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Jan. 9 obituaries

Norma Byers Bernardi

July 22, 1919-Nov. 3, 2012

Sandy resident Norma Byers Bernardi died Saturday, Nov. 3. She was 93.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

Norma Byers Bernardi was born July 22, 1919, in South Grove Township, Ill., to Eva and Charles Byers, the second oldest of 11 siblings.

After high school, Norma moved to Chicago to study nursing. She enlisted in the U.S. Army. On Aug. 18, 1942, she married Alfeo L. Bernardi at Camp Barkeley, Texas.

After raising her children, Norma returned to nursing for 15 years. Norma was a resident of San Pedro, Calif., for 45 years, retiring to Sandy in 1990.

Every Saturday morning Norma cut out the weekend sports lineup from the newspaper, highlighting the games she would watch. She was an accomplished seamstress on her 1947 Singer sewing machine and a lifelong swimmer.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years in 2011. She is survived by her children, Madonna Rieke, Robert Bernardi and Jane DeLuca; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Donations in Norma’s name may be made to Oregon Special Olympics.

George Kenneth Bellek

July 2, 1926-Jan. 1, 2013

Estacada resident George Kenneth Bellek died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 1. He was 86.

A graveside service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

George was born July 2, 1926, in Amedon, N. D., to Mike and Dora (Lawson) Bellek. He moved with his family to Sandy when he was 11 and graduated from Sandy High School in 1944.

After high school, George was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. After his honorable discharge, he moved to the Estacada area and worked for Acme Timber Company.

On July 3, 1954, George married Lillian Dygert in Vancouver, Wash. In 1964, he went to work for Cascade Utilities and worked there until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed his farm during retirement.

George is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lillian Bellek; one niece; and two nephews.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jennie B. Milnichuk

Jan. 21, 1922-Jan. 4, 2013

Jennie B. Milnichuk, a resident of Grace House in Estacada, died Friday, Jan. 4. She was 90.

No services will be held at this time.

Jennie was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Philadelphia to Frank and Mary (Petrosasky) Barachofsky, Russian and Polish immigrants.

Jennie married John Adam Milnichuk in 1942. She began working at the U. S. Navy Aviation Supply in Philadelphia during World War II and remained there until her retirement in 1988.

She moved to the Boring-Sandy area in 1995 to be near her son John. Jennie believed in helping those less fortunate and was active in community service. She volunteered at the Sandy Action Center for several years before her health began to decline.

Jennie was preceded in death by her husband in 1974. She is survived by her son, John Milnichuk of Boring; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Loren Bennett

May 14, 1923-Dec. 27, 2012

Loren Bennett

Loren Bennett went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 89 after a short illness.

A private family graveside service with Military Honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

A joyous remembrance to celebrate Loren’s life will be held at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Loren Bennett was born on May 14, 1923 in Humeston, Iowa to Jacob Orville and Vada Janetta (Wheeler) Bennett. Loren received his schooling in Chariton, Iowa.

On April 12, 1942 Loren was united in marriage to Naomi Miller. Loren and Naomi moved to Oregon with their family in 1943 and made their home in the Gresham area. Loren and Naomi both worked in the shipyards in Portland until Loren was drafted into the Army Air Corps on October 12, 1943. After his discharge on October 19, 1945, Loren and Naomi moved to Alhambra, California where he worked as an auto mechanic. Shortly after their first son was born, they returned to Oregon and made their permanent home in the Gresham area and raised their family. Loren began his career with Reynolds Aluminum in Troutdale as a Maintenance Supervisor until retiring at the age of 58.

Loren loved hunting, fishing, camping and waterskiing and in his later years, his real love was golf. When Loren and Naomi were raising their children, Loren was active in Boy Scouts with his sons, coaching Little League Baseball and involved in 4-H with their horses. Loren was a member of the Orient School Board and was active at Pleasant Home United Methodist Church at that time. For the last several years, Loren and Naomi have attended Good Shepherd Community Church.

Surviving is his wife Naomi of 70 years; his children, Thomas Bennett of Alpine, California, Kathy Branch of Vancouver, Washington and Terry Bennett of Milwaukie; his sisters, Sue Anderson of Simi Valley, California, Janet Farr of Gresham, Emma Penuel and Donna Smith both of Gresham; his brothers, Tom Bennett and Jim Bennett both of Sandy and Bob Bennett of Boring; his 8 grandchildren, Stephen, Cory, Bethany, Kelly, Kyle, Sara, Kassy and David; his 6 great grandchildren, Khloe, Natalie, Gabe, Stephen, Gracie and Damion; many nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful and caring friends.

Loren is preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Vada, his brother John and sister Wanda.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Sonya Sharlene Leeper

December 1, 1935 - December 18, 2012

Sonya Leeper

Sonya Sharlene Leeper, a longtime Gresham resident, passed Tuesday, December 18th, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Sonya Sharlene Davis was born December 1, 1935 in Los Angeles, California to Frank and Erma Davis.

Her family worked their way thru many states during the depression years prior to living in Oregon. Once in Oregon, they worked and lived in the North Plains area, and Hood River before settling in Gresham around 1955.

Sonya worked as a caretaker, and also took care of her parents until their passing.

Sonya’s family was her world. She always looked forward to family events, and cherished every moment.

She loved roses , and had a garden full of them. She enjoyed sewing, country music, and treasure hunting at local second hand shops. She was always in pursuit of the ‘perfect sewing machine’.

Sonya loved a sunny day, and going to Old Historic Gresham. She was a patron of the M & M Restaurant for as long as she lived in Gresham, and enjoyed spending time with friends old and new.

To know her was to love her.

Sonya leaves behind her daughter Brenda Blumenthal of Sandy and son Rob Morfitt of Gresham, sister Ruth Davis of Gresham, daughter-in-law Kristi, and son-in-law Aaron, granddaughters Lisa and Megan, great grandchildren Payton and Alexis, and her beloved cat Pepper, aka ‘The Boss’.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Kenneth.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12th at Forest Lawn Mausoleum in Gresham.

A Celebration of Life reception/potluck/banquet is planned for 1 p.m. at the M & M Restaurant in Historic Downtown Gresham.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The family would like to convey a special Thank You to Cissy and all of Sonya’s ‘extended family’ at the M & M.

Angela Skipper Randels

Oct. 23, 1979-Dec. 21, 2012

Former Sandy resident Angela (Skipper) Randels, 33, was received into God’s Holy presence by faith in Jesus Christ on December 21, 2012.

We will gather to remember our beautiful Angela at 2PM January 12, 2013 at Branches Church 2900 NW 229th Ave. in Hillsboro.

She was born Angela Christiene October 23, 1979 to Arthur Frank and Helen Christiene (Campbell) Skipper in Portland. She grew up in Sandy and graduated as Salutatorian from Sandy High School 1996. Angela has left an unwavering example of faith for her family and friends. Through her faith in Jesus, Angela’s soul has been redeemed and she is now in the presence of the Almighty God, Creator of the Heavens and Earth. Thanks be to God that He so loved the world that He sent His only Son to pay our sin debt so we may have eternal life.

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live even after dying. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” Do you believe this... John 11:25

Survivors include, her husband Aaron and her daughters Mikayla and Madison Randels of Columbia City; parents, Art and Chris Skipper of Sandy; brothers Scott Skipper of Oregon City and Tommy Skipper of Eugene, and her sister Maria Skipper of Sandy.

Private burial was held in December.

Sandy Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Wilma Raymond

July 17, 1924-Dec. 20, 2012

Wilma Raymond, age 88, died on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Gresham at Mt. Hood Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Sandy Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2012. Private inurnment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

She was born Wilma Irene Sparks in Kansas City, Kansas on July 17, 1924 to William and Martha (Johnson) Sparks; the oldest of 4 children.

When Wilma was a child her family moved to Oregon, and eventually to the Parkrose area where she graduated from Parkrose High School. For many years Wilma was a singer and musician with a country western dance band and often played at the Division Street Corral. She also had a radio show with her brother at KWJJ. However, her favorite part of her singing career was being a part of the choir at King of King’s Lutheran Church.

On December 29, 1953 Wilma married Donald Raymond in Portland. In 1972 they moved to Sandy where they made their permanent home and raised horses. Wilma was incredibly involved with the church, singing in the choir and quilting blankets for anyone who needed one. She loved horses, enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing and spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband Donald Raymond. Survivors include sons Donald West of Sandy, Daniel West of Spokane Valley, Washington, Dennis West of Yachats, Oregon, her daughter Deborah Lehr of Sandy, foster son Fred Conn, 12 Grandchildren and 32 Great Grandchildren.