Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Edward Aquino

Aug. 29, 1951-Dec. 19, 2011

Edward Aquino of Beaverton died Monday at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He was 60 years old.

Funeral arrangements are pending through Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Beaverton, which will release a complete obituary next week.

Patrick William Gow

March 19, 1991-Dec. 12, 2011

A funeral service for Patrick William Gow of Beaverton, age 20, who died Dec. 12 the result of an accident, was held Sunday morning at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary. Interment at Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park followed immediately.

Born March 19, 1991, at Fort Lewis, Wash., he attended Century High School and Portland State University.

He worked as a software technician.

Survivors include his parents, Steven and Mary Gow of Hillsboro, and Songmi and Yang Lim of Seattle; sister Kayli Gow; grandparents Gerry and John Douglas, John and Elizabeth Stein, and Hui Ku; 10 uncles, nine aunts, numerous cousins and many buddies who were like brothers and sisters.

Mr. Gow was described as 'an extraordinary young man whose life inspired and mentored those around him to live with kindness, compassion, and joy every day. His impact on others is illuminated and honored by the experiences and feelings shared by family and friends.'

He expressed his commitment to his beliefs by adorning his body with the words he lived by: 'Faith is the light of God' and 'Desire Ask Believe Receive.'

Melody Hanson

Sept. 4, 1957-Dec. 10, 2011

Melody Hanson lost her fight against cancer and died Dec. 10. She was 54 years old.

She was born Sept. 4, 1957, in Michigan.

She was the loving mother of Chris Hanson, Michelle Anguiano, Judy Flores and Jenny Andews.

Surviving, in addition to her children, are four sisters, two brothers and 11 grandchildren for whom she was a wonderful grandmother.

She will be terribly missed by many.

Cremation has taken place.

Judy Frances (Smith) Kling

March 17, 1939-Dec. 16, 2011

Judy Frances (Smith) Kling died peacefully at her home in King City on Friday.

Born March 17, 1939, she lived a full life caring for and nurturing others, and this passion led her into a distinguished career in child care and early child development.

She leaves behind her spouse of 52 years, Roger Kling; children Connie Yoes of Tigard, Steve Kling of Del Rio, Texas, and Robert Kling of Irvine, Calif.; their five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at Tigard Community Friends Church on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the benevolent fund of Tigard Community Friends church.

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Larry Todd Murphy

March 24, 1940-Dec. 5, 2011

Larry Todd Murphy died at his Tualatin residence on Dec. 5. He was 71 years old.

He was born March 24, 1940, in Longview, Wash., to Wesley Todd Murphy and Madge Louise McKellar Murphy and raised in Portland, where he attended Grant High School.

For 39 years he served in the Air National Guard, where he was a fuels technician, retiring in 1996.

He was married for 48 years to Joyce Murphy, whose maiden name was Marcoe.

He enjoyed camping and going on cruises, five in his lifetime.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Joyce, include daughters Debbie Gooch of Lafayette and Sheri Deuna of Tualatin; brother Donald Murphy of Florence; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Preceding him in death were his mother and father.

A funeral service was held Dec. 9 in Young's Funeral Home.

Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

Virginia H. (Ginny) Nielsen

March 28, 1922-Dec. 17, 2011

Virginia H. (Ginny) Nielsen, 89, a former resident of King City, died Saturday morning at the Jennings McCall II Assisted Living Center in Forest Grove.

A celebration of life service was held Tuesday at Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove with the Rev. Julie H. Smith, chaplain with Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County, officiating. Concluding rites and vault entombment followed at Portland Memorial Masuoleum, 6705 S.E. 14th Ave., in Portland.

She was born March 28, 1922, on Dixie Mountain, near North Plains, the last of five children, daughter of the late Otto and Alma (Wangerman) Mohr.

Otto came from Germany when he was 2 years old. Alma was born here, but her parents came here from Germany. Alma died when Virginia was 10. Her father could not care for her due to his job so he sent her to live with friends on Deer Island, near St. Helens. Virginia attended grade school on Deer Island and her father visited her there once a month. She later attended Portland Academy girl's school when she was about 14.

She met her future husband on a blind date when she was 15 years old. Frank was working in the woods when they met. They dated about three years before getting married on Oct. 11, 1940. It was love at first sight for Frank and Virginia and she loved the way that he made her laugh.

Frank and brother-in-law Robert Mohr went into the logging business together in Tillamook, where they lived as next-door neighbors. Virginia and Thelma Mohr spent many years growing beautiful flower gardens together. From there they moved together to Forest Grove, continuing their close relationship. Frank's brother Conrad also lived in Forest Grove. Frank and Virginia moved from Forest Grove to Salem and later built a home in Tigard on Durham Road. They later moved to King City.

Mrs. Nielsen worked many years at Tektronix.

Frank died Aug. 2, 1996, after celebrating 55 years of marriage together. For the last few years, Mrs. Nielsen lived as a guest resident at the assisted living center in Forest Grove.

Virginia enjoyed gardening, trips to the beach, fresh seafood, oysters, shopping, lunch with friends and maintaining contact with her family. As a young woman, she loved to dance.

Although Frank and Virginia did not have any children, they had several nieces and nephews who loved them and maintained contact through the years.

The family suggests that remembrances may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, go to Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove handled arrangements.

Helen Virginia (DeVoe) Ries

Sept. 26, 1920-Dec. 18, 2011

Helen Virginia Ries, born Sept. 26, 1920, in Lenox, Iowa, died peacefully on Sunday in Newberg. She was 91 years old.

She grew up in Iowa with her five sisters and graduated from Osceola High School.

On June 16, 1947, she married Ronald E. Ries. She worked as a school teacher and in accounting before becoming a full-time homemaker, mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed gardening, golf, playing bridge and most of all spending time with family and friends.

Helen is survived by her children, Sue Ries of Seattle, Cindy Bidiman of Sherwood, Jo Ann Heintz of Sherwood and Bob Ries of West Linn; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Ries.

A memorial service for Helen Ries will be held on a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to local food banks or senior programs.

Crown Memorial Center - Tualatin handled arrangements.

Cecil Charles Sims

Feb. 8, 1928-Dec. 7, 2011

Cecil Charles Sims died Dec. 7 in Tigard at age 83.

He was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Mineola, Texas, to the late Cecil and Mamie Sims. He acknowledged God's call to preach at age 12. After high school, he attended Baylor University and upon graduation, studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

After three Texas pastorates, Cecil and his wife Jeannine were led to the Northwest in 1954. Mr. Sims served in Southern Baptist work for 64 years, which included Northwest pastorates at Wenatchee Valley Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Lakewood and Richland Baptist Church.

He served as associate director of missions in Canada for two years before being elected in 1980 as executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention, serving until his retirement in 1994.

In retirement, Mr. Sims continued to serve churches through capital fundraising efforts, marriage enrichment seminars and stewardship teaching, and he provided spiritual encouragement, ministry and friendship to many in the Summerfield community.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son David Alan Sims.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeannine Sims; daughter Juli Stephens; sons Jerry Sims and Jamie Sims; brother Smith Legrand Sims; grandchildren Cooper Stephens, Kirby Stephens, Krystal DeMartino and Zachary Sims; one great-grandchild, Taelyn DeMartino; and beloved nephews and nieces.

Mary Susan Tekel

Sept. 1913-Dec. 5, 2011

Mary Susan Tekel of Beaverton died Dec. 5 at the Farmington Square Retirement Community. She was 98 years old.

The daughter of Vasil and Susanna Jascur, formerly of Slovakia, she was born Sept. 5, 1913, in South Prairie, Wash., where she was raised and educated.

On Sept. 20, 1936, she married Joseph Tekel of Black Diamond, and they lived in the communities of Buckley and Puyallup, Wash.

Mr. Tikel died on Sept. 28, 1981.

On May 13, 1989, she married Charles Oldham, whom she later divorced.

She had worked in accounting for years at the Clover Leaf Dairy in Puyallup.

She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup.

She enjoyed cooking, eating, sewing, knitting, crocheting and playing card games. She absolutely loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband Joe and her parents, were brothers John and Mike Jascur; sister Anne Coda; and her nephew Len Jascur.

Survivors include her children, Robert Tekel of Chandler, Ariz., and Marilyn Arleth of Portland; grandchildren Mike and Pat Arleth and Rob and Jenny Tekel; plus five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family of Mary Susan Tekel suggests contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society.

Private cremation rites were held at the Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove. Private graveside services will be held in Puyallup at a later date.

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro handled arrangements.

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