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Olga Bates

August 23, 1921 - April 3, 2019

Olga (Sapinsky) Bates was born August 23rd, 1921 on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada to John Sapinsky and Eva (Klassen) Sapinsky.  Ms. Bates was the eighth of eleven children from this marriage.  Olga’s younger years were filled with strong moral values, and hard work ethics, being considered one of the brightest children in her rural schoolhouse, and always consistent with her Mennonite faith.  This faith would continue throughout her lifetime, establishing her strong family values, while keeping her family always close.

 

Olga married George Albert (Al) Bates (deceased,1998) on March 23, 1941, and from this union seven children were born.  Five daughters, Darlene (Keith) Duffy (deceased, 2017); Joan Stout (deceased, 2014) (Bob); Delrae (Dale) Lammers; Ramona (Albert) Notz; Rowena (Donnie) Price; and two sons, Rodney and Bradley Bates.

 

This union found life in their native country of Canada challenging, and Al made a decision to uproot the family and immigrate to the United States. In December of 1956, Al made the journey south, establishing roots in Portland, Oregon; and was able to secure a job and housing within a few months of his arrival.

 

In April of 1957, Al would bring his pregnant wife and five daughters to their new home at 2935 S.E. Yamhill St.; where Olga would remain for over 60 years, until her passing.  Olga’s strong work ethics pushed her to always be busy around the house, running it with precision and order.

 

While Al practiced his trade as a carpenter to provide for the growing family, Olga would also house boarders, iron clothes at 7 cents a garment, as well as babysitting kids from the neighborhood.  Dinner for 10 people was always promptly served at 5:00 P.M. sharp; while preparing more food than served just in case someone in need of a hot meal would come knocking on her kitchen door.

 

Olga and Al started a cabinet making shop named “Al’s Custom Woodworking”, that did not survive following an arson fire.  They sold the property and paid off their house on Yamhill Street.

 

“Pinching Pennies” Olga used her knowledge and love of baking to buy large fifty pound bags of flour to bake wonderful desserts, breads, and chocolate chip cookies for the family to enjoy.  The empty flour bags would be washed, then embroidered – turning them into pillowcases – they were the best cotton.  Always saving, Olga knew how to prepare for future rainy days.  Olga, in her later years, would plant her entire backyard to produce bountiful gardens with corn, peas, carrots, beans and more.

 

After her children were grown, Olga worked as a full time CNA for Rose City Nursing Home, then becoming the head cook there for over 17 years.  In addition to her work, Olga’s hobbies included embroidery, knitting, sewing, and crocheting.

 

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Olga peacefully took her last breath in her earthly home and went to her heavenly home at the age of 97; while in the loving care of her youngest son Bradley, who was her caregiver.  She wanted to remain in her home until her passing, and with her last breaths, she reminded her family that she loved them all.

 

Olga will be remembered with loving thoughts and memories from her five remaining children, 12 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

 

 

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 09:00 am

End Time: 12:00 pm

Holman's Funeral & Cremation Service

Address:

2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214

Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 01:00 pm

End Time: 02:00 pm

Holman's Funeral & Cremation Service

Address:

2610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214

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