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Obituaries for April 7

Kathleen Ann McCutcheon

June 2, 1946-March 24, 2007

East County resident Kathleen Ann McCutcheon, 60, died of kidney failure Saturday, March 24, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham.

A private memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7, at her daughter's home.

Kathleen was born June 2, 1946, in Portland to Delbert and Ruby Marshall. She was raised and educated in Portland, where she graduated from high school.

Kathleen was married and divorced.

She worked in plastics production, but was disabled by a massive stroke in 1984.

Kathleen moved to East County in 1990. She enjoyed playing bingo and working in the garden.

Survivors include her daughters, Kristie Schachman of Eugene, Tawni Emmitt of Portland and Diane Brown of Tacoma, Wash.; sons, David McCutcheon of St. Helens and Allen Marshall of Clark Fork, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

William 'Bill' Henry Kase

Jan. 22, 1916-March 27, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident William 'Bill' Henry Kase, 91, died Tuesday, March 27, in Milwaukie.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Bill was born Jan. 22, 1916, in Olympia, Wash., to George and Maude (Hickman) Kase. He was raised and educated in Tacoma, Wash., where he graduated from Stadium High School in 1934.

After his graduation, he worked in the floral business.

In August 1940, Bill married Doris May Guthrie at her parents' home in Blyn, Wash. They made their home in Tacoma.

In 1942, Bill enlisted in the Army. He was stationed in New Mexico, where he worked on the engines and electrical systems in B17s during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

After his discharge, Bill and Doris moved from Hobbs, N.M., back to Tacoma, where they owned and operated a floral shop.

In 1956, Bill took a job with the Bonneville Power Administration, which took him to various Northwest cities. In 1962, they settled in Gresham.

Bill retired in 1979. After his retirement, the couple wintered in Yuma, Ariz.

Bill was a longtime member of Pleasant Home United Methodist Church. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening and farming. At one time, he owned 10 acres where he raised cattle and pigs.

In 2003, Bill was preceded in death by his wife.

Survivors include his son, Lawrence 'Larry' Kase of Estacada; sisters, Millie Schramel of Portland and Jennie Cox of Tacoma; and one granddaughter.

Memorial contributions can be made to the OHSU Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 200, Portland, 97205-2021, for Alzheimer's research.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Norbert J. Johnson

Feb. 10, 1917-April 4, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident Norbert J. Johnson, 90, died Wednesday, April 4, in Portland.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

A recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, also at Gresham Memorial.

A funeral Mass and a reception will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham. Interment will be at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery, 11666 S.E. Stevens Road, Portland.

Norbert was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to John and Antoinette (Laimers) Johnson. He was raised and educated in Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school.

After his graduation, Norbert worked with his brothers in their body and fender shop.

On Feb. 24, 1938, Norbert married Evelyn O'Shasky at St. Peter and Paul Church in Wisconsin Rapids. In 1943, they moved to Gresham.

During World War II, Norbert worked at the Alcoa aluminum plant in Troutdale. He then worked as the body and fender foreman for Fieldhouse Chevrolet, which became Fanning Chevrolet.

In 1951, Norbert opened Norb's Auto Body Service at 12 Mile Corner, which he ran for three years. During that time, he also was a painter for Flightcraft and Skyways in Troutdale.

He then owned and operated the Flying A Service Station on Powell Boulevard and the Richfield Service Station at Roberts Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

In 1962, Norbert took a full-time job with Flightcraft painting and repairing airplanes. Then, in 1965, he went to work for Hometransfer Trucking, which later became Coast Transport. He retired in 1978.

In 1979, Norbert was preceded in death by his wife.

Norbert was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling in his RV and crafts.

Survivors include his son, Richard 'Dick' Johnson of Winlock, Wash.; daughter, Sara Heggie of Tigard; sisters, Eppie Mlsna of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Agnes Nelson of Wisconsin Rapids; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Rosetta Heitzman

Aug. 31, 1909-April 2, 2007

Gresham resident Rosetta Heitzman, 97, died Monday, April 2.

No formal services will be held. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Mausoleum, 10600 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Rosetta was born Aug. 31, 1909, in Troutdale to William and Della (Rooney) Henkle. She attended Springdale Grade School and Corbett High School. She continued her education at Northwestern Business College.

Rosetta was a receptionist and telephone operator in Portland for 12 years.

On Sept. 30, 1938, Rosetta married Murray J. Heitzman. In 1956, they moved to Boring, where they owned and operated a successful commercial gladiola business for more than 40 years.

In 1992, Rosetta was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by her sons, William Heitzman and Robert Heitzman.

Rosetta was the first Grand Matron of the Gresham Masonic Temple, No. 58. She also was a Bible club teacher while attending Powell Valley Mission Covenant Church.

Survivors include her son, David Heitzman of Crescent; daughter Elizabeth Semone of Oregon City; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Cards can be sent care of Elizabeth Semone, P.O. Box 1793, Oregon City, 97045.

Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.