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Obituaries:April 14, 2012

Edward Thomas 'Tom' Zimmerman

March 4, 1938-April 7, 2012

Gresham resident Edward Thomas 'Tom' Zimmerman, 74, died Saturday, April 7.

A funeral Mass was held Thursday, April 12, at St. Henry Catholic Church, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Tom was born March 4, 1938, in Portland to Edward and Frances (Svoboda) Zimmerman. Tom was raised and educated in Portland, graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1956. He joined the Air Force in 1957 and served until his honorable discharge in 1961.

On Jan. 23, 1965, he married Virginia Manassau.

Tom worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a driver in the motor vehicle service department. He retired in 1995 after 35 years.

Tom enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, camping, movies and traveling. He loved spending time at his beach cabin in Ocean Park, Wash., where he would clam and spend time with his family. Tom was known for his dry sense of humor and enjoyed good Scotch.

Survivors include his wife; son, Dan Zimmerman of Tigard; daughter, Carole Zimmerman-Mills of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, Steven Zimmerman of Horizon City, Texas; sisters, Barbara Zimmerman of Portland and Rose Mary Krause of Aloha; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Northwest Kidney Kids, 300 N. Graham St., Suite 300, Portland, 97227.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Darrell L. Schram

March 23, 1941-April 8, 2012

Darrell L. Schram, a resident of Boring, died Sunday, April 8. He was 71.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Sanctuary Church, 3101 S.E. Orient Drive.

Darrell was born March 23, 1941, in Portland to Harvey Schram and Juanita Fox. He attended Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Wash.

On Sept. 24, 1976, he married Debbie Beaver in Montesano, Wash.

Darrell worked as a horseshoer for more than 40 years.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Sherry Williams of Eugene, Anjanette Gleave of Arlington, Wash., Angie Pugsley of Gresham and Jodi Carlson of Mount Vernon, Wash.; sons, Darren Schram of Sumas, Wash., Mike Schram of Seattle and Tony Pellegrini of Portland; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made to Darrell's memorial fund through KeyBank.

Family Memorial Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Lucille Thoreson

Dec. 2, 1922-March 30, 2012

Dorothy Lucille Thoreson died Friday, March 30. She was 89.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., Portland. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Dorothy was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Portland to Harry and Gerda (Erickson) Johnson. She attended Ockley Green School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940. She continued her education at St. Helens Hall Junior College. After college she went to work for the Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce as a secretary and receptionist for about three years.

In 1948, she married Norman Thoreson, an Air Force captain, in Portland.

Following their marriage, Dorothy cared for their home and family. Dorothy was known as 'Nanny' to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was a passionate Trail Blazers fan and had season tickets for 27 years. She and her husband were active members of Gethsemane Lutheran for more than 30 years. She frequently volunteered at SnowCap Community Charities and supported up to seven children through the Christian Children's Fund. She also loved her 1969 Dodge Charger.

Survivors include her husband; son, David Thoreson of Gresham; daughters, Connie Gould of Boise, Idaho, and Laurie Donohue of Gresham; sister, Helen Loomis of Wickenburg, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, 97239.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Arlene P. Sayers

Nov. 19, 1921-April 11, 2012

Arlene P. Sayers, a resident of Boring, died Wednesday, April 11, in Portland. She was 90.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland.

Arlene was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Ogdensburg, N.Y., to Edward and Blanche (Gilbert) Gorrow.

Arlene moved to Oregon in 1943. She had been a longtime East Portland-area resident.

On June 30, 1938, she married Thornton Sayers in Youngstown, N.Y. Thornton died in 1995.

Arlene was a cook for the Reynolds School District. Her hobbies included gardening, traveling, cooking and baking.

Her son Raymond Sayers preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Michael Sayers of Littlestown, Pa.; daughter, Jo Ann Chong of Portland; sister, Marie Myers of Lockport, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donations may be given to Providence Hospice, 6410 N.E. Halsey St., Portland, 97213.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lyle W. Cumming

March 22, 1929-April 11, 2012

Gresham resident Lyle W. Cumming, 83, died Wednesday, April 11, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.

Lyle was born March 22, 1929, in Albion, Neb., to Robert and Mildred (Green) Cumming. Lyle grew up in Nebraska and graduated in 1946 from St. Edward High School.

On June 18, 1950, he married Corinnne Lightner in St. Edward, Neb. In 1956, they moved from Nebraska to Oregon.

Lyle was a commercial contractor and real estate developer. He helped construct the Collins Retreat Center in Boring and the Highland Fair Center in Gresham. After his children were grown, he and his wife spent their time traveling.

Lyle was active at Camp Magruder. He also enjoyed spending time in Green Valley, Ariz., helping a friend in need, doing a project for his church or attending his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's sporting events.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Steven Cumming of St. George, Utah, and Kent Cumming of Gresham; daughters, Lucy Cumming of St. George, Deborah Cumming of Grants Pass and Linda Schoonover of Portland; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations may be given to the Rockwood United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 17805 S.E. Stark St, Portland, 97233.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Barbara Loomis

July 18, 1938-April 10, 2012

Gresham resident Barbara Loomis, 73, died Tuesday, April 10.

No services will be held.

Barbara was born July 18, 1938, in Portland to Harold and Mildred Culp. She was raised in Portland and graduated from Parkrose High School in 1956.

Barbara worked as a retail clerk. She was divorced.

Her son, Nicolas Matteson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Merrill Matteson Jr. of Portland; daughter, Annette Depaoli of Sparks, Nev.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Fred Everett Brock

Sept. 5, 1927-March 26, 2012

East County resident Fred Everett Brock, 84, died Monday, March 26, in Gresham.

A viewing will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Fred was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Eugene to Fred and Hazelle (Miller) Brock. He graduated from Benson High School and earned his bachelor's degree in administration of justice from the University of Portland. He served in the Navy during World War II.

On Sept. 2, 1949, he married Beverly Taylor.

Fred went to the FBI academy. He worked for Portland General Electric, the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah Kennel Club.

Fred and Beverly loved ballroom dancing, traveling, cruises and most of all bowling with their grandchildren. He was very active in the Sea Scouts and at church.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife and grandson, David Brock, in 2010.

Survivors include his children, Gerald Brock of Redmond, Deborah Gurney of Oregon City and Karen Sappenfield of Portland; sister, Francis Criswell of Yakima, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

June Frances Kendell

June 3, 1922-April 10, 2012

Gresham resident June Frances Kendell, 89, died Tuesday, April 10, surrounded by family.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Gresham Ward Chapel, 12300 S.E. 312th Ave., Boring. Viewing is available one hour before the service.

June was born June 3, 1922, in Boise, Idaho, to Benjamin and Hilda (Turley) Shober. June's parents divorced when she was young, and her mother later remarried, giving her a little brother, Stanley, when she was 7 years old. She grew up in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Oregon.

On Oct. 6, 1946, she married Edward Nilsson Kendell.

June had resided in the Gresham area since 1960. She began making custom Barbie and Ken clothes for sale in stores in Gresham. She owned the Knit Fabric Sewing Center in Gresham. She also taught people around the United States, Canada and parts of Europe how to create art with their sewing machines. She was an award-winning miniature quilt maker and earned a master's degree in design, on scholarship, when in her 70s.

June was active in the Mormon church since her conversion in August 1950. She held positions as Stake Relief Society president, Portland Stake; Relief Society president, Gresham Ward; Sunday school librarian and teacher; and many other positions of service.

Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Michael of Portland, Steven of Lebanon, David of Oregon City, Chris of Pioneer, Calif., and Joanne Kendell of Gresham; brother, Stan Branson of Gresham; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



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