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Obituaries, March 14, 2012

Dovie Marie Williams

Dec. 15, 1916-March 5, 2012

Longtime Brightwood resident Dovie Marie Williams died Monday, March 5. She was 95.

A funeral service was held Saturday, March 10, at Sandy Funeral Home. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery in Sherwood.

Dovie was born Dec. 15, 1916, in Delaware County, Okla., to Robert and Mary (Welch) Livingston. She spent most of her younger years living with her family on the prairie.

On Nov. 29, 1934, Dovie married Lloyd O. Williams in Tulsa, Okla. They moved to Oregon in the early 1940s. Dovie worked for a short time as a head cook for a logging company in Tygh Valley. She and Lloyd moved to Brightwood, where they made their permanent home.

Dovie worked in the shipyards in Portland. She eventually left the shipyards and decided to work closer to home. She became a personal housekeeper for several Brightwood-area residents, which included the Bowmans of Welches, who developed what is now known as The Resort at the Mountain; and the Koch family, who owned the lumber mill in Sandy.

Dovie retired in the late 1970s to become a homemaker and nurserywoman. She and Lloyd spent years operating the Mohe Nursery, where they sold azaleas and rhododendrons. After Lloyd's death in 1983, Dovie continued to maintain her home and the land. She tended a large garden where she raised fresh vegetables for her family. Dovie always made sure anyone who came to her home was loved and well fed with her down-home cooking.

She moved to Avamere at Sandy Assisted Living because of declining health.

She was preceded in death by a grandson in 1982; her son, Ray, in 1998; brother, Houston; and sister, Maime.

Survivors include her daughters, Wilma Jean Flanagin of Gresham, Avis Ballard of Sandy and Mavis Murray of Crooked River; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055; or Adventist Hospice, 5835 N.E. 122nd Ave., Portland, 97230-1057.

Christine 'Chris' Ramona Vaeretti

Nov. 6, 1928-March 7, 2012

Sandy resident Christine 'Chris' Ramona Vaeretti died Wednesday, March 7, at her home. She was 83.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Burial will follow at Cliffside Cemetery.

Chris was born Nov. 6, 1928, in Gresham to William and Emma (Koch) Rannow. She was raised on the family farm near Dodge Park, where she enjoyed hoeing berries with her father as they discussed life philosophies, family and their future. Chris was educated in Sandy, graduating from Sandy High School in 1946. She attended the University of Oregon and was a lifelong member of Sigma Kappa sorority.

On June 26, 1948, Chris married former schoolmate Howard J. Vaeretti in Portland. They made their home in Sandy, where they raised their six children.

Chris worked as a bookkeeper and later as a schoolteacher. In 1985, Howard and Chris moved to Guam, where they taught school for eight and a half years.

Chris was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed traveling throughout the world, gardening, golf, skiing, dancing, playing tennis, pingpong and volleyball, going to the beach and snorkeling. She was a member of several garden clubs throughout Oregon and California. Chris was also was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Gresham.

Survivors include her husband; sons, William Vaeretti of Sandy, Mark Vaeretti of Venice, Fla., and Thomas Vaeretti of Birmingham, Ala.; daughters, Karyn Bertrand of Hermiston, Teresa Vaeretti-Shultz of Vancouver, Wash., and Gina Vaeretti of Portland; brother, William Rannow of Lincoln City; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

George Brian Eisert

April 10, 1962-Feb. 27, 2012

George Brian Eisert, a resident of Boring and a division chief with the Boring Fire District, died Monday, Feb. 27, in Goodyear, Ariz., of pancreatic cancer. He was 49.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at New Hope Community Church, 11731 S.E. Stevens Road, Happy Valley.

George was born April 10, 1962, in Portland to Roger and Judy Eisert. He graduated from Estacada High School.

On May 17, 1986, he married Nadene Syes.

George worked as a driver for Pepsi for 10 years. He joined the Boring Fire District as a volunteer in May 1989. He was hired by the district as a firefighter/apparatus operator in June 1996 and progressed through the ranks, serving as lieutenant, captain and operations chief. George was president of the Oregon Fire Apparatus and Equipment Mechanics Association at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife; son, Austin Eisert of Gresham and Garrett Eisert of Gresham; parents, of Boring; and sister, Carmen Carroll of Boring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program, 10135 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Suite 140, Clackamas, 97015-5732; or to the Children's Center, 1713 Penn Lane, Oregon City, 97045.

George Norman Felix

Jan. 30, 1933-March 4, 2012

George Norman Felix, a resident of Boring, died Sunday, March 4, at his home. He was 79.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Burial with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

George was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Brainerd, Minn., to Morris and Lottie (Merrill) Felix. When he was a young boy, the family moved to Oregon and made its home in the St. Johns area, where George was raised and educated. He joined the Navy on Jan. 25, 1951, in Portland. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 10, 1953, in Long Beach, Calif. George then began his career as a truck driver

In April 1957, George married Patricia Knudsen in Portland. They made their home in the Portland area, and George pursued his career as a truck driver for Western Kraft. In 1971, Patricia and George divorced.

On June 28, 1980, George married Alice Probst in Sandy. They made their home in Boring, and George continued driving truck for Western Kraft, which later became Willamette Industries, until his retirement.

George enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He would spend many days at a time camping in the woods along with his packhorses. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time at the coast in his earlier years.

His sisters, Shirley and Donna, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; son, Chris Felix of Oregon City; daughter, Rebecca Farmer of Grants Pass; stepson, Keven Probst of Portland; stepdaughters, Debbie Sorensen of Gresham, Kim Hoffman and Michelle Peppers both of Boring; brother, James Felix of Gresham; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Deane 'Dee' Lee Boppre

July 29, 1946-Feb. 20, 2012

Deane 'Dee' Lee Boppre, a resident of Boring, died Monday, Feb. 20, at her home after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by family. She was 65.

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

Dee was born July 29, 1946, in Central City, Neb., to Lawrence and Dion Ellenwood.

Dee worked at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center for the last 10 years until her illness.

Survivors include her husband, LeRoy Boppre; mother, of Seaside; children, Jeff Teel of Dade City, Fla., Shawn Teel of Portland, Shane Lee of Portland and Crissy Lee of Juneau, Alaska; sisters, Evie Randall of Portland and Vicky Borrelli of Seaside; brother, Harry Vanderheiden of Grants Pass; and 10 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Michael James Fisher

Sept. 18, 1957-March 6, 2012

Welches resident Michael James Fisher, 54, died Tuesday, March 6.

A private celebration of his life will be held.

Michael was born Sept. 18, 1957, in Portland to Jim and Donna Fisher. When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Mount Hood, where he spent most of his childhood.

Michael was a hospitality manager. He resided in Portland for many years but moved back to Welches in 2002.

Survivors include his brother, Douglas Borgen of Portland; and sisters, Tamra Fisher of Portland, Jodie Smith of Portland and Liz Schober of Vancouver, Wash.

Care Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Shirley Karlene Retterer

May 2, 1934-March 6, 2012

Sandy resident Shirley Karlene Retterer died Tuesday, March 6, with her family by her side. She was 77.

A private service will be held.

Shirley was born May 2, 1934, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Carl and Mildred (Liudquist) Janson.

On April 18, 1952, she married Robert J. Retterer in Los Angeles. They moved to Oregon in 1969 and made their home in Gresham.

Shirley enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her two sons. She and Bob divorced in 1985, and in 1987 she made her home in the Sandy area. Shirley worked for Adult Care Facilities. Most recently, she was a resident at Avamere at Sandy.

Shirley love to be with her family and treasured celebrating events with them. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and was very proud of each one of them and their accomplishments.

Her son, Michael, preceded her in death in 2009.

Survivors include her son, Randy Retterer of Sandy; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, 97209.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Vernon Merle Rathman

Aug. 27, 1927-Feb. 17, 2012

Sandy resident Vernon Merle Rathman, a former Troutdale mayor, died Friday, Feb. 17. He was 84.

A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Vernon was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Langdon, N.D., to Alexander and Catherine Rathman. Vernon grew up on the family farm. After his father's death, the family moved to Troutdale in 1936. When he turned 16, he talked his mother into signing the papers so he could join the Merchant Marines and the Army during World War II.

In June 1948, he married Martine Humphrey in Vancouver, Wash. Vernon and Martine formed the Windy Whirlers Square Dance Club, which met in members' homes and later in Troutdale City Hall, until the group had to leave to make more room for offices.

Vernon served as mayor of Troutdale from 1960 to 1964. He also served as chairman of the city's first planning commission. He was a charter member of the Troutdale Historical Society and a member of the Troutdale Lions and the Boy Scouts. In 1973, Vernon started Rathman and Sons excavating business, bringing his three sons along.

Vernon enjoyed piloting his private airplane, hunting, golfing and hosting Family Camp for 25 years. He and Martine also enjoyed traveling in their motor home, accumulating 350,000 miles visiting family, friends and NASCAR races.

He was preceded in death by his wife in February 2010 and by his brothers, Wilbur and Stanley Rathman.

Survivors include his sons, Kenneth Rathman, Daniel Rathman and Timothy Rathman, all of Sandy; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265-0309.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Philip John Jensen

Aug. 15, 1960-March 12, 2012

Former Sandy resident Philip John Jensen, 51, died Monday, March 12, at his home in Tualatin.

A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Philip was born Aug. 15, 1960, in Oregon City to Leslie and June Jensen. He was raised in Oregon City and attended Estacada High School. He resided in Sandy from 1987 to 2000.

Philip received his welding certificate from Clackamas Community College and was a welder. He worked for Freightliner for almost 19 years. He was divorced. He fostered more than 25 foster children.

Philip enjoyed working on his Model T and collecting vintage clocks.

Survivors include his daughters, Amanda Jensen Mendoza of Salem and Kate Jensen of Beaverton; sons, Adam Jensen of Tigard and Gabriel Jensen of Tualatin; mother, of Oregon City; brothers, David Jensen of Donald and Larry Jensen of Estacada; and one granddaughter.

Hillside Chapel is handling arrangements.

Sharon Ann Watson

July 19, 1948-March 2, 2012

Sharon Ann Watson, a resident of Boring, died Friday, March 2, in Portland. She was 63.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Sharon was born July 19, 1948, in Portland to Richard and Maxine (Hansen) Nimmo. She was raised in Portland and Cathlamet, Wash., and graduated from Wahkiakum High School.

On May 15, 1965, Sharon married Arvid Blix; they later divorced. She married Greg Watson on Dec. 28, 1975, in Portland.

Sharon worked as a bookkeeper for G and S Welding, retiring in 1999. As hobbies she enjoyed baking, knitting and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Angela Blix of Boring and LeeAnn Watson of Portland; son, Troy Blix of Puget Island, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.