LaVern Treichel passed away on July 3, 2019 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Oregon. She recently celebrated her birthday and was 85 years of age at the time of her passing.
LaVern was born at home on the family farm in Minnesota to parents Charles and Katherine Wilking. LaVern’s youngest brother, Chuck & wife Joyce still live on that family farm. She shared that she arrived in a hurry, the third of five siblings, and was for the rest of her life in perpetual motion.
LaVern and Oswald “Ozzie” Treichel were married June 19, 1955. They recently celebrated their 64th anniversary. They were blessed with three children; son, Craig and daughters, Connie and Cris.
After graduating from high school she entered the L.P.N. nursing program in Minnesota. LaVern was a nurse in northern Minnesota where Ozzie had a small saw mill. They then moved to Idaho where she worked as a nurse and Ozzie again logged. In the 1960’s LaVern, Ozzie and the three children would visit family friends in Hood River during Memorial Day and Labor Day. Eventually the decision was made to move there. LaVern and Ozzie have lived in the Hood River Valley for over 50 years. LaVern worked for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for 35 years as an ER, OB and floor nurse.
In retirement LaVern enjoyed volunteering at the hospital welcome desk, FISH Food Bank, SMART, and ESA. She was a member of Red Hat Society, County Extension Group and participated in the Strong Women Group. LaVern also volunteered at her church summer Vacation Bible School. LaVern volunteered at the free blood pressure clinic every Tuesday for many years. She was volunteering at the Hood River Hospital until two weeks before she entered the hospital one last time as a patient.
LaVern’s hobbies included gardening, skiing, hiking, biking, and painting. She started out painting pictures on small rocks and then moved on to much larger pictures. She painted two walls in her basement, one wall with a view of Mt. Hood and another of an orchard.
LaVern and Ozzie enjoyed traveling in their motor home for a number of years. They have traveled from Alaska to Florida. They also did several cruises. LaVern loved traveling and did tours to Germany, Israel, Italy, Greece and Turkey. She participated in a number of USA trips.
LaVern is survived by her husband Ozzie and their three children; Connie & her husband, Edwin, Craig & his wife, Lori, and Cris & her husband, Leo. She was Grandma to ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. LaVern was loved by a host of other family members and the many friends that she had collected over the years.
Services will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday August 3, 2019 at the Parkdale Community Church (4910 Baseline Drive Parkdale, OR 97041).
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in remembrance of LaVern Treichel to PHRM Hospital Scholarship. Donations may either be sent c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center or directly to Providence Foundation, PO Box 149, Hood River, OR 97031
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.
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