Ruby Backlund, Olive Herrmann, Alvin Houghtelling, Judith Moody, Verda Mae Van Tassel, Lloyd Zatterberg
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Ruby Backlund

Ruby Backlund of Scappoose died March 27, 2008. She was 94.

Ruby LaFleur was born July 31, 1913, in Bemidji, Minn., to Alfred and Ruby LaFleur. When she was 5 years old her family moved to Friday Harbor, Wash.

In 1929 she married Ed Boothe at the age of 16. The couple moved to St. Helens in 1932, and had two children. After 32 years of marriage Ed died in 1961.

She found love again when she married Albin Backlund. They enjoyed 32 of their autumn years together near family in Warren. Albin died in 1994.

In 2003 she moved to Terrace View Adult Foster Care Home in Scappoose.

Throughout her life she had numerous jobs. Her last was as the manager at St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union.

Among the things she enjoyed were spending time with family, reading, cooking, and sewing.

She is survived her daughter Dixie Blaha of St. Helens; son Gary Boothe of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepsons Richard Backlund of St. Helens, and Dale Backlund of Vancouver, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to the Terrace View Adult Foster Care Home in Scappoose.

Olive E. Herrmann

Olive E. Herrmann of St. Helens died March 25, 2008. She was 86.

Olive E. Herrmann was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Silom Springs, Ark.

She is survived by her son Gayle Herrmann of Portland; daughter Diane Miller of Lake Oswego; three granddaughters; four great-granddaughters; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scap-poose.

Alvin David Houghtelling

Alvin David Houghtelling of St. Helens died March 28, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. He was 72.

Mr. Houghtelling was born May 7, 1935, in Stockville, Neb., to Archie and Anna (Housley) Houghtelling.

After high school he served in the Army, and moved to St. Helens with his brother and uncles to work at the paper mill. Employed at Boise Cascade for 38 years, he retired as a shift supervisor.

On May 23, 1953, he married Dixie G. Briggs in Stevenson, Wash. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they served on a senior couples mission from 1994-1995 in Louisville, Ky.

Proud to be a volunteer firefighter for 15 years, he was also in police and sheriff reserve. Among the other things he enjoyed were swimming, hunting, fishing, pitching for baseball, and spending hours on his computer.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Dixie G. Houghtelling of St. Helens; children Richard Houghtelling of Las Vegas, Nev., Debra Cade of St. Helens, Kathryn Houghtelling of Las Vegas, Diana Houghtelling of Glendale, Ariz., Ronald Houghtelling of St. Helens, and Wendy Wilson of Rigby, Idaho; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brother Lloyd Houghtelling of San Leando, Calif.; and sister Lucille Wollam of Lebanon.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Helens.

Committal will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Judith Mary McBride Moody

Judith Mary McBride Moody of Salem died March 23, 2008, after a 17-year battle with cancer. She was 66.

Judith Mary McBride was born Dec. 1, 1941, in Salem to Chloe and Ira McBride.

In 1960 she graduated from Silverton High School, and three years later from the Emanuel School of Nursing.

On June 20, 1964, she married Richard Moody.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years Richard Moody of Salem; daughters Kristin O'Grady and her husband Mark of Moscow, Russia, and Karen Biben and her husband Greg of Silverton; son Michael Moody of Grandforks, N.D.; seven grandchildren; mother Chloe McBride of Silverton; sisters Rachel Bailey and her husband Robert of Stayton, and Sue Tegland and her husband Kenny of Silverton; and in-laws Jan Weber and her husband Paul of Goldbeach, and Bill Moody and his wife Sandy of Lake Oswego; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by twin brother Jerry McBride on May 14, 1999.

A celebration of life was held at Magoo's Sports Bar in Salem.

Memorial gifts may be made to the ACS 'Relay For Life' c/o Rachel Bailey, 808 Maple St., Stayton, OR 97383.

Verda Mae

Van Tassel

Verda Mae

Van Tassel

Verda Mae Van Tassel of St. Helens died March 25, 2008, at the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg. She was 90.

Verda Mae Rice was born March 3, 1918, in her paternal grandparents' farmhouse in Yankton to Leland and Esther (Butts) Rice.

Money was tight in those days so she wore homemade dresses to school, and had to help with the chores of washing clothes and cooking.

There were many pleasures as well. The Van Tassel boys lived next door and were first playmates, and then companions. Later, courtships developed on summer evenings after chores were done as they sat on haystacks, played harmonicas, and sang old songs.

On Aug. 30, 1936, she married Fred Van Tassel at her parent's home. Fred purchased a 20-acre farm on Robinette Road and spent evenings building a good country home for his bride. They sold the farm in 1948, rented for a time, and then bought a nice older home in the McNulty area. They lived there 30 years until Fred died in 2000. Three years later she moved to Newberg to be closer to family.

A homemaker, she loved to work with her hands. Using an electric jigsaw, she cut out gun racks and other plywood articles. In her 60s she discovered she had a flair for art and took a few lessons. She painted hundreds of scenes on eyeglass lenses, and hard and circular saws. At the county fair she often entered her craft items and garden produce.

Active in her church, in later years she and Fred attended Sunset Park Community Church where many friendships flourished. She prepared clothing and blankets for mission fields in Africa, China, and India, and was able to travel to Hong Kong to visit her son Loren and family while they were serving as missionaries there.

Among her other interests were playing the harmonica and piano. For about 26 years she played piano during worship services at care homes for the elderly.

She is survived her son Loren Van Tassel and his wife Sylvia of Newberg; daughters Donna Long and her husband Jim of Newberg, and Gloria Weatherly and her husband Gary of Lebanon; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Sunset Park Community Church in St. Helens.

Private vault interment will be at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be made to Free Methodist Missions, PO Box 535002, Indianapolis, IN 46253-5002.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Lloyd B. Zatterberg

Lloyd B. Zatterberg of St. Helens died March 29, 2008, at his home. He was 89.

Mr. Zatterberg was born Aug. 31, 1918, in Yankton to Herman and Anna Skoglund Zatterberg.

He and his three brothers were raised in Columbia City by their mom after their father died in 1921.

A graduate of St. Helens High School, he served during World War II with the Timberwolves in Germany.

In 1979 he married Anna Lisa in Leksand, Sweden.

A resident of the area his entire life, he was a longtime member of Columbia River Foursquare Church in Columbia City.

He is survived by his stepdaughters Noomi Tainter of St. Helens, and Miriam Jedenfalle-Axelsson of Sweden; grandchildren; nephew Mark Zatterberg of Canby; and friend Heidi Freimuth of Scappoose. He was preceded in death by his wife Anna Lisa Zatterberg in 1994, and brothers Eric, Henry, and William.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Columbia River Foursquare Church in Columbia City.

Private burial was held at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren.

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