Hazel Fussell

Oct. 17, 1917-March 20, 2011

Gresham resident Hazel Fussell died Sunday, March 20. She was 93.

A visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, at Bateman Carroll. Inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Hazel was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Purvis, Miss., to Lonnie and Martha Lou (Cain) Smith. Hazel graduated from high school in 1935 and attended beauty school in New Orleans. She also completed a photography course where she learned to retouch photos.

Hazel married Raymond Anderson, and they had a son. They later divorced. In 1940, Hazel married Dudley F. Fussell in New Orleans.

Hazel and Dudley owned and operated many businesses, including deep sea fishing charters, photography studios, a dairy farm and a motel. They later moved to Oregon and resided in Aloha. After Dudley's death in 1966, Hazel moved to the Gresham area. She worked as a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell before retiring in 1981.

Hazel was a member of the Swinging Bells Club. She enjoyed gardening, boating, hunting and fishing. She also enjoyed traveling and investing, and she loved spending time with her family. She owned a beach house at Devils Lake that she helped build.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966; by George Kronholm, her companion of 35 years, in 2007; her brothers, Elvin Smith and Lonnie Smith; and her sister, Willa Mae Cook.

Survivors include her son, Charles Anderson of Portland; brother, Edward 'Buddy' Smith of Purvis; sisters, Lenora Smith of Poplarville, Miss., and Monnie Andrews of Beaverton; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, and #8232;Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Edward Raehsler

Jan. 28, 1924-March 23, 2011

Gresham resident James Edward Raehsler, 87, died Wednesday, March 23.

Private services were held.

James was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Ellsworth, Wis., to Edward James and Ida (Langer) Raehsler.

On June 30, 1951, he married Marjorie Louise Brunet in Little Canada, Minn.

James resided in Yelm, Wash., and worked as a field supervisor for Wilcox Farms for 35 years before retiring in 1986. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Roy Fire Department.

James moved to Portland in 1996 and to Gresham in 2010. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed polka dancing.

His wife preceded him in death on March 15, 2011.

Survivors include his daughters, Jean Byers of Tacoma, Wash., Gloria Marti of Beavercreek, Beverly Wright of Battle Ground, Wash., and Renee Gibson of Portland; brother, Norbert Raehsler of St. Paul, Minn.; sisters, Kathleen Brenne of Ellsworth, Donna Buch of Stillwater, Okla., and Linda Kuechenmeister and Maryann Johnson, both of The Villages, Fla.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4380 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 210, Portland, 97239.

Visit James' page at to sign his guestbook.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Hilda Ruth Nielsen

Dec. 3, 1918-March 23, 2011

Former Gresham resident Hilda Ruth Nielsen died Wednesday, March 23, in Portland. She was 92.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 39901 Pleasant St., Sandy. Interment will follow at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Hilda was born Dec. 3, 1918, in Hollywood, Calif., to Thomas and Lulu (Nelson) Hylton. Hilda attended schools in California, Idaho and Cathlamet, Wash., before moving to Eugene in 1930.

While her mother was working at a lumber camp in Tillamook, Hilda met Walter Harold Clark. They were married Sept. 6, 1936, in Salem. They resided in Colton and began a family. In 1945, they moved to Idanha and operated a dairy farm. Harold and Hilda moved to Portland in 1947 and to Sandy in 1949, where they finished raising three daughters.

Hilda was a homemaker and a dedicated member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. After retiring, she and Harold enjoyed traveling, hunting, camping and spending time in Arizona. Harold preceded her in death in 1979.

In 1992, Hilda married Alexander 'Alex' Nielsen in Auburn, Wash. They made their home in Sandy, where Hilda was active in her church and at the Sandy Senior Center. Alex preceded her in death in 1999.

Hilda was devout in her faith and her church. She loved Bible studies and oil painting. Until she was in her 80s, Hilda visited shut-ins and the elderly.

Survivors include her daughters, Lu Grimm of Stevensville, Mont., Ruth Taylor of Cook, Wash., and Jean Pierce of Woodland, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 686, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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