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Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - Auto Repair INSIDER -

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

Summer's right around the corner and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -

SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

Let’s get started.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

SNAP FITNESS - Mike Nielsen“We are a friendly, success-oriented fitness center,” says Mike Nielsen, vice president and co-owner of Snap Fitness locations in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Canby. “We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of the gym world, where everybody knows your name.”

Nielsen has been a certified fitness coach for 13 years and has been with Snap for eight years. He says being a fitness coach is all about helping individuals achieve the best version of themselves.

“It’s not just something that’s done at the gym, but it’s a lifestyle change,” he said of Snap. “We focus on not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of everyday life, to make sure we are able to achieve long-term success.”

He says Snap gyms have a family feel and a personal touch.

The gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with monitored access for safety. Snap has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

The fitness centers offer cardio, personal training, weight-loss programs, a health center, strength training and Olympic lifting. An online web page for members offers nutrition counseling and an online training center.

“Our members are our greatest assets,” Nielsen added. “We do all we can to make sure they have not only the best facility and equipment, but a wonderful experience.”

Snap Fitness


Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.


Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170


Canby: 1109 SW 1st Ave.


Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraAfter nearly 100 years of providing excellent full-service automotive repair and maintenance, Bernard’s Garage is a classic Milwaukie institution trusted by generations of customers.

Founded in 1925, old timers and area residents still remember Joe Bernard Sr., who would design and build custom car parts when his customers’ vehicles needed it. Joe Bernard Jr., a former Milwaukie mayor, helped modernize Bernard’s and continued his father’s tradition of excellent customer service.

The current owner, Jim Bernard, another Milwaukie mayor and current Clackamas County commissioner, has computerized Bernard’s—turning his father’s mechanics into today’s technicians.

Besides providing free pickup and delivery, Bernard’s offers DEQ repair and adjustments, check-engine light diagnosis, manufacturer-scheduled maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension repair, timing belt tune-ups, radiator and water pump work, as well as engine, transmission and air conditioning service.

“We are straight shooters and will let you know what the problem is and what the cost is upfront,” Operations Manager John Sciarra says.

Sciarra, an 18 year veteran of Bernard’s, has attained numerous specialty vehicle class certifications. With 26 years in the industry overall, Sciarra is our INSIDER for automotive excellence.

Bernard’s Garage is a 17-year-long supporter of the Milwaukie Farmers Market, a Milwaukie First Friday participant and frequently donates to the Annie Ross House, Milwaukie Senior Center and other local schools and events.

A member of the Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce since 1955, Bernard’s has been named Business of the Year twice since 2000, and has received the BRAG award from the county for practicing responsible recycling and waste management.

Bernard's Garage 

2036 SE Washington St, Milwaukie, OR.

(503) 659-7722


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George Robert Anderson

Jan. 12, 1927 - Aug. 23, 2012

Milwaukie resident George Robert Anderson died on Aug. 23 at age 85.

A memorial service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Nancy Lee Birnbaum

Sept. 1, 1923 - Sept. 4, 2012

Nancy Lee Birnbaum passed away on Sept. 4, in Milwaukie, at the age of 89 from heart failure.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1923, in Washington, D.C. to parents William and Edna Perkins. She was raised in Maryland and attended Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., graduating in 1941. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Randolph Macon College in 1945.

On Sept. 5, 1947, she married Henry Birnbaum and together they had two sons, Robert and Alfred. Mrs. Birnbaum worked in advertising until 1951 and then became a homemaker taking care of the needs of her husband and sons.

She and her family lived in various locations, including College Park, Md., from 1964 to 1975; Palos Verdes, Calif., from 1975 to 1986; Mexico, from 1986 to 1994; Bellevue, Wash., from 1994 to 2006; and Milwaukie, from 2006-2012.

She was an avid reader; she loved art and photography and was very fond of cats.

Mrs. Birnbaum is survived by: her sons, Robert and Alfred Birnbaum; and grandson, Steven Birnbaum.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Henry Birnbaum, who passed away in 1993; her father, William T. Perkins; and her mother, Edna Van Horn Perkins.

Donations may be made in her name to the Humane Society of the United States, Special Olympics of Oregon or Southwest Indian Children’s Fund. For more information and to light a candle in her honor please visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Lois Ella (Atwood) Boese

July 31, 1933 - Aug. 30, 2012

Lois Ella (Atwood) Boese passed away on Aug. 30, in Milwaukie, at the age of 79. She was born in Canby on July 31, 1933, to Ralph W. and Edna Keil Atwood.

She was a descendant of Dr. Wilhelm Keil; founder of the Aurora Colony, and was raised in Canby, where her father was a blacksmith and her mother was a homemaker. She graduated from Canby Union High School in 1951. After graduating she worked in Salem for the state of Oregon.

While on vacation in Oceanside, she met the love of her life, Alvin, who was working in Tillamook as an aircraft preservation mechanic. They began a long-distance relationship corresponding through letters as well as his visits to Canby to see her. Eventually Alvin moved to Portland to work for the city. They were again separated when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.

Upon his return, the two were married in Canby on Aug. 22, 1952, after a six-year courtship. They moved to Portland and later settled in Milwaukie in 1969. Together they raised two daughters.

Mrs. Boese was a skilled seamstress; she sewed many outfits for her daughters as well as doll clothes, some of which she sold at a local shop. When her girls were older, she returned to work at Warn Industries. She worked there for over 20 years as a payroll supervisor.

In her free time she loved to travel; she and Alvin took many trips abroad, including some very memorable trips to Europe, Canada and Hawaii. They visited Switzerland several times as it was one of their favorites. They also toured the United States, exploring many different states across the country. They also loved camping; they took their daughters on many trips around the Northwest. Mrs. Boese also accompanied her husband on his fishing and hunting trips.

When she wasn’t traveling, she enjoyed reading, crocheting, crafting and playing cards. She loved spending time with her family; she was an excellent cook and made many wonderful holiday meals.

Mrs. Boese is survived by: her husband of 60 years, Alvin E. Boese; daughters, Sharon Boese and Kathy Hughson; her son-in-law, Dan Hughson; ex-son-in-law, Charles (Butch) Brockway; six grandchildren, Sarah Carrico, Emily Brockway, Andy Brockway, Jason Hughson, Matthew Hughson and Kelsey Hughson-House; and four great-grandchildren, Blake Brockway, Brendan Shroll, Wren Hughson and Maxwell Carrico. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gerald (Jerry) Atwood and Ralph E. (Bud) Atwood.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie

Ann Elizabeth (Arnold) Borden

April 24, 1923 - Sept. 7, 2012

Ann E. Borden, 89, of Gladstone, passed away Sept. 7, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 24, 1923, in Lynchburg, Mo., to Harrison and Clara Arnold.

Mrs. Borden is survived by: her loving husband of 65 years, Clyde Borden; daughter, Evelyn Knight; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Larry and George Borden.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Gladstone Church of the Nazarene.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in her memory to Providence Portland Medical Foundation, c/o Providence Hospice, 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213, or call 503-215-6186.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

William Leland Brown

Dec. 1, 1925-Sept. 5, 2012

Beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather William Leland Brown passed away on Sept. 5, in Portland. He had been a long time resident of Milwaukie, and lived there up to the time of his death.

He leaves behind his three children, Shirley Geiter, Charlie Brown and wife Debbie, and Billy Brown; and six grandchildren.

His wife of 50-plus years preceded him in death in 2004.

Instead of flowers, the family would like any contributions made to Odyssey Hospice in William L. Brown’s memory.

Roy Allen Carley

March 10, 1939 - Sept. 5, 2012

Roy Allen Carley passed away at his home on Sept. 5, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Montpelier, N.D., on March 10, 1939. He moved with his family at a young age to Oregon City where he was raised and graduated from OCHS.

Upon receiving his doctorate in dentistry from OHSU, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a dentist on a naval ship during the Vietnam War. In 1965 he married Susan Greiner, and remained a devoted husband, raising two daughters, Sara Fustolo and Megan Jones.

Mr. Carley lived in West Linn while practicing dentistry in Oregon City for more than 35 years. He focused his energies on family, friends and his practice, while serving the West Linn Lions Club and tinkering with various projects. After his retirement in 2004, he spent his time almost single-handedly building his dream cabin in Welches.

In addition to his wife, Susan, Mr. Carley is survived by: his daughters; his four granddaughters; two sons-in-law; and a large extended family of which he was very proud.

Join Mr. Carley’s family in a celebration of his life on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Abernethy Chapel, 1326 John Adams St., Oregon City. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to West Linn Lions or West Linn Food Pantry in his name. For more information and to light a candle in his honor, visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Ib Jensen

Feb. 10, 1920 - Aug. 25, 2012

Ib Jensen peacefully passed away Aug. 25, with his family and friend at his side while given 11 days of excellent care at Sunnyside Kaiser Hospital. His family would like to thank the staff for such a great service and support to him and family.

Mr. Jensen was born in Stege, Denmark, on Feb. 10, 1920; he was the first of five children and a member of the Danish Brotherhood.

At 14 years of age, he was trained into the tailoring trades in his father’s business. He married wife Elly in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1944 and had his son, Gert, in 1948.

After his father’s death, he struggled with the upkeep of his family’s business and decided to immigrate to Canada in 1957, where brother Henning resided as a blacksmith with his family.

In 1961, Mr. Jensen joined friends to find employment in the United States and landed in Portland, acquiring a tailoring position with Meier & Frank at the Lloyd Center department store on his first day out. He retired after 25 years of service, and continued freelance work with Meier & Frank as he cared for his wife Elly as she fought cancer.

After Elly’s death in 1989, Mr. Jensen moved into the West Moreland Union Manor and was a long term resident for 23 years until his death.

He was a loving father, well loved and known member of the community. He loved dancing and danced right up until four days before going to the hospital.

He attended many community center dances, particularly the Milwaukie Community Center.

Mr. Jensen is survived by: brother, Henning; several nieces and nephews; beloved son, Gert, and daughter-in-law, Theresa.

A celebration of life, Ib’s Last Dance, was held Sept. 1 at West Moreland Union Manor with a potluck, memory sharing and dance in his honor and memory.

Contributions can be made to Sellwood Loaves & Fishes and The West Moreland Union Manor Civic Club. He was a character and will be missed by all. We loved him dearly.

Sheila Constance Pearce

May 15, 1947 - Sept. 6, 2012

Sheila Constance Pearce passed away at her Oregon City home on Sept. 6, from kidney failure at the age of 65.

She was born in Rawlins, Wyo., to George and Earnestine Lockard on May 15, 1947. She was raised in Eugene, and attended South Eugene High School.

She volunteered at the Oregon Humane Society as a livability trainer for pet adoptions for over 20 years and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by: her daughter, Heather Waymire-Pearce, and her husband, Roger; brother, Lee Lockard, and his wife, Sharon; sister, Lisa Kennell; grandchildren, Lily, Alexander and Morgan; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Earnestine.

To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Robert L. Bob Rice

July 29, 1921 - Aug. 29, 2012

Robert L. “Bob” Rice, 91, a resident of the Gladstone community, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 29, at Somerset Assisted Living Facility.

He was born on July 29, 1921, in Scholls, the son of the late Eber Earl and Maude (Chalmers) Rice. He was raised and received his education in the Beaverton community. He attended Portland School of Refrigeration and Ordinance Automotive School.

Mr. Rice was a veteran of World War II, having joined the U.S. Army on Oct. 10, 1942, in Fort Lewis, Wash. He served for four years until receiving his honorable discharge on Jan. 25, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Ind., at the rank of private first class. He received the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon and the Victory Medal.

Mr. Rice began work as a longshoreman for Local 8, where he worked for more than 30 years, until his retirement.

He was united in marriage to Christina Hunt on Nov. 25, 1967. Following their marriage, they resided in the Beaverton community until she passed away.

He was united in marriage to Ruth Taylor on July 14, 2002, in McMinnville. Following their marriage, they resided in the communities of Beaverton, Hillsboro and Gladstone. They celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this past July.

Mr. Rice was a member of the Christian Praise Center in Forest Grove. Among his special interests he enjoyed playing his guitar and singing gospel music.

He is survived by: his wife, Ruth Rice; his four children, Dick, Dennis, Diana and David Rice; his stepchildren, Pat and Howard Beer, Sue Hults, Dave and Tina Waldrep and Jeanette and Martin Eng; several grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eber Earl and Maude Rice.

A celebration of life service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 5; rites and interment with full military honors followed under the direction of the American Veteran’s Honor Guard, at Forest View Cemetery, in Forest Grove.

To sign the online guestbook or to send the family condolences, visit fuitenrosehoyt.com.

Arrangements: Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove.

Timothy Scott Schmeiser

Dec. 7, 1959 - Sept. 4, 2012

Timothy Scott Schmeiser died on Sept. 4.

He was born in Oregon City to Donald and Carol Hageman Schmeiser. He was raised in West Linn and graduated from West Linn High, where his father taught shop and electronics. Not unlike his dad, Tim loved electronics and carpentry and was a remarkable craftsman. He could build or fix anything and he loved doing it.

He worked at Far West Fibers, managing the recycling center at Lake Oswego. His work was meaningful to him. He also enjoyed the people who came into the center and, over the years, developed a large circle of friends there.

Mr. Schmeiser was an upbeat, positive, “glass half full” guy. His huge, constant smile, attached to his 6’4” frame, lit up the room. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for friends who needed his expertise and, when thanked, he would just comment, “My parents taught me that I’m supposed to help people.” He was exceedingly humble.

In his final days, struggling against an insurmountable cancer, he never wavered from his good-natured self. He never complained, he was never angry and he never felt sorry for himself. He even expressed gratitude to those trying to help him when words no longer came easily. He is a good soul who will be sorely missed.

He is survived by: his mother, Carol; sister, Kim (Ted) Juarez; brother, Terry; nieces, Hayley and Katelyn; and by more friends than he could count.

A memorial service was held at the Pavilion at Foothills Park, near downtown Lake Oswego on Sept. 15.

To light a candle in his honor and to sign the online guest book, visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Sharon Lind Stilson

Sept. 4, 1935 - Sept. 13, 2012

Sharon Lind Stilson died peacefully on Sept. 13, in Centralia, Wash., from complications of a stroke.

She was born on Sept. 4, 1935, to Clarence and Ada Zachow, and lived in a two-room log cabin in Meskanaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

About 1938 the family moved to Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, where she attended school in a one room school house.

Her family moved to Monmouth on May 5, 1950, and her eighth grade graduation was from Monmouth Elementary School.

A few months later the Zachow family moved to Estacada, where she attended high school for one year, before they moved to Canby; she graduated from Canby Union High School in 1954.

During high school she worked part-time at the Dedman drug store in Canby and then after graduation continued full-time for a brief time.

In the late 1960s she worked at a craft store in Oregon City for approximately two years and then worked at Stevens and Sons Jewelry for about a year.

In June 1969 she began a 30-year career with J.C. Penney, starting at the Oregon City Shopping Center store and then moving to the new Clackamas Town Center store in 1980, where she worked until retiring from J.C. Penney in 1998.

After retirement she returned to work part-time in Oregon City at Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud Funeral Home and the Wild Strawberry Florist.

She was a master gardener, member of the American Legion Auxiliary, loved to cook, shop, and arrange flowers, enjoyed camping and fishing with her family and attended the Canby United Methodist Church for many years.

On Nov. 9, 2003, she married Charlie Stilson and moved to Rochester, Wash.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Charlie; two sisters, Hollie Groves and Reva Maulding; sons, Gordon, Greg and Jeff Huiras; daughter, Toni Zimmerman; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Her brother, Eldon Zachow, preceded her in death.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud, 715 7th St., Oregon City. A reception will follow.

A private graveside service will occur later in the day in Napa Vine, Wash.

In-lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canby United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 488, Canby, OR 97013.

Lois Elinor Vancil

Nov. 3, 1922 - Sept. 9, 2012

Lois Elinor Vancil peacefully passed away in her beloved childhood home on Sept. 9 at the age of 89; she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren;

She was born on Nov. 3, 1922, in Portland, to Richard and Gladys (Allen) Polehn, and came of age during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

When she was 9, her family acquired an insolvent family farm in Redland and set about transforming it into a prospering enterprise. She emerged from those formative years with a character indelibly stamped by her parents’ model of ingenuity, integrity, thrift and the prodigious work ethic that is unique to her generation.

She attended Oregon State University for a short time before she met her future husband, Kenneth Theodore Vancil. Shortly after they were married in 1944, he was deployed in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

The couple had five children before divorcing in 1966.

As a homemaker, she was thrifty, productive and devoted to her children. She was a passionate health food devotee before it was fashionable. She was gentle and loving to her children, but a ruthless taskmaster to her battered baking utensils and sewing machine. It seems, looking back, that the old Singer hummed ubiquitously over those decades — only pausing to allow her time to muscle eight-loaf batches of whole-wheat bread dough into submission. She was a tiny woman, but her bread-kneading arms were a deceptively formidable force. There were no bread machines in those days, and store-bought Wonder Bread was never an option for her five robust, growing children.

And yet, in the midst of all of that, she decided to add another task: completing her education. Then, shortly after earning her bachelor of arts in psychology, she returned to her childhood home - the same house that her grandfather built - and took over the reins of her retiring parents’ farm.

She spent the final decades of her life managing her orchards and fields and being a very special grandma. She was keenly interested in politics, hosted English teas, wrote whimsical tales about the animals on her farm, never missed “Antiques Road Show,” and, as her marked-up Bible and well-thumbed collection of Jane Austen novels testify, loved to read.

She is survived by her children: Bernard Kenneth Vancil, Theodore Edward Vancil, Annette Lynn Vancil, Linda Vancil Morgan and Elena Marie Ives; daughters-in-law, Connie Miller Vancil, Karen Waugh Vancil and Kathy Fox Vancil; son-in-law, Donald Ives; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Clara Alma Evans; and by her brother, PFC Bernard Richard Polehn, who was killed in action in Luzon, Philippines, in 1945. She was also preceded in death by her eldest grand-daughter and grandson-in-law, Michael and Kathryn Myers.

A graveside service was held on Sept. 15, at Redland Pioneer Cemetery, followed by a memorial service in the Sunset Chapel at Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud. Her son, Pastor Ted Vancil, will officiate.

Visit waudsfuneralservice.com for more information and to sign the online guestbook.

Rory “Paul” Zak

May 8, 1950 - Sept. 12, 2012

Rory “Paul” Zak passed away on Sept. 12, in Portland; he was 62 years old.

He was born on May 8, 1950, in Portland, to parents Earl and Lucile Zak. He was raised in Milwaukie, and graduated from Rex Putnam High School in 1968.

On Sept. 16, 1980, he married Therese Lucas in Portland.

Throughout his life, Mr. Zak worked as a truck driver, as well as doing deliveries and installations. He enjoyed fishing; he was a true outdoors man. He was a parishioner at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Portland, where he also volunteered.

He is survived by: his wife, Therese Zak; and children, Trevor, Cortney and Krista Zak. He was preceded in death by his son, Aaron Zak.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4530 S.W. Garden Home Road, Portland, followed by a committal service at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Oregon City.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

For more information and to sign the online guestbook, visit waudsfuneralservice.com.