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July 12 obituaries

Carol Sanemitsu Kappertz

Dec. 10, 1949-June 25, 2013

Longtime Gresham resident Carol Kappertz died Tuesday, June 25. She was 63.

A celebration of her life will be held at noon Saturday, July 13, at East County Church of Christ, 24375 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Glenna D. Borg

Dec. 16, 1932-July 5, 2013

Gresham resident Glenna D. Borg died Friday, July 5. She was 80.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland.

Glenna was born Dec. 16, 1932, in Winslow, Ariz. She worked for the Oregon Employment Department.

Outside of work, Glenna volunteered for Fairlawn Retirement Home for 20 years, the Reynolds School Board for 19 years, the Tree Preservation Committee and the Jazz Festival.

She was a member of Kiwanis and the Resurrection Lutheran Church Council.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Carl Borg Jr.; daughter, Ricci Laurance; sons, Carl Borg III and Mark Borg; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be sent to Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, 10725 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite 50, Portland, 97219.

Ethel Virginia Garber

April 20, 1919-July 5, 2013

Gresham resident Ethel Virginia Garber died Friday, July 5. She was 94.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 18630 S.E. Division St., Gresham.

Ethel was born April 20, 1919, in Newton, Mass., to Frank and Blanche (Tandy) Davis. She grew up in New Hampshire and received her nursing degree from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1942.

On Jan. 14, 1950, Ethel married Donald Leslie Garber in Denver. The couple moved to Salem in 1974 and Gresham in 1999.

Ethel worked as a registered nurse until her retirement in 1986. She was a deacon for Covenant Presbyterian Church and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Ethel also enjoyed fly fishing and camping.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her daughters, Susan Garber, Carol Garber and Joyce Uno; son, Daniel Garber; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Oregon Cremation Co. is handling arrangements.

Brandon Miles Dean

Nov. 25, 1979-July 4, 2013

East County resident Brandon Miles Dean died Thursday, July 4. He was 33.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 10, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Brandon was born Nov. 25, 1979, in Portland to David and Michelle (Shelley) “McKenney” Dean. Brandon was raised and educated in Troutdale, graduating from Reynolds High School in 1998.

Brandon had worked as a warehouseman in shipping and receiving. He was an avid Chicago Bulls fan.

He is survived by his parents, Shelley McKenney of Portland and David Dean of Troutdale; sister, Hillary Vodden of Troutdale; brother, Justin Dean of Troutdale; grandmother, Janice Gentry of Portland; and twin nieces, Shaylee and Ciara Vodden of Troutdale.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

David “Kenny”

Kenneth Kramer

Sept. 20, 1934-July 8, 2013

David “Kenny” Kenneth Kramer, a resident of Gresham, died Monday, July 8. He was 78.

A celebration of Kenny’s life will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the family home.

Kenny was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Chicago to David and Myrtle (Johnson) Kramer.

Kenny graduated from high school in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Howard, on May 2, 1953, in Vancouver, Wash.

After high school, Kenny enlisted in the United States Navy. He received an honorable discharge and worked as an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad for 40 years.

Kenny enjoyed hunting, working in his yard, tinkering in the garage, playing cards and making trips to the beach. He traveled the world, accomplishing his goal of walking the Great Wall of China in 2010.

Kenny is survived by his wife; son, David Kramer; daughter, Pam Bodle; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Jil C. Dettbarn

May 22, 1960-June 30, 2013

Gresham resident Jil Camilla Dettbarn died Sunday, June 30. She was 53.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Glendoveer Baptist Church, 16001 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.

Jil was born May 22, 1960, in Hubbard, Iowa, to Ervin Delmar and June Palma (Lunning) Dettbarn.

She graduated from Columbia High School in 1981 and was active with PASS.

Jil enjoyed word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, books and bingo.

Jil is survived by her mother; brothers, James Dettbarn and Jon Dettbarn; and nine nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Bateman Carroll Funeral Home.

Virginia Rae Vojta

May 24, 1925-June 30, 2013

Damascus resident Virginia Rae Vojta died Sunday, June 30. She was 88.

A public visitation was held Thursday, July 11, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Virginia was born May 24, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa, to George and Tena Pearsall. Virginia was raised in Minneapolis and moved to Oregon in the 1950s.

She married Joseph Vojta in 1950, and they shared 54 years of marriage until he died in 2004.

Virginia smiled often, though she could be shy in her younger years. She was a second mother to all the neighborhood children, and always put her family first. She enjoyed cooking for her family and needlepoint crafts.

Virginia is survived by her children, Leslie Cannon, Lee Vojta, Lanette Burdic, Larry Vojta, Lorinda Gieler and Lanell Martinez; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Florence Amanda Becker

Aug. 30, 1918-June 30, 2013

Former Boring resident Florence Amanda Becker died Sunday, June 30. She was 94.

Florence was born Aug. 30, 1918, in Lincoln, Neb., to Christian A. and Doris C. (Lohmeir) Becker. She was the eighth of nine children.

Florence was confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Portland in 1934 and continued a nearly 70-year membership. She graduated from Gresham High School in 1935.

While working in Sumner, Wash., she met Arthur J. Erickson. They married in 1939.

The couple lived for a while in Seattle before moving to the Boring area, where they purchased 40 acres of land and built their home.

Florence and Art traveled to Alaska twice, Mexico’s Copper River Canyon, Costa Rica and numerous other locations.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband and son, Art Becker Jr.

Florence is survived by her children, Ardis, Robert and William; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Betty A. Welch

Sept. 27, 1932-June 3, 2013

Corbett resident Betty A. Welch died Monday, June 3. She was 80.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett.

Betty was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Petoskey, Mich., to Ernest Turk and June Swan.

She graduated from East Grand Rapids High School. Betty was a Gold Star Mother and greeter at Menucha Retreat Center.

She was associated with The Grotto in Portland.

Betty was married earlier in life and later divorced. She raised four children as a single mother.

Betty was preceded in death by her sons, Donald Welch and Chief Warrant Officer II Kenneth V. Welch. Survivors include sons and their spouses, Michael and Rosa Welch and Gerard and Ruth Welch; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Oregon Cremation Company is handling arrangements.

Paid obituaries

Pearl Albin

October 17, 1935 - July 7, 2013

Pearl Albin was born October 17, 1935 in Portland, OR to Louis and Myrtle Conn (Daly), she was the 11th of 14 children. Pearl passed away Sunday, July 7th with her family by her side after fighting her battle with Pulmonary Phybrosis. She was 77. Pearl grew up in North Portland and married William (Bill) Albin in 1953. They lived in the Portland area until moving to Troutdale in 1982. She is preceded in death by her husband Bill and daughters Peggy and Pamela. Survivors are daughters, Judy Albin of Troutdale, Nancy Sanchez of Damascus and son David Albin of Newburg. Pearl had 4 Grandchildren, Mitchel, Kristal, Matthew & Jessica. 3 Great Grandchildren, Gavin, Reyna and Fiona. Services will be held at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church in Troutdale on Monday the 15th. She will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery.

Glenna D. Borg

December 16, 1932 - July 5, 2013

Glenna Borg

Gresham resident Glenna D. Borg died Wednesday, July 5. She was 80 years old.

A public memorial service will be held on July 13, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 NE 132nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230.

Glenna was born on Demember 16, 1932 in Winslow, AZ. She worked at the Oregon Employment Department and was retired. She was a Kiwanis member and was on the council at Resurrection Lutheran Church. She also volunteered for the Tree Preservation Committee, the Jazz Festival, the Reynolds School Board for 19 years as well as at the Fairlawn Retirement Home for 20 years.

Glenna is survived by her spouse of 60 years Carl Borg Jr.

She is also survived by a daughter, Ricci Laurance, and by two sons, Carl Borg III and Mark Borg. She had 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to:

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

10725 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 50, Portland, OR., 97219

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Carol Sanemitsu Kappertz

December 10, 1949 - June 25, 2013

Carol Sanemitsu Kappertz

Longtime Gresham resident, Carol Kappertz died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at a Portland area hospital. She was 63.

A celebration of her life will be held, Noon, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at East County Church of Christ 24375 SE Stark St., Gresham, OR 97030.

Carol Sanemitsu was born December 10, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, where she was raised. Carol attended East Los Angeles Community College and Cal State before receiving her BA from UCLA.

On November 3, 1984, she married Peter Kappertz. They moved to Gresham in August, 1985. She was a manufacturer’s sales representative for various companies in Southern California and the Northwest for most of her working career.

Carol was an active volunteer in her children’s schools: West Gresham, Dexter McCarty, West Orient and Sam Barlow High School. She was past President of the East County Co-op Pre-School, a Board member of Cascade Juniors Volleyball Club, Chair of the Barlow High School Band Aides, and Coordinator for the Boring Farmers Market.

Carol was a gifted singer, musician, artist and avid crafter who enjoyed being a vendor at numerous local Farmers and Artisans Markets for over 10 years.

Survivors include her husband, Peter Kappertz; sons, Noah Kappertz, Kyle Kappertz; brother, Stan Sanemitsu; sister, Elaine Miike.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the “Carol Sanemitsu Kappertz Memorial Fund”, acct #8359273169 at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank, to help the family with expenses and for donations that will be made in Carol’s name to charities she supported, including: Outside-In, Rescue Me Rottweiler Rescue, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Go For Broke National Education Center.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is in care of the arrangements.

Charles Sexton

Charles Sexton

Charles Sexton died on July 3, 2013 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 63. Charles was born on August 4, 1949 in Portland, Oregon to Claude and Mamie (Howard) Sexton.

Charles graduated from Gresham High School in 1967. He was a member of the Eagle Creek Rod and Reel Gun Club, Gresham Elks and Gresham Eagles and the NRA.

Charles was a Journeyman Carpenter, worked at Buzz Gilbert Tires and then Les Schwab Tires, Fred Meyer and at LSI (a semi-conductor company).

Charles enjoyed fishing and gun target practicing, ham radio operator, flower gardening, his ford pick-up, camping on the Deshutes River and socializing. He was a no-nonsense honest man.

Celebration of Charles’s life with potluck will be on Sunday, August 4th at 1 pm at Blue Lake Park in shelter 1. Private entombment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Charles is survived by his partner Sharon Starr and his bestest little buddy Rusty Barber, and daughters Tina Green and Tammy Petricevic.

Thomas Carl Simpson

November 19, 1951 - July 3, 2013

Thomas Carl Simpson

Thomas Carl Simpson, 61, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Marquis Autumn Hills assisted living residence after a long battle with Huntington’s disease. Born in the Portland area, Thomas moved to Sandy during his early childhood after his father, a pilot, died in a plane crash in Alaska. Thomas graduated from Sandy High School and worked as a laborer at Reynolds Metals in Troutdale for many years. Thomas enjoyed restoring old cars, camping, fishing and coaching baseball.

Thomas is survived by his two sons, Thomas R. Simpson and Robert D. Simpson, and six grandchildren, Isaak, Thomas, Cataluna, Haalen, Keiler and Mahri.

Viewing will be from 1-2 pm on Monday, July 8, with a memorial service at 2 pm at the Sandy Funeral Home in Sandy, Oregon.



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