all from Oregon City; Jan Buse (Jack); Jill Cowper (Dan) from Milwaukie, 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her son, John, died in 2005. Her husband preceeded her in death. A service will be held Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Oregon City.
Colin Graham Gadler, 26, died unexpectedly at home on November 27, 2011, ending a seven year battle with schizophrenia. Colin overcame many obstacles after his diagnosis, but still attended Portland State University, surfed the North Shore of Hawaii, studied Spanish in Mexico and Argentina and skied the Andes.
A Celebration of Life will be held at noon, Sunday December 11, at the Mountain Park Recreation Center, Lake Oswego.
Colin was born June 4, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, to Kathy and Tim Gadler. The family moved to Lake Oswego a week after Colin's first birthday. He is a graduate of Bryant Elementary, Waluga Junior High and Lakeridge High School. He was named Bryant Elementary outstanding graduate, class of 1998. At Lakeridge he was a member of choir, and was class vice-president. He lettered in skiing as a sophomore, and qualified to race in the Oregon High School State Championships, where he earned a gold medal.
Colin attended the University of Oregon his freshman year, then transferred to Portland State where he studied music, Spanish and social work. Upon graduation, Colin planned to teach skiing in Argentina then return to Oregon for graduate school.
Colin was passionate about the Spanish language and had a deep desire to help others. He had a Spanish tutoring business, serving junior high and high school students in the Lake Oswego area. Volunteerism was important to Colin. He coached the Oregon Special Olympics ski team, delivered meals for Ecumenical Ministries, sorted food at the Oregon Food Bank and participated in numerous other volunteer programs.
Colin enjoyed the friendships of many, and was frequently skiing the slopes of Mt. Hood or surfing the waves at Short Sands Beach on the Oregon Coast. He liked to brew beer, play guitar, ride motorcycles and listen to jazz and rock in Portland clubs.
He is survived by his parents, Kathy and Tim Gadler and sister Meg ( Jim ) Tripp of Lake Oswego, his dog Scout, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and many, many friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Steve and Idella Gadler of St. Paul, MN and Georgianna and Leo Graham of Oak Park, IL. Please consider donations to The National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI) in his memory. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 18680 SW Shaw, Aloha, OR 97007, http://www.nami.org/multnomah.
Lucile Cecil Stroble was born in Portland, Oregon, on October 16, 1920, to parents Kirk Parkhurst Cecil and Grace Lukens Cecil. She died on November 23, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 91 years. Lucile grew up in Northeast Portland and attended Grant High School, the oldest of three Cecil sisters (Lucile, Helen and Patricia). She was a graduate of Oregon State College, where she met and married Douglas Toner Carter of Pendleton, Oregon. Lucile and Doug moved to the M. H. Carter ranch on Birch Creek and had two sons, John and Jim. Doug passed away in 1950. After her husband Doug died, she started a pre-school in the basement of her home to support her young family. Lucile later married Everette Frank (Eb) Stroble, with whom she had a son, Ron. Lucile and Eb raised their family and resided in Pendleton until Eb Stroble died in 2001. She then returned to Portland, and lived at Mary's Woods in Lake Oswego near her sister Helen, her sons and their families in Portland until her death. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Cecil Pratt, her three sons, John Douglas Carter (married to Linda Levy Carter), James Cecil Carter (married to Julie Hawkins Carter), and Ronald Everette Stroble (married to Shauna Bergstrom Stroble), seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lucile was a city girl who grew to love the ranching community of Eastern Oregon, and enjoyed a rich and full life in Pendleton with many good friends. Her trademark was her kindness and her respect for all whom she met. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church, PTA, PEO, and a number of other community organizations. Personal interests included painting, gardening, sewing, knitting, needlepoint, cooking and her daily walks with friends and neighbors. She taught her sons all of these domestic and outdoor skills, as well as the importance of personal responsibility, independence, and self-sufficiency. Lucile constantly focused her family on education and its importance in life for each of her children and grandchildren, all of whom are graduates of, or are currently, attending college. Later in life, she taught in the Pendleton Public Schools, and was active in organizing and supporting the Umatilla County Historical Society.
Those who wish may contribute in her name to St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, 1601 S.E. Court Avenue, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Pendleton. Arrangements are by Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop. Condolences may be sent to www.pioneerchapel.com