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Lori Aljets

May 15, 1958 - May 15, 2019

Lori Ann Aljets was born on May 15, 1958, in Glendale, California.  She was the fourth of five children of Gene and Catherine Felten.  She grew up and attended schools in La Canada, California.  After graduating high school, she attended California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo where she earned a BS in Food Science.  She worked her way up to a management position for Birdseye General Foods in Watsonville, California. She was instrumental in setting up a vegetable supply chain in the Far East, traveling to China multiple times in the process.

She married Robert Talbot and her daughter Bailey was born in 1988.   Later as her divorce was being finalized, she was transferred to Salem, Oregon to set up a new office to support the Birdseye business arrangement with Agri-Pac.  Shortly thereafter she met her future husband Douglas Aljets.  In that same year, 1993, she became the vegetable Purchasing/QC/Co-Pac manager for NORPAC Foods in Stayton.  After twelve years at NORPAC, she was hired by Kettle Foods in Salem.  In 2016, Lori retired as the Vice President of Procurement for Snyders/Lance, Kettle’s new parent company.

Lori was an avid traveler.  In her personal and professional life, she traveled to Central and South America, Asia, Europe, Canada and throughout the United States.  She made friends where ever she went.  As a city girl, she most enjoyed working with the farmers who supplied the produce she purchased.  They were the salt of the earth to her and she made a point of meeting their wives and children.

Lori leaves behind her husband, Doug, her daughter Bailey Talbot (Portland), stepdaughters Angie Aoki (Portland) Joey Lawton (West Linn) and Toni Orloff (Cannon Beach), brothers Craig Felten and Jeff Felten, and sisters Catherine Johnston and Maureen Felten, three grandsons, Grant, Ian, and Douglas, and two granddaughters, Aiya and Pepper.  Bailey, the girls and grandkids were her overwhelming joy.

Despite the lack of any singing talent, Lori was known for calling and singing happy birthday to her friends, family and co-workers.  True to her style, Lori passed on her birthday while many of these former recipients were returning the favor to her.

Arrangements are being handled by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem.  As per Lori’s wishes, a Celebration of Life will start at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on May 30th at 11:00AM, followed by an open house at their home in South Salem.  A private graveside service at Belcrest Memorial Park will be held at a later date.

Lori and the family would like to thank the Oncology, Radiology and nursing staffs at Salem Hospital.  In lieu of flowers, please direct your contributions to the Salem Cancer Institute  in memory of Lori Aljets.

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Lori was a beautiful human and she will be greatly missed. I enjoyed each interaction I had with her and wished our paths would have crossed more often. She radiated joy and her smile lit up a room. I am blessed to have known her. Sending love to your family. 

Lori was our neighbor for 15 years and we are deeply saddened to learn of her passing.  She was a lovely, intelligent person with a ready smile and a friendly chat.  Our condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to her husband Doug, sweet daughter, Bailey and the rest of her family.  May Lori rest in peace and God Bless you all.

We were privileged to have met Lori a few years ago through our long time friendship with her husband, Doug.  It was impossible not to take an instant liking to her. We regret not having known her better, but feel fortunate to have known her at all. She will be remembered and missed by many.



In a short period of years, we came to love her smile, warmth, humility and gratitude; traits uniquely possessed by those who know adversity.  Watching Doug and Lori's love for each other gave us a glimpse into how a marriage improves over time, even when life is uncertain or challenging.  Lori spoke effusively about her children and grandchildren.  Even the thought of her laugh has us smiling.  Our lives are better because of our time with Lori.  Love to all the Aljets...

Lori will be missed. What a kind and gentle person and the legacy she leaves is amazing. Her family is in our hearts and thoughts at this difficult time.

I worked with Doug for the last 5-6 years and met Lori on several occasions thru work and Duck football games, you knew as soon as you met her how good of a person she was, she will be truly missed by many...

Doug and family, we wish to express our sympathy and let you know that we are thinking of you at this very difficult time.  Our prayers are with you.

I worked with Lori at Kettle Foods where she was in charge of purchasing.  What I remember most about Lori, besides her professionalism, was that she had a beautiful personality that made he a joy to work with.  Doug I have very fond memories of Lori and you have my condolences and prayers concerning her passing