Violet Tansley-Smisek

Violet M. Tansley-Smisek, 98, of Klamath Falls, Ore., passed away June 23, 2014. Violet was born in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 14, 1915, to Joseph and Lily Mae Tansley. They moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1919 and became naturalized U.S. citizens. Violet and her sister, Eveline Tansley-Lubshina grew up in the Chicago area, later settling in Ottawa, Canada. Violet married Robert O. Eichelkraut of Ottawa. They had three sons, Barry Allen Eichelkraut (deceased), Robert Dale Eichelkraut of Denton, Texas, and Ronald Kenneth Eichelkraut of Klamath Falls, Ore. After 10 years, the marriage ended. Her younger years were lovingly spent raising her two sons, whom she always put first, above anything else. She was a very caring mother working, as a single parent. Violet worked at Bakelite in Ottawa as a secretary and moved to Torrance, Calif., in 1956 with her two sons. She worked as a secretary at Union Carbide Chemical Company, Shell Oil Company, and Divco Wayne Industries. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, sunny days at the coast and bargain shopping. In 1966, Violet moved to Fountain Valley, Calif., where she spent much of her time caring for her mother, Lil Svoboda, who was ill with cancer. After her mother passed away, she moved to Salem, Ore., where she resumed her clerical career, working in the Oregon State Governor's office for Gov. Straub until retiring. She then worked part time for St. John's Lutheran Church in Salem and did elderly care work until 1989. She married Fred Smisek, Feb. 12, 2000. They lived in Albany, Ore., for two years, then moved to Salem, residing at Meadowlark Mobile Park until April 2010. Due to Violet's poor health, she moved to Pelican Pointe Assisted Living in Klamath Falls, Ore., where her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Barbara could care for her. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and loved the visits from the ladies LWML and from the pastor. Violet was preceded in death by her father, Joseph A. Tansley; mother, Lilly Mae Svoboda; her first-born child, Barry Allen Eichelkraut; and her sister, Eveline Lubshina. She is survived by her husband, Fred Simsek of Corvallis; her sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Bobbi Eichelkraut of Denton, Texas, and Ronald and Barbara Eichelkraut of Klamath Falls; granddaughters, Debora Harman, Darlene Spigner, and Rhonda Kinley; grandsons, Rob Eichelkraut, Pual Eichelkraut, and Thomas Eichelkraut; great-granddaughters, Taylor Harmon, Brianna Spigner, Kara Eichelkraut, Brianna Eichelkraut, Samantha Eichelkraut, Grace Kinley and Olivia Kinley; great-grandsons, Jason and David Vanhouton, BO Eichelkraut-Spaulding, Trevor and Robert Eichelkraut and Henry Eichelkraut; niece, Karen Magana; and nephews, Gerald and Joseph Lubshina. Violet loved life and she lived it to the fullest measure. Services will be in Eternal Hills Funeral Home in Klamath Falls Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 11 a.m.

Funeral Home

Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39 Klamath Falls, OR 97603
(541) 884-3668

Published in Herald And News on July 2, 2014