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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

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    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here 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!

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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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    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

    503-659-7722

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    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.

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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    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.

    503-353-7627

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

    503-656-2580

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    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.

    503-353-7627

    www.snapfitness.com/gyms/milwaukie-or-97222/1023

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

    503-656-2580

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    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.

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    503-659-7722

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    Steven Dean Brogden

    May 7, 1953 - Nov. 22, 2012

    Steven Dean Brogden passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22; he was 59.

    He was born on May 7, 1953, to Everett Dean Brogden and Yeolande Lulu Brogden. He was born and raised in Oregon City, graduated from Oregon City High School in 1971 and received his associate’s degree from Clackamas Community College.

    He worked at Blue Cross in the mail room when he met his wife, Jill, in the summer of 1974. They were married on Nov. 15, 1975. Their twin boys, Adam and Andrew, were born in 1978. Soon after that, Mr. Brogden began his career as an HVAC technician and remained in the profession for 36 years.

    He was happiest when spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed camping, fishing, vacationing (Kauai was a favorite spot), working in his yard, reading and sports. He loved sports! He knew everything there was to know about anything related to sports, but then again, he did have a subscription to Sports Illustrated magazine for the last 40+ years, and he practically waited by the mailbox for it to arrive on delivery day.

    He was also his sons’ No. 1 fan and attended all of their sporting events and games when they were young; he had continued that tradition with his grandchildren’s sports in recent years.

    He always enjoyed helping his sons and grandchildren with miscellaneous projects and/or repairs and he always knew how to do everything. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone else in need as well; whether it was a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker, he was a man they could always call on for help. He was a kind, generous and loyal man, and a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who taught his sons how to be the same. He was loved by so many and will be missed more than words can say.

    Though his life ended too soon, the quality of his life far exceeds the quantity of time in which he lived it.

    Mr. Brogden is survived by: his wife Jill; sons, Adam and Andrew; six grandchildren; sister, Anita; and numerous relatives in Iowa.

    A celebration of life service will be held in his honor, and his family invites anyone who would like to attend. It will be a time to celebrate his life accomplishments, to reminisce and tell stories with all the people whose lives he touched and to remember the legacy he leaves behind.

    It will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Oregon City Golf Club, 20124 S. Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dougy Center (dougy.org). To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor visit anewtradition.com.

    Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

    Marvin Eckert

    Dec. 11, 1939 - Dec. 3, 2012

    Marvin Eckert passed away in Oregon City from Lewy Body disease on Dec. 3, at the age of 72.

    He was born in Oregon City to parents Ted and Lydia Eckert on Dec. 11, 1939. He was raised in Oregon City and attended Oregon City High School. He worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for the J.M. Smucker’s Company until his retirement in 2003. His hobbies included woodworking.

    Mr. Eckert is survived by: his brothers, Larry and Jerry Eckert; sister, Donna Caldwell; nephews, Larry Eckert Jr., Andrew, Kenny and Scott Eckert and Mel, Dale and Dennis Caldwell; and nieces, Alecia Rose and Sandra Eckert.

    He was preceded in death by: his wife, Doreene Eckert, who passed away in January of 2011; his father, Ted Eckert; and his mother, Lydia Eckert.

    There will be no services. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor please visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

    Donald Norman Krueger

    Nov. 30, 1927 - Nov. 8, 2012

    Donald Norman Krueger passed away Nov. 8, at the age of 84.

    He was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Athens, Wisc., to Otto and Josephine Krueger and was one of nine children.

    He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948. He served aboard the USS Chickasaw and at retirement held the rank of Storekeeper Third Class and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.

    Following his military service, Mr. Krueger was a U.S. postal mail carrier and owned and operated Donn’s Refrigeration. At the Presidio in San Francisco, he was foreman of refrigeration and air-conditioning and was promoted to the San Francisco Bay Area Federal Executive Board in recognition of consistently superior performance. He retired in 1983 and moved to Milwaukie.

    Mr. Krueger was a trustee and member at Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City. He was active in the VFW, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Elks Lodge 1189 and was a member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans.

    He was a devoted husband and is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Roethe Krueger; daughter, Kathy Scheel; son, Kenneth Scheel; sisters, Doris Habeck and Geraldine Andersen; and brother, Erlyn Krueger.

    He was predeceased by his parents, Otto and Josephine Krueger; and siblings, Lucille Aderhold, Orville Krueger, Irene Habeck, Esther Nehrbass and Elvira Jantsch.

    A memorial service was held.

    Remembrances may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, 720 Jefferson St., Oregon City, OR 97045 or Legacy Hospice Services, P.O. Box 3426, Portland, OR 97208.

    Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

    Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis

    Dec. 20, 1976 - Nov. 29, 2012

    Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis passed away in an accident in Estacada, on Nov. 29, at the age of 35.

    He was born in Portland, to parents Leonard and Ellen McKinnis on Dec. 20, 1976. He was raised in Estacada and attended Estacada High School.

    He worked in the construction industry as a plasterer, which is a form of art in itself.

    He was loved by everyone who knew him, and he was always willing to lend a hand and help his friends and family out. He loved motorcycles, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

    After dating Debra Himmelspach for five years, the two of them got married and were married three years.

    He is survived by: his wife, Debra Himmelspach; son, Dakota McKinnis; daughters, Ashley McKinnis and Chandell Sanger; parents, Leonard and Ellen McKinnis; and brother, Josh McKinnis.

    He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcus McKinnis, who passed away in 1978. There will be a memorial motorcycle run and celebration of his life party on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Home Saloon, 31637 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham.

    There will also be a memorial service on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Rebekah Lodge No. 147, 267 S.W. Second and Wade St., Estacada (next door to the Estacada Post Office).

    Please do not send flowers to the Rebekah Lodge. If you are interested in sending flowers you can either send them directly to the family or you may call the funeral home for more information at 503-653-7076. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in Dusty’s honor please visit anewtradition.com.

    Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

    Cynthia “Cindy” Rose Mentzer

    June 13, 1946 - Dec. 2, 2012

    Milwaukie resident Cynthia “Cindy” Rose Mentzer died on Dec. 2, at her home; she was 66.

    She was born on June 13, 1946, in Little Falls, Minn., to Edwin Carl Barchenger and Irene Harriet (Peterson) Barchenger. She moved to Southern California as a child and then to Oregon in the 1960s.

    In 1969, she married Gerald “Jerry” Mentzer in Polk County. They later divorced. She worked as a bartender until retiring in 2009. She worked at Carman’s, Tortilla Flats and Intermezzo, all in the Milwaukie area. She loved working in her garden and home, particularly crafting.

    She is survived by: son, Jeffery “Jeff” Mentzer; sisters, Karen Marie Oleman, and her husband, Roger, Andrea Sue Davis and Faye Janet Barchenger; sister-in-law, Donna Barchenger; grandson, Bythe Cordova; nieces and nephews, Treven, Brett, Stacey and Steven; and daughter-in-law, Emily Mentzer.

    Her parents and brother, Curtis Barchenger, preceded her in death.

    At her request, no public services are planned, a private cremation was held; a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

    Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center.

    Jennifer (Nisely) Shelley

    Feb. 20, 1955 - Nov. 19, 2012

    Jennifer (Nisely) Shelley of Hillsboro passed away on Nov. 19, in Milwaukie; she was 57 years old.

    She was born on Feb. 20, 1955, in Van Nuys, Calif., one of five children born to Milo and Audrey Nisely of Northridge, Calif.

    In 1960 she began her school days as a 5-year-old first grader. Her love for learning was matched with her friendly, outgoing personality. She completed her formal education at California State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1976.

    She met Kenneth Shelley while he was serving in the U. S. Marine Corps in Hawaii and they got married there in 1977. It was in Castlewood, Va., that she earned her teaching credential and taught school there until the birth of their son, Brandt, in 1981.

    The family returned to California, where Mrs. Shelley worked as a successful recruiter for several years, filling executive positions throughout the United States.

    In 1987, Krystal Erin Shelley was born, and shortly thereafter the family moved to Tigard.

    Mrs. Shelley worked at Intel for 21 years as an executive recruiter. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, crafts of all kinds and had a flair for interior design. She loved animals, especially cats and two dogs, named Riley and Charlene.

    She is survived by: her daughter, Krystal Cooper; son-in-law, Matthew Cooper; a very special granddaughter, Audrey Shyla Cooper, who is 14 months old; sisters, Deborah Nisely and Suzanne Dalsass; and her brother, Barry Nisely.

    Her husband, Ken, preceded her in death in 2010, as did son, Brandt, in 2011.

    To light a candle in her honor and to sign the online guest book please visit anewtradition.com.

    Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.