Rose Janusz1977-2024It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rose Janusz, wife, mother, sister, and friend to many. Rose departed this world on February 21, 2024 at the age of 46 leaving behind a legacy of love, warmth, courage, and kindness. Rose Allen Janusz nee Jesse, was born on July 14, 1977 in Roseburg, Oregon. She was a proud Milwaukie, Oregon resident, deeply connected to her community in and around Portland. She never strayed too far from the city she called home, spending her adult life and raising her family in the community where she grew up. A devoted mother, Rose's love knew no bounds. Her home was a haven of love and laughter, where family and friends gathered to share in the joy she created. Rose's nurturing spirit extended beyond her immediate family, touching the lives of colleagues, neighbors and many friends. She pursued her love for learning by earning a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Carroll College and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Sciences at Concordia University. Her commitment to knowledge and intellectual growth was evident throughout her life. Rose was a beloved teacher in the North Clackamas School District. She dedicated nearly 24 years to shaping the minds of young learners at both Sunrise and Happy Valley middle schools where she taught History and Social Sciences. Her impact on teaching went far beyond the classroom, advocating for Social Sciences curriculum at the State capitol, guiding students on trips to New York and Washington D.C., and volunteering as a high school soccer coach out on the pitch. The lake, the forest, the park, the bike trail, the Redwoods, the beach, were all happy places where she shared her love of the outdoors with her children. Rose is survived by her husband David Janusz, beloved children Siena Rose and Luca Gianni Janusz, her mother Joy Lynn Jesse, brothers Joseph Martin Jesse (Jennifer), Patrick Anthony Jesse and Vincent F. Jesse, nieces and nephews Blake Jesse, Morgan Jesse, Jackson Jesse, William Jesse and a large extended Janusz family. She is preceded in death by her father William Forrest Jesse. A time and date to gather and celebrate Rose’s life will be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Women’s Foundation of Oregon in Rose's honor here. https://support.womensfoundationoforegon.org/campaign/561645/donate
Douglas Brown1940-2024Douglas Wayne Brown was born in Portland, Oregon to James Enoch Brown and Lucille Pearl (Robbins) Brown on April 5th, 1940. While in elementary school, Doug moved to Eugene where he later attended South Eugene High School. Doug’s lifelong love of sports became apparent when he became a “Yell King” and cheered for high school team the Axemen. After graduating high school in 1958, Doug joined the Coast Guard with his best friend Gary Wolf. After serving aboard ships at sea, Doug remained in the Cost Guard Reserves and returned to Eugene, attending the University of Oregon where he studied political science and business. Work at his studies was balanced with play when he joined the Chi Psi Fraternity where great friends and memories were made. In 1963 Doug fell in love with and married beautiful young woman from Eugene named Lynda Kay Raybourn. As a busy husband to Lynda and father to Gregory, their first child, Doug managed to complete his studies at U of O and was accepted to Officer Candidate School. While on active duty the family moved to Florida and Doug and Lynda were blessed by the birth of Robin, the apple of Doug’s eye. After completing his active-duty service, Doug moved back to Eugene where he became a banker. While in Eugene, Doug and Lynda welcomed Christopher, an active little boy whom they jokingly referred to as their “3rd and 4th” child. Eventually the Brown family said goodbye to Eugene and moved up the valley back to the suburbs of Portland. Soon Doug and Lynda decided that country-life was for them, and they purchased and moved into a historical farmhouse on acreage. Doug’s love for the military drew him away from banking and back to active duty for the Coast Guard where he eventually retired as Captain. Still too young to retire for good, Doug and Lynda together purchased Tower Bridal, a retail bridal shop in John’s Landing, which they owned and managed for 25 years with Lynda managing the front end of the shop and Doug working behind the scenes managing the books. They enjoyed many trips together to Chicago and Las Vegas where they went to market to meet with the vendors and stay current with the latest bridal trends. During much of this time, Doug also managed a full-time career with the State of Oregon. Doug had many interests and hobbies which included being a hobby farmer and breeding and showing Arabian horses with Lynda. In the winters Doug packed up the family and ski gear, braving snowy roads with his trusty rear wheel drive station wagon, where they all learned to ski and fall in love with the mountains. He was an avid reader and was known to read the Wall Street Journal front to back. He also enjoyed all books about history and the military. Doug’s biggest love after his family was his love for the Oregon Ducks where he owned season tickets for many years and traveled to several away games with his boys Gregory and Christopher to support his Ducks. Above all, Doug loved his family with all of his heart. He was a loving husband and wonderful father and grandfather. His grandchildren will always have fond memories of their Papa getting down on the floor to play with them and talking to them in his Donald Duck voice. He loved spending time with family, especially during the holidays where the group was large, the food and drink were plentiful, and the noise level was high! Doug passed away on February 8th 2024 after battling a long illness. Doug’s wish was to remain on the farm, and thanks to the love and care of Lynda, he was able to live out the end of his life in his home. Doug is survived by his wife Lynda, and children Gregory Brown, Robin (Patrick) Barnes, and Christopher (Deborah) Brown; and four grandchildren Bryan Barnes, Maxwell Brown, Lillian Brown, and Allison Barnes. He is survived by his sisters Nancy (Alex Hanson) Woodward and Debra (Patrick) Mecartea. Doug was very loved by his family and friends, and he will be greatly missed. Go Ducks!
Edward Johann1923-2023Ed Johann passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 26th at 7:25pm. Ed was born on July 11 1923 in San Fernando Valley and lived a modest childhood full of family, fun, hunting and adventure. Ed enjoyed going to movies in his early teens, and as he tells it, he and his brother Kenneth each got a nickel and went to the picture shows. Ed was overtaken by sailors dancing flocked with ladies and thought I’m going to join the Navy. Little did he know that on the early morning hours of December 7, 1941 Japanese bombers came into Pearl Harbor to decimate the Navy ships. Ed was thrown into helping others at the age of 17. He and some other men jumped in a skiff, and started motoring out to the USS Arizona to help haul the wounded out of the harbor to safety. This moment of hours shaped Ed’s life for the next 83 years. Attracted to hazardous adventures Ed joined the Portland fire department in 1951, climbed peaks and mountains with the Mazama’s climbing club, and started his own mountain guide service. During these years, he was also a member of the Oregon search and rescue and assisted in saving lives during this time. From the mid-50s throughout the 70s Ed summitted 83 peaks in the US Canada Peru, Guatemala and Mexico. He spent his spare time volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Toys for Tots, working out for bodybuilding competitions and was a semi pro boxer named Joe Hann. In 1979 Ed retired from the Portland fire department and moved to the cottage in Siletz bay that he and his father built. Ed volunteered for many different organizations while living at the Oregon coast. As a result, he ran for city council and locked in Lincoln city councilman seat From 1983 to 1990. During this time he also founded the north Lincoln County Museum in 1987 in an effort to preserve the history of the area. He organized many beach cleanup efforts, worked with parks and recreation to clear trails in and around the area and helped to build a community center in Taft, Oregon. While exiting a restaurant in October 2017, Ed missed a step fell and broke his hip. He had lived alone in his Lincoln city cottage, and now had to be transported to the valley and lived the rest of his days in a wheelchair. That did not slow Ed down, continued to give to so many in the form of storytelling, silly jokes, and made friends with many of his caretakers at Marquis care facility. In January 2023, the people of Lincoln city, along with family and lifelong friends, the Lincoln city parks department dedicated the Ed Johann Veterans Plaza for Ed’s contributions. And celebrated a life well lived in July 2023 during his 100th birthday. Ed will be forever missed in everyone’s life that he touched. Ed is every man’s man. A true American hero. I have fought in battles. I have seen men die. I feel no glory. Instead, I cry. ~Edward Johann Ed is survived by his Granddaughter, Rachel Howard; Great Grandson Benjamin Jennings and Great Grandson Jason Jennings. The family will not be holding a Memorial as we celebrated his life in person at his 100th Birthday Celebration. Edward’s ashes will be scattered at sea at Pearl Harbor, date TBD 2024. Memorial donations may be made to Lincoln City Parks & Recreation by going to this link: https://www.lincolncity.org/departments/parks-recreation/commemorate-or-donate
Thomas Dempsey1965-2023Thomas Dempsey passed away on December 21, 2023 at his Eastco Diversified Services Group Home, Willow House, in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by family and friends. Born on August 9, 1965 to Michael Dempsey and Christine ‘Monika’ Dempsey (maiden Urbanietz) in Moetsch near Bitburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Tom or Tommy, as he was known to friends and family, was 58 years old. Tommy is survived by his step-mother Fran Dempsey; brother, Stephen Dempsey (Delinda) of LaCenter, WA, and sisters Sarah Dempsey (Craig Tyler) of Seattle, WA and Emily Dempsey (Scott Dandurant) of Kailua, HI. He leaves behind his Uncle James ‘Jed’ Dempsey (Evelyn); Uncle Ralph ‘Tom’ Dempsey, and Uncle Grady Dempsey; and his dear cousin Steve Armstrong (Anne). He was blessed with a niece, Heather Wall (Ryan) and a nephew, Michael C. Dempsey, and two great-nephews, Logan Ryba and Mason Wall. He was preceded in death by his mother, Monika, and father, Michael, and his grandparents. Tom was rich in friends and family and he treasured the time he spent with them. Tom was born with Down Syndrome, but he never let his extra chromosome hold him back. Tom grew up in Portland and enjoyed spending time outside with his dad, brother, Cousin Steve, aunts and uncles. He loved Johnny Cash and could dance all night and play a mean air guitar. Tom graduated from Reynolds High School in 1986 and went on to attend a life skills program at Mt Hood Community College. In 1988, when Tom was 20 years old, he moved out of his childhood home and into a group home called, “Bush Street” which was operated by Eastco Diversified Services, transitioning again to another Eastco home, “Willow House” in 2008. Over the course of 35 years, as part of the Eastco Family, the friends Tom met were numerous, and brought him so much joy. Tom loved his Eastco roommates and caregivers, and in many ways, they were all extended family for Tom. With his Eastco ‘family’ he traveled to Disneyland, the Oregon Coast, and enjoyed many other fun vacations. Tom also worked a variety of jobs with Eastco, one of his favorites being the opportunity to work at Burger King. Tom loved a cheeseburger, fries, and a diet coke! He also participated in the Special Olympics, earning a gold medal in swimming. Tom enjoyed bowling, making art, eating good food, helping around Eastco, and laughing with friends. Wherever Tom went he brought a sense of joy, making people smile. You could often find Tom wearing a big grin and his favorite Gresham Firefighter jacket, courtesy of Shane Bemis, CEO of Eastco Diversified Services and former mayor of Gresham. Tom was a kind and thoughtful soul. He will be remembered for the way he loved everyone he met and the way he could always bring a smile to their faces. He lived a good life and was blessed to have loved and been loved by many. Tom’s absence leaves a big hole in the hearts of his many friends and family. He will be dearly missed. It’s not the same here without him, but we are comforted that he joins loved ones in Heaven, renewed in Christ. Tom’s life will be celebrated on January 3, 2024 at the Eastco Facility at 215 SW Wallula Ave in Gresham, Oregon, from 11:00 am – 1:00 PM. His family and friends will gather to share memories of Tom, dance to Johnny Cash, and enjoy a cheeseburger and diet coke in his honor. In lieu of gifts please make any donations to Eastco Diversified Services in Tom’s honor.
Donald Altman1927-2023It is with profound sorrow and great respect that we announce Lt. Col. Don Altman's passing, a beloved family man and esteemed serviceman. Raised on a South Carolina farm, Don was deeply influenced by his World War I veteran father, Rollie, his loving mother, and siblings Jean and Wayne. At 17, Don bravely joined the Merchant Marines during World War II, later serving in the Air Force and rising to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1950, Don's life took a joyful turn as he married Elizabeth Marie in San Antonio, Texas, wholeheartedly adopting Texas as his home. The union brought joy with three children: Tom, Russ, and Donna. Post-military, Don shaped young minds at Abilene Christian University for 22 years, focusing on Economics. He notably co-founded the Small Business Development Center with Texas Tech in Abilene, fostering regional economic development. Don's legacy continued through his four grandchildren, Shawn, Carisa, Ryder, and Danni, and three great-grandchildren. His deep love for family was a constant in his life. Don will be forever remembered for his kindness, patience, humor, and loving nature. As we honor Lt. Col. Don Altman, we reflect on a life emblematic of honor, love, and selfless service, leaving an indelible mark on future generations.
Elizabeth Walker1947-2023The Life of Elizabeth Ann Walker The year was 1947, the day was November 1st, (All Saints Day – of course), and the location was Santa Monica, Calif. When Adrian & Dorothy Weishaar saw the arrival of their first of five children they promptly named her Elizabeth, after her paternal Grandmother, who was a quiet, composed, elegant lady who only wore dresses. If just a few short years Elizabeth showed she didn’t inherit her namesake’s traits; so was tagged with the nickname, Suzi, after the female Dennis the Menace character, Suzi Q. About the age of 13 she had a casual encounter with Jesus which developed into a lifelong passionate relationship. Growing up Elizabeth enjoyed several leadership roles in high school, and was involved in music, playing the piano and being part of the choir. In 1965 she entered Fullerton Junior College, with a major in Graphic Arts / Printing. Being the first girl to do so made her the top topic in both classes of 30 guys each, of which a shy, plain, unnoticeable guy named Gary had been in for several years. In January, 1966, they were engaged, and their wedding took place in December, the day after Christmas. Gary was “one-lucky-guy” and he knew it. The following December Elizabeth gave birth to their first child, Aaron. In a blur of short years she had become the mother to half the world. Okay, just 13, but they came from around the world because the heart God gave her just couldn’t say no to a child in need. Naturally her home was filled with noise, not only from her kids but the others who found a welcoming place. Music has always been one of her “go to” means of catching her breath or taking a break from the intensities of life, so she added guitar playing to her list of options. With children being a priority, and an ability to learn and apply skills, she availed herself of educational opportunities along the way. Graduate: American Association of Christian Counselors Ordained Reverend: Evangelical Church Alliance Facilitator: for Love & Logic Certified counselor: Caring For Kids God’s Way. Christian counselor (full of wisdom) Something many have commented on is her natural, warm, engaging smile, and her skill in listening and then speaking God’s instructive Word with gentle but direct application. Since she took her role seriously, prayer was always a daily discipline, and reading God’s Word constantly her source of knowledge and wisdom. Out of that her faith grew to the point where she fully believed nothing, absolutely nothing was impossible with God. Those who spent time with Elizabeth, either in her living room, or office, on a church pew, or some other place on the spur of the moment, knew that she genuinely cared. They would leave with a sense of hope and a recognition that her genuine desire to help others was birthed out of a sincere love and years of personal experience. Her passion was to try to keep her arms around her family, introduce others to Jesus, and to disciple whom she could. She tried to do her best; ALWAYS. And her last day spent, with Gary by her side, was December 12, 2023. The members of her Family are: Her sister and brother in-law; Donna & Mike Her brother and sister in-law; Ross & Alexandria Her brother Mark and Misty Her brother Carl (deceased) Her children are: Aaron Walker Jennifer Bass Glenna Cox Michelle Winton Andrea Walker Brian Walker Tracy Walker (deceased) Joseph Walker (deceased) Christopher Walker Carolyn Johnson Benjamin Walker Patrick Walker Cynthia Walker-Kite Daughters in-laws and Sons in-law total 7 Granddaughters and Grandsons total 32 Granddaughters in-law and Grandsons in-law total 7 Great granddaughters and Great grandsons total 9 (Her favorite book in the Bible? Numbers!........Just kidding. It was Romans then Acts.)
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