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Janet St. Clair Banks

Long-time Lake Oswego resident Janet St. Clair Banks died May 15, 2008, in her home of cancer. She was 77.

Ms. Banks was born Dec. 6, 1930 in Portland to Clair Hawthaway Banks and William Banks. She attended Oswego Grade School (now Lakewood Center for the Arts) and graduated with honors from St. Helen's Hall (now part of Oregon Episcopal School). She graduated from Whittier College and taught physical education in California until her retirement in 1984.

Lake Oswego benefited a great deal from Ms. Banks' generous spirit and volunteerism. She was active in the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center and a strong supporter of Oswego Heritage House. She erected the flagpole at the State Street trolley station in memory of her parents and founded the Old Town Neighborhood Association. She was honored with a Lake Oswego Citizen Award for volunteer service in 1992.

Each Friday for years she delivered fresh-baked cookies to the maintenance crew at George Rogers Park in appreciation for their service in making the park such a joy to everyone.

A Celebration of Life will be held May 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the George Rogers Park Shelter. A memorial service will be held June 5 at 11 a.m. at Oswego Heritage House.

Survivors include a second cousin Ed Robison and a childhood friend, Loeta Moore McElwee.

Remembrances may be sent to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, Meals on Wheels programs or the Albertina Kerr Center.

Gloria Louise Slape

Gloria Louise Slape died on May 7, 2008. She was 82.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1925, to parents Louis F. 'Jack' and Dorothy L. (Bender) Dellar in Portland. She spent her childhood years in Portland and Lakeside, Ore.

She worked as a professional singer who performed as 'Gloria Gay' in Del Milne's Rose Room, The Gold Room and other clubs in Portland.

On April 16, 1948, she married Lloyd Slape in Coos Bay. In 1964 the couple moved to Lake Oswego where they raised their four children.

Mrs. Slape was a homemaker who enjoyed birds, gardening, sewing and needlework.

Two years after the death of her husband in l988, Mrs. Slape moved to Astoria.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Karsten Hoysagk of Astoria; her son, Darren Slape of Astoria; her brother and sister-in-law, Ramon and Inez Hodges of Portland; her sister and partner, Joan Dellar and Susie Smith of Spokane, Wash.; and her brother Jack Dellar of Spokane.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Lloyd Slape, and her son, Ronald Slape.

A private interment was held at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice or the Humane Society of the United States in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, Ore. 97103.