Maureen A. Bittner

Born: Tue., Apr. 17, 1917
Died: Tue., Jan. 19, 2016


11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 25, 2016
Location: Burns Mortuary

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jan. 26, 2016
Location: Peace Lutheran Church

Interment following funeral service

Location: Olney Cemetery

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Maureen A. Bittner

April 17, 1917 – January 19, 2016

Maureen A. Bittner – a resident of Pendleton passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.  She was 98 years old.

Viewing will be Monday, January 25, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 11:00 AM at the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton.  Interment will follow at Olney Cemetery.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.  Contributions in memory of Maureen Bittner may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Maureen was born in Dunn Center, ND, April 17, 1917.  She attended a one room schoolhouse.  After completing the 3rd grade the family moved to Dickinson, ND.  Maureen graduated from Dickinson H.S. in 1935.  In Dickenson she worked as a secretary for the Welfare Department.  In 1943 the family moved to Pendleton, OR.  The speed limit was 30 MPH because of the gas rationing during the war.  A long slow trip.  Upon arriving in Pendleton Maureen found employment at the Air Base hospital as a secretary.  Later she also worked on the Rationing & Price control board.  Maureen was secretary for the Pendleton School District Superintendent, Austin Landreth.  The Superintendent’s office was in the upstairs of the old city hall.  It was here she met Chester H. Bittner.  Chet worked in the water department which was in the same building.  Maureen was secretary for the Red Cross for several years.  Her last employment was as a legal secretary for the Corey, Byler and Rew Law Offices.  On August 2, 1947, Chet & Maureen were married at the Lutheran Church in La Grande, OR.  They had an infant son who died at birth in 1948, Dale Steven Bittner.  Two years later on February 16, 1950 they welcomed a healthy baby girl, Sharon Ann Bittner.  They were wed just over 50 years when Chet passed away.  Maureen had a strong faith.  She was a life member of the Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed reading, baking and gardening.  Maureen was a gentle caring person, who always tried to help and comfort others before herself.  She will be missed until we are all together again.

Maureen is survived by her daughter Sharon Ann Bittner Knudsen of Molalla, OR, step-grandchildren: Daniel Knudsen of Alaska, David Knudsen of Atlanta, GA, Luana Reed of Molalla, OR, and Jeani Chatin of Reno, NV, nieces & nephews: Carole Jennings (Fred), JoAnn Milard, Kay Blackstock and Bob Beaty, and close family: Harry Simonis (Lucy), Rick Schulberg (Pat), Ken Schulberg (Carol) and Greg Schulberg (Ellen).  

She was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Anna Beaty, her husband Chester H. Bittner, infant son Dale Steven Bittner, and her brother Elvin Elwood Beaty.  

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