Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home

11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd., Portland, OR


Irene May Pihl

September 22, 1927July 20, 2020

Irene was born in Norway, Ore., to Herman and Christine Detlefsen. She had one older sister, Blanche “Duffy” Baker.

Raised on a farm she worked in the corn fields and took care of the cows. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Oregon State University. After college, she moved to Eugene, Ore., where she met the love of her life, Calvin A. Pihl on a blind date. Cal was called off to war shortly after they met and they married three months later.

At the end of the war, Irene and hundreds of other Navy wives dressed up in their Sunday best and drove down to Pt. Loma, San Diego to anxiously await the arrival of the Navy ships with their husbands. The couple then moved to Portland, Ore., where they raised their two daughters. Irene was very involved in all of their activities and fundraisers. Irene enjoyed golfing, walking with her friends, and traveling. She later became a volunteer for 27 years at Providence Hospital, which she truly loved.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Cal Pihl; and her sister, Duffy Baker. She is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl (Rich) Elardo and Nancy (John) Scott.

As Irene waited for Cal so many years ago in Pt. Loma, it is now Cal anxiously awaiting Irene’s arrival. Her laughter will be missed by all.

A private service will be held only for immediate family, due to COVID-19 limitations. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her honor to: www.guidedogs.com

“Good Night Irene”


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Dugan Baker

July 25, 2020

I have been thinking a lot about "Auntie Irene" for the last few days. The memories, the joy, the laughter. Down on the farm in Coquille, visiting you all in Portland, and of course, Crescent Lake. There are SO many wonderful memories of our times at Crescent Lake. The evening was usually closed with the song, "Good Night Irene", maybe even several times.
My thoughts also drift to my Mom, Duffy, and the true love and closeness they had. Mom always commented, later in life, on when she had talked with Auntie Irene, she was so joyous and their calls became more common. When I think of the two, I see the similarities, the strong, loving, very complete women that they are. In my lifetime, I have not known two more giving, strong in a gentle way, loving people as those two.......and they are sisters. I will miss them both forever.


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