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Jacob Thomas Fried

Feb. 25, 1999 - March 14, 2008

Jacob (Jack) Thomas Fried, 9, of Cedar Mill died March 14, after living with cancer for four years.

Shortly before beginning kindergarten he was diagnosed with Rhabdomysarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. He was treated at the Shriner's Hospital for Children and Doernbecher Children's Hospital, where he made many friends.

Chemotherapy successfully beat back his cancer twice before he finally succumbed to it three weeks after his ninth birthday.

Jacob Thomas Fried, called Jack, was born Feb. 25, 1999, in Portland to Hadley and David Fried and lived his first four years in Northeast Portland, where he attended pre-school at the Purple Moon School.

He moved to Cedar Mill in 2004, and attended Cedar Mill Elementary School.

He accomplished much in his few years. He was selected to be a Miracle Child in 2007 by the Childrens Miracle Network and Doernbecher Hospital. This resulted in his being honored with a trip to Disneyland and to Washington, D.C., where he and similarly afflicted children met the president and various senators.

He was also the recipient of a Make a Wish trip to San Diego and he helped the Make a Wish Foundation for several years at its fundraising dinner events.

He was instrumental in the Doernbecher Children's Hospital's Kid Friendly Emergency Room Fund, and participated on stage with celebrities and TV anchorpersons for the fund. He also participated in the annual telethons to raise money for the hospital.

Jack had a way of finding the good in the bad and had a passion for helping others. He spearheaded a penny drive to purchase Little Red Wagons for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The hospital provides the wagons for children to move their belongings in, out, or around the hospital or to pull each other around the premises in the wagons. Eight little red wagons were purchased for the hospital as a result of his efforts and as a result he and his second grade school class learned the joys of helping others, of which he was very proud.

Jack loved his friends, animals, food, swimming in the ocean, riding his bike, Legos and Star Wars.

His final days were spent surrounded by the love and assistance of many friends and brought his community of Cedar Mill together.

He is survived by his beloved dog Raina; his mother and father Hadley and David; sister Ivy, 5; grandparents Jacob and Patricia Fried of Portland; grandfather Thomas Aldrich of Falmouth, Mass.; uncle Michael Fried of Portland; aunt Brooke Aldrich; and uncle Keith Heald of Cornwall, England.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Peggy Aldrich of Falmouth.

A memorial service will be held in Jack's home later this spring.

Remembrance donations in the name of Jacob Thomas Friend may be made to Rhabdomysarcoma Research and the Oregon Humane Society.

He will be remembered by his many friends all over the world.

Martin Lennart Johansson

Oct. 11, 1927 - March 25, 2008

Martin Lennart Johansson, 80, died March 25 at his home in Tigard, where he was a home hospice patient. Cause of death was cancer. He had previously lived in Aloha before moving to Tigard in 1956.

Mr. Johansson was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Smaland Province, Voxtorp, in Sweden, where he was reared and educated.

After World War II he served in the Swedish Army and the United States Army to help with the rebuilding and protection of Europe.

He served in the United States Army from Jan. 20, 1954, to Jan. 11, 1957.

In 1950 he emigrated from Sweden to the United States with $200 and a suitcase, containing a set of wood carving tools, one of his most valuable possessions. The skills he had learned in Sweden in art, woodcarving and woodworking took him far as a master wood carver and custom cabinet and furniture maker.

In 1971 he married Joan Bruechert in Beaverton.

He was a member of the Nobel Lodge and Order of Runneberg Lodge in Portland.

He was a wood carving teacher.

He was active in the Scandinavian Men's Chorus for many years.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Joan of Tigard, include daughter and son-in-law Ena Johansson and Ronald Robertson of Hayden, Idaho; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Anastasia Johansson of Portland; son Kristian Johansson of Tigard; stepdaughter Sheila Williams Lawson; son-in-law John Lawson of Vernon, B.C., Canada; stepdaughter Cheryl Johansson of Happy Valley; sister Astrid Ericksson in Sweden; brothers Herbert and Algot Johansson, both in Sweden; plus four granddaughters and one grandson.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, March 29, in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tigard. Interment was in Finley Sunset Hills Memorial Park.

Donations in memory of Martin Lennart Johansson may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, 13401 S.W. Banish St., Tigard 97223, or to Kaiser Hospice.

Bert Alonzo Richardson Jr.

April 18, 1923 - March 21, 2008

Bert Alonzo Richardson Jr., died peacefully in his Beaverton home March 21, surrounded by his four children. The native Oregonian and a resident of the Portland/Beaverton area since 1956 was 84.

In celebration of Mr. Richardson's life, a gathering will take place Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Stockpot Broiler, 8200 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road in Beaverton.

Mr. Richardson was born April 18, 1923, to Bert Richardson and Eula (McKinnon) Richardson in Burns, graduating from Burns High School in 1940.

His Harney County roots were wide and deep. Several ranches in the late 1800s were started by the McKinnons, and both of his grandfathers served as county sheriffs in the early 1900s.

Although he moved from the area as a young man he returned often and talked often of his younger life and much of that talk involved fishing the many streams of Harney County. Only a few weeks before his death he told his family that if he could choose right then any place he could be, that place would be Harney County.

He was a member of the Burns Elks.

In 1941 he married his 'southern Belle' Betty Joe Gatlin, a previous resident of Louisiana.

In late 1942 Mr. Richardson enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving as a B-17 navigator in the Eighth Air Force's 384th Bomb Group, based in England. He returned from Europe in early 1946.

For the next 29 years he worked in the retail apparel industry, primarily in Idaho and Oregon. He was employed in apparel management for JC Penney and Fred Meyer for more than 30 years.

In 1972 he suffered a stroke, forcing him to retire in 1975. He spent the last 36 years fighting to regain his strength and he never gave up trying.

Surviving are son Bert A. Richardson III (Chip) and his wife Sydney of Roseburg and son Terry and his wife Roberta of Portland; daughters and their husbands Debbie and Steve Schneider of Lake Oswego and Lisa and Mark Darnold of Tualatin; sister Sis Cromer of Vancouver, Wash.; plus nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 2004, to whom he had been married for 63 years, and by grandson Michael in May 2007.

Donations in memory of Bert Alonzo Richardson Jr. may be made to St. Vincent Hospice or Legacy Foundation Good Samaritan Stroke Program, P.O. Box 4484, Portland 97208.

Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Irena Gala Sinadskis Krosniunas

June 9, 1920 - March 23, 2008

Irena Gala Sinadskis Krosniunas died March 23 at the age of 87.

She was born June 9, 1920, in Kaunas, Lithuania, and married Stasys Krosniunas there in 1940, soon after the beginning of World War II in Europe. In 1944 the family escaped to Germany in advance of the invading Soviet Union army and there they lived as displaced persons until 1950 when they emigrated to the United States.

Their first home was in Chicago, where they lived for more than 20 years. They then lived for several years in Santa Barbara, Calif. She and her husband retired to Tigard in 1977 and settled permanently in Sherwood in 1984. In their later years they spent some time living in Ireland and Lithuania.

Throughout her life Mrs. Krosniunas worked in various occupations. At one time she owned her own millinery business. During most of her working career she engaged in clerical work for the railroads. Very creative in her personal life, she was an accomplished baker and cook, and excelled in many forms of needlework and sewing. She loved the natural world and animals and was a keen gardener. She was active in the Oregon Herb Society and a longtime member of the Sherwood Senior Center.

She read avidly, especially in areas of philosophy, astronomy and world religions. She was fluent in five languages and conversant in several more.

Following her retirement, she attended and graduated from Portland Community College.

Sociable, friendly and generous, she made friends wherever she went.

Her husband Stasys preceded her in death.

Surviving are sister Eugenia Smadskis of Kaunas, Lithuania; son Algimantas Krosniunas of Wilmington, Ill.; daughters Jurate Krosniunas of Reseda, Calif., Egle Krosniunas of Baraboo, Wis., and Ramune Arlauskas and her husband Paul of Wilsonville; plus two grandsons and two great-grandchildren.