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Rose Spolek of Oak Harbor, Wash., died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 15, 2014.
Having been born Nov. 16, 1925, she recently celebrated her 88th birthday surrounded by many friends and family members, where she sang and danced and celebrated life. She always loved a party. Throughout her life, she made very many friends and kept up with them; her address book was as thick as a telephone book and always at her side. Always ready to put another plate on the table when someone dropped by, Rose loved to cook and treated guests to her rhubarb pie and koláce, among other treats. And there was always plenty of time for visiting, she relished that activity and was quite adept at it. Her charm and smiles will be missed by all.
Born in Malin, Ore., Rose was the youngest of the four children of Ray and Rose Van Meter. She grew up in Malin and married Chuck Spolek, also from Malin.
While Chuck served in World War II, she held a number of jobs in retail and accounting. They had four children and farmed near Malin for several years.
In 1956, the family settled a homestead and farmed in the Columbia Basin near Pasco, Wash., for 25 years. On the farm, Rose was equally at home with driving a tractor, feeding livestock, managing the accounts, or sustaining the family.
She is survived by sons, Steve (wife Lynne Rae) of Coalinga, Calif., and Graig (wife Anna Zeigler) of Portland, Ore.; daughters, Cindy (husband Greg Wells) of Santa Fe, N.M., and Candyce of Oak Harbor, as well as adopted son, Mike Gessel (wife Kathryn) of Kennewick, Wash. Her grandchildren are Shannon, Shari, Reid, Raymond, Joaquin and Jesse.
A memorial and gathering for Rose will be announced later.
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Published in Herald And News on Feb. 2, 2014