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Day: July 27, 2018

Register your National Night Out event by July 31

In partnership with the National Association of Town Watch, the Keizer Police Department will be co-sponsoring the 35th annual National Night Out event citywide on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. More than 38 million people in 16,000 communities throughout the country will join forces to promote police-community partnerships, crime, drug and violence prevention, safety and neighborhood unity.

Registration for Keizer-based gatherings that would like police and city officials to stop by needs to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. Registration can be completed at

National Night Out is designed to:  heighten crime awareness; generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Residents in neighborhoods in Keizer and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods will host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, potlucks, dessert socials and youth activities. Neighborhood Watch block captains are highly encouraged to organize an event as an opportunity to contact their participants, meet new neighbors and update their rosters.  All other neighborhoods are also encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact Community Support Officer Dorothy Diehl at 503-856-3472 or [email protected]

Edsel fans inbound

Of the Keizertimes

Naomi and Art Patershall’s infatuation with a castoff from the heyday of American cars began with regular trips past a neighbor’s house.

“We would drive by his carport and look at his Edsel (a 1958 Pacer) all the time. He and my husband worked out a trade and Art got it all fixed up,” Naomi said.

The Hillsboro couple’s foray into Edsel ownership grew to include membership in the Oregon Edsel Owners Club, of which Naomi is now the secretary. From July 31 to Aug. 5, the Edsel Owners Club will be hosting its convention in Keizer, bringing together owners from throughout the country and Canada.

It’s the second time in the past decade Edsel owners have chosen Keizer for their hub, but this time around will be particularly special, said Patershall.

“The Oregon Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the car has only been around for 60 years,” she said. Ford produced Edsels between 1958 and 1960. Fewer than 10,000 of the 116,000 produced are believed to have survived.  For more about the car and its place in infamy, see related story on this page.

Choosing Keizer again was easy despite looking at other locations along Interstate 5, she added.

“The hotel was really good to work with the last time we were there and Keizer is a good location to launch side trips that take us through covered bridges and the agricultural areas,” Patershall said.

The group plans to visit the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum and Powerland Heritage Park among other activities.

Keizerites will also have opportunities to gawk at the club’s crown jewels. Early arrivers plan to visit Sonic Drive-In on River Road about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. On Friday, Aug. 3, the club will host an all-Edsel car show beginning at 9 a.m. in the Quality Suites parking lot. Professional judges will be handing out awards in several categories, but attendees will have the opportunity to vote on for the audience award.

The one topic that is sure to come up is how and why the cars they now love were snubbed so hard when they were widely available.

“Club members debate at length about why it failed. Every time we get together,” Patershall said.

Northwood outkicks Northview

Of the Keizertimes

Northwood defeated fellow Keizer neighborhood pool Northview Terrace 375 to 241 on Thursday, July 19 as both teams enter the final stretch before the all-city meet.

Northwood’s boys racked up 196 points.

Jabez Rhoads won the 15-18 freestyle, butterfly and backstroke to lead the way. Zander Rhoads took first in the 13-14 individual medley and free.

Ethan Whalen won the 15-18 IM and breaststroke. Ben Diede placed first in the 9-10 free and back.

Pierce Walker won the 11-12 fly and back.

Jackson Alt finished first in the 13-14 fly. Madden Hughes won the 8-and-under back and Zachary Harrington took first in the 13-14 back.

Northwood’s boys won the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 free and medley relays.

Northwood’s girls added 179 points.

Paris Boyd and Evy Hales each won three events.

Boyd took first in the 15-18 IM, free and back while Hales won the 9-10 free, fly and back.

Molly Eisele won the 11-12 IM and fly. Brooke Junker placed first in the 13-14 back and breaststroke.

Ellie Auvinen took first in the 13-14 IM and Indy Gavthier won the 11-12 free.

Kaitlyn Roop finished first in the 11-12 back and Eliana Dean won the 13-14 free.

Haley Hughes won the 15-18 fly and Madie Trammell took first in the 15-18 breaststroke.

Northwood’s girls also won the 8-and-under, 11-12, 13-15 and 15-18 medley relays.

Cole Pedersen, Zach Kilby and Nick Kosiewicz led Northview’s boys, each winning three events.

Pedersen took first in the 9-10 IM, fly and breaststroke. Kilby won the 11-12 IM, free and breaststroke. Kosiewicz won the 8-and-under free, fly and breaststroke.

Jeremy Becker placed first in the 15-18 breaststroke.

Northview also won the 9-10 boys medley and free relays.

Ally Castaneda led the Northview girls, winning the 8-and-under IM, fly and breaststroke.

Ashley Stucker finished first in the 9-10 back and breaststroke. Mackenzie Hoffmeister won the 8-and-under back and breaststroke.

Madison Hoffmeister took first in the 11-12 breaststroke, Izzy Kilby won the 9-10 IM, Carly  Castaneda finished first in the 8-and-under free and Kianna Staley won the 15-18 IM.

Northview’s girls also won the 9-10 medley elay.


Holiday Swim Club topped Jan Ree 381 to 218 on Thursday, July 19.

Emma Anderson led the girls, winning the 11-12 free, fly and breaststroke.

Claire Hicks (8-and-under IM and back), Emery Love (11-12 IM and back), Ella Gerig (9-10 free and breaststroke) and Olivia Anderson (8-and-under free and breaststroke) each won two events.

Ava Privratsky took first in the 8-and-under free and Kassy Winters won the 15-18 fly.

Holiday’s girls won five relays—8-and-under, 9-10 and 11-12 medley as well as 8-and-under and 11-12 free.

Carter Hollis, Vinny Arnold and Jack McCarty paced Holiday’s boys, each winning three individual events.

Hollis took first in the 13-14 IM, free and fly. Arnold won the 9-10 free, back and breaststroke. McCarty placed first in the 15-18 IM, fly and breaststroke.

Noah Williams finished first in the 8-and-under fly and breaststroke.

Holiday won three more 8-and-under events—Jacob Castronovo in the IM, Ozzy Arnold in the back and Michael Hudgins in the free.

Holiday also racked up points in the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups. Brody Hollis won the 9-10 IM and Aiden Vandre took first in the 9-10 fly. Xavier Grantham won the 11-12 back while Joshua Grossman finished first in the 11-12 breaststroke. Holiday’s boys won six relays—8-and-under, 9-10 and 11-12 medley as well as the 8-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14 free.

Holiday is hosting the all-city swim meet on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m.

School board mulls establishing district-based police department

Of the Keizertimes

A resolution to designate the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Safety and Risk Management Services as a law enforcement agency received first-reading approval from the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday.

The resolution drew negative comments from 13 members of the audience, who said law enforcement status would worsen ethnic divisions in the schools and be contrary to the state equity lens policy, which aims at eventually eliminating inequalities in student performance.

No one in the audience spoke in favor of the resolution.

Michael Wolfe, chief operating officer of the district, quoted from a district staff report that a law enforcement agency “would significantly improve the overall safety and security of our schools and departments by providing the ability to perform accurate background checks on staff, potential staff, and volunteers.” The staff report noted that the Portland, Hillsboro, and Beaverton districts have this status, “allowing them greater freedom to conduct background investigations, perform authorized investigations, and liaison with local law enforcement agencies.”

The report adds that with the presence of a district police officer, “the district would be better equipped to support administrative staff during potentially contentious or dangerous meetings with the public and during emergencies.”

Board members raised questions about such a move, although none declared definite opposition or approval.

Marty Heyen said Nevada had tried such a move “and it was a disaster.” Saying she was all for having trained security people on the campuses, she asked where oversight of the school resource officer (SRO) would come from.

Jesse Lippold, saying the presence of an officer could be intimidating, asked how the district could ensure a good relationship between an officer and students. Wolfe said the SRO would not be uniformed.

Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi asked how the equity lens would be applied. Wolfe said the SRO’s function would not be applied through the equity lens.

Paul Kyllo asked about the cost to the district. Wolfe replied that there would be no budget impact.

Minority students speaking from the floor said a police officer would not be the answer, because they had been targeted because of their appearance. A retired teacher commented that the district needed more counselors and bilingual staff, not police officers.

In other business, the board approved purchase, for $950,000, of the property at 4130 Portland Road NE in Salem for the capital construction project that had been approved for Hallman Elementary School.

The board also approved reappointment of the law firm of Garrett, Hemann, Robertson, PC, represented by Paul Dakopolos, as its legal counsel.

In the Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Kelly Carlisle honored the district Office of Community Relations and Communications for its honorable mention award from the National School Public Relations Association.

Personnel actions approved by the board included the following in the McNary High School attendance area:

• Temporary part-time status for Charles Kuerbis, McNary.

• Temporary full-time status for Jose Bautista, Keizer Elementary School; Pristene Delegato, Kennedy Elementary School; and Ruth Ochoa and Manuel Ruiz, Weddle Elementary School.

• First-year probation full-time status for Dawn Ferrera and Rebecca Tyler, Keizer Elementary; and Christopher Nelson and Brian Satern, McNary.

• Second-year probation full-time status for Erin Crauder, Claggett Creek Middle School; and Julie Jensen and Manuel Ruiz, Weddle.

Yes to intermodal transload facility

The Brooks-Hopmere area is one of the proposed sites in the Willamette Valley for an Intermodal Transloading Facility. Millersburg on the north side of Albany is another site close to our area.

Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another—in this case, from truck to rail, to be shipping to ports in Portland and in Washington state.

The Oregon Shipping Group is assisting with the Oregon Port of Willamette’s proposal for the facility.  That group represents 50 business stakeholders and is led by Kevin Mannix. The proposal to the Oregon Department of Transportation included supporting letters from a variety of area business organizations as well as the agriculture industry.

The rationale for transloading facilities in the Willamette Valley is to more efficiently move products to foreign markets. Currently farm products are shipped via truck to ports for shipment overseas. The freeways in and around the Portland area are experiencing increased traffic counts which results in higher shipping costs for producers whose goods are stuck in traffic.

It is more efficient for producers to bypass clogged roadways in the metropolitan area by utilizing a transloading facility here in the mid-Willamette Valley. If Brooks-Hopmere wins the nod from the state, which will hand down its decision in late September, it will be a win for ag business here in the northern valley but certainly also a win for ag business in the southern Willamette Valley; shipping to Brooks would be cheaper than going all the way to ports in Portland or points north.

The Oregon Shipping Ground has laid the groundwork with adjourning commercial and residential neighbors. They have solicited comments and ideas, particularly when it comes to the Brooks-Interstate 5 interchange.  If Brooks-Hopmere is chosen as the site for the mid-Willamette Valley site there certainly would be improvements at that interchange. One should not expect improvement on the level of the recent Woodburn re-do.

The proposed facility at Brooks-Hopmere is not designed to add lots of jobs. As currently design the facility would feature a handful of positions. Though it is not heavy with jobs there are other benefits—increased global trade for western Oregon growers, fewer big rig trucks on Portland area freeways (this is important because most Keizerites travel to Portland occasionally) and, eventually an improved interchange that many north Keizer residents use.

The proposed sites—one next to May Trucking Company on the west side of the freeway, the other north of Brooklake Road next to the NORPAC plant—will not adversely affect those who live or have businesses in the area.

Agriculture is Oregon’s primary business and anything that can make it more competitive is a good thing. We support the Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal Transloading Facility whether it is approved for the west or the east side of the freeway at Brooks-Hopmere. —LAZ

Let’s end need for clean-up

We congratulate Richard Boyes on being named Volunteer of the Quarter by the Keizer City Council earlier this week.

Boyes was nominated by members of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association for his work over the past years collecting trash along Chemawa Road from River Road to Keizer Rapids Park. The volunteer works on his own to assure Keizer keeps up its neat and tidy look.

It is unfortunate that anyone has to clean trash from our roadways. After decades of anti-littering messages, especially from an owl (Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute), one would think that private-sector street trash collectors would be a thing of the past. It is not, as evidenced by Mr. Boyes efforts and by those who adopt a street.

Each year volunteers help SOLVE clear tons of trash from Oregon beaches. If volunteers didn’t chip in and pick up wrappers, bottles, cans and other debris, our streets and beaches would look like a landfill.

We grew up hearing the ‘don’t pollute’ message. If we threw a can out the car window or along the curb, we were swiftly comforted. In other words, we were shamed into picking up our cast-off and disposing of it correctly.

We all need to be guardians of our planet, not to mention our neighborhoods and stand up to those who so cavalierly use public lands as their personal waste basket. There’s a place for everything.

We adults have to give a hoot and shame those, of any age, who choose to litter. Until the day comes when no one litters, we will rely upon the concerned volunteers like Richard Boyes.   —LAZ

Tariffs stuck on the spin cycle


American firms cheering for protectionism in the form of tariffs on their foreign competitors should be careful what they wish for. As they say, “What goes around comes around.” Case in point: The American washer and dryer manufacturer Whirlpool Corp.

Last January, the Trump administration imposed a penalty on Americans who buy foreign-made washers. The administration argued that the need to protect our domestic washer makers from competition required the imposition, for a period of three years, of a 20 percent duty on the first 1.2 million imported washing machines each year and a 50 percent duty on quantities above that threshold. Whirlpool loved the idea of getting a leg up on two of its most fierce competitors and increasingly consumer darlings, South Korean Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. Why bother trying to produce goods that your consumers want to buy when Uncle Sam can make your competitors’ stuff artificially more expensive?

Marc Bitzer, the chief executive officer of Whirlpool, touted this protection as “without any doubt, a positive catalyst for Whirlpool.” Of course, it’s not so good for American consumers who must now pay a penalty if they insist on buying the foreign-made washers that they prefer over American-made washers. One result of this penalty, according to The Wall Street Journal, is that washer prices have risen by about 20 percent since January. From Whirlpool’s standpoint, the policy seemed like a raging success. Imports of large residential washers fell from a monthly average of 350,000 in 2017 to an average of 161,000 each month of 2018 through April.

But it’s not only American consumers who are harmed by Trump’s tariffs. American businesses also get hurt in the process when consumers, having to fork over hundreds of dollars more for washers, must forgo the purchase of other products that they would have otherwise bought. This isn’t surprising since tariffs always divert resources toward government-protected (read: favored) businesses and away from unprotected ones (read: everyone else).

Here’s the thing: When you cheer for protectionism, you never know when you might become the victim of the next round of consumer-punishing tariffs. That’s what happened to Whirlpool, which is now a victim of the 25 percent steel tariffs imposed by the administration to protect the steel industry from foreign competition.

It’s funny how that works. Whirlpool isn’t too happy about this particular version of protectionism. The steel tariffs increase the company production costs for washers and dryers. And some of these higher production costs are covered in the form of higher prices for consumers. As a result, since the Trump tariffs were announced and set in place, prices have gone up across brands and the demand for washers has fallen.

Meanwhile, appliance-repair businesses are making a killing as consumers put off the purchase of new appliances in favor of the expensive (but relatively cheaper) repairs they wouldn’t have purchased in a not-so-long-ago pre-tariff past. Poor protect-me-but-not-thee Whirlpool; this sad turn of events has forced the company to reconsider many of its hopes for expansion.

With imports down, the company planned to add workers at its washer plant in expectation of a new rush of tariff-induced washer sales. Not so fast. Thanks to the many tariffs applied to over $90 billion of imports from China and other places (including inputs and raw materials like steel), Whirlpool not only didn’t add 1,300 workers to its Clyde factory in Ohio; it has actually reduced its production. It’s therefore unsurprising that Whirlpool’s share price is down 15 percent since the washer tariffs were put in place. That’s in spite of the massive cut in the corporate income tax rate from 35 to 21 percent and other tax cuts.

The bottom line is that a government that’s powerful enough to protect some producers against foreign competitors is powerful enough to protect other producers—protection that winds up inflicting net damage on most or even all producers. As for the 6.5 million workers in America’s steel-consuming manufacturing plants (including Whirlpool’s), they can be added—along with all consumers—to the laundry list of long-suffering victims of cronyism that the Washington, D.C., swamp has left out to dry.

(Creators Syndicate)

Trump’s foreign policy style rankles

After a two-hour, private, no-observers meeting between a Russian dictator and what looks like his understudy, the news conference that followed required no training in body language interpretation to conclude which one of them enjoyed the upper hand. The one, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin presented himself with a cocky smile built on a confident, in-charge stride while the other, President Donald J. Trump, appeared nervous, petulant, unsure, and emasculated.

The two stood at separate podiums for a press conference where the American president displayed deference to his Russian counterpart, lavishing high praise on him while assuming a subordinate role.  In answering the very first question from an audience of reporters, Trump blamed disputes and problems between the U.S. and Russia on his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and his challenger for the presidency, Hillary Clinton.  He also recognized Putin for being honest in claiming Russia did not interfere in our 2016 election and repudiated his own intelligence appointees.

Then, Trump returned to Washington, D.C. and the next day changed one word in his giveaway to Putin before the whole world. He followed over the next week by reversing himself and, to date, has done so multiple times (as before Helsinki and now after). Meanwhile, we’ve gotten familiar—from his 18-months in the White House—that whatever he says the first time is what he really believes.  What’s become clear is that Trump listens primarily to himself, sometimes to daughter Ivanka, but is most influenced by Putin, a KGB agent dedicated to returning Russian to the Soviet Union-era and its former sphere of influence, adding, presently, and his greatest ambition, the West, too.

If the reader does not know it already, every objective fact relating to America’s special counsel, Robert Mueller and his team of U.S. assistants, had already disclosed that Putin’s Russia helped Trump into the presidency. Putin has also confirmed that he wanted Trump elected to the presidency.  At this juncture in U.S. foreign affairs, it must be remembered that, in Philadelphia during the 1787 convention, the authors of what became the U.S. Constitution, the founding of our democratic-republic design, worried a lot about foreign corruption of the new nation’s presidency.

The month of July, 2018, has provided, compliments of Donald Trump, other mind-boggling actions besides his throw away in Finland.  He also denounced the European Union as our “foe,” threatened to terminate NATO, wrecked the US-led world trading system, and intervened in the United Kingdom and German politics in support of extremist and pro-Russian forces.  These matters in addition to his refusal to stand up to protect and preserve the integrity of our voting system.  Is our sovereignty about to become a victim of a Russian’s ambitions?  Will we let it?

Can we actually wait for another election several months away when our president, who swore to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America” has subordinated himself to Putin? Special counsel Robert Mueller now investigates how deep and destructive the union between Trump and Putin is. In the meantime, Trump has invited Putin to visit the White House for another private meeting where, it’s surmised based on Helsinki, the fate of more than 320 million Americans will remain a secret.

The world’s people want to avoid a nuclear holocaust and that’s why it is critically important that our president maintain an open line with Russia’s president.  However, because Vladimir Putin is a dictator who seeks to spread his power, he sees the West’s democratic principles and practices as standing in his way.  Hence, to help himself, he’s using Trump, a naïve, self-centered leader who admires his strongman status.  Those who value our way of life, our laws, institutions, norms and freedoms, are encouraged to give serious consideration to what’s at stake before willfully surrendering the 229-years-old great American experiment to the wiles of a foreign totalitarian.

(Gene H. McIntyre shares his opinion every week.)

Elsie Elzine Alt

September 23, 1921 – July 18, 2018

Elsie Elzine Alt, 96, passed away peacefully on July 18 surrounded by family. Elsie lived a full life of service and dedication to those around her. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, canning, and caring for her kids and grandkids. She will be greatly missed.  Her lessons and guidance will remain with those she loved, served, and fostered.

E. Alt

Elsie was born in Trenton, Nebraska on September 23, 1921 to Alvin Long and Soiux Roush. She was one of nine children. She spent the majority of her childhood in Idaho, and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1942.

Elsie met Raymond Alt, the love of her life, in Bremerton, Washington while they were both working in the sheet metal shop in the Navy yard. They married on October 13, 1945 and moved to Salem, Oregon, in 1948. Together they fostered nine children, adopted one child from America, and three children from South Korea. Elsie accepted the Lord in September 1948 and has been a member of Salem First Baptist Church ever since. She served on the deaconess board for several years and helped teach Sunday school for over 40 years. Many children played with Elsie’s homemade playdough and learned about the Lord from her. She truly leaves behind a legacy.

Elsie is predeceased by her husband, Raymond Alt; children Kathy Alt and Robert Alt; and her eight siblings. We know she is happily with them now in heaven.

Elsie is survived by her two children, Patty Ignatowski (Gerry) and Tim Alt (Salem), five grandchildren (Joshua Alt, WA; Raymond Alt, Salem; Max Alt, Salem; Alyce Alt, GA; and Crystal Ignatowski, Salem) and two great-grandchildren (Charlie Converse, Portland; Kai Alt, Salem).

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Friday, August 17th at Salem First Baptist Church.

Ellen Neal

December 18, 1927 – June 21, 2018

Ellen Neal died peacefully in her sleep on June 21, 2018 at the age of 90 following a stroke.  Her final day was spent sharing stories and singing songs with her children, sister and other beloved family members at Capital Manor in Salem. Throughout her life, Ellen was recognized as a quintessentially gracious, dignified lady.  Words that describe her include thoughtful, generous, organized, wise, engaging, practical, and nice, all traits which did an excellent job of concealing the fact that she was amazingly tough. Ellen made a meaningful difference in the lives of Oregonians for over 60 years through her career as a high school teacher and her community volunteer work.

E. Neal

Ellen was born in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1927 to George and Lula Williams who were also native Oregonians.  In her formative years during the Depression, she remembers many encounters her family had with needy citizens who were then known as hobos, and how her mother often gave food to them.  In high school, Ellen joined The Toppers, a popular big band in southern Oregon, as their pianist and sole female member. Upon graduation from Grants Pass High School at the age of 16, she matriculated to Oregon State College where she received her bachelor’s in education in 1950.  A decade later, she continued her education during summer months and she received her master’s in education in 1964.  While attending OSC, Ellen joined the Delta Gamma sorority.  She remained active in the organization for decades, serving as a mentor to students in several DG chapters and spearheading their largest annual fundraising event for many years.

During the summer of 1947, while working at the soda fountain in her parents’ pharmacy in Reedsport shortly after her family’s move from Grants Pass, she met Ernie Neal who also attended Oregon State.  Ernie was three years older than Ellen, a World War II veteran, and a member of the Beaver basketball team. He had enough life experience to know a good thing when he saw it!  Ernie wisely courted Ellen and the following summer, they were married.  Their loving union of 67 years lasted until Ernie’s death in December of 2015.  Their first child, Steve, arrived in 1949 followed by Dan in 1952 and Gary in 1955.  While Ellen was fully occupied raising the boys, Ernie began his teaching career in Rogue River for a year, then in Florence for three years before they settled in Bandon in 1955.  Ellen commenced her career as a business teacher in Bandon in 1958.  The family loved their decade in Bandon, forming many lifetime friendships as well as an abiding love for the Oregon coast.

Ernie and Ellen moved the family to Salem in 1965 to provide their children with broader educational opportunities over the vigorous objections of their youthful progeny.  Discontent abated quickly as the family flourished in their new home at 333 Hollyhock Place.  Ernie and Ellen lived there for 48 years before moving to Capital Manor in 2013.

Ellen was one of the original faculty members at McNary High School when it opened in 1965.  She taught there for the remainder of her career.  When Ellen retired from teaching, she became a member of the Assistance League of Salem.  She served in leadership positions for many years and was particularly adept at grant writing which helped the organization raise funds to provide clothing, books and cultural experiences for children from low income families.  Ellen was honored with an award for outstanding service to the Assistance League in 2014.  She was also an active member of the PEO Sisterhood for 66 years, serving as chapter president twice, and holding every office at least once.  Her special joy came from identifying young women wishing to improve their lives but who lacked resources for higher education.  Ellen counseled many such women, assisting them in obtaining PEO scholarships, and often remaining in touch with them throughout their lives.  Her volunteer activities also included serving as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church where she was an active member.

After their retirement, Ernie and Ellen purchased a beach house at The Capes near Oceanside, Oregon. Their cozy coastal retreat became the site of countless family gatherings and fishing/crabbing/hunting adventures.  Ernie and Ellen’s travels included  Europe, Egypt, Australia, the South Sea islands and the Panama Canal. Their favorite destination, though, was Hawaii where they stayed many times.  Ellen was also fortunate enough to visit China, together with her mother and sister, within the first couple years after China began accepting foreign visitors.

Ellen is survived by her sons Dan (Peggy) of Eugene, Gary (Bridget) of Yamhill, and daughter-in-law Susan Neal of Chicago, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and her sister, Mary Helen Socolofsky (and family) of Portland.  She was preceded in death by her son Steve of Chicago in 2004, and her husband Ernie.

Ellen will be remembered for her unerring good advice, her excellence in nurturing others and perhaps most of all, for her ladylike fashion sense and uplifting, unflappable demeanor.   As one nephew said, “I never walked away from a conversation with Ellen without feeling better about myself and the world.  She had a special way of bringing the best out in everyone.”

The life of Ellen Neal will be celebrated on August 12 at 12:00 p.m. at Capital Manor, 1955 Dallas Highway NW in Salem, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to: OSC P.E.O. Sisterhood Charitable Trust mailed to: Chapter G, 1935 Wickshire Ave. SE, Salem, OR 97302. Or to Assistance League of Salem, 1095 Saginaw Street South, Salem, OR 97302.