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Abernathy, Scott Lee - Battle Ground  
SCOTT LEE ABERNATHY January 31, 1958 ~ December 2, 2016 " Scott was an amazing man, loved by his family and friends." Scott Lee Abernathy, 58, died at his home in Battle Ground, WA on Dec. 2, 2016. He was born in Vancouver, WA on Jan. 31, 1958. Scott was employed by Good Fellows Construction as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Local 701, Moose Lodge in Ocean Park, and Eagle's 3602, and enjoyed working on his property. Scott is survived by his wife of 14 years, Lisa Abernathy. He is the son of Connie and John Grimm; and brother of Jeff Abernathy, Pat Grimm and Penny Monett. A memorial service will be held Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 from 10a.m. to 12:00 NOON at Dollars Corner Moose Lodge. Special thanks to the 911 dispatcher and Clark County Fire District #3. Memorial donations may be sent to the Humane Society of Southwest Washington. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 6, 2016
Bales, Harriet Ruth  
HARRIET RUTH BALES September 7, 1931 ~ November 17, 2016 Harriet Ruth Bales, 85, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 17, 2016 in Vancouver, WA. She was born September 7, 1931 in Vancouver to Morris and Estella Apling. She graduated from Toledo High School in June 1949 and shortly thereafter, married Arling Theodore Sorensen on June 17, 1949. They had seven children before Arling's death in 1961. In 1965, she married Floyd Bales and they had one son. Harriet is survived by four sons, Ted (Cindy), Ed (Francine), Randy (Missy) and Chris; four daughters, Ruth Behrendsen (Randy), Shirley Griggs (Kim Trinosky), Susan Nosler (Erik) and Loree Drake (Daryle); one step-son, Phil Bales (Ann); one step-daughter, Suzanne Dawson (Bill); three brothers, Norris, Freddie and Wayne Apling; 37 grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Apling; two sisters, Elsie Apling and Dorothy Potter; a step-son, Dan Bales; and son-in-law, Greg Bauman. She will be remembered for her many hugs, sweet spirit and strength of character. Harriet possessed a deep and abiding faith in God and devotion to her family. She was loved and respected by many and adored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harriet's family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the staff and caregivers at Discovery Nursing and Rehab in Vancouver, WA for the extraordinary care she received. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, at the Woodland Christian Church in Woodland, WA. A private burial service was held at the Toledo Cemetery, Toledo, WA. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to your local church or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 4, 2016
Bean, Dale William  
DALE WILLIAM BEAN August 17, 1953 ~ November 22, 2016 Dale Bean, born Aug. 17, 1953 in Bremerton, WA to William and Myrtle Bean, died on Nov. 22, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil following surgery for liver cancer. Dale graduated from West Bremerton High School in 1972, where he competed in track and cross country. He also ran track at WSU, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. Dale taught algebra at Camas High School from 1978 through 1992 and coached track at Camas High from 1980-91 and cross country 1988-91. In 1995, Dale received his Masters in Teaching, Mathematics at Portland State University. He also studied Portuguese at Portland State before moving to Campinas, Brazil, where he taught at an American school. He found the Brazilian culture, people and climate to his liking, thus deciding to live in Brazil permanently. Dale married Sonia Palomino in 2000 in Florianopolis and he taught mathematics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. He received his Doctorate in Mathematics Education from the State University of Campinas in 2004. Dale's most recent home was in Ouro Preto, Brasil, where he was a professor of mathematics education at the Federal University of Ouro Preto for the last ten years. He was especially interested in mathematical modeling, participating in conferences on the subject at various universities in Brazil. Dale is survived by his children, Paulo and Andrea Palomino of Brazil; his former wife, Sonia Palomino, also of Brazil; his brother, Chuck (Carol) Bean of Bothell; sister, Randena (Joe) Walsh of Kingston; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 7, 2016
Beaudoin, Vincent Daniel  
VINCENT DANIEL BEAUDOIN October 7, 1954 ~ November 24, 2016 Vincent the AVID Fisherman passed too early. He is survived by his loving family: his wife of 31 years, Paula; his children, Jason and Marites Earl, Kristine and Jennifer Riley, Kimberly Earl, Tiffany and Shawn Kruse and Nicole Stoneking; and 7 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Peoples Autism Foundation at www.peoplesautism.org . Services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684 on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 12:30p.m., with a reception following. Please sign Vincent's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 4, 2016
Benson, Louise M.  
LOUISE M. (CONLIN) BENSON August 25, 1915 ~ November, 28, 2016 Louise M. Benson, 101, of Vancouver, WA, went to be with her Savior on Nov. 28, 2016. She was born in Emigrant, MT on Aug. 25, 1915. Louise married Vernon Strickland and had two daughters, Hazel V. Bonfiglio and family of Beaverton, OR and Helen L. Emery and family in Vancouver, WA. She later married Kenneth Benson in 1947. Louise worked many years in the Camas Paper Mill and Janzten Knitting Mills. Graveside services will be held at Park Hill Cemetery, 11a.m., on Tues., Dec. 6, 2016. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 4, 2016
Bergeron, Margot Maria  
MARGOT MARIA (MAINZER) BERGERON February 4, 1925 ~ November 27, 2016 "Margot was known as a woman of great intellect, faith and determination." Our dearest mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Margot Maria Bergeron, died at age 91 on Nov. 27, 2016. She was born in Wurzburg, Germany, Feb. 4, 1925, to Johann (Otto) and Maria (Wohlmann) Foster. Margot survived WWII, including the bombing of Wurzburg on March 16, 1945. Her young adult years were spent participating in the German Catholic Youth Underground and becoming a nurse. Margot was arrested for this work and made to treat prisoners in a munitions factory. In 1945, she married Dr. Theodor Mainzer in Wurzburg. The young Mainzer family struggled in post-war Germany for the basics of life after having three children. Margot lost her firstborn son, had two girls and left Germany with her Theodor in 1951, leaving behind her home, family and our grandparents. But, Margot kept her deep Catholic faith and her determination. The Mainzer family settled in Burbank, CA, where our father established his medical practice and added 6 more children to the Mainzer tribe. This was a time of great promise until Theodor, her first husband, died an untimely death at age 42, leaving Margot widowed with no income, no husband and 9 young children in tow. Margot left California for Sedona, AZ in 1966 and in 1972, she moved to Sequim, WA, where she found friends and memories of the German Alps. There, she fell in love with and married her second husband, Col. Jerome Bergeron in 1974. After his death in 1976, Margot remained in Sequim, raising the rest of her children, caring for the elderly and becoming a lay Carmelite. She enjoyed this life for years until dementia began to alter her capability to continue. After a fall and serious injury in 2010, Margot was moved from Sequim to Vancouver, WA so she could be closer to needed care. Margot truly enjoyed her last few years. She laughed often, was less anxious, and enjoyed family and companionship in spite of her dementia. She was an avid reader and an excellent mathematician. She loved music, her roses, the Olympic Mountains, her Catholic faith and most of all, children. Margot's faith was active and rich and she participated in almost daily Mass and a daily prayer and devotional life. It was her solace and her rudder. Her legacy to us is not an unflawed life, but one lived with grace, faith and intention. Even as dementia clouded her agile mind, Margot found laughter, a continuous smile and peace. Our family is eternally grateful for all who helped care for her, including the caregivers at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Touchmark and All For Care adult family home. Margot is survived by a village of 9 children and spouses; 29 grandchildren and spouses; and 38 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Johannes, her firstborn; our father, and her first husband, Theodor; and later, her second husband, Jerome Bergeron. A celebration of Margot's life, including Mass, will be held Dec. 9th, with Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass beginning at 11:00a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sequim, WA. If you choose to make remembrances in Margot's name, please consider donating to Queen of Angels Catholic School in Port Angeles, WA, a Catholic charity of your choice, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, or Doctors Without Borders. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 4, 2016
Doan, Micheline Anne - Vancouver, Wash.  
MICHELINE ANNE DOAN June 2, 1951 ~ December 1, 2016 " Micheline's grandchildren, her faith, and being a Republican woman were the three things she was most proud of." Micheline Anne Doan, 65, passed away Dec. 1, 2016 in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Sioux City, IA on June 2, 1951. She lived her early adult years in Rochester, MN until moving to Portland, OR in her early 20's. While in Portland, she had a 15-year career working for US West Dex. In the late 90's, Micheline decided to continue her education by going to Marylhurst University and getting her BA in Communication in 2002. In the early 2000's, Micheline dedicated the rest of her life to the care for her husband Mark. She had many hobbies and one of them was being an active member of her Catholic Parish Holy Redeemer where, she volunteered her time mentoring other parishioners, being and usher/greeter and being a part of the flower arrangement committee. Her true passion in life was being an active member in her community and being involved in politics around her city. Micheline was proud to be a part of the Clark County Republican Women's Committee where she volunteered her time to being a chair member. She also wrote the monthly newsletter for the committee. In 2008, Micheline ran for the position of the 17th District State Legislative Representative. She unfortunately did not win, but went on a few years later, in 2013 to run for Vancouver City Council. Micheline is survived by her husband, Mark H. Doan; her two brothers, Henry and Gilbert Chaussee; her children, Peter W. Romo, Angela M. Radke and Aimee V. Doan; as well as her grandchildren, Katie A. Radke, Brianna B. Romo, Magen M. Radke, Ryan P. Romo, Zachary R. Radke and Harper G. Wilhelm. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Harry M. and Marie H. Chaussee; as well as her sister, Jean M. Chaussee. There will be a Rosary and Mass in her honor at noon on Dec. 14, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish, 17010 NE 9th St., Vancouver, WA, with a reception to follow. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 7, 2016
Geer, John M.  
JOHN M. GEER October 21, 1939 ~ November 6, 2016 John M. Geer, age 77, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2016 at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver, WA. He was born on Oct. 21, 1939 in Gladewater, TX. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from North Texas State University, and a Master of Education degree from Western Washington University. John was a life long educator. He was a teacher and taught schools in three countries, the United States, New Zealand, and Alberta, Canada. He was an administrator at Western Washington University and Sam Houston State University, and spent his last working years in Vancouver, WA supervising student teachers. His passions included listening to all types of music, especially jazz and tight harmonies. John passed on a wonderful vinyl collection to his family. He was a Civil War buff and celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with wife and son touring Gettysburg and other civil war sites. John is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra K. Geer; his son, Chris B. Geer and wife Monica of Curitiba, Brazil; daughter, Heather E. Geer of Seattle, WA; son, Jason M.C. Geer of Seattle; granddaughters, Chloe V. Geer and Leah V. Geer of Seattle; sister, Lois Anne Wadsworth of Eugene, OR; and two nephews and niece. Memorial service is on Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 (12:00) at St. Luke's ~ San Lucas Episcopal Church, 426 East Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 4, 2016
Hein, Erwin Julius  
ERWIN JULIUS HEIN June 18, 1931 ~ November 28, 2016 Erwin J. Hein, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2016. Erwin was born June 18, 1931 in Pine River, Minnesota. He was one of 12 children in the Hein family. The family moved to Camas, Washington in his high school years, and he graduated from Camas High School. Erwin served two years in the Marine Corps, and came back to work in the Camas Paper Mill for 44 years. He met his wife, Irene, and they married in 1956. Erwin and Irene raised three children at the home they built in Camas. After his retirement, he and Irene eventually moved from the family home to assisted living facilities, first in Vancouver, WA, then later in Lacey, WA to be nearer to their children. They were devoted to each other for over sixty years until Irene's death in September 2016. Erwin loved his family dearly. Every year, he and Irene would take the kids on some vacation adventure around the country. He loved to watch sports, and was an avid Seattle Mariners fan. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, and loved to take them to the park or swimming pool when they visited. Erwin loved talking about the weather, and kept track of temperature and rainfall with a small weather station in his backyard. He also enjoyed geography, studying maps from around the country, and could tell you facts about location, elevation, and other tidbits from all sorts of places. Erwin was devoted to his Lord, Jesus Christ, and to his family. He attended St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal, Washington, and was active in ministry there, serving wherever he was needed. In later years, Erwin and Irene led devotions at the Highland Terrace Retirement Home. While Parkinson's disease eventually took its course with Erwin's physical abilities, he never lost his devotion to Christ. He continued to read his Bible, do daily devotionals, attend church, and sing hymns until his very last day. Erwin was a wonderful example of Christian devotion and service to his family, his Church, and his community throughout his life. He is survived by his children, Paul (Gail) Hein, Marie (Matt) Koehler, and John (Therese) Hein; his eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his brothers, Martin and Hugo Hein; and his sisters, Hilda Hagen, Emma Naffin, and Mildred Kuschel. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 9, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. A light luncheon will follow, with a short graveside service at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal. Please sign Erwin's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Joy, Tony R. - Vancouver  
TONY R. JOY December 7, 1940 ~ November 25, 2016 Tony R. Joy, 75, of Portland, OR, died November 25, 2016. Tony Joy, son of Dick Joy and Emily Joy Barry, was killed in an accident on November 25th, when he was hit by a car while on a walk near his home in southeast Portland. He is survived by his brother Harry (& Gayna) Joy of Jonesboro, GA; and three children, Kristi (& Geoff) Carvey, Steve (& Julie) Joy and Greg (& ReNai) Joy of Vancouver, WA; and four step-children, Dave, Debbie, Jeff and Eric Schwarm of Portland, OR. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Kaya, Ayla, Justin, Jenna, JoHannah and Landon. Tony, affectionately known as Ampa by his grandchildren, was born December 7, 1940 in Portland, OR. He attended Oregon State University (ATO Fraternity), OHSU Dental School, served 6 years in the Army, was stationed in Germany, and worked as a dentist in northwest Portland until his retirement. During his life he enjoyed traveling, skiing, cooking, reading, walking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Tony was a beloved father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A private family service will be held. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 7, 2016
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