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March 19

Martha A. Blommaerts

Sept. 24, 1933-March 7, 2008

Martha A. Blommaerts died on March 7, 2008. She was 74.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1933, to Bernard and Elizabeth (Raus) Vinck, in Wynegem, Belgium.

She graduated from high school and then trade school in Antwerp, Belgium. She met and then married Frank J. Blommaerts on Dec. 27, 1952; they divorced in 1981.

The Blommaerts immigrated to Canada in 1957 on the ship M/S Seven Seas, with only $100 in their pocket and unable to speak English.

In 1965 the family moved to the United States, living in the Portland and Gresham areas.

She went to work for Crown-Zellerbach, first in Canada, and then in the U.S. for over 28 years. She did many different kinds of jobs, including copier technician and accounting department in the later years. She worked for ADP in the accounting department and then retired in 2003.

She was a 4-H Club leader and volunteered at the Elks Club and for Hough Elementary School in Vancouver, Wash., where her granddaughter Nicole is a teacher.

She loved to travel to numerous countries and places, including Spain, France, Holland, Germany and Chad, Africa, where her grandson Jesse was a Marine Embassy Guard.

Five months after taking her family to Mexico in April of 2005, she was diagnosed with Miltie-Myeloma bone marrow cancer. In March of 2006 she had a stem cell transplant at OHSU; this gave her two more years of life and she was able to be there to see her first great-grandson arrive, and to be there to celebrate his second birthday, on Feb. 17, 2008.

Survivors include: long-time companion of 23 years, Dan Rothery; three daughters and sons-in-law, Yolande Nolten of Gresham, Linda R. Eisele of Oregon City, and Ingrid Thompson of Gresham; five grandchildren, Nicole and Jesse Nolten, Amber Rose, and Ryan and Heather Thompson; one great-grandson, Dylan Scott Thompson; and three nieces and one nephew in Wynegem, Belgium. Also included are Dan's four daughters, children and family.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1972; sister in 2003; mother in 2004; and brother in 2006. All were from Belgium. She was also preceded by grandson, Jayson S. Eisele in 2007.

A public Celebration of Life Service for family and friends has already been held.

She was laid to rest next to her grandson at Redland Pioneer Cemetery on Redland Road and Lyons Road in Oregon City.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Harold Bogynska

Aug. 18, 1914- March 9, 2008

Harold Bogynska died on March 9, 2008, at age 93.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1914, in Salem, and grew up in Art's Café in Oregon City, which was built by his father.

He was a World War II veteran, and was the lead jeep driver in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a resident of West Linn for over 50 years, and was a papermaker, working for Publishers Paper Company.

He is survived by son, Bill Bogynska and two grandchildren.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

John Edward Dougherty

Dec. 13, 1934-March 13, 2008

John Edward Dougherty died on March 13, 2008, at age 73, of a stroke.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1934, in Oregon City; he lived most of his life in that city and Gladstone.

He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1954.

He had been employed as an assistant director for the Clackamas County Juvenile Department, retiring in 1997.

He is survived by: sisters, Patricia Dougherty and Margaret DeJardin; three nieces and nephews; and a grand-niece and grand-nephew.

A memorial service was held on March 17, 2008.

Remembrances may be sent to Medical Teams International.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Gary D. Shattuck

Aug. 23, 1943-March 1, 2008

Gary D. Shattuck died on March 1, 2008, at age 64, after a very long illness.

He was born on Aug. 23, 1943, in Salem, and had lived in the Portland area since 1970.

He had been employed as a cook in many restaurants around the state, and spent his entire life trying to help others.

He received dialysis at the Clackamas Dialysis Center.

He is survived by: wife, Jonsie Shattuck; son, Robert Shattuck; daughters, Heather Rodderich and Linda Homer; brothers, Bill and Floyd; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Remembrances may be sent to the Oregon Kidney Association. Arrangements: Crown-Milwaukie.

Nicholas Albano

Nov. 13, 1954-March 7, 2008

Nicholas Albano died on March 7, 2008, at age 53. The cause of death was cancer.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1954, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Mary and Gaetano Albano.

He was a master service technician and was recognized by Harley-Davidson as a senior PhD service tech. with 28 years of experience repairing motorcycles.

Most recently he worked at Pardies Harley-Davidson.

He is survived by: wife, Patricia; son Justin Yuen and his wife Ashild; son, Nicholas Jr.; daughter, Marie Ellis and her husband Chris; sister, Terri Albano; and grandchildren, Victoria, Katherina and Kamilla.

A memorial service was held on March 13, 2008, at the Molalla Christian Church.Arrangements: Emily's Cremation and Burial in Milwaukie.

Lorene M. Burton

Sept. 21, 1921-March 5, 2008

Lorene M. Burton died on March 5, 2008, at age 86.

She was born Lorene M. Bolen on Sept. 21, 1921, in Joplin, Mo., and moved to Oregon in 1940. She lived in Portland and Beavercreek, and in 2006 moved to Anchorage, Alaska.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by: daughter, Dorothy Bowler; brother, Paul Bolen; sister, Imogene Etherton; and two grandchildren.

Her husband, Edward Burton, preceded her in death in 1997.

A graveside service was held on March 12, 2008, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Remembrances may be sent to Oregon City Meals on Wheels.Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Helmut J. F. Putz

Dec. 28, 1921-March 9, 2008

Helmut J. F. Putz died on March 9, 2008, at age 86, of congestive heart failure.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1921, in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He lived in Portland from 1967 to 1969, and then moved to Gladstone, where he lived until his death.

He had been employed as an engineer by Ingersoll-Rand.

Survivors include: wife, Inge M. Putz; sons, Helmut D. K. Putz and Ron Putz; daughter, Barbara Ann Putz; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held March 14, 2008, at St. John the Apostle Church in Oregon City.

Remembrances may be sent to the Oregon Food Bank.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.