- Karlene was born in Salem, Oregon in 1952 to Karl and
Rosella Kreitzer. She lived all of her youth in Stayton
joining her sister Janice and brother Dennis. She was active
in school as a cheerleader and spent many days on the ski
slopes. After high school she enrolled at Merritt Davis
Business School in Portland studying secretarial skills.
After graduating she got a job with a Portland business in
their office. Shortly after, she was hired by Multnomah
County Courts as a secretary/bailiff for one of the first
women circuit court judges in Oregon. In 1981 she moved back
to Stayton and took over her parent's men's clothing store
along with her husband Todd. In 1983 they took over Baldwins
Dry Goods in downtown Stayton and ran their store until
their retirement in 2013. Karlene was named “Woman of the
Year” by the Stayton Chamber of Commerce in 1994. The
family store was named “Business of the Year” in both
1984 and 1991. They then moved to Redmond, Oregon and
enjoyed traveling and grandkids until her 5-year battle
against cancer took her life.
met her husband Todd while studying in Portland in 1971 and
after a short courtship got engaged. They married in Stayton
in 1972. They were fortunate to have four wonderful
children-Stephen (Brandy) of Stayton, Kevin (Emy) of
Snoqualmie, WA, and twins Kari (Clayton Mattson) of Ashland,
and Krista (Casey Byrd) of New Plymouth, ID. They have eight
loving grandkids-Gage, Libby, Karly, Colt, Camden, Halsey,
Ryder and Kallan. It was her greatest joy to travel and
spend as much time as possible with all of them. Her hobbies
included her love for sewing, quilting, Red Hat Society and
many youth programs.
is survived by her sister, Janice Magee Basl and brother
Dennis (Joann) Kreitzer. She was preceded in death by her
parents and brother Richard. Karlene was cremated and no
service will be held per her request.
Celebration of Life is planned for June 19 at General
Duffy's Tap House in Redmond from noon to 3pm and is open to
her family and friends. Her wish was to have her favorite
Beatles Tribute band play and so enjoy great music and
dancing. A donation to any cancer cause would be welcome.