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Obituaries for Jan. 18

Peggy Jo Ryan

Jan. 7, 1953-Dec. 29, 2011

Sandy resident Peggy Jo Ryan died at her home Thursday, Dec. 29. She was 58.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Sandy Senior Center. Private inurnment will take place at a later date.

Peggy was born Jan. 7, 1953, in Walsenburg, Colo., to Joseph and Carol (Hughes) Ryan. After graduating from high school, she moved to Denver and attended Aurora Community College.

Peggy married Anthony Mangone in June 1978. They settled on a small ranch where Peggy was able to continue her lifelong interest in and genuine love of horses. She was employed in Denver, primarily in food catering, but also started a full-time horse-boarding business on the ranch. Peggy owned and raised a number of horses and participated in many competitions in the Colorado Classic with her favorite horse, Chief, who was her faithful companion for 23 years. They won a number of awards, especially in the English style of riding.

Following Anthony's death, Peggy and Chief moved to Tucson, Ariz., for several years, assisting an elderly relative there. She was an active participant in the equine community, riding and teaching. In 1995, Peggy and Chief moved to Sandy. She rescued two abused horses and wrote an article for NW Rider magazine.

Peggy worked on the Sternwheeler Rose on the Willamette River. She also worked at the Sandy Fred Meyer deli for several years.

Survivors include her mother, of Sandy, and her border collie of 12 years, Tina.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Susan Elizabeth Freitas

Feb. 2, 1950-Jan. 12, 2012

Former Sandy resident Susan Elizabeth Freitas died Thursday, Jan. 12, of heart failure in Salem. She was 61.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Hillside Chapel, 1306 Seventh St., Oregon City. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Susie was born Feb. 2, 1950, in Oregon City to Tom and Carol Cutsforth, the youngest of six children. Susie grew up in Sandy. Following graduation from Sandy High School, she attended cosmetology school in Portland.

On Sept. 21, 1974, Susie married Ernest Del Freitas in her family farmhouse. They resided in Portland for a short time before moving to John Day. Susie and Ernie were longtime residents of Canby, where they raised their two daughters. They also resided in Woodburn, Sandy, Vancouver, Wash., and most recently in Hubbard.

Susie was a writer and the author of the acclaimed mystery 'The Rite Place,' which she followed up with 'Wagons Away.' She also wrote young adult fiction and a children's series titled 'Adventures with Farmer Tom and Granny Carol.' Susie also published poetry and was the producer and star of the 'Welcome To My Kitchen' cooking videos. Susie loved to cook and was the owner of the Mi Cocina Restaurante in Canby.

Susie worked as a beautician, bartender and waitress and then became a stay-at-home mom when her children were born. When her daughters got older she worked as a chef and managed the kitchens at Cisco and Poncho's Mexican Restaurant in Portland, the Elm Street Inn, Wally's Chinese Kitchen and the Canby Adult Center, all in Canby. Susie was also a member of Gleaners. Her hobbies included collecting works of art, knitting and crocheting, craft projects and singing.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Sadie Cordell of Vancouver and Emily Mengis of Klamath Falls; brothers, Dennis Cutsforth of Portland and Alan Cutsforth of Portland; sisters, Sharon Reynoysa of Stevenson, Wash., Karen Hines of Las Vegas and Tami Vega of Costa Rica; six adopted daughters; three grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Hillside Chapel of Oregon City is handling arrangements.

Howard Wesley Johnson

March 16, 1915-Jan. 14, 2012

Sandy resident Howard Wesley Johnson died Saturday, Jan. 14, at Avamere Assisted Living in Sandy. He was 96.

No services are planned.

Howard was born March 16, 1915, in Wisconsin to John and Adalia (Hahn) Johnson. When he was a teenager, the family moved to Ava, Mo., where Howard took over the farm for his grandfather Hahn. Howard's father died when Howard was 17. Howard continued working on the family farm and cared for his grandparents.

On Aug. 10, 1935, he married Evalyn M. Houck. They made their home in Ava and began their family. In 1943, the family moved to Michigan, where Howard was employed as a welder during the war. Prior to moving to Oregon, they lived in Mt. Etna, Iowa. While the family was on a vacation to visit relatives in Sandy, Howard decided to make it his home. During the vacation, Howard went to work at Tupper Lumber Company, which became his place of employment after moving his family to Sandy.

In the mid-1950s, Howard and Evalyn moved to Seattle, where he worked at Boeing. Four years later, they moved to Hood River, and Howard continued his career as a machinist at the aluminum company in The Dalles. There was a change in management, so Howard took an early retirement from there and pursued his machine business at his home until he was into his late 80s. His health began to decline six years ago, so he returned to Sandy to live near his son and family.

Howard was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was actively involved in various forms of ministry. Howard was a pilot and was a part of the Civil Air Patrol while living in Hood River. He flew over Mount Hood and had 900 hours of flight time to his credit. Howard took much pride, pleasure and time working in his machine shop. He always had some type of project that he was involved in, as he was not known to 'sit still.' Howard built two sawmills in Hood River and one at his son's home in Sandy.

His wife preceded him in death in 2006. Survivors include his son, John Johnson of Sandy; daughters, Donna Helt and Joyce Randrup, both of Doniphan, Mo.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 11-great-great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donald S. Nesheim

April 22, 1928-Jan. 15, 2012

Donald S. Nesheim, a resident of Boring, died Sunday, Jan. 15. He was 83.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave., Portland.

Donald was born April 22, 1928, in Hiwood, Minn., to John and Esther (Adolphson) Nesheim. He grew up in Minnesota with seven siblings and served in the Navy from 1947 to 1951. Donald moved to Portland in 1951.

On Nov. 26, 1952, he married Erma Gallant in Portland. They moved to Boring in 1978.

Donald worked as a machinist and retired in 1985 after 22 years as a farm equipment salesman for Ellis Equipment.

Donald was a president of the Minnesota Society of Oregon and member of Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and a deacon. He was a woodcutter, sold Christmas trees and was an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed driving, which included taking people to medical appointments and going on many trips to Minnesota to keep in contact with family.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Dr. Sandra Nesheim of Salinas, Calif.; son, the Rev. Dr. Steven Nesheim of Kelseyville, Calif.; brothers, Ralph Nesheim of Warroad, Minn., and Doran Nesheim of Boring; sisters, Ruby Smith and Phyllis Roach, both of Portland; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the building and grounds fund in care of Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1740 S.E. 139th Ave., Portland, 97233; or to the charity of choice.

Visit Donald's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to share thoughts and fond memories with the family.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Annie Wilson

Aug. 7, 1928-Jan. 13, 2012

Annie Wilson, a resident of Boring, died Friday, Jan. 13. She was 83.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive, Gresham.

Annie was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Henderson, Texas, to John and Faye (Foreman) Daughtery. She was raised in Texas.

On Dec. 31, 1944, she married Virgil Wilson in Texas. The family moved back and forth from Arkansas, Texas and Oregon.

Annie was a homemaker. She loved to travel with her family, go fishing on the Snake River, cook and eat her potatoes. She was very independent and never liked to ask for help. She was raised in the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991; sons, Russell Wilson and Ron Wilson; sister, Elsie Perry; and brother, Johnny Daughtery.

Survivors include her sons, Don Wilson of Boring, Ben Wilson of Boring and Steve Wilson of Washington; daughters, Emily Reed, Kelsey Woods of Massachusetts, Lilly Faye Ickley of Gresham and Diane Wakefield of Massachusetts; brother, Jesse Daughtery of Kilgore, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild with another on the way.

Family Memorial Mortuary is handling arrangements.

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