Karleen Marilyn Hallin



Karleen Marilyn (Bergquist) Hallin, 75, of Medford, Ore., passed away peacefully at Providence Medford Medical Center, with her family by her side.



Karleen was born on what must have been a beautiful day in Rhame, N.D., April 9, 1933. She was the daughter of J. Oscar and Erma (Irons) Bergquist. In 1936 her family moved to the state of Washington where she attended school in Kelso. Graduating in 1951, she was very active in school activities. She was Song Queen her senior year, and was active in choir as she sang with the girls nonette group and trio. On Sept. 4, 1954, she married Arnold (Bud) Hallin, in Tillamook, Ore. For the first years of their marriage they lived in many cities in Oregon and Washington, before moving to Medford in 1962. Medford was home for the next 35 years, where they raised five children. In 1972 Karleen went to work at Harry and David, retiring in 1995. After her retirement they managed mobile home retirement communities in other cities in Oregon for the next few years, before returning to the Rogue Valley in 2007.



Karleen enjoyed attending her children's school activities, becoming an avid Black Tornado fan, especially at the Friday night football games. She also loved her books, music, and trips to the Oregon Coast.



She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bud; five children, Ross (Monica) Hallin, of Medford, Ore., Joy Heeter, of Medford, Ore., Bruce (Barb) Hallin, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Julie (Kip) Taylor, of Medford, Ore., and Paul Hallin, of Central Point, Ore.; five sisters, Elaine (Bob) Belding, of Medford, Ore., June (Pete) Mason, Kelso, Wash., Juanita (John) Moses, of Kalama, Wash., Elsie Maye (Roy) Eastlick, of Longview, Wash., and Becky (Jerry) Farless, of Springfield, Ore.; two brothers, Gale (Charlene) Bergquist, of Portland, Ore., and Dean Bergquist, of Seattle, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gerald (Buddy) and John Leroy Bergquist.



A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Conger-Morris Central Point Chapel, 800 S. Front Street, Central Point, Ore.



In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Karleen Hallin. The Hallin family would like to convey a very special thanks the staff in ICU at Providence Hospital. The Hallin family is forever grateful for the special care given to Karleen.