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Obituaries for March 26

Jean Bergen

Oct. 15, 1919-March 20, 2008

Gresham resident Jean Bergen, 88, died Thursday, March 20, in a Portland hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Gateway Baptist Church, 13300 N.E. San Rafael St., Portland. Private burial will follow at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Jean was born Alberta Jean on Oct. 15, 1919, in Antelope, Mont., to Murlin and Effie (McGuire) Stevens. She began her schooling in Washington state, and then her family moved to Oregon, and she graduated from high school in Dallas.

On Sept. 8, 1940, she married Benjamin Bergen in Dallas, where they began their family.

While living in Dallas, Jean worked as a clerk in the county treasurer's office. During World War II, the family moved to Vanport, and Jean worked in the shipyards. The family later moved to Portland, and she worked as a meat wrapper at Kienows, retiring in 1979. Jean and Benjamin moved to Gresham in 2002.

Jean enjoyed traveling, baking, gardening, sewing and doing needlework.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ray Bergen.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Beverly Kelley of Powell Butte and Carol Kost of Gresham; sister, Mary Krieger of Welton, Ariz.; brother, Jess Payne of Dallas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Casey Eye Institute by mailing to its foundation at 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 200, Portland, 97205.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edith Juanita Barnhart

Oct. 10, 1927-March 21, 2008

Gresham resident Edith Juanita Barnhart, 80, died Friday, March 21, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Edith was born Oct. 10, 1927, in Grand Junction, Colo., to August and Mary (Schreiner) Schuman. She was raised and educated in Pasco, Wash.

On April 6, 1947, she married John 'Les' Barnhart. They moved from Washington state to Lebanon, in 1966 and later settled in the Portland Metro area in 1978.

Edith worked for the state as an administrative assistant in the building codes division, retiring in 1988. She enjoyed gardening, painting, traveling, sewing, dancing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; son, Stephen Barnhart of Roseburg; daughter, Peggy Ditterick of Gresham; brothers, August Schuman of Algona, Wash., and James Schuman of Lebanon; sisters, Laura Caldwell of Portland and Mary Kirby of Woodland, Wash.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Portland, 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, 97209.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert William Jorgensen

Feb. 20, 1928-March 17, 2008

East County resident Robert William Jorgensen, 80, died Monday, March 17, at his home.

A funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2400 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland. Private inurnment will follow.

Robert was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Portland. He attended Jefferson High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. He moved to East County in 1962.

He was married to Mona Perkins for 18 years. On April 9, 1995, he married Pearl Fuerstenau.

Robert worked in personnel management for Lipman-Wolfe and Frederick and Nelson department stores. He was a 33rd Degree Mason.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mona, in 1979, and his second wife, Pearl, in 2005.

Survivors include his stepsons, Kurt Fuerstenau of Gresham and Paul Fuerstenau of Portland; stepdaughter, Janet Rose of Portland; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joyce Ruth Eyer

Dec. 27, 1934-March 20, 2008

Former Gresham resident Joyce Ruth Eyer, 73, died Thursday, March 20, in Keizer after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. S.E., Salem.

Joyce was born Dec. 27, 1934, in Gresham to Paul and Ester (Bottemiller) Bartlemay. She grew up on the family farm in Boring and graduated from Sandy High School in 1953. She attended Portland State University.

On Dec. 16, 1955, she married Wilson Eyer in Portland. They moved to Keizer in 1997.

Joyce worked for Portland Public Schools. She enjoyed gardening and was active with the Master Gardener program in Marion County. She also enjoyed camping and participating in organized walks for charities. She was a wonderful cook and was known for her homemade pies, rolls and prize-winning fudge.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 23, 2001.

Survivors include her daughters, Susan Sandwick of Portland, Carrie Hall of Miami and Donna Eyer of Keizer; sisters, Dorothy Marshall of Gresham, Lois Jenness of Portland and Linda Bartlemay of Portland; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting, 7140 S.W. Macadam Ave., Portland, 97219-3099, or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1400 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 530, Portland, 97201.

Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory is handling arrangements.

Albert Morgan Connor

Oct. 21, 1930-March 21, 2008

East County resident Albert Morgan Connor, 77, died Friday, March 21.

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Lynchwood Christian Church, 3815 S.E. 174th Ave. Interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

Morgan was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Heppner to Albert and Mary (Morgan) Connor. He graduated from Heppner High School in 1948 and attended Oregon State University.

In 1979, he married Leota Jo Dimmitt in Portland.

Morgan was self-employed, owning AM Connor Distributing until 1978. He also worked at Carco Equipment in Portland until 1996.

Morgan was a member of the Lynchwood Christian Church, the Goldendale Elks Club No. 1868, and the American Legion Post 0116 Louis Leidl in Goldendale, Wash. He worked on Habitat for Humanity projects, and he loved working in his garden, jogging, fishing and the outdoors. He also loved to go huckleberry picking.

He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Jody Crawford, in 2008, and his brothers, Dean Connor and Keith Connor.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Tracie Fields of Corvallis and Tina Alamar of Danville, Calif.; brothers, Gary Connor of Springfield and Nelson Connor of Heppner; sisters, Colleen Williams of Beaverton and Darlene Drake of Fairfield, Calif.; stepdaughters, Ginny Ross of Federal Way, Wash., and Lesa Stanley of Gresham; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Lynchwood Christian Church Fund, 3815 S.E. 174th Ave., Portland, 97236.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Clara 'Mayme' Mae Vincent

July 29, 1934-March 23, 2008

East County resident Clara 'Mayme' Mae Vincent, 73, died Sunday, March 23, at Providence Portland Medical Center.

Visitations will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at M and M Restaurant, 137 N. Main Ave.

Clara was born July 29, 1934, in Portland to Christian and Ethel (Lommen) Donison. She graduated from Gresham High School.

She was married to Robert E. Olson from 1952 to 1964 and to Michael Vincent from 1965 to 1981.

Clara worked as a waitress for the Mallard Restaurant in Gresham, as a temporary employee for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, for Gordon Transcription and as an administration assistant for the Oregon Department of Transportation, from which she retired.

Clara was a member of the Gresham Grange and the Eastmont Players theater group. She enjoyed her family.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Olson, in 1975, and her brother, Roy Donison, in 1979.

Survivors include her son, Brian Vincent of Laurel, Mont.; daughters, Marlene Fowler of Winlock, Wash., Barbara Fullman of Vancouver, Wash., and Nanette Chapman of Canby; brother, Donald Donison of Nehalem; sisters, Carol Smith of Portland and Diana Teeples of Orofino, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association of Portland, 1200 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 220, Portland, 97209.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William 'Bill' Michael Cluney

Jan. 29, 1944-March 22, 2008

Gresham resident William Michael Cluney, 64, died Saturday, March 22.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. A private inurnment will follow.

Bill was born Jan. 29, 1944, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Joseph and Margaret (Duffy) Cluney. He graduated in 1961 from Bellflower High School in Bellflower, Calif., and attended Long Beach City College. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Long Beach State College, served his apprenticeship at the Long Beach shipyards, and completed his certificate of engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.

On Feb. 12, 1966, he married Judith Ann Jensen in Bellflower. They moved to Gresham in 1990.

Bill worked as an engineer with Micropump for 17 years.

Bill was active with St. Henry Catholic Church as a member of the Knights of Columbus and the administrative council. He was a member of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders and was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife; son, Paul Cluney of Gresham; daughter, Cynthia Myers of Gladstone; brothers, Tom Cluney and Bob Cluney of Running Springs, Calif.; sister, Ellen MacLaughlin of Midland, Mich.; and two grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Catholic Charities, 231 S.E. 12th Ave., Portland, 97214-1342.

L.F. 'Jim' Stanton

June 26, 1913-March 25, 2008

Gresham resident L.F. 'Jim' Stanton, 94, died Tuesday, March 25.

A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, March 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Jim was born June 26, 1913, in Phillips County, Kan., to Noah and Emma (Peck) Stanton. He grew up in Kansas, but moved to Washington in 1926. He returned to Kansas again, but then moved to Washington and then to Southern California during the Great Depression. Jim worked in the Conservation Corps in Washington.

On Aug. 22, 1946, he married Nina Telitha Byers in Vancouver, Wash. They lived in Lebam, Wash., but moved to Pleasant Valley in 1964.

Before World War II, Jim moved to Oregon to work in the shipyards. He served during the war as a Navy Seabee. He worked as a logger in Northern California for 13 years and as a heavy equipment mechanic.

Survivors include his wife; son, James Stanton of Gresham; daughter, Marilyn Stanton of Portland; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Collette J. McDowell

Oct. 7, 1951-March 23, 2008

Gresham resident Collette J. McDowell, 56, died Sunday, March 23.

A visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Bateman Carroll.

A full obituary will appear in The Outlook at a later date.