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OBITUARIES--March 12, 2008
Charlette Clinefelter; Anthony 'Tony' Matonis; Lowell A. 'Brownie' Zentner
Charlette S. Clinefelter
Charlette S. Clinefelter of Deer Island died March 1, 2008, at her home. She was 64.
Charlette S. Clinefelter was born Feb. 6, 1944, in Hawaii.
A resident of Rainier since 1980, she married Tod Clinefelter on Nov. 14, 1981, in a log cabin at Hudson Park in Rainier.
Gardening was one of her favorite enjoyments.
She is survived by her children: Riva Moore, Edward Clinefelter, and Carl C.J. Clinefelter, all of Deer Island; five grandchildren; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Tod Clinefelter in 1994.
Graveside service and vault interment were held at Hudson Park Cemetery in Rainier.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.
Anthony 'Tony' Matonis
Anthony 'Tony' Matonis of St. Helens died March 3, 2008. He was 91.
Mr. Matonis was born Aug. 22, 1916, in Worcester, Mass.
In 1920 he moved to the Chicago area where he grew up.
During World War II he served in the Army as a radio operator in New Guinea and Australia.
In 1945 he married Jeanette Eheman.
Employed for Western Electric in Chicago, he later transferred to Sunnyvale, Calif.
In 1980 they moved to Oregon, living in Salem, Scappoose, and Warren. Most of his final years were spent in St. Helens.
He is survived by daughter Nancy Bubl and her husband Chip of Warren; grandsons Edward and Paul Bubl, both of Portland; and sister Betty Januska of Downers Grove, Ill. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette in 1999.
Lowell A. 'Brownie' Zentner
Lowell A. 'Brownie' Zentner of Clatskanie died March 8, 2008, of emphysema at St. John's Medical Center in Longview, Wash. He was 76.
Mr. Zentner was born May 6, 1931, in Ansley, Neb., to Lloyd and Shirley (Davis) Zentner.
When he was a child his family moved to Dayton where he attended school, and was a member of the 1948 Dayton Pirates state championship football team. A year later he graduated and, after serving in the Army, attended Portland State University studying forestry.
On April 9, 1961, he married Mary Alice Pardee in McMinneville. The couple moved to Scappoose where they resided for 44 years before moving to Clatskanie.
Employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 28 years, he retired in 1979. The next year he began working as a dredge operator in the private dredging industry, retiring for a second time in 1996. He enjoyed working on the water.
A member of American Legion Post #114 and the Pacific NW Four Wheel Drive Association, he was happiest when hunting, camping, four wheeling, and spending time with his family and many friends. He will be missed by them all.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years Mary Zentner of Clatskanie; daughters Ruthie Zentner of Scappoose, Shirley Zentner of Gladstone, Karen Moore of Warren, and Janet Spindler and her husband Jack of Creswell; son Steve Zentner of Deer Island; grandsons Jeff, Kyle, Brian, and Zachery; granddaughters Kery, Angela, Katie and Dakotah; great-granddaughter Mia; and brother John of Mt. Aukum, Calif. He was preceded in death by brother Lloyd Zentner Jr., sister Donna May, and nephew Brian Zentner.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Clatskanie Presbyterian Church, 215 Nehalem St., Clatskanie.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Clatskanie Volunteer Firefighters Association, PO Box 807, Clatskanie, OR 97016 or to St. John's Medical Center, Friends of St. John's Scholarship, 1516 Delaware St., Longview, WA 98632.