Donetta Bunde, 69, passed away November 9th at Salem Hospital with her husband, Kent at her side. She was born in Salem to Don and Eleanor (Doerfler) Blades, being the only daughter with two older brothers, Dennis and Roger, followed by two younger brothers Wally and Jimmy.
Donetta enjoyed her childhood on the family farm taking care of typical livestock and other chores farm life brings. One of her favorite pastimes was to horseback ride, her dad said she could ride most anything he would bring her. Donetta would jokingly reminisce about those times as to how hard it was to be the only daughter with all those brothers but she cherished those years as told by her fondness to share the stories of her childhood, with her brothers, many cousins and lifelong friends. Donetta graduated in the last class from St. Boniface High School, Sublimity in 1963, participating as a cheerleader, and playing softball.
She married Kent Bunde at St Boniface Church on Sept. 12th 1964, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. After marrying, Donetta and Kent moved and lived in Pierre, South Dakota where David was born, within a few years Bridgette came along, shortly after they moved back to Oregon were their youngest son Kevin was born. She spent the majority of her younger life raising a family on Silver Falls Hwy. Kent and Donetta lived in Ferndale, Tonasket, and Wenatchee, Wash. for approximately 10 years during the late 80’s though the 90’s. She enjoyed many activities while in Washington most memorable were gardening, crabbing, clamming, and snowmobiling. She had her own snowmobile and could handle it well.
Donetta enjoyed watching sports but mostly NFL football in which she was a Seattle Seahawk fan. Soon after Kent retired they sold their home and purchased a large 5th wheel RV that would be their home for approximately the next 10 years as Kent traveled the western United States subcontracting as a mainline Fiber Optic inspector. She enjoyed the times traveling which lead them to most of the states west of the Mississippi.
Donetta spent most of her life as homemaker, however as the kids grew older she did have many part time jobs as well as volunteering at a local hospital. Donetta always enjoyed gatherings with family and her many friends she had met over the years. She typically would spend hours cooking a meal that always turned out wonderful.
Donetta was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Eleanor Blades, and brothers Dennis and Jimmy. She is survived by her husband Kent and their three children David (Donna) Bunde, Bridgette (Michael) Sterling, and Kevin (Amy) Bunde and five grandchildren, Nicole, Melissa, Jake, Kyle and Monica. She also leaves behind her two brothers Roger and Wally Blades.
Recitation of Rosary will be Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1 p.m. both at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity. Interment will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Sublimity. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.