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Maria J. Curtin

Maria J. Curtin died at home of natural causes on Jan. 31, 2008. She was 86.

She was born Jan. 20, 1922 in Rochester, N.Y., to Sophie and Emmanuel Paul.

In l947, she married Stanley J. Curtin. The couple moved to Lake Oswego in l954.

Mrs. Curtin was a painter and art teacher and painted portraits for many people in the Lake Oswego community. She taught at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center and the Multnomah Art Center until retiring in 2006. She served as a volunteer for CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Survivors include her son, Chris Curtin of Friday Harbor, Wash; daughter, Faith Ramage of Lake Oswego; daughter, Nancy Curtin of Portland; brother, James Paul of Edmonds, Wash.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Stanley J. Curtin, who died in l980, and her brother Peter Paul, preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be held at the Hollyfield Village Apartments Meeting Room, 4077 Sunset Dive,. in Lake Oswego on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

Geraldine DeCosta

Geraldine 'Gerry' DeCosta of La Quinta, Calif., died Feb. 1, 2008, one day before her 84th birthday.

Mrs. DeCosta was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Centralia, Wash.

She attended Seattle Pacific University where she met Bill Myron, whom she married in 1943. Following World War II, the couple moved to Seattle, where their children were born. In 1950, they moved to Spokane, where a fourth son was born.

Mr. Myron's job required the family to move to New Jersey, New Orleans and Atlanta before settling in Portland in 1970. Mr. Myron died in 1979.

Mrs. Myron married Tony DeCosta in 1982. They lived in the Mountain Park neighborhood for many years before relocating to La Quinta.

Survivors include her husband Tony, sons and daughters-in-law Curt and Martha Myron, Bruce and Wanda Myron, Don and Cassandra Myron and Gary and Cheryl Myron; her sister Lois Best, brother Elwin Watson, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; step daughters Mary Jane Koch, Suzie DeCosta, Carol Miller; stepsons John DeCosta and Jim DeCosta, and 11 step-grandchildren.

A burial service will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Village Baptist Church, 330 S.W. Murray Blvd., in Beaverton.

Remembrances may be made to Village Baptist Church.

Joseph Culhane

Joseph Raymond Culhane died Jan. 29, 2008. He was 82.

Mr. Culhane was born Dec. 15, 1925 in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he played basketball.

He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.

During his professional career he worked as a certified public accountant and retired from sales with Safeguard Business Systems after 35 years.

He married Carol Tessier in 1950 and the couple lived in California and Colorado before moving to Portland and finally settling in Lake Oswego.

Survivors include his wife Carol of Lake Oswego, daughter Mary Culhane Marre, sons Joseph R. Culhane and J. Kevin Culhane, brother Neil Culhane and 11 grandchildren.

The Rosary was read for Mr. Culhane on Feb. 1 and Funeral Mass was held Feb. 2 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego.

Remembrances may be sent to Katie Culhane Memorial Fund, 215 N. Franklin St., Shawano, Wis., 54155 or to the charity of one's choice.

Adelaide Trent Lawrence

Adelaide Trent Kronenberg Lawrence of Lake Oswego died of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 4, 2008. She was 90.

Born in Franklin, Ga. in l917, she married Louis Kronenberg in l942. They worked at Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, Wash. during World War II and relocated to California in l944 where they raised their children, Harry and Catherine.

In l974, following the death of her husband, she became a financial aid clerk at Los Angeles City College.

After retiring in l981, she joined her daughter, Catherine, and family in Lake Oswego. She met Robert Lawrence at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, and the two were married in 1982. During their late-in-life marriage, the couple enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with annual trips to Hawaii.

Throughout her life, she pursued her artistic talent and was a blue-ribbon winner at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

Survivors include her son Harry Kronenberg and wife Jonni of Fallbrook, Calif.; daughter Catherine Kronenberg McLain and her husband, John, of Lake Oswego; stepson David Lawrence and his wife, Alice, of Durham, N.C.; stepson Bill Lawrence and wife, Jill, of Casper, Wyo.; brother Morris Trent and wife Freddie of Visalia, Calif.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Kronenberg in 1974, and her second husband, Robert Lawrence, in 2002.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at Riverview Abbey Chapel, 0319 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road, Portland. Remembrances may be made to the Oregon Food Bank, P.O. Box 55370, Portland, Ore., 97238-5370.

Duane W. Wanker

Duane E. Wanker died Jan. 28, 2008. He was 84.

Mr. Wanker was born Christmas Day, 1923, at the then-Oregon City Hospital. He lived most of his life in Jennings Lodge and Lake Oswego, attending school at Lakewood Elementary School and graduating from West Linn High School in 1942.

Following high school he graduated from the Merchant Marines Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. He spent his professional career working as a sailor, with 40 years as a ship's captain for the American President Line on the U.S. Philippine Mail, which was commissioned as the U.S.S. Eisenhower.

Mr. Wanker married Marjorie Huiras, who also attended West Linn High, in 1951. She preceded him in death in 1990.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Lisia and Gerald Rousselle of Tualatin and granddaughters Ashleigh and Hayley Rousselle.

A viewing was held last Friday at River View Cemetery, where he is buried.

Remembrances may be sent to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, Ore., 97103.