Dr. Barbara Blancke, 93, of Happy Valley, OR, passed away January 11th, 2019. She was born in New York City on February 27th, 1925. Barbara graduated from Adelphi College with a B.S. degree in 1947 and earned her M.D. degree from New York University in 1951. She was married to Dr. Wilbur Koester on June 28th, 1952. Together they had two children, Douglas and Meredith. They were married for eighteen years. Dr. Blancke worked in private and group practice for 30 years specializing as an OB/GYN. At age 56 she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. Col and served six years at various base hospitals. Dr. Blancke was also a member of numerous medical societies.
She gave much of her personal time to medical mission work around the globe. She had a lifelong passion for learning; her broad interests ranged from science to theology to history and the arts. Dr. Blancke is survived by two children, Douglas Koester (Kim) and Meredith Wilson (Dennis); two grandchildren, Parker and Madeline; her step grandchild, David; as well as her siblings, Robert Blancke and Carole Woods. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm on January 26, 2019 at Town Center Village, Happy Valley, OR. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to www.thebibleproject.com.