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Obituaries for July 13

Mother Mary Michael Costello

Aug. 7, 1916-July 2, 2011

Mother Mary Michael Costello, a nun at the convent in Bridal Veil, died Saturday, July 2, at Portland Providence Medical Center. She was 94.

Visitation hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Mary was born Aug. 7, 1916, in Spokane, Wash., to Francis Bartholomew 'Bartley' and Catherine 'Katie Mac' (McDermott) Costello, the second of seven children. Mary was raised in Spokane and graduated from Marycliff High School. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wis., in 1944 and her master's degree in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Mary entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) in 1934. She served as an educator and/or principal in Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana and Utah from 1936 to 1966. She taught English, speech and debate and drama, her favorite subject.

In 1966, Mary was elected Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration provincial for the western United States. She was a founding member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in 1973 and served on the general council for 12 years. The order has 12 centers in the United States, Rome and Assisi, Italy, and Jerusalem.

Mary moved to Portland in 1974 and established a program for senior citizens at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. She co-founded The Life Education Center at Bridal Veil in 1975. She served as superior during its first years and coordinated the restoration of the house and land. She helped develop the Franciscan Villa program with Sister Margaret Boehm. She also organized many tours and activities at the center.

In 1977, she co-founded the Franciscan Montessori Earth School in East Portland, which serves 300 students from preschool through eighth grade.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, the Rev. William Costello and Joe Costello; and sisters, Kay and Helen.

Survivors include her brother, the Rev. Frank Costello of Spokane; sister, Therese Hauer of Alameda, Calif.; and three generations of nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations can be made to the Franciscan Montessori Earth School and the FSE Formation House Building Fund (in Meriden, Conn.), 14750 S.E. Clinton St., Portland, 97236.

Holman's Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

Jerry Lee Snow Sr.

July 3, 1946-July 6, 2011

Gresham resident Jerry Lee Snow Sr. died Wednesday, July 6. He was 65.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Jerry was born July 3, 1946, in Neosho, Mo., to John and Edna (Strickland) Snow. During his fifth-grade year, Jerry moved with his family to Sandy, where he attended Cottrell Grade School and Sandy High School.

On June 12, 1965, Jerry married Mary Anne White in Gresham.

Jerry worked as a welder in the shipyards. On May 25, 1966, he enlisted in the Army. He served during Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He received an honorable discharge May 24, 1968, as a specialist five rank.

Upon his return from the military, Jerry resided in Gresham with his family and worked as a welder for his brother's company, J and J Welding. In 1977, he moved to Estacada and opened Think Snow Firewood, where he and his family produced firewood. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Gresham.

Jerry was a strong, fun-loving man who had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed the dog track, hunting and fishing and muscle cars. His greatest love was his family.

His brother, John, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; children, Ann Marie Snow-Fullerton, Jerry Lee Snow Jr., Marion Snow-Kretschmann, Jack Snow, Susan Snow and Thomas Snow; brother, Frank Snow; and sisters, Sandra Snow, Viola Snow-Backus and Rita White; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Operation Homefront, 1879 14th Ave. S.E., Albany, 97322.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Helen Lorna Berg

Dec. 4, 1913-July 9, 2011

Helen Lorna Berg of Gresham died Saturday, July 9, at the age of 97.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 795 E. Powell Blvd. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Helen was born Dec. 4, 1913, in Remer, Minn., to John and Maude (Sherif) Makousky. She went to school in Minnesota and moved to California before moving to Gresham in 1943.

Helen married Jesse Berg on Nov. 23, 1951, in North Bonneville, Wash. She worked as a homemaker and was also involved with her church, Redeemer Lutheran, making quilts for local nursing homes and volunteering with the Women's Guild.

Helen loved to fish, hunt and garden. She also liked sewing and canning. She and her husband enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Dean, daughter, Lorna, brother, Harold, and sisters, Edna and Nellie.

Helen is survived by her son, Gary Nelson of Gresham; daughter, Phyllis Miller of Lacey, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Women's Guild. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.