– Donetta, 69, passed away on November 9th at Salem Hospital
with her husband, Kent at her side. She was born Aug 11th 1945
in Salem to Don and Eleanor (Doerfler) Blades. Donetta was the
only daughter of Don and Eleanor, she had two older brothers,
Dennis and Roger, followed by two younger brothers Wally and
enjoyed her childhood on the family farm taking care of
typical livestock and other chores farm life brings. One of
her favorite pastimes was to horseback ride, her dad said she
could ride most anything he would bring her. Donetta would
jokingly reminisce about those times as to how hard it was to
be the only daughter with all those brothers but she cherished
those years as told by her fondness to share the stories of
her childhood. She was very proud of those times not only with
her brothers but also her many cousins and lifelong friends.
graduated from St. Boniface High School, Sublimity in 1963.
While in high school she was a cheerleader, and played
softball. Donetta was a member of
the last graduating class from St. Boniface High
married Kent Bunde at St Boniface parish on Sept. 12th 1964,
and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
After marrying, Donetta and Kent moved and lived in Pierre, SD
where David was born, within a few years Bridgette came along.
Shortly after Bridgette they moved back to Oregon were their
youngest son Kevin was born. She spent the majority of her
younger life raising a family on Silver Falls Hwy.
and Donetta lived in Ferndale, Tonasket and Wenatchee, WA for
approx. 10 years during the late 80’s though the 90’s. She
enjoyed many activities while in Washington most memorable
were gardening, crabbing, clamming, and snowmobiling. She had
her own snowmobile and could handle it well. Donetta enjoyed
watching sports but mostly NFL football in which she was a
Seattle Seahawk fan.
after Kent retired they sold their home and purchased a large
5th wheel RV that
would be their home for approximately the next 10 years as
Kent traveled the western United States subcontracting as a
mainline Fiber Optic inspector. She enjoyed the times
traveling which lead them to most of the states west of the
Mississippi. Donetta spent most of her life as homemaker,
however as the kids grew older she did have many part time
jobs as well as volunteering at a local hospital. Donetta
always enjoyed gatherings with family and her many friends she
had met over the years. She typically would spend hours
cooking a meal that always turned out wonderful.
was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Eleanor Blades,
and brothers Dennis and Jimmy. She is survived by her husband
Kent and their three children David (Donna) Bunde, Bridgette
(Michael) Sterling, and Kevin (Amy) Bune: and 5 grandchildren,
Nicole, Melissa, Jake, Kyle and Monica. She
also leaves behind her two brothers Roger and Wally
of Rosary will be Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7 pm and
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, November 13, 2014
at 1 pm both at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity.
Interment will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Sublimity. Serving
the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.