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Jeanette A. Reichert

Jan. 31, 1927 - Oct. 20, 2017


November 2, 2017

Jeanette A. Reichert, Waitsburg, Washington passed away October 20, 2017 in her home at the age of 90 years after a short battle with ALS. She was the oldest of six children born to George and Laura Kahl Kromschroeder. Jeanette was born January 31, 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm and attended school in Inver Grove, Minnesota. She married Basil J. Gales and the couple had four children. During her marriage to Basil, the couple lived many places following the construction of numerous dams. In 1964 they arrived in Waitsburg and never left. Basil died in 1974; she married Charles Reichert in 1979. Charles preceded her in death in 2015.

She worked as an inspector in food production for Green Giant and Smith Canneries. She also had worked for Strausser Bee Wood and the Dayton Hospital. Jeanette was a member of the First Christian Church of Dixie.

Jeanette is survived by her children Gerald G. Gales and Pamela J. (Larry) Alexenko all of Waitsburg, WA, Roxanne (Dennis) Overman of Pasco, WA, 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a son Gary G. Gales, a grandson Brian J. Gales and her five siblings.

Jeanette was very independent. She loved canning and baking for her family. She learned to crochet in her 50s. She made sure everyone in her family had an afghan; then donated many extras to different charity raffles. She loved gardening and took care of her own yard until her diagnosis. The last few months were very hard on her as she lost that independence.

Graveside services will be Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Waitsburg Cemetery. There will be a gathering for family and friends to follow at the Lions Club at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association NW Chapter, First Christian Church of Dixie, Shriner's Hospital or the Christian Aid Center through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

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