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Obituaries: Feb. 22, 2012

Marcelene Ann Gavic

May 26, 1925-Feb. 14, 2012

Sandy resident Marcelene Ann Gavic died Tuesday, Feb. 14, at a Portland care center. She was 86.

A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 20, at Estacada First Baptist Church.

Marcelene was born May 26, 1925, in Portland to Charles and Hilda (Ashwood) Walker. After she graduated from Jefferson High School, she worked as a teller at U.S. National Bank.

On April 2, 1948, she married Thomas Gavic in Portland. They moved to Oak Grove, where they started their family. In 1962 the family moved to Estacada, where she raised her children before moving to Sandy. Thomas died in 1975.

Marcelene loved to read, sew, listen to music and sing, and she enjoyed a good joke.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Gavic of Sandy, Suzanne Dragoon of Troutdale and Christine Flener of Tygh Valley; sons, Thomas Gavic of Gresham and Clifford Gavic of Sandy; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is in care of the arrangements.

Newton Evan Alderman

May 1, 1943-Feb. 13, 2012

Damascus resident Newton Evan Alderman died Monday, Feb. 13, after a 10-year battle with leukemia. He was 68.

No service will be held.

Newt was born May 1, 1943, in Corvallis to Harold and Bernice (Scott) Alderman. He was raised in Salem. After serving in the Navy, he married Jacquelyn Smith in 1963. They made their home in the Damascus/Boring area.

Newt worked for Portland General Electric as a sheet metal journeyman for 30 years, retiring in 2004. He enjoyed scuba diving, snow skiing, golfing and camping. He loved working in his shop and doing things around the house.

Survivors include his wife; children, Greg Alderman of Estacada and Christine Balcazar of Arvada, Colo.; brothers, Chuck Alderman of California and Terry Alderman of Murray, Utah; and three grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Erna Eugenia 'Jean' Wolfe

June 22, 1926-Feb. 15, 2012

Erna Eugenia 'Jean' Wolfe, a longtime resident of Sandy and Boring, died Wednesday, Feb. 15. She was 85.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Orient Drive Baptist Church, 15150 S.E. Orient Drive. A committal service will follow at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Jean was born June 22, 1926, in Streeter, N.D., to Jacob and Magdalena (Fischer) Remmich, the 14th of their 17 children. She was raised and educated in Streeter. She moved to Oregon as a teenager and resided with her eldest brother, Edward, and his family.

During a trip to Corcoran, Calif., Jean met Richard Wolfe. They were married on Sept. 15, 1944. They began their family in North Dakota and later moved to Oregon, making their home in Portland. In 1957, the family moved to Sandy and began farming. In 1960, they moved to Boring, where they opened and operated a family business, Dick Wolfe Meats. Dick died March 31, 1991. Jean returned to Sandy that same year and lived there until 2007. When her health began to decline, she moved to Gresham to receive the care she needed.

Through the years, Jean was employed in various jobs, one of them being a housekeeper for local families. She also was the custodian at Orient Drive Baptist Church for 25 years, where she was an active member.

Her sister, Irene Weston, preceded her in death on the same day.

Survivors include her sons, Loren Wolfe of Gresham, David Wolfe and Dan Wolfe of Sandy; daughters, Saundra Kitzmiller of Gresham and Kathy Huva of Goldendale, Wash.; brothers, Ervin Remmich of Chaska, Minn., and Les Remmich of Sandy; sister, Orlean Timmen of Illwaco, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Orient Drive Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1930, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Vivian L. Murhammer

Aug. 2, 1915-Feb. 16, 2012

Sandy resident Vivian L. Murhammer died Thursday, Feb. 16. She was 96.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 8648 S.E. Foster Road, Portland.

Vivian was born Aug. 2, 1915, in Fairview, Mont., to Frank and Mary Murphy. She moved to Oregon after graduating from Fairview High School in 1936.

On Aug. 22, 1941, she married Raymond Murhammer in Salem. They moved to Portland and later to Gresham, where they resided for almost 20 years. They moved to Happy Valley in the late 1970s.

Vivian was a secretary. She was an active member of her church and a volunteer with Loaves and Fishes, serving meals to the elderly. She donated to the Gresham Heroes Memorial as a remembrance to the family's veterans. She enjoyed visiting family and friends, sewing, walking and her flowers.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2004, eight days before their 62nd wedding anniversary. She also was preceded in death by four brothers and her granddaughter, Malynda.

Survivors include her son, Bill Murhammer of Boring; daughter, Patricia Fiedler of Sandy; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mt. Scott Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Earl Raymond Leckie

April 7, 1949-Feb. 21, 2012

Sandy resident Earl Raymond Leckie, 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 21.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

A full obituary will be published in a future edition of The Post.

The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, 97209.