Stella Waitman Oldenkamp
Our beloved mother passed away peacefully on November 2, 2007, in hospice care in McMinnville, OR, after suffering a severe stroke. She was preceded in death by Ralph, her husband of 52 years.
Born May 17, 1922, in Midland, SD, Stella moved west during World War II and worked in a southern California factory making plywood for Spitfire fighters.
After the war, she worked as a cosmetologist while attending USC. She earned a California Teacher's Credential in 1947 grades 7-8 and was certified to be principal at the junior high school level.
In 1946, she married Oldenkamp, her wartime sweetheart, and raised three children, Cecilia, John and Benjamin.
A self-taught pianist, she shared the joy of music with her family while serving as den mother, PTA president and school teacher. She loved traveling, gardening, baseball and was an excellent cook and seamstress.
In later years, she resided at Willamette Lutheran Home in Keizer, OR, where she made many good friends, was an officer in the residents council and won several awards for creative writing. Stella was most proud of her standing as a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
In addition to her children, she is survived by siblings Joe Waitman of Canby, OR, Rosalie Henry and Phyllis Broson of Keizer, OR, and Monica Masten of Everett, WA. Stella has four cherished grandchildren, Catherine Oldenkamp, a student at Johns Hopkins University, Taylor Oldenkamp, a student at the San Francisco Academy of Art University, Alexander Oldenkamp, a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Shelby Oldenkamp, a senior at Football High School.
Services were held at VT Golden Funeral Home in Salem, OR, on November 6th.