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Obituaries - June 22 edition


Hilda E. Horn

Hilda Esther Horn of Warren passed away June 19, 2011, at her home. She was 85.

Hilda Esther Johnson was born March 26, 1926, in Chichagof Island, Alaska, to Arvid Issak and Taimi Sophia (Santanen) Johnson, a twin and the last born of six children.

From the age of 4 ? she was raised in Walla Walla, Wash., at the Odd Fellow's Orphanage Home, and was a member of the Central Christian Church in Walla Walla.

On Oct. 22, 1947, she married Loren E. Horn in Fairbanks, Alaska, and had two children.

In the 1960s she worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau providing weather statistics in Ft. Yukon and Skwentna, Alaska. Well known for her baking, she was always helping feed pilots weathered-in or flying search and rescue.

Her husband worked for the Alaska Railroad, and was transferred to the CAA before it became the FAA in 1952.

She moved to the Warren area in 1976 from Alaska with her husband.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Hense (Wayne) of Dexter; grandchildren, Charles Welsh (Iana) of St. Helens, Casey Horn, Heather Roe (Randy) of Eugene, and Kari Stinson (Adam) of Springfield; four great-grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Ruth A. Allen of Spokane, Wash.; six nephews; and five nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993; son, Charles in 2004; brother, Arvid; twin brother, Victor; sisters; Violet T. Reely and Ruby Erickson; twin grandchildren, Loren Gene and Terri Lynn; and grandson, Casey Gene Horn.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial gifts in her name may be made to the Oregon Chapters of the American Cancer and Heart Associations.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Alex M. Montoya

Alex Manuel Montoya of Vancouver, Wash., died June 11, 2011, in a vehicle accident near Scappoose. He was 38.

Mr. Montoya was born Dec. 11, 1972, in San Bernardino, Calif.

His early childhood was spent in Southern California, and he was thankful to his mother and father for moving the family to Vancouver. The move provided an escape from gang influences and gave them a chance for a better future.

He was the ultimate success story. Upon graduating from Lower Columbia College where he was honored for academic achievement, he stated, 'In the long run, if you want to break a bad cycle [of poverty], you have to set higher standards and goals. In this country, education is the path.' He went on to complete his bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies at Evergreen State College and a Master's of Science in management communication from the University of Portland.

First and foremost, he was a loving and devoted father. He loved being the best dad to his children: Casandra Marie (16), Romeo Michael (12), Briana Celeste (15), Manuel Mata (5 months), and Yeshia Alex (5 months). He believed that a man should determine his success in life based on his children's success. He celebrated their achievements, took pride in their accomplishments, and offered support and motivation in times of trial. He was also deeply committed to his extended family.

At the time of his death, he worked at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., as the Dean of Enrollment Services. He spent more than 15 years working in higher education, and was passionately committed to providing access to higher education and a safe and welcoming environment for all students. He has often been described by students and his colleagues as a mentor, who always made time to listen.

He had an impact statewide, serving on the Washington State Financial Aid Council, the Washington Association of Financial Aid Administrators and Washington State Latino Caucus. Additionally, he served terms as both president and vice president of the Washington State Multicultural Student Services Director's Council. As a community leader, he volunteered as head coach of a Longview Youth Soccer Association team.

Among the things he enjoyed were camping, fishing, boating, golfing and spending time with his friends and family. He was always ready to lend a helping hand. He is remembered as a proud Marine, for the relationships he had with people, for his commitment to his family, and as a loyal Raiders fan.

His wife, Shanda, and family would like him to be remembered by all for his love and presence in each of their lives, his incredible humor, his thoughtful and sincere way, and his love for music, especially the oldies.

A devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend, he lost his life doing what he loved most, spending time with his son and family, fishing, camping, boating, and soaking up the sun.

He is survived by his wife, Shanda, five children, mother, Guadalupe Mata of Vancouver, Wash., brothers, sister, and many friends and family.

A wake was held June 17 at the Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home in Vancouver.

A funeral service was held June 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver.

A scholarship fund in honor of his commitment to and strong belief in education has been set up for the Montoya-Diehl children through the Clark College Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Bernice C. Olsenius

Bernice C. Olsenius of St. Helens died June 15, 2011, at Meadow Park Care Center in St. Helens. She was 95.

Bernice C. Holtman was born May 28, 1916, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Carl Victor and Celia Elizabeth Holtman.

Raised in Minneapolis, she graduated from high school as Valedictorian, and then from Lutheran Bible Institute and the Minnesota School of Business.

She worked in a bank until her marriage to Rev. Evald Olsenius. They married on May 14, 1938, in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Harriet at the church where she had previously been baptized and confirmed.

The couple served many Lutheran churches in Minnesota and Washington. Their last two churches, Faith Lutheran and St. Johns Lutheran, were in Bellingham, Wash. They were vibrant, dedicated and unwavering in the Lord's call to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to all.

A woman of faith and service, she was a wonderful and dedicated pastor's wife. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, women's Bible study, confirmation and accompanied her husband on many youth outings and Bible camps. She was truly dad's helpmate.

Thanks be to God for our wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Don Roppel; daughter, Millie Larson; daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Bruce Little; daughter-in-law, Linda Olsenius; grandchildren and spouses, Rick (Karen) Roppel, Ron (Trista) Roppel, Matt (Liz) Larson, Missy (Tim) Johnson, Josh Little, Coleen Tunney, Rachel (Tristan) Burris, Chris Olsenius, Julie (Mike) Salisbury, and Becky Guzak; and great-grandchildren; Morgan, Riley, Tyler and Brandon Roppel, Corrine and Ethan Roppel, Jeremy and Megan Larson, Gavin, Phaedra and Judah Tunney, Chris Little, Andrew and Ainsley Salisbury, and Jordan Guzak. She was preceded in death by her husband Evald; son, David; sister, Harriet; and great-grandson, Ephraim Little.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Grace Lutheran Church in Scappoose.

Interment will be at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to Christian Care, Inc.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Carolyn B. Phillips

Carolyn Beryl Phillips of St. Helens died June 15, 2011, at her home. She was 70.

Carolyn Beryl Burkhead was born July 8, 1940, in St. Helens to James K. and Beryl I. (Messinger) Burkhead.

She was a graduate of St. Helens High School and Western Oregon University.

At the age of 22 she moved to Vancouver, Wash.

She met Neil Phillips in St. Helens, and they were married on June 22, 1963. The couple later divorced.

She raised her kids and moved back to St. Helens in 1981.

Early on she attended the Methodist Church, and was a member of the PEO and the Women's Club.

Owner and operator of Daylight Donut Shop, she retired in 1994.

She is survived by her children, John Phillips (Yvonne) and Janel Gundersen (Mark), all of St. Helens; grandchildren, Korie Phillips, Katrina Gundersen, Kyle Gundersen and Emma Phillips; great-granddaughter, Isobel Clair; and brothers, Kenny and Dean Burkhead, both of Portland.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service and interment will follow at Bayview Cemetery in Warren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Columbia County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Marven Sprague

Marven Sprague of Scappoose died April 24, 2011. He was 89.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Scappoose Senior Center.

Memorial gifts in his memory may be the Scappoose Senior Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Harold 'Hal' D. Swehla

Harold 'Hal' D. Swehla of St. Helens died June 11, 2011, at a hospice center in Portland. He was 83.

Mr. Swehla was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Grand Forks, N.D., to John and Olga (Doll) Swehla.

From 1946-1947 he served in the U.S. Army.

In 1950 he married Virgina Corra in St. Helens. They were members of St. Frederic Catholic Church.

Residing in St. Helens for 56 years, he worked for Boise Cascade as a felt engineer for 35 years.

He is survived by his sons, Brian and John Swehla; and grandson, Bobby. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia on April 19, 2005.

Private family services will be held.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Doris M. St. John

Doris Mae St. John of St. Helens passed away June 19, 2011, in St. Helens. She was 90.

Doris Mae Albers was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Albany to Barnard Mathew and Edna Mae (Stewart) Albers, and was their only child.

Raised in Shedd, she graduated in 1938.

She married C.D. Temple. They were married for over 50 years. He preceded her in death in 1998.

Employed for Stacy's Cleaners in St. Johns, she worked there for over 25 years.

Later she moved back to Albany for 25 years before relocating to St. Helens in 2009.

She is survived by her children, Bernard M. Temple of St. Helens and Faye Ramirez of Albany; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Barbara Ann White

Barbara Ann White of Scappoose died June 14, 2011, at her home. She was 44.

Barbara Ann was born Aug. 15, 1966, in Watertown, N.Y., to Louis and Keitha (Bisha) Delles.

In 1984 she graduated from Carthage Central School. Following she attended Jefferson Community College in 1986 and 1987, and SUNY Geneseo, graduating in 1991 with a BS degree in accounting and CPA. In 2007 she earned her MBA in forensic accounting from Davenport University.

A contract specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland since 2006, her accreditations included CPA, MBA, CFE, and FCPA.

Among the things she enjoyed were sewing, quilting, waterfalls, beaches, hiking and her dogs.

She is survived by her partner, Tracy Linder of Scappoose; Tracy's parents, Patricia and Donald Boehm of Astoria; Tracy's siblings, David Pitman and Jenny Boehm, both of Seaside, and Becky Boehm of Telluride, Colo.; her dog, Kona; parents, Louis and Keitha Delles of Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; sisters and spouses, Dawn and Jesse Stevenson of St. Joseph, Mo., JoAnn and William White, Christine and Troy Hoffman, both of Watertown, and Carol Harrah of Gladewater, Texas.

A celebration of life was held June 19 at Patty's Wicker Cafe in Seaside.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Columbia County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.