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WRPA Member Passes Away

Katherine Zuleme Luecker

December 12, 1959 – January 27, 2015
Resident of Oakland, CA and Formerly of Portland, OR

Kathie Luecker passed away peacefully at home in California with family and friends by her side after a yearlong battle with Ovarian Cancer.  She was 55 years of age.

Kathie was born in Oakland, CA and grew up in Orinda, CA, attending Miramonte High School (Class of 1978).  After High School, Kathie attended Oregon State University, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.  She graduated with a BA in Social Studies in 1983.  A competitive swimmer in her youth, Kathie went on to work and become part owner in the family swimming pool business, Lincoln Aquatics, which has grown to be a national supplier.  Kathie spent 18 years of her career (1983-2000) in sales for Lincoln Aquatics, covering the Pacific NW territory.  Her strong work ethic and ability to effortlessly build relationships with both employees and customers was remarkable. 

A gracious and hospitable hostess, Kathie frequently entertained family and friends in her beautiful NE Portland home.   She was a friend to everyone she met and loved to guide friends and family to local restaurants, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and other various activities in Oregon. 

In 2007 Kathie moved to Oakland, CA where she purchased a lovely home in the Oakland Hills.  It was a highlight for Kathie to entertain friends on her deck overlooking the San Francisco Bay.  She also loved to travel and experience the local culture on her adventures. 

Her quick wit and fun sense of humor brought much laughter to those in her life as did her true heartfelt desire to share her life with others.   Kathie’s love for experiencing life and creating treasured memories is a legacy imprinted on all the hearts of those who were blessed by her friendship.

Kathie is preceded in death by her parents William Luecker and Mary Jane Luecker of Orinda, California. Her parents met after the war at a Presbyterian Church in Evanston, Illinois. Mary Jane (Little) was from Toledo, and married William Luecker (Evanston, Illinois) in California in 1956. They moved to Orinda in 1957.

Kathie is survived by her brother Charles Luecker of Moraga , his wife Laurie Luecker, nephews Geoffrey Luecker (Stephani) of Napa, CA, Michael Luecker of Moraga, CA, Jason (Kayla) Luecker of Prineville, OR, and Brandon Luecker of Moraga. Kathie is also survived by her comforting Collie bedside companion, Chance.

A Celebration of Life will be held on March 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM at The World Forestry Center, Miller Hall, 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kathie’s name to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon & Southwest Washington, PMB 243, Suite 103, 16420 SE McGillivray, Vancouver, WA 98683-3461.

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