Anne Justina Friesen Fern Klein Carrington passed away April 12, 2016, just days shy of her 96th birthday, at Brookside Manor in Hood River, Ore.
Services to honor Anne are planned for 1 p.m., Thursday, April 21 at Anderson’s Tribute Center, with Pastor Alicia Speidel officiating. Graveside entombment will follow at Idlewilde Mausoleum.
Anne was born April 15, 1920, in Dallas, Ore., to Jacob and Elizabeth (Bartel) Friesen. She was preceded in death by her four siblings, Leta Watson, and Harry, Herman (Bud) and Walter Friesen. Her mother died when she was just seven years old and Anne and her siblings were sent to live with various aunts and uncles. They were also partially raised by the oldest sister, Leta.
While growing up, she lived in Dallas, Salem and Portland, and graduated from Dallas High School as salutatorian in 1938. She married Walter Fern in 1938. Walter’s sister, Emma (Fern) Bartel was married to Anne’s uncle, Ike Bartel, which makes for an interesting family tree. Walter and Anne had five daughters, the first of which, Maxine, died in infancy. The surviving daughters are Kathleen McCaw (Eldon) of Hood River, Christine Shepard (David) of Salem, Barbara Patton of Canby and Pamela McClellan (Michael) of Camas, Wash. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren — Jeff and Greg McCaw, David and Daniel Knudsen, Jeani Chatin, Luana Reed, Craig Jones, Michele Bratfute, Brooke Knoester and Amanda Griffin — 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She and Walter divorced in 1966. She married James (Jim) Klein in 1989 and moved from Dallas to Portland. He died in 1993. In 1999 she married John (Jack) Carrington, also of Portland, and they moved to Hood River in 2007. Jack died in 2011.
While living in Dallas, she worked for Craven Insurance Agency for 30 years and was active in Insurance Women’s Association of Oregon for most of those years. She was a member of both Dallas First Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school for years, and later the Methodist Church. In Portland she was a member of Sunnyside Methodist Church and a volunteer at the William Temple House. In Hood River, she and Jack belonged to the Hood River Valley Christian Church.
Anne loved music, which was evident in almost everything she did. She directed several church choirs, directed the Salem Sweet Adeline’s for many years, sang in duets, trios and quartets for church and with her brothers and Uncle Ike Bartel, and sang with the Rickreall Christmas Pageant regularly.
She also loved to travel and visited many countries in Europe and many states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Anne was a hard worker, very independent and a little on the stubborn side. She loved her family, and her grandchildren gave her great joy. She was an avid Reader’s Digest condensed books reader and always looked forward to her daily crossword puzzle.
The family wishes to thank Brookside Manor and Providence Hospice of the Gorge for their excellent care, along with her granddaughter, Jan McCaw, for her companionship in the last few years.
The family suggests donations to the Alive Inside Foundation (www.Alivein-side.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031.
Please visit AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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