Rosie Sheppard, 89, a native of the Outlook and Sunnyside areas who last resided in Gresham, Ore., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 28, 2008, in Gresham with her family by her side.

She was born in Outlook on Nov. 18, 1918 to an Italian immigrant family, Joe and Rosalia Luccolini. She attended the Liberty Grade School and graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1936.

In 1941 she married Joe Sheppard and they lived nearly all their married life in Outlook where they farmed asparagus. She and Joe were members of the Antique Car Club and spent many hours traveling with the group in their 1910 Overland. They were grand marshals with the Prices in the Lighted Farm Implement parade. They enjoyed traveling to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and the Panama Canal and driving their motor home to their favorite fishing spots. She was a 66 year member of the Outlook Grange.

She is survived by her son, Ken Sheppard (Sharon) of Sunnyside; her daughter, Donnita Bieber of Gresham; four grandchildren, Mike Sheppard (Cari) of Tigard, Ore., Jim Sheppard (Lynne) of Oregon City, Julie Connolly (Tom) and Jamie Bieber, all of Gresham; three great-grandchildren, Blake and Marissa Sheppard of Tigard and Katie Joe Connolly of Gresham; who were all joys in her and Joe's lives. She is also survived by a sister, Lea Kortge of The Dalles, Ore.; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; her brother, Frank Luccolini; her sister, Mary McMinimee; and her husband of 59 years, Joe Sheppard.

A private interment will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life luncheon will be held Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside. All her many friends and relatives are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Outlook Volunteer Fire Department, the Outlook Grange or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Memorials may be left at Smith Funeral Home or at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at the time of the luncheon.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Rosie's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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