Schelli Blaha

Obituary of Schelli Blaha


Schelli Anne Blaha, 63, of Salem, Oregon passed peacefully at home Friday, July 24th, 2020. She was born May 16th, 1957 to Joseph Stephen and Dixie Dianne (Boothe) Blaha in Portland, Oregon.

Schelli graduated from Scappoose in 1975. Two years later, despite her healthy fear of water with her inability to swim she joined the Navy and served as a cryptologist   U.S. Naval Security in Italy for 8 years. She made lifelong friends who quickly became like family, learned, and spoke Italian fluently and had two daughters, Serayna Tanner and Danyella Foster who she is survived by. 

Prior to retiring she worked for more than 20 years for the state of Oregon. She loved her books, going to the beach, and spending time with her granddaughters whom she is survived by. In order of birth, they are Shelby Tanner, Destiney Tanner, Alexis Tanner, Aleena Brown, and Jenna Tanner.

Schelli is also survived by her sisters Holly(Alan)Haebe, Ginger Liles, Lucinda (Bill) Rodgers, Jamie Iverson, and Andrea (David) Fontanyi and lifelong best friend Patty Fortin. She is preceded in death by her parents Joe and Dixie and brothers Joey and Brian.

She had an 8 month battle with Cancer and said in the end " The only thing that matters is the time you get to spend with the ones you love and the memories you make in that time."


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