July 9, 1927 - Sept. 12, 2012
Coraliss Mae Boetger Bower passed away in her sleep Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at home in Bend, Oregon, with her devoted husband and caretaker Jack Allen Bower, at her side. Deeply religious, Coraliss had Jesus Christ as her rock through long years of illness, and she made certain all three of her children, Michael Bower, Patricia Felix, and Jacalyn Kreitzer, were baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.
Coraliss was born in McLean, Nebraska, on July 9, 1927, one of three girls, (sisters, Faye and Gloria), to Richard and Daisy Belle Boetger, of a strong German family line. The family emigrated to Keizer, Oregon, where they settled and ran a strawberry farm for many years.
She dearly loved music, and sang for 25 years in the Bend Trinity Lutheran Church choir. She worked as a seamstress, and made her daughter Jacalyn's wedding dress, as well as clothes for both daughters.
While attending Franklin High School, Coraliss worked in canneries. During the Korean War, Coraliss worked on the 105 millimeter shell line as an inspector. Her favorite job was as a technician for Eastman Kodak. She married Jack Bower upon his return from Army service in Korea, and they remained married for 58 years.
In addition to her husband and three children, she is survived by 10 grandchildren, as well as great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Noon on October 6, 2012 at Bend Trinity Lutheran Church.
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Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Coraliss Mae Bower