In Memoriam: Dorothea ‘Eileen’ Lalicker (May 31, 1923 – Oct. 10, 2021)

November 2021 Posted in Uncategorized

Eileen Lalicker, 98, longtime Silverton, Oregon resident passed away on Oct. 10, 2021. She was born on May 31, 1923 in Hazelton, Kansas to Frank and Bessie (McMullin) Page, the oldest of five.

She graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1941. During her junior year, she met John Lalicker, and they were married on Aug. 3, 1943. John preceded her in death, on May 21, 2021.

In the summer of 1949, John and Eileen, drove their 1937 Packard to Silverton. In 1952, they leased the meat market at the CO-OP Frozen Food Plant on Water Street, naming it Budget Market. There, they cut and wrapped farm stock and wild game, until closing in 1972. After closing the store, Eileen became the town “Avon Lady” from 1972 until 2018, retiring at 95-years-old.

Eileen loved singing, and was involved with Silverton United Methodist Church choir for over 68 years. 

Eileen is survived by her daughter Kay Klaus, of Keizer, Oregon and her son and daughter-in-law Bob and Betty Lalicker of Spokane, Washington. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Lisa Friesen of Silverton, Kevin (June) Shimp of Molalla, Oregon, Cheryl (Kody) Miller of Tri-Cities, Washington and Joel (Dorothy) Lalicker of Fenton, Missouri; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; brothers Nelson (Frances) Page of Eugene, Oregon, Gordon Page of Vancouver, Washington and sister Rosalie Smith-Monson of Salem, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her sister Naomi Webb, great granddaughter Paige Shimp and son-in-law Bob Klaus.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silverton United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association. A memorial was held on Oct. 16. The family would like to thank Willamette Hospice and the staff at Mount Angel Towers for the care they gave both Eileen and John.

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