Obituaries for April 5, 2013 issue


Eric Fryklund

Aug. 13, 1970-March 31, 2013

Eric Thomas Fryklund was born on August 13, 1970, in Corvallis, Oregon, to James W. and Charlene M. (LaFleur) Fryklund.

He died at his home in Scappoose on March 31, 2013, at the age of 42.

Eric attended schools in Corvallis.

He lived in North Carolina and worked for Kirk & Bloom for 10 years, moved back to Vancouver, Washington, where he worked for Instafab for 14 years and the past year for Esco as a welder.

He married Rebecca Super in St. Helens on November 10, 2011.

He lived in Scappoose for the past 17 years.

Eric’s interest included the outdoors, 4-wheeling, mudding, ATVing, snowboarding, camping, RC Cars, the ocean (sand dunes), trails and the coastal mountains.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Fryklund; children, Justin Coppola, August Super, and Blake Fryklund; all of Scappoose; parents, Charlene Fleischmann of Corvallis, and James Fryklund of Port Ludlow, Washington; siblings, Cynthia Fryklund of Bronxville, New York, and David Fryklund of Austin, Texas; one grandson, Tyrial Coppola; and nephew, Luke Fryklund of Austin, Texas.

A funeral service will be held Friday, April 5, at 1 p.m., at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service and vault interment are at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

Delbert Brown

June 6, 1933-March 27, 2013

Delbert F. Brown was born on June 6, 1933, in Eugene, Oregon, to Marion and Marie (Derring) Brown.

He died at a Longview, Washington, hospital on March 27, 2013, at the age of 79.

Delbert attended school in Eugene and then went into the Navy for four years.

He married Virginia McLeskey in 1955 in Richmond, California. They made their home in the Bay area until moving to Warren 40 years ago.

He was a candy maker for Short Hill Candy Factory for 32 years, retiring on June 1, 1998.

Delbert was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Warren Grange, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Brown of Warren; daughter, Lenae Chitman of Gresham; siblings, Verlie Boyles, Jess and Skipper Brown, and Ann Arbogast, all of Eugene; one granddaughter, Jackie Shirts; and one great-grandson, Conner.

Graveside service and interment will be held at Bethany Memorial Cemetery on Saturday April 6 at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

Elvera Kies LaPlante


April 12, 1917-March 30, 2013

Our most wonderful mother, Elvera, has passed into the arms of her savior. She was at home with family.

Born to Nicholas and Bertha Kies on the family farm in Valle Vista in 1917, she was raised there with four sisters.

She attended Rock Creek School and Hillsboro High School.

She met Dave LaPlante when she and her family worked in the hop fields and with his quiet humor and engaging personality he won her heart. She was his “sunshine” and they were married in January 1936 and raised a family of five children.

Dave passed away in 1965 and she later married Jack Isenbeck and had more happy years.

Noted always as a fabulous cook, she was the supreme hostess and delighted in company. She and her sisters and families were very close and with all the cousins made lively get-togethers a way of life.

Mom was always high energy, maintained an enviable garden and her spotless home was always welcoming.

She served as a surrogate Mom to many appreciative souls.

She was a good seamstress and was avid in her pursuit of fishing and hunting into her late 80s, and enjoyed pinochle and casino gambling.

She is survived by one sister, Hazel Barnes; five children, Crystal Kehnemund, Betty Jo LaPlante, Pete LaPlante (Margie), Cilla Border (Jim), and David LaPlante (Jeanne); 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

All of her family will grieve for our dearest Mother. May she find new and wondrous joys on her next journey. Elvera was a good and loving person.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 51555 Old Portland Rd., Scappoose. Pot luck dinner will follow in the church annex.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Community Home Health Hospice, 1035 11th Ave., Longview, WA 98632.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

Joseph Michell, Jr.

Jan. 12, 1937-March 27, 2013

Joseph A. Michell, Jr. was born on January 12, 1937, in St. Helens, Oregon, to Joseph Sr. and Mary (Marcott) Michell.

He died at a Portland hospital on March 27, 2013, at the age of 76.

Joseph attended grade school in St. Helens at St. Frederic Catholic School; he was raised on a dairy farm in Warren and went on to graduate from Scappoose High School in 1955.

He was in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, with the exception of that time he lived in Oregon most of his life.

He moved back to Warren in 1995 until present, marrying Phyllis Myers Catlin in 1996 in Reno, Nevada.

Joseph was a general manager for NW Marine Ironworks and retired as a sales representative for Jackson Machine Shop in 1999.

Early on he attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose, and was a member of the St. Helens Lions Club, Good Sam Motor Home Club and the US Power Squadrons.

His interests included traveling, boating, gardening and woodworking. He could fix or build anything.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Michell of Warren; children, Jeff Michell of Vancouver, Washington, Steven Michell of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kathy Schoppe of Tigard; step children, Dan White of Scappoose, Tim White of Hillsboro and Wendy Baltzell of Corvallis; sisters, Venitta Sullivan (John) of Tanasket, Washington, and Jacqueline Michell of Kansas City, Missouri; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Joseph’s favorite charities were OPB or the St. Helens Lions Club.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Richard A. Schendel


July 22, 1936-March 18, 2013

Richard A. Schendel passed away peacefully in Tumalo, Oregon, on March 18, 2013, at the age of 76.

He is survived by his daughter, Teresa K. NoBear; his son, Jason R. Schendel; his sisters, Diane Andrew and Mary Feller; and his brother, Robert Schendel.

Richard’s family, friends and loved ones will remember him as a handsome, and supportive golden boy. A strong and indestructible, gentle giant in mind and body.

Who was genuinely humble and secretly funny, as well as, an honest hard worker, with a quiet down to earth grateful spirit who they felt would never fall.

To all he was a great and protective younger brother and friend.

His family will hold a private ceremony at a later date, joining him with his beloved predeceased wife, Della Rose for eternity, walking hand in hand, were they can watch over everyone they loved so much.

Baird Funeral Home of Bend is in charge of arrangements, 541-382-0903.

Sheryl Jane Mathews


Aug. 9, 1944-March 14, 2013

Sheryl Jane Tarbell was born on August 9, 1944, in Portland, Oregon, to her parents, Glenn and Doris Tarbell, of Warren, Oregon.

Sheryl was living at Glennwood Place in Vancouver, Washington, an independent adult living facility, when she passed, at the age of 68 on March 14, 2013.

Sheryl grew up in Warren, Oregon, and attended Warren Grade School. She was a graduate of Scappoose High School in 1962 and Fagan’s Beauty School in 1963.

Sheryl married Robert D. Mathews of Mist, Oregon, in 1964. They have two sons, Robin D. Mathews and Dennis R. Mathews.

Sheryl and family moved to Keni, Alaska, in 1968, returning to St. Helens in 1972.

She worked for Lorraine’s Beauty Salon until 1985 when she purchased her own shop in downtown St. Helens, Part Two.

Sheryl and Bob lived in Goble, Oregon, and their two sons attended Rainier High School. Robin and his wife, Jill, live in Camas, Washington. Dennis and his wife, Valeri, along with their three daughters, Anastasia, Gabrielle and Constance, live in Yuba City, California.

Sheryl is also survived by her brother, Loren Tarbell and his wife, Christine, who live in Scappoose. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Doris Tarbell.

Sheryl loved horses all her life which was instilled by her mother. She became a 4-H Horse Club Member and stayed involved in 4-H for many years.

In 1960 Sheryl was a Scappoose Pow Wow Princess and she was a Columbia County Rodeo Court Princess in 1961.

Sheryl was a longtime member of the Warren Grange.

She was an accomplished hairdresser and a very creative crafter. She made and sold jewelry in her salon. Sheryl made beautiful macramé by braiding and knotting rope, and was very creative with leather goods.

Sheryl loved boating, fishing and collected sailing memorabilia. She spent some time sailing on the Lady Washington out of Aberdeen, Washington.

She worked on the Columbia County Fair Committee organizing the entertainment for the fair from 2000 to 2005.

She was a member of the Oregon Hunter Association and an officer in the local chapter for several years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lady Washington, 712 Hagara St., Aberdeen, WA 98526 (website: or because Sheryl was a Columbia County Rodeo Princess a donation in her honor might be considered to the Rodeo Committee, donation address to the Friends of the Fair, Rodeo Committee, Julie Sandstrom, 57826 Old Portland Rd., Warren OR 97053.

Sheryl was a member of the First United Methodist Church in St. Helens, Oregon, where a Celebration of her Life will be held on May 11, 2013, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow.

Frieda Burkhartsmeier


Oct. 22, 1920-March 25, 2013

Frieda was born on October 22, 1920, in Winnepeg, Canada, to August and Matilda (Buelow) Kublick.

She passed away on March 25, 2013, in St. Helens, Oregon. She was 92 years old.

On June 8, 1941, she married Sylvester (Burk) Burkhartsmeier. They were married 51 years before he preceded her in death in 1992.

Frieda is survived by her sons, Walter (Lesley) of Paulsbo, Washington, and Robert (Kathy) of Scappoose; two grandchildren, Walter of Portland and Sara of Paulsbo, Washington; and two great-grandchildren, Robert and Timothy. She was preceded in death by her husband; and siblings, William, Rae, Ernie and Martha.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m., at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

More information and online condolences may be found at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

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