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Ellen (Poole) Schumacher Fehlen
February 13, 1928 – March 5, 2017

Sublimity – It was a snowy night on March 5th that our heavenly Father called Ellen home. Her heart felt hugs and beautiful nature will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Ellen was born to Alfred and Hazel Poole in Stayton, joining her older brother, Orville, and two older sisters, Irene and Florence, who preceded her in death, and a younger sister that arrived a year later, Agnes Grover, who survives her. At the age of 5, Ellen’s mother, Hazel passed away from Tuberculosis and her grandmother Poole came to live with them. She brought joy and laughter to the family with her cute sayings and quick wit.

After graduation from Stayton High School, Ellen met and fell in love with Leonard Schumacher, through a blind date with her friend Dorothy Lulay and Bob Schumacher. Ellen and Leonard were married January 7, 1947. They eventually moved to a farm near the Santiam river in west Stayton and started raising their 5 children: Debbie Collette, Don Schumacher, Doug (Jackie) Schumacher, Brad Schumacher(deceased) and Danell (Matt) Rauch.

After the untimely death of Leonard on October 2, 1978, Ellen got remarried to her high school friend, Elmer Fehlen on October 1, 1988 and joined the family with Doug Fehlen and Janelle Fehlen (Carrie). After many adventures, the most memorable being a motor home trip to Alaska, Elmer passed away from cancer on March 9, 2004. Ellen was a gifted artist. She excelled in oil painting, sewing, cross stitch, pen and ink sketching, calligraphy, knitting and crocheting, and creating porcelain dolls. She made each of her children and grandchildren a piece of art work to remember her by. Her love was endless.

The family wish to thank the devoted people of Willamette Valley Hospice, the Frensenius Dialysis Center, Dr. Amy Sutkus, Dr. Aneet Deo, Dr. Maziar Adzadpour and Dr. Jennifer Nehring. We also would like to thank all Ellen’s friends and family for their endless love and support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, Regis High School or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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