Carolyn Roethe Krueger

February 19, 1941 ~ April 13, 2020 (age 79)


Carolyn Mary Roethe Krueger

Carolyn Mary Roethe Krueger passed away in West Linn on April 13, 2020. She was 79 years old.

Carolyn was born on February 19, 1941, at Oregon City hospital to her parents, Ernest Ferdinand

Gottlieb Roethe and Gretchen Ida Amelia Wagenknecht.  Carolyn was proud of her family name and


She was raised at the water’s edge of the Willamette River, where she had fond memories of growing

up with her brothers.  Also among her happiest memories were the family and church gatherings at

Carolyn’s childhood home.  Carolyn raised fragrant Sweet Peas, Roses, and Irises.  Regularly

Carolyn would fill her glass vases with flowers for her visits to the Senior community or with those

who were homebound.

She lived in San Francisco for many years and worked full time as an auditor, operations manager,

and bank officer for over thirty years at Bank of America. She and Donn loved the San Francisco

Giants and had season tickets. They were active with Elks Lodge 1189 and served with the National

Association of Retired Federal Employees as well as enjoyed traveling annually to attend Donn’s

USS  Chickasaw Navy reunions.  Carolyn always looked forward to hunting and fishing seasons with

Donn, particularly when she brought in the biggest catch of the day. Both Donn and Carolyn shared a

mutual love for Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel, polka music, and John Wayne films.

Faith was a very important part of Carolyn’s life, and she was confirmed at St. Stephen Lutheran

Church in Gladstone. Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City was a well-loved place of worship and

community where Carolyn was a servant leader who organized many events.  Using her banking

skills, she would count the offering on Monday mornings in her role as the treasurer, as well as take

attendance, organize funeral receptions and schedule weekly Sunday greeters.  She and Donn were

indispensable in the life of Zion Lutheran.

The hymns of her Christian faith have been a comfort to her as memory issues have become more

challenging.  These same hymns became words of hope in God’s faithfulness and His great love for

her.  She frequently accompanied her singing with finger tapping, and would comment, “I’m doing

what Mom used to do.”

Carolyn is survived by her brother John Roethe, Goddaughter Jennifer, her niece and numerous

nephews.  She also leaves behind many loving cousins. She was predeceased by her husband of 46

years, Donn Krueger and brother Edward Roethe. Her final resting place will be with her husband,

Donn, at Willamette National Cemetery. The family has gratitude to the staff of Tanner Springs

Assisted Living Facility in West Linn.  Memorial contributions may be made to either:

Zion Lutheran Church, 720 Jefferson Street, Oregon City, OR 97045

Hospice of the Northwest,                

6130 NE 78th Ct #C10, Portland, OR 97218                 


Waud’s Funeral Home, Oregon City is handling arrangements.

Due to State Coronavirus restrictions, there is no service planned at this time.  There is an online

guest book and Life Tribute Video.


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