Olga Haley was born Dec. 11, 1944 in Globe, Ariz., where her father was stationed at the end of World War II. She lived with her parents, Henry and Ruth Hytrek until the war was over and then the family moved to Wyoming.
Olga’s career spanned journalism and public relations for more than 30 years. She worked for small Wyoming newspapers as a reporter and editor and as a reporter for The Denver Post.
Among her early assignments as a reporter was writing obituaries and with this experience, she wrote this obituary with fond memories of a wonderful life. Olga learned in December 2012 that her triple negative breast cancer had metastasized, thus beginning a fight to the end against this aggressive disease.
In Portland she was a PR director and/or vice president for such prominent firms as Gerber, Cole & Weber, CMD and Leopold Ketel.
She was nationally accredited (APR) in public relations, served as president of the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and was awarded the William Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award.
She served on the board of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, volunteered for the Salvation Army’s Greenhouse for homeless youth, was a United Way volunteer and often helped her husband deliver lunches to seniors through Meals on Wheels.
Olga is survived by her husband, Michael Haley; two children, daughter Terra Spencer and her husband, Todd; also her son Michael John Spencer. Also surviving are stepdaughter Kimberly Haley (Matt), stepson Steve Haley (Sarah) and three grandchildren, Lilly and Jones Haley of Portland, Ali Cunlisk of Seattle, as well as Olga’s darling and much-loved dog, Teddy.
Other survivors include two brothers, Dan Hytrek of Eugene; Dale Hytrek (Jan) of Lusk, Wyo., sister Deborah Meng (Jim) of Red Bird, Wyo., several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice or one of Olga’s preferences: Oregon Humane Society, Meals on Wheels or OPB.
Olga wishes to bid a loving farewell to her many lovely family members and friends.
A memorial will take place at Mountain Park Church, Lake Oswego, April 4 at 2pm, a reception to follow. Pastor Greg Borer will officiate.
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Olga Haley, whose battle with cancer elicited support from public relations professionals through Portland in recent weeks, passed away Monday at the age of 69.
Haley had entered hospice care last month after fighting triple-negative breast cancer for the past four years. As word of her plight spread, PR types from throughout the city expressed appreciation for Haley’s skills.
“There is such sadness resonating across our PRSA chapter tonight,” said Barbara Kerr, president of Portland’s Public Relations Society of America chapter. “She was not only a superb professional; she was a truly lovely person. The loss runs deep.”
Haley also had many fans among journalists for whom she provided frank and insightful information, often on a moment’s notice.
Haley spent her career with such firms as Gerber and Leopold Ketel before forming Power Public Relations.
A memorial will take place April 4 at Mountain Park Church, 40 S.W. McNary Parkway, in Lake Oswego. The memorial begins at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.
Young adults today are being inundated with information as the landscape of health insurance coverage evolves. This flood of information can be hard to navigate, as information seems to change almost daily.
One thing that is not changing is the trusted partner they can find for their sexual and reproductive health care. The latest campaign for Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) specifically targets young adults who would like to plan ahead and ensure they are taking the very best care of their reproductive health.
“We Don’t Judge You, We Just Take Care of You”, the latest PPCW campaign rolled out by Leopold Ketel integrates TV, print, digital and outdoor media, as well as unconventional advertising in order to reach the young adults in the Oregon and Southwest Washington area.
A highlight of the video/commercial campaign is the inclusion of 2012 Portland mayoral candidate, Cameron Whitten, who is featured in the video/commercial for PPCW. Well known in the Portland-area, Whitten is a formerly homeless, African American youth and social justice activist, who is much admired for his empowering of marginalized communities and working for the reversal of stereotypes and social injustice.
Leopold Ketel was founded in 1996 and that same year relocated to the Old Railway Building in downtown Portland. A full-service marketing firm, LK’s expertise is in advertising, design, media planning and buying, public relations and promotion marketing. For more information, visit www.LeopoldKetel.com or call 503-295-1918.
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