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Jannece Josephine Gately

December 5, 1934 - July 31, 2017

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Jannece J. "Babe" Gately

December 5, 1934 - July 31, 2017

Salem, OR - Jannece J. Gately, 82, known by many as "Babe", passed peacefully from this world surrounded by both friends and family at Salem Memorial Hospital the evening of Monday, July 31, 2017.

She was born in Chicago, IL on December 5, 1934 to John Buelting and Nora (Schultz) Buelting. She had a half-sister Genevieve Schick who was 20 years her senior. That's when she picked up her moniker "Babe" which was short for "Baby". As a child, she lived...

Jannece J. "Babe" Gately

December 5, 1934 - July 31, 2017

Salem, OR - Jannece J. Gately, 82, known by many as "Babe", passed peacefully from this world surrounded by both friends and family at Salem Memorial Hospital the evening of Monday, July 31, 2017.

She was born in Chicago, IL on December 5, 1934 to John Buelting and Nora (Schultz) Buelting. She had a half-sister Genevieve Schick who was 20 years her senior. That's when she picked up her moniker "Babe" which was short for "Baby". As a child, she lived what she referred to as a "Norman Rockwell childhood" in the small town of Bartlett, IL. She attended a three-room elementary school where she skipped the fourth grade because she would have been the only student. She attended Elgin High School in Elgin, IL, graduating at the age of 15 in 1951 having started elementary school a year early.

She married Herbert "Bud" Bielefeld in 1952. There are three children from the marriage, Robin, Bambi Elizabeth and Christie. She and her first husband owned a series of horse boarding farms in and around the Bartlett area. It was at this time that Babe's love of horses blossomed. In 1972 the family moved to Woodburn, OR purchasing and operating the Park Del Manor apartments. They divorced in 1977.

Shortly thereafter she moved in with the love of her life, Dennis. They were married in February of 1979. At the time of her passing they had been together slightly over 40 years. In 1982 she was hired by Chemeketa Community College. Her career at Chemeketa was her true passion. She enjoyed her job and loved her co-workers. She retired from her full-time position in 2000, continued on part-time (often not reporting all her hours) until 2012 when health issues forced her final retirement.

Babe was a lover of animals of all types having owned horses, cats, dogs and rabbits. She became a dedicated vegetarian in 1983. The animals closest to her heart were her horse "George" and her Border Terrier "Jaymie" from whose loss she never fully recovered.

Socially conscious, Babe always voted, was a supporter of the ACLU, Sierra Club, Farm Sanctuary, Salvation Army, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the National Audubon Society, All Classical Portland, the Willamette Humane society and others. Her hobbies included gardening, stamping, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, board games, photography, and Sudoku. She was never happier than when she was able to share her hobbies with members of her family or friends. She was a voracious reader of many subjects. Music of all types from all ages was an essential part of her life as was old black and white movies. Another primary passion was steam trains. Her father was a railroad man and she was associated with trains from an early age. She loved riding on trains and was excited every time she heard a train whistle in the distance. She thoroughly enjoyed restoring the 1902 "little blue house" she shared with Dennis for thirty years.

She was a very social person. She was an attractive, intelligent and loving individual with a great sense of humor who was proud of her husband's association with the Oregon Army National Guard as well as her career with Chemeketa. She will be truly missed by family, friends and co-workers alike.

She and Dennis would like to thank those who provided such wonderful support over the past few years of her life. Genevive Whittman, Matt Shoemaker, Cody Bowline, Paul Miller and Craig and Lisa Fordyce are but a few of many who rallied to her side in time of need.

She is survived by her daughters, three granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren. The time and location of a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Donations in her name may be made to the Willamette Humane Society at whs4pets.org.


Arrangements under the direction of Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, Salem, Oregon.