Joan S. Rispler

Oct. 30, 1925-July 2, 2011

East County resident Joan S. Rispler, 85, died Saturday, July 2.

A private committal service will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

Jo was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Omaha, Neb., to John and Olive Sorenson. Jo graduated from North Omaha High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in journalism and communications in 1947.

During her college years, Jo met Robert 'Bud' Rispler. They were married in Omaha on Dec. 30, 1949.

After their marriage, Jo went to work for the local newspaper in Omaha. In 1951, Jo and Bud's first child, Maren, was born in Omaha. As time passed, Jo cared for home and family. In 1955, they moved to Portland and lived there for 52 years.

Jo and Bud loved to dance at a dance club in the Laurelhurst area of Portland. Jo was active in a local garden club and later on in a craft/book club, where she enjoyed friendships for more than 40 years. She took an active role in the Reynolds School District PTA, serving as president and holding several other offices. As her children were growing up, Jo was a den mother with the Cub Scouts and was leader of Blue Birds and Camp Fire groups as well. She attended all of her children's sporting and music events. Jo also enjoyed painting in oils and watercolors.

Jo was a 35-year member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school, participated in Bible studies and enjoyed the fellowship.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2006.

Survivors include her children, Maren Nelson of Gresham, Bob Rispler of La Center, Wash., John Rispler of Gresham and Todd Rispler of Gresham; brother, John Sorenson of Omaha, Neb.; sister, Mary Payne of South Haven, Miss.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Florence Eleanor Charlotte Santry

May 16, 1913-July 12, 2011

Former East County resident Florence Eleanor Charlotte Santry died Tuesday, July 12, in Portland. She was 98.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Cherrywood Village, 10610 S.E. Clay St., Portland. Private entombment will be at Riverview Abbey in Portland.

Florence was born May 16, 1913, in Santa Ana, Calif., to Roy and Matie (Niman) Clark. She attended Buckman Grade School and Washington High School. She graduated from Laurelwood Academy in Gaston in 1934. Many years later, she graduated from Multnomah College with honors and was in the very first class to graduate from Portland State College. She graduated with honors in elementary education.

Florence worked as a secretary for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., where she met Dan Santry. They were married June 12, 1937, in Portland and celebrated 62 years of marriage before Dan preceded her in death in 1999.

The Santrys resided in East County since 1967. They resided at Viking Park in Troutdale for 30 years and raised horses; they later sold the property and moved to Persimmon. Florence moved back to Portland in 2003.

Florence was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She served as church clerk for 17 years at Stone Tower Church. She was a volunteer and served as the president of the Volunteers Auxiliary at Adventist Medical Center and was involved with the Soroptimists for many years.

Florence loved gardening and was a member of the American Orchid Society. She enjoyed outdoor activities with friends and family.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Youker of Damascus; son, Joe Santry of Portland; sister, Roberta Dunham of Portland; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 11527, Portland, 97211; or to Project Patch, 2404 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite A, and #8232;Vancouver, Wash., 98661.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

George William Grove Sr.

Nov. 6, 1933-July 13, 2011

Corbett resident George William Grove Sr. died Wednesday, July 13, at Adventist Medical Center in Portland. He was 77.

A service will be held in West Virginia at a later date.

George was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Green County, Pa., to Cloyd and Anna Mitchell Grove. He was raised in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served in the Vietnam War. He received a Bronze Star and a Vietnam War Medal four-clasp. He was discharged in 1972 as a master sergeant after long service as a master first sergeant.

After his discharge, George worked at various jobs. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Osiris Temple clown unit, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4496 and the American Legion, all in Wheeling, W.Va. He was generous with his time and knowledge of building and repairing just about anything, often lending a hand on any number of projects.

On Jan. 25, 1953, George married Betty Monroe in West Virginia. Betty preceded him in death Sept. 8, 2001. George moved to Corbett in 2002.

Survivors include his sons, George Grove Jr. of Corbett, Richard Grove of West Liberty, W.Va., Joseph Grove of Columbus, Ohio, and Terry Grove of Columbus; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Chambers Funeral Home in Wellsburg, W.Va., is handling arrangements.

Irene Schrupp

April 22, 1969-July 12, 2011

Gresham resident Teresa Irene Schrupp died Tuesday, July 12, in Portland of adult respiratory distress syndrome. She was 42.

A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, July 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 12300 S.E. 312th Ave., Boring. Interment will be held at noon Tuesday, July 19, at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras.

Teresa was born April 22, 1969, in Dover, Del., to Robert Jr. and Shirley (Houtchens) Dickinson. Teresa moved to Gresham in 1983 and graduated from Gresham High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Portland State University.

Teresa worked as a laboratory technician. She was divorced. Teresa was a drummer and enjoyed marching with her snare drum. She found joy in the simple things in life: sitting by a campfire and spending time with her daughter, puppy, family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Alicia Morris of Gresham; father and stepmother, Robert and Teresa Dickinson of Washington; mother and stepfather, Shirley and Robert Pokorny of Eagle Creek; brother, Robert Dickinson of Redmond, Wash.; stepbrothers, Justin Johnson of England, Rob Pokorny of Eagle Creek, Jason Pokorny of Nephi, Utah, Kevin Pokorny of Portland and Todd Pokorny of Portland; and grandmothers, Rose Marie Gaston of Sandy and Eula Houtchens of Gresham.

Memorial donations can be made to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center children's garden, P.O. Box 4484, Portland, 97208.

Family Memorial Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Richard Alan Holsclaw

Nov. 3, 1949-June 3, 2011

Richard Alan Holsclaw, a resident of Boring, died Friday, June 3. He was 61.

Burial was at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland.

Richard was born Nov. 3, 1949, in Portland to Howard and Bernadine Holsclaw. He attended Jefferson High School and Portland State University. He served in the Army.

Richard worked as a warehouse machine operator. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boring.

His sister, Elizabeth, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his sister, Linda Walker of Sequim, Wash.

Memorial donations can be made to the chemo clinic at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3710 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road, and #8232;Portland, 97239.

Crown Memorial Center in Milwaukie is handling arrangements.

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