Julie Schlenker Doane of Yakima, WA passed away at the age of 58 on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Harborview Hospital in Seattle after suffering a stroke on July 10.
Born in Goldendale, WA on August 22, 1960 as Julie Ann Kalista, to John and Elaine Kalista, Julie was raised in Wasco, OR until she moved to Portland, OR to attend college. There, she met Robert Schlenker, and they fell in love and were married on July, 5, 1980.
Together, they made a home in Yakima, WA, and started a family. They were blessed with three children: Shauna, Jonathan, and Charles.
Julie has worked for Safeway/Albertsons for over 2 decades. She enjoyed bowling, baking, knitting, pool league, and a bit of gambling when possible. She is described by her family as the one who made the best goodies in town, and told the dirtiest jokes. She had a generous heart, and donated to many charities as often as she could.
Although devastated by the death of her husband, Bob, on December 4, 1997, Julie stayed strong for her children, successfully raising them as a single mother. Julie would say her biggest achievement in life was always being there for her extensive family, whether in person, online, over the phone, or however she could provide support. She was also an organ donor, and has affected possibly thousands of lives with that gift.
Julie was preceded in death by her first husband, Bob; her parents; and her brothers-in-law, Rick Schlenker and Bruce Myra.
She is survived by her second husband, Mike Doane; her children Shauna (Schlenker) Kelley, Jonathan and Fadra (Fleming) Schlenker, and Charles Schlenker; grandchildren Korben, Ryker, and Dubhlan Schlenker, and Brooklynn Cadousteau; and siblings Janahn Myra, Eric Kalista, and Denise Schlenker.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the UFCW Hall, 507 S. 3rd St., in Yakima, WA, from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019. A reception will follow, beginning at 6 pm that day at Little Dutch Inn, 214 N. 6th Ave. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be brought to the celebration or sent c/o the Schlenker family to 40 Taylor Loop Rd., Selah, WA 98942.