Obituary: Barbara Kate Kononen

Barbara Kate Kononen

Barbara passed away in Springfield, Oregon, on July 4, 2012, at the age of 79. She was born on May 3, 1933, to Bud and Lenore Horn in Pendleton, Oregon. She was married to Lester Kononen, who passed away in 1986.

She worked many years at the Eastern Oregon State Hospital in Pendleton. Later she moved to Salem, where she worked as a cannery worker. In retirement she lived in Redmond, Oregon, and later she moved to Springfield.

She leaves behind 7 children: Lesley Watchman of Salem, Cherlyn Ornales of Woodburn, Mary Kononen of Salem, James Kononen of Redmond, Katie Kononen Of Salem, Kelly Raber of Mitchell and Molly Kononen of Springfield, Oregon. She has 26 grandkids and 25 great-grandkids.

She loved watching her grandkids and great-grandkids play sports.

We will be having a graveside service for her at the Olney Cemetery in Pendleton on Saturday, August 11, at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

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