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Violet Lureen Eilertson

October 20, 1929 to March 17, 2014


Vi Eilertson

Violet Lureen Anderson came into this world on Oct. 20, 1929, the only child of Hans and Irene Anderson. Growing up in Marshall, Minn., her father owned a variety of business endeavors and consequently the family lived a fairly normal life during the Great Depression.

In Vi’s early years she was active in Girl Scouts, employed as a movie theater cashier, played in the school band and enjoyed Luther League and her local Lutheran Church.

During the 1940s, her parents moved to Los Angeles and assisted with the WWII effort. Vi’s mother was an actual “Rosie the Riveter.” While she attended school in Los Angeles, she returned with her parents to Marshall to finish high school. Tiring of the Minnesota winters, her parents took Vi with them to relocate in Salem, Ore. Vi began working at a local credit bureau and it was there she was introduced to a fellow Minnesotan named Don Eilertson. The two quickly became inseparable and were married on July 2, 1950.

After the wedding, the two eventually settled in Lake Oswego. Prior to Don joining his father-in-law in the home building business, Vi was employed at the White Stag Corporation in Portland. Eventually, Vi quit White Stag and then Don and Vi began designing and building custom homes in 1956.

Their first son, Steve, was born in 1951, followed by sons Tom and Doug. After Doug finished high school Vi returned to work, joining Marco Ideas Unlimited in Tigard. Vi was the executive vice

president of operations when she retired in the 1990s.

Both Don and Vi eventually retired to Charbonneau in Wilsonville, Ore. They both enjoyed golfing, bowling and being active in the community.

Don passed away in 2005. Vi is survived by sons Steve and his wife, Holly, of Salem; Tom and his wife, Candace of Bend and Goodyear, Ariz.; and Doug Eilertson of Ogden, Utah. In addition, she is survived by her grandsons Derek Eilertson and his wife Alison; Jon Eilertson and his wife Jennifer; granddaughters Kristy and Kayla Eilerton and grandson Easton Eilertson. Vi also is survived by great-grandson Jace Thomas Eilertson.

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