Mary Katherine Gehling

Born: Wed., Jan. 19, 1921
Died: Sun., Sep. 23, 2012

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Sun., Sep. 30, 2012
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Oct. 01, 2012
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Mary Katherine Gehling 91, passed away at home in Pendleton, Oregon, surrounded by her family. 

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 1, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton, followed by interment at Olney Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Outreach (or to a charity of the donor’s choice) in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Sigh the online guestbook at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

She was born January 19, 1921, in Whittemore, Iowa. She was one of four children and the only daughter born to Guy & Kate Butler.  Her family moved from Iowa to the Willamette Valley of Oregon in 1927 to farm and run a small business.  Mary completed High School graduating from Mt. Angel in 1939.  She received her R.N. from St. Joseph’s Nursing School in Vancouver, WA, in 1942.  Mary met Vic Gehling during WWII while he was an intern at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland, OR.  They were married January 12, 1946, in Portland, OR, while he was in the US Army Medical Corp.  They moved to Pendleton in 1952 after Vic finished a residency in Radiology.

Mary was active in St. Mary’s Church, St. Anthony’s Auxiliary, St. Joseph’s Parents Club, Christmas Cotillion, the Festival of Trees, Current Literature, Kill Kare and Dinner Dance.  Mary was an active participant in the Pacific Radiologic Society Auxiliary and loyally volunteered with St. Mary’s Outreach. 

Mary is survived by her five children: Cathy Cambier & husband Dr. Jake Cambier of Pendleton, OR, Dr. Guy Gehling & wife Mary of Walla Walla, WA, Dr. Victor Gehling & wife Linda of Pendleton, OR, Mary Henry & husband Dr. Jack Henry of Lake Oswego, OR, and Anne Gehling of Portland, OR, her adopted son Dr. Mike Balkovich of Portland, OR, as well as the loves of her life - her fifteen grandchildren: Stephanie & Ziadee Cambier, Matthew Cambier & Jennifer, Dr. Katie Cambier & Charlie Doty, C.J. Cambier, Dr. Alicia Gehling, Dr. Victor Gehling & Sara, Caitlin Gehling, Paxton Gehling, Hanne Gehling, Chuck Cook, Crystal Cook & Rob Burton, Nick Henry, Guy Henry & Kimber, Kyle Henry and Jacob Henry, and her great-grandchildren: Jaxon Cook, Karlie Cook, Zoe Henry and Haddyn Cambier.

She was preceded in death by her parents Kate & Guy Butler, her brothers: John, George and Gene Butler, and her husband Vic Gehling.

To quote one of her grandchildren, “grandma was a wonderful caregiver, maker of extra-buttery foods, lover of babies, new shoes and Macallen’s, hilarious friend and stubborn housekeeper.  We’ll miss you grandma; rest in peace.”

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Virg & Vicky Gehling
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
We would like to extend our sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Aunt Mary was a special lady and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We fondly remenber the times we saw Aunt Mary and Uncle Vic in Calmar and even the time they came with our dad and Aunt Marie to visit us in Bartlett. They were both the best.

Virg & Vicky

Alice (her favorite God Child) & Rex Longfellow
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
Words are so hard to come by at a time like this. My heart is heavy with saddness but at the same time overwhelmed with such wonderful memories of Aunt Mary (and Uncle Vic). Her generosity and supportiveness was way above what anyone could imagine. She never met a stranger and opended her heart and home to everyone with outstretched arms. Her infectious smile and laugh will always hold a dear place in my heart...and her hugs....there is nothing to compare her wonderful hugs to. I loved (and still do) her very much! If there is anything we can do to help all of you at this time please let us know. See you soon. Love, Alice & Rex.

Phil Hodgen
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
To all the family, my deepest sympathy and many prayers for Mary and all of you. I will always be thankful for her friendship with my family over the years, including my wife Sinta. Mary was one of the first to greet and welcome Sinta when she came to Pendleton in 2003.
My best memory goes back a few years to Guy's 7th birthday party and the mixture of joy, love and attention to detail she insisted upon for for all of us party goers. A special gift to me was her devotion to her faith. Mass just won't be the same without her.
Cant' think of Mary without reflecting on Vic, as well - after all, he brought me into the world! Two special people... now together. God Bless

Lisa Knox
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
To Cathy and Jake and rest of your family, your mom was one of my favorite people at the Ship Shoppe. Some might just call the people that come into their business, customers. I have always thought of them as "my people" and friends. She will be missed. I have to say she made "thee best" chex type mix at the holidays. She was very generous and shared :) God bless her.

Kim Ashbeck Schwab
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
To the entire Gehling family,
I will always feel that knowing Mary and Dr. Gehling was one of the most cherished friendships I will ever have--when I first met Dr. Gehling, I thought he was wonderful but was sure that I would someday see another side of him-- that day never arrived. Did not matter if it was 2 am in the morning and we both had been called to the hospital for a procedure, he was always a gentleman and outstanding Radiologist. Then one day I met his wife as she was on duty in the gift shop. I was again amazed at what a wonderful person she was-- during the 23 years I knew them I have to say I just became more aware of what special people they were. The world today is a better place because of people like Mary and Guy. My heart goes out to all of you as I can''t imagine how much you will all miss her. My love to all

Kim Schwab

Carole Blossom (Gehling)
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
My heart goes out of all of you in Mary Gehling's family. If there was ever a family oriented person, Mary would be tops. She was more like a sister to my father, Hugo (Vic's brother) than a sister-in-law. Remembering wonderful times long ago of our families gathering in Calmar, Iowa will always be part of my fond childhood memories. Mary was always so cheerful and friendly and a joy to be around. Both her and Vic had such beautiful smiles and loving dispositions. I remember traveling from CA to OR by car with Hugo, Eleanor, Mary and Ron (my sister and brother) to visit Mary, Vic & family. Their home was warm and welcoming....a wonderful place in my memory to visit. Also remember many times Mary & Vic came to visit my parents & how much we all enjoyed their company. Mary was a beautiful person inside and out always. She had such a gentle disposition and such a grand lady!!! She will be missed and remembered. May she rest in peace and be joined with her husband, Vic and all her loved ones who have passed. God bless Mary. With love, Carole (neice of Mary Gehling and daughter of Hugo Gehling.....Mary Gehling's brother-in law).

Dr. Ron and Mrs. Diana Gehling
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
Mary will always be remembered by us both - she was our very special Aunt and part of our lives for years. She and Vic were there with us for our wedding and we shared their joys as their family grew. She delighted in her children and grandchildren and shared that love with us. We are the southern California branch of the Gehling family. But although separated by distance, we knew she and Uncle Vic were a vital part of our lives. It was through Mary that we knew of our cousins and their lives. Hopefully we can reach out to each other now - we have become the "oldest" generation with her passing.We know she would want that. Our deepest condolences to each of you and a special hug to dear Cathy with whom we keep in contact. You are all in our prayers. Love Ron and Diana Gehling

Mary and Doug Baumgarten
   Posted Sun September 30, 2012
What I remember most about my Aunt Mary is how generous and caring she was, never seeming to take life too seriously. With her spirited personality, she always greeted me with a wink and a twinkle in her eye!

Jim Stover
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Our condolences to you in this difficult time. My mother, Betty Stover, and Mary were great friends. I remember their hovering over the television watching the World Series and drinking tea (perhaps with a wee dram of scotch). She was a wonderful woman who made a diffrence in our lives and our world.

Pat & Marianne (Stone) Fisher
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Prayers and love to such a wonderful family. Our families spent many, many years together. Our parents had such a deep bond and friendship. Your mother was a very special lady. Her generosity had no boundaries. She was truly a blessing to all.
God, bless,

Nancy Geraths
   Posted Sun November 11, 2012
I am so sad that I was out of town when Marys Service was held. I loved her so much and she was one great lady and friend. God Bless your family and all who came to love her. nancy Geraths
Her brother, Gene Butler was my cousin!!!!!!!!!!

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