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April 2 obituaries


Norman Francis Smith

Sept. 13, 1947-March 30, 2013

Sandy resident Norman Smith died in his home Saturday, March 30. He was 65. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Sandy Funeral Home.

A visitation period will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday before the service.

Lewis A. Hammond II

Jan. 7, 1932-March 29, 2013

Longtime Gresham resident Lewis A. Hammond II died Friday, March 29. He was 81.

Private services will be held.

Lewis was born Jan. 7, 1932, to Mable Mae Hill and Lewis A. Hammond I in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Known across the country for his expertise in transmissions for any vehicle, Lewis could diagnose a problem with a transmission by a 10-minute phone call.

He made people get up and dance to almost anything he sang and played on guitar, whether it was gospel or country music.

Lewis was preceded in death by his son, Rocky Lewis Hammond; daughter, Tammy L. Hammond; and four siblings.

He is survived by his sons, Lewis Adam Hammond III and Thomas C. Hammond; daughters, Clara Moss, MariAnn L. Schmid, Tina M. Hamilton, Jacqueline Grave and Sally M. Edwards; stepson, David Smothers; siblings, Donna Jean Balcom, Delbert Ray Hammond and Janet Ellen Milner; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Robert (Bob) Davidson

May 11, 1925-March 16, 2013

Longtime East County resident Robert (Bob) Davidson died Saturday, March 16, at his home in Portland. He was 87.

Bob was born May 11, 1925, in Gresham to Glenn and Lucy Davidson. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1943.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a graduate of Portland State University and the University of Oregon.

Bob was a retired math and photography teacher at David Douglas High School. A former member of Valley View Evangelical Church, he attended Mosaic Church. He enjoyed the beach, gardening and supporting church missions.

Bob is survived by his wife, Norma Davidson; brother, Jim Davidson; son, Rick Davidson; daughter, Jan Allen; and two grandchildren.

Mark Anthony Sanzone

/June 12, 1963-March 27, 2013

Gresham resident Mark Anthony Sanzone died Wednesday, March 27. He was 49.

A celebration of life Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham. 

Mark was born June 12, 1963, in San Bernardino, Calif. As a student at Portland Community College, Mark held swimming records in backstroke. He worked at Weyerhaeuser Co. and fashion modeled.

On May 14, 1987, Mark became a victim of a medical accident, leaving him severely brain damaged and physically handicapped. Living at home with family members and professional caregivers, Mark survived and thrived another 25 years. He brought joy and humor to all who knew him.

Mark is survived by his parents, Michael and Shirley Sanzone; sisters, Michelle, Nannette, Jeanette and Patricia; brothers, Michael and Mathew; and many nieces and nephews.

Bateman Carroll is handling arrangements.

MaryAnn Van De Coevering

Feb. 21, 1928-March 26, 2013

Gresham resident MaryAnn Van De Coevering died Tuesday, March 26. She was 85.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church, 5239 S.E. Woodstock St. in Portland. Interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery. 

MaryAnn was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Greenleaf, Wis., to William and Kathryn Broeren. She graduated in 1946 from Kaukauna High School.

MaryAnn married George Louis Van De Coevering on June 7, 1958. She worked as a cook in the North Clackamas School District for 13 years. 

She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church and the Milwaukie Elks Lodge. MaryAnn loved old movies, the beach and collecting stamps and salt and pepper shakers.

MaryAnn is survived by her daughter, Patricia Van De Coevering; sons, George, Christopher and Vincent Van De Coevering; sisters, Alice Broeren, Kathy Sarconi and Eileen Bedard; brothers, Paul, Tom, George, Bill and Ed Broeren; and four grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.