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Obituaries - May 9 edition


William Bever

June 25, 1928-May 2, 2012

William A. Bever of St. Helens died May 2 at his home. He was 83.

Mr. Bever was born June 25, 1928, in Bluff City, Ark., to Clyde and Grace (Henry) Bever.

Educated Camden, Ark., he married Alta in Arkansas on July 3, 1947. She preceded him in death in 2004.

For 39 years he worked at International Paper Company, starting in Arkansas and transferring to a plant in Reedsport in 1964. He retired in 1985.

He and his wife moved to St. Helens in 1991 to be closer to family.

They were members of the Church of Christ in Scappoose and enjoyed helping others.

On Sept. 10, 2006, he married Connie.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Glenn Bever of Fresno, Calif., Ralph Bever of Vancouver, Wash., and Tess Ogle of St. Helens; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and siblings, Ferrell Bever of Camden, Ark., Clyde Bever of South Bend, Ind., and Katherine Bever of Camden, Ark.

Interment with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

A celebration of life will follow at 4 p.m. Thursday, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Vancouver Church of Christ, Club Quest Mexico Mission Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.


Hazel Isaacson

April 18, 1918-May 1, 2012

Hazel Isaacson passed away May 1 in Tillamook. She was 94.

Hazel was born April 18, 1918, in Portland to Howard and Willowmay (Olinger) Churchley.

She grew up in the Reedville area, and was a 1936 graduate of Hillsboro High School. On Feb. 11, 1939, she married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Charles 'Bud' Isaacson in Reedville. Their wedding took place on the day following his twentieth birthday, because the one-year-older Hazel didn't want to marry a teenager. He affectionately called her 'Myrtle' and 'Haze,' and to her, he was always 'Sparky.'

After their wedding they lived in the Reedville and Boney Slope areas. They later moved to the Meadowbrook area just outside of Molalla, where they owned many acres of property on Milk Creek. Following their retirement, they moved to the Oregon coast, first in Nehalem, and later to Tillamook.

While for most of her life she was a homemaker, there were times when she worked outside of the home. During World War II she worked in the Portland shipyards. One of the highlights of her time there was serving as flower attendant during the launching of the SS Victory Loan on Oct. 6, 1945. She also worked for many years as a school bus driver and driver education instructor for the Molalla Union High School District. She and her husband, with their two oldest children, Chuck and Jim, also owned and operated an ice cream parlor in the Bonny Slope area.

A skilled artist and seamstress, she created many beautiful pieces in a variety of crafts. She was particularly well known for her beautiful Crazy Quilts. Some of her favorite artistic outlets were quilting, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, painting, ceramics, pottery, tole painting, and weaving pine needle baskets. She also enjoyed building doll houses, collecting antique dolls, and making doll clothes.

She was generous with her time and energy in sharing her knowledge with people who were interested in her craft. She also taught quilting and embroidery classes through the Tillamook County Quilt Guild and Latimer Quilt and Textile Center.

She was very active and had many interests and activities. She loved horses and was an accomplished horse rider. She loved flowers, gardening, and birds. She nurtured several bonsai trees.

She and her husband always had a beautiful yard and loved to work on it together. For many years they both rose early each day to swim at their local pool. After retirement they enjoyed traveling the country, seeing the sights and riding their motorcycles. They also loved to watch baseball together. After her husband's passing she continued to follow her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves, keeping tabs on the Seattle Mariners, as well.

She loved to read and always had one or two books with her. For most of her life she worked out the Oregonian's crossword puzzle every day.

She loved animals, and had many dogs and cats over the years. Her favorite dog breed was Collie and she raised several of them. Each one she called Lady.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. Even when life threw her a few curve balls, she never complained, never had a harsh word for anyone, and never gave up on anything she had started.

A remarkable woman who touched many lives, she was greatly loved and will be equally missed.

She is survived by her son, Chester 'Chet' Isaacson of Tillamook; grandchildren, Bradley Hirsch of Keizer, Bonnie (Terry) Moss of St. Helens, Jennifer Rizzuti of Citrus Heights, Calif., Charles Isaacson III of Cornelius, and Grant Behm of Sherwood; ten great-grandchildren; and those who have come to know her. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bud in 1999; and children, James in 1989, Charles in 1973, and Willowmay in 1967.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Five Rivers Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Tillamook.

She will be privately interred with her husband and son, Jim at Valley View Memorial Park Urn Garden in Newberg.

Memorial gifts in her name may be made to the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, 2105 Wilson River Loop Rd., Tillamook, OR 97141.


Robert Langager

Oct. 16, 1944-May 5, 2012

Robert 'Bob' Douglas Langager of Columbia City passed away May 5 at home surrounded by the love of his family. He was 67.

Mr. Langager was born Oct. 16, 1944, in Williston, N.D., to John and Millie Marie (O'Neill) Langager, and was the oldest of three children.

Raised in Williston, his family moved to Renton, Wash., in 1958 when he was in the 8th grade and then to Portland in 1960, his sophomore year. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1962, where he lettered in baseball as a first baseman.

On Sept. 21, 1967, he married his sweetheart, Glenda Jean Parks. They were married for 36 years before she preceded him in death in 2003.

On Aug. 7, 2004, he wed Lorraine Shuell, and they enjoyed their life together in Columbia City.

He worked for OSHA since 1971, including 18 years for the federal and 10 years for the state government as a safety engineer before going to work in the private sector as a safety consultant.

In his younger days he was a drag racer and was the driver of the year in 1967 at the Woodburn Drag strip, driving his 1967 Shelby GT 350.

An avid sport fan, he enjoyed all sorts of sports from golf to car racing, to college football and was always cheering for his beloved Washington Huskies.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Columbia City; son, John M. Langager of Gresham; daughter, Thea E. Langager of Portland; step-children, Regina, Tim, Sherry, Michael and Frank Shuell; grandchildren, David, Brittani, Donovan, Sierra and Dakota Langager; sister, Joyce Kelly of St. Helens; niece, Tami Hunt; and nephew, Todd Kelly. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.


Robert Reischman

Nov. 9, 1925-April 22, 2012

Robert 'Bob' Raymond Reischman died peacefully April 22 at the home of his daughter, Nancy, in Scappoose. He was 86.

Mr. Reischman was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Portland to Charles R. and Marguerite (Calhoun) Reischman.

He attended Assumption Grade School and graduated from Columbia Preparatory School in 1943. He and his brother, Bill danced as 'The Reischman Brothers' with Uncle Nate's 'Stars of Tomorrow.'

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged on May 14, 1946.

He attended Vanport Extension Center (Portland State University).

On Dec. 27, 1947, he married Bonnie Wayt, and they raised six children.

For over 25 years he was employed as a Portland firefighter. Most of his service was at Engine House 3 in downtown Portland. His last years of duty were as a dispatcher in the alarm office. He retired on July 3, 1980.

An avid golfer, he also loved salmon fishing on the Willamette River.

Football was his main passion. He officiated at the high school and college levels and coached CYO football for many years at Holy Cross Catholic School. He was one of Notre Dame's biggest fans.

He and his wife looked forward to their annual trips to Kauai until she passed away in 1984. He continued his yearly trips to Hawaii until this year.

For over 60 years he was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

He is survived by his son, Randy (Debi) Reischman, and daughters, Nancy Tousignant, Susan (Don) Rodich, and Melissa Reischman (John Kovac); seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; and sons, Ric and Bobby.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 5227 N. Bowdoin St., Portland.

A reception will follow the service at the school hall.

Internment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Holy Cross Catholic School, c/o Athletic Fund, 5202 N. Bowdoin St., Portland, OR 97203.


Edith Stark

Dec. 25, 1927-May 2, 2012

Edith Mae Stark of Scappoose died May 2 at a care center in Scappoose. She was 84.

Edith was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Portland to Roy and Lola (Huntington) White, and was the second of six children.

Educated at Franklin High School, she married Alexander Stark in Vancouver, Wash., in 1946. He preceded her in death in 2004.

A homemaker, she lived in the Portland area all of her life. She moved to Scappoose to be closer to her daughter.

While living in Milwaukie she attended and was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.

Her enjoyments included her family, grandchildren-she was 'Nana' to them, and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Terry Taylor of Scappoose and Eric Stark of Livingston, Mont.; grandchildren, Tara, Jenny and Jill; great-grandchildren, Tia, Rob, Bre and Jon; great-great-grandchildren, Grace, Emily, and Blade; and siblings, John and Donald White, and Gloria Weller. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Harvey and Mary.

A memorial service was held May 8 at Hillsboro Church of The Nazarene.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.


Hazel Wood

Nov. 27, 1931-April 25, 2012

Hazel Joan Wood of Scappoose passed away April 25 at home surrounded by her family. She was 80.

Hazel was born Nov. 27, 1931, in Edgar, Neb., to Clarence and Eva (Seymour) Johnston, and was one of four children.

She married her first husband, Roland Paul Long in Yuma, Ariz., and had two daughters when she was 16 years old. They later divorced.

She then wed John Wood. They arrived in the Scappoose area on Oct. 31, 1963, and she was still able to take her daughters trick-or-treating.

They purchased a working farm, which was funny as she had never been on a farm before.

A successful business woman, she owned several rental properties.

She also enjoyed volunteer work and served for several years at the Scappoose Senior Center. She was known for her sweet personality and generosity throughout the community.

She loved travel, dancing and shopping trips.

Additionally, she was well known for her glassware, getting a good deal and always haggling.

She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her children, Christie Blount of Dallas and Paula Brissett of Clatskanie; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Truman, Lillian and Grant McClellan.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date this summer.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.