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Obituaries - March 15

Mac Carpenter

Jan. 31, 1917-March 10, 2008

Gresham resident Mac Carpenter, 91, died Monday, March 10, in Portland.

A viewing and funeral service was held Friday, March 14.

Mac was born Jan. 31, 1917, in Franklin, N.C., to Robert and Sara Carpenter. He grew up in Sedro Valley, Wash., and then lived in Cottage Grove, Mapleton and in Gresham since 1967.

He was married to Kathryn (Shook) Carpenter for 47 years, and then to Joanne Estes-Carpenter for 24 years.

Mac worked as a logger for Crown-Zellerbach. His interests included fishing, clamming, crabbing and hunting. For the last 20 years he was known to eat breakfast at Dea's In and Out.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Estes-Carpenter of Gresham; daughters, Diane Ellingson of Mapleton and LaRee Noel of Lebanon; son, Terry Carpenter of Boring; stepson, Mick Estes of Hillsboro; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 710 Second Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, 98104, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Martin William Butalla

Sept. 5, 1946-March 9, 2008

Gresham resident Martin William Butalla, 61, died Sunday, March 9.

Private services were held by the family.

Martin was born Sept. 5, 1946, in Harrisburg, Penn., to Martin William and Bertha (Potl) Butalla. He graduated from Steelton High School in Steelton, Penn. He received his master's degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a master's degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

On June 9, 1979, he married Pamela Brown in Atlanta. He lived in Atlanta, Yardley, Penn., and Plano, Texas. He moved to Sandy in 1995 and to Gresham in 2001.

Martin worked as a civil engineer for XP Software for seven years.

He was active with New Covenant Hope of Gresham. He loved photography, model railroading and spending time on the computer and with his family. Martin was also an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Survivors include his wife; son, Steve Latham of Atlanta; daughters, Beth Heaton of Portland, Kara Janel Butalla of Cumming, Ga., and Laura Marlene Butalla of Cumming; sister, Martina Therese of Philadelphia; and one grandson.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Moreen Elizabeth McFee

Dec. 19, 1923-March 11, 2008

Troutdale resident Moreen Elizabeth McFee, 84, died Tuesday, March 11, at her daughter Kelly's home in Troutdale.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Moreen was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Alfred and Maude Kelly.

She was married to Robert McFee.

Moreen worked at Willamette View Manor and later at Odd Fellows Holgate Center. She loved working in the garden, her beloved pets and her family.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred Kelly.

Survivors include her son, Dan McFee of Damascus; daughters, Susan Blomgren of Vancouver, Wash., and Kelly Brandolf of Troutdale; sisters, Evelyn Adamson of West Linn and Vera Hoofer of Sacramento, Calif.; former husband, Robert McFee of Portland; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Dougy Center, P.O. Box 86852, Portland, 97286.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lois Irene McCormick

June 19, 1924-March 12, 2008

Former Gresham resident Lois Irene McCormick, 83, died Wednesday, March 12, in Portland.

A funeral Mass was held Friday, March 14. Interment was at Gethsemani Cemetery.

Lois was born June 19, 1924, in Spokane, Wash., to Joseph and Georgia (Wood) Pringle. She graduated from high school in Otis Orchards, Wash.

On Nov. 9, 1947, she married Lloyd L. McCormick in Spokane. They moved to Gresham in 1966.

Lois worked for Equitable Savings and Loan in Portland from 1967 to 1973, and she worked part time at The Gresham Outlook. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church since 1966.

She was a volunteer with The Salvation Army of Gresham. She was an avid bunco and pinochle player, and she enjoyed camping, ceramics and traveling throughout the United States and Canada.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001 and her son, Jerome McCormick, in 1991.

Survivors include her sons, Douglas McCormick of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dale McCormick of Milwaukie; daughter, Janet Smith of Sandy; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 710 Second Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Betty Penner

May 18, 1928-March 10, 2008

Former Gresham resident Betty Penner, 79, died Monday, March 10, at her home in Aurora.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Canby Funeral Chapel, 160 S. Grant St., Canby. Inurnment will follow at Zion Memorial Cemetery, 2000 S.E. Township Road, Canby.

Betty was born May 18, 1928, in Great Falls, Mont., to Joseph and Bertha May. They moved to Oregon in 1930 and lived in many parts of the state, settling in Cherryville in 1942. She graduated from Sandy High School in 1946.

She married and divorced Bob Bottler, Joe Johnson, John Chapman and Harold Penner. Throughout her life, she lived in Seaside, Orient, Lake Grove, and Cherryville and in Gresham from 1969 to 1972. She lived in Aurora for the last 28 years.

Betty owned and operated the Alder Creek Café in Cherryville. She was known as a great cook, and she enjoyed gardening. She especially loved her roses.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Callahan, in 1979 and her grandson, Jared Smithey, in 1990.

Survivors include her sons, Brian Bottler of Richfield, Wash., and Tom Penner of Roseburg; daughter, Mary Newell of Canby; brothers, George May of The Dalles, James May of Gresham, Bob May of Estacada, and Harold May of Portland; sisters, Joan Spangler of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Patty Reed of Hubbard; and seven grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 29119, Phoenix, Arizona, 85038-9119.

Canby Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Laura Phillipi

Oct. 6, 1922-March 12, 2008

Fairview resident Laura Phillipi, 85, died Wednesday, March 12, in Portland.

A gathering will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at 858 N.E. Clear Creek Way, Fairview.

Laura was born Oct. 6, 1922, in Shawnee, Wyo., to Foster and Ethel (McVey) Dennis. She grew up in Wyoming and in Centralia, Wash., where she graduated from high school.

On June 21, 1940, she married Norman Phillipi. She lived in Southern California for 12 years, and then she moved to Roseburg in 1952.

She resided in the Portland area since 1986.

Laura was a homemaker. She was a member of the Red Hat Organization, and her interests included camping and playing in a bowling league. She also loved being with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985.

Survivors include her sons, Allan Phillipi of Troutdale and Stanley Phillipi of Portland; daughters, Norma Crist of Estacada and Rosie Arnold of Yakima, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be given to Make It Light, 3745 S.E. 317th Ave., Troutdale, 97060.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.