Rita Joerger Kirkpatrick

Born: Wed., May 3, 1905
Died: Mon., Sep. 19, 2011

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Rita Joerger Kirkpatrick – of Pendleton, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Suttle Care & Retirement on Monday, September 19, 2011. She lived in Pendleton for 106 years. Recitation of the holy rosary will be held Sunday September 25, at 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning, September 26, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton. A dinner will follow Mass in the St. Mary's Parish Hall. Vault interment will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Contributions in memory of Rita Kirkpatrick may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com arrangements are in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Rita was the youngest child of Nicholas and Anna Mary Hubscher Joerger. She attended St. Joseph's Academy for 12 years and graduated in 1923. She then attended Oregon State University and Behnke-Walker Business College in Portland. She worked for the Hartman Abstract Company, which became Oregon Title Insurance Company, for 37 years. Rita was then secretary for Circuit Judge William W. Wells for 11 years. She married Chester Kirkpatrick on September 9, 1942. He died on January 19, 1984. Rita was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a member of St. Rose Circle. She was also a member of St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary and worked diligently for that organization. Her husband Chester helped her and was an honorary member. Rita also belonged to the Pendleton Women's Club, and the Frontier Collectors club, and was the secretary for that organization for many years. Her and Chester were antique collectors, and donated many items over the years to the Umatilla County Historical Society Museum. She was also a member of the Dirt Dabbler's Garden Club. She and her husband were avid gardeners. Rita was involved in Happy Canyon for 18 years, and attended the Pendleton Round-Up all four days for 85 years. She also loved writing and had several of her short stories, poems and articles published. Rita is survived by a nephew, Lee Stickler of Monterey, California, and a niece, Jean Porter of Ukiah, Oregon, a great-niece, Jan Patton of Pendleton, and many other great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester, brothers: Charles, Walter and John Joerger, sisters: Elizabeth Joerger, Mrs. A.W. Haggerty Matilda of Enterprise, Oregon, and Mrs. Wm. Fred Pigg Mary of Pendleton.

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   Posted Wed September 21, 2011
My sympathy to Kirkpatrick family. Rita wisdom and knowledge will be missed. may the God of comfort help your family to endure.

Chanda Windham Cross
   Posted Thu September 22, 2011
My brother and I grew up knowing Rita as an aunt-like person to our family. She was always pleasant to us kids - letting us BE kids - in her home filled with lovely antiques. One of which was a wedding present to me, which I still own today. Bless the family during this time, and know that she was truly loved!

Mike Yeager
   Posted Sat October 01, 2011
I will truly miss seeing Rita, briskly going abouy Her business. I gasped when I seen the notice in the paper. A truly remarkable person. Made me feel like family when I was called to work on Her, properties. A true Historian, and pillar of Pendleton.If more people where like Rita this would be a better world. Clean living, active, a good example with no bad Habits Wow!

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