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Louanne Marie Mentzel

Louanne Marie Mentzel

Female 1947 - 2014  (66 years)

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  • Name Louanne Marie Mentzel 
    Born 29 May 1947  Portland, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 25 May 2014  Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I33320  Whitton
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Family Living 
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    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F12800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Louanne Marie was born to Gladys and Glenn Mentzel in Portland, Oregon and grew up with her sister Elizabeth in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy, Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University, joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corp and began her teaching career at St. Mary's Mission in Omak, Washington. She made many lifelong friendships during her years in the JVC, including her future husband Curtis Whitton. Louanne and Curtis were married on June 2, 1973 and shared many adventures over more than 40 years of marriage.

      The couple moved to Salem where Louanne began teaching at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and gave birth to her first child, Elaine, in 1979 and her second child, David, in 1982. She joined the Chemeketa Community College faculty in 1984 and spent 30 years there, inspiring both her students and her colleagues.

      Louanne and Curtis continued travelling with their best friends, the Bucket Heads, and enjoying their time at home in Salem. Even after she was diagnosed with leukemia (CMML) in 2011 Louanne never lost her optimism or her enthusiasm for life. Louanne passed away at OHSU hospital in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by her family.