Joan I. Culbertson

Joan I. Culbertson

Joan I. Culbertson, 80, of Pendleton died April 24, 2013, at a local care facility.

Joan was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on June 28, 1932, to Fredrick and Muriel (James) Diehl. She graduated West Scranton High School in 1952. On January 12, 1957, she married Orlin Culbertson. Joan is the mother of Kimberly Rene Culbertson of Hillsboro, Oregon, Lori Kaye Husband and Lisa Gaye Clemens of Pendleton.

She established bank employment in New York City and within eight months moved with her husband to Oregon, where she became employed by Oregon Mutual Insurance in McMinnville, assisting in the support of a college education for her husband at Linfield College. Following her husband’s career to Vale, Oregon, Joan started working part-time at US Bank in 1971, developing into full-time with a transfer to US Bank of Pendleton in 1977. She retired from the US Bank Commercial Lending Center operations in 1990.

She was active with The Dirt Dabblers, volunteered at the Umatilla Historical Society, the Bargain Counter and Heritage Station.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, David and Fredrick Diehl; and three sisters, Lois Arndt, Jean Howey and Muriel Mulherin. Survivors include her husband, Orlin; three daughters; five grandchildren; brother Robert Diehl of Toms River, N.J., and sister Janet Phillips of Scranton, Pa.

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