October 15, 1924 — October 30, 2018
Violet Sarbeck was born on October 15, 1924, the seventh of 12 siblings, to Mariano and Anna Pinizzotto in Altoona, Pennsylvania. As a young girl the family moved across the country and settled in Downey, California, where the family truck farmed fruits and vegetables. Pinky was a drum majorette at Downey High School, where she graduated in 1943.
In 1943, she met her future husband, Lawrence Sarbeck who was stationed in California before he was deployed to the China Burma India Theater in World War II. Pinky and Gene were married on June 3, 1944, in Visalia, California, and they would remain married until Gene’s death in 2003. After the Great War, Pinky and Gene would settle in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they had their first four children. In 1956, they moved to Ashtabula, Ohio where their twins were born. In 1968, the family moved to Belpre, Ohio. In 1974, Pinky moved with her family to Oregon where she would live for the remainder of her life, with 42 of those years at her Hilltop Way home outside of Scio.
The distinctive trademark of Violet was her friendliness, enthusiasm, perpetual optimism and a contagious zest for life. She was gregarious, outspoken and met and made countless friends wherever she went. Her nature was welcoming and warm and independent.
An example of her independence was when her children felt it was time to stop driving and took away her car keys. Shortly afterward it was discovered that she was driving. She had a hidden key! When her family found this out, she said, “I wanted to stop driving on my own terms, here is the last key!”
Among her hobbies were antiques, particularly Depression glass, old lanterns, keys and glass insulators. Paramount to her interests were bingo, canasta and bunko. Above all were her significant regular contributions to the Oregon Lottery.
Pinky had six children: Bruce, Craig, David, Susan, and twins Karen and Wayne.
In 2016, Pinky moved for the last time. She sold her longtime home to her grandson, Ben Sarbeck, and relocated to a senior living home in Albany, where she thrived; meeting many new friends and doing many fun things, particularly with her caring daughter, Susan Lee.
Vilolet Ann Sarbeck passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side after a heart attack on the morning of Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 15 days after her 94th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; sons, Bruce and Craig; and grandchildren, Olivia and Matthew.
She is survived by her brother, David; sister, Marguerite; children, Wayne Sarbeck of Scio, David and wife, Terisa Sarbeck of Paso Robles, California, Susan and husband, David Lee of Lacomb, Karen and husband, Daniel Cooper of Stayton; grandchildren, Nathan, Jonathan and Tristan Lee, Brock, Benjamin and Brian Sarbeck, Carina and Aidan Sarbeck; and one great-grandson, Jaxon.
We come into this world with the intent of making the world a better place for others. From Violet’s genuine gusto for people and life, to her loving care for her children and grandchildren, she leaves the world a happier place. We have all been blessed by, and touched by, Violet Ann Sarbeck.
A celebration of Violet’s life will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 at the Historic Carousel Museum in Albany.
Those wishing to acknowledge this wonderful woman’s life are encouraged to donate to one of Pinky’s favorite pastimes of reading to children at the Lacomb Elementary School at the SMART Reader Program at Lacomb Elementary School c/o Lisl Macloughlin/Johnson, 34110 East Lacomb Road, Lebanon, OR 97355. Online condolences may be left for the family at fisherfuneralhome.com.