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  • Queenie Florence Klimek

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  • Queenie Florence Klimek passed away May 13, 2013, in Ashland, Ore. just two days shy of her 88th birthday. She was born May 15, 1925, in Long Stratton, England, to parents Douglas Sidney and Beatrice Warnes.
    After a wonderful childhood growing up in a small English village, she met a handsome American Airman stationed near her home during World War II, and they fell in love. Queenie and Richard (Dick) Klimek were married May 12, 1945 in England, and after the war ended she made her way to Oregon to be with her new husband. She and Dick lived in Talent, Ore. for many years where they raised a family and he worked in the logging industry. They later moved to Phoenix, Ore.
    After Dick retired, he became interested in restoring antique cars and they spent many happy years touring and socializing with other old car enthusiasts. They travelled far and wide and Queenie loved dressing up in period clothes and riding around in the antique cars. They were members of several antique car clubs.
    No one ever came to visit Queenie without being offered a cup of tea strong and with milk, in the English manner, and some cookies. She was a happy person who loved gardening, especially roses, chocolate, and raspberries. She was an avid reader and an amazing knitter.
    The main focus of her life was her family. Survivors include son, Rick Klimek, of Phoenix, grandchildren, Marci Gage (Scott), of Bend, and Cory Klimek, of Phoenix; daughter, Belinda Vos (Bob), of Talent, grandson, Alan Vos (Shana), great-grandchildren, Ashlee, Robby and Hunter, of Phoenix, and grandson, Jason Vos (Jennifer), great-grandchildren, Austin and Jayden, of Phoenix. Also a special niece, Judith (Graham) Baker, of Long Stratton, England; and nephew, Derek (Cynthia), of Ipswich, England; as well as numerous other family members in England.
    She was preceded in death by Dick, her husband of 62 years, who passed in 2007; her parents; and five siblings, Bertie, Mabel, Luke, Marjorie and Audrey.
    At her request, no services are planned. Her ashes will be scattered along side her husband's on the Klimek Homestead west of Talent, as well as in Long Stratton, England.
    She will be greatly missed and always remembered for her pleasant nature and ready smile. We feel sure she is now riding around somewhere in the Model T with her beloved husband.
    We would like to give a special thanks to the thoughtful caregivers at Skylark Memory Care Center in Ashland for the wonderful care she received over the last two years. You are special people and we appreciate your kindness in her final days.
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