- Arleta, 90, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and
friend, was united with her Lord and Savior on May 30, 2018.
She was born in Stayton, to Ira and Alma (Nendel)
Kirsch on December 10, 1927. She was known as “Auntie Sis”
and “Skeeter” to her family and friends and was the second
oldest child of six children. She grew up in the family owned
Crabtree Lumber Co. lumber camp on the Little North Fork of
the Santiam River. When her family sold the lumber company,
they moved to a farm in Mehama where she attended a two-room
school. She had
many interesting stories of growing up during the Depression.
When WWII broke out, she became a proud volunteer for
the US government. At
age 16 she walked from Mehama to Lyons to work her shifts in a
spotting tower searching for enemy aircraft.
1948 she married Henry “Bud” Barkmeyer.
They bought a 289-acre farm in the Scio-Jordan area
where they raised their children, cattle and grass seed.
The farm was a family affair, everyone doing their
worked in the fields and on the farm whenever needed.
Bud and Arleta were married 55 years, until his death
At about age 45, Arleta started playing Community
Softball in Stayton. Not only did she love softball, she was very good at it.
Arleta was an extremely resourceful woman, and what she
didn’t know, she taught herself.
She was able to change tires, oil, and fix small and
large appliances. Arleta
loved gardening, embroidery, painting, hunting, fishing, her
chickens and canary, and she made the best pies in the State
of Oregon! It was some time after the youngest child started
school, Arleta went to work at the Rutherfords and Western
Auto in Stayton and retired from Ace Hardware in Mehama.
is survived by her seven children:
LaDonna (James) Pollard, Rosina Pietrok, Lorena (Larry)
Lindemann, John (Sherry) Barkmeyer, Debra (Scott) Humphreys,
Patricia (Clay) Barkmeyer-Thompson, and Mary Ann Stadeli.
Preceding Arleta in death was her husband Bud, granddaughter
Jody Barkmeyer , grandson Gary Pietrok, her parents Ira and
Alma Kirsch, Peter and Pauline Barkmeyer, and her beloved
older brother Lawrence Kirsch who was killed in action in
WWII. She missed,
honored and mourned him every day of her life. She leaves
behind 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 3
great-great grandchildren. She adored her family above all else, and will be greatly
Viewing will be at North Santiam Funeral Service on
Monday, June 4th, 6-8 PM.
Rosary is Tuesday evening, June 5th, 7 PM
and Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday, June 6th,
12 noon both at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton, where
she was a member, with reception to follow in the Church
Parish Hall. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.