Lorraine Elizabeth Bardan, 91, of Weiser, Idaho, and a former Baker City resident, died July 6, 2001, from Alzheimer’s disease at a Weiser care center.
Vigil services will be today at 7 p.m. at Thomason Funeral Chapel in Weiser. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Weiser. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Annex.
Mrs. Bardan was born May 4, 1910, at Minneapolis, Minn., to Robert E. and Annette Donaghue Lee. The family moved west, settling in the Parkdale area, where Mrs. Bardan and her siblings attended school. She took nurse’s training in Seattle in 1928-1929.
She married Morris Brock at Hood River in 1930.
During the war years she was a welder for Boeing Aircraft and the Portland shipyards. She was sent to San Francisco by the shipyards to do some welding for the Navy in the 1940s. Divorced in 1948, she then married George Donald Bardan, and the couple moved to Baker City where they lived until 1968, when they moved to the Annex area.
While in Baker City, Mrs. Bardan was well-known for her outgoing personality and work ethic. She worked for Jess Heard at Mike Hoff’s Log Cabin, at the Smoke Shop for Connie Grabb, the Pastime for Raymond Brown, Scotty’s Tavern for Scotty McKenzie and back again at The Log Cabin for Bill and Vi Lawson.
Later on, she and her husband, George, purchased and ran The Log Cabin for several years. At one time she managed the Stockman’s Cafe for Pat and Zen Cutting. She was a member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Baker City and a member of the Catholic Women’s League in Weiser.
Survivors include five daughters: Patricia Culley of Weiser; Mary Helen Strain and husband, Verne, of Smithers, British Columbia, Canada; Renne Edwards of Baker City; Margaret Fornshell of Vader, Wash.; and Brandy Rametes of Keizer; a son, John Bardan and his wife, Joyce, of Weiser; brothers, Eugene Lee of Portland; Kenneth Lee of St. Joseph, Mo.; and Richard Lee of Anaheim, Calif; sisters, Jean Hoeninger of St. Louis, Mo., and Shirley Greenman of Anaheim, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; a daughter, Midge; and five brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Bardan enjoyed life and was loved
by her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 13, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor