With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mother, Janet Marie Stream (Ritchie) of The Dalles, Ore., on Dec. 7, 2017. The last few years of her life she suffered from dementia and was cared for at The Springs at Mill Creek.
Mom was known for her smarts, humor and compassion. A highly social person, she had numerous friends and enjoyed nothing more than being around them and her treasured family. She loved to tell and hear amusing stories, and enjoyed social occasions of various types, especially card games—she was an accomplished pinochle and cribbage player.
She was born on June 11, 1922, in Duluth Minn., and was the fifth of seven children to Brandt Adolph and Hannah Marie Ritchie. Mom spent her early life between living in the city and on the family farm in Cumberland, Wisc. At the age of 9 she met the love of her life Glen Everett Stream at Graley music school where they were both students. Mom was a talented classical pianist and dad played the guitar. They ultimately married on October 17, 1942, and enjoyed 68 happy years together until Glen’s passing on October 1, 2010. Their union produced three offspring, Glen Ritchie Stream, MD; Rosemary Stream Peterson (David); and Julie Stream Nelson (Craig). Mom would say that her children were her greatest achievement in life.
One of her many notable attributes was her ability to turn just about every negative experience into something positive. She always advised us to look on the bright side, think positive and forgive those who had wronged us. She learned early in life the value of working hard and instilled that value in us. She and our dad provided a stable and secure home, and that environment served us well into adulthood.
While we will deeply miss her, we are relieved that she has been released from the burden of her illness and has rejoined our dad in a blessed place. We are grateful to the Hearts of Hospice for providing such wonderful care over the past several months.
A Memorial service in her honor will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, The Dalles, on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tyler Beane officiating. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Zion Luthern Church or Hearts of Hospice.
With tears we saw you suffer
As we watched you fade away
Our hearts were almost broken
As you fought so hard to stay.
We knew you had to leave us
But you never went alone
For part of us went with you
The day you left your home.
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