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Obituaries - May 12, 2011

Heather Kraemer Hill

Heather Kraemer Hill of Lake Oswego died of breast cancer April 30, 2011, in Portland. She was 37.

She was born Sept. 10, 1973, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Gayle and Brian Hill.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1996 and a doctor of dental surgery in 2000 from the University of Minnesota and master's degree in biomedical informatics in 2010 from Oregon Health and Sciences University.

In 1997 she married Daniel Pihlstrom in Minneapolis, Minn. In her career as a dentist, she was involved in research, teaching and patient care. Along with her husband she taught a course on evidence-based dentistry at OHSU. She was a former board member of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a founding member of the Portland Young Survivors and graduate of the American Association for Cancer Research Scientists-Survivor Program.

In addition to her husband Daniel and 4-year-old daughters Kira and Raquel Pihlstrom of Lake Oswego, survivors include her parents Brian and Gayle Hill of Portland, her brother and sister-in-law Bradford and Ariel Hill of Lake Oswego and grandparents Leonard and Gladys Kraemer of Rathdrum, Idaho, and Dick and Heather Chrisman of Lake Oswego.

A service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Mountain Park Clubhouse, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace, Lake Oswego.

Contributions may be made to the Dr. Heather K. Hill Memorial Fund, 40 Churchill Downs, Lake Oswego 97035.

Lester Daws Jones

Lester Jones of West Linn died May 7, 2011. He suffered with Alzheimer's disease for several years before his death.

He was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Everett, Wash., the son of Dorothy Chitty Jones and Lester Taylor Jones.

He graduated from Everett High School in 1943 and joined the U.S. Marines at age 17. He served until 1945. He graduated with a degree in zoology from the University of Washington where he was a member of Sigma Nu.

In 1952 he married Glenice Lyon. He had a lifetime career in the lumber business, first with Weyerhaeuser Lumber and then with Buckeye Pacific in Portland. His employment took the couple first to Dallas, Texas, where their children were born, and then to Rockford, Ill., where Mr. Jones coached Pop Warner football.

In 1975 the family moved to West Linn.

Mr. Jones' favorite activity was golfing, and for many years he enjoyed the game at Oswego Lake Country Club. He was a member of the Lake Oswego Kiwanis Club, and in 1985 Mr. and Mrs. Jones served as presidents of the Lake Dance Club.

In addition to his wife Glenice, survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Larry and Betty Jones of Boise, Idaho, and grandchildren Nicolle Jones, Scott Jones, Everett Coe and Lydia Coe. His daughter Suzanne Jones Coe predeceased him.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, where Mr. Jones was a member. Interment in the church's Memorial Garden will follow.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, the Alzheimer's Association or Christ Church Episcopal Parish.

Dana Taylor

Dana Lee (Gibbs) Taylor died April 19, 2011, of cancer. She was 79.

Mrs. Taylor was born May 11, 1931 in San Fran-cisco to Jan and Ernie Gibbs. The family moved to Lake Os-wego when she was a child and lived in houses along the lake's south shore while growing up. She attended the original Lake Grove Elementary School and graduated from Lincoln High School.

She briefly attended Lewis and Clark College.

She married Doug Taylor on Feb. 20, 1954 at St. Thomas More Church in Portland. He preceded her in death in 1984.

Mrs. Taylor worked at Kingsbury's in Lake Oswego, the Blue Daisy Boutique in Lake Grove and retired from her responsibilities in the office at Mountain Park Racquet Club in 1997.

She enjoyed family trips to Rogue River, Central Oregon and Lincoln City. She loved swimming, alpine and cross-country skiing, tennis, golf, yoga and gardening. She became a huge fan of the Trailblazers and Seattle Mariners.

Survivors include her sister Valerie Meckley of Manzanita, brother Phillip Gibbs, Oro Valley, Ariz., daughters Teri Taylor, Portland, Sally Carlson, Bend and Linda Josten, Hillsboro, and son Mike Taylor, Lake Oswego, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Taylor's life will be held Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the clubhouse at Red Fox Hills Townhomes. A slide show will be presented at 3 p.m.

Remembrances may be sent to Pacific NW Hospice Foundation at www.phwhospice.org .

Krista Waller

Lifelong Lake Oswego resident Krista Lynn Waller died April 20, 2011, of cancer. She was 29.

Miss Waller was born May 20, 1981 in Ashland to Donald A. and Sandra K. (Olson) Waller. She was raised in Lake Oswego and graduated from Lakeridge High School.

She was a member of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and enjoyed photography.

Survivors include her mother, Sandra Waller of Lake Oswego and brother and sister-in-law Jonathan S. and Raynie Waller of Parkdale, a niece and three nephews.

Her father and niece Allison Waller preceded her in death.

A celebration of Miss Waller's life will be held May 19 at 1 p.m. at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive in Lake Oswego.

Interment will be at Belcrest Memorial Park, 1295 Browning Ave., South in Salem.

Colleen Bennett

May 3, 1937 - January 30, 2011

Colleen Bennett, 73, was suddenly called home to God on January 30, 2011 while enjoying her "Snow-Bird" stay in Mesa, Arizona.

Colleen was born in Oberon, North Dakota on May 3, 1937, the only child of Frances and Howard Jacot. She grew up in Devil's Lake, N.D. where she was active in school and community activities.

In high school she was a drum majorette, cheerleader and participated in student government. She was a member of the Rainbow Young Girls Division of the Order of the Eastern Star and advanced to the position of Worthy Advisor. She made and kept many dear friends from Devil's Lake.

In 1956, Colleen transferred from Minot State Teacher's college in North Dakota to Eastern Washington College of Education in Cheney, Washington where she met and married Joe Bennett. Colleen worked to put Joe through the University of Florida Engineering School and while there, she gave birth to their son Tim. After Joe's graduation they moved to California and had two more sons, Tom and Scott. They relocated to Spokane, Washington where Colleen was active in school issues and she became Vice President of Spokane League of Women Voters (LWV). She was slated to become President when the family moved to Lake Oswego in 1984.

Colleen continued her deep involvement in LWV, ultimately serving as President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon. She traveled widely for the League when she was co-chair of the National League's Nominating Committee and contributed in many significant ways to the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County.

Colleen found her greatest passion when she was appointed to the Lake Oswego Library Board. She quickly became aware that the library was woefully small for the needs of the community and thus began her campaign to site and build a newer, larger library. She joined the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library and, serving as president, she encouraged the Friends board to establish a building fund for a new library with a portion of the money raised from the Friends' book store, Booktique. Her efforts, leadership and advocacy for the Library will be greatly missed.

Colleen was involved in many other civic organizations and associations in Lake Oswego including the School Foundation, Clackamas Women's Services, Keep Lake Oswego Great, LONAC, Lake Oswego Reads Steering Committee, the Willamette Women Democrats and Oregon Heat. Colleen was the inaugural Executive Director of Oregon Heat and served later on its board. At her death she was a Board Member Emeritus.

Colleen's gifts to her community were enthusiasm, organization, warmth and genuine leadership skills. She was a consummate friend, cheering successes, consoling grief, supporting efforts and remembering birthdays.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Joe, Lake Oswego; her three sons, Tim, Portland; Tom (Nancy), Brigham City, Utah; and Scott (Sarah), Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by five grandchildren she adored, Andy, Samantha, Ellie, Heidi and Bekah and by her aunt, Billie Kopek, Alexandria, VA.

Memorial donations may be made in Colleen's name to: League of Women Voters Oregon Education Fund, and Clackamas Women's Services and the Lake Oswego Library.

A celebration of Colleen's life will be held on Tuesday, May 24 from 3 to 6 PM at the Mountain Park Recreation Center.