Marilyn Jeanette Whitcomb

Jan. 4, 1927-Aug. 27, 2013

Gresham resident Marilyn Jeanette Whitcomb died Tuesday, Aug. 27. She was 86.

A celebration of Marilyn’s life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, also at the funeral home. Private interment will be at Willamette Nation Cemetery in Portland.

Marilyn was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Seattle, to Howard and Georgia (Wilcox) VanCleve. She was raised and educated in Kirkland, Wash., graduating from Kirkland High School in 1945. She later attended the University of Washington and worked in the dispatch office at Puget Sound Power and Light.

Marilyn married Ernest Whitcomb on Oct. 17, 1954 in Kirkland. They lived in Los Angeles, Kirkland and Newport before settling in Gresham in 2003.

Family was important to Marilyn. She enjoyed camping with her children and traveling with her husband. Marilyn was also a talented seamstress and gardener.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years; daughter, Georganne Moon; son, Howard; sisters, Elizabeth Skadan and Judith VanCleve; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her brother, William.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Darlene Angela Greene

Jan. 17, 1925-Aug. 5, 2013

Damascus resident Darlene Angela Greene died Monday, Aug. 5. She was 88.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at St. Henry Catholic Church.

Darlene was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Anamosa, Iowa, to William and Mary (Kehoe) McNamara. She was raised and educated in Iowa, graduating from high school in 1943.

Right after high school, Darlene taught school for six months. On March 11, 1946, Darlene married Robert Greene in San Diego. They moved to East County in 1965.

Darlene was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Gresham Elks Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter, Vangie Greene.

Darlene is survived by her daughters, Adonica Greene and Consuella McGrath; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John P. Juenemann

Jan. 5, 1938-Aug. 23, 2013

East County resident John P. Juenemann died Friday, Aug. 23. He was 75.

A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Henry Catholic Church.

John was born Jan. 5, 1938, in St. Paul, Minn., to John P. Sr., and Gertrude (Gauthier) Juenemann. He moved to Portland as a child and attended Holy Redeemer Grade School. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1956 and married his wife, Gloria, two years later following his discharge from the army.

During his life, John worked for Nabisco, Steinbeck’s, Coast Vending and US Bank. He was also a volunteer for Big Brother/Big Sister and SnowCAP.

Survivors include wife; daughters, Cheryl, Pam and Cathy; and six grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Craig Steve Feldman

June 19, 1961-Aug. 22, 2013

Gresham resident Craig Steve Feldman died Thursday, Aug. 22. He was 52.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Craig was born June 19, 1961, in Yakima, Wash., to Jacqueline and Al Feldman. Born with a severe congenital heart problem, he never let the condition interfere with his life.

Craig graduated from Gresham High School in 1979. He landed his dream job as a veterinary technician at 12-Mile Veterinary Animal Hospital and sold his colored pencil animal drawings for five years at Sandy Mountain Festival.

Craig was preceded in death by his brother, Keith Feldman. Survivors include his wife, Linda Feldman; brother, Mark Feldman and sister, Denise Feldman.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Richard Leo Ramos

July 22, 1952-Aug. 23, 2013

Gresham resident Richard Leo Ramos died Friday, Aug. 23. He was 61.

A Mass will be offered in Richard’s memory at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham.

Richard was born July 22, 1952, in Oxnard, Calif, to Henry Joe Sr., and Ruth (Huerta Avendaño) Ramos. He was raised and educated in California, where he graduated from Camarillo High School in 1971.

Richard moved to Oregon in the late 1970s. He worked as an auto mechanic and forklift driver. He was a car enthusiast and frequently entered his 1970 Buick GS in car shows throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He was also an avid fisherman and gardener.

Richard was preceded in death by his brother, John, on July 24, 2013. Survivors include his brother, Henry Joe Ramos Jr.; and sister and brother-in-law, Violet and Ira Beeson.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

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Irene M. Bradfield

November 17, 1924 – August 26, 2013

Irene M. Bradfield

Irene Bradfield, a writer and resident of Gresham for 49 years, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013 at her home.

A funeral will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 31 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park, 11801 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd, Portland.

She was born November 17, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the fifth of seven children of Edward and Lillian Mantoen. Her father was a printer’s pressman, which she said accounted for the “printer’s ink” in her veins. During WWII she worked in Washington DC as a “Government Girl,” in the War Department at the Pentagon, one of thousands of young women who used their secretarial and administrative skills to further the war effort. She received a Meritorious Service Award in 1947 from the War Department.

After the war she returned to St. Paul, Minnesota, and worked as a secretary for the Corp of Engineers from 1947 to 1953. She met her future husband Billy Bradfield at a square dance class and they were married September 15, 1951. They had three children, Nancy, Stephen, and Douglas and were married 53 years until Bill’s death in 2005.

Irene fulfilled her dream to attend college as a member of the first graduating class of Mt. Hood Community College in 1968 with a degree in journalism. In 1982 she earned a BA degree in Communications/Management from Marylhurst College. She worked as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers in Portland including the Gresham Outlook, the Community Press, the Oregon Journal and The Oregonian. She returned to civil service, doing public relations work for federal agencies. She retired in 1984 but continued to work as a freelance writer.

Her writings included editing a 75-year history of her congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham, a history of the beginnings of Mt. Hood Community College titled “Lest We Forget,” numerous articles and photos published in local and regional publications and a novel. She received triple honors in 1984 at the Willamette Writers Annual Conference: First prize for non-fiction, Best Manuscript and Conference Grand Prize for her article on Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an avid letter writer and corresponded regularly with family and friends.

Irene is survived by a sister Elsie Skoog of Seattle, Washington, her daughter Nancy Sayler of New Canaan, Connecticut , three grandchildren Laura, Eric and Brian Sayler, and her son Stephen Bradfield of Gresham.

Matthew Foster-obituary

Matthew Foster

Matt Foster entered into the arms of Christ on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the age of 40 after a six year battle with brain cancer.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Sandy Ridge Cemetery. The viewing will be at Sandy Funeral Home on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 4:00 until 8:00 pm. A celebration of life will be held at Good Shepherd Community Church on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4:00pm.

Matthew John Foster was born on June 2, 1973 in Spokane, Washington to Donald E. and Sara A. (Sowle) Foster. He was raised and received his schooling in Spokane and throughout his high school years at Lewis and Clark High School, Matt ran cross country. He attended Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona where he met his future wife Anna.

On June 13, 1992, he was united in marriage to Anna Bailey in Boring. They made their home in Spokane where Matt worked in construction at Cavalier in Radon Mitigation. In 1995, they returned to Oregon and lived in the Boring and Estacada areas and Matt furthered his education at Clackamas Community College and served an apprenticeship through the Association of General Contractors. He received his associates of applied science with a certificate in industrial contracting and his degrees in forming, framing and finish carpentry with the title of journeyman carpenter. He was employed at Colamette, Contractor's Inc., and later at Gray Purcell until 2007 when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, a Glioblastoma Multiforme. During his many years of employment at Gray Purcell, he enjoyed chairing the safety committee, moved his way up the ladder to superintendent and dreamed of becoming a building inspector.

Matt was a devoted husband and father and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and to living by example a life of integrity and honor to show his four sons how real men live. He and his wife served in ministry together at Five Mile Community Church in Spokane, Barton Community Baptist Church in Boring and for the last 7 years at Sandy Baptist Church. Matt enjoyed hiking, bicycling, reading and music. He and his wife Anna sang in the choir and did special music throughout their marriage. Matt also enjoyed and spent time collecting and reading maps, but his greatest loves and priorities were his family, serving Christ and music.

Surviving is his wife, Anna; his four sons; Benjamin, Elliot, Christian, and Gideon; his parents, Donald and Sara Foster; his siblings, David Foster, Stephen Foster, Leslie Ramos, and Oscar Foster.

Carroll E. Hermanson

Carroll Edwin Bertel Hermanson, 95 of Gresham OR, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. He was born on March 2, 1918 in Elderon, Wisconsin to Eric and Sopha (Charboneau) Hermanson. He married Eleanore Reed in 1941 in Vancouver, Washington and she preceded him in death on August 15, 2002. He remarried in 2003 in Gresham, Oregon to Beatrice Barg and she preceded him earlier this year on April 20.

Carroll graduated from Oregon State College in 1948 with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an Electrical Mechanical Engineer for Portland General Electric before retiring in 1985 and was a Certified Professional Engineer.

Carroll has been an active part of Gresham since 1933. He was a past Master of Gresham Masonic Lodge, Gresham Elks Lodge, City of Gresham Parks Planning Commission, Historical Resources Committee, past District Governor of Toast Masters International District 7, Board Member of Gresham Sister City Association, past President of Hood View Amateur Radio Club, President of PGE Retirees Club, President of Gresham Hot Shots and Lifetime Member of Gresham United Methodist Church.

Carroll was an avid photographer and supplied many pictures over the years for Sandy High School yearbook, weddings and news photos. He enjoyed being a reading tutor in area elementary schools for children. He traveled extensively and brought back many pictures from Brazil, Columbia, India and Venezuela.

He is survived by his son Eric Hermanson (Masami) of Vancouver WA; sister-in-law Marian Hermanson of Vancouver WA; grandchildren Emi Smith of Cincinnati OH and Eric J. Hermanson of Blaine WA and great granddaughter Patina Monroe Hermanson.

A Celebration of Carroll’s Life will be held at 10:30am on Saturday August 31, 2013 at Gresham United Methodist Church, 620 NW 8th Street in Gresham, Oregon. Private inurnment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, Oregon. Memorial Donations may be made in Carroll’s name to the church. Arrangements entrusted to Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Oregon.

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