Katherine Katie (Monahan) Hager

Born: Wed., Apr. 9, 1913
Died: Mon., Mar. 4, 2013


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Mar. 08, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary Chapel


Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Sat., Mar. 09, 2013
Location: Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church


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Katherine "Katie" Monahan Hager, was born on April 9, 1913 in Condon, Oregon to John J. And Margaret "Maggie" Russell Monahan. She died on March 4, 2013 in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 99 years. Katie Graduated from Condon High School in 1931 where she was a member of the girls’ basketball team for three years. After graduation which was during the depression years she assisted her parents on their ranch for one year. In the fall of 1932 she enrolled in Eastern Oregon Normal School of LaGrande, Oregon, now known as Eastern Oregon University. After two years of college she received a teaching certificate in 1934 to teach in the elementary schools of Oregon. Mrs. Hager taught for six years in the elementary schools of Gilliam and Sherman Counties. When in Sherman County she was a 4-H clothing leader and chaperoned Sherman County’s delegation of the 4-H members to the annual summer school at Oregon State University. In the fall of 1940, she enrolled as a student at Oregon State University where she graduated in the spring of 1942 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Condon High School offered her a contract to teach in the high school. She declined the contract to assist her parents on their ranch during the war years. After WWII she accepted a position with Oregon State University as a county extension agent in home economics. After serving for one year in Morrow County she was transferred to Umatilla County. Her duties were with home economics projects for women and 4-H club members. At that time there was a large participation in both groups. In addition to her employment in Umatilla County she accepted assignments to judge home economics exhibits at county fairs in Wheeler, Gilliam, Wasco, Union, Baker, and Wallowa counties in Oregon; the Oregon State Fair, the Southeastern Washington Fair at Walla Walla and the Central Washington fair in Yakima, Washington. As a county extension agent she was one of the delegates that represented Oregon State University at the National Home Economics Convention in San Francisco, California. In 1952 she accepted an offer to teach in the Heppner High School. For a period of years she continued to take college courses at various colleges. She was a believer of continuing education. In 1953 she married Homer Hager at Heppner, Oregon. The Hager’s moved to Hermiston in 1960 where they had a new home built. Mrs. Hager continued to teach in the Hermiston School District until her retirement. Her retirement consisted of more than 30 years as a teacher and county extension agent. In October 1979 she underwent a major surgery for cancer in Portland. The following month her husband was stricken with a devastating and painful illness. Her husband, Homer Hager died in January 1989. Mrs. Hager was a devoted care giver to her husband for more than nine years. They both shared a love for gardening and caring for their yard. After her husband’s death she made improvements to the home and yard. She kept busy caring for the home and yard, sewing, and reading. In 2009 she moved from her home at the age of 96 and settled into Rose Arbor Assisted Living. She was forever grateful for the care she received and the friends she made while living there. Mrs. Hager was especially thankful and appreciative of her neighbors for their kindness and helpfulness. She was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church and the Oregon State University Alumni Association.

She is survived by her niece: Rene Durfey, Condon, OR; nephews: Bob Monahan, Pendleton, OR, Joe Monahan, Moses Lake, WA, and Wayne Monahan, Battle Mountain, NV, special friend: Francine Evans, Irrigon, OR; and numerous relatives.

Mrs. Hager was preceded in death by her husband: Homer, her parents: John and Maggie Monahan, and two brothers: John Edward Monahan and Frank Monahan.

Contributions in Katie’s memory may be made to Catholic Daughters of the America’s or the American Diabetes Association.

A recitation of the rosary will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston, Oregon. Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.

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Merlyn Robinson
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
To Katie's Family
How wonderful that Katie lived a long & very productive life. Many Heppner folks remember her years of teaching and extension work. I personally enjoyed and remembered Katie & her paint horse when she joined us as a Wrangler Riding Club member- -lots of fun times back then with some horse-crazy great folks
Sorry for your loss. Merlyn

Jerry and Judy Haguewood
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
So sorry we can't be at Katie's funeral. We have a meeting in Milton-Freewater until 1 pm. We absolutely loved our visit with her reminiscing of years past. Amazingly, she could remember names, dates and places as if was yesterday. Shendidnso much good with her life. Certainly set a good example for us all. Our picture taken during our time together is in my journal. Thank you so much for the phone call and the visit. Our sympathy to your family.