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Francis Henry Van Schoten

Francis Henry Van Schoten died March 5, 2008 as the result of renal failure. He was 81.

He was born on May 15, 1927 in Marquette, Mich. He served in the Army then married Margaret Elsie in l951.

He worked has a bookkeeper. He lived in Newberg for six years, in Lake Oswego for seven years and in Tigard/King City for 27 years.

Surviving are his wife Margaret Elsie Van Schoten,; his sister Flora Simon; his brother Charles Van Schoten; daughters Susan Alton and Janyce Van Schoten; son Frank Van Schoten; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private service has been held. Donations in memory may be made to the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp.

LaVada Helen Minkler

Lavada Helen Minkler died on March 3, 2008. She was 90.

She was born on February 2, 1918 in Portland, Ore. to Laura Mildred and Frank Barks. She grew up in the Fulton neighborhood of Southwest Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High School.

She attended Lewis and Clark College, and graduated with a degree in Art.

She worked as a layout artist for The Oregonian doing pen and ink drawings of wedding gowns and fashions of the 1930's and 40's for Lipman Wolfe, Meier and Frank and Olds and Kings department stores.

In 1939, she married Delbert Minkler of Battle Ground, Wash., who also worked at The Oregonian as a pressman.

They lived in Portland, Milwaukie and then moved to Lake Oswego in l955 where they raised their six children.

After the couple divorced in 1959, Mrs. Minkler worked at Citizen's Bank in Lake Oswego, and then at Lincoln and Allen Printing Company in Portland.

In l991, she moved to Southwest Portland where she was an active member of the Burlingame Baptist Church. She lived there until 2006 when she had a severe stroke and moved to the Serenity Adult Care Home for Hospice in Beaverton.

Survivors include her son David Minkler and his wife Shirley of Lafayette, Ore.; her son Victor Minkler and his wife Dana of Portland, Ore.; her daughter Delores Halleck and husband Alan of Beaverton, Ore.; her daughter Laura Dickson and husband Mike of Tillamook, Ore.; her daughter Mary Foley of Tigard, Ore.; her daughter Martha White and husband Mike of Donald, Ore.; 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her granddaughter, Jamie Marlene Malmberg died in 1969, and her grandson Gregory Scott Kniskern died in 2000.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Greater Portland Bible Church, 2374 SW Vermont St. in Portland on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice at Providence, St. Vincent's in Portland, Ore.