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Mildred Irene Robinson

Mildred Irene Robinson


Mildred Irene Robinson, 92, died October 28, 2007, at her home at Astor House at Springbrook Oaks in Newberg, Ore. She was surrounded by her sister, daughters, and care provider, Connie Hawkes. Mildred was preceded in death by husband, Lester; her parents; brothers Caroll E. Gritsch and Frank J. Gritsch; and sister, Evelyn Reavis.

Survivors include her sister, Mary Elizabeth Carney, of Portland, Ore. and her husband, Richard; daughters, Carol A. Petrone and husband, Richard of Newberg, Ore.; Mary K. Tomjack and husband, Thomas, of Vancouver, Wash.; and Sarah L. Wessel and husband, Leighton, of Rock Springs, Wyo. Mildred is survived by eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mildred was born to Frank Michael and Helen Gertrude Gritsch on December 2, 1914, on the family wheat ranch in Waterville, Wash. She was the second of five children: Frank Joseph, Carroll Eugene, Evelyn Johanna, and Mary Elizabeth.

She began employment with the family trucking company, Oregon Nevada California Fast Freight Lines, Inc., (O.N.C.), and also worked with Consolidated Freight and Bend-Portland Freight Lines.

On August 11, 1939, Mildred married Lester Edwin Robinson. After moving to Medford, she worked in the business offices of Fluher Bakery, Vollstedt-Kerr Lumber Company, Western Lumber Company, and Shaw-Mickelson Lumber Company.

She was later employed as bookkeeper by the Medford Rotary Club, Medford Rogue Rotary, and Rogue Valley University Club until she retired at the age of 81. She was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary award she always treasured.

She had many interests. She performed on the piano and organ, belonging to the Medford Organ Club. She was the Second Lieutenant at the Jackson County Sheriff Posse, Women's Mounted Troop, performing atop "Penny" in parades and rodeos. She also was a figure skater on ice. She spent happy years building and remodeling her small cabin at Fish Lake in Southern Oregon, entertaining friends and family.

After Mildred moved to Newberg, she continued her music by playing organ music for services at the Astor House at Springbrook Oaks until just a month before she died. Graveside services were held at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford, attended by family. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be given to Connie Hawkes, caregiver, 1020 Sierra Vista Drive, Newberg, OR 97132.

Mildred Irene Robinson