erta Grettie Kellmer, 86, died July 11, 2004. She was born on May 30, 1918, in Salem to Roy and Lela Grettie in the family home built by her father and grandfather. The house still stands on Roberta Ave. above Croisan Creek. She attended school in Salem and Sand Lake, graduating from Molalla High School where her parents taught in 1936. She began her life's career of teaching at the Kings Valley School in 1937. She held one of the last Lifetime Teaching Certificates issued by the State of Oregon.
H. Roberta Grettie married Charles H. Kellmer of Portland, who was an ensign in the U.S. Navy at the time. They were married at St. Paul's Cathedral in New York City in 1944. After the war, and graduation from Oregon State University, she and her husband began their lives together in Taft, Ore., where she taught elementary school, grades three and four. When their two sons were born, John in 1948 and Marvin in 1951, she took time off until her youngest son was of school age. In 1962, they moved the family to Prineville, Ore. and she taught at Ochoco Elementary and he taught at Prineville Junior High until they both retired in 1983.
Roberta and Charles then moved back to Salem establishing residence at the Capital Manor in 1987, where they lived until Charles died in 1999. She stayed on alone at the manor, enjoying visits from family until her death.
She is survived by her two sons, four grandchildren, Steven Kellmer, 26 of Corvallis, Roy Kellmer, 23, of Noble, Okla., Robby (named for Roberta), 20, of Noble, Okla., and Rachael, 17, also of Noble, Okla.Contributions may be made in her name to the O.S.U. Alumni Association, 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333.
A memorial service will be held at 1955 Salem Dallas Highway on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at 2 p.m. There will be a private interment with arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.