Norma Brink

July 18, 1932-Aug. 31, 2012

Norma Brink passed away Aug. 31 surrounded by her family’s love at the Rainier home where she lived for the last 30-plus years. She was 80 years old.

Norma Gene was born July 18, 1932, in Walden, Colo., to Ernest Wesley and Margaret Helen (Bean) Wilbarger, one of three daughters.

Her early years were lived in Missouri until she was 25 years old when she and her husband came out west to work. Her husband worked on road construction. He was killed in a job-related accident.

On July 5, 1973, Norma married the love of her life, Elmer Lee Brink. They had 42 blissful years together. Norma was the backbone of her family; the door was always open to friends and family. She was an animal lover, a wonderful gardener and a prolific garage sales participant most every weekend during the season.

Norma is survived by her husband; daughters Debrah Capron of Boonville, N.Y., Sherry Shannon of Otis and Linda Reichelt of St. Helens; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Vicky Vankoten of Hood River and Gayle Weisfield of Lyle, Wash.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Columbia County Animal Shelter. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Nancy Karen Jacobsen

Oct. 19, 1929-Sept. 3, 2012

Nancy Karen Jacobsen was born to Donald Vincent and Katherine Temple (Woolfolk) McNeil on Oct. 19, 1929, in McGregor, Colo. She died Sept. 3 at Hopewell House in Portland.

Nancy graduated in the class of 1947 from Jefferson High School in Portland and went on to attend Oregon State University, receiving her BA in education in 1951.

She was a stewardess for United Airlines and met the love of her life, Robert Donald Jacobsen, who flew for the same airlines. They married on Sept. 30, 1953 in Seattle, where they raised their family, before moving to Sauvie Island in 1999.

Nancy was a member of the Sauvie Island Grange and was the definition of a perfect wife, mother and grandmother as well as the creator of the best pie crust in the world.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jake; children and spouses, Kit (Jim) Rasmussen of Mercer Island, Wash., Kristin (Rich) Ford of Sauvie Island, Bob (Jim Tinkle) of Issaquah, Wash., grandchildren Amy, Laura, Anna and Jake.

Private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Contributions can be made to Legacy Hopewell House Hospice, P.O. Box 4484, Portland 97208.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

William “Bud” Johnson

May 20, 1920-Aug. 27, 2012

Bud William passed away in St. Helens on Aug. 27 at the age of 92 years old. William Leland Johnson was born on May 20, 1920, in Texas County, Missouri, to William Absalom and Lillie (Mitchell) Johnson one of two children.

In 1940, he came to Oregon from Missouri for work, and it was here that Bud met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Emma Brown, on Aug. 20, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash. She preceded him in death on Feb. 17, 2004.

He served his country during WWII as a Merchant Marine from 1943 through 1945 as a seaman first class.

After the service, he went to work for West Coast Boot for 20-plus years during the 1940s until the 1960s. He then owned and operated Florence Auto Park in Scappoose from 1964 until 1976, retiring the same year.

Bud was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and was a benefactor for the preschool program.

He is survived by his son Richard “Dick” Johnson and his wife Stephanie of Scappoose; grandchildren Brian Johnson of Scappoose, Todd Johnson of Olympia, Wash., and Michele Fagan of Bloomfield, N.Y.; great-grandchildren Emma Johnson, Chase Johnson, Carly Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Stephanie Rose Fagan and Max Fagan. He was preceded in death by sister Nellie Stepp.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donna Lee Russell Lapping

April 18, 1936-Aug. 31, 2012

Donna Lee Russell Lapping passed away Aug. 31 peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 76 years old.

She was born in Vancouver, Wash., April 18, 1936, to Charles V. Russell and Genevieve Lobey and raised in Scappoose by her uncle and aunt, Roy and Melissa Jones. She graduated from Scappoose High School in 1954.

Donna married Archie Lapping of St. Helens and became a lifelong resident, raising all four of their children and establishing a business in the community.

Donna was an active member at her church, Grace Lutheran in Scappoose, loved gardening and growing vegetables in her backyard, digging for clams at the beach, playing cards, crocheting and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a strong woman, steadfast in her faith, a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she is finally at peace with her lord and savior.

Donna is lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Archie; daughters Vicki (Pete) Krenz, Patricia (Dennis) Williams, Jacqueline (Don) Melcher and Catherine (Bob) Hamilton; 10 grandchildren, Melissa Lapping, Jason Housley, Joshua Housley, Kim (Scott) Bennett, Aimee Krenz, Beth (Jake) Hull, Eric (Caroline) Klem, Kelsey (Craig) Cearley, Michael Klem, and Stephen Klem; six great-grandchildren (Devon, Emma, Seth, Michael, Marissa and Evan); siblings James (Pat) Russell, Barbara Ann (Courtney) Jones, Sandy Britt, George Lobey, Betty Kaiser, Cathy Nielsen, Rosemary Clark and Doreen Brooks, her loving Aunt Betty Shideler; her mother Genevieve Lobey; and her constant supporters and best friends Louise and Lester Lapping, Donna Jean Heikkila and Betty and Robert Krenz.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles V. Russell, and her daughter, Frances Louise Lapping.

A celebration of Donna’s life and the legacy she has left behind will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Scappoose followed by a fellowship gathering.

View Donna’s tribute at

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