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Obituary for Dec. 17, 2012
Arlene A. Spriet
Baker City, 1926-2012
Arlene A. Spriet, 86, of Baker City, died peacefully on Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center with her family by her side.
Her funeral will be Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., with Father Julian Cassar officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bake City.
Arlene was born on July 30, 1926 at Baker City to William and Anna (Powell) Schaer. She attended the Pocahontas School through 10th grade. She married the love of her life, Deal Spriet, on Sept. 15, 1941. They shared a wonderful marriage for 71 years, working together on their beautiful Baker City ranch in the wide open spaces, adoring her mountains.
Deal and Arlene raised six children, three boys and three girls, one of whom had a severe handicap. He remained in the home receiving loving care from both parents, but Arlene, being an at-home mother, cared for him daily.
Arlene was a friend to everyone, as well as a caring mom and grandma. Her captivating smile warmed the hearts of everyone she met. Her kids anxiously awaited an invitation for her famous fried chicken and apple pie, and on some occasions, beans and ham after a hard day of working calves.
In the year 2000, tragedy struck the Spriet family with the death of their son, Harley. Then, 2003 brought the death of one of their grandsons, Mike.
Arlene loved her home. She described it as her favorite place to be. She always had the coffee pot on, waiting for friends and family to stop by for “a cup” and visit. She loved her family and was ready to tell a story about any one of her children and grandchildren to anyone that would listen.
She is survived by her loving husband, Deal Spriet of Baker City, two sons; Allan of Baker City and Larry and his wife Janet of Baker City, three daughters; Anita Goodyear and her husband John of Baker City, Evelyn Ulrey and her husband Chuck of Boise, and Patti Beeks and her husband Terry of Baker City, two brothers; Kenneth Schaer and his wife Beverly of Baker City, and John Schaer and his wife Glenda of Corvallis; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and a lot of friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anna Schaer; her son, Harley; and her grandson, Mike.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Portland through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.