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Obituaries: Feb. 25, 2012

Earl Raymond Leckie

April 7, 1949-Feb. 21, 2012

Former Gresham resident Earl Raymond Leckie, age 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Clackamas.

A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 24, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Earl was born April 7, 1949, in Pineville, La., to Truman and Merilla Leckie. Earl moved to California with his family at a young age. He served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1970.

Earl worked as a union plumber in Oregon for more than 23 years. He and his wife, Esther, moved to Troutdale in 1989 and resided in Fairview and Gresham before moving to Sandy in 2005. Earl loved his family and sports.

Survivors include his wife, of Sandy; sons, Steven Leckie and Vincent Leckie of Sandy; sisters, Edie Liu and Claudia Zellner of Pollock, La., Lois Loche of Arvada, Colo., and Ann Brewer; and brother, Hank Laird of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, N.Y., 10001.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lucille Henrietta Maier

March 18, 1916-Feb. 12, 2012

Troutdale resident Lucille Henrietta Maier died Sunday, Feb. 12, with her daughters by her side. She was 95.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1440 S.E. 182nd Ave., followed by a luncheon. Interment was at Palestine Cemetery in Albany.

Lucille was born March 18, 1916, in Mill City to George and Eva (Cooper) Eastman. They moved to North Albany that same year.

On April 27, 1940, she married Albert Maier in Eugene. They resided in Albany for 65 years in a home they built. They moved to Troutdale in 2005 to be near their family.

Lucille was actively involved in Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a longtime member of the Ladies Guild, Lutheran Women in Mission, the quilting group and the women's Bible study group.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2010; her son, Jim; brother, Ivan Lebold; and sisters, Verena Houglum and Virginia Kreger.

Survivors include her daughters, Janice Hart and Sheryl Maier, both of Troutdale; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, 1440 S.E. 182nd Ave., Portland, 97233; Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63141; or LCMS Lutheran World Relief, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Mo., 63122-7195.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home of Albany is handling arrangements.

Dientje 'Iet' Simons

Jan. 2, 1933-Feb. 21, 2012

Gresham resident Dientje 'Iet' Simons died Tuesday, Feb. 21. She was 79.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Iet was born Jan. 2, 1933, on Sumatra in Indonesia to Fredrickus and Thereasia Simons. Iet moved to Holland with her parents and siblings at a young age, and immigrated to the United States in September 1961.

Iet worked as a secretary in Holland, spent 12 years as a homemaker and worked at Mt. Hood Community College in the cafeteria. She was divorced.

Iet was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, spending many hours preparing Dutch and Indonesian dishes for her family and friends. Iet also gardened, fished with her family and enjoyed gaming at the casinos.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Braaksma of Gresham and Randy Braaksma of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter, Maureen Kudron of Chandler, Ariz.; brother, Bert Simons of Vancouver; sister, Ann Perenboom of Holland; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Visit Iet's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to sign the online guestbook.

Memorial donations can be made to My Sister's Place, P.O. Box 2152, Newport, 97365; My Father's House, P.O. Box 1147, Gresham, 97030; or Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 100, Portland, 97205-2021.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.




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