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Mary Lou M. Denman

Jan. 29, 1931-March 19, 2011

Clackamas resident Mary Lou M. Denman died on March 19 at the age of 80; the cause of death was cancer.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1931, in Big Bay, Mich., to parents Joseph and Cecilia Fichter; she was raised in Marquette, Mich., and earned a BA in music from Northern Michigan University in 1952. She was a music instructor, president of ACCW and a member of the Apostleship of the Cross.

She is survived by: son, Richard G. Denman; daughter, Mary Anne C. Smith; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ned E. Denman.

A mass was held on March 29 at St. Phillip Benizi.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to St. Phillip Benizi Parish.

Arrangements: Emily's.

Carol Jean Eddy

March 27, 1937-March 19, 2011

Oak Grove resident Carol Jean Eddy died on March 19 at age 73.

She was born on March 27, 1937, in Mansfield, Ohio, to parents John and Mary Lehr. She was raised in Mansfield, graduating from Mansfield Senior High School in 1955.

She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was an active member of the Body of Christ in Vancouver, Wash., and her practice was to read the bible daily and pray diligently for those around her and herself. She had a beautiful singing voice, and her hobbies included oil painting and building friendships. She would see a need and more than meet the need for people around her, even if it was just a hug, for which she was best known.

She moved to View Acres Road in Sept 1967 and started traveling in an RV in 1995. She settled on Concord Road in Milwaukie in 2001.

She is survived by: husband, Merton Eddy; son and daughter-in-law, John and Thia Eddy; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Angela and Mark Westover; great-grandsons, Jude and Elias Westover; grandsons, Josiah, Seth and Jesse Eddy; granddaughter-in-law, Nicole Eddy; daughter, Vanessa Carruthers; son-in-law, Robert Carruthers; granddaughter, Lindsay Kahn; grandson-in-law, David Kahn; and granddaughter, Stephanie Carruthers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her parents-in-law, Clifford and Hazel Eddy.

A private service was held.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center.

Myra Naomi Hubbard

Oct. 14, 1936- Feb. 10, 2011

Myra Naomi Perry died on Feb. 10 at the age of 74.

She was born in Longview, Wash., on Oct. 14, 1936, to parents Rev. Howard and Lucille Perry. Her early years were enjoyed in Kings Valley, along with her sister, Maxine (Hoxit). The family then moved to Sunnyside, where her father took a ministry position at the local community church which had been built by Sunnyside pioneering families. There she met her husband to be, Howard Hubbard, in 1952.

Howard and Myra were given a proper newlywed shiveree by friends and family members. The ancient ritual terrified Myra, but she remembered it with fondness over the years.

Together the couple started a farm at the end of what was then Hubbard Lane, now SE 132nd Ave., Clackamas. They had three children, Gary Allen, Susan Loretta and Marvin Leslie; the sons died in 1977 and 1982.

She loved church, where she always sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She struggled with illness for the last three years of her life and died peacefully at home with the support of Providence Hospice and the loving care of Adah Kraxberger, Donna Martz, Adelina Rosales and her daughter, Susie.

Remembrances may be donated to Willamette Falls Hospice.

Arrangements: Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes.

Tom Thelander

July 20, 1943-March 20, 2011

Tom Thelander, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died in Kingman, Ariz., on March 20, while on a road trip with Rose, his wife of 40 years. He was 67.

He was born on July 20, 1943, in Portland. He graduated from Benson Tech. High School and from PCC in business, and attended PSU. He had been employed as a business manager in industrial sales; he retired at age 60.

He was proud to have served in the Army, post-Korean War. He loved traveling with family and friends, and enjoyed golfing, camping and especially Sunriver and the Oregon Coast. He had a passion for music and an amazing sense of humor and was enjoyed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: daughters, Laura Keller and Julie Thelander; son-in-law, Donnie Keller; granddaughter, Jillian Rose Keller; sister, Charlene Selph; brother, Jerry Nelson; and sister, Sandy.

An honors ceremony will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on April 8 at 3 p.m.

Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association to the Tom Thelander Memorial Fund, or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements: Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes.

Theresa Haugen

Feb. 7, 1934-March 25, 2011

Portland resident Theresa Haugen died on March 25 at age 77.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1934, to Alma Dirks in Onamia, Minn., where she was raised.

She had been employed at Glidden Paints in Portland.

Her hobbies included sewing, woodwork and guitar.

She is survived by: son, William Haugen; daughter, Elizabeth Haugen; granddaughters, Stephanie Ostlund, Christie Rivelli and Hannah Haugen; grandson, Billy Haugen; and daughter-in-law, Trisha Haugen.

A memorial service was held. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Anatomical Research Fund at OHSU.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center-Milwaukie.

Mary Papez Serres

Jan. 16, 1920-March 23, 2011

Mary Papez Serres died on March 23 at the age of 91.

She was born Jan. 16, 1920, in Sela Village, Hinje Parish, Slovenia. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 2 with her mother, Mary Papez, and brother, John Papez Jr. Her father, John Papez, operated a tailor shop at Bernie Herrmans Men's Store in Oregon City. She grew up with her brothers, John, Joe and William, and sisters, Veronica and Dorothy, in West Linn.

She graduated from McLoughlin Institute in Oregon City, and starting in her teens, she was employed in domestic work and child care. She graduated from West Linn High School in 1938. Through her domestic work she became acquainted with the Serres family and met her future husband, Joe Serres, who was an established farmer and greenhouse operator in Oregon City; they were married in 1939.

They operated the Joe Serres greenhouses and farm on Forsythe Road northeast of Oregon City in association with three of Joe's brothers, John, Mike and Ted Serres. Each brother operated his own range of greenhouses, growing slicing salad cucumbers in the winter season for sale in the Northwest.

Joe and Mary also grew vegetable plant starts in the greenhouses for other farmers, outside vegetables, U-pick tomatoes, hay, grass seed and beef cattle for over 40 years. Mary personally packed most of the cucumbers produced at the Joe Serres Greenhouses. She operated the U-pick tomato business out of her kitchen and kept the farm business books.

She managed the household and raised a family of four sons. She enjoyed social events with neighbors, friends and family and was always open for a game of scrabble, an outing to the beach, a picnic or skating at Oaks Park. Mary and Joe enjoyed fishing, clam digging, huckleberry picking, hunting, camping and other family recreation.

She was a competitive card player, ready for a game of old maid with the grandchildren, or 500 with friends. The door was always open for family and friends under any circumstances. She sponsored a 4-H club and supported her sons' scouting activities.

She dropped everything to entertain grandchildren as soon as they arrived and made each and every one feel that they were the most special grandchild. She provided welcoming support for her daughters-in-law. She was active in the community as a member of St. John's Catholic Church, St. John's Parish board, Oregon City Elks and Hill Crest Community Club.

When Joe and Mary retired from farming in the 1970s, their son, Dan Serres, and his wife, Patti, converted the range of greenhouses to growing bedding plants, expanded production of U-pick tomatoes and other field grown vegetables and added ranges of greenhouses and enlarged operations to produce the present Serres Greenhouses and Farm operation.

After Joe passed away in 1988, Mary stayed on the farm and provided family support and leadership. She renewed a lifelong interest in nursing and healthcare by serving as volunteer at Willamette Falls Community Hospital. She also enjoyed travel with friends and relatives. In 1995 and 1998 Mary returned to her birthplace in Sela, Slovenia, and other European locations to visit family. She was trip interpreter, using her childhood knowledge of Slovenian to facilitate reconnections with Slovenian relatives.

She will be missed by friends and family and remembered for her hard work, determination, generosity, love for family and love of life.

She is survived by: sons, Edward (Linda), Daniel (Patti) and William (Nancy) Serres; daughter-in-law, Dianne Wilson; sisters, Veronica Peters and Dorothy Shick; brother, Joeseph Papez; sister-in-law, Anne (Serres) Quinn; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: son, Joseph Serres Jr.; and brothers, John Papez Jr. and William Papez.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Hillside Funeral Home, 1306 7th St., Oregon City. A funeral mass will be held on April 2 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Church at 417 Washington St., Oregon City, with a gathering to follow at the Parish Center followed by an interment ceremony at St. John's Cemetery at 451 Warner St., Oregon City.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to St. John's Grade School or a charity of choice.

Arrangements: Hillside Funeral Home.

Effie 'Terri' Sotelo

Dec. 10, 1927-March 21, 2011

Milwaukie resident Effie 'Terri' Sotelo died on March 21 at age 83.

She was born on Dec. 10, 1927, in Broken Bow, Neb., to parents Jesse and Sylvia McCaslin. She was raised in Milwaukie, where she graduated from high school.

She had been employed as a retail health foods store manager; she retired in 1985.

She went to painting class every Friday and cherished her painting friends; her hobbies included painting, cooking, gardening and knitting. She was artistic, funny, wise, progressive, pretty, loving and dignified.

She is survived by: daughters, Mary Arreola, Susan Valencia, Kathleen Bong and Patricia Gurel; son, James Sotelo; and 11 grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by brother, Dean McCaslin.

A memorial service was held March 26 in Oregon City.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center.

Mary Norlee Davis Keyes

Feb. 22, 1911-March 21, 2011

Mary Norlee Davis Keyes died on March 21 at the age of 100.

She was born Feb. 22, 1911, in Vernon, Iowa, to Perry Lee and Rosa Belle (Burns) Davis. She received her bachelor's degree from Portland State University and her master's from North Dakota State and went on to teaching both elementary and secondary education. She was a member of Columbia Grange #87, Lyle Women's Club, American Association of University Women and the Eastern Star.

She is survived by: sons, David and Richard Keyes; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Francis Keyes; son, Robert Keyes; her brother, sisters and one grandchild.

A cemetery service was held on March 25 at Lyle-Balch Cemetery in Lyle, Wash. Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center.

Russel F. Lindgren

June 5, 1943-March 19, 2011

Oregon City resident Russel F. Lindgren died on March 19 at age 67; the cause of death was esophageal cancer.

He was born on June 5, 1943, in Central City, Neb., to parents Mae and Russel Lindgren. He was raised in Sidney, Neb., where he graduated from high school in 1961.

He served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1972. He had been employed as an electrical superintendent; he retired in 2008.

He was very involved with St. Stephen Lutheran Church, and he had a hat collection and walking stick emblems. His hobbies included going to national parks, hiking and traveling, and he was involved with the Gladstone Senior Center and the men's homeless shelter.

He is survived by: wife, Sally Lindgren; son, Clint Lindgren; daughter, Jill Lindgren, and her significant other, John Arthur; daughter, Polly Domine, and son-in-law, Steve Domine; granddaughters, Sarah and Andrea Domine; grandsons, Jesse and Jaden Arthur; sister, Marilyn Williamson; and sister, Jean Krajewski, and her husband, Jerry.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on April 1 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 290 W Gloucester St., Gladstone.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Stephen or to the cancer society.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Emily Katherine Witherspoon

Dec. 22, 1922-March 23, 2011

Oregon City resident Emily Katherine Witherspoon died on March 23 at age 88; the cause of death was stroke.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1922, to parents Emil and Fredricka Beck in Herried, S. D., where she was raised. She graduated from West Linn High School.

She had been employed doing office work and was active with the Grandview Baptist Church.

She is survived by: sons, Jimmy Scheel and Rod Froescher; grandsons, Shane and Billy Froescher and Mike Scheel; granddaughter, Susan Scheel; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Rodger Scheel, Emil 'Butch' Froescher and Reuben Witherspoon.

A memorial was held on March 28 in Beavercreek, with interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grandview Baptist Church.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Winfield Scott Winter III

April 12, 1945-March 18, 2011

Winfield Scott Winter III died on March 18 at his home in Milwaukie; he was 65.

He was born April 12, 1945, in Newport News, Va., to parents Winfield Scott and Kathryn Jane (Mac Kechnie) Winter Jr.

He worked as a respiratory therapist for OHSU for 15 years, loved bike rides (especially long ones), gardening, reading, history and classical music. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was an important part of his life, and he was very involved with volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and children.

Survivors include: wife, Georgianna; children, Robert, Timothy, Peter, Laura and Michael; brothers, John and Kevin; and sister, Carole Hurst.

A mass of Christian burial was held on March 23 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with interment held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portland.

Those wishing may contribute in his memory to Doctors Without Borders in care of Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center, Milwaukie.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center.

George M. Brigham

George M. Brigham died March 4 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 83 years old.

A native of Oregon, George graduated from Milwaukie High School, and, ignoring a scholarship to play football, entered the Army. He earned the rank of sergeant. He was honored to serve his country at the time of World War II.

George returned to Oregon and began a family. He went to work for the telephone company. He was proud of the fact that over the 30-plus years he worked with the company that he rose to a middle management position. He developed lasting friendship with many of his co-workers.

George enjoyed the outdoors, camping and boating. He was an avid fisherman and later took up the game of golf. He enjoyed gardening and took a special interest in Bonsai plants. After retirement, George enjoyed traveling. He visited Germany when the Berlin Wall fell. He and his wife spent time in Hawaii and Palm Springs. He developed a flair for photography and was an avid crossword puzzle solver. George was a life long member of the Maritime Masonic Lodge.

A memorial service was held March 25 at 11 a.m. at the West Linn Lutheran Church. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie; three sons, Glen of Eugene, Ron of Sherwood, and Craig of Charlotte, N.C.; a step-son, Ron Petersen of Portland; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Autumn Funerals Cremation and Burial.

Lawrence King

Nov. 2, 1930-March 23, 2011

Lawrence King died on March 23 at age 80.

He was born in Portland on Nov. 2, 1930, and those close to him knew him as Larry. He was a retired carpenter and will be deeply loved and missed by all.

He is survived by: wife, Lillian E. King; daughters, Kary M., Kelly A. and Sharon L. King; son, Timothy C. King; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Willamette National Cemetery on March 28.