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Obituaries for April 18

Ethel Rada Gorrell

Sept. 17, 1911-April 12, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident Ethel Rada Gorrell, 95, died Thursday, April 12, in Gresham. No formal services will be held.

Ethel was born Sept. 17, 1911, in Cincinnati to James and Belle Cox.

On Sept. 8, 1930, Ethel married Harley Gorrell. They moved to East County in 1943.

She worked in sales at J.C. Penney and owned Mode O Day Dress Shop in Portland. She also owned a tavern in Portland.

In 1979, Ethel was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her nieces, Shirlie Witzel of Hereford, Ariz., and Beverlie Thorstad of Fairview; and nephew, David Rice of Mexico City, Mexico.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bertha Marie Sammons

March 22, 1925-April 11, 2007

East County resident Bertha Marie Sammons, 82, died Wednesday, April 11, in Portland.

Friends and family should note that the service time has changed. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Open Door Baptist Church, 27710 S.E. Strebin Road, Troutdale. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Bertha was born March 22, 1925, in Kentucky to Harvey and Susan (Sims) Driscoll. As a toddler, she moved with her family to Muncie, Ind., where she graduated from Muncie Central High School.

In 1942, Bertha married George Edward Williams in Indiana. They moved to Gresham in 1962.

In 1972, George preceded Bertha in death. Then, on Sept. 1, 1973, she married Charles Sammons in Gresham.

Bertha worked as an office manager for American Sheet Metal and later Star Metal Fabrication. She retired in 1995.

She attended Open Door Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed shopping and collecting dolls.

Bertha was preceded in death by her sons, Randy Williams, in 1948; and Terry Williams, in 1993.

Survivors include her husband of Portland; stepdaughters, Janelle Beaty of Milwaukie, Sharon Fleming of Burkburnett, Texas, and Holly Sammons of Wilsonville; stepsons, Keith Sammons of Eugene, Claude Sammons and Clark Sammons, both of Portland, and Mark Sammons of Scappoose; sisters, Lillian Mitchell of Kendallville, Ind., and Mildred Rollins of Muncie, Ind.; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Open Door Baptist Church Children's Ministry, 27710 S.E. Strebin Road, Troutdale, 97060.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Normand Edwin Thornlimb

Feb. 1, 1935-April 13, 2007

Normand Edwin Thornlimb, 72, a longtime resident of Boring, died Friday, April 13, at his home.

A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 18, at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Normand was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Providence, R.I., to Einar and Irene (Brelsforth) Thornlimb.

On Nov. 7, 1955, he joined the Army and served as a medic. He was discharged Oct. 18, 1957.

In 1956, while he was in the service, Normand married Agnes 'Nancy' Vernon. After his discharge, they made their home in Warwick, R.I., where he worked as a mechanic with Hurd and Goldberg Chrysler Plymouth.

In 1972, they moved to Boring. Normand continued working as a mechanic, first at Glos Ford in Sandy and later for McRobert Ford in Gresham. He then worked in the maintenance department at the Albertina Kerr Youth and Family Center in Portland for 10 years. He was retired.

Normand enjoyed camping, woodworking, working with children and model trains. When his sons were young, he was a Boy Scout leader.

Survivors include his wife of Boring; sons, Paul Thornlimb of Boring and Mark Thornlimb of Gresham; daughters, Rebecca Gaylord of Portland and Susan Moore of Boring; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ernest Hager

May 19, 1917-April 16, 2007

Corbett resident Ernest Hager, 89, died Monday, April 16, in Hillsboro.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Southeast Smith Road and Evans Road, Corbett.

Ernest was born May 19, 1917, in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

A full obituary will be published at a later date.

Helen E. Bostrom

July 27, 1926-April 8, 2007

East County resident Helen E. Bostrom, 80, died Sunday, April 8, at her daughter's home.

A graveside service was held at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Helen was born July 27, 1926, in Hillsboro to Otto and Augusta (Bloom) Anderson. When she was 4 years old, she moved to Hillsdale.

While she was in high school, Helen was a typist for Sen. Wayne Morris. She graduated from Commerce High School in 1944 and continued her education at Oregon State College.

She then worked in the jewelry department for Olds and Kings department store.

On Oct. 17, 1948, Helen married Warner Bostrom in Portland. She was a homemaker. In 1957, she took a job with Lynden Farms, where she worked until she retired in 1988.

She lived in Portland and Eagle Creek.

Helen was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. When she was younger, she enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In 1993, Helen was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her daughter, Melody Gunter of Eagle Creek; sister, Elinor Highet of Tigard; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Gustie Ellen McConnell Otterstrom

Jan. 16, 1909-April 15, 2007

Former Gresham resident Gustie Ellen McConnell Otterstrom, 98, died Sunday, April 15, in Portland.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Lewis Cemetery, Sweet Home.

Gustie was born Jan. 16, 1908, in Cement, Okla., to George and Lela (Goodnight) Butler. She was raised and educated in Cement, where she picked cotton during the summer. When she was 16, she moved with her family to Southern California, where she worked at an orange packing plant.

In 1930, Gustie married Roy McConnell in Hanford, Calif. They made their home in Lindsay and she continued working at the packing plant. In 1935, they moved to Oregon, and in 1943, settled in Sweet Home.

They owned and operated a sawmill, but Gustie also worked part time as a waitress. In the summer, she picked strawberries and beans along with her children.

Then, in 1955, Gustie and Roy moved to Gold Beach, where they owned and operated a laundry facility and a sawmill. They later returned to the family homestead in Sweet Home, where they lived until 1980, when they moved to Estacada.

Roy died in 1984. After his death, Gustie lived in Estacada for a short time, but eventually returned to Sweet Home.

In 1992, Gustie married Rolland Otterstrom in the backyard of her son and daughter-in-law's home. They made their home in Estacada.

After her husband's death, she moved to Powell Valley Assisted Living in Gresham. She spent her last few months in a care facility in Portland.

Gustie was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and worked as a cook for the Oregon Seventh-day Adventist Conference Center for many years. She enjoyed helping others, cooking and entertaining, gardening, canning and spending time with her family.

In 1999, Gustie was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Vivian Eberspecher.

Survivors include her sons, Don McConnell of Clackamas and Darel McConnell Sun City West, Ariz.; sister, Iva Lee Carpenter of Visalia, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Myrtle Johnson

Jan. 1, 1905-April 14, 2007

Myrtle Johnson, 102, a longtime resident of Boring, died Saturday, April 14, at Rest Harbor Rehabilitation and Extended Care in Gresham.

Viewing will be from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, also at Bateman Carroll. A reception will follow. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive.

Myrtle was born Jan. 1, 1905, in Merrillville, Ind., to Gotleib and Jessie (Brownbridge) Nasshahn. In 1910, she moved with her family to Boring. She attended Orient Grade School and graduated from Gresham High School in 1923.

On Nov. 6, 1924, Myrtle married Fredrick Johnson in Pleasant Home. She was a homemaker.

Myrtle was a member of Pleasant Home Community Church, the Rebekah Lodge in Boring and the Gresham Senior Center. She enjoyed tole painting, sewing, camping, deer hunting and clam digging.

In 1984, Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her daughters, Betty Norris and Mary Sause, both of Boring, and Phyllis Claflin of Beaver Creek; nine grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055, or to the charity of one's choice.

John David Bennett

June 27, 1943-April 12, 2007

Troutdale resident John David Bennett, 63, died Thursday, April 12, in Gresham.

No formal services will be held.

John was born June 27, 1943, in Chicago to Roy and Irene Bennett. He was raised and educated in Indiana and Lakewood, Calif., where he graduated from Lakewood High School in 1961.

Shortly after his graduation, he joined the Air Force and served until 1967.

On Aug. 27, 1966, John married Maxine Faulders in North Hollywood. They moved to Aloha in 1975, and to Troutdale in 1978.

John worked in sales in the sports industry for many years.

John was a member of the Elks Club. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed golfing, hunting, being outdoors and spending time with his dog.

Survivors include his wife of Troutdale; daughter, Alicia Jones of Sandy; stepmother, Isabel Bennett, of Taylor Mill, Ky.; and brother, Thomas Bennett of Santa Ana, Calif.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.