Jan. 12 1966 – Jan. 29, 2011
Lesley Elizabeth Poirier passed away at her home in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer since January 2010.
She is survived by her husband Rodney Koeneke and son Auden of Portland; her mother, Patricia Poirier; of Davis; her sister Lorraine Bessmer (Dan) of Portland; and her brothers, Steve Mounkes (Katy) of Nampa, Idaho; Mark Mounkes of Mead, Colo.; and Glenn Mounkes of Davis.
Lesley was born in Woodland on Jan. 12, l966 and grew up and attended K-12 schools in Davis. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in psychology in 1994. In the 1990s she started a number of indie rock bands. With her last one, Glitter Mini 9, she recorded four record albums, toured with Third Eye Blind, opened for Duran Duran and played frequent label showcases in Los Angeles. During that time, she was chosen to audition for the bass spot in Courtney Love’s band, Hole.
In 1999, she met her future husband, Rodney Koeneke, in San Francisco at a show. They were married on 2/2/02 and their son, Auden Andrew, was born in 2003. In 2006 they moved to Portland, where Lesley served as executive director of South Waterfront Community Relations. Music remained important to Lesley throughout her life; she also traveled widely in France, Greece and the British Isles, and lived for a year in Ireland. At the beginning of 2010, she learned she had late-stage colon cancer. The support of her family and community since her diagnosis has been overwhelming.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 1, and Wednesday, Feb. 2, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland, before burial at River View Cemetery in Portland.
Lesley asked that donations may be made to the Lesley Poirier-Koeneke Memorial Fund, online at http://tinyurl.com/4LFTRKW or mailed to: South Waterfront Community Relations, c/o Pete Collins, 0841 Gaines St., Portland OR 97239.