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*Teresa Scarpelli Olsen*Robert Bainter*Cora Lorena Bennett*Dorothy Dawn Hamilton*Roberta Sedey

November 20, 2012

Teresa Scarpelli Olsen

Aug. 22, 1913 - Nov. 13, 2012

Teresa Scarpelli Olsen, 99, of Salem, formerly of Monmouth and Portland, died Nov. 13.

She was born in Spokane, Wash., to Sam C. and Amelia Bennard Scarpelli.

She was educated in Portland, where she graduated from high school and attended business college. She learned bookkeeping so that she could assist in the family business, Porter Scarpelli Macaroni Co. of Portland.

She married William A. Olsen Sr. in Portland on Jan. 25, 1936. She lived, worked and raised her family in Portland. She had her priorities, with God first, family second and education third. She returned to college in her later years because she loved to learn and wanted to learn how to operate a computer.

She was a member of Grant Park Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and also at the Catholic church.

She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, classical music and traveling. She enjoyed going to the Hollywood District Senior Center for crafts and a good visit.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1981; son, William Olsen Jr. in February 2009; daughter, Madriene Dankenbring in March 2012; grandson, Bill Rudy; brother, Ernest "Ernie" Scarpelli; and sister, Margherita "Maggie" Scarpelli.

Survivors include four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Service was Monday at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery Chapel in Portland.

Arrangements were handled by Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. To send an online condolence:

Robert Bainter

Oct. 10, 1922 - Nov. 15, 2012

Robert Bainter

Robert Bainter

Robert "Bob" Bainter, 90, of Monmouth died Thursday in West Salem.

He was born in Casper, Wyo., to Clarence and Bernice (Roehmer) Bainter.

Bob later lived in Denver, Portland and McMinnville. He served in the Army during World War II and saw action in Europe.


He had a degree in chemical engineering and for several years worked on oil pipelines in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. Bob later worked for the Candy Basket in Portland and had his own Candy Basket store in McMinnville.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Daphne, and his first wife, Ruth.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Fisher; son, Jim (Jennie) Bainter; daughter, Jane (Jack) Scharbach; stepson, Michael Kerr; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Cora Lorena Bennett

Nov. 20, 1923 - Nov. 14, 2012

Cora Lorena Bennett

Cora Lorena Bennett

Cora Lorena (Rowland) Bennett, 88, of Independence died Nov. 14 in Independence.

She was born to James and Irena (Buchanan) Rowland.

Cora married Theodore "Ted" Bennett on Oct. 22, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash. Ted and Cora had five children. Cora spent World War II with relatives and going to any place that Ted's ship came in while he served in the Navy. They ended their military lives in Norfolk, Va., after the war was over.

Cora was a good friend and a good mother. She spent hours attending all her children's ball games and serving as a den mother for several years. A loving and caring grandmother, she was dearly loved by her grandchildren; she was never too busy to spend time with them regardless of their age.

She was preceded in death by her son, John; siblings, Nancy Rowland Grubbe, Albert Rowland, Clarence Rowland, Donald Rowland and James Frank Rowland; and step-siblings, Warren Moore, Charlene Moore Matlock, Grover Moore and Clarissa Moore Watts.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Ted Bennett; children, Donald (Jade), Charles (Iris), Theodore (Linda), and Nancy (Donald) Lawrence; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Cora's life will be celebrated at a later date.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Dorothy Dawn Hamilton

Jan. 22, 1932 - Nov. 9, 2012

Dorothy Dawn Hamilton

Dorothy Dawn Hamilton

ALBANY - Dorothy Dawn Hamilton, 80, is now at peace ending her 20+ year battle with cancer on November 9, 2012. Dawn was a resident at Mennonite Village (Quail Run) in Albany, Oregon where she received excellent care.

Dawn was born on January 22, 1932 in Saint Claire Shores, Michigan. She was the daughter of the late Leroy Williams Howard and the late Dorothy M. Burris.

Dawn received her teaching degree from Michigan State. In 1953 she married Louis Hamilton, also of Michigan, and they moved to Monmouth, Oregon in 1956.

In Monmouth, Louie and Dawn purchased the family farm known as Rainbow Hill Ranch. Dawn taught grades K-5 for 30 years before retiring in 1990 from the Corvallis School District. Her hobbies included Square Dancing, Bridge, Monmouth Women's Hobby Club, and Book Club.

Dawn is survived by her daughter and son. Holly Hamilton-Dake, son-in-law Leland Dake, granddaughters Kara Dake, Kelsey Dake and great granddaughter Eliana Dake, son Steve Hamilton, daughter-in-law Bev Hamilton, granddaughter Melanie Hamilton and grandsons Matt Hamilton and Ben Hamilton.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The family requests that any gifts be made in the form of donations to the Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Roberta Sedey

May 29, 1931 - Nov. 7, 2012

Roberta Sedey

Roberta Sedey

Roberta June (Cooper) Sedey of Independence, OR. passed away at home November 7, 2012 at age 81. She is survived by her husband John Sedey, a son Kerry Johnston of Indio, CA, a daughter Susan Salle of Springfield, OR, one grandson, Sean Salle of Cedar Rapids, IA, three step-children Allen Sedey, Susan Wyland, Jeff Sedey, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Zetta Freeman, and one brother Joe Cooper.

Roberta was born to Joe and Bertie Cooper in Richfield, Idaho, the fourth of five girls. Roberta graduated from Payette High School in Idaho. After graduation she worked for Mountain States Bell Telephone Company in Gooding, ID, later relocating to Eugene, Oregon in 1953. She continued her career with Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company where she worked until retirement in 1983 after 33 years as a Network Supervisor.

Roberta's activities included domestic and international travel including cruises and air-tours with the Independence air community throughout the United States. She was an accomplished artist in various media including tole, watercolor and oil. She was active in the Keizer Art Association, and the Independence Public Library where she worked as a volunteer.

A Celebration of Roberta's life will take place Nov. 30, 2012 in the EAA hangar located at 4803 Airport Rd. Independence, OR. It is open to all guests at 4:00 PM. Flowers may be sent to 742 Aeronca St., Independence; or donations to Willamette Valley Hospice (see: or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (see: or to Friends of the Independence Public Library (175 Monmouth St. Independence, OR 97351).


origin: English

meaning: 'Famous Brilliance'


All who know her well love and appreciate her

There is joy and contentment in her smile

Appreciative and contented with her life

Her love for her family is steadfast

Roberta believes friendships are forever

She is admired for her brilliant ideas

She enjoys being treated like a lady

She is sensitive, compassionate and humane

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