Olympia, WASeaside Signal

Obituary: Byron Mark Steinman

Byron Mark Steinman (most knew him as Mark) was born April 26, 1950, in Olympia, Washington, to Lawrence and Shirley Steinman. Mark fell asleep in death on May 31, 2021, due to a brain aneurysm, followed by a hemorrhagic stroke. Mark spent part of his childhood in St. Helens, but...
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Astoria, ORThe Astorian

Writer's Notebook: Astoria had its share of hostage incidents

In a year of racial strife in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many Americans would be surprised at the concept of an academic police officer. One of them died recently. He was an agent of change within policing. Harvey Schlossberg was known as a father of modern police psychology. His wealth of insights, though desperately needed, seem to be forgotten.
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Warrenton, ORThe Astorian

Obituary: Ronald Lee Murders

In loving memory of Ronald Lee Murders. Ron’s greatest joys were spending time with his family, hot rods, hard rock ‘n’ roll and golf. It’s been a year since Ron lost his four-month battle with gastric cancer. Ron was the oldest of 11 siblings growing up in Netarts. There he...
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Astoria, ORThe Astorian

Obituary: Johnathon Lee Nordquist

Johnathon Lee Nordquist died on June 1, 2021, in Astoria. He was born on Nov 2, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the third of six children. The family moved to Chicago in 1968. John married in 1997; they raised six children, and their sixth grandson is due shortly. John...
Astoria, ORthechiefnews.com

Tamara Rae Backlin

Tamara Rae (Rhoads) Backlin was born in Astoria, Oregon on June 10, 1967 to Laurie Carvosso and Ed Rhoads. She passed away on her birthday, June 10, 2021. She was 54. On May 5, 1990 she married Doug Bates and had three children, Kyleigh (Skyler) Engen, Krysti Bates (Erick), and Dylan Bates (Breanne). Her grandchildren are Danilynn Hughes, Gunner, Logan, and Collins Engen, and Landyn Bates. On April 10, 2010 she married Greg Backlin and joining her family was Chelsea (Chad) Sutfin and grandson Kelley.
Astoria, ORThe Astorian

Obit: Gwendolyn (Gwen) Gail Russell

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Gail Russell, 83, passed away at her home, peacefully, with her family present, after battling Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Gwen was born in Camas, Washington, to Kenneth C. Bennett and Grace G. (Griffith) Bennett. She moved to Sandy, where she met her future husband, Darrell Russell....
Astoria, ORThe Astorian

Obituary: Phillip (Phil) George Shoop Sr.

Phillip (Phil) George Shoop Sr. passed away at 84, at his home, on Dec. 26, 2020, with his wife and family by his side. Phil was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Astoria, to George and Helen Shoop, and raised in Astoria. Phil was a very active young boy during his...
Astoria, ORThe Astorian

Obituary: Marlene Marie Prescott

Marlene Marie Prescott, 80, passed away on April 12, 2021, at her home in Yorba Linda, California. She was born at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, on April 27, 1940, to Gaylord Barney Jondall and Anna Amalie Jondall, née Heinze. Growing up, Marlene lived in several cities across the...
Long Beach, WAchinookobserver.com

Death Notices: Kragerud, Kirkwood, Everett, Haynes

NASELLE — Frieda May Kragerud of Naselle, Wash., died on June 10, 2021, at the age of 69. Arrangements are by Penttila’s Chapel by the Sea, Long Beach. OCEAN PARK — Roger Kirkwood, 74, of Ocean Park, Wash., passed away on June 11, 2021. Arrangements are by Penttila’s Chapel by the Sea, Long Beach.
Seaside, ORThe Astorian

Obituary: Leila Mae (Hickerson) Vernor

“Welcome, I’m glad you’re here!” This was the warming demeanor Leila carried at any community event she volunteered for. Leila Mae (Hickerson) Vernor was born on March 9, 1933, in Alton, Illinois. At home with family and friends by her side, Leila quietly passed away on May 11, 2021, in Seaside. Leila had a smile on her face with peace, knowing she was going to be greeted by God welcoming her home.
Naselle, WAchinookobserver.com

Obituary: Maria Wirkkala

NASELLE — Surrounded by her family, Mrs. Maria Loviisa Wirkkala Niskanen went to meet her Heavenly Father on June 3, 2021 at the age of 78. She was born to Emil and Ida Niskanen in Pielavesi, Finland on Feb. 14, 1943. Maria was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Naselle, WAThe Astorian

Obituary: Maria Loviisa (Niskanen) Wirkkala

Maria Loviisa (Niskanen) Wirkkala was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Surrounded by her family, she went to meet her heavenly father on June 3, 2021, at the age of 78. She was born to Emil and Ida Niskanen in Pielavesi, Finland, on Feb. 14, 1943. Maria...
Oregon Statefox4kc.com

Oregon woman dies homeless, unaware of $884K inheritance

A woman living on the streets of Astoria, Oregon, died last year, unaware that she had nearly $900,000 sitting unclaimed under her name. Cathy Boone died at a warming shelter in January 2020 at the age of 49, according to KGW News. She should have received the small fortune – her inheritance – after her mother Patricia Lupton died in 2016, but all attempts to find Boone failed.
Astoria, ORthejournal-news.net

Flora E. Poppenhouse, 89

Flora Emmons Poppenhouse, 89, of Astoria, OR, died on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. No services are planned at this time. Cremation rites were accorded. Hughes-Ransom Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements. Mrs. Poppenhouse was born on July 23, 1931, to Allen and Cecilia Emmons in Omaha, NE. She attended many...