Josephine Kerege

Josephine Kerege U.S. Veteran

The Dalles, Ore.

February 23, 1923 - June 7, 2013

Josephine Elizabeth Ward Kerege, 90, of The Dalles, died June 7, 2013, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center peacefully, surrounded by family, following a stroke.
She was born Feb. 23, 1923, at her grandmother’s home to Clara Thompson Ward and Edward L. Ward. She attended the one-room grade school at Boyd before graduating from The Dalles High School, St. Helen’s Hall Junior College and the University of Oregon. She served as a Wave during World War II.
She married John F. Kerege on June 29, 1946.
She taught school for several years as a substitute teacher in The Dalles to help put six children through college.
She was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children Mary Kerege McAllister (Randy), Karolyn Kerege Steele, Kathryn Kerege Matthews (J.V.), Cynthia Louise Kerege Wheeler (Grant); her sister Nancy Ward Zopf (Dave); grandchildren Jeff, Marc, Sean, Shannon, Rob, Doug, Jason, Josh, Megan, Grant Jr., Ashley, Heather, Paul and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Kerege, son John Kerege Jr., son Louis Kerege, parents Edward and Clara Ward, and brother Edward Ward Jr.
Viewing is Friday, June 14th from 2 to 7 pm at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home. Rosary is planned at St. Peters Catholic Church, Saturday June 15th at 9:30 am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial with Naval rites, then burial at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery. Reception to Follow.
Memorials may be made to HAVEN, CASA or The Dalles-Wasco County Library children’s addition fund.

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12samuel 5 years, 5 months ago

So sorry to learn of Mrs. Kerege passing. My sincerest condolences. Sam Gardner


rmckee 5 years, 5 months ago

I was saddened to read about your Mom. I have thought about all of you often since leaving 15 Mile. My condolences to you all.

Rod McKee


vlimmeroth 5 years, 5 months ago

**What a grand, sweet lady your Mom was. I know you will miss her so much. We are so sorry for your loss. She always had the sweetest smile, and always had time to visit with us.

Your Mom and Dad were so very special. Sending sincere condolences and love. Paul and Velma Limmeroth


DarParrow 5 years, 5 months ago

Sincere respects and condolences. I didn't know about the military service part and as a retired AF person, I truly respect your Mom for her service to America. I would like to honor her memory by adding the details of her service (if you could provide) to the database of the Women in Military Service to America's Memorial which stands at the entrance of Arlington National Cemetery. I was fortunate enough to attend the dedication in Oct 1997. It was truly amazing seeing women from WW1 and WW2 finally receive recognition for their service. Darlene Parrow


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