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Frank Milton Dionne

Aug. 30, 1941- April 10, 2013

Frank Milton Dionne passed away at home in Molalla on April 10, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1941, in Belcourt, N. D.

He is survived by: his wife, Penny; daughter, Debbie Cannon; son, Duane Dionne; sisters, Theresa Ball and Darlene Johnson; and grandchildren, Kiki Dohman and Jabin and Jarren Dionne.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City. Visit hillsidechapelfh.com for more information and to leave a memory of Frank for the family.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Susan Marie Harding

February 2, 1952 - April 6, 2013

Surrounded by the love of her family, longtime Portland resident, Susan Marie Harding died peacefully on April 6, 2013. She was 61.

Susan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, to parents Jack and Marie Churchill, and is survived by her two brothers, Mike and Pat Churchill. She spent her career working for Norel Forest Products and North Pacific Lumber, and then spent the last 19 years working for the State of Oregon Public Health Division.

She married Patrick Harding in 1979, and together they enjoyed early pre-family days water skiing and taking in everything the outdoors could offer.

Two daughters, Megan and Lindsey Harding, and stepson, Troy Harding, survive her, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Ashlin, Sean, Nick, Andraya and step-grandchildren, Adrienne and Tanner.

Susan loved the simple pleasures of life including reading and gardening, but especially loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She could often be found shopping with the girls or spending fun social hours with friends and family.

A celebration of life will be held on April 21, 2013, 2-4 p.m at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, Oregon.

John Joy

December 17, 1929 – March 23, 2013

Milwaukie resident John Joy died on March 23, at age 83.

He was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in Emmett, Idaho, to parents Frank and Alta Joy. He was raised in Emmett, attending Emmett High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 11, 1948, and was discharged on Feb. 28, 1971. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars, but not in-country.

He had been employed as an office manager, retiring in 1994.

He married Helen Joy on Dec. 25, 1952.

Mr. Joy is survived by: daughter, Judy Fast; son, Jack Joy; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held on April 13 at Willamette View Manor – Terrace Auditorium.

Arrangements: Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services.

Betty J. Kleinmark

Dec. 19, 1923 - March 26, 2013

Former Milwaukie resident Betty J. Kleinmark died on March 26, in Tuba City, Ariz., at age 89.

She was born on Dec. 19, 1923, in Salt Lake City, to Deborah and Corneilus Dalabout. She was a school teacher, before she retired in 1984 and moved to Troutdale.

She was also known for packing lunches, which she claimed was her hobby, for her daughters that were so large they shared them with their co-workers.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and tutored children in the community until 2005.

She is survived by: daughters, Barbara Cole and Kate Kleinmark Schneider; son, Rick Kleinmark; sister, Dorothy Daily; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Richard T. Kleinmark; brother, Casey Dalabaout; and sisters, Gertrude Nesbit and Janet Dalabaout.

A service was held on April 11 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to: Haiti Foundation of Hope, P.O. Box 61941, Vancouver, Wash., 98666, and/or Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, Ark., 72202.

Cynthia Leatherberry

April 3, 1953 - March 26, 2013

Cindy Leatherberry of West Linn died at her home on March 26 at the age of 59 with family present. She had bravely fought cancer and will be missed by a multitude of family and friends.

She was born April 3, 1953, in Portland, to Henry and Lois Clemo. Growing up she attended Jason Lee Elementary School, and Madison and Cleveland high schools.

She met the love of her lifeJoseph “Joel,” in 1974 and was later married at the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis and Clark College in 1976. She worked at Niedermeyer Martin Company for over 20 years. While her children were enrolled in the West Linn School District, she worked at Bolton Elementary School and later Rosemont Ridge Middle School.

She was involved with Portland Volleyball Club in various roles, most recently as parent coordinator and board member. She enjoyed spending time and entertaining family and friends at their beach house in Gearhart. She also loved to travel, especially to Maui.

She is also survived by daughters Kimberly Leatherberry, Kelly Bay, Kendall Steffens (Jeff); father, Henry Clemo; mother, Lois Barber (Alf); sisters, Sherri Peterson, Kathy Schoenkopf (Greg), Teresa Barber; brothers, Randy Clemo, Alf Barber, Scott Clemo, Robert Clemo; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her constant companion “Lexi.”

The Leatherberry family prefers that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cindy (Clemo) Leatherberry Volleyball Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o CEL VMS Fund, PMB 232, 19363 Willamette Drive, West Linn OR 97068.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. at The Oregon Golf Club, 25700 S.W. Pete’s Mountain Road, West Linn.

Myrle L. Lewis 

Dec. 25, 1925 -April 8, 2013 

Myrle L. Lewis died on April 8, at age 87. 

She was born on Dec. 25, 1925, in the Oregon City area to parents Wesley and Gertrude Brockart, and lived her whole life in the Oregon City/West Linn area. 

She married Neal R. Lewis on Jan. 14, 1945. She was mostly a homemaker and mother of four children. 

Mrs. Lewis is survived by: her four children, Marilyn Freimuth, Marlene Lewis, Wallace Lewis and Patty Kalafate; grandchildren, Earl Freimuth, Marlene Duval, Steven Davis, Michelle Hazard, Nicole Gornick, Holly Holloway, Gregory Abel, Amber Abel and Vanessa Fatheree; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Neal R. Lewis; her parents, Wesley Brockart and Gertrude Oliver; and stepfather, Victor Oliver. 

A funeral took place on April 15.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins Funeral Home in Oregon City.

Wilma Jane Oatman

April 12, 1933 – April 6, 2013

Wilma Jane Oatman of Sierra Vista, Ariz. died at home on April 6 with family at her side. She was 79. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia and heart failure.

Wilma, who preferred to be called Mique by all who knew her, had moved from Oregon to Sierra Vista in 2001. Mique and her husband Bill spent most of their married life in the Northwest, bringing up their children on a farm in Clackamas.

Mique was born in Maxwell, New Mexico on April 12, 1933. She was eight years old when adopted by Blanch Slack and grew up under her new mother’s care in Colorado. She attended school in Wheat Ridge. After graduation, Mique worked as a file clerk, did housekeeping, and continued to develop her talents as an artist and a writer. She found beauty in everything, and her kind-hearted, generous ways attracted many to her.

Mique first met Bill when she accompanied her friend on a visit to another friend’s house. Bill had been working on his convertible and noticed Mique’s trim figure from under the car. He decided to come out to see the girl whose legs caught his attention. When he fell upon the gaze of her beautiful blue eyes, he was smitten and asked his friend to arrange a blind date. Mique and Bill found love and were married in 1951.

After their wedding, she and Bill stayed in Colorado for a time, living in Lakewood, Englewood, and Denver. They also started a family.

At home one day, Mique was visited by one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was intrigued by what she heard and accepted a Bible study. Mique was delighted to learn that God has a name, and Psalm 83:18 became one of her favorite scriptures. Her study of the scriptures convinced her of the benefits of applying Bible principles in daily life and became the basis of her hope, a wonderful future by means of God’s kingdom. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1962.

As parents of a growing family, Mique and Bill were resourceful and determined in providing for their children, assisting family members and neighbors along the way. Eventually the family settled in Oregon, moving first to Portland, then to Gladstone, then to the Clackamas farm.

Throughout the years, Mique wrote about her life and raising her family. She continued her artwork and painting. Her lovely voice could be heard whenever she felt like singing, often with Bill at family gatherings and around campfires. Together they journeyed in their RV across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Most of all, Mique’s faith was her life, and her hope, a treasure. She shared what she cherished with so many, extending herself in her ministry as much as her circumstances permitted. She felt blessed to have helped others come to learn and appreciate God’s word.

She is survived by her husband William (Bill) Oatman; her seven children, Rebecca Williams of Oregon City, Michael Oatman of Denver, Colo., Tanya J. Oatman of Cascade Locks, Susan Ash of Milwaukee, Lisa Kitz of Gladstone, Victoria Miller of Clackamas, and Virginia Talbot of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat Cooper of Benson, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Helen Tipton of Benson, Ariz., and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Oatman of Benson, Ariz.; and their families.

Her adopted mother Blanch Slack predeceased her.

A memorial service was held on April 14 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

 

Anita Clair Ostrander

May 25, 1935 - March 29, 2013

Anita Clair Ostrander died on March 29, in Oregon City.

She was born on May 25, 1935, in Helena, Mont., the daughter of Aaron and Florence King.

She married Leonard Roy Ostrander on July 4, 1953. They had two children: Steven Leonard and Joanna Marie.

She loved the beach, fishing, black powder shoots and her church; she brought up her two children and three grandkids to believe in and depend on the Lord.

She is survived by her two children, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Evergreen Community Church, 16940 S. Beckman Road, Oregon City, by Steve Rief, pastor; bring or send your stories of Anita to share.

The family has asked that donations be given to the church in lieu of flowers.

There will be a reception immediately following the services.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.




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