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


    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.

    Bernard’s Garage

    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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    James C. Anderson

    Sept. 18. 1928 - Sept. 13, 2012

    James C. Anderson died on Sept. 13.

    He was born on Sept. 18, 1928, to Edwin and Florence (Chase) Anderson in Kansas City, Kan. He had two sisters, Edith and Alice. He lived in Kansas City and in Manhattan, Kan.

    He went into the U.S. Army and later made a career in sales with the company Varityper.

    On Dec. 7, 1952, he married Genevieve Capps, in Huntsville, Ark.

    Surviving are: his wife, Genevieve; children, Daniel Anderson, Eric Anderson and Rodney Anderson of Portland and James Anderson of Oregon City; his grandchildren, Ashley, Joe, Anthony, and John Anderson of Portland, Daniel and Ian Anderson of Oregon City, and Angie, Rhontu, Krista, Amanda and Christopher Anderson; and great-grandchildren, Kayla, Jacob and Korina.

    He was preceded in death by: daughters, Laura and Cheryl; son, Lawrence; and grandson, Danny Joe.

    James Anderson was interred at Willamette National Cemetery on Sept. 24.

    Anthony “Tony”

    Bell Barrett

    Oct. 20, 1957 - Sept. 17, 2012

    Anthony “Tony” Bell Barrett died in Portland on Sept. 17, after a battle with liver disease.

    He was born in Vancouver, Wash., to parents Bobby and Margaret Barrett on Oct. 20, 1957. He was raised in Portland and graduated from David Douglas High School in 1976.

    He enjoyed fishing, camping and being outdoors.

    He is survived by: his mother, Betty Barrett; daughters Shana Barrett, Mallory Meede and Megan Virgin; sons, Tony Barrett and Devin McIntyre Barrett; brothers, Keith and Mark Barrett; and nine grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby, and brother, Robert.

    There will be a memorial picnic/potluck for family and friends at Eagle Fern Park from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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

    Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

    Thomas Vernon Dews

    Aug. 5, 1946 - Sept. 19, 2012

    Thomas Vernon Dews died in Portland on Sept. 19.

    He was born in St. Helens on Aug. 5, 1946, to parents Joseph Garrett and Evelyn Mary Dews. He was raised in St. Helens and attended Scappoose High School.

    In 1968 he joined the U.S. Army and served his country until being discharged as a Vietnam veteran in 1970. He settled mainly in Southeast Portland, but moved to Milwaukie in 2006, where he remained until his passing.

    He loved classic cars; he would buy them, restore them and then sell them and start all over with another. He bought and restored a classic 1968 Chevy pickup that he cherished. He liked going to cruse-ins to see the classic cars and would enter his ‘68 Chevy, winning many trophies and awards.

    He was a great provider for his family; he was rough and gruff on the outside but soft on the inside, which was one of his greatest enduring qualities. He was also known for his loud and contagious laugh; you always knew where he was because his laugh could be heard all around.

    Mr. Dews is survived by and will be greatly missed by: his significant other of 34 years, Linda Johnson; sister, Kathleen, and her husband, Harold Bowers; daughters, Teresa Lang and Debbie Yax; grandson, Joshua Dews; granddaughter, Frisha Thompson; and two great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Dews.

    There will be a memorial service with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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

    Donald Stanley Henson

    June 13, 1949 - Sept. 5, 2012

    Donald Stanley Henson died on Sept. 5, in Clackamas.

    He was born in Walnut Ridge, Ark., to parents Lemuel and Mary Henson on June 13, 1949. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam.

    He loved to eat; beans and cornbread especially. He enjoyed shooting, camping, fishing, road trips and anything else outdoorsy. Protection of his family meant the most to him. He loved making people laugh and telling stories; everyone loved his stories and he had a true zest for life.

    His philosophy in life can be best summed up with this old Babe Ruth quote entitled “Beer Wisdom”: “Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think it is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

    Mr. Henson is survived by: his friend and wife of 20 years, Martha Henson; daughter, Jeri Lynne (“Lil Kid”) Henson; brother, Jerry Henson; and his two granddaughters who were the light of his life, Trinity Henson and Presley Criswell. He will be missed greatly, but we take comfort in knowing his pain is gone. We’ll see you later “Donnie,” “Pop,” “Grampa” and “Papa Don.”

    To sign the online guest book and light a candle for him, visit anewtradition.com.

    Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center.

    Lorna Updenkelder LaFarge

    July 9, 1918 - Sept. 11, 2012

    Lorna Updenkelder LaFarge died on Sept. 11.

    She was born July 9, 1918, in Petoskey, Mich., to parents Elizabeth and Ervin Updenkelder. She had a sister, Mae Faunce, and a brother, Robert Updenkelder.

    She came to Oregon with her parents and brother in 1929 to live in the Oregon City area. She was a charter member of the Oregon City Church of Christ Christian Church where she met Wayne LaFarge and they were married on April 9, 1939. They had five children: Paul, Richard, Suzanne, Mark and Stephen

    Mrs. LaFarge was an active member of Oregon City Church of Christ and later, Milwaukie Christian Church. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and for years sang with Wayne at countless weddings and funerals in the local area.

    She was active in County Home Extension and was a member of the Carus Unit. She was also on the County Council Extension Board for several years. Though she never worked outside the home, she was an avid gardener, seamstress and homemaker.

    Wayne and Lorna celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1989 and the two were married nearly 57 years.

    Mrs. LaFarge is survived by her children; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, at the Milwaukie Christian Church, 5197 S.E. King Road, Milwaukie. Remembrances should be given to The Milwaukie Christian Church.

    Cremation arrangements and burial at Willamette National Cemetery were handled by Hillside Chapel, Oregon City.

    Marvin McElroy

    June 15, 1938 - Sept. 22, 2012

    Marvin McElroy died on Sept. 22 at the age of 74.

    He was born June 15, 1938, in El Paso, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy, and was stationed in Astoria. After leaving the Navy, he returned to El Paso where he was a firefighter and met the love of his life, Marsha.

    Mr. McElroy became co-owner of Kessel’s Industrial Supply Company where he worked until his retirement in 2002. He and Marsha then relocated to Oregon City, where he could enjoy his passions of hunting and fishing.

    His pleasure came from helping others, and he devoted many hours to his church, whether it was helping to build homes in Guatemala or simply greeting everyone at the front door on Sunday morning. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with friends and family and took pride in being a tour guide for anyone that would come to visit. He never met a stranger and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

    Mr. McElroy is survived by: his wife, Marsha; daughter, Liz Shumpes, and her husband, Skip; daughter, Diane McElroy; daughter, Lucy Paris, and her husband Riley; son, Marvin McElroy Jr., and his wife, Beth; son, Chris Haddad, and his wife, Jennifer; son, Wayne McElroy, and his wife Beth; son, David McElroy; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his first wife, Diane.

    He was preceded in death by: his parents, Anna and Sturgeon McElroy; his brother, Craig McElroy; and his daughter, Nancy McElroy.

    A celebration of life was held on Sept. 26 at Oregon City United Methodist Church.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Oregon City United Methodist Church. Credit card donations by phone can be made by calling Holman-Hankins Bowker & Waud Funeral Services at 503-656-2661.

    Edna Jean “Jeanne” Olmstead

    Jan. 5, 1936 - Sept. 22, 2012

    Edna Jean “Jeanne” Olmstead died on Sept. 22 in Oregon City, at age 76.

    She was born in Geneva, Ill., on Jan. 5, 1936. She arrived in Oregon in 1940 and lived here until 1972, when she moved to California. She returned to Oregon in 2004.

    She worked for many years as a bartender, and enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting and was a master at crossword puzzles. She enjoyed the 700 Club and was a contributing member.

    She is survived by: her daughter, Valarie Zimmer; son, Joseph Zimmer; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

    She was predeceased by her son, Ernest Zimmer.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.

    Velva Verleene Vitro

    Nov. 7, 1934 – Sept. 23, 2012

    Velva Verleene Vitro died on Sept. 23.

    She was born in Sheffield, Ala., on Nov. 7, 1934, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hackleton of Ulm, Ark. She attended Zion Lutheran School in Ulm. She moved to Oregon in 1950 and married Anthony Vitro in 1954; they were together 58 years.

    She belonged to the St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Oregon City, and was a mother and housewife. She was active in the Independent Order of Foresters, Red Hat Society and the Clackamette Gem Club. She enjoyed rock trips and shows, loved antique trips to the coast and traveling. She also enjoyed raising bonsai plants.

    She is survived by: husband, Anthony Vitro; children, Joseph, Donald, John and Anna Vitro; grandchildren, Robert, Nicklous, Crystle, Jenny, Mathew, Amy and Christina Vitro; and two great-grandchildren, Dominick and Lily.

    A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 417 Washington St., Oregon City; she will be laid to rest in the cemetery there.

    Esther Mae

    Wanamaker

    June 4, 1920- Sept. 11, 2012

    Milwaukie resident Esther Mae Wanamaker died on Sept. 11 at age 92.

    She was born on June 4, 1920, in Cuivre, Mo., to Elmer and Florence Witmyer. She was raised in Missouri, but lived in Sellwood and Milwaukie.

    She was employed as a switchboard operator, and was retired.

    She is survived by: nephew, David Wright; granddaughter, Emily Gill; great-grandson, Elisha Gill; and cousins, Ann Wasson, Neal O’Leary, Doris Powell, Wanda Thompson and Dale Noel.

    She was preceded in death by: half-sister, Mary Ruth Umphrey; and son, Bradley Wanamaker.

    Arrangements: Care Funeral Services of Oregon.