JoAnna Marie White

Born: Fri., Feb. 1, 1952
Died: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018


Recitation of the Rosary

8:30 AM Fri., Aug. 24, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 AM Fri., Aug. 24, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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JoAnna Marie White, 66 of LaGrande died Saturday August 18, 2018. She was born February 1, 1952. Rosary will be held Friday August 24, 2018 at 8:30 am, followed by Mass at 9:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church and burial at Olney Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at

Joanna M White daughter of John and Mary Katona. Born February 1, 1952 and raised in Seattle. She passed away in La Grande, Oregon August 18, 2018. Survived by four brothers Jerry, Brian, Tom, and Kevin Katona all from the Seattle area and sister Karen Early of Pilot Rock. Joanna received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Seattle University and obtained an Advanced Cooking degree in London from Le Cordon Blue culinary school. She was a prolific cookbook author. Loved to cook and she loved to decorate for the Holidays and usually had an art project. Our gratitude to Wildflower Lodge Memory Care Unit and Hear and Home Hospice in La Grande for their loving care of our sister Joanna. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at

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Kayla Reagan
   Posted Wed August 22, 2018
Ms. JoAnna was loved very much by our staff at Wildflower Lodge. I could always count on her beautiful smile and her reaching up to stroke my cheek. I can’t say enough kind words about her. I will miss her.

Mary Jo Hartwell
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
I met Joanna when she was a neighbor to Alice Peterson. Joanna took Alice her mail everyday, then sat with her to talk about their day. Joanna was a great neighbor to Alice. So sorry for your loss. This notice is for Karen.

Sherree Marx Gause
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Joanne was the kind of friend one needs to get through life. She was my sweet high school buddy and I always enjoyed going to the Katona's after school to make our favorite after school snack.... buttered/sugared saltine
crackers broiled to perfection!

Her loving spirit and zeal overflowed on whoever she met and whatever she did.

May God's Divine mercy and love shine upon you and may you cook something scrumptious for the King!

My heartfelt condolences to the siblings. A grateful heart to Karen.

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