Alison Knapp

Alison Knapp of Lake Oswego died of cancer April 10, 2011. She was 50.

She was born Oct. 9, 1960, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, the daughter of Don and Vera McCombie. She was raised in Newcastle and in Guelph, Canada.

Ms. Knapp worked as a special needs teacher's assistant and was a volunteer at her children's schools. She moved to Lake Oswego 11 years ago.

Survivors include her son Alexander Knapp and daughter Sophie Knapp, both of Lake Oswego, her parents Donald and Vera McCombie of Guelph and her brother Martin McCombie of Toronto, Canada.

A service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.

Paul 'Coach' Roeder

Paul L. 'Coach' Roeder died April 10, 2011. He was 82.

Mr. Roeder was born April 27, 1928 in Hannibal, Wisc., the oldest of Cyril and Elsie (Ferry) Roeder's 14 children. He grew up in Spooner, Wisc., and when he was barely old enough, enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served in Europe as a truck driver and expert rifleman.

He was called back up to serve as a diesel mechanic during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge in March 1951, he studied engineering at Indiana University.

Mr. Roeder moved his family to Oregon in 1972 to try his hand at commercial fishing. It was the worst year on record for commercial fishing and Mr. Roeder went to work for Clackamas Community College as chief engineer and baseball coach. Following his retirement, he devoted his life to the study of scripture.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Carol Roeder (who works in Lake Oswego), children Brad Roeder, Scott Roeder, Bryan Roeder, Craig Roeder, Fred Roeder and Paula Mood; stepson Ray Ford; 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers John, Dale and Alan Roeder, sisters Joan Anderson, Jean Beaver, Marge Miano, Eileen Henderson, Francis Davison and Karen Buser.

A funeral service was held at Christ Church Apostolic, 600 Barclay Hills Drive in Oregon City, on April 18 followed by a military honors committal ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery.

A reception to celebrate Mr. Roeder's life was held at the home of Fred and Ann Roeder in Oregon City.

Remembrances may be made to the Clackamas Community College Foundation for Cougar baseball, in care of the CCC Foundation, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City, Ore., 97045 or online at

Myreen Wedge

Myreen Carol (Gavle) Wedge died April 11, 2011. She was 67.

Mrs. Wedge was born Aug. 4, 1943 in Albert Lea, Minn., the first of four children born to Reuben C. and Carol A. (Sorbo) Gavle. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1961 and from the University of Minnesota in 1965. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She was an elementary school teacher by profession and taught in LaGrange, Ill., and Albert Lea, Minn.

She married John J. Wedge of Clarks Grove, Minn., in 1965. The couple lived in Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia before moving to Oregon in 1974. They lived in Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Mrs. Wedge was an avid gardener, enjoyed collecting antiques, playing bridge and discussing politics and faith. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Jefferson and Misty Wedge of Perth, Australia and daughter and son-in-law Libby and Brian Anglin, Pismo Beach, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law Karen and Dan Klassen, Parker, Colo., and brother and sister-in-law Darrel and Susan Gravle of Crystal Lake, Ill.

A memorial service was held Monday evening at RiverWest Church, 2000 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego.

Remembrances may be sent to LoveWorks Ministry online at

Pat Holec

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Patra 'Pat' Holec died March 29, 2011. She was 93.

She was born Patra Welling-ton Moltzner on May 30, 1917 in Omaha, Neb., to Pearl (Saquety) and Mason Moltzner. Her father was a stage and radio actor and her mother a musician. Though the family traveled a great deal for show business, Mrs. Holec grew up and spent most of her life in Lake Oswego.

After World War II ended, she married Josef Holec. He was in the timber business and owned sawmills in the Vernonia area. Son Josef was born in 1952. When the couple divorced in 1953, Mrs. Holec and her son moved to Lake Oswego. She lived in her own home in Lake Oswego until age 90.

Mrs. Holec was a medical transcriptionist by profession and worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital for most of her career. After she retired, she worked part time at the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital.

Mrs. Holec loved to entertain, sew and quilt. She read the paper daily and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her son Josef Holec, White City, and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2:15 p.m. on May 1, 2011 at Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 S.W. Greenburg Road in Tigard.

John Desautels

Lake Oswego resident John Desautels died April 11, 2011. A complete obituary will be in next week's paper.