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Obituaries - Feb. 15 edition


Rose Bolinger

Rose Marie Bolinger of St. Helens died Feb. 8, 2012, at her home. She was 69.

Rose was born May 22, 1942, in Mt. Vernon, Ind., to Edward and Lorene (Marx) Kappert.

She attended and graduated from high school in Indiana, moving to Oregon later in life.

Residing in St. Helens, she worked as a caretaker for Community Action Team.

She is survived by her son, Donald Bolinger of St. Helens; daughter, Donna Marie Bolinger; several grandchildren; and siblings, Carolyn Sherman of Clatskanie, Cindy Vandolah of Rainier, Thomas Kappert of Scappoose and Larry Kappert of Irrigon.

Graveside service and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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

Gerald Burger

Gerald L. Burger of Sauvie Island passed away Feb. 2, 2012, in Portland from complications of cancer. He was 73.

Mr. Burger was born April 3, 1938, in Portland to Kathryn and William Burger.

He attended grade school at St. Fredericks and graduated from Scappoose High School. He went to college at Portland State University and received a bachelor's degree.

Later he joined the Coast Guard.

On Oct. 10, 1975, he married Beverly Bauer. They moved from Scappoose to Sauvie Island and resided there the last 34 years.

Among the things he enjoyed were fishing, hunting and traveling with his wife, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly, and children Bob (Diane) Bauer, Dan (Barbara) Bauer, Pam (Jim) Munson and Bonnie (Ty) Winsor; his loving grandchildren; siblings, Richard (Kathy) Burger, Roy Burger, and sister, Jean; many nieces and nephews; and his dogs, Missy, Shaboo, Patches and Sadie.

Private services will be held.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in his name to The Humane Society.

LouAnne E. DeSpain

LouAnne 'Louie' E. DeSpain of Scappoose passed away Feb. 7, 2012, at St. Vincent's Hospital with family present after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.

Louie was born July 7, 1953, in Aguilar, Colo., to Rose Marie Brozovich and Edward Pfeaning.

Her youth was spent in the Idaho pan handle, and she graduated in Wallace, Idaho, in 1971.

Employed in the food industry from 1971-1983, she then went to work for Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner, and retired from St. Vincent's Hospital after 20 years.

She was always reaching for her next goal.

Some of her proudest achievements were becoming a volunteer firefighter, working as an EMT on the ambulance in Heppner and winning the Pride Award while working in the cardiac unit at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland.

She always chose a path of service, always putting others before herself and making the choice to help without ever asking for anything in return.

She was an avid crafter, enjoyed crocheting and was a seamstress for many years.

She spent many fun outings to hockey and Trail Blazer games, and music concerts with her family.

She had a passion for gardening, and loved to be outside working with flowers and landscaping the yard.

In 1985 she married Chris. They resided in Heppner until 1989 when they moved to the valley with their family.

She was living in Scappoose at the time of her passing.

She is survived by her husband, Chris of Scappoose; daughter, Mickie of Battle Ground; son, Jason of St. Helens; daughter, Randi of Scappoose; five grandchildren; parents; sisters, Audrey and DeeDee; and brother, Eddie.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Scappoose Adventist Church, 54287 Columbia River Hwy., Scappoose.

Arrangements are by Autumn Funerals, Cremation and Burial in Tigard.

Elizabeth Grady

Elizabeth 'Betty' Jean Grady of Gresham died Feb. 8, 2012, at her apartment. She was 96.

She lived a full and meaningful life as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. For many years she pursued and loved a teaching career at John Gumm Elementary School in St. Helens.

Betty was born May 6, 1915, in Leavenworth, Wash., to John Harlan and Verna (Smith) Osborn.

Upon graduation from Leavenworth High School, she attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in science and then taught a year of natural sciences at the high school level in Tekoa, Wash.

Returning to Whitman for further study, she met Edward James Grady. A romance ensued and they were married on June 15, 1938.

Her husband pursued a career with J.C. Penney Co., first in Walla Walla where they began their family with two sons, Bruce and Jim.

Transfers with the company took them to Vancouver, Wash., Port Townsend, Wash., where their third son, Russ, was born, and finally to St. Helens.

In St. Helens, her husband completed his career with J.C. Penney and she, in 1977, completed nearly 20 years of mentoring fourth graders and then retired.

Following her husband's death in 1985, she continued living in St. Helens, and then moved to Powell Valley Assisted Living in Gresham on April 8, 2002.

She and her husband enjoyed parenting.

She loved her affiliation with Plymouth Presbyterian Church, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Priscilla Circle, Alpha Chi Omega and Delta Kappa Gamma.

She is survived by her sons, Bruce, Jim, and Russ; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Peggy Bumps and Dorothy Weaver.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday Feb. 17, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Columbia Funeral Home. Committal service and vault interment will follow at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to Plymouth Presbyterian Church, 2615 Sykes Rd., St. Helens, OR 97051 or the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter BO, Barbara Gordon, 1630 8th St., Columbia City, OR 97018.

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

Vera Harrison

Vera Berger Harrison, a longtime St. Helens resident, passed away peacefully Feb. 10, 2012, at a family home in Florida. She was 95.

During her 45 years as a registered nurse she provided loving care to thousands of patients.

Her daughter, Mary Anne Miles; sons, Joe Berger and Jerry Berger; and daughter-in-law, Annette Berger were with her when she died after battling cancer.

Vera was born Sept. 21, 1916, in Prentiss County, Miss.

She attended nursing school and worked as an operating room and emergency room nurse in Laurel, Miss., where she met her future husband, Leonard Berger.

The couple married in 1938 and had three children. They moved to St. Helens in 1945, where the devoted mother and RN worked for three decades as office nurse for Dr. Zeschin.

After Leonard died in 1976, she married her second love, Theodore Harrison, of St. Helens, who also preceded her in death.

As a livewire retiree, she split her time between Oregon and Florida. She loved the water on both coasts, and was an avid fisherman, beachcomber, bird-watcher and baker.

She enjoyed spending time with dear friends at the St. Helens Senior Center and making craft items to help support the center.

She also was a loyal member of the Daughters of the Nile and the Women of the Moose.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Anne Miles; sons, Joe Berger and Jerry Berger; daughter-in-law, Annette Berger; grandson, Douglas Berger; granddaughters, Erin Berlanga and Sarah Nichols; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Bernice Lenich.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

The family suggests donations be made in her name to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

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

Jean Hodge

Jean Marie Hodge of Scappoose died Feb. 12, 2012, in St. Helens. She was 86.

Jean was born Sept. 1, 1925, in Forest Grove to Victor and Mildred (Fleck) Spaulding. Raised in Forest Grove, she graduated high school in the class of 1943.

In November of 1942 she married William Abram Hudson, and they had four children. He preceded her in death in 1962.

She wed James E. Hamman in 1964 and shared his business 'Hamman Garbage Service.' He had two sons. Jim preceded her in death in 2002.

In 2005 she was married again to Allan 'Bud' Hodge. He preceded her in death in October of 2011.

She was active in the church her whole life and was a member of Warren Community Fellowship. She sang in the choir, belonged to many bible study groups and she and Jim were among the many planning and promoting Warren Community Fellowship.

She delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Scappoose Senior Center.

She loved the outdoors, camping, backpacking and fishing.

Her other enjoyments included reading, oil painting, exercising, playing cards and baking.

Most of all she loved her family and spending time with them. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Mares (Ron) of Scappoose, Kay Wight (Gary) of Warren, and Victoria Winterowd (Keith) of Rochester, Wash.; step sons, David Hamman (Lisa) of Wasilla, Alaska, and Duane Hamman of White City; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews, sister-in-laws, and brother-in-laws. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Hudson in 2004 and brother, Jack Spaulding in 1989.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Warren Community Fellowship Church.

Private family committal service and vault interment will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts in her name can be made to the Scappoose Senior Center.

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

Verna Justin

Verna Viola Justin of Scappoose passed away Feb. 9, 2012, in Longview, Wash. She was 82.

Verna Viola was born Aug. 22, 1929, in Bowbells, N.D., to Vernon and Henrietta (Gleave) Chrest, and was the third of six children.

She met Val Justin in Bowbells, at which time he was her employer, and they were married on June 10, 1951, in St. Wendel, Minn.

In 1952 they moved to the Northwest for her husband to pursue a career as a longshoreman.

A wonderful mother, housewife and caregiver to many family and friends, her life was full of happiness when she was with her family.

The Lord blessed her with four grandsons which were her life right up and until she peacefully passed under excellent care at the Community Home, Health and Hospice in Longview.

She is survived by her daughters, Valerie Hamman, Valita Friend and husband Jim; son, Vernon Justin, and Diane Feakin, all of Scappoose; grandsons, Jason Hamman and Justin and Jaden Friend; great-granddaughters, Hunter and Hannah Hamman; son-in-law, Brian Robinson; sister, Judi Whitehead and husband John; and brother, Rolly Chrest and wife Sharon; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Val Justin; daughters, Debra Justin and Vanessa Robinson; grandson, Anthony Friend; sisters, Betty Masters and Lylia Winiarchik; and brother, Orville Chrest.

Private family niche inurnment was at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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

Trudy Prewitt

Trudy Prewitt of St. Helens passed away Feb. 10, 2012, in Portland. She was 71.

Rotraud 'Trudy' Elizabeth Maria Prewitt was born Oct. 18, 1940, in Innsbruck, Austria to August and Frieda (Knapp) Mathofer, and was the youngest of four children.

She lived in Frankfort, Germany, when her husband served in the U.S. Army, and moved to the United States later.

For two years she lived in Salt Lake City and then relocated to Beaverton where she resided for 38 years.

She was a teacher's aide for many years at Fern Grove Elementary and Greenway Elementary schools before working for sixteen years at Learning World Day Care in Beaverton.

In 1999 she received her Bachelor's Degree in education from Portland State University.

In 2009 she moved to St. Helens from Vernonia.

While in Vernonia she attended Community Church of Vernonia and then Grace Baptist Church in Warren for the last two years.

She is survived by her son, Klaus of St. Helens. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gustav and Dieter Mathofer; and a sister.

A memorial gathering will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Grace Baptist Church in Warren.

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

Laura Reichen

Laura Esther Reichen of Portland passed away Feb. 4, 2012, in Portland. She was 95. Laura was born Nov. 22, 1916, in Madras to Sam and Anna Barbara (Strasser) Reichen, and was the younger of two daughters. Her parents emigrated from Switzerland, arriving in both the Sandy and Helvetia areas. They moved to Portland when she was five years old.

She graduated from Franklin High School, and then attended and graduated with honors from Oregon State University in 1938, receiving her degree in chemistry.

For several years she worked in the Tacoma area before taking a train across country to Washington D.C. where she worked for the federal government in the Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, until 1971 when she retired at 55 years of age.

In 1972 she moved back to Portland where she resided since.

She was quite the photographer and took many pictures, and was the family historian. She kept records of the family linage past and present and made sure the family was given yearly updates.

Very fond of animals, especially cats, she contributed to the Oregon Humane Society on a regular basis and to OPB television for many years.

She also volunteered her knitting for CAPS for Kids.

Never married, she is survived by her niece, Ruthanne C. Tarter of Deer Island; nephew, Don Capon of Kimberly; and cousins, Ann Richard of Salem and David Sturmer of Rochester, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lydia Margaret Capon-Gertsen in 2011.

Private inurnment will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

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

Betty Rockey

Betty Rockey, former resident of Westport, died Feb. 3, 2012, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was 86.

Betty was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Stoneham, Colo., the daughter of Arthur Blaine and Gertrude (Stouffer) Harwood.

At the age of six she came with her family to St. Helens and graduated from high school there in 1943.

In high school she met Don Rockey, he being of Scappoose, a rival high school, and she of St. Helens. But love won out and on Dec. 21, 1943, they were married in Vancouver, Wash.

They lived in Olympia and after World War II her husband worked for the Reserve Fleet in Budd Inlet at Olympia for a number of years.

In 1963 they moved to Westport and opened Sunrise Charters where she was very active in operating the office. They retired in 1987.

For a while she operated the Westport/Ocean Shores passenger ferry office at Westport. Her husband died in 1995.

She was a member of the Westport Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Trinity Chapter No. 215, Order of Eastern Star, Olympia, and was active in the Westport Lighthouse Museum.

She also enjoyed traveling and collecting lighthouses.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen and husband Ken Gores of Happy Valley; son, Lyle and wife Niela Rockey of Lafayette, La.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by all nine of her brothers and sisters.

A graveside service was held Feb. 8 at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

The family suggests memorial gifts be made to any breast cancer research foundation.

Online condolences or memories may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com.

James Stobaugh Sr.

James Kenneth Stobaugh Sr. died Jan. 23, 2012. He was 85.

Mr. Stobaugh was born May 27, 1926, the second child of James and Lillian Stobaugh.

He grew up and attended school in Scappoose.

At age 18, he enlisted in the Navy, and fought in World War II.

He married Elaine Lemoine Miller in 1956.

In 1959 he started his business, Jim Stobaugh Construction.

He was a loving and kind man who enjoyed his family, woodworking, music and flowers.

He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and all that knew him.

He is survived by his children, Sharon, Jim and Diane; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Elaine; and sister, Jane White.

A funeral mass was held Jan. 30 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Oregon City.

Arrangements were by Crown Memorial Center in Milwaukie.

Donald Unger

Donald Ray Unger of Scappoose died Feb. 7, 2012, at a nursing home in St. Helens. He was 66.

Mr. Unger was born Sept. 29, 1945, in St. Helens to Cornelius and Violet (Allshouse) Unger.

He attended Scappoose schools and Western Oregon College.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was discharged on April 22, 1965.

Residing most of his life in Scappoose, he worked in maintenance at the Oregonian building for 10 years, retiring in the mid 2000s.

In his early years the family attended the Baptist Church, and in later years he enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, camping and bird hunting.

He is survived by his siblings, Raymond Unger of Scappoose, Carolyn Barger of St. Johns, Helen Sandau of Portland, and Lil Goodwin of The Dalles.

Nicheside service and inurnment will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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