Thelma M.  Ziegenbein

Thelma M. Ziegenbein

Wednesday, September 6th, 1916 - Saturday, August 15th, 2020
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Thelma (Dolly, in early years…Mom and grandma to our family) was born September 6, 1916 to Ida (Rickard) and Frank Albert Kollas in Odell, Oregon. She married Lester Denzel Ziegenbein on June 7, 1935 in Stevenson, Washington. They were married for over 72 years. Thelma and Lester had two children, Barbara (Bobby) and Jerry. She is survived by her two children, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

Thelma was a true native Oregonian. She loved her state but more importantly, she loved her family. She and Lester settled in Pine Grove. There they raised their family and worked their farm, nurturing their apple and pear orchard. Later they switched to raising chickens and working for Duckwall Fruit Growers. Thelma spent time working there as well.

She was a wonderfully strong, independent, “down to earth” woman. I remember her telling me that as a child she and her sisters and brother would eat onion sandwiches when nothing else was available. To the end, she loved onions! Her gardening ability was amazing. Her veggie crops of all varieties kept the shelves of canned goods full. Her famous recipes are cherished and will be carried on in our families for years to come. Thelma’s flower garden especially her Dahlias were picture perfect.

Mom was a great camper and good with a fishing pole too. She and dad loved camping and put that little trailer of theirs to good use. We will not soon forget the family hike to find the illusive Blue Bucket Mine lead by one Thelma Z. She remembered going up there many years ago. We all set out on the selected hiking trail only to be left in the dust by 70 year old Thelma. That day she hiked all of us out oh, the determination!
Mom, grandma, passed today August 15, 2020, three weeks short of 104th birthday. You will be so missed. Thank you for being you, Thank you for a lifetime of being our rock.

A graveside service will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery (2687 Van Horn Drive, Hood River, Oregon, 97031) with a reception to follow 2:30 P.M., at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Due to the pandemic, all in attendance must wear a mask or face covering and are asked to practice social distancing.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Rose Goodwin

Posted at 03:36pm
To our dear aunt. May you rest in peace.
Love, Spike, Rose & Scott Goodwin

Jeanne Ehlinger

Posted at 01:10am
My grandma is an incredible woman. A year after my granddad died, we bought a house and moved grandma off her 17+ acre Pine Grove home to Portland. We did our best to make it as country as possible. Planted flowers everywhere and a garden. She tended those plants until she was 97. She was very independent and told me she had to keep busy to keep going. Her mind was sharp but her mobility declined. Although give her a walker and off she went. Two weeks ago she had a heart attack that landed her in the hospital. She wanted to go home; we brought her home Friday night. Saturday morning I chatted with her told her flowers were beautiful, garden growing, puppy still nipping and she was home safe. A few minutes later she was gone. I will miss my morning coffee visits with the wisest woman I will ever know. Jim and I will be forever grateful for the 13 years she was literally our neighbor. Love you grandma. Jeanne

Diane Adams

Posted at 04:25pm
I'm so sorry. Thelma was such a loving lady. She and her husband picked me up on Laurence Lake Road and took me to Pine Grove and home. My husband and I were getting sand and the truck got stuck. I was walking down and they picked me up, they had been fishing. I had no idea her last name was Kollas, we are related through great-grandmothers I believe. My name is Diane Irwin Adams, my mom was Rosie Gehrig. It's such a small world. This is written in loving memory.

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