William 'Bill' C. Rose

Jan. 10, 1950-Jan. 19, 2012

Damascus resident William 'Bill' C. Rose, 62, died Thursday, Jan. 19, in Portland.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Bill was born Jan. 10, 1950, in Roseburg to John and Anne Rose. His father served in the Army, so Bill resided in many states as a child.

On Feb. 8, 1975, he married Karen Wardle in Vancouver, Wash.

Bill's passions in life were hunting, fishing and being on the water.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Sabrina Almaguer of Portland; sisters, Patricia of Battle Ground, Wash., and Andrea of Nicholasville, Ky.; brother, John Rose of Madras; two granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

Cornerstone Funeral Services and Cremation is handling arrangements.

Roberta Ferron

Sept. 10, 1926-Jan. 23, 2012

Gresham resident Roberta Ferron died Monday, Jan. 23, in Portland. She was 85.

No services are scheduled.

Roberta was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Altoona, Pa., to Roderick and Marion (Watts) McCleary. Roberta graduated in 1944 from McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pa., as valedictorian. Roberta worked for two years for RCA and Armstrong Cork in Lancaster. She then earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1950 at the University of Delaware.

Roberta resided in Niagara Falls, N.Y., working for DuPont, where she met John Ferron. Roberta and John married May 12, 1951, in Lancaster. They resided in Madison, Wis., and Newark, Del. In 1969, they moved to Rochester, N.Y., and Roberta worked at the University of Rochester in the genetics division of the medical school and then for the chemistry department as an administrative assistant, retiring in 1992.

In 1998, Roberta and John moved to Depoe Bay, where she organized the library, prompting the library to be named the Roberta and John Ferron Library. She volunteered at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and attended the Congregational Church in Lincoln City, where she sang in the choir.

Roberta's hobbies included playing bridge, knitting and crocheting, singing in church choirs, visiting casinos, gardening, reading, camping and traveling.

Survivors include her husband; sons, John Ferron of San Diego, David Ferron of Gresham and Robert Ferron of Seattle; daughter, Catherine Ferron of San Rafael, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road, Newport, 97365.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Michael W. Kaneaster

June 18, 1947-Jan. 23, 2012

Troutdale resident Michael W. Kaneaster, 64, died Monday, Jan. 23.

A gathering of his family and friends was held. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Michael was born June 18, 1947, in Prairie City to Ernest and Nadine Kaneaster. He attended Cleveland High School in Portland and Estacada High School. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

On June 8, 1992, he married Joanne Gebhart.

Michael was a truck driver dispatcher. He was a member of the American Legion Post 180.

Survivors include his wife; mother of Milwaukie; daughter, Michaelle Carmona of Gladstone; sister, Patricia Floren of Canby; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, 2901 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland, 97236.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Luella Fay Bechtel

May 16, 1923-Jan. 21, 2012

Former Gresham resident Luella 'Fay' Bechtel, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 21, at her daughter's home in Boring. She had Alzheimer's disease and had recently broken her hip.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Hollyview Baptist Church, 14095 S.E. 257th Ave., Damascus. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham. A viewing will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., and prior to the service at the church.

Fay was born May 16, 1923, in Roseberry, Idaho, to Edgar and Ruby (Hoagland) Buchanan, the oldest of six children. Fay was raised in Roseberry and graduated from high school in Donnelly, Idaho.

In 1940, Fay married Ross Muller. They made their home in New Meadows, Idaho, and began their family. They divorced after 17 years.

In 1962, Fay married Vern Bechtel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They resided in New Meadows, where Fay worked as a waitress. Fay and Vern moved to Oregon and made their home in the Gresham and Rockwood areas where Fay was a plant nursery worker. In 1976, they moved to Cove. Fay moved to her daughter's home in September 2010 as her health was failing and her husband was unable to care for her.

Fay enjoyed playing spelling games, and in her early years she participated in spelling bees. She loved to garden vegetables and flowers and picked the dandelions by the roots so they wouldn't spread. She did ceramics, tole painting, quilting, sewing and crocheting for many years and enjoyed reading. Fay had a special love for animals, especially dogs and cats.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Draper, and her son, Bill Muller.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Ron Muller of Caldwell, Idaho, Monte Muller of Gresham, Mike Bechtel of Boring and Kelly Bechtel of Gresham; daughter, Carol Alexander of Boring; brothers, Eldon Buchanan of Meridian, Idaho, and Allen Buchanan of Weiser, Idaho; sisters, Lois Hunt of Gresham and Mildred Martin of Bakersfield, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lois E. Jessen

Dec. 10, 1927-Jan. 28, 2012

Gresham resident Lois E. Jessen, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 28.

A celebration of her life will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 4, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 795 E. Powell Blvd. Private burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Lois was born Dec. 10, 1927, in Bemidji, Minn., to Donald and Anna (Knuteson) Scott. Lois moved from Minnesota to Oregon when she was 16 years old. She resided in Sherwood, Tualatin and North Portland. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and received her associate degree at Mt. Hood Community College.

On May 11, 1952, she married Ernest Jessen in Sherwood. Ernest preceded her in death June 11, 1996.

Lois worked as a teller for Equitable Savings and Loan. She also worked for AT and T as a phone operator.

Lois was a longtime Redeemer Lutheran Church member. She volunteered for the National Braille Association. Her hobbies included gardening, quilting and knitting, and she was a former Cub Scout den mother.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Jessen of Franklin, Tenn., and Matthew Jessen of Boring; brother, Jerry Scott of Hillsboro; sisters, Carol Goff of Portland and Linda Scott of Middletown, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the National Braille Association, 95 Allens Creek Road, Building 1, Suite 202, Rochester, N.Y., 14618.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joann June Anderson

Dec. 13, 1939-Jan. 26, 2012

Joann June Anderson, a former resident of Corbett and Boring, died Thursday, Jan. 26, in Maupin. She was 72.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Private burial will follow at Forrester Cemetery at Eagle Creek.

Joann was born Dec. 13, 1939, in Portland to Joseph and June (Baxter) Anderson. She was raised in Boring, Milwaukie and Clackamas. She attended Clackamas High School where she enjoyed playing trumpet in the high school band. She graduated from there in 1957. Joann resided in Corbett and Boring until finally settling in Eagle Creek in 1967.

Joann worked as a custodian for a number of drive-in and walk-in movie theaters in the area. She eventually got a job as a custodian with the Estacada School District where she worked for 30 years until retiring. After retirement she spent most of her time raising Appaloosa horses on her ranch.

Jerry Boerste, her companion of 53 years, preceded her in death in 2008.

Survivors include her brothers, Clifford Anderson of Maupin and Charles Anderson of Las Vegas, Nev., two nephews and two nieces.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Peri Wynne Kurth

July 28, 1937-Jan. 25, 2012

Former East County resident Peri Wynne Kurth, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Portland.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Peri was born July 28, 1937, in Portland to Wynne and Norma (Crosby) Russell. She grew up in the Laurelhurst neighborhood and graduated from Grant High School.

On Aug. 9, 1958, she married Robert J. Kurth at Sacred Heart Church in Portland.

Peri worked at the telephone company for a few years and as a homemaker. She moved to East County in 1958 and returned to Portland in 1968. She enjoyed gardening, trips to the beach and old-time radio shows. She treasured moments spent with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; son, Daniel Kurth of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Teresa Letcher of Portland, Diane Macomber of Portland and Susan Swearengin of Portland; sister, Angie Eubanks of Milwaukie; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can made to the American Cancer Association, 0330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239; or the Children's Cancer Association DreamCatcher Wish Program, 433 N.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 100, Portland, 97209.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Ann Terhaar

May 27, 1932-Jan. 24, 2012

Gresham resident Elizabeth 'Betty' Ann Terhaar, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland.

Betty was born May 27, 1932, in Portland to Leon and Elizabeth (Coiteux) Hanset. Betty attended St. Rose Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary's Academy.

In 1954, she married Jerry Terhaar, and they had four children. He preceded her in death.

Betty worked as a mail carrier. In 1970, she met her partner Gwyn. Together they made it their mission to care for their growing family of grandkids, nieces, nephews and other family.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Gene, Merle and Jim Hanset.

Survivors include her partner; children, Tricia and Eric of Portland, Curt and Dirk; siblings, Marilyn Earsley, Carol Maurer, Susan Hanset, Kathleen Hanset, David Hanset and Bob Jolin; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Shizuko Ouchida

Jan. 13, 1921-Jan. 25, 2012

Gresham resident Shizuko Ouchida, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 S.E. 34th Ave., Portland. Inurnment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Shizuko was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Mojiro and Suki (Shiraishi) Harano. At the age of 3, she moved to Japan, where she graduated from high school. In 1940, she moved to Gresham.

On Dec. 11, 1940, Shizuko married Jack T. Ouchida at the Buddhist church in Northwest Portland. They were relocated to Eastern Oregon during World War II, but returned to Gresham. Shizuko was a master gardener of vegetables and an expert at canning and preserves. She raised four children and one grandson and worked on the farm. She also helped on the picking machine.

Shizuko took great pride in her Japanese heritage and instilled those values in her children. She was a Good Samaritan. She shared her vegetables and canned goods; in later years she treated neighbors and friends to her homemade kettle corn and tapioca.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2000.

Survivors include her children, Mae Gordon of St. Louis, Mo., Nancy Ouchida Howells of Shoreham, England, Michael Ouchida of Portland and James Ouchida of Gresham; brother, Sam Harano of Honolulu; sister, Tomiko of Japan; and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 S.E. 34th Ave., Portland, 97202.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jeneva Martsolf

Nov. 28, 1918-Jan. 27, 2012

Gresham resident Jeneva Martsolf died Friday, Jan. 27.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Private interment will be in the summer.

Jeneva was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Detroit, Kan., to William and Agness Lexow. Jeneva resided in Kansas, California and Oregon throughout her life, spending her final years in Gresham.

Jeneva was raised on a farm, and continued to grow fruits and vegetables throughout her life.

On Nov. 7, 1937, she married Charles Martsolf in Abilene, Kan. They were married for nearly 75 years until Charles' death in February 2000.

Jeneva was a nurse, working with the elderly at a nursing home. She enjoyed working with her hands, doing crafts as well as being a skillful cook.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Martsolf of Gresham, Vernon Martsolf of Gresham and Myron Martsolf of Renton, Wash.; daughter, Charlotte Wendell of Oregon City; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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