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Jan. 16 obituaries

Paul Benson Fitzpatrick Jr.

Sept. 20, 1944-Jan. 9, 2013

Boring resident Paul Benson Fitzpatrick Jr. died in Gresham on Wednesday, Jan. 9. He was 68.

A memorial service was held at Sandy Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Paul was born Sept. 20, 1944, in Portland to Martha Louise (Harper) and Paul Benson Fitzpatrick Sr. He graduated from David Douglas High School in 1963.

On Aug. 9, 1975, Paul married Myrna Davis at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Gresham. Paul worked for Rogers Construction and Portland Road & Driveway, where he became superintendent until his retirement in 2006.

Paul enjoyed woodworking, photography, oil painting, pottery and building custom furniture.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Jeffrey Fitzpatrick of Portage, Mich., Trevor Fitzpatrick of Battle Ground, Wash., and John Fitzpatrick of New York, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Shirley Louise Caddy

May 5, 1924-Jan. 8, 2013

Shirley L. Caddy

Shirley Louise Caddy was born on May 5, 1924 to Bernice (Sue) and Vance Hewitt in Longmont, CO. She died on January 8, 2013 in Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center surrounded by family members.

Shirley moved with her family to Compton, CA in 1931 and on to Bakersfield, CA in 1940. She married Raymond Seal in 1942 and they had a daughter, Mary Lou, in 1944. She and Ray divorced in 1947 and she moved to Oregon later that year.

Shirley met Thomas (Tom) Caddy in 1949 and they were married in 1951. They had two sons, Thomas J. in 1953 and Steven V. in 1955.

Music was her passion early in life. She played the piano, organ, trombone and harmonica and sang in the Pleasant Home Methodist Church choir. She and Tom played dances for many years with a family dance band.

Shirley was a talented artist, working with oils and china. She loved fishing, deer hunting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and most sports. She was famous for her “ten cents for the first fish” when she already had one on. She was a “people person” with many friends and a strong family focus.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and son, Steven. She is survived by her husband, Tom, daughter, Mary Lou Anderson, son, Thomas, sister, Phyllis Updegrave of Seattle and brother, Bob Hewitt of Gresham. Survivors also include grandchildren, Tamra, Deanna, Mathew, Brian, and Scott plus seven great grandchildren.

No service is planned at this time.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Bernice E. Chinn

October 10, 1914 - January 12, 2013

Bernice E. Chinn

A Gresham resident Bernice E. Chinn died January 12, 2013, she was 98. At her request she will be cremated and inurnment will be at Cliffside Cemetery in Sandy, no services will be held.

Born Bernice E. Ireland on October 10, 1914 in Kansas City, MO. the daughter of William and Bessie (Pavey).

She married Mansford W. Chinn on Mar. 14, 1933. The family moved to L.A., CA. in 1944, then to Gresham in 1985. She worked at See’s Candy from 1962 to 1966; then at French Hospital in Medical Records from 1967, retiring in 1979.

Bernice enjoyed sewing, cooking, knitting, refinishing antique furniture, gardening and much more.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mansford, son, Thomas Chinn, grandsons, Thomas Estes and Michael Orr, five brothers, Bill, Forrest, Russell, Kenneth and Roy Ireland.

Bernice is survived by her daughters; Virginia Dodson, Linda Chinn, sister, Thelma Lauerman, daughter in law; Elizabeth Chinn Schreiber, grandchildren, and great grand children.

Roy LeDoux

June 22, 1935-Jan. 8, 2013

Roy LeDoux

Long time Sandy resident Roy LeDoux, 77, died at his home January 8, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Bluff Rd. at 10AM on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Roy Emanuel LeDoux was born in Duluth, MN on June 22, 1935 to Bertha Maria (Carlson) and Lizom LeDoux. He had 6 brothers and two sisters. They were raised in Duluth and Anoka where Roy attended Anoka High School until he joined the Air Force in 1952.

Roy married Joyce Pettingill in Albuquerque, NM on April 5, 1967 where he and Joyce began their life together. Roy had a variety of interests and talents and eventually began his own carpet cleaning business. The family lived in various areas around the western United States until settling in Sandy in 1981.

Roy’s hobbies included woodworking, reading and he also loved to go shopping. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife Joyce; 3 sons, Roy LeDoux Jr. of Silverton, Roger LeDoux and Jody LeDoux of Gresham; his 4 daughters, Barbara Ashby of Fountain, CO, Rhonda Kolf of Las Vegas, NV, Brenda Trickel of Gresham and Janice Johnson of Sandy; brothers Ralph of McMinnville, Larry of TN, and Leslie of MN; sisters, Joyce and Darlene both of MN; 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Donna L. Senff-Mata

Born: 1-8-1932 – Died: 1-4-2013

Donna L. Senff-Mata

Donna would have been 81 on Jan 8, 2013. She was always proud that she and Elvis shared the same birthday, only he was born in 1935. Donna was born to Annetta Martinson-Senff and Leon R. Senff in Abracrombie, N.D. and spent her first 7 years in N.D. and then the family moved out to Portland, OR.

Donna went to Gilbert Grade School, Gresham High School and graduated from Sandy High School in 1949. Donna had only one sister, DeLores “Boots” Senff-Fritz and she survives Donna. Boots lives in Gresham and has for 20 years with her husband, Geary Fritz. Donna has two daughters, Jody Hanson-Emerson (Dwight) and lives in Santa Clarita, CA, her other daughter, Dera Hanson is married to Paul Landry and resides in Rochester, MN. Donna has 5 grand children and one great-grand daughter.

Donna lived in Gresham, OR before moving to CA. Donna was proud of her German and Norwegian heritage.

Donna was married to Sal Mata who spent 21 years in the Air Force and Sal passed away August 1994 and is buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. Donna will be placed next to Sal and requested that there be no service.

Donna was heavily into Genealogy and self-published over 400 genealogy books. She taught computer and genealogy classes to hundreds of people while living in CA. When she was diagnosed with colon cancer , she donated her books to the LDS Family History Center & the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, UT.