Martha Emma Lorene North Doerpinghaus (Young) Kreft

Martha Emma Lorene North Doerpinghaus Kreft (Young) January 27, 1926 - December 22, 2012 Does such a lengthy name denote multiple personalities? Perhaps it denotes a woman who wore many different hats (depending upon whom she was relating to). To me, she was the light of my life and the bane of my existence. An example of leadership in the pioneering realm of Safeway store management, she stepped down and finished her career at Clearlake Safeway as a clerk, back in the arms of union security readying for retirement (and losing husband number one). After spending her early retirement in Arizona (and two husbands later), she returned to live out her life in Lake County. Starting her life in Arkansas, she then spent a stint as a pipe welder at Treasure Island in California during the war years before going on to bring five lovely children into the world (Judy, Tommy, Billye, Kenny and Peggy) being predeceased by Billye and Kenny and predeceased by all three husbands (Bill Doerpinghaus, Paul Kreft and Warren Young). She is not only survived by three of her children, but by 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren (I think). Memorial remembrances will be celebrated May 12, 2013, (Mother's Day) - doesn't get better than that - she was quite the mother; may she rest in peace. For details contact Peggy - 707-998-3258. For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 263-0357 or 994-5611 or visit Please share your memories by signing the guestbook at

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Chapel Of The Lakes
1625 North High Street Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-0357

Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, 2013