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Memorial for Janet Harpole

Born in Corbett, Oregon on Jan. 21, 1929
Departed on Feb. 16, 2018 and resided in Albany, Oregon .

Janet Maxine Gebhardt Harpole passed peacefully at home of natural causes with family at her side. She was born January 1929 in Corbett, Oregon to William and Lucile (Woodard) Gebhardt. She is preceded in death by her husband Howard Harpole.
Janet spent her early childhood in Corbett and she graduated in 1947 from Sweet Home High School. She attended Oregon State University. She married Howard Harpole in May 1950.
Together they lived in Albany, Cottage Grove, Fossil, LaGrande and then back to Albany in 1969.
Janet and Howard had five children; Jenine and Jody Williamson of Enterprise Oregon; Marlene and Pat O’Rourke, La Grande, Oregon; Terri Harpole, Albany; Bruce and Connie Harpole, Albany; and Lisa and Bob McIntyre, Portland, Oregon. Grandchildren; Heath Williamson, Heather Williamson, Adib and Neda Fletcher, Shawn and Elizabeth O’Rourke, Casey and Amie O’Rourke, Elizabeth and Jason Henkel, Sarah Harpole and Frank Frenzel, Brooke McIntyre, Lexie and Brady Harrison, and Seth and Amber McIntyre. Great Grandchildren; AnyaRose, Eli, Blair, Evan, Jude, Lilah and Lena. Sister-in-law, Eileen Burkeen many nieces and nephews.
Janet was more than a homemaker, she was also a college instructor for upholstery at LBCC, and a prolific volunteer. Her passion volunteering was seen both in her church and community which includes Fossil and La Grande PTA, Welcome Wagon of La Grande, American Field Service, Interfaith Caregivers as a driver and PEO. Janet was one of founders of FISH of Albany and helped start the first recycle center in Albany. As a First Christian Church member, she served The Christian Women’s Fellowship group on local, state and national level. She also volunteered on many First Christian Church retreats and foreign mission trips. Janet and Howard were avid OSU Beavers Club boosters.
Janet had great passion for beauty in her home and yard. She generously shared these passions with family and many others who soon felt like family. Her love for travel took her to 52 countries and infected her children and grandchildren with the travel bug.
A celebration of Life will be on February 24th at 2:00 pm at the Albany First Christian Church, 432 Ferry St. SW. A reception will follow. Contributions in Janet’s name may be made to FISH of Albany or African Children Outreach in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321

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