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Marie Golembeski (Omi)

Marie (Omi) Golembeski

Marie (Omi) Golembeski, 81, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2007, at her home. She was born in February of 1926 in Kreutzburg, Germany to Johann and Agnes Biskup. She was a longtime resident of Ashland, Ore.

As a young woman, Marie survived atrocities and hardship during the second World War with a strength and determination that became a hallmark of her character, and which lives on in her family today. While still in Germany, she met and married the love of her life, Stanley (Opi) Golembeski, an American serviceman who preceded her in death in 1998. After the war, Stanley brought Marie home to the states and they settled in Richmond, Calif. They were together over 50 years, and have one daughter, Christel Smith.

Stanley and Marie made the Rogue Valley their home since 1978 so that they could be near Christel, their son-in-law, Duane Smith, and their two granddaughters, Traci (Smith) Thompson and Christy (Smith) Kadien.

Marie was known by many as "Omi," a German endearment meaning grandmother. She was a devout Catholic who faithfully attended Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church and was blessed with friendship and support from her church family, which she treasured. She took pride in caring for her yard, her home and her family. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed feeding her family and friends her favorite German meals, especially in recent years when she would assemble many loved ones around her table for dinner parties or for a tea after church. Her four great-grandchildren, Darian, Drew, Ryan and Karsen, were the sparkle in her life. They are going to miss their beloved Omi and her loving devotion, as well as her Christmas cookies and stolen.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Christel Smith, of Beaverton, Ore; son-in-law, Duane Smith, of Grants Pass, Ore; her granddaughters and their families, Traci and Greg Thompson, their son, Darian, and their daughters, Drew and Ryan, of Central Point, Ore.; Christy and Brian Kadien, and their daughter, Karsen, of Alpharetta, Ga.; and two sisters, Ursula Behrends and Renate Franke, of Germany. She is also survived by an extended family residing throughout the U.S. and Europe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley T. (Opi) Golembeski, and two sisters, Kunigunde Fleischer and Antonia Wulf.

A visitation will be held between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2007 at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland. Memorial services will be held on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, in Ashland, with burial at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, and a reception to follow.

Marie Golembeski (Omi)