Obituaries - April 16


Sharon Irene Piazza

Nov. 1, 1941-April 12, 2008

Sharon Irene Piazza, 66, a resident of Boring, died Saturday, April 12, at her home after a long illness and complications from surgery.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road.

Sharon was born Nov. 1, 1941, in Portland to Fielden and Grace (Peacock) Moss. She graduated from Parkrose High School in 1959.

She married Jack Fitzmaurice. She later married Ronald Piazza in 1979 in Portland.

Sharon was a homemaker. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, and she was known as a good cook and decorator of her home. She regularly played mahjongg with a special group of ladies, and she enjoyed traveling, including trips to Reno, Nev., and fishing on a boat off the Oregon coast with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Velma R. Edens.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Todd Fitzmaurice of Boring and Tyson Fitzmaurice of Gresham; stepsons, Mike Piazza of Gresham and Steve Piazza of Gresham; stepdaughter, Sue Piazza of Gresham; sister, Shirley J. Calkin of Port Ludlow, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to My Sister's House, P.O. Box 305, Troutdale, 97060.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert John Mayorga

March 21, 1954-April 7, 2008

Gresham resident Robert John Mayorga, 54, died Monday, April 7, at his home.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Bob was born March 21, 1954, in San Francisco to Robert and Carole (Sarles) Mayorga. He graduated in 1972 from Buchser High School in Santa Clara, Calif., and received his bachelor's degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.

In July 2004, he married Lynda Sampert in Las Vegas.

Bob worked as a land surveyor for the Bureau of Land Management for 20 years. He loved being in the outdoors, going hunting, fishing, golfing, cooking and sports. He was a 300 bowler.

Survivors include his wife; parents, Robert and Carole Mayorga of Vancouver, Wash.; stepsons, Brian Schwenk of Portland and Josh Poole of Portland; stepdaughters, Jennifer Conway of Redding, Calif., Hannah Arends of Vancouver, Cora Poole of Portland, and Klare Guyh of Portland; brother, Michael Mayorga of Elk Grove, Calif.; sisters, Yvonne Avery of San Jose, Calif., and Suzanne Davison of Bellingham, Wash.; and six grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Kaiser Hospice, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., Suite 140, Portland, 97210-5344.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kenneth Jordan 'KJ' McKinster

June 16, 1995-April 11, 2008

Gresham resident Kenneth Jordan 'KJ' McKinster, 12, died Friday, April 11, after a kart racing accident in Richland, Wash.

A public memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Camp Arrah Wanna, 24075 E. Arrah Wanna Blvd., Welches.

KJ was born June 16, 1995, in Seattle to Kenneth and Jacqueline McKinster. He lived in Fairview from 2000 to 2006 and in Gresham since 2006.

KJ attended Woodland Elementary School, and he was a student at Orient Middle School. He was an avid kart racer. His hobbies included football, wrestling, track, racing, math, reading, fishing and hunting.

He was known as a kind, honest, loving, funny and hard-working straight-A student.

Survivors include his parents; and sister, Sierra McKinster of Gresham.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Georg Paul Eckelt

Dec. 18, 1917-April 12, 2008

Gresham resident Georg Paul Eckelt, 90, died Saturday, April 12, at his daughter's home in Sandy.

A private cremation was held and there will be no services.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gladys Luella Dahl Petok

Aug. 31, 1913-April 12, 2008

Gresham resident Gladys Luella Dahl Petok, 94, died Saturday, April 12.

A private service will be held Friday, April 18.

Gladys was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Harwood, N.D., to Hans and Anna (Myklebust) Vartdahl. She grew up on a farm outside of Grand Forks, N.D. She moved to Spokane, Wash., and then to Portland, where she worked for Holly Dairy and at Columbia Aircraft when World War II began.

On Dec. 14, 1946, she married Thomas J. Petok at the Jantzen Beach Ballroom. They moved to Roseburg and to Port Orford in 1952.

Gladys held many jobs, including at the library, city hall, in retail stores, as a waitress and for the U.S. Postal Service, where she retired after 13 years. She enjoyed camping, fishing, sewing, gardening and playing cards. She was an active member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Grange.

In 1992, she moved to Gresham to be closer to her family. She kept busy with church, volunteer work, gardening, playing her beloved organ and attending school plays and concerts.

She was preceded in death by her husband in September 1992.

Survivors include her son, Douglas Petok of Tigard; daughter, Janis Heater of Gresham; brother, Reuben Dahl of Sacramento, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to Signature Hospice, 25117 S.W. Parkway, Wilsonville, 97070.

Riverview Cemetery Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Truman Emery Boyd

Oct. 8, 1922-April 13, 2008

Gresham resident Truman Emery Boyd, 85, died Sunday, April 13.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Rockwood Christian Church, 17021 E. Burnside St. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Truman was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Madison County, Ark., to Fred and Myrtle (Neal) Boyd. They moved to Portland when he was 4 years old. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945.

On Dec. 27, 1947, he married Elvie Karjala in Vancouver, Wash. Following their marriage, they moved to Gresham.

Truman worked for Pacific Power and Light, retiring at age 60. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels, and he was a member of the Gresham Eagles.

Truman enjoyed hunting and fishing. He and his wife spent many nights a week dancing at various places such as the Gresham Senior Center, where he also organized the Tuesday night dance and fundraisers.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Sept. 28, 2004.

Survivors include his son, Marvin Boyd of Sandy; daughter, Kristine Curry of Rochester, Wash.; sister, Mildred Avery of Prosser, Wash.; brother, Manuel Boyd of Gresham; companion, Peggy Kernan of Milwaukie; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Alice Louise Brown

Feb. 5, 1921-April 14, 2008

Sandy resident Alice Louise Brown, 87, died Monday, April 14.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd.

Louise was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Courtland, Kan., to Joe and Dora (Myers) Fuller. She graduated high school in Courtland and earned her bachelor's degree from George Washington University.

On Sept. 6, 1942, she married Dale Edward Brown in Courtland. They lived in East County since 1967.

Louise worked as a first-grade teacher at Powell Valley Elementary School. She retired in 1978. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church choir, and her hobbies included gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her daughter, Valerie Engle of Sandy; sons, Michael Brown of Vancouver, Wash., and Martin Brown of Houston; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donald William Cheever

Feb. 29, 1924-April 11, 2008

Gresham resident Donald William Cheever, 84, died Friday, April 11, in Portland.

A military graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Donald was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Flint, Mich., to Joseph and Gertrude (Quinn) Cheever. He grew up in Lynn, Mass., and in New York City. He had resided in Oregon since 1968.

In 1946, he married Anne Stanley. After her death, he married Jo Sharon Harris in 1975.

Donald was a career Air Force pilot, serving during World War II and the Korean War. He flew several fighter planes, including the P-51, F-86, F-101, F-102 and F-106. He later worked as a driving examiner for the Gresham Department of Motor Vehicles, retiring in 1989.

Donald was a member of the National Rifle Association, and he was a black powder enthusiast. He enjoyed making replicas of old rifles and pistols, reading, hiking in the Columbia Gorge, traveling and his family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne, in 1974.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Sharon Cheever of Portland; sons, Scott Cheever of Salem and Will Cheever of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Donna Schenck of Damascus; sister, Earline Faneuf of Lynn, Mass.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations may be given to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, Ky., 41706.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Martha June Short

July 6, 1923-April 13, 2008

Gresham resident Martha June Short, 84, died Sunday, April 13.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Cherry Park Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1550 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd.

Martha was born July 6, 1923, in Wellsville, Utah, to Charles and Mary Ellen (Glenn) Green. She was raised in Wellsville and attended business school in Salt Lake City.

On Sept. 2, 1942, she married Glenn Ira Short in Salt Lake City.

Martha moved to Gresham in 1956 and taught piano until 1970. She moved back to Utah in 1971, but returned to Gresham in 1984. She was a member and organist for the Kelly Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she was involved with genealogy work for the church.

Martha was an avid reader and she loved music, writing poetry and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, on April 11, 1994.

Survivors include her son, Jay Short of American Fork, Utah; daughters, Suzanne Crandall of Mesa, Ariz., Judy Lloyd of Gresham, Glennda Field of Corbett, and Mary Wilson of Long Beach, Wash.; half-sisters, Erma Busenbark of Brigham City, Utah, Estella Romero of Clearfield, Utah, and Rita York of Kaysville, Utah; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 104 S.W. Clay St., Portland, 97201.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.