Paralee Weinke

Born: Sat., Feb. 19, 1927
Died: Sun., Apr. 18, 2010

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Paralee Weinke, a longtime resident of Pilot Rock, died Sunday, April 18, 2010 in the presence of her family in Pendleton. She was 83 years old. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton. Interment will follow the Mass in the Olney Cemetery, Pendleton. Viewing will begin at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Memorials in her memory may be directed to either the Pilot Rock Booster Club, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Pilot Rock Education & Community Foundation. Contributions may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. You may sign the register book or send condolences online at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Weinke was born February 19, 1927 in Monument, Oregon. She was the daughter of Emmett and Nellie Carter Cochran. She attended the Carter District School in Long Creek before the family moved to Pendleton. She then attended the St. Joseph Academy, graduating in 1944. She married William Weinke on December 28, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton. She worked as a bookkeeper for Comrie Motors, and later for Pendleton Auto Parts. She then was a homemaker and devoted her time and energies to raising her family for many yeas. After raising her family, she began work as a secretary for the Pilot Rock Elementary School. She worked there 28 years until her retirement in the spring of 1996. She greatly enjoyed playing bridge as well as golf. Her hobbies included water aerobics, camping in the mountains and picking huckleberries. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports. She and her husband were big Pilot Rock Sports boosters. She was a member of the St. Helen's Catholic Church in Pilot Rock and served in the Altar Society. She had also been a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority for 35 years. She is survived by her husband William of Pilot Rock, three children and their spouses; Elouise and Tom Kirsch of Madras, Oregon, Don and Denise Weinke of Pilot Rock and Janis Weinke of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, LaVelle Province of Portland; and three grandchildren; Allison Treloar, Michael and Timothy Kirsch. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

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Vanessa Bennett
   Posted Wed April 21, 2010
I have very fond memories of my God Mother, Paralee, and visiting her in her home. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mayanna Kopp & Family
   Posted Wed April 21, 2010
Our family has been friends with the Weinke Family for over 55 years. We have had such good visits after Mass and also at their home over the years. We are truly sorry for your loss of Paralee to Willie , Elouise, Donald and Janis and grandchildren.

Don & Marie Roy
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
I enjoyed working with Paralee for several years, and our hearts go out to the family. She will be sincerely missed.

Debbie Warlick
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
Paralee and her family have always been an important part of our family and friends. May your memories and faith give you comfort and peace.

Melissa Porter Davis
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
Paralee was such a wonderful person. I will forever remember her as a permanent fixture at the elementary school and around Pilot Rock. She always was such a tender, caring person and knew just what to say to the young children who just didn't feel well.

Calvin Eston Weissenfluh
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
I went to grammar school with my second cousin Paralee at the Carter School. She rode a little black shetland pony named Ribbon to school every day. She could ride with the best of them and was a hearty character even as a child. Hers was a life well lived and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Tedde & Doug Holcomb & Jeff & Julie
   Posted Thu April 22, 2010
Paralee will always be my "mentor". She was a shining example of a school secretary and I learned my people/children skills from her. I really never expected to be a school secretary for 20 years myself. My children loved her and we know our community is blessed because she lived here. When I was in my 30's and raising my children, Paralee shared with me that she had gone to St. Joseph's Academy High School with my birth mother, LaVerne, whom I had not seen or known since I was three. She shared some stories and revealed a glimpse of my hidden past. She'll always be remembered. Tedde Lou Holcomb

Micheal L Minthorn
   Posted Fri May 14, 2010
Paralee was one of the best school secretaries I ever knew and a joy to work around. Kind, compassionate, sharp & well informed. Everyone liked and respected her. She will be sorely missed...

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