Tyler James Ram

Jan. 28, 1993-June 21, 2011

Former Gresham resident Tyler James Ram died Tuesday, June 21, in Portland after a motorcycle accident. He was 18.

A celebration of his life was held Friday, June 24, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Tyler was born Jan. 28, 1993, in Clackamas to Ben and Vickie (Gassman) Ram. He was raised and educated in Gresham. While attending Beau Monde College to become a barber, Tyler worked for McDonald's as a cook.

Tyler was the man of the house, and his family meant the world to him. He loved cooking, giving haircuts to family and friends, music and movies. Tyler also enjoyed outdoor activities, motor sports and basketball, and he swam competitively as a child.

Survivors include his mother of Portland; father of Happy Valley; sister, Kayla Swigert of Portland; nephew, Tanner Swigert of Portland; grandparents, Nancy Bertini of Springfield, Marie Grammatico of Lynnwood, Wash., Rukumin Ram of Springfield and Jai Ram of Springfield; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Tyler Ram Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lucile Viola Ulrich

Oct. 27, 1922-June 22, 2011

Gresham resident Lucile Viola Ulrich died Wednesday, June 22, at a care center. She was 88.

A viewing will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 39901 Pleasant St., Sandy. Burial will follow at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Lucy was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Belfield, N.D., to Emil and Eliza (Ziebarth) Fuerstenau. Lucy began her schooling in North Dakota. When she was 13, the family moved to Oregon and made their home on a farm at Sandy Ridge. After graduating from Sandy High School, Lucy moved to Portland and worked for Standard Insurance.

In 1947, Lucy married Floyd Wagner in Sandy. They resided in Gresham and began their family. They later divorced.

Lucy worked for The Outlook from the early 1960s until her retirement in 1984. She was known as 'Machine Gun Ethel' because there was never a lull in the conversation with her, said longtime Outlook employee Gregg Radford.

Suzanne Martinson, a former Outlook editor and writer, worked with Lucy for about seven years in the late 1960s and 1970s. On Tuesday nights, Lucy would help her put out the features sections by cutting and pasting advertisements, stories, photographs and corrections onto the layout sheet.

'We had lots of fun on Tuesday nights,' Martinson said. 'I don't think we could have gotten the paper out without Lucy.'

Martinson remembered Lucy as a fun, talkative and upbeat person who was young at heart and with whom she never had an argument. She'll never forget Lucy's distinctive laugh, which one could hear 'from the back shop all the way into the newsroom,' or Lucy's friendship with another Outlook employee, Ethel.

' 'I Love Lucy'; I guess that's how everybody felt about her,' Martinson said.

On June 26, 1969, Lucy married Hugo Ulrich at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sandy. They resided at their home in Gresham until eight years ago, when they moved to Fairlawn Village.

Lucy was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and actively involved in teaching Sunday school and vacation Bible school, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and other church committees. She was an avid photographer and enjoyed flowers, bowling on the church league, playing pingpong with her grandchildren, playing card games and spending time with her family. While at Fairlawn, she enjoyed playing bingo, working crossword puzzles, coloring and going on outings. At the age of 86, Lucy caught her first fish.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Jerelyn Carlson of Troutdale, Marsha Plucar of Portland and Nadine Cearley of Chinook, Wash.; brothers, Maynard Fuerstenau of Bend and Leonard Fuerstenau of Battle Ground, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 686, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Petronella Cornelia Van Leeuwen Hiemstra

June 22, 1920-June 17, 2011

Former East County resident Petronella Cornelia Van Leeuwen Hiemstra died Friday, June 17, in Mercer Island, Wash. She was 90.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 Fairview Ave., Fairview. A reception and interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Nell was born June 22, 1920, in Zoeterwoude, Netherlands, to Geerlof and Petronella Van Leeuwen. She immigrated to the United States in 1937 with her family. In 1946, she married Art Hiemstra, who preceded her in death in 1968.

Nell raised five children largely on her own following the death of her husband. Nell had a sharp and intuitive mind, a constant smile and a crossword puzzle or book always within reach. Nell possessed remarkable self-awareness, acceptance and humor. Her energetic and joyful spirit made her fun to be around.

Following retirement, Nell volunteered for many years with Loaves and Fishes and other charity efforts in East Multnomah County. A committed Christian, she was an active member of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years and a member of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church for the last three years. Nell was an avid gardener throughout her life; she was also an active bicyclist and cross-country skier into her mid-80s. She was always ready to try something new, welcoming the next adventure.

Nell had a wide circle of friends, including many whom she had met since moving to Mercer Island to be closer to her family in Washington. She took pride in introducing her new twin great-granddaughters to her friends. Nell spoke fluent Dutch and celebrated her Dutch heritage.

Survivors include her children, Ted Hiemstra of Seattle, Glen Hiemstra of Kirkland, Wash., Art Hiemstra of Lake Oswego, Hal Hiemstra of Washington, D.C., and Petra Sauve of Concord, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes, Cherry Blossom Center, P.O. Box 19477, Portland, 97219-0477.

Visit Nell's page at for service details and directions and to share memories.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ernest Arthur RaLonde Jr.

Sept. 10, 1949-June 18, 2011

Gresham resident Ernest Arthur RaLonde Jr. died Saturday, June 18, in Clackamas. He was 61.

Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St. Interment with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Ernie was born Sept. 10, 1949, in Portland to Ernest and Winifred (Woolsey) RaLonde. He graduated from David Douglas High School in 1967 and attended Oregon State University, where he studied landscape engineering.

On Feb. 26, 1970, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He received an honorable discharge on Sept. 20, 1971, in Portland with the rank of lance corporal.

On Dec. 4, 1971, he married Janelle Easley in Portland. They were later divorced. On March 20, 1993, he married Anne Wells at a little chapel at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland. He resided in East County with his family for many years, spending 18 years in Gresham.

Ernie worked as a general contractor and superintendent for Waybo Inc. in Portland for many years. He later worked as the building coordinator for Oregon Health and Science University and Doernbecher Children's Hospital until his retirement in 2006. During his career, he was involved in the groundbreaking for Doernbecher Children's Hospital and was a vital part of the design and construction of the hospital until its completion.

Ernie enjoyed gardening, building and collecting books. He was known as Mr. Fixit and loved to tinker and fix things around the house. He had a great sense of humor, loved a good debate and enjoyed watching Fox News and listening to Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. He also loved Mickey Mouse and his beagle, Snickers, and his westie, Spunky.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Jennifer Coyle of Gresham and Sharon RaLonde of Gresham; son, Robert RaLonde of Gresham; stepdaughter, Lori Beth Hestmark of Oak Harbor, Wash.; stepsons, Joseph Pitts of Portland and Michael Pitts of Portland; brothers, Ray RaLonde of Alaska and Jerry RaLonde of Portland; sisters, Cathy Feller of Portland and Toni Kahl of Portland; one grandchild; and eight step-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in memory of Ernest to Greater Gresham Baptist Church India Orphanage; P.O. Box 1888, Gresham, 97030; or to the OHSU School of Medicine, Hepatitis Research Fund, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Portland, 97205.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lloyd Wayne Fowler

Aug. 24, 1937-June 20, 2011

Gresham resident Lloyd Wayne Fowler, 73, died Monday, June 20.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 S.E. Bybee Blvd., Portland.

Lloyd was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Jefferson, Texas, to Lloyd and Grace (Lisle) Fowler. Lloyd graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1955 and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Portland in 1964. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960.

In 1967, he married Joanne Shell in Portland.

Lloyd enjoyed fishing and camping and attending his children and grandchildren's many sporting events over the years.

His grandson, Bradley Leatherman, preceded him in death in 2010.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Kimberly Leatherman of Gresham and Holly Day of Portland; son, Brian Fowler of Nipomo, Calif.; brothers, Robert Fowler of Tigard and Mark Fowler of Hillsboro; sister, Evelyn Wooten of Garibaldi; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 8495 S.E. Monterey Ave., Happy Valley, 97086-7844.

Visit Lloyd's page at to sign his guestbook and to share thoughts and fond memories with the family.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Susan Alberta Przybylo

Aug. 30, 1948-June 22, 2011

Troutdale resident Susan Alberta Przybylo, 62, died Wednesday, June 22.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Susan was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Chicago to Al and Helen (Judge) Ewert. She was raised and educated in Chicago and graduated from Maryville Academy. She then did office work.

On Jan. 16, 1976, Susan married Frank Przybylo in Chicago. The family moved from Chicago to Gresham in 1989.

Susan worked as an office clerk for Consolidated Freightways. For the last nine years, she worked part time at the Rose Garden as an usher.

Susan's greatest joy was spending time with her children and family. She loved basketball and enjoyed gardening. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband; children, Frank Jr., Robert and Nikki Przybylo, all of Troutdale; and siblings, Helen Kochel, Barbara Marcilionis, Margaret Brown, Robert Ewert and George Brataromo, all of Chicago.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Vilma Aquino Tyler

Nov. 30, 1971-June 20, 2011

Portland resident Vilma Aquino Tyler, 39, died Monday, June 20.

A viewing will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 27, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Vilma was born Nov. 30, 1971, in Olongapo City, Philippines, to Gerald and Lourdes (Aquino) Stenseth. She was raised and educated in the Philippines,

Vilma moved to the United States in 1988. She started working for St. Joseph Convalescent Home, where she received her nurse's aide certification. She later worked for Hope Foster Care Home. Vilma worked at Powell Valley Assisted Living in Gresham as a nurse's aide for the last three years.

On Oct. 6, 1999, she married Troy Tyler in Vancouver, Wash.

Vilma loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, singing and fishing.

Survivors include her husband; children, Nicole, Ronald, Robby, Troy Jr. and Tianna Tyler, all of Portland; sisters, June Stenseth of the Philippines, Marilou Stenseth of the Philippines and Gina Gustafson of Portland; brothers, Fernando, Reynaldo and Rodrigo Stenseth, all of Portland; and one granddaughter.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mollae Usinger-Paola

Sept. 12, 1919-June 18, 2011

Gresham resident Mollae Usinger-Paola, 91, died Saturday, June 18, in Portland.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Burial will be at Fort Morgan Memory Gardens in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Mollae was born Sept. 12, 1919, in Sunnyside, Wash., to George and Anna (Knaus) Usinger. Mollae moved to Oregon when she was a young girl. She moved to Hollywood, Calif., when she was 18 with aspirations of becoming an actress. While in Hollywood she worked on the Republic Studios lot, which was famous for producing western movies. She met several movie stars including Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Roy Rogers.

On July 3, 1965, she married Peter Paola in Las Vegas. Peter preceded her in death July 6, 1983.

Mollae eventually decided that the movie industry was not for her, so she put herself through college and earned a business degree. She found employment at a savings and loan establishment where she retired as vice-president. When she was not working, she was playing tennis.

Mollae was a longtime resident of La Cañada, Calif. She moved back to Oregon in 2003.

Mollae enjoyed her outings, going to movies and music concerts. She especially enjoyed the movie 'The Sound of Music.'

She was preceded in death by her siblings Lydia Keith, Catherine Ruppel, Emma Usinger, Mildred Whitman, George Usinger, Alex Usinger, Fred Usinger, Ted Usinger, Bill Usinger and Clifford Haberman.

Survivors include her sister, Helen Rufer of Portland; brothers, Ron Usinger of Portland and Edward Haberman; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bennett Donald Fancher

May 6, 1953-June 21, 2011

Gresham resident Bennett Donald Fancher, 58, died Tuesday, June 21.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A full obituary will run in The Outlook at a later date.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Nelson 'Bert' Bertrand

Sept. 29, 1931-June 13, 2011

East County resident Nelson 'Bert' Bertrand, 79, died Monday, June 13, in Portland.

A service with military honors will be held at noon Wednesday, June 29, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Bert was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Butte, Mont., to Nelson and Winifred (Treylor) Bertrand. When Bert was 6 years old, the family moved to Portland where he was raised and educated, graduating from Milwaukie High School. Bert enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged on March 1, 1963.

Bert worked as a lather for various companies. He was a business agent for the lathers and plasterers union, retiring in 1993.

On Sept. 19, 1981, he married Armelda Nuss at his sister's home in Milwaukie.

Bert volunteered for a number of years at Toy and Joy Makers and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed watching bowling, soccer, hockey, football, poker, boxing and Ultimate Fighting Championship on television. He liked working on his house and keeping up his yard. Bert always had something funny to say and often caught people off guard with his unique sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Bertrand, in May 2011; and by two sisters.

Survivors include his wife; daughter; Meda Brown of Honolulu, Hawaii; son, Donald Bertrand of Portland; stepsons, Robert Hergenrader of Canby, Daniel Hergenrader of Portland and Scott Updike of Portland; stepdaughter, Cynthia Hergenrader of Tigard; sisters, Lenore Wright of Oregon City and Gloria Calwhite of Milwaukie; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Margaret E. Fiksdal

Dec. 9, 1921-June 21, 2011

Gresham resident Margaret E. Fiksdal, 89, died Tuesday, June 21, in Decatur, Texas.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Pleasant Home Community Church, 32120 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd. Interment will follow at Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 S.W. Greenburg Road, Tigard.

Margaret was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Springfield, Colo., to Charles Branson and Lenora Clayton.

In 1936, she married Russell Blankenfeld, who preceded her in death in 1958. In 1963, she married Paul Fiksdal. He preceded her in death in 1994.

Margaret was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Darlene Fahner; brothers, Robert Branson, Vernon Branson, Irvin Branson, Harold Branson and Ray Branson; and sisters, Fern Hensley and Ruth Darland.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth Blankenfeld Sr. of Cameron Park, Calif.; sister, Eva Lisenbury of San Diego; brother, Reed Branson of Durango, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Margaret Fiksdal Memorial Fund at Pleasant Home Community Church, 32120 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham, 97080.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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