Our mother, Aldine Pearl Gedeon, passed away April 26th, 2023, from congestive heart failure, at her home surrounded by family. She was born July 31st, 1928, to Leaman Avery and Dororthy Lucinda Quail at the home of her maternal grandparents, Henry and Maude Marvin Clute, on Clute Hill near Richford New York.
After completing her early education at the Waddles one room school, she attended high school at the Whitney Point Central School, at Whitney Point New York graduating with the class of 1944 at the age of 15. Shortly thereafter, as the war was ending, she went to work doing bookkeeping work for various businesses.
In 1947 Aldine married Don Ward they later divorced. In June of 1952 while working for Azon, a company that treated paper for mimeographing, at the urging of her boss, she accepted a job transfer to a new branch that was opening in El Segundo, California. She would be the only member of her immediate family to relocate out of the state of New York.
While working in southern California Aldine met, after first having met his mother while riding the bus to work, Robert Gedeon. They married on October 24th, 1952, at Tiajuana Mexico. She never forgot her upbringing on a dairy farm in upstate New York. That would be a factor in the family’s deciding to relocate to a farm at Crow, Oregon in 1962.
Driven by a lifelong desire to lose weight Aldine joined TOPS of which she was member for many years. Not only did she achieve her goal, but she also encouraged many others along the way to do the same.
Aldine’s first love was family and she cherished the many memories she recorded in her journaling. She was predeceased by her Husband, son Stephen, grandson Andrew, and her siblings Maude, Floyd, Gladys, Hugh, and Richard. She is survived by her sons, Paul (David) of Walnut Creek, California and Richard and James (Michelle) of Crow and grandson, Jimmy (Annie).
Specail thanks to Peace Health Hospice for thier compassion, during her last days.