Joan Marie Sharp Frischmuth was 101 when she passed in McMinnville Ore., on April 16, 2018. She was born on March 23, 1917, in The Dalles, Ore., the oldest of Arthur J. Sharp and Eunice Codd Sharp’s four children.
Joan grew up on a cattle and wheat ranch in The Dalles that the family still owns. Joan attended St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles and graduated from St. Mary’s in Portland, Ore. She attended Marylhurst College and married Henry Frischmuth in 1946. They had five children, moving from The Dalles to Hermiston, then McMinnville.
Joan was a skilled artist, working for photographic studios retouching and hand coloring photographs. She was an outstanding seamstress, designing clothes for dancers, weddings, schools and the Catholic church. Her fashions were nationally published and her talents included painting and stained glass.
Joan was proud of her family’s pioneering history. Her grandfather was a surveyor in Wasco County and did much of the work on the road from The Dalles to Portland. Her father played football with Knute Rockney at Notre Dame and was a successful rancher in The Dalles. The Sharp family lineage is traced to the Pilgrims. Joan was proud of her children’s achievements and their philanthropy.
She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Sharp Mitchell, Seattle, Wash.; children- Phillip Frischmuth, Patrick Frischmuth, Paula Frischmuth Miller, Pam Frischmuth Fecher; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Henry Phillip Frischmuth, and daughter, Peggi Frischmuth Roskens.
A celebration of Joan’s life is planned at a later date.
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