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Memorial for Dora Elizabeth Willems

Born in Near Albany, Oregon on Nov. 8, 1929
Departed on Jan. 26, 2018 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
Service: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
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November 8, 1929 - January 26, 2018
Dora Elizabeth (Schrock) Willems, 88, passed away January 26, 2018 at the Mennonite Village Health Care Center surrounded by family. She was born near Albany, OR November 8, 1929 to Elmer and Bertha (Heyerly) Schrock. She was educated in the Linn County Schools and received her Licensed Practical Nurse’s training at La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing, La Junta, CO.
She worked in the medical field all her adult life, serving in the Lebanon Community Hospital, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and she retired from serving with In Home Health Care. She enjoyed helping others and was a gifted caregiver. She spent many hours volunteering for several organizations. Dora also loved flowers and caring for them.
Dora was a member of the Albany Mennonite Church. She began teaching children’s Sunday school and Summer Bible School classes while a teenager and continued such ministry throughout her life until retiring. She was involved in church music and hospitality. She was a gracious hostess, serving many guests in her home. Dora served with and was very supportive of her husband John’s pastoral ministry.
Dora married John Willems July 21, 1955 at Albany Mennonite Church. Survivors include her husband John, one daughter Mardell Hochstetler and her husband Douglas of Albany, a son Kevin Willems of Lake Stevens, WA; three grandchildren: Michelle Speers and her husband Trevor Speers of Albany, Alicia Hochstetler of Albany, and Johnny Willems of Lake Stevens, WA; two brothers, Eldon Schrock and Perry Schrock; one sister, Florence Gerig and her husband, Elmer, all of Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Bertha Schrock, and sisters-in-law Sophia Schrock, Audrey Schrock, and Mildred Schrock.
The family thanks all the staff of the Mennonite Village Health Care Center for their wonderful care and love for Dora the last six years as well as the staff of the Evergreen Hospice House the past five months.
A private graveside service will be at Fairview Mennonite Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be at the Albany Mennonite Church, 3405 Kizer Ave NE, Albany, OR on Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 pm.
Memorials may be given to the Mennonite Village’s Endowment Fund or Evergreen Hospice House in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St SW (PO Box 156) Albany, OR 97321.

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