Obituaries - March 8


Louise Peterson Whetzell

June 15, 1913-Feb. 14, 2008

Former Sandy resident Louise Peterson Whetzell, 94, died Thursday, Feb. 14, in Stanwood, Wash., of natural causes.

A private celebration of life will be held in July at Cannon Beach. She was interred in Portland.

Louise was born June 15, 1913, in Wamic to George and Ella Lucas. She was raised in Hood River and in Sandy, where she graduated from high school in 1932.

On June 10, 1932, she married Emery Peterson at Powell Valley Covenant Church in Gresham. She later married Earl Whetzell. She lived in the Gresham and Sandy areas from the 1930s until 2001.

Louis worked in business until her retirement in the 1970s. She was a longtime member of Gresham Free Methodist Church, and she was a Cub Scouts leader, a Girl Scouts leader and a member of the 4-H Club. She enjoyed Swedish cooking, singing in church and traveling to the Oregon Coast.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery, in 1981 and her sister, Georgia.

Survivors include her son, Emery Peterson Jr. of Oceanside, Calif.; daughter, Darlene Buchanan of Kirkland, Wash.; grandsons, Todd Peterson of California, Tim Peterson of California, and Troy Buchanan of Indiana; granddaughters, Teesha Moore of Washington, Talani Sanislo of Washington and Traci Cornelius of California; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Warm Beach Senior Community, 20420 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292.

Cesar Pedro Montoya Jr.

March 15, 1957-March 2, 2008

Gresham resident Cesar Pedro Montoya Jr., 50, died Sunday, March 2, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Cesar was born March 15, 1957, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Cesar and Ruby (Martin) Montoya. He graduated from Estacada High School in May 1975. He entered the Air Force on July 3, 1975, and served for four years. After his discharge, he moved to the Portland area.

He married in 1980, and was later divorced.

Cesar worked for more than 20 years as a telecommunication repair specialist for Dictaphone Corporation in Gresham and in Spokane, Wash. He moved to Spokane in 1992, but returned to Gresham in 2001.

He was a member of the Estacada Moose Lodge. His many interests included fishing, tinkering with mechanics, reading, playing darts, pool and woodworking.

Survivors include his son, Sam Montoya of Eagle Creek; stepfather, Gary Waggoner of Eagle Creek; father, Cesar Montoya Sr. of Mercedes, Texas; sisters, LeAnn Gourley of Gresham, Maria Shoop of Beaverton, Pamela Davis of Crescent City, Calif., Robin Gunnell of Sandy, and Chris Hostler of Yakima, Wash.; stepsisters, Wanda Richter of Oregon City and Kathy Klum of Seattle; brother, Dale Hostler of Gresham; and two grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

F. Byrdette Byrd

April 14, 1919-March 4, 2008

Boring resident F. Byrdette Byrd, 88, died Tuesday, March 4, at Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Pleasant Home Community Church, 32120 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham.

Byrdette was born April 14, 1919, in Pilot Rock to Frank and Carrie (Heacock) Byrd. He graduated from Sandy High School in 1937. He then attended Oregon State College.

On Dec. 25, 1939, he married Gladys Mae Rich in Vancouver, Wash. They lived in Astoria until 1941, when they moved to Boring.

Byrdette worked in the shipyards until his induction into the Army during World War II. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Boring and worked in carpentry. In the late 1940s, he became a self-employed contractor and completed homes, schools, commercial buildings and bridges. He retired in 1981.

Byrdette was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and an active member of the Boring Community Methodist Church and the Boring Volunteer Fire Department. He loved the outdoors and never missed the annual hunting trip or fishing seasons. He also enjoyed working in his woodshop and gardening, sharing the fruits of these labors with family and friends. His favorite activities were those he shared with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife; son, Michael Byrd of Boring; daughters, Maureen Liles of Albany, Suzanne Espenas of Damascus, and Patricia Ham of Boring; brother, Maurice Byrd of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters, Arlene Dunn of Pendleton and Anita Hale of Milwaukie; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in Byrdette's name can be sent to the Sandy Historical Society, P.O. Box 652, Sandy, 97055.

Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.

Lori Ann Leslie

Jan. 25, 1970-March 3, 2008

Gresham resident Lori Ann Leslie, 38, died Monday, March 3, at her home.

A public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the chapel of Omega Funeral and Cremation Service, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland.

Lori was born Jan. 25, 1970, in Portland to Alan and Janet (Lucas) Fosnot. She attended Centennial High School and was a lifelong resident of the area.

In 1995, she married Timothy Leslie.

Lori worked as a waitress at Elmer's Restaurant in Gresham.

Survivors include her husband; mother, Janet Fosnot of Winston; son, Brad Fosnot of Gresham; half-brothers, Rick Bonin of Gresham and Troy Bonin of Winston; and granddaughter, Lilley Fiest-Fosnot of Sandy.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Bernadine 'Bernie' Frances Timbrel

July 12, 1931-March 5, 2008

Former Portland resident Bernadine 'Bernie' Frances Timbrel, 76, died Wednesday, March 5, at her home in Sherwood of natural causes.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 17500 S.W. Cedarview Way, Sherwood. Interment will be private.

Bernie was born July 12, 1931, in New Ulm, Minn., to Alfred Henry and Anne Elizabeth (Sperl) Juhnke. She graduated from Washington High School and lived in Portland for 15 years, moving to California afterward. She returned to Portland in 1954.

She married Boyd W. Timbrel.

Bernie worked for the Postal Service in Sherwood from 1964 to 1983, and then she worked as Post Master in Fairview from 1983 until her retirement in 1993.

She was a member of the East County Soroptimist Club. She enjoyed singing in choirs at her church, bowling and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; sons, David Fowler of Sherwood, Michael Timbrel of Sherwood, and John Fowler of Pendleton; stepdaughter, Debbie Lawhorn of Wilsonville; sister, Marcia Moore of South San Francisco; brother, Marvin Juhnke of Portland; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon is handling arrangements.

Dale I. Moulton

Dec. 19, 1938-Feb. 29, 2008

Gresham resident Dale I. Moulton, 69, died Friday, Feb. 29, at Fairlawn Care Center after a long battle with diabetes and Parkinson's disease.

A memorial service was held. He was interred at sea.

Dale was born Dec. 19, 1938, in Halfway to Henry and Norna (Makinson) Moulton. He graduated from Baker High School in Baker City in 1956. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1960 from Eastern Oregon University and his master's degree in 1979 from Oregon State University.

On Feb. 1, 1957, he married Rae D. Kirk in Baker City.

Dale taught at Pleasant Valley School for 30 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon and the negotiations team for the Centennial School District. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, singing and dancing to any music. He was a member of the Portland Symphonic Choir.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Moulton.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Brent Moulton of La Grande and Scott Moulton of Gresham; daughter, Michele Kuhnau of Fairview; sisters, Bonnie Deets of Clackamas and Bev Stultz of Baker City; brother, Delbert Moulton of Baker City; and four grandchildren.

Neptune Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Frank Lucius Marcy

Jan. 28, 1914-March 5, 2008

Sandy resident Frank Lucius Marcy, 94, died Wednesday, March 5, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Cascadia Village, 39495 Cascadia Village Drive, Sandy. Private burial will be at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Frank was born Jan. 28, 1914, in Milford, Kan., to Frank and Ella (Stittsworth) Marcy. He graduated from Kansas State College with a degree in agronomy.

On April 13, 1941, he married Joyce C. Sahlberg in Wichita, Kan. They lived on the family farm in Milford, where Frank raised wheat and cattle. In 1961, they moved to Sandy, where Frank built their home on Bluff Road and developed several duplexes. The family also had homes in Seaside and Australia.

Frank earned his master's degree in special education and worked at schools in the Sandy school district. He also worked in Medford as a counselor for single women with children. He worked for the last 15 years as a greeter at Hi-School Pharmacy until its closure in September 2007.

Frank was instrumental in forming the Sandy Senior Center and the Sandy Community Action Center. After his retirement, he kept active by volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels, tutoring at grade schools and helping with Kiwanis Club projects. He and his family also hosted Japanese exchange teachers and an exchange student.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003.

Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Marcy of Wichita and Denise Simoncini of Portland; sons, Milton Marcy of Portland and Timothy Marcy of Oregon City; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sandy Community Action Center, P.O. Box 11, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lloyd Orville Anderson

July 1, 1916-March 6, 2008

Gresham resident Lloyd Orville Anderson, 91, died Thursday, March 6.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive.

Lloyd was born July 1, 1916, in Webster, S.D., to Ole and Olive (Gast) Anderson.

In 1983, he married Josephine Mullen. He was a longtime resident of Portland but moved to Gresham in 1982.

Lloyd worked as an ironworker and later as an electrician. He belonged to Local 48 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a Lutheran, and his interests included gardening, the rodeo and traveling yearly to South Dakota.

Survivors include his wife; son, David Anderson of San Diego; daughter, Cheryl Bergman of Boring; sisters, Arlene Maloney of Puyallup, Wash., Lois Jackson of The Dalles and Joyce Maloney of Puyallup, Wash.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, 73123-1718.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Anna Mae Summerfield

Sept. 25, 1913-March 6, 2008

East County resident Anna Mae Summerfield, 94, died Thursday, March 6.

A funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Anna was born Sept. 25, 1913, near Starfield, Mo., to Rollie Lee and Clara Belle (Carter) Musser, the oldest of 12 children.

In 1930, she married Edgar L. Summerfield. They moved to Oregon in 1943 and settled in St. Helens.

Anna worked as a clerk for Sherlock Grocery and as a homemaker and seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974; her daughter, Doris Jean, in 1936; her grandson, Tim Vidos, in 2007; six brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include her brother, Rollie Musser of Gower, Mo.; sisters, Doris Brinton and Joanne Gilleland of St. Joseph, Mo.; son, Elmer Summerfield of Seaside; daughters, Edith Vidos of Las Vegas, Nancy Summerfield of Hillsboro and Betty Light of Oregon City; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bertha Alvina Davis

Oct. 24, 1906-March 6, 2008

Wood Village resident Bertha Alvina Davis, 101, died Thursday, March 6, in Gresham.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A committal service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive.

Bertha was born Oct. 24, 1906, in Coral, Mich., to Herman and Alvine (Seeger) Greenberg. She graduated from high school in Coral.

In 1930, she married Jay Cook. In 1945, she married Lloyd Hooper. She later married Walter Davis.

Bertha worked as a housekeeper and did laundry for people in the area. During World War II, she worked in an aircraft engine plant in Muskegon, Mich. She later packed up and moved to Portland. She then worked in the Portland shipyards and lived in Vanport.

She loved to garden and had a great passion for roses. She was featured in a Nov. 14, 2006, profile in The Outlook.

She was preceded by her first husband, Jay, in 1940; second husband, Lloyd, in the 1960s; third husband, Walter, in 1989; and sons, Robert Cook and Francis Cook.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Watzlawick of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, D.C., 20090-628.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Peter 'Pete' Bauer

Sept. 16, 1933-March 4, 2008

Gresham resident Peter 'Pete' Bauer, 74, died Tuesday, March 4, in Clackamas.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Hillsview Community Church, 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus.

Pete was born Sept. 16, 1933, in Portland to Preston and Blanche (Luce) Bauer, making him a fifth-generation Oregonian. He graduated from Washington High School in 1951, and attended the Northwest School of Law for several years.

On Sept. 4, 1954, he married Joyce Ann Lansing.

Pete was known as a jack-of-all-trades. He worked as a baker until his mid-30s, and then he worked as a carpenter until his retirement in 1996. He also owned 'Bauer Tree Farm' in Estacada.

He loved his family and friends, a good belly laugh and the outdoors, especially his family's winter home in Coral Gables, Fla.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Michelle Smith of Gresham; son, Kurt Bauer of Estacada; brothers, Richard Bauer of Portland and Michael Bauer of Portland; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to the 'New Roof' project at Hillsview Community Church, 23225 S.E. Borges Road, Damascus, 97089-6521.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.