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FRANCINE E. OEKERMAN
August 11, 1931 ~ February 26, 2014
Francine Oekerman, 82, passed away in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Logan, UT to Harold and Erma England.
While in the Naval Reserves as a WAVE, Francine met reservist Gilbert Oekerman. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Portland, OR on June 6, 1953.
In the late 80's, she and Gilbert lived in New Zealand where she learned to spin yarn. When they returned to Vancouver, she opened Spin Away Your Troubles with Francine shop, where she sold yarn and taught spinning classes and also enjoyed demonstrating spinning at the Clark County Fair. In retirement, she enjoyed quilt "Shop Hops" with her daughters and her quilting group.
Francine is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gilbert; daughters, Kay Kennedy and Rosalie Oekerman; sons, Frank (Janet Mize) and Steve (Karen) Oekerman; grandchildren, Amanda and Shane Kennedy, Katelyn Oekerman; and sister, Susan Stewart. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Richard England.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thurs., March 6, 2014, Skyline Memorial Gardens, Portland, OR.
Contributions may be made to Ray Hickey Hospice House or the Washington State School for the Deaf Alumni Assoc.
Please sign her guest books at www.skylinememorial gardens.com and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 2, 2014