Obituaries for Dec. 14, 2017

Nina Pettyjohn was a person who touched many lives with the kindness in her heart.

Nina Pettyjohn

Joan Nelle Bower (née Lawrence) passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Vancouver. She was 81.

Marie Cameron Morasch passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Camas, surrounded by her family. She was 78.

PAID PRINTED OBITUARY

Nina Rosila (Kiesling) Pettyjohn
December 8, 1917 – December 1, 2017

Nina Pettyjohn was a person who touched many lives with the kindness in her heart. As a beloved teacher and librarian in Washougal, she made a positive impact on so many. She loved to tell stories of her life and world travels and had a memory for detail that brought them to life.

Nina Pettyjohn was born Nina Rosila Kiesling on December 8, 1917, in Havre, Montana, to John and Donnie Kiesling.

Graduating from high school at the age of 16, she went on to get her teaching certificate from Northern Montana College and began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Montana at the young age of 18 making $960 for the entire year.

In 1941, Nina attended the Kinman Business School in Spokane and as World War II broke out, Nina moved to Seattle and joined the Civil Service. While there she met her life-long love on a ferry boat ride, Lyle Pettyjohn, who was a young Marine fighter pilot. Six months later they were married on April 10, 1943, in Seattle.

After the war, Lyle finished his education at the University of Oregon and began his teaching and coaching career in Toledo, Oregon. The young family moved to The Dalles in 1952 and finally settled in Washougal in 1957. Lyle went on to coach Washougal’s football team to more than 100 wins. Nina resumed her teaching career and went on to get her BA and Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Portland.

The Pettyjohn home on the Little Washougal River was the location of choice for picnics, parties and dinners for the football team, honor society and church groups. She achieved her childhood dream of going to China in the 1980s and was among the first group to visit when it was opened to tourism. An avid reader, Nina particularly enjoyed curating children’s literature. She enjoyed book club, creating numerous needlepoint treasures for family and friends and was a blue ribbon cake baker.

Nina retired in 1983 as librarian for Gause and Hathaway schools, and in December of the same year Lyle passed away.
Nina moved to The Quarry in Vancouver in 2010 where she lived until she passed away on December 1, 2017. She is survived by her children: Bruce Pettyjohn, Wilkes Pettyjohn, David Pettyjohn and Ann Pettyjohn; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and one sister: Betty Lu Kulp. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Robert Kiesling and Victor Kiesling.

A celebration of Nina’s 100 years was held at The Quarry for more than 100 friends and family on November 2. At Nina’s request, the family is foregoing a memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army.

Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.

Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas was in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com.

Read the complete obituaries in the Dec. 14 print edition of the Post-Record.

Joan N. Bower

Joan Nelle Bower (née Lawrence) died on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Vancouver. She was 81.

To honor Joan’s wishes, there will be a small private ceremony and the family will meet in San Diego to scatter her ashes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684.

Marie C. Morasch

Marie Cameron Morasch died on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Camas, surrounded by her family. She was 78.

A service to honor Marie’s life will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Camas Friends Church, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave. A time for socializing and refreshments will follow the service and give family and friends a chance to come together as a community to celebrate Marie’s life. It was Marie’s wish that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Camas Friends Church. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas was in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com.

Ronald J. Caporale

Ronald James Caporale died on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Camas. He was 73.

At the family’s request, there will be no service.

Brown’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Sign Ronald’s guestbook at www.brownsfh.com.

Helen L. Sampson

Helen Leona Sampson passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washougal. She was 92.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Columbia Ridge Assisted Living, 2300 W. Ninth St., Washougal.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gateway Community Church Memorial Fund.

Brown’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Sign Helen’s guestbook at www.brownsfh.com.

Read the complete obituaries in the Dec. 14 print edition of the Post-Record.