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Sandra Jean Norgaard

Caregiver May 15, 1948 — Aug. 10, 2017

Sandi Norgaard, born May 15, 1948, in Astoria, Oregon, passed away Aug. 10, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer, at the age of 69 at Clatsop Care Center in Astoria, Oregon.

She married Jon Norgaard in 1968; they later divorced. They had two children, Tracy (Gary) Hardester and Thor (Kirsten) Norgaard. She has two grandchildren, Faith and Tristan Norgaard; two step-grandsons, Randy and Adam Hardester; and two great-grandchildren, Willow and Avery Hardester.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon Larson of Spencer, Iowa; her parents, Clarence Hosler and Lila Bumala; and Harry Lofgren, her stepfather who raised her.

She graduated from Astoria High School in 1966. She loved watching her kids play sports, and was always at their games, cheering them on. She liked to watch her Portland Trail Blazers with her cat Dallas (not named for the Cowboys). She truly was a sports mom!

She was known on Denver Street for her shouting out, at 5 p.m., “Tracy, Thor, dinnertime!” All the kids scattered, but met up after dinner until the street lights came on.

She had a special passion for the elderly. She wanted to make sure their quality of life was the best it could be, and was a very hard worker, and dedicated to her job, and never late. She worked for 17 years at Clatsop Care Center as a certified nursing assistant, medical assistant and resident assistant. She worked at multiple facilities around the county, including Crestview, Astor House, Neawanna by the Sea and numerous home health care jobs. Her co-workers, family and friends will miss her feisty straightforward flair for the truth.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayer and support in many heartfelt forms.

There will be a potluck celebration of life on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the American Legion, 1132 Exchange St., in Astoria, Oregon.


Michael Alan Johnson

Hammond Oct. 1, 1953 — Aug. 15, 2017

Michael “Mike” Alan Johnson, 63, of Hammond, Oregon, passed away at home on Aug. 15, 2017.

He was born in Astoria, Oregon, to Betty Ann Broman Cunningham and Donald E. Johnson, on Oct. 1, 1953. Mike was raised in the Lewis and Clark area, and graduated from Astoria High School in 1972. He was a logger and a machinist. He loved animals of all kinds and gardening. During his lifetime he took leadership of the Astoria Regatta parade, the Swedish tug-of-war team for the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival and coached recreational league basketball and softball.

Mike had a very kind, gentle spirit. He would give his last dime or the shirt off his back to someone in need. He loved and adored his nieces and nephews, and was very much a part of their lives. He is survived by his two dogs, Summer and Tinker; his parents, Bill and Betty Cunningham; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Van Kennell, Dixie and Todd Dowaliby and Suzanne and John Wall; a brother, James Cunningham; an uncle, James “Uncle Jimmy” Carruthers; and an aunt, Lois Mills of Albany. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Laurie and Jon Major, Meg, Kim, Kara and Mara Dowaliby and Caleb and William Cunningham; as well as his great-nephews, Liam and Landon Major.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Donald “Ole” Johnson, and his beloved nephew, Daniel H. Kennell. A graveside service will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Ocean View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, 1315 S.E. 19th St., Warrenton, OR 97146.


Marilyn Rae Fulop

Gearhart April 11, 1934 — July 30, 2017

Marilyn Fulop passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 30, at Providence Seaside Hospital, while holding her daughters’ hands.

She was born in Portland, the only child of Ruth and Abe Bernstein, and was raised in Eastmoreland. She attended St. Helen’s Hall, Pomona College, and Oregon State University. She belonged to the Junior League, Aero Club, Elks Club, Columbia River Yacht Club, Chaparral County Club and the Multnomah Athletic Club.

Marilyn traveled all over the world, and enjoyed owning and operating a travel agency (Travel Counselors) with her husband, Joe, in the 1970s and 1980s. Together they walked the Great Wall of China, swam the Great Barrier Reef, sailed the Nile, and had many other adventures all over the world. She said recently that she had completed everything on her bucket list.

Marilyn’s life was full of friends, volunteer work (including operating the Plastic Lady at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), summers in Gearhart, winters in Palm Desert, and time spent at their Portland home and cruising on their boat “Lou Ann.” She was beautiful, bright, social, well-spoken and well read, and completed the New York Times crossword in pen every morning. She enjoyed playing golf, dinner parties and card games, and was a killer opponent at Scrabble. Sadly, in August 2016 the family home in Gearhart had a catastrophic fire, and she never fully recovered from the trauma and smoke inhalation. She was lucky to have lived in three beautiful homes this past year, with Sally and Gretchen alternating care, along with Pete Vitas of Seaside. We are very grateful to Pete for his kindness and care of our mother. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Joe, and a granddaughter, Adrienne (Addy) Darnell. She is survived by her daughters, Gretchen Darnell of Seaside and Sally Luciak (Waide) of Vancouver, British Columbia; her grandchildren, Lindsey Alldrin, Lauren Oxley (Wyatt), Joe Luciak (Britta), Rachael Luciak and Stephen Luciak; and her great-grandchildren, Joe Alldrin, Ariann and Eliza Oxley and Ayla Luciak.

She was an extraordinary woman, and will be forever missed by family and friends.

No service is planned. Donations may be made to the Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation, Pet Therapy Fund.


James (Jim) Charles Davies

Astoria Dec. 1, 1952 — July 28, 2017

James (Jim) Charles Davies was born in Portland, Oregon, to Nancy Robison and Jack Davies on Dec. 1, 1952. He died July 28, 2017. Surviving family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors mourn his passing.

Jim grew up in Oregon in the 1960s, and adventure followed throughout his life. Jim was passionate about fishing, and was a commercial fisherman for many years, working boats in Astoria and Alaska. A master hunter and fisherman, Jim would advise even the most novice in techniques to fish or hunt with success.

A great day for Jim was a day in the outdoors; motorcycling, biking, hiking, bow hunting for deer and elk, fishing for anything in any kind of waters, clamming and crabbing, then sharing his catch with those he loved.

Jim loved life in the Astoria area, and passed away here anticipating his 65th birthday and retirement. He was generous, kind and funny. We are saddened by his passing. Peace be with you, Jim!


Charles E. Owen

Wasilla, Alaska May 21, 1940 — Aug. 3, 2017

Charles E. Owen (Chuck) passed away Aug. 3, 2017, in Wasilla, Alaska. He was 77. 

He was born May 21, 1940, in Astoria. His parents were Charles Owen and Mary Van Horn Owen. He was raised in Astoria, on the top of 14th Street. He attended Star of the Sea School, and then Astoria High School. He married Klaudia Jo Klaudi in 1991. Through his life he worked as a fisherman and bartender. 

He is survived by his wife, Klaudia, of Wasilla, Alaska; his daughter, Eva Briggs, of Port Angles, Washington; and his son, Steven Owen, of Seaside, Oregon. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m., on the east side of Coffenbury Lake.


Helen Lorel Alexander

Long Beach, Washington Sept. 29, 1950 — Aug. 4, 2017

Helen Lorel Alexander, 66, passed away at her home Aug. 4, 2017, in Long Beach, Washington, from a very rare and aggressive cancer. Mrs. Alexander was born Sept. 29, 1950, in Baker City, Oregon, to Orel Francis Hurse and Virginia Grace Yeakley Hurse. She was raised in Baker City, and attended Baker City public schools. She, along with her parents, spent weekends and every spare minute on Pine Creek outside of Hereford, Oregon.

She married James Ferdinand Alexander on April 1, 1967, in Baker City, Oregon. They lived in Baker City for a number of years before moving to the coast for a milder climate. They lived at Seaside, Oregon, before moving to Astoria, Oregon, and then to Long Beach, Washington.

Mrs. Alexander worked a number of years at Rite Aid in Warrenton, Oregon. She retired from there as assistant manager and moved to Long Beach, where she helped run Scrapaccino. After Scrapaccino closed in September 2016, Mrs. Alexander volunteered to help when needed at Doogers Restaurant up until a couple of months before her death.

She loved being around people. She loved to scrapbook, do art work and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter. Survivors include her husband, Jim, of Long Beach; a daughter, Cindy Kay and Ed Hillard and their children, Lanie Hillard, Eddie J. Hillard III and Alex J. Hillard of Ilwaco, Washington; a daughter, Roxane Jean and Marty Ebright and their triplet girls, Alexis, Phoenix and Zora Ebright of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; a son, Brian James and Venus Alexander and their girls, Chloe C. and Sasha Alexander of Astoria, Oregon; her sisters, Virginia V. Bryant, Theora R. Hensley, Theona Hambleton, all of Baker City, Oregon, and Evelyn Greenwood of Union, Oregon; one brother, Leslie R. Hurse of Pendleton, Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Alexander was a member of the Baker City Christian Church in Baker City, Oregon. A celebration of life will be held on her 67th birthday, Sept. 29, at Pine Creek outside of Hereford, Oregon, to honor her wishes. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory through Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach, Washington.


Dennis John Wing

Knappa Sept. 8, 1965 — Aug. 5, 2017

Dennis John Wing passed away suddenly at home on Aug. 5, 2017. Dennis was born on Sept. 8, 1965, to Richard and Carol Wing in Astoria, Oregon. Dennis was raised in Knappa and attended Knappa schools. Dennis worked in the logging industry for his entire life, until a back injury in 2011.

Dennis married Kerri Kelly in Reno, Nevada, on May 11, 1996. Dennis and Kerri welcomed two boys into their family, Brandon and Shawn. Dennis loved his boys, clamming, hunting and yardwork. He loved hanging out in his backyard with friends and family. Dennis always had a smile and a quick-witted response. He was the type of person who everyone considered a friend. Dennis is survived by his wife, Kerri; his children, Brandon and Molly and Shawn Wing; his parents, Dick and Carol Wing; his sister, Theresa and Mike Thwing; his brothers, Kenneth and Denise Wing and Don and Terri Wing; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life potluck will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Big Creek Lodge, 92878 Waterhouse Road, Knappa, Oregon, from 4 to 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Kerri Wing at any branch of Wauna Federal Credit Union. The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.


Robert Adrian Malo

Cannon Beach Aug. 3, 1949 — July 17, 2017

Robert Adrian Malo passed away July 17, 2017. Bob was born on Aug. 3, 1949, in Portland, Oregon, to Robert and Violet Malo. Growing up, he enjoyed working on the family farm and playing baseball.

After graduating from Tigard High School in 1968, he followed his dream and moved to Hawaii to surf. Returning to Oregon, he divided his time working for the family seafood restaurant and business, doing construction and surfing. He worked to create the North Shore Surf Club, and helped open a Cannon Beach surf spot “The Needles.” Bob purchased the F/V Bobby, which he operated for commercial fishing and crabbing out of Garibaldi.

He married Pam Sowa in 1981, welcoming a son, Matthew, in 1983. After the passing of his father, the family relocated to the family farm outside Sheridan in 1987. A daughter, Katelin, was born in 1988. At the farm, a small herd of cows, chickens and geese could always be found, as well as Bob and Matthew working on haying chores. Bob was a hard worker, operating the farm and being employed with Yamhill County Public Works.

Surfing remained a passion of Bob’s, splitting his time between Cannon Beach and the valley. Bob permanently relocated to Cannon Beach, renovating a small beach cabin into his home and working for the city of

Cannon Beach and then Tillamook County Public Works. After he retired in 2011, Bob spent his time fishing, hunting, clam digging and surfing. Bob is survived by his children, Matthew Malo (Becca Bostwick) and Katelin Malo; his brother, James Malo (Kathleen); his niece, Angela Royer (Glenn) and their children, Malia, Krystopher and Mathew; his nephew, James Malo (Jennifer) and their children, Summer, Emily and Casey; as well as many lifetime friends who were like family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Violet Malo; his baby brother, Raymond Malo; and his grandparents, Roy and Bessie Malo, Raymond Robertson and Leonard and Viola Hespack.

Bob’s passing leaves a void that will never be filled. His infectious smile, willingness to help anyone and his constant “good job” words of encouragement will forever be missed. He never met anyone he didn’t like, and was often seen driving around waving at people he knew, and those he didn’t.

A celebration of life potluck barbecue will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at 1 PM, at Les Shirley Park in Cannon Beach.


Gerald Michael Harrington

Astoria Aug. 20, 1949 — July 25, 2017

Gerald Harrington of Astoria, Oregon, passed away July 25, 2017.

Born in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 20, 1949, Jerry was the son of Dennis and Clare Jean Corkrey Harrington. He was a student at St. Stephen Grade School and, after moving to the coast, attended Seaside High School. Jerry surfed the cove, and enjoyed a number of years in Hawaii making boards.

Returning to Astoria, he worked in the fishing industry his entire career. Retirement allowed time for cycling, which he took up with a passion, as well as enjoying a good cup of coffee along his many routes. Jerry is survived by his brothers Tim of Portland and Dennis of San Diego; a sister, Colleen, and a brother- in-law, Peter, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; an aunt and uncle, Dr. John and Roni Corkrey of Seaside; nephews Patrick and Emmet; a niece, Clare; and many, many Harrington and Corkrey cousins. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be private.


Edith Leroy Teixeira

Seaside June 28, 1933 — July 24, 2017

Edith Leroy Teixeira was born in Spokane, Washington, on June 28, 1933, to Claude and Liberty Frances Patten. Edith grew up in Montana and went on to marry Ed Teixeira in Portland, Oregon. The couple moved to Hawaii to live and raise their children.

Edith worked for many years as a waitress and regularly attended the local Catholic Church. She loved her family very much and it’s said that she always had a smile for everyone. Edith will be fondly remembered for her love of music, singing and dancing.

Edith Teixeira passed from this life on July 24, 2017, in Seaside, Oregon. Edith was preceded in death by her mother, Liberty Parish; a sister, Cecilia (Kelly); and a daughter, Nicole Teixeira.

She is survived by her sons living in Hawaii, Scott Kranson (Deborah) and Casey Teixeira, and Bryon Kranson of Oregon; and her brothers and sisters, Fred Weiler (Linda) of Idaho, James Weiler (Sharon) of Oregon, Mike

Weiler of Washington, Skip Slayton (Connie) of Washington, Roni Slayton (K.C.) of Washington, Kelsi Yorke of Wisconsin and Robin Parish of Washington. She also had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

No formal funeral services are planned at this time. In accordance with her wishes, Edith’s family plans to take her cremated remains to Hawaii to be scattered. Funeral arrangements are by Hughes-Ransom Mortuary and Crematory of Astoria/Seaside.


Betty Ann Mignon Chadsey

Lincoln City July 11, 1926 — July 8, 2017

Betty Ann Mignon Chadsey, 90, died July 8 at Lakeside Memory Care in Lincoln City, Oregon, where she had lived for the last two years after moving from Tillamook, Oregon. She was born July 11, 1926, in Astoria, Oregon, the daughter of Dr. Ensi Pajunen and his wife, Grace.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Jaxon Eugene Chadsey, who resides in Tillamook. She is also survived by two daughters, Janis Chadsey (Al Davis) of Aurora, Illinois, and Kathy Chadsey of Netarts, Oregon; two grandchildren, Alexia Rickelman of Naperville, Illinois, and Emily Cowell (Kevin) of Naperville; and three great-grandchildren, Rusch Rickelman and Audrey and Jay Cowell. Betty Ann was deeply loved by her family, and will be missed.

Betty Ann lived most of her life in Astoria, but also had many happy memories spending time at her family’s cabin in Arch Cape. She worked for a short time at Columbia River Packers Association and the train depot. She graduated from Astoria High School and moved to Portland, where she had several jobs, including a stint as an elevator operator at Meier and Frank, before returning to Astoria.

After her marriage, she was a homemaker, but also worked part time at a local sewing store, Clark’s Confectionery and in the cafeteria at Astoria Middle School. Following retirement, she and her husband spent many relaxing winters as “snow birds” in Hemet, California. Betty Ann was an excellent seamstress, sewing clothes for both herself and her daughters. She was also artistic, and enjoyed taking watercolor lessons from Charles Mulvey. She loved to garden; her favorite flower was sweet peas. She was a good cook, and her family particularly loved her razor clams (which she often dug). Early on, she understood the merits of exercise, and could often be found walking the hilltops of Astoria. She was an avid reader, and passed her love of reading to her daughters. All throughout her life, she loved animals, and beloved pets were a very important part of the family. In her later years, she developed an interest in birds. No matter where she lived, she always had several bird feeders.

At her request, no services will be held. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter or the Tillamook Animal Shelter.


Michael John Morrisey

St. Helens Sept. 25, 1942 — July 14, 2017

Capt. Mike boldly went where no man has gone before: over sandbars, into pilings, always with a smile on his face and a chuckle in his heart … Michael John Morrisey, age 74, from St. Helens, Oregon, passed away at home on July 14, 2017, after a valiant fight to recover from surgery.

Mike was born in Medford, Oregon, on Sept. 25, 1942, to John Phillip and Patricia May Morrisey. He enjoyed a quintessential 1950s childhood playing with his younger brother, Jim, camping, fishing and participating in Boy Scout activities with his father. Mike worked at the local Safeway while he attended Medford High School. After graduation, he went to Oregon State University to study architecture.

In 1961, Mike married Cheryl Diana Vessey at First Presbyterian Church in Klamath Falls, Oregon. They began their family while Mike fostered a career in the grocery business, managing Safeway stores in Grants Pass, Medford, Albany and eventually settling in Clatskanie, Oregon.

Mike and Cheryl raised four children in their 56-year marriage. They were life partners who at a young age dreamed big, set lofty goals, and through perseverance and a bit of luck, fulfilled them. They enjoyed waterskiing at Lake Shasta, traveling to Maui and always being present for their kids’ sports and school activities. Mike was a loyal friend, a supportive employer and had a wicked sense of humor.

An astute businessman and entrepreneur, Mike branched out on his own to open Girard’s Grocery in Kelso, Washington, in the early 1970s. As business grew, he expanded to open and operate three local stores: Westmart in Westport, Oregon, Knappa Market and Seaside Stop and Go. In his 40-plus years in the business, Mike led by example, worked hard and tirelessly, and created a legacy that inspired others to follow in his footsteps. Mike retired in 2015 after selling Westmart, which he built with his family from the ground up. In his time off, Mike enjoyed sailing, gardening and gathering with his family in his home overlooking the Columbia River. He was a sweet and gentle man, had good insights into people and business and was a good provider. No one could make a better burger on the barbecue or make more delicious caramel corn than Mike! When he wasn’t at home or sailing, Mike could be found gardening, working on his sailboat, Enchantress, or taking an ice cream break at the marina store.

Mike is survived by his wife, Cheryl; son, Tod; daughters, Chantel, Kim, and Nicole; sons-in-law, Bob and Herb; daughter-in-law, Michelle; and grandchildren Nicholas, Liliana and Kyrah.

A celebration of life will be held for Mike in an open house format from 1 to 4 PM, on Aug. 19, 2017, at Mike and Cheryl’s home in St. Helens. Memorial donations may be made in Mike’s name to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.


Judith Harper

North Augusta, South Carolina, June 24, 1949 — June 10, 2017

Judy was in a U.S. Navy family, and she moved around a lot, but settled in Seaside, Oregon, where she graduated in 1967. She moved to Oroville, Washington, where she married and was blessed with a son. She lived in Oregon, Washington, South Carolina, Guam and Germany, but mostly in the Portland, Oregon area. She moved to South Carolina to be closer to her son and grandchildren.

Besides her family, she loved hockey, especially the Portland Winterhawks. She is survived by her son, John (Angela) Harper; grandchildren, Amberlyn, Austin and Jayden; and her brother, Jim. She was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Ruby Faust; and her brother, Gene. At her request, there will be no service.


Jean W. Curry

Astoria, March 24, 1925 — July 20, 2017

Jean W. Curry of Astoria died on July 20, 2017, in Astoria. Jean was born March 24, 1925, in Velva, North Dakota, to Charles and Tina Walker. They moved to Portal, North Dakota, when Jean was 2 years old.

After graduation, Jean moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and worked for C of C Grain Exchange as a mail clerk, file clerk and switchboard operator. On Nov. 21, 1945, she married Dale F. Curry. They moved to Astoria, Oregon, in 1960. Dale preceded her in death in 2003.

She is survived by four daughters and sonsin- law, Arlouene and Mike Searls of Astoria, Roxanne and Gerry Motl of Cincinnati, Ohio, Renee and Don Gustafson of Astoria and Darla and Stephen Donehoo of Vancouver, Washington; a sister, Mae Stiles of Fargo, North Dakota; a sister in- law, Darlene Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters and five brothers.

There will be a private service at the Astoria cemetery, with family members only. There is no memorial service, per her request. Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia River Maritime Museum or the Astoria Senior Center.


Ernest ‘Bud’ Davis

Clatskanie, Dec. 20, 1939 — July 7, 2017

Ernest (Bud) Davis passed away at the age of 77 on July 7, 2017. Bud was born in Bismark, North Dakota. When he was young, his family moved to Bend, Oregon, where he lived until he joined the U.S. Army in 1956.

After leaving the Army, he worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry and ended up in Astoria, Oregon, where he met his wife, Mickie. They were married and raised two boys, Tim and Aaron, in Seaside, Oregon. Employment opportunities moved them to Rainier, Oregon; Alamagordo and Espaniola, New Mexico; and eventually to Clatskanie, Oregon, where he retired.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Bud could often be found salmon fishing the Columbia River. Bud is survived by his brothers, Wally and Loren; his sister, Laverne; and his sons, Tim and Aaron. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 29, at Groulx Family Mortuary in Rainier, Oregon, at 1 PM.


Donald Eugene Laird

Warrenton, Jan. 3, 1958 — June 24 2017

Donald Eugene Laird, 59, died June 24, 2017, of natural causes, at his home in Warrenton. Don was born in Sasebo, Japan, on Jan. 3, 1958, to Charles and Mary (Filliger) Laird, while his father was on active duty in the U.S. Navy.

Don attended Lewis & Clark District 5 Grade School, Astoria High School, and graduated from Warrenton High School in 1977. While in grade school he joined the school circus, under the direction of Max Bigby, as a fire-ater. Don was active in horsemanship in both 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. His talent of fire-eating earned him a trip to the FFA National Talent competition in 1973.

After high school, Don joined the U.S. Navy Seabees, and spent seven years in the service before being honorably discharged. Upon leaving the Navy, he had various jobs working with heavy equipment and driving truck, and he loved the work. He was most recently employed by Trails End Recovery, until he was forced to stop for medical reasons. His love for animals led him to spend some time volunteering at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.

Don loved to dance, sing karaoke and was a talented photographer. He was married to Ruthetta Staulcup Torrez in the summer of 1986. They had no children, and later divorced. Don was the fifth of six children, and leaves his siblings to mourn his death: Mary Briggs (Charles) of Tigard, Oregon, Richard Laird (Janne) of Vancouver, Washington, Liz O’Brien (Tim) of Portland, Oregon, Patty Hawk (Steve) of Big Lake, Alaska, and Mike Laird (Margi) of Seaside, Oregon. Cousins include Bill Fuller (Julie) of Seattle, Washington, Father John Fuller of Boston, Massachusetts, Jeffrey Fuller of Boulder, Colorado, Greg Filliger (Sue) of Seaside, Oregon, Jan Morrison of Warrenton, Oregon, Kelly Filliger of Ashland, Oregon, Scott Filliger of Warrenton, Oregon, Stu Laird (Cindy) of Bend, Oregon and Julie Laird of Fresno, California. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends, and his little dog, Julie.

A funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 120 Oceanway in Seaside, on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. Following the service, there will be a reception at the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.


Clara I. Miller

Astoria, May 24, 1926 — June 26, 2017

Clara, 91, passed away peacefully at her home after a brief illness. Clara was born in Budapest, Hungary, and raised by her grandparents. During World War II, she met her future husband, Steve Miller, in Germany. Clara came to the U.S. in 1947 from Hungary, and resided in New York with her mother.

On Nov. 8, 1952, she married Steve in New York City, New York. Steve was in the medical field, and served for over 25 years in the U.S. Air Force. His duty assignments led them to many locations in the U.S. until his retirement in 1966 in Naselle, Washington. The family moved to Astoria after his retirement, and have resided in the same home ever since.

Clara loved visiting with family and friends and enjoyed her cats. She had many hobbies, which included cooking Hungarian food, knitting afghans for the Lions Club and baby hats for Columbia Memorial Hospital. Her greatest passion was flower arranging and designing real and silk flowers for friends’ homes.

Clara was a member of the St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and also a member of the Astoria Senior Center and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served as past president, historian and sponsor of the Eta Chapter of the Alpha Iota business sorority. Clara was preceded in death by her husband Steve Miller (1988); her father, Sandor Szilagyi (1985); her mother, Gizella Takacs (1999); and her brother, Sandor Szilagyi (1991). Clara is survived by her son, Bob Miller, and his family, of Salem, Oregon; her cousins, the Frank Gal family in New South Wales, Australia; and many close friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., in Astoria, Oregon.

Private interment will be held at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton, Oregon.


Len ‘Lenny’ Ross Myers

Astoria Nov. 23, 1957 — June 25, 2017

Len “Lenny” Ross Myers, 59, of Astoria, Oregon, passed away on June 25, 2017. He was the son of the late George Myers and Addie (Smith) Myers.

Lenny was born in Bakersfield, California, on Nov. 23, 1957. He attended Tillamook High School, and graduated in 1975. Shortly afterward, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was very proud to serve our country.

In the 1980s Lenny moved to Astoria, where he remained the rest of his life. He was a member of ABATE for many years, and he was a co-founder of a motorcycle club called The Vice Brothers for the past eight years. He had a huge passion for his Harleys, and was an avid rider.

He worked for the Clatsop Care District for the last few years as a maintenance man. What he really loved about his job was all of the residents, and spending time with them. Some of you may know Lenny as “Santa,” as he would dress up during Christmas. He really enjoyed making kids happy, especially his grandchildren, who looked forward to it every year.

Lenny is survived by his siblings, Dana (Kenny) Swanson of Knappa, Oregon, Debbie (Mike) Cornelius of Azalia, Oregon, George (Berdie) Myers of Forest Grove, Oregon, and Patricia (Jim) Coon of Tillamook, Oregon; many nieces and nephews; three stepdaughters, whom he loved as his own, Amy Oake (Ryan Jones) of Portland, Oregon, Sorena Wilson of Warrenton, Oregon, and Heather (Joe) Jenson of Astoria, Oregon; his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Vincent (Mckenzie) Wilson, Colton Wilson, Jasmine Breitmeyer, Jocelyn Burnett, Madison Burnett, Beau Reynolds, Gunnar Jenson and Carly Schurman; and a great-grandson, Rivers Sleutel.

Please join us at the Astoria Moose Lodge on Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 4 PM, for a potluck celebration of life.


Douglas William West

Richland, Washington March 17, 1971 — July 5, 2017

Douglas William West was born on March 17, 1971, in Portland, Oregon. He passed away on July 5, 2017, in Richland, Washington.

Douglas grew up in Portland until about the age of 10. He moved to the North Oregon Coast, where he grew up in Warrenton, Oregon. He graduated from Warrenton High School in 1989. He then attended Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.

Douglas had many different career ideas before finding his true passion: building custom homes. He became a general contractor, and started his own business, Surf Pines Construction, on the Oregon Coast. Doug was a perfectionist, and counted on that being obvious as the new home owners took their final walk through their finished home. Douglas ended his career in the general contracting business in 2009.

He soon found his next passion, although still in construction. He became one of the most efficient and sought after Contractor Quality Control System Managers, and was personally requested on many projects. His perfectionism and skilled eye made him the designated “trainer” in this field. These projects took him all over the U.S. He also took this passion to Afghanistan in 2012, helping to support our troops in bringing them a safer and better quality environment.

In 2015, Douglas took a position near the Tri-Cities, at Ice Harbor Dam. This allowed Douglas and his family and friends to stay close enough to enjoy all of the things he loved the most. His zest for life was immeasurable — hunting, fishing, camping, diving, riding all-terrain vehicles, ranching, skiing, boating, traveling and kayaking. This is what Douglas lived for most. He is survived by his wife, Shannon West; his parents, Douglas and Nancy West; his daughters, Amanda and Brittany West; his stepchildren, Nicholas and Amanda Breunig, Tiffany Breunig and Zachary and Bryan Breunig; his grandchildren, Alexis and Blake Breunig; his only sibling, a sister, Jolie West-Mannig; several nieces and nephews, with mutual adoration; and some lifelong friends who never failed to make birthday calls to one another every year.

Douglas had the biggest heart. Children and animals alike were drawn to his larger than life personality. He will be missed greatly by many.


Dawna May Rose

Seaside July 24, 1962 — June 23, 2017

Heaven received another angel, Dawna May Rose. She left this world June 23, 2017, surrounded by family in Seaside, Oregon. Dawna was born to Vernon and Madge Lauzon on July 24, 1962, in Hood River, Oregon. She is preceded in death by both parents and her sisters, Lynette and Mary Katherine.

Dawna grew up in Dufur, Oregon. She lived and traveled many places. She served in the U.S. Army as a patient administration specialist, received the Sharpshooting Badge (M-16 rifle) and Expert Qualification Badge (hand grenade).

She was a participant in Relay For Life for many years. She enjoyed working with people, and had various jobs as a truck driver, waitress, receptionist, Oregon Cherry Growers and caregiving for an assisted living facility.

She loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, flowers, gardening, bird watching, butterflies, barbecues, picnics, Sunday drives, walking on the beach, visiting state parks, pigs, cats, Yahtzee, Monopoly and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Lee Rose, of The Dalles, Oregon; a stepson, Christopher Andrew Rose, and granddaughters, Kailyn and Kylee; a stepdaughter, Jenel, and her husband, Pat Jones, and grandson, Aberen; an ex-husband, Robert Cliff Post; a son, Matthew Alexander Post, and his significant other, Kailee Lafferry and Peanut; a daughter, Amber Dawn Post and her significant other, James Peck; her grandsons, Ayden Cole England and Austin Phoenix Peck; her sisters, Sandi, Sonya, Vicki and Lawna and her husband, Steve; her brothers, Paul and his wife, Debbie, Walter and Larry; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

We would like to thank the Celilo Center in The Dalles, Oregon. Also special thanks to Ann Rust and the Lower Columbia Hospice Team of Astoria, Oregon, and special thanks to Cyndi, RN., Diane and Diane B. for their care, friendship, love and compassion. A celebration of life will be held Sept. 2, 2017, at noon in Dufur City Park.


Tina Ann Edwards

Reno, Nevada March 13, 1959 — June 16, 2017

Tina Ann Edwards of Reno, Nevada, formerly of Seaside, Oregon, passed from this life June 16, 2017, in Reno, Nevada, during open heart surgery.

She was born March 13, 1959, in Dayton, Ohio, to Linda and William Smith. She attended Newport High School and Chemeketa Community College, and was working on a degree in health care management, which was ended by a battle with cancer.

She had a green thumb, was a computer geek, loved knitting and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her life was devoted to working with the developmentally disabled and seniors. Her last position was as director of the Astor House assisted living facility in Astoria, Oregon.

Survivors include her mother, Linda C. Kolman (Jerry) of Beaverton, Oregon; her father, William L. Smith (Debbie) of Sparks, Nevada; her husband, Ron Edwards of Reno, Nevada; two half-sisters, Nikki Cichon and Jaclyn Smith of Reno, Nevada; four children, Jeffrey Durham of Vancouver, Washington, Erik Neuschwander (Sandra) of Oregon City, Oregon, Cory Neuschwander (Terralee) of Astoria, Oregon, and Alexis Neuschwander (Anthony) of Seattle, Washington; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her twin brothers, Wayne and William Smith, and a sister, Kim A. Smith.


Thomas L. ‘Les’ Galloway

Longview, Wash. Oct. 21, 1925 — June 21, 2017

Thomas L. “Les” Galloway passed away peacefully at Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview, Washington, on June 21, 2017. Les and his twin brother, Lyle, were born in Goble, Oregon, on Oct. 21, 1925, to Thomas H. and Kanty Revas Galloway. 

Les attended first and second grade at Goble Elementary before the family moved to Vernonia where the twins attended Vernonia High School. The day after their 18th birthday, the Galloway twins received their draft notices. Les and Lyle enlisted in the U.S. Navy for the duration of the war, plus six months. Les received training at both Norman, Oklahoma, and nearby Purcell Naval Gunnery School as an aerial gunner. In December 1944, Les was sent to the South Pacific combat zone. Les was stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines, where every third day he flew missions over the North China Sea as an aerial gunner on a Navy PB4Y-2, a modification of the B-24. In May of 1946, Les returned to civilian life in Vernonia where he went to work at the Oregon American Mill.

On his 21st birthday, Les married his first wife, Beverly Patricia “Pat” Thacker. Together they had two children, Tam and Tom. In the spring of 1958, the family moved to Clatskanie where Les was employed as a State Farm agent, serving Clatskanie, Rainier and Vernonia until his retirement in 1990.

Les joined the American Legion in 1946 and served as the commander of Clatskanie’s Louis Larsen Post 68 in 1961-62 as well as district commander in 1965-66. Over the next several years, Les served as chairman of the legislative, membership and Americanism committees. In 1974, after his marriage to Gladys “Glad,” Les was elected vice commander of Oregon, followed by a one-year term as state commander in 1975-76. In 1977, Les was elected as national executive committeeman, representing Oregon on the American Legion’s national executive board, which serves as the policymaking body of the 2.4 million-member organizations, retiring from that capacity in 2006 after serving for 28 years. Often referred to as the “Godfather of the Oregon American Legion, Les continued to remain active in the Legion, attending over 30 national conventions across the United States. Les was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Astoria Elks, Beaver Boat Club, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a member of the Clatskanie Kiwanis.

After his wife, Glad, passed away in 2010, Les continued to enjoy spending time with his daughter, Tam, and hunting and fishing with his son, Tom. Dad passed away at the age of 91, a dedicated patriot who loved his family and country with a passion and undying commitment. Preceding Les in death were his mother and father, three sisters and his twin brother. Survivors include his son and daughter, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Robert Wayne Corderman

Salem July 29, 1953 — July 2, 2017

Bob was born in Toppenish, Washington, the third son of Virginia and Manly Corderman, and brother to Jim and Dennis. The family moved to Kennewick in 1954. 

In 1975, Bob married the love of his life, Cindi Swoboda. They lived in Kennewick with their two sons, Benjamin Parker and Clenet Robert until 1982, when the family moved to Astoria, Oregon, where they purchased the Bumblebee Shipyard. In addition to running the shipyard, Bob also worked for James W. Fowler Construction, and was a fish buyer for Astoria Seafood.

Bob was an avid NASCAR fan, motorcycle enthusiast and master woodworker. During the past year, Bob became ill with liver disease and moved to Arizona for a liver and kidney transplant. This was done on June 8 at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Our family is grateful to the doctors and staff at the Mayo Clinic for their care and concern. We also thank all the members of Mayo’s Transplant Support Group who provided constant encouragement. Bob is survived by wife, Cindi; sons, Ben and Clenet; brother, Dennis; and many loving family members and friends who will always remember Bob’s kindness, goodness and sense of humor.


Rilla Colean Soukkala

Warrenton Oct. 17, 1938 — July 4, 2017

Rilla Colean Soukkala, 78, a resident of Warrenton, Oregon, finished her race and passed on to glory on the Fourth of July, 2017. She was born in Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 17, 1938, to the devoted preachers and servants of God, Clyde and Mary Kelly.

Born with many physical challenges, Colean’s life was a miracle from start to finish. The Kellys ignored the doctor’s advice to abort their baby, and she was born with a song in her heart that would continue to play until her final moment on earth. It was evident to all that Colean was gifted by God when she began to play the piano at only 3 years of age. Songs of praise flowed from her like a river throughout her entire life as she ministered in worship.

In August 1958, Colean married George Raymond Soukkala, and they enjoyed a wonderful life together for almost 59 years. Over the years, their home was haven to more than 150 children. Colean loved, nurtured and befriended every child who came to her for care, and she continued to pray for each of them until the very end.

Colean is survived by her husband, Ray; her sister, Barbara (Robert) Primrose; her loving in-laws, Buddy and Caroline Bradley, Keith Soukkala, Mark and Loretta Ray, Michael and Karen Soukkala and Steven and Rayla Goldberg; and many adored nieces and nephews. On Wednesday, Aug. 2, a “Praise Gathering” will be held in honor of Colean. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mission Christian Fellowship, 525 N.W. Warrenton Drive, Warrenton, Oregon. No doubt, countless numbers of songs have been sung by our beautiful Colean, but this she sang repeatedly for several days before going home to be with her Savior: I’ll say yes, Lord, yes To your will and to your way I’ll say yes, Lord, yes I will trust you and obey When your Spirit speaks to me With my whole heart I’ll agree And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.


Larry Dean Campbell

Lake Oswego June 4, 1938 — July 4, 2017

Larry Dean Campbell was born June 4, 1938, in Vallejo, California, and passed away July 4, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, from complications of heart surgery.

He was born to O.W. and Dorothy Campbell in Vallejo, California, and moved to the Warrenton area as a child. He attended school in Warrenton and graduated from Warrenton High School in 1956.

He married Blanche Byrd in 1956, and the couple had three children, Michael, Valerie and Jeffrey.Larry held various jobs before moving to Lake Oswego in 1961. He became a machinist at Irvington Moore, and worked his way up to production manager before retiring at age 59.

Larry enjoyed building and racing hydroplanes. During that time he built numerous successful hydroplanes that set many world records. He was also a constant innovator throughout his life, including the invention of an automatic actuator drape control. Later in life he enjoyed reading and doing handy work around the neighborhood. He also always enjoyed working with wood. He is survived by his wife, Blanche, his three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother, Ron, and sister, Carol. The family will be holding a public graveside service at Ocean View Cemetery on 18th Street in Warrenton, Oregon, on Friday, July 14, at 2 PM.


Ethel June Well Lane

Warrenton March 24, 1928 — July 9, 2017

On July 9, 2017, at dawn, Ethel June Well Lane slipped the bonds of flesh and entered into eternity with the saints. She was 89 years old.

She was born in La Grande, Oregon, on March 24, 1928, to Fred James Wells and Ina Sigrid Forsell Wells. The family soon moved to Ardenwald, Oregon, where, with her adored older brother, Vernon James Wells, she enjoyed an idyllic early childhood in a home surrounded by hazelnut, walnut, peach, apple, cherry and pecan trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes and large vegetable gardens. The yard was her favorite childhood memory, and she said that when she imagined heaven, it looked like their yard in Ardenwald.

Her scariest childhood memory was not tightening the tether, and seeing the horse she rode to school turn around and head for home. She was about 7 years old, and all she could think to do was stand with tiny arms outstretched in front of the massive beast and cry. The horse incident, and the memorably soggy tomato and bread sandwiches her mother put in her school lunches, were the only negative episodes in her childhood, to hear her tell it.

The family later moved to Portland and Ethel graduated from Commerce High School in 1946. By the end of 1947, the entire family had settled in Warrenton.

On March 17, 1950, she wed Robert Warren Lane, son of Clyde and Fern Lane of Warrenton, at Warrenton Methodist Church. They had 57 years and 7 days together, until his death in 2007.

Over the years she worked at various offices as secretary/stenographer; at Bioproducts in the 1950s, Tongue Point in the 1960s and early 1970s, then at Warrenton City Hall for several years. In the 1990s she was church secretary at the Philadelphia Church in Hammond.

She was an avid reader, and made legendary cinnamon rolls, painted in oils, made lovely quilts, sewed clothes for herself and her children, and passed the love of sewing on to her daughters. She had a cherry tree, blueberry bushes and raspberry canes so that her grandchildren could experience the miracle of picking and eating something delicious that grew from the earth, and so she could make homemade cherry pies for her husband. She loved the Lord, her family and a good joke.

She is survived by her six children, Peggy Lane Oakes (Jim) of Fairfax, Virginia, Robert Lane Jr. of Warrenton, Mary Lane of Long Beach, Washington, Janice Lane Vrooman (Dean) of Tualatin, Russell Lane (Valerie) of Warrenton and James Lane of Tualatin; 13 grandchildren, Liisa Oakes Caliendo (Paolino) of Abilene, Texas, Lauren Oakes of Weed, California, Robert Oakes of Woodway, Texas, Katie Lane of Warrenton, Eric Lane of Warrenton, Kimberly Vrooman of Portland, Todd Vrooman of Portland, David Thorne (Stephanie) of Portland, Christiaan Thorne of Long Beach, Washington, Emily Thorne of Tacoma, Washington, Curtis Lane (Jae) of Pocatello, Idaho, Stephanie Lane of Tualatin and Adam Lane of Warrenton; and nine great-grandchildren, ages 2 months to 8 years.


Diana M. Stratton

Seaside Oct. 19, 1923 — May 31, 2017

Diana M. Stratton, beloved and cherished mother, passed peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in her home in Seaside, Oregon, surrounded by family. Diana lived passionately and honestly, and her greatest joy was her faith and family, which includes six children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson and her loving siblings, nieces and nephews in her homeland, Brazil.

Born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, she was one of 10 children, with three brothers and six sisters. She first traveled to the U.S. at the age of 27 to visit her sister, who had moved to Salt Lake City. While working at Sweets Candy Factory, she met the love of her life, Eugene “Doc” Stratton. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage and life together.

Always ready for new challenges and life adventures, Diana and Doc left Salt Lake City in 1970, and moved their family to the community of St. Helens, choosing the quiet countryside of Deer Island to call home. After Doc’s passing in the fall of 2009, Diana found her new home to be in Seaside, Oregon, choosing to be closer to her two sons and their families.

Diana lived her life enthusiastically and genuinely, choosing the beauty of nature over material things, and ensuring her family experienced many vacations and excursions to hike in places such as the Mount Rainer wilderness, ski in Park City, Mount Hood and Mount Bachelor, and swim in lakes, rivers and oceans.

She enjoyed walking and flying kites on the beach, and loved attending annual sand castle sculpture competitions along the Washington state and Oregon coast. She loved to swim, and spent many years swimming laps at Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens, and made sure all her children, grand and great, took swimming lessons, and were not afraid of the water. Diana was always a student of living life to its fullest, and even though she spoke Portuguese, one could find her teaching herself Spanish and Italian, learning how to quilt, knit, crochet and even spin her own wool. She loved music from her native Brazilian rhythms, opera to pop, and loved listening to Pavarotti, Elvis, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” John Denver and more.

We, who are left, are grateful for the eternal life memories she left from her 93 years, and will cherish these many memories, deep in our hearts.


Roy Terrance Wheatley Sr.

Warrenton Feb. 18, 1929 — July 1, 2017

Roy Terrance Wheatley Sr. was the oldest of seven children born to Lee Roy Wheatley and Sarah Harshberger in Caldwell, Idaho, on Feb. 18, 1929. He attended school in Warrenton, Oregon. After completing school, he joined the U.S. Army during World War II and was sent to Tokyo, Japan, and served as a security guard transporting Gen. Hideki Tojo in the war crimes trials. 

After his military tour, he returned to Warrenton, married and started his family. He worked in Clatsop County at Crown Zellerbach as a logger and mechanic for many years, but also worked building roads, as a commercial fisherman and crabber, saw miller, ran the Shell gas station in Warrenton and served as the first emergency medical technician in Clatsop County.

Roy was involved in many volunteer activities. He was a Boy Scout leader and facilitated the construction of the Spruce Run Campground. He was an active member of Habitat for Humanity, Warrenton Senior Meals on Wheels board member, Relay for Life and several church affiliations. He was always busy gathering and transporting food donations and discretely helpful to people in need. His love of hunting and fishing at Halfway, Oregon, started in 1967 in Hells Canyon, sleeping in a tent or a car. He returned almost every year after that.

But what he loved doing most was the 20 years he served on the Warrenton Fire Department and in the latter years as assistant fire chief. He is survived by his bride, Bobbi Kron-Wheatley, and his children, Joy Mazeikas, Jan Osterby (Larry), Roy T. Wheatley Jr. and Jody Wickett; stepchildren Sherri, Jerry, Debbie, Darcell, Lisa, Cathy, Phil, David, Randy, Mark and Patti; grandchildren Tara, Alissa, Tracy, Michael, Joshua, Lucas, Amanda, Lana and great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary at 11 AM, Saturday July 8, 2017. Followed by a Warrenton Police and Fire Department escort to Ocean View Cemetery for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department, 225 S. Main Ave., Warrenton, OR 97146.


Kelly Marie Mahnke Gottesman

Astoria May 29, 1962 — July 3, 2017

Kelly Marie Mahnke Gottesman was born May 29, 1962, in Seattle, Washington. She died July 3, 2017, at home in Astoria. The family moved to Astoria in 1968 where Kelly spent the rest of her life. Her father, Carl “Butch” Mahnke, preceded her in death. She graduated from Astoria High School and Clatsop Community College and worked as a nurse for more than 30 years before retiring from Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Kelly is survived by her husband of 32 years, Steve Gottesman; her mother, Barbara Westman Mahnke; brother Mike Mahnkeand his wife, Maggie, and their son, Carl, and Maggie’s daughters, Angie and Nicki; brother Tim Mahnke of Virginia and his daughter, Kristina Crabtree, and his son Dylan Mahnke; and Barbara’s sister, Cheryl Westman Oja, and her husband, George Oja, and cousins Eric Oja and Kristen Oja.

A memorial is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church, 565 12th St., in Astoria.


Jeremy Sisseck

Seattle Dec. 6, 1977 — June 16, 2017

Our most beloved son, brother and friend, Jeremy Sisseck was born on Dec. 6, 1977, to Carey Birkenfeld and Michael Sisseck. He was raised in the Seaside area.

He was an entrepreneur and loved being involved in all of his business endeavors. His kind, generous and caring spirit will be remembered and treasured by all who knew him. He was always there for everybody and knew just the right thing to say and do to help them out. He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved snowboarding, helicopter skiing, running, bicycling and spending time with his family and friends. He was planning on retiring soon, simplifying his life and then enjoy traveling the world.

He will leave a big hole in the lives of his parents; sister Cassie and husband Chris; the love of his life, Ashley Grider; his grandmother Alice Sisseck; his aunt and uncle, Irene and Perry Smith; Uncle Jerry and Aunt Sandy Sisseck, and Aunt Diane Haight. His cousins, Alice and Dustin Crawford, Amy and Charlie Hill, Jordon Dobson, Keith Smith, Sally and Jeremy Tietz, Tim Smith and Rachel Sisseck, will miss him too. The celebration of life will take place July 15 at 3 p.m. at Camp Rilea Warrior Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jeremy’s name to your favorite charity. Hughes-Ransom Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Edward L. Betts

Astoria July 4, 1941 — June 25, 2017

Edward Leon Betts Jr. was the eldest of seven children born to Edward L. (Sr.) and Mary Evelyn Betts in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 4, 1941. He attended St. Louis Parochial grade school and De La Salle Academy. In 1958, he graduated from high school a few weeks short of his 17th birthday, and the following November he joined the U.S. Coast Guard.

After completing his initial Coast Guard electronics training, while home on leave, he met the love of his life, Sylvia Piontek. Upon finding out that he was going to be stationed in Argentia, Newfoundland, he called Sylvia from Boston and proposed. When she said “yes,” he hitchhiked from Boston to Kansas City, and they put together a small church wedding, and were married on June 28, 1960.

In addition to Newfoundland, his service in the Coast Guard included assignments in Salem, Massachusetts; Quonset Point, Rhode Island; Elizabeth City, North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Florida; and the last four years in Astoria, Oregon, where he retired in December 1978.

Ed was always involved in his children’s activities, coaching various sports and participating in Boy Scout outings. His love of sports continued even after his children grew, and he refereed many sports throughout the years. His 35 years of refereeing football included city league, grade school, high school and one season of semi-pro football.

As active members of St. Mary, Star of the Sea church and school, Ed and Sylvia worked on numerous fundraisers to support the students. Ed was very active in the parish as a lay minister, including scheduling the lay ministries for nearly a dozen years. He was also heavily involved with the Knights of Columbus locally and at the state officer level. He stayed very active locally up until his diagnosis of cancer.

Ed was preceded in death by his father, Edward; his mother, Evelyn; a brother, James Betts; and a granddaughter, Erin Betts. He is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia; and his children, Ed (Julie) Betts, Randy (Janet) Betts, Denise (Mark) Gagnon, Joseph Betts and Mike Betts. He also has 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be said at 10:30 AM, Thursday, July 6, 2017, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, followed by a Mass at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the local council Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund.


Adelbert Malcolm Warren

Astoria April 16, 1927 — June 23, 2017

Adelbert “Dell” Warren was the son of Malcolm and Lilly Warren of Oakridge, Oregon. He married Zephyr Myers in 1946 and together they had three sons, Stephen, Roger and Keith Warren. Stephen and his family live in Sitka, Alaska, and Roger and Keith are longtime Astoria residents.

Dell served in the U.S Naval Air Force during World War II. He was a longtime fish hatchery manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and was the first Oregon Fish Commission hatchery manager to transfer to the Oregon Game Commission fish hatchery when the two merged and became the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He became the hatchery manager of Gnat Creek steelhead hatchery in 1976. He also worked at Big Creek, Klaskanine, Sandy, Bonneville, Siletz and McKenzie fish hatcheries.

He retired as hatchery manager of Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery in 1978-79. Dell was also a journeyman carpenter and a fire chief earlier in life. Dell was an avid golfer and loved to snow ski, play tennis and ping-pong. He was handball champion of Astoria several times back in the 1960s and he loved to swim. Dell was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Lilly Warren, who lived in Oakridge, Oregon, and two younger brothers, Ronald Warren and Jerry Warren. He is survived by sons Stephen Warren, Roger Warren and Keith Warren and many grandchildren. He was a beloved son, father, grandfather and brother. Dell and Zephyr were members of the Seaside Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

A memorial service will be held at the church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 13. All are welcome. Burial will be at the Oakridge, Oregon, Cemetery at a date yet to be announced.


Jacqueline Lavae’ Sweeney

Jan. 8, 1951 — June 12, 2017

Jacqueline Lavae’ Sweeney, born Jan. 8, 1951, in Hot Springs, South Dakota, to Marion June Perrault and William Joseph Sweeney, passed away June 12, 2017.

Jacie grew up in Seaside, Oregon, and graduated from Seaside High School in 1969. Jacie was an all-star student in high school. In 1969, she was one of three students from Seaside High School who was chosen as Outstanding Teenager of America. Also in 1969, she was a contestant in the Miss Seaside pageant.

She was student body secretary, and loved being a cheerleader and playing powder puff football. She was Snow Ball princess, involved in the pep club, GAA, student body treasurer, junior-senior prom princess, involved in girls’ league, homecoming queen and involved in the mock Republican convention.

Jacie was a person loved by students, teachers and all. She excelled in kindness, and was always there to lend a hand when it was needed. Jacie, being the oldest of four, had the responsibility of setting the example and making sure her younger sister and brothers didn’t end up in jail like their Grandpa Buck.

Jacie spent many years working for Bob and Marianne Poole at the Seaside and Astoria Pig ’N Pancake.

After graduating from Seaside High School she went on to Lane Community College, and graduated with an associate of arts degree on June 12, 1971. She then went on to the University of Oregon to study liberal arts. She loved the Oregon Ducks, and being a big fan, when the Duck games were on TV she would get her pompoms and Duck whistle out, cheering on the Ducks, always a cheerleader.

After her third year of college she met, and then married Steve Erickson from Manzanita, having two sons, Kyle Erickson and Anthony James Erickson. Jacie eventually moved to Astoria and opened up her own business called Balloonatiks, which she operated for several years. She also volunteered for the Woman’s Crisis Center for several years.

While in Astoria, she met Oscar Lizotte. They moved to Bend, Oregon in 1994, and again started a new business called Sweeney’s Creamery, which Jacie and Oscar operated for several years before moving to Folsom, California, in 1997. She purchased a maid agency and called it Jacqueline’s Maids, where she worked for 20 years. It was the largest house cleaning business in Placer County. In 2016, Jacie and Oscar moved to Sisters, Oregon, to be closer to family, where she lost her battle with Alzheimer’s on June 12, 2017. Jacie was loved deeply by her family and many friends. We will miss her, and look forward to giving her a hug when we see her again. Jacie is survived by her partner, Oscar Lizotte; a son, Anthony James Erickson, daughter-in-law Lizzette, grandson Mathew and granddaughter Kayla; a sister, Cassie Sweeney and her husband, Phil Warmbrodt, and nephews Todd Perrigo and his wife, Jennifer, Tyler Perrigo and Nick Warmbrodt, and nieces Scheris Schuring and Elle Harris; a brother, Keith Sweeney and his wife, Leigh, and nephews, Dalton Moehnke, Christopher Corder and his wife, Nina, and Shane Sweeney and his wife, Jasmine; a brother, Bill Sweeney and his wife, Linda, and nephew Zackary Sweeney and his wife, Dionne, and niece Ashley Holzhouser and her husband, Micah. Also part of the family is Sarah Perrigo. Jacie is survived by 15 great-nieces and nephews.

Jacie was preceded in death by a son, Kyle Erickson, a grandpa, Buck Perrault, a grandma, Vi Moliter, a grandpa, George Sweeney, a grandma, Zelma Sweeney, her mother, June Young, her father, William Sweeney, her stepfather, Jim Young, an uncle, Jimmy Sweeney Sr., an aunt, Dorothy Sweeney and an uncle, Keith Perrault.

Church services will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, located at 320 First Ave., in Seaside, on July 8, 2017, starting at 11 a.m. Following, there will be a reception at the Seaside American Legion, located at 1315 Broadway in Seaside. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Redmond, Oregon.


Lottie Holden

March 12, 1962 — June 22, 2017

Lottie Holden, 55, passed away June 22. Holden, a graduate of Dartmouth College, moved to Cannon Beach in the mid-1990s to help care for her parents and four grandparents. She worked as a journalist for New West and other magazines in California.

When Lottie moved to the area, she wrote for the Cannon Beach Gazette, which was managed and edited by her father, the late Don L. Holden. Holden is survived by her mother, Joan, and many friends. A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in Les Shirley Park in Cannon Beach.


Marilyn Simantel

Seaside Sept. 29, 1939 — June 16, 2017

Marilyn Simantel died June 16, 2017, at home in Seaside, Oregon. Marilyn was born Sept. 29, 1939, in the small farming community of Waltham in southern Minnesota, the third child of Alvin and Verona Wuertz. In 1962, Marilyn married Marcus Simantel. They have four children, Amy Lin, Angela Jane, Adam Mark and Ana Maria. Marilyn was an amazing wife, mother and the proud, proud grandmother of nine beautiful grandchildren.

She was known for her love of music and was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, doing solo work and singing in numerous groups that varied from Sweet Adelines to the Oregon Chorale, which toured Europe twice. Marilyn is known by her grandchildren for doing crossword puzzles and reading books. She had a substantial collection of books on U.S. presidents and first ladies.

Marilyn attended public high school in Austin, Minnesota, Concordia College in St. Paul, Concordia Teachers College in Chicago, and received her master of education degree from Portland State University. She taught elementary school in New Orleans and New York before moving to Hillsboro, Oregon, where she taught for 30 years before retiring in 1997. She was highly regarded by her peers, by her students, and by their parents for her professionalism and her success in the classroom. Marilyn volunteered extensively, and felt strongly about the importance of her work with CASA and the Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon. After retirement she and Marcus moved from their farm to a downtown Portland condo, where Marilyn took advantage of book readings, lectures and various classes. She had a love for the Portland Central Library, where she also volunteered hundreds of hours.

In 1999, Marilyn was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, which made life in retirement a constant challenge. Her incredibly positive attitude always impressed her family and friends and she will be greatly missed by all. Memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.


Paul Reid Gillum

Astoria June 22, 1949 — June 18, 2017

Paul Reid Gillum was born on June 22, 1949, to Pastor Donald and Mildred Gillum in Chicago, Illinois. Paul moved with his family to Grandview, Washington, and Milton-Freewater, Oregon, finally settling in Astoria. Paul completed his schooling in Astoria and graduated from high school in 1967.

In 1972, Paul married Jo Abing of Astoria, where they later raised their son, James. Paul was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister, Barbara Bancroft. Strong in faith, Paul used his love of the Lord to guide him in helping all those who asked for it, and never asked for anything in return.

This is shown by the many hats Paul wore, including his service to our country in the U.S. Marine Corps from September 1968 to September 1974. He received several awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal with one star and the Combat Action Ribbon, while serving his country in the Vietnam War.

After concluding his service with the Marine Corps, he sought and gained employment with Medix Ambulance, and completed training as a paramedic. During his tenure with Medix, Paul volunteered as a reserve officer with the Astoria Police Department for several years, and attained the rank of lieutenant in the reserves.

In 1979, Paul gained full time employment with the Astoria Police Department as a police officer. During his 27 years of faithful and honorable service to the citizens of Astoria, Paul was decorated twice with the Medal of Valor for choosing to put himself in serious harm while protecting the lives of local citizens. In addition to serving as a patrol officer and detective for the Astoria Police Department, Paul was a sworn deputy U.S. Marshal in 1989, which allowed him and the city of Astoria’s police to patrol federal properties.

Also serving in the capacity as the law enforcement liaison for several Hollywood productions that were filmed in Clatsop County, Paul was involved with the safety and security of the filming of “The Goonies,” “Come See the Paradise,” “Short Circuit” and “Kindergarten Cop.” Another bit of Astoria’s history was that Arctic Circle was co-owned by Paul and his wife, Jo, and Dick and Paula Carey. After his retirement from Astoria Police in 2006, Paul was asked to help the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office as a transport deputy. His faith in the Lord was his guide to become a church deacon at the Lewis and Clark Bible Church. Service to his community continued with his election to the Clatsop Community College Board of Directors. In 2015, the Oregon Community College Association presented Paul with a dedicated service award for 16 consecutive years of leadership.

His love and drive to be an accomplished fine artist began during his youth. Paul took classes with local artist Don Van Velzer and became adept at form, foundation and function. Later, under the tutelage of sculptor Stanley Wanlass, Paul became extremely accurate and proficient in the art of producing lost wax bronze sculptures. While his pieces of bronze art can be found in many institutions, one of his finest works was his restoration of Astoria’s Centennial fountain. The restored fountain is a legacy piece that now marks Astoria’s Bicentennial, and is located in the Maritime Memorial Park in Astoria’s Uniontown.

Paul was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, brother and mentor to many who knew him. Paul leaves his light shining upon his wife Jo, son James, daughter in-law Laura, brother Tim, and foster brother John Hurt.

There will be a memorial service at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, 35082 Seppa Road, Astoria, Oregon, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 11 a.m. A potluck lunch reception at the church will immediately follow the service, with an opportunity for those who wish to share memories and stories of Paul. We are highly encouraging those who served with Paul at the Astoria Police Department, Medix Ambulance and Clatsop Community College to attend.


Walt Garnett

Astoria June 12, 1943 — June 19, 2017

Walt Garnett, a real people person and Astoria resident for 26 years, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a multiyear volunteer Astoria Riverfront Trolley driver and children’s roller skate coach at the Astoria Armory. He leaves a spouse, Nubby; a son, Walt Garnett; a grandson, Darren Garnett; two step-grandchildren, Max and Claire; and many good friends.

If anyone wants to, they can leave flowers at the Maritime Memorial under the Astoria Bridge. White and yellow daisies were his favorites. No service is planned.


Kayla Lynn Weber

Seaside May 10, 1990 — June 10, 2017

Kayla Lynn Weber was tragically killed on June 10, 2017, in Gearhart, by a suspected drunken driver. She was born on May 10, 1990, in Portland. She lived in Arizona for six years before returning to the Portland area. With her mother, Kayla moved to Seaside in 2006 and attended Seaside High School.

In 2011, she attended Job Corps in Astoria and then in San Jose, California. She later became a residential advisor at Tongue Point Job Corps Center in Astoria. It was a job she loved. She really enjoyed working with the students, even tutoring them in math.

Kayla had a passion for life and loved music, photography, astronomy and art. From the time she was a little girl, she had a passion for animals, even volunteering and fostering cats for an animal rescue for the six years she lived in Arizona.

Kayla had the ability to make people smile. Her giggle was well known to her family and friends. She loved rainbows, flying kites and taking photos of the amazing Oregon Coast sunsets. Kayla is survived by her mother, Lorelei “Lori” Weber of Seaside; grandmother Betty; uncles Barry, Steve and Lonny; aunts Gail (Daniel) Swagger and Karen (Rainer) Davis; great-aunt Diane Morris; numerous cousins; and many friends across the U.S. She also leaves behind her cats, Bentley and Mercedes. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Dohaney. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Kayla’s name to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, 1315 S.E. 19th St., Warrenton, OR 97146. A celebration of life will be from 3 to 6 PM on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A in Seaside. All family and friends are invited to come and celebrate Kayla.


Diane Sistaire Beeston

Astoria Dec. 18, 1929 — June 15, 2017

Diane Sistaire Beeston, born Dec. 18, 1929, in Semarang, Batavia, Java, to Louise Bullock Beeston and Francis Henry Beeston, passed away June 15, 2017.

Diane grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950, where she studied photography. Diane worked at the University of California, San Francisco, as a surgery photographer while doing children’s portraits in her free time. In the early 1960s, she started her own business as the premier yachting photographer on San Francisco Bay. Diane could take very dramatic action photos of yacht races on the bay, which gained her recognition as the best photographer on the San Francisco Bay.

Diane was always busy developing her own prints, managing the effects and quality. Diane’s work was featured on many covers of various yachting magazines. Diane, always entrepreneurial, produced a yachting calendar, and published a book of her yachting photographs titled “Of Wind, Fog and Sail: Sailing on San Francisco Bay.”

Diane’s interest began to change to oil painting and sculpture. She loved to scout different scenes, photograph them, then produce her paintings from the photos, adding abstraction to their beauty.

In the late 1980s, she tired of the pace of San Francisco and moved to the quieter lifestyle of Astoria. She enthusiastically joined the community, made many lasting friends, and made Astoria her home. Diane continued her art, along with staying busy in Astoria, by starting an ice cream shop, partnering in an art gallery and driving the Astoria Riverfront Trolley. Diane loved to sell her art and meet people at the Astoria Sunday Market. Diane volunteered her time at the Columbia River Maritime Museum on the board as president. Diane’s art is displayed at a variety of restaurants, hotels and businesses around town and at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Diane even painted a dumpster to beautify Astoria.

Her dearest, most special friend was Sue Collins, who enjoyed Diane’s spirit and company for many years and helped her through her last days. Diane is survived by her nephew, Robert Beeston, his wife Kathy, and their children Elizabeth and Matthew.

Diane requested no services, and her wish was to have her ashes spread in San Francisco Bay.


Darrell Dreyer Isaacson

Phoenix, Arizona Dec. 12, 1939 — May 30, 2017

Darrell Dreyer Isaacson, age 77, died May 30, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born in 1939 in Astoria, Oregon, to Hanna (Dreyer) and Eino Isaacson, whose parents were Norwegian and Finnish immigrants. As a youth, Darrell excelled in academics and athletics. Following graduation from Astoria High School in 1958, he attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and master’s degree in 1964.

While at Stanford, he met Jean Draper, and in 1962 they married and settled in Sunnyvale, and later Portola Valley, California, where they raised two sons, Trygve and Christopher.

Darrell. also known as “Ike” to friends and colleagues, enjoyed meeting and engaging people. Following his education at Stanford, he became a school counselor and athletics coach at Awalt High School in Mountain View, California. Later, he developed a successful sales career with publisher McGraw-Hill, focusing on the school textbook market. With the development of the personal computer, he embarked on a new career — introducing the first generation of Apple computers into schools. In 1983 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to expand this growing market.

Darrell enjoyed living in Phoenix and took up golf, which remained a passion for as long as he could hold a club. While most of his life was spent in sunny California and Arizona, he retained a deep love for the Oregon Coast, and Astoria in particular. He made regular trips to the Northwest, most recently in August 2016, when he joined friends and family for the Vassbygdlaget reunion picnic at the Sons of Norway lodge in Gearhart. And for Darrell, a visit to Oregon was incomplete without a fine meal of razor clams.

Darrell is survived his by sons, Trygve Isaacson of Oakland, California, and Chris Isaacson of San Francisco, California; a sister, Janis Thom of Portola Valley, California; a brother, Kim Isaacson of Portland, Oregon; a cousin, Judie Dreyer of Astoria; and two nephews, Jason Thom of San Diego, California, and Jeremy Thom of Los Angeles, California.

Burial will be at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton, Oregon.


Althea Merle Logan

Seaside June 22, 1913 — June 3, 2017

Althea Merle Logan was born June 22, 1913, in Brocksburg, Nebraska, to George and Addie Marburger. She was raised on farms near Douglas, Wyoming, and married William Logan in Douglas on May 21, 1932.

Bill and Althea first lived in Douglas, then Rock Springs, Wyoming, and later moved to Lander, Wyoming, where she became the assistant administrator of the Wyoming State Training School. She worked there until she retired in 1978. When Althea retired, she and Bill moved to The Dalles, Oregon, and later to Seaside, Oregon, to be closer to family.

Althea was very active in the Episcopal Church wherever she lived, and was a 65-year member of the PEO Sisterhood. She served as president of the Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Wyoming, and also in Province Six. In Seaside, she was active in Calvary Episcopal Church, and served on the Altar Guild, St. Margaret’s Guild and the Vestry, and was a trustee of the Endowment Fund.

Althea is survived by her son, Joe Logan, and his wife, Virginia, of Corvallis, Oregon; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren; and by a sister, Gayle Armstrong of Lander, Wyoming. Althea’s grandchild, Brenda Monroe, was a very special caregiver, as well as a great comfort and companion to “Grammy” during her last years. Althea was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter, Mary Ann Hamrick of Seaside, her granddaughter Jenny, and by her brothers, Roy and Fred, and her sisters, Alice and Gladys.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. July 10 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Seaside, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Calvary Episcopal Church or the PEO Sisterhood Chapter CR.


Donna Mae (Beckwith) Buckman

Astoria Sept. 12, 1944 — June 13, 2017

Donna Mae (Beckwith) Buckman passed away peacefully at home on June 13, 2017. She was born Sept. 12, 1944, in Astoria, Oregon. Donna was the daughter of Don Beckwith, Maymie Phillips and Don Phillips. They preceded her in death.

Donna was married 56 years to her loving husband, Joseph (Paul) Buckman. They have three daughters: her eldest daughter, Sandra, and her son-in-law, Brian Emrick, of Clatskanie, Oregon; her middle daughter, Terri, and her son-inlaw, Bob Killion, of Spokane, Washington; and her youngest daughter, Dawnya, and her son-in-law, Dave Lucas, of Marina, California.

She has nine grandchildren: Tim McDonald and his fiancée, Shalana Harrison, Kris McDonald and her fiancé, Keaton Crepe, and Darren Emrick, all of Clatskanie, Oregon, Michelle and her husband, Alex Seguin, of Lynnwood, Washington, Lindsay and her husband, Dustin Funderburk, of Spokane, Washington, and Daniel, Rebekkah, Larken and Trinity Lucas of Marina, California; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Jim, and sister-in-law, Lorelei Beckwith, of Brownsmead, Oregon.

Donna loved to play cards. She was very crafty, creating beautiful oil paintings and ceramics. She loved to knit and made outfits and blankets for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her family, friends and her two dogs.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 16, 2017, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave. Funeral services are at noon Saturday, also at Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary, followed by graveside services at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.


Elizabeth May Lampien

Hillsboro Dec. 1, 1933 — June 7, 2017

Elizabeth passed away in Hillsboro, Oregon. Elizabeth had lived in Seaside for the last 20 years. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Harley and Sophia Wright. She was raised in the Catholic religion, and attended St. Frances Catholic School in Milwaukee until the age of 16. Her father then moved the family out of the city to a country farm, where she was to enjoy the farm life. There were dogs, cats and farm animals to keep her occupied and safe. Elizabeth was the seventh of 10 children, with six older brothers.

In 1955 her brother, Bob, introduced her to Donald Lampien, a guitar-playing country singer. They married in 1956. Don and Elizabeth worked and played hard. Elizabeth became the mother of five children, John, Sofie, Irene, David and Carol. Don and Elizabeth traveled across the U.S. numerous times before settling in the Pacific Northwest in 1968. By 1975, Elizabeth and her family lived in Seaside. One job she enjoyed was the time she spent working for the Seaside Hospital as a housekeeper. She also worked as a bartender in local bars and taverns, where she loved to visit with people. Elizabeth worked for a time with a senior citizens travel group, planning and helping with trips to Reno and other fun destinations. Elizabeth was very involved with the Women of the Moose in Seaside, and was proud to have been their senior regent. She had a great smile, and loved people. 

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lampien; her son, David Lampien; and her grandson, Joshua Lampien. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Lyda) Detert of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; a sister in-law, Carol Lampien of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a son, Donald Lampien (Lois) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a son, John Lampien (Ruth) of Toledo, Washington; a daughter, Sofie Burke (Steve) of Seaside; a daughter, Irene Veelle of Seaside; a daughter, Carol Read of San Antonio, Texas; her grandchildren, Theresa Stanley, Darrell McClure, Andrew Lampien, David Lampien, Daniel Veelle, Jacob Burke, Stephanie Stevenson, Kristin Blankenship, Christopher Lampien, Dustin Lampien, Tiffany Stacey and Amanda Miller; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Seaside, Oregon.


Geraldine J. Quimby 

Astoria Aug. 28, 1920 — May 20, 2017

Geraldine J. Quimby, 96, died on May 20, 2017, in Longview Hospice Clinic. Geraldine was born on Aug. 28, 1920, in Ballard, Washington, to Lancelot Fothergill and Minnie (Yonke) Fothergill. At age 5, Geraldine lost her father to heart failure. The family then moved to Conrad, Montana, where her mom met and married Harrison Belew. At age 9, Geraldine’s mom gave birth to a baby sister, Irene.

A few years later the family moved to Kila, Montana, outside Kalispell, Montana, where Geraldine attended Kila Elementary, and then graduated from Flathead County High School in Kalispell. After school, Geraldine met and married Ray Quimby from Columbia Falls, Montana. The couple lived and worked in the area for several years, during which time they had three children. The family then embarked on a life of travel throughout the Western states, following Ray’s career of construction with various power- line companies.

Geraldine was an accomplished seamstress, knitter and quilter. Every birthday and Christmas had special gifts for all, “handmade by Mom.” Her favorite pastime was growing flowers, and her “green thumb” produced beautiful African violets and roses. One violet given to her as a “start” is still growing after 20 years.

Geraldine is survived by her children, Alan (Kace) of Svensen, Oregon, RaeAnn Quimby of Huntersville, North Carolina, and Connie Westerholm of Brownsmead, Oregon; a sister, Irene Loveless of Libby, Montana; four grandsons, Shane Quimby (Tammie) of Prineville, Oregon, Jared Greiner (Pam) of Huntersville, North Carolina, Gerritt Westerholm (Shannon) of Svensen, Oregon, and Jason Westerholm (Tiffany) of Gresham, Oregon; a granddaughter, Desiree Frietag of Spokane, Washington; a nephew, Dennis Loveless, of Helena, Montana; and several great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 67 years.

Geraldine will be dearly missed, never losing her sense of humor and amazing memory. Per her wishes, there will be no service and private internment will be held in Kalispell, Montana.

Special thanks to the doctors and nurses of St. Johns Hospital in Longview, Washington, who cared for her with such gentleness and dignity. Also thanks to the Longview Hospice Center for their care, as well. Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary was in charge of the final arrangements. A donation may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Ronald Oscar Nordstrom

Ocean Park, Washington Dec. 17, 1935 — May 29, 2017

Ronald Oscar Nordstrom was born Dec. 17, 1935, in Clatskanie, Oregon, the son of Francis and Helen Nordstrom of Birkenfeld. Ron attended school at Jewell School and Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon, graduating in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He later achieved a master’s degree in nuclear engineering in California.

As a boy on the farm Ron was a hard worker, milking the cows, haying and other chores. He was a 4-H member, and would show his Hereford steers at the county fair each year. His hobby was woodworking, and he liked to make models from wood, carving boats and making sailing ships, complete with sails. His room as a youngster was filled with his model trains and planes, as well.

After college, Ronald worked for Boeing in Seattle for a few years, and then moved to Southern California to work for Nortronics, a division of Northrup Corp., as an electrical engineer. He worked there until retirement, at which time he moved back to his childhood home at Birkenfeld, to be with his mother, Helen. Several years later, Ron moved to Golden Sands assisted living center in Ocean Park, Washington.

Ron was an avid reader, especially of history and science, collecting many books throughout his life. He also enjoyed bird-watching, becoming an expert in ornithology, and traveled on bird-watching excursions with groups, even after moving to Golden Sands. He had many bird feeding stations at the farm, and hundreds of birds of many kinds could be seen feeding in the yard.

Ronald passed away May 29, 2017, at the Community Hospice Center in Longview, Washington. He is survived by his sister, Kate Larsen and brother-in-law, Steve Hegel, of Lacey, Washington; a brother-in-law, Pat Manning of Ocean Park, Washington; nieces Mary Lathrop and Elisa Yoder; nephews North Larsen and Matthew Manning; and four great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Helen Nordstrom; his sister, Mary Ann Manning; and a niece, Yvonne Bell.

Family and friends are invited to a remembrance at the Peninsula Senior Center at 21603 O Lane, Ocean Park, Washington, from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Burial will be at the Fishhawk Cemetery in Birkenfeld, Oregon, at a date to be determined. Remembrances may be made to the Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District, 12525 Highway 202, Mist, OR 97016, or to a charity of one’s choice, in his memory.


May Leong

Astoria Feb. 3, 1927 — May 30, 2017

May Leong died on May 30, 2017, at her home. She was born in Canton, China, Feb. 3, 1927. After marrying her husband, Russell Leong (deceased in 1967), on Feb. 8, 1958, she moved to Astoria, Oregon, from Hong Kong. She is survived by their two children, Terry and Teddy Leong.

Originally known as Pacific Northwest Bell, May spent 25-plus years working for the telephone company as building custodian. She always enjoyed spending time with her daughter-in-law, Carol, and her two grandchildren, Laura and Matthew. One of her dearest friends, Betsy Baumgartner, was with her when she died peacefully. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked memorial gifts be made to Lower Columbia Hospice, 2111 Exchange St., Astoria, OR 97103. Their care for May was simply outstanding.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at Caldwell Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, Oregon 97103, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. A private cemetery service will be held that afternoon at 2 p.m.


Mary Rose Wiese

Gearhart May 12, 1924 — May 23, 2017

Mary passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday morning, May 23, 2017. She was born May 12, 1924, in Portland to Anton and Nina Konzich. She was raised in Jewell, and attended Jewell Grade and High schools, where she was a scrappy basketball player.

Moving to Portland after graduating from high school, Mary went to work at the J.C. Penney Co., quickly moving up to lower management with her keen business mind.

She met Larry Wiese at a dance, where Larry was drumming in the orchestra. They were married on Sept. 28, 1946. Both Larry and Mary worked at the American Lumber Co. in Vernonia until 1950, when they moved to Molalla, Oregon. Mary then became a housewife, looking after her two children, Edward and Douglas.

In 1963, the family moved to Gearhart, Oregon. After purchasing Bud’s Drive In and Motel and selling it in 1973, Mary worked part time in real estate with Tarbell in Seaside. In 1985, along with her son, Douglas, they opened Dooger’s Seafood and Grill. Mary retired again in 1994. Finally having the time to pursue one of her true passions, Mary took her contract bridge playing skills to multiple masters levels. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; her son, Edward; and four step-siblings, Ann, Francis, Eva and Tony. She is survived by her son, Douglas; her favorite daughter-in-law, Mary Jean; two grandchildren, Carnegie and Elie; a sister, Patricia Hanthorn; and a brother, Henry Konzich.

Caldwell Luce-Layton is handling the cremation, and there will not be a public service.


Joanne R. Webb

Astoria Oct. 20, 1931 — June 5, 2017

Our Mom was born to John Frederick Weiland and Ruth Mary Weiland on Oct. 20, 1931. She was one of nine children: John Frederick Jr., Pat, Elsie, Dan, Catherine, Janet, Pauline and the baby was Tom. There are only two surviving siblings: sister Pauline and brother-in-law Bob of Salem, and brother Tom and sister-in-law Patty of Tigard. She was loved by numerous nieces and nephews. Her family is very close and love each other very much.

Joanne was raised in Ashton, South Dakota, on a large family farm (wheat, corn and other crops), which the family still owns. The family farm was homesteaded by her grandfather, Julius Weiland, in 1879. She moved to Portland, Oregon, with her family in 1947, and as a sophomore attended and graduated from Franklin High School. Joanne subsequently attended and graduated from nursing school at St. Joseph’s in Vancouver, Washington.

She met our father, Francis Orville Webb, on a blind date and fell in love. They were married on Feb. 19, 1955, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Portland. They moved to Orick, California, where they started their own family.

Joanne and Francis had three children, and I just have to say they were the best kids ever. My parents would have agreed, I think. They are son John Webb and daughter-in-law Kristin, daughter Susie Graham and son-in-law Pat and son Bill Webb and daughter-in-law Amy. They all live in Astoria. Joanne loved her children, but her pride and joy was her one and only grandson, Jacob Graham, who lives in Aberdeen, Washington. Joanne was the very best of grandmas, and kept her grandson with a never-ending supply of chocolate chip cookies.

Our parents had 52 wonderful years together until our Dad passed away in 2007. I cannot forget Puff, her beloved cat. Puff kept Joanne company, and Joanne provided Puff a soft seat on her lap. Joanne’s son, Bill, will be giving Puff a new home.

Joanne started her nursing career in Eureka, California. She continued her nursing career after they had packed up their family and moved to Astoria, Oregon, in 1967. She worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse in the obstetrics department for the rest of her career, and for many years was the OB manager. She retired when she was 63. Joanne was very active in her church, St. Francis De Sales Mission in Hammond. Joanne volunteered for numerous groups. She worked the garage sales for Clatsop Care Center and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She also volunteered at the senior center serving lunches. She was an active member on a committee to raise funds for Clatsop Care Center.

Joanne loved gardening and really had a green thumb. She kept her family supplied with fresh lettuce, garlic and tomatoes. Her yard is beautiful! Our mom canned everything including: pears, pickles, jams, tuna and apple cider, which she also shared with her family. She loved to collect antiques and to read. One of her favorite activities was her swim and exercise class. Her fellow swim-class members were good friends and often did outside activities together such as lunches and blueberry picking together. She was also an avid puzzle worker.

Our mom was the kindest and most generous person I know. We will all miss her deeply. We wish to thank all the staff at the Columbia Memorial Hospital emergency department for the kind care they gave our mom.

A rosary will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, and a memorial Mass is at noon, at St. Francis De Sales Mission, 867 Fifth Ave., in Hammond. A reception follows at the South Jetty Inn, 984 Pacific Drive, in Hammond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Francis De Sales Mission in Hammond or Clatsop Care Center.


Gordon Nicholas Story

Astoria May 29, 1933 — May 30, 2017

Gordon Nicholas Story, of Astoria, son of George and Theresa Story, died on May 30, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland. He was born in Oregon City on May 29, 1933, and was a curious and likable young man. He attended grammar school in Oregon City, and spent summers in Astoria. His father was a commercial fisherman, fishing Celilo Falls and the Columbia River, while his mother worked in the canneries. The family eventually moved to Astoria, and Gordon graduated from Astoria High School in 1952.

Following high school, Gordon attended Adrox School in Portland and received a diploma in the study of diesel engineering. He enjoyed repairing engines all his life. In 1960, Gordon bought a share in the Astoria Plywood Mill. It was not easy work; he sorted wood on the green chain, was a dryer tender, and drove a jitney as well. He continued to work his share until the economy changed, and the mill closed. He went to work for Ag-Bag Corp., and continued there until his retirement.

On July 7, 1962, he married Darlene Velder. They had two children, and would have celebrated their 55th anniversary later this year. Gordon was a family man, and known as a gentle giant among his friends. He was a tinkerer, and many would say a “jack of all trades.” He always looked for a bargain, and could never pass up anything listed for “free.” He loved his Harley Davidson, and traveling the country. He taught both of his children to ride motorcycles. The family had a travel trailer, and loved exploring the Pacific Northwest.

He was an avid boater, and maintained multiple engines in case one broke down. He enjoyed taking his family to Cullaby Lake and the Columbia River for water skiing and wake boarding, or to simply fish for salmon and sturgeon. He was a wonderful father and husband, and will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; his son, Ron Story, and daughter-in-law, Francoise Bourdonnec, of Portland; a daughter, De Ann Story, and son-in law, Larry Hill, of Tigard; two grandchildren, John Hill and spouse, Annie Zhang, of Beaverton, and Loren Hill of Metaline Falls, Washington; a sister, Delores Miller of Gervais; a brother-in-law, Duane Velder, and spouse, Diana Velder, of Seaside; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Velder of Puyallup, Washington; and special family friends, Brigid O’Callaghan and Chris Thompson.

Services will be June 6 at St. Francis De Sales Mission in Hammond; Rosary at 11:30 a.m., and funeral at noon. A reception will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St Francis De Sales Mission’s Maintenance Fund or a charity of your choice.


Dick James Betzer

Kooskia, Idaho July 24, 1948 — Jan. 29, 2017

Dick James Betzer was born on July 24, 1948, to Ray and Althea Betzer in Seaside, Oregon. The youngest of three children, he had a passion for baseball and participated in Little League. Later, he coached his own team with good friend, Gary Nelson.

Living most of his life in the coastal community, Dick worked for 14 years as a logger for the Crown-Zellerbach Co. He also served 28 years in the U.S. Army National Guard at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon.

Becoming a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo, he enjoyed competing and performing as well as teaching the art. Moving to Kooskia, Idaho, in 2011, Dick spent his time hunting, fishing and camp hosting in the area. He passed away while snow-birding in Parker, Arizona, on Jan. 29, 2017. Dick is survived by his wife, Hannah Betzer of Kooskia, Idaho; a daughter, Kimberly Betzer of Warrenton, Oregon; a son, Tyson Betzer of Kalaheo, Hawaii; seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild; a brother, Jim Betzer of Tillamook, Oregon; a sister, Bonnie Pyryt of Seaside, Oregon; and many friends. Please join us for a military service and celebration of life on Sunday, June 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion in Seaside, Oregon.

Contributions to the Disabled American Veterans would be appreciated.


Dennis Terrence Service

Hammond June 27, 1947 — May 25, 2017

Dennis was the first of three boys born to Curtis E. Service and Dorothy Ellen Niccolson Service. He was born in Salem, Oregon. He attended Salem public schools for most of his youth. In the early 1960s his parents purchased a flower and gift shop in Coquille, Oregon, and it was there that he developed a fondness for small-town life.

Dennis excelled in sports, but was sidelined when he developed problems with his knees and was forced to find other activities to occupy his time. Dennis developed a love for hunting and fishing, activities that would give him pleasure throughout his life.

In 1965, Dennis joined the U.S. Coast Guard. His military career was brief, due to his knee problems, and he was honorably discharged only a few months after being sworn in.

Dennis found work in the culinary industry. He was talented and able to make a living wherever he chose to settle. He used his talent to pursue other dreams, and to see many new places. He worked on oil platforms in the Gulf and in slaughterhouses in the Midwest.

Dennis always wanted to come back to the Northwest, and in 1971 he returned to Portland, Oregon, where he went to work for Sears in Washington Square as an appliance salesperson. He later took the skills he acquired and became a car salesperson for Chuck Colvin Ford in McMinnville.

In 1975, Dennis fulfilled his dream of once again living in a small community, and took a position with Hildebrand Furniture in Astoria. Dennis never lost his love of sales, and after several years at Hildebrand’s, Dennis went back to selling cars for Lum & Utti and later Lum’s Auto Center. When Vince Williams opened his dealership, Dennis joined him and worked for Vince for several years.

In 2015, Dennis decided to finish his working career where he began, selling appliances, and became a salesperson for J&S Appliances. He continued to work there until his death.

In 1997, Dennis married Irma Hoofnagle. He and Irma raised her two daughters, Marti Hayden and Dawn Ahlers. Dennis and Irma always wanted to be vagabonds traveling across the country, but Irma’s sudden death in 2006 put that dream to rest. Dennis was lost for a period of time, until he met Mary Ann Frey. Together they formed a loving bond, and enjoyed each other’s company and traveled whenever possible. In his later years, Dennis also developed a passion for surf fishing. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Curtis E. Service and Dorothy Service; and his stepmother, Eva Hansen. He is survived by his son, Daniel Umbriaco and his wife, Jamie, of Rainier, and their children; his stepdaughters, Marti Hayden of Hillsboro and Dawn and Sean Ahlers of Rockaway, and their children, Tyler Marmino, Ethan Ahlers and Alyssa Ahlers; his brother, Dale Timothy Service and his wife, Deborah, of McMinnville, his niece Caitlin Huie and her husband, Chet, and great-nephew, Max Service, all of McMinnville, and niece, Sarah Service and her partner, Angel McConochie, also of McMinnville; and his brother, Gary D. Service and his wife, Diane, of Astoria, and nephew Robert Service and his fiancée, Marcie Falleur, of Astoria.

He is also survived by his stepbrothers, Lenard Hansen and his wife, Cindy, of Warrenton, and Floyd Hansen and his wife, Sheryl, of Blue River; his companion, Mary Ann Frey of Hammond, her daughter and son-inlaw, Monica and Trinity Steele and their children, Annalyse and Walker; an uncle and aunt, Dale and Irene Niccolson of Keizer, Oregon, his cousin Katie Niccolson Thalhofer and her husband, Mike, of Sherwood and their children, Kylie Thalhofer and Kelsey and Caleb O’Halloran of Portland. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved dog, Sandy.

At his request, there will be no service.


Charlotte Ann Vlastelicia

Scappoose Aug. 3, 1936 — June 3, 2017

Charlotte Ann Vlastelicia passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017, with her family by her side. Charlotte was born on Aug. 3, 1936, in Astoria, Oregon, to Evelyn and Toivo Kivisto.

At age 9, her family moved from Astoria to Knappa-Svensen, Oregon, where as a freshman in high school she met the love of her life, John Vlastelicia. From that first “wink” in band practice, it was always Char and Johnnie. They married in 1956, raised five children, and enjoyed 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Charlotte actively participated in the St. Wenceslaus prayer circle and the Ladies of Callahan Road Club. She loved her cats, her yard and flowers and her hummingbirds, but her real joy was in caring for her family. For that, her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are forever grateful.

Charlotte is survived by her husband of 60 years, John Vlastelicia; her five children, Susie (Doug), Karen (Delbert), Joe (Jeanni), Dan (Karen) and John (Tess); and her sister, Patty Kivisto (Mike Jones). She is preceded in death by her sister Judy Josephson (Dennis). A memorial Mass will be held at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose, Oregon, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The family invites you to join them afterward at the Scappoose Senior Center for refreshments and sharing memories of Char.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice that supports families, love and peace.

Loving Memories Last Forever.

 


Phyllis M. Stowell

Manning Jan. 31, 1942 — May 20, 2017

Phyllis M. Stowell, 75, a longtime resident of the Manning community, died Saturday morning, May 20, 2017, at her home.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11 a.m., at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 39136 N.W. Harrington Road in Roy, with Fr. Michael Vuky, celebrant. Private cremation will be held at the Hoyt Crematory, with private interment at the Buxton Cemetery, 50462 N.W. Staley Road in Buxton.

Family and friends are invited to attend a luncheon immediately following the church ceremony, to be held in the Visitation Parish Center, 4285 N.W. Visitation Road in Verboort.

Phyllis Marie Stowell was born Jan. 31, 1942, in Astoria, Oregon, the daughter of the late William Anderson and Adeline (McNutt) Anderson. She was raised and received her early education in the Hammond Elementary School, and later the Star of the Sea High School, having been a graduate of the Class of 1960.

She was united in marriage to Anson Earl “Butch” Stowell on June 21, 1971, in the Hammond Catholic Church in Astoria. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this past June. Following their marriage, they made their home in Hillsboro for four years, until 1975, when they moved to their present home in the Manning community, where they have resided since.

Phyllis had worked for Tektronix Inc. for 10 years, and later for Ritchey Transit Service in Aloha for five years, doing medical transport. She was a longtime member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Roy, and she volunteered for many years at the Banks Food Bank. Among her special interests she enjoyed gardening, stained glass work and visiting the Oregon Coast. 

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, William and Adeline Anderson; and her brother, Andrew “Andy” Anderson. Survivors include her husband, Butch, of the family home in Manning, Oregon; her son and daughter- in-law, Samuel Earl “Sam” and Kelsey Stowell of Enterprise, Oregon; and her two daughters and their fiancés, Sarah Anne Stowell and Paul Lambert of Beaverton, Oregon, and Adelyn Hazel “Addie” Stowell and Luke Sanders of Tigard, Oregon. Also surviving are her three grandchildren, Kaden Jaisiri Lambert, Harlow Maude Stowell and Opal Fae Stowell; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Banks Community Food Bank, 42391 N.W. Depot St., Banks, OR 97106, in her memory.


Michael William Knop

Cannon Beach May 3, 1958 — May 13, 2017

Mike, the Wheel, was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 3, 1958, and died in central Oregon on May 13, 2017. After high school, Mike started his journey to the West Coast with stops in Denver, Colorado, and Kennewick, Washington.

Mike met Barb in Denver — thanks to Barb’s twin sister — in the summer of 1982, when Barb was on vacation and needed a golf partner. The couple came to Cannon Beach for the summer of 1983, and never left. Mike and Barb were married on the beach in Cannon Beach on June 30, 1984, with all members of their immediate families in attendance. Mike was a painting contractor in Cannon Beach.

Mike’s side of the family includes: his father, Bill; brother, Larry and Barb No. 2 (Amanda, Alex); sister, Jane and Ken Bridge (Christopher and Roxanne, Sara and Joe and Josh); brother, Phil; and Aunt “Joe” and the camping cousins, Kris (Tim), Kate and Kelly (Doug). He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene.

Barb’s side of the family includes: brothers- in-law, Jim and Marianne Eggers, (Nathan, Rachel, Brooklyn, Courtney), Steve and Di Eggers, (Emily and Michael, Kelly, Stephanie), Phil Eggers, Joe and Lori Eggers (Jacob, Zach); sisters-in-law, Margaret Zerr (Michael, Cassandra), Katy and Jeff Eucker (Adam, Alyssa), Mary and Tom Davis (Anna), and Patty and Dana (Nicole, Melanie, Zach); a niece,

Jennifer (Jon) Johnson; and 12 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Stew and Patricia Eggers; brothers- in- law, Fred Zerr and Paul Eggers; brother and sister-in- law, Alden and Tina Thomas; and a niece, Allison Thomas.

Mike and Barb were extremely lucky to have had two wonder dogs. Boomer was the first dog, and Zoomer followed. Boomer and Zoomer were a big part of Mike’s heart.

Mike requested a party, and his party will be held on Saturday, June 10 (Belmont Day) at Cheri’s Café in downtown Cannon Beach, starting at 2 p.m. To honor Mike’s life, do not buy flowers, but rather plant something permanent. Mike would want you to wear casual, colorful clothes to his party. Mike believed in living life to the fullest, chasing dreams, placing bets, cherishing and cultivating relationships, enjoying hobbies, learning something new every day and reading.

It was important for Mike to live in paradise, catch and release and spend quality time with friends, especially at Cheri’s. Horse racing, brewing beer, cooking great meals, baseball, hockey and fly fishing were Mike’s favorite pastimes.


Marjorie Bayless Quarles Sandsted

Seaside Oct. 17, 1932 — May 22, 2017

Marjorie Bayless Quarles Sandsted passed away Monday, May 22, at the age of 84 in Seaside, Oregon. She was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Monmouth, Oregon, to Walter and Agnes Bayless.

Marge graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1950. She married Richard Quarles on May 5, 1951. They lived in Boise, Idaho, until 1965, when they bought Sea Breeze Court in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Marge operated the motel in the summers, and the family lived in Tigard the rest of the year. Marge worked at Tigard High School as a cook. Richard passed away in 1990.

Marge married John Sandsted May 10, 1997. In 2004, the family rebuilt the Sea Breeze Court. Marge took great pride in her new motel. She loved and valued her loyal guests. Marge loved having company drop in, and she would always have her griddle ready for a batch of pancakes, or had a pot of her famous homemade clam chowder brewing on the stove. The Cannon Beach Bible Conference Center and Ecola Hall Bible School were very special to Marge. She enjoyed listening to the guest speakers all summer, and she encouraged students to go to the Bible college.

Surviving Marge is her husband, John Sandsted; son, Ken Quarles of Cannon Beach; daughters, Janice Filley (Dave) of Albany, Beverly Buschert (Matt) of Tualatin, Oregon, and Nancy Pannel (George) of Henderson, Nevada; and a brother, Robert Bayless of Kansas City, Kansas. She has nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Linda Alison Praus

Astoria May 17, 1946 — May 2, 2017

Linda Alison Praus was born in Astoria, Oregon, on May 17, 1946, to Melvin and Elsa (Soderman) Hartill. She passed away in Astoria on May 2, 2017, at the age of 70.

Linda spent her early years on the family dairy farm in Lewis and Clark. She attended school in Astoria, and graduated from Astoria High School. Upon completion of high school, Linda went on to Oregon College of Education, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.

During her younger years, Linda was an active participant in the 4-H program. She could be seen showing her prize Holstein dairy cows at the fair each year.

In 1972, she married Leonard Praus in Vancouver, Washington. They resided in the Portland area until his death. At that time, Linda returned to her family home in Astoria to care for her father.

Linda was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where her grandparents were part of the founding fathers of that church. She volunteered with the SMART reading program in Astoria, where she shared her love of books. Linda became well known at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, where she adopted multiple animals. Those animals were the loves of her life. She devoted her days to caring for them.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; brother Timothy; and infant sister, Jennifer. She is survived by numerous cousins.

There will be a time of memory for Linda at the Hartill/Olson reunion in Rainier on Saturday, July 29. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.


Carol Darling Oja Barendse

Knappa Dec. 25, 1925 — May 22, 2017

The oldest child of Arne and Frances Oja, Carol Darling Oja Barendse passed away on May 22 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Carol was born in Santa Clara, California, raised in Bonny Slope, Oregon, and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1943. After high school, she worked for Warner Brothers’ Film Distributors in Portland, Oregon.

In 1946 she met and married her lifelong partner, Clarence “Snooky” Barendse. Together they had two daughters, Joy (Wayne) Brotherton and Janice (Patrick) McConnahay. Carol and Snooky were self-employed, and besides developing the Knappa Terrace and Knappa Trailer Park, they operated Barendse Timberlands Co., a Columbia River gillnet fishing boat, and were involved in the building of the Logger Restaurant and the Knappa office building.

Carol will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother whose greatest passion was her family. She was very organized, quick-witted, with a wonderful sense of humor. Along with her beautiful flowers, her vegetable garden was a sight to behold. Carol sewed for her family, was an avid beachcomber, and loved to camp at Fort Stevens and along the Oregon Coast. She was a great photographer.

Carol enjoyed traveling in their RV when Snooky went trapshooting to Alaska, Ohio, Nevada, California and the Pacific Northwest states. When she was 70, she climbed Saddle Mountain, with her family, just to have lunch!

In addition to her two daughters, Carol is survived by seven grandchildren, Carole (John) Strnad of Woodburn, Oregon, Cassandra (Jim) Van Gundy of Knappa, Christi (Cody) Schmidt of Scappoose, Oregon, Sascha (Chris) Hubbard of Hawaii, Stefanie (Dean) Dingledine of Illinois, John McConnahay of Knappa and Keagan (Maggie) McConnahay of Washington; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Carol is also survived by her sister, Joann Posey of Portland, Oregon; her brother, Richard (Georgia) Oja of Knappa; a sister-in-law, Carol Barendse (Richard) Wing of Seaside, Oregon; special caregivers Nellie Johanson and George O’Mara of Knappa; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life, Snooky; a sister, Vivian Oja Dunsmore; and a brother, Don Oja.

Graveside services will be held June 2 at 11 a.m. at the Knappa Prairie Cemetery. The family invites guests to lunch at the Wickiup Grange after the services. Memorial gifts may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital or Lower Columbia Hospice.


Lois Margaret Morford

Astoria landlady 

Nov. 22, 1935 — March 9, 2017

Lois was born in Oakland, California, on Nov. 22, 1935, and passed on March 9, 2017, at age 81.

After graduating from high school in 1953 at age 17, she moved to Ellensburg, Washington, to attend college. Within the year she was married, and had four children before graduating from Central Washington State College 10 years later, in 1963. The following year she completed an interdisciplinary psychology/ sociology master’s degree at the University of Oregon.

She taught second grade in Oak Harbor, Washington, for three years, then moved to Astoria in 1967, teaching psychology and child development at Clatsop Community College until 1977. After a year of travel, she was a mental health consultant to Head Start for 10 years.

Her proudest accomplishments were raising her four children by herself, after her husband skipped out in 1970, her volunteer work in clinics and refugee camps in Central America during the violence of the 1970s and 1980s, and in providing comfortable, affordable housing to many beginning Astorians by renting rooms in her house for over 40 years.

She loved traveling, gardening and children. She was an elder of the Oregon Country Fair, attending and working for the event for 37 years. She was an original member of the OCF Wristband Crew. Lois is survived by her partner of 37 years, Wm. Paxton Hoag of Astoria, Oregon; her four children, Kevin Morford of Chugach, Alaska, Shairn Villa of Vancouver, Washington, and Margo O’Connell and Kirk Morford, both of Portland, Oregon; her eight grandchildren, Corinna and Julian Michels, Conor and Mickey O’Connell and Alicia, James, Mateo and Elena Villa; and by one of her twin brothers, Douglas Taynton, and his wife, Leah Taynton. Her other brother, Donald Taynton, preceded her in death by two years, and is survived by his wife, Mary Taynton. A memorial event will be held at Shively Hall in Astoria Sunday, June 11, at 1 PM. Memorial donations can be made to Scholarships, Culture Jam, Oregon Country Fair, 442 Lawrence St., Eugene, OR 97401. Lois sponsored four of her grandchildren to attend Culture Jam, a summer youth camp by the Oregon Country Fair.


Larry Lee Haller

Seaside

April 25, 1934 — May 21, 2017

Larry was born in Sweet Home, Oregon, to Alma and Joseph Haller. He graduated from Milwaukie High School. He received a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Oregon. He married Joyce Cumberland in 1956. In 1960, he moved with his family to Seaside, where he taught and coached at Seaside High School until he retired in 1989.

Larry devoted his life to community service. He served on the Seaside City Council for 22 years. He was a member of the Seaside Kids, Jaycees, Rotary, Miss Oregon Pageant, Masonic Lodge, Providence Seaside Hospital Board, Seaside Civic and Convention Center Board, and the Chamber of Commerce. During these years he received many honors and awards.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Kristi; son-in-law, Todd Shaffer; son, Scott; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Harrison; a brother, Bill; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life is planned for later this year. Donations may be made to Seaside Kids, P.O. Box 275, Seaside, OR 97138.

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