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Jan. 8 obituaries

Kari Fisher

April 16, 1983-Dec. 21, 2012

Gresham resident Kari Fisher died Friday, Dec. 21. She was 29.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring.

Kari was born April 16, 1983, in Portland to DeEtte and Thomas Fisher. She grew up in Gresham and attended Sam Barlow High School. Kari worked as a cook.

She is survived by her children, Dayton and Ashlyn Fisher; father, Thomas Fisher of Gresham; mother, DeEtte Fisher of Gresham; and sister, Jodi Fisher of Gresham.

Aftercare Cremation and Burial Service is handling arrangements.

James Douglas “Doug” Horr

June 21, 1919-Jan. 1, 2013

Gresham resident James Douglas “Doug” Horr died Tuesday, Jan. 1. He was 93.

A public graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Doug was born June 21, 1919, in Great Falls, Mont., to James Rich Horr and Ellen Mabel Lyman. After growing up in Gresham, Doug served in the United States Army during World War II.

Doug owned Gresham TV and Radio and worked at the Hilton Hotel. He married Opal Stookey on May 28, 1949.

Doug was preceded in death by his wife in 2006. He is survived by his sons, Rolla Harding, Randal Horr and Regan Horr; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon is handling arrangements.

Marilyn Helen Nogler

March 18, 1931-Dec. 28, 2012

Gresham resident Marilyn Helen Nogler died Friday, Dec. 28. She was 81.

At her request, no service will be held. Private interment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery.

Marilyn was born March 18, 1931, in Los Angeles to Leo Herman and Helen Cleo Geier. She moved to Rogue River in 1947 and graduated from Rogue River High School in 1949. 

Marilyn married Peter Wright on Sept. 10, 1949, in Medford. They later divorced. Marilyn married Robert Nogler in 1965 in Vancouver, Wash.

Marilyn loved to laugh and enjoyed many crafts, including sewing and tole painting. 

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sons, Craig Wright of Corbett and Scott Wright of Milwaukie; daughters, Marilyn Ashby of Gresham and Robbi Witham of Troutdale; sister, Arlene Huber of Provo, Utah; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jennie B. Milnichuk

Jan. 21, 1922-Jan. 4, 2013

Jennie B. Milnichuk, a resident of Grace House in Estacada, died Friday, Jan. 4. She was 90.

No services will be held at this time.

Jennie was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Philadelphia to Frank and Mary (Petrosasky) Barachofsky, Russian and Polish immigrants.

Jennie married John Adam Milnichuk in 1942. She began working at the U. S. Navy Aviation Supply in Philadelphia during World War II and remained there until her retirement in 1988.

She moved to the Boring-Sandy area in 1995 to be near her son John. Jennie believed in helping those less fortunate and was active in community service. She volunteered at the Sandy Action Center for several years before her health began to decline.

Jennie was preceded in death by her husband in 1974. She is survived by her son, John Milnichuk of Boring; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Audrey M. Morris

March 22, 1923-Dec. 14, 2012

East Portland resident Audrey M. Morris died Friday, Dec. 14. She was 89.

At Audrey’s request, no services were held. Donations in her name may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the Audubon Society.

Audrey was born March 22, 1923, in Raymond, S.D., to Henry and Lyla Kluess, the second of 11 children. She graduated from Aberdeen Teacher’s College and taught for one year.

Audrey moved to Portland to be with her sister Norma and worked as a secretary at Kaiser Shipyards. There she met her husband of 66 years, Dr. Robert Morris.

Later, Audrey was office manager for her husband’s dental office in Gresham. A two-time breast cancer survivor and accomplished pie baker, Audrey enjoyed playing golf.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Norma Ameele; and brother, Jim Kluess. She is survived by four children, Dianne Miho, Suzanne Onchi, Robert Morris and William Morris; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Carol A. Melton

March 2, 1942-Jan. 6, 2013

East County resident Carol A. Melton died Sunday, Jan. 6. She was 70.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan 13, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. A reception at the chapel will follow.

Carol was born March 2, 1942, in Marion, Va., to Robert L. and Else (Dunford) Woods.

When Carol was 5, the family moved to North Portland. She graduated from Gresham High School in 1960.

Carol married Van “Bill” W. Melton in Stevenson, Wash., Aug. 3, 1961.

Carol lived in east county for the last 25 years and worked at various jobs, including Kmart, Coachman Inn, Dea’s In & Out and Gatto’s Produce. She retired in 2007. Carol enjoyed music and reading.

Carol is survived by her husband, Bill Melton of Fairview; children, Jeffrey Melton of Oregon City, Jack Melton of Wood Village, Mary Janson of Fairview and William Melton of Fairview; brother, Dennis Woods of Portland; and sister April McClanhan of Sandy.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Paid obituaries

Jeanette Rae Embree

Nov. 14, 1940-Jan. 3, 2013

Jeanette Embree

Jeanette, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully in her home on January 3rd after spending several days surrounded by family and friends. Jeanette was born on November 14, 1940 in McMinnville, Oregon to Raymond and Sylvia Carlson. A graduate of Willamina High School and Oregon College of Education, she devoted her life to teaching. She began her career teaching elementary school in the David Douglas School District. After many years at home raising her children, Jeanette worked in the Steps to Success program, helping adults obtain their GEDs through MHCC. Her caring, unassuming spirit made her a wonderful teacher. Jeanette married Thomas Benton Embree on June 2nd, 1962. This June, Tom and Jeanette celebrated 50 years of devoted marriage.

Jeanette loved to garden. She enjoyed traveling, the color purple, listening to jazz, taking care of her cat, Sassie and going to her grandchildren’s activities. Grandma Nette will be remembered for her gentleness, her sweetness, and her constant kindness. She is survived by her husband Tom; their two children, Jill Massinger (Todd) and Gregg Embree (Danielle); and her four grandchildren, Kate, Ben, Grant, and Gracie Rae. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. Remembrances may be sent to Adventist Hospice. Please visit Batemancarrollfunerals.com to leave messages.

Sonya Sharlene Leeper

December 1, 1935 - December 18, 2012

Sonya Leeper

Sonya Sharlene Leeper, a longtime Gresham resident, passed Tuesday, December 18th, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Sonya Sharlene Davis was born December 1, 1935 in Los Angeles, California to Frank and Erma Davis.

Her family worked their way thru many states during the depression years prior to living in Oregon. Once in Oregon, they worked and lived in the North Plains area, and Hood River before settling in Gresham around 1955.

Sonya worked as a caretaker, and also took care of her parents until their passing.

Sonya’s family was her world. She always looked forward to family events, and cherished every moment.

She loved roses , and had a garden full of them. She enjoyed sewing, country music, and treasure hunting at local second hand shops. She was always in pursuit of the ‘perfect sewing machine’.

Sonya loved a sunny day, and going to Old Historic Gresham. She was a patron of the M & M Restaurant for as long as she lived in Gresham, and enjoyed spending time with friends old and new.

To know her was to love her.

Sonya leaves behind her daughter Brenda Blumenthal of Sandy and son Rob Morfitt of Gresham, sister Ruth Davis of Gresham, daughter-in-law Kristi, and son-in-law Aaron, granddaughters Lisa and Megan, great grandchildren Payton and Alexis, and her beloved cat Pepper, aka ‘The Boss’.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Kenneth.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12th at Forest Lawn Mausoleum in Gresham.

A Celebration of Life reception/potluck/banquet is planned for 1 p.m. at the M & M Restaurant in Historic Downtown Gresham.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The family would like to convey a special Thank You to Cissy and all of Sonya’s ‘extended family’ at the M & M.



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