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Helga Pagel

November 1, 1924 October 28, 2018
Helga Pagel
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Obituary for Helga Pagel

Helga Pagel who had been in failing health since June 2018 and was as of September under Hospice care died on October 28. Helga was being cared for by her niece and family at their home in McMinnville since her Hospice status.
Helga was born November 1, 1924 in a small village in Pommern Germany. Helga spent her childhood in Sassenhagen, a nearby village where she also attended her school years. Helga remembers her school days fondly as she was an excellent student and spoke often of her very strict teacher who demanded always the best from his students.
Helga and her family had to flee their home in Pommern in 1945 due to the advancing Russian Army as World War 2 was coming to an end. Helga has many stories of these days as she and her family faced many difficult and dangerous situations as they fled to parts of Germany that were considered safer.
Helga and her family found their way to northern Germany near the Danish border. In 1948 Helga was reunited with Arthur Pagel who became her future husband. Arthur who grew up and attended the same class in Sassenhagen with Helga, had joined the military and upon the ending of the war returned to join his family who also lived in the same area. Soon after Helga and Arthur married in 1948 they relocated to southern Germany where more employment opportunities were available. Arthur became a bricklayer and found secure work due to the vast reconstruction opportunities. Due to Arthurs work they were able to finally secure their own home in Freiburg Germany, had comfortable and very modern living situation. They lived there for several years.
In 1956 Helga and Arthur decided to seek immigration prospects to the USA and found their way to Willamina, OR. During the post-war struggle and moving to the USA they managed to build their family to 5 children. Helga and Arthur came to America with little in their possession and started from the bottom up. They had to make many sacrifices in order to get by. Arthur, after arriving in the USA found work and Helga raised the children. Arthur after his regular job found time to build his own home which later developed into building several homes in Willamina and McMinnville. After the children left the home Helga also found work and enjoyed her time at Roth's bakery for several years.
Upon slowing down, Helga and Arthur travelled to Germany many times, visiting their homeland, enjoying friends and relatives while there. Helga also began to chronicle her life and researched with relatives the history of her family to get details written for the record. This brought her great joy.
In 1989 Arthur died suffering a heart attack. Helga also lost her daughter Gudrun while still in Germany to pneumonia complications at 6 months of age. A son Holger was killed in a tractor accident in 1985 and grandson Christopher was killed in a motor vehicle accident in 1987. Preceding Helga were also siblings Vera and Arno. Helga is survived by her children Rudiger, Klaus and wife Carola and Norbert.
The family wants to thank all of the care providers who took excellent care of Helga, especially nieces Kathy Carter and family, Anita and Cara as well as Sheree of United Home Health.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 1:00pm, at Greencrest Cemetery in Sheridan. A viewing will take place at Macy & Son on Monday, November 5th from 4:00-7:00pm

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4:00 PM 11/5/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/5/2018 7:00:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States





1:00 PM 11/6/2018 1:00:00 PM
Greencrest Cemetery

27374 SW Ballston Rd
Sheridan, OR 97378

Greencrest Cemetery
27374 SW Ballston Rd Sheridan 97378 OR
United States

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