Lois Stierwalt

Aug. 4, 1932-April 3, 2012

Lois Jean Stierwalt of Warren died April 3 at her home. She was 79.

Lois was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Ashland, Neb., to David and Violet (Owen) Root.

She attended schools in Ashland through the ninth grade and continued residing there.

On Sept. 21, 1955, she married Billy Stierwalt in Wahoo, Neb. They arrived in Columbia County in 1965 and have lived in the area since.

A homemaker and a Christian, she enjoyed sewing, puzzles, gambling, and doll collecting.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Billy Stierwalt, daughter, Theresa Drak (Johnny) and daughter-in-law, Terri Stierwalt, all of Warren; grandchildren, Duffy, Chelsea, and Wes; great-grandchildren, Maddison, Seth, Austin and Lance; and siblings, Defane Zvolanek of Ashland, Neb., and Jerry Root of Iowa. She was preceded in death by her son, Gerald Stierwalt.

A funeral service was held April 6 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service and vault interment were at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to Legacy Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Nancy Triplett

June 6, 1924-April 6, 2012

Nancy Edna Triplett, formerly of Scappoose, passed away on Good Friday, April 6, in Newberg. She was 87.

Nancy was born June 6, 1924, in Scappoose to Homer Albert and Rosa (Gutzman) Taber, and was one of six children.

A graduate of Scappoose High School, she was raised a country girl.

Her only vocation was to be a devoted mother. She worked outside the home only a couple times. Once was during World War II working in the shipyards in Portland and the other time a summer peeling shrimp in Arcata, Calif.

On Oct. 26, 1946, she married Billy Dean Triplett and they had seven children.

During her life she endured many hardships and was always concerned for the welfare of her children and worried whenever they were going through difficult times.

She wanted people to be nice and was distressed when people did bad things.

She was generous with the meager amount of money she received, giving to charitable organizations and to those less fortunate, living a simple life having no regard for riches.

She is survived by her children, Daniel Dean Triplett of Wellington, Colo., Hugh Bradley Triplett of Portland, Loren Ray of Oregon, and Barbara Jane Alexander of Salt Lake City, Utah; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her children, Rita Gale, Anita Dale and Robin Byron; and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arlene Ziegler

Nov. 29, 1931-April 2, 2012

Arlene Rae Ziegler of St. Helens passed away April 2 at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital from complications following an eight year battle with cancer. She was 80.

Arlene was born Nov. 29, 1931, in Camas, Wash., to Minnie (Morgan) and Victor Ready.

She lived in Columbia City and graduated from St. Helens High School.

After graduation she attended LIFE Bible College in California where she met her husband, Lewis. They spent 35 years as missionaries to southern Africa, returning to St. Helens in 1989.

To be able to have called her family or friend truly gave you someone who would love you unconditionally. A champion for her grandchildren, she would attend as many of their events as possible.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The void she leaves cannot be filled and we pray our lives will honor her memory, through loving and serving others.

She is survived by her husband and friend of 60 years, Lewis, daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Michael Chiddick; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Dawn Ziegler; nine grandchildren; sister, Peggy Baldwin; and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who were touched by her loving and caring life.

A celebration of life was held on Good Friday, April 6, at Columbia River Foursquare Church where she faithfully served as a teacher, preacher, counselor, friend and prayer warrior.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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