LAKE OSWEGO — Gabriel E. Le Chevallier, stepfather of Archdiocese of Portland Father Eric Andersen and longtime member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish here, died Feb. 25. He was 86.
Mr. Le Chevallier was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Paris. He was raised in Normandy near the town of Vire, the oldest of 11 children of Robert and Therese Le Chevallier. At age 11, he went to a Jesuit boarding school in Le Mans. The family endured the German occupation of their home for 2½ years during World War II. After the war he studied at the Catholic University of Angers and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland where he received a degree in dairy science. In 1950, he came to the United States to study American dairy technology methods. He worked in Wisconsin and later in Cleveland for Quality Ice Cream and Dean Dairy.
He married Mary Frances McDonald in Cleveland in 1953. In 1964, the family moved to Lake Oswego. He worked as a sales representative to the food processing industry for 35 years working for Wyandotte, Klenzade, Wesmar and Great Western Chemicals. He formed a consulting company at the age of 65 and continued to work in the field until his retirement at the age of 73.
Widowed in 1988, he married Sharon Altenhofen in 1993.
He is survived by his wife Sharon; children Rob (Denise) LeChevallier, Mark (Cecilia) LeChevallier, Claire (Bruce) Hauge, Nancy (Bob) Bartosz, Colette (Dave) Cassinelli; stepchildren Helene (Dave) Spacek, Suzie (Kevin) Magness, Jon (Margo) Andersen and Father Eric Andersen; 26 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
A service was held at Our Lady of the Lake Church. Memorial donations can be made to Our Lady of the Lake Building in Faith Fund, 650 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.