OBITUARIES--May 7, 2008
Matie Bracey, Sadie Hutchinson, Dorthea Schmit, Janice Tirrill, Adam Zessin
Matie E. Hales Bracey
Matie E. Hales Bracey of Jackson, Mich., died April 13, 2008. She was 85.
Raised in the St. Helens area, in Jackson she was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, and was a volunteer both at her church and Foote Hospital.
She is survived by daughter Linda (Dennis) Hall of Jackson; sons Larry (Linda) of Cement City, Mich., Jim (Barbara) of Bend, and David A. (Melinda Sue) of Leslie, Mich.; grandchildren Rhonda, Debbie, Dennis, Becky, Lisa (Sterling), Dawn (Andy), Jimmy, Jason, Jake, and Jessica (Michael); 13 great-grandchildren; sister Ruby Miller of Salem; brothers Robert Hales, and Kenneth (Joyce), all of Scappoose; and nieces and nephews: John (Nina) of Portland; Frank (Jerry) of Eugene, Peg Tarbell of Yankton, Mike Miller (Lorrie) of Beaverton, Don (Lisa) of Las Vegas, Nev., Judy (Dan) Pollard of Warren; Robert (Mary) of Scappoose, and Barbara (Ryan) of Seattle, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 1986.
A service was held in Jackson.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, 3905 Clinton Rd., Jackson, MI, 49201.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mlive.com/obits.
Editor's note: This obituary was first published on April 30. Some familial relationships were misstated. The Spotlight regrets the errors.
Sadie Elizabeth Hutchison was born in Clyde, Calif., on Oct. 3, 1983, to John E. Hutchison and Susan Keller Hutchison. Sadie was the fourth of five children.
Moving to Oregon at the age of 5, she lived and attended school there, graduating from St. Helens High School with the Class of 2001.
After graduation Sadie lived in California near family members, moving to New York the year after 9-11. She lived and worked in New York for one and a half years. Returning to California she lived in the Sacramento area, falling in love and marrying Eric Morales. Their cherished daughter Madeline May Morales was born in January 2007.
Sadie went to join her father, John, on April 23, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Eric, daughter, Madeline, stepson, Joel; mother Susan Conn and stepfather Robert (grandpa Rob) Conn; mother-in-law Jane Shiota; her husband Fred, and sister-in-law Emma; five siblings: Kevin Simonson and his wife Sandy; Kelly Esparza and her husband Hector, Colin Simonson and Jacob Hutchison; her niece Kally Rogers; three nephews: Mario, Alex and Evan Esparza; grandparents Lois and Gordon Youmans of Happy Valley, Calif., and Betty Hutchison of southern California; uncle Mike Hutchison, uncle David Hutchison, aunt Denise Hutchison, great-aunt Kate Wyrick; cousin David Hutchison and a wide circle of friends.
We love you and miss you Sadie, and wish you peace.
A memorial service was held April 29 at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento 95841. Attendees were asked to wear something in Sadie's favorite color, pink.
Donations may be made to the Placer County Humane Society.
Editor's note: This obituary was first published on April 30. The family has requested that a revised obituary be published, and we are honoring that request.
Dorothea Schmit of St. Helens died April 30, 2008, at a Portland hospital. She was 79.
Dorothea Grezeschok was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Kualwitz, Germany, to Joseph and Anna (Oszenda) Grezeschok.
In 1948 she moved to Scappoose from Germany, and on July 16, 1948, married Francis Schmit.
A homemaker, and member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose, she was a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend.
She is survived by her children: Bonnie Schmit of Phoenix, Ariz., Paul Schmit of Camas, Wash., and Joseph Schmit of Scappoose; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings in Germany. She was preceded in death by her husband Francis Schmit in 1984.
A funeral mass was held at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.
Committal service and vault interment were at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.
Janice Irene Tirrill
Janice 'Janny or Jan' Irene Tirrill of Oregon City died April 5, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland after a multiyear bout with breast cancer. She was 66.
Janice Irene Hahn was born May 31, 1941, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Bill and Irene Hahn.
Raised in Kimberly, Idaho, she also attended schools in The Dalles and Oakridge, graduating in 1959. In high school she was an honor student, majorette, and on the court of the Oakridge-Westfir Tree Planting Festival.
Educated at Linfield College, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Phi sorority, and in 1963 she received dual bachelor's degrees in home economics and psychology.
She married Leonard Ray Tirrill, her high school and college sweetheart, on Aug. 26, 1961, in Oakridge.
Her professional life began with a teaching position at Vernonia High School, and then in Hillsboro. Later she taught child development, family life and psychology at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools, and served as head of the Home Economics Department for several years. In 1972 she accepted a position in the Administration Department for Continuing Education at the University of Portland, where she served for two years before retiring to be a full-time wife and mother.
After her husband retired they built a successful landscaping business in Oregon City, where they have lived for almost 30 years.
Together they were involved within the faith community, leading Bible studies, and supporting evangelistic efforts in the Portland metro area, She was first and foremost an educator, giving counseling to others, or doing her own reading and research. Central to the core of her life was her unwavering commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. She deeply valued character development for mankind, and had a special gift for encouraging others. She made a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of people.
Her other interests included caring for and creating beauty in her home and gardens, preparing wonderful food presentations, spoiling family pets, and playing with her granddaughter.
Her great style, flashing smile, and playfulness are her family's 'Janny gems.'
She is survived by her husband of 46 years Leonard of Oregon City; daughter Tronda Quin, and granddaughter Alysse Quin, both of Blaine, Wash; and sisters Jacci Reed of McMinnville, and Jennifer Brown of Scappoose. She was preceded in death by her brother Dr. William E. Hahn.
A celebration of life was held at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn.
Memorial gifts may be made to any branch of US Bank, where the Janice Tirrill Water for Life Fund has been established to build a well for safe drinking water for families in Africa.
Adam E. Zessin
Adam Eugene Zessin of Corvallis died April 13, 2008. He was 22.
Mr. Zessin was born July 31, 1985, to Gayle and Mark Zessin, and was baptized on Sept. 8, 1985, in St. Helens.
Raised in St. Helens, he attended SonShine Christian Preschool, McBride Elementary, St. Helens Middle School and High School, and the Columbia County Education Campus.
While growing up he was in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Life Scout, and was elected to The Order of the Arrow. He enjoyed camping with the Scouts and 'model rocket camp' at Camp Lutherwood near Eugene. Musically inclined, he could play the saxophone, ocarina, and piano.
On Feb. 14, 2005, he married Ashley N. Harvey at Grace Lutheran Church in Scappoose. After the marriage ended he moved to western New York for two years.
Holding many odd jobs, he was paying his way through college, working toward a degree in education. He attended Portland Community College, and Genesee Community College in Batavia, N.Y.
A talented artist, he enjoyed sketching and was hoping to supplement his income as a tattoo artist. Among the other things he enjoyed were movies, motorcycles, muscle cars, and being with friends.
He is survived by his parents Gayle and Don Gould, and Ellen and Mark Zessin, all of Scappoose; brother Aaron Zessin attending Wyotech in Laramie, Wyo.; stepbrothers Steve Durst of Corvallis, and Ted Durst of Scappoose; grandmother Nelda Gunderson of Chehalis, Wash.; grandfather Larry Eugene Zessin of Tumwater, Wash.; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins mostly living in Washington. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Gordon Gunderson and grandmother Patricia Zessin.
Editor's note: This obituary was first published on April 30. Some surviving family members were inadvertently left out. The Spotlight regrets the error.