Obituaries for the week of 10-3-12
Claude Thomas Bergeron Jr.
April 13, 1932 - September 25, 2012
Madras resident Claude Thomas Bergeron Jr. died at home on Sept. 25, 2012, at the age of 80.
He was born April 13, 1932, in Dallas, Texas, to parents Georgia and Claude T. Bergeron Sr. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was very proud of his military service in the U.S. Navy.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he went to work as a psychiatric technician and worked for years in the mental health hospitals in California.
He furthered his study to become a registered nurse, and then a family nurse practitioner. Together with his wife, Barbara, also a family nurse practitioner, he started a number of community health centers in Northern California and Southern Oregon.
In spite of a serious auto accident in 1979, he continued to work and was passionate about bringing health care services to those in need. He retired in 1995.
He liked to call himself "the stable boy" after his retirement. He greatly enjoyed fishing on Lake Simtustus.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; their daughters, Kimberly Bergeron Marcott, Cindy Bergeron; grandchildren, Preston Bridges and his wife Asia, Felisha Short and her husband Matthew, John Baley, and Shane Bergeron. He is also survived by Robin Renee Barrere, a daughter from a previous marriage, and her three children. He was preceded in death by his sister, Claudia Tiemann.
Memorial services for Claude will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras. A reception at the family home will follow. Donations in Claude's memory may be made to Mountain View Home Health and Hospice in Madras, or to Wounded Warriors.
A special thanks goes out to all the staff at home health and hospice for all their special care and kindness shown to Claude and the family.
January 19, 1931 - September 1, 2012
Former Madras resident Jeanne Fifield passed away Sept. 1, 2012 at the age of 81.
A strong, remarkable woman, she faced her final illness with grace, courage, and amazing good humor. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Jeanne was born in Monterey Park, Calif., on Jan. 19, 1931. She married Gerald Fifield in 1947, and moved to his hometown of Grants Pass. Jeanne and Jerry moved from Southern Oregon to Southern California and back a couple of times while raising their four children.
They finally returned to Oregon for good in 1968, when they settled in Madras. After many years of operating Pelton Store and Boat Landing, they moved into town.
Jeanne managed the Jefferson County Senior Center, starting at Kollen Hall, and then moving along with the organization to the new senior center before she retired.
Jerry and Jeanne made many wonderful friends in their 39 years in Madras. In 2007, they moved to Keizer to be closer to their children.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Thomas of Apple Valley, Calif.; daughters, Christina (and husband Steve) York of Lincoln City, Jan (Mike Beal) White of Troutdale, Jeri Lynn (Ligoy) Gamaney of Keizer; son, Louis (and wife Jeri Ann Rufener) Fifield of Keizer; grandchildren, Shane, Lynette, April, Rex, Sara, Lilly, Nicole, and Charlotte; and great-grandchildren, Zoe, Brooke, Ian, Storm, Harrison, Tim and Kevin.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jerry Fifield.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services. For those wishing to honor the woman we were proud to call our mother, we suggest remembrances to her favorite organizations: Girl Scouts of the USA, Jefferson County Senior Center, Keizer/Salem Area Seniors, or one's local senior center.
Margaret May Jahns
February 28, 1917 - September 27, 2012
Graveside services for Madras resident Margaret May Jahns were held on Monday, Oct. 1, at Redmond Memorial Gardens, followed by a memorial service at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Madras. Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.