Hildegarde (Roselund) Piersol

Born: Sun., Dec. 14, 1924
Died: Tue., Feb. 1, 2011


Memorial Service

1:00 PM Fri., Feb. 11, 2011


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Hildegarde Piersol was born December 14th, 1924 at Roseburg, Oregon to parents, Carl Edwin & Ethel Gertrude (Smith) Roselund. She died Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at her home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 86.

While in high school Hildegarde was a member of marching band and played bugle in Roseburg’s All Girl Drum & Bugle Corps. She was ASB Treasurer, attended University of Oregon on tuition scholarship. She was a member of Phi Chi Theta and Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honorees. Hildegarde graduated with a BS in Business Administration. She married Russell H. Piersol Jr.(a U.S. Navy submarine sailor) her senior year December 10th, 1944 in Roseburg. After the end of the war they moved to Hermiston to help run the family business, Piersol Cleaners. Hildegarde was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, past member of the Hermiston Civic League, member of the Campfire Girls Board, the Hermiston School Board(1 year), the Hermiston Fire & Emergency Board(17 years), the Eagles Auxiliary, Leader of the Campfire Girls & Horizon Club(8 years), of St. John’s Episcopal Church & was a Sunday School Teacher, owned & operated "Sew & Sew" Center for many years, taught sewing classes for many years, hosted 6 Rotary Exchange Students, 3 from Brazil & 3 from Australia. Hildegarde enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, boating, picnicing, outings to the mountains & the coast, sewing, and gardening especially Iris’.

She was preceded in death by Husband, Russell H. "Russ" Piersol Jr. in 1988; Son, Michael Piersol in 2006; Parents, Carl & Edith Roselund.

 

She is survived by Son, Russell Allen "Spike" Piersol of Hermiston, OR; Daughter, Gail Ann Waisanen of Crow, OR; 9 Grandchildren; 10 Great-grandchildren; 1 Great-great-grandson; 3 Sisters, Clarethel Kahananui of Lake Oswego, OR, Audrey Healey Eugene, OR, and Virginia Kruger Of Roseburg, OR; 1 Brother, Gordon Roselund of Phoenix, AZ; many nieces & nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hermiston. Disposition was by cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to OSHU Cancer Research or to St. John’s Episcopal Church or to the charity of your choice.

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zack and kim wilson and family
   Posted Tue February 08, 2011
we are sorry to hear about granny's passing and she will be missed by us all. our condolences are with each and every family member as you get through this hard time in your life.

Joao "John" Maciel from Brazil
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
I got a very happy time of my life living some months in Piersol´s home when i did my Rotary Youth Echange Student program in 1982...Also I got a chance to have Mrs. Hildegard as my americam mom for that time and i´m sure she is in a good and peacefull place for her rest.

Joao "John" Maciel from Brazil
   Posted Wed February 09, 2011
I got a very happy time of my life living some months in Piersol´s home when i did my Rotary Youth Echange Student program in 1982...Also I got a chance to have Mrs. Hildegard as my americam mom for that time and i´m sure she is in a good and peacefull place for her rest.

Jeanne Foster & Family
   Posted Thu February 10, 2011
Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful lady that I enjoyed very much for many, many years. Not only a loss for your family but the Hermiston Community and her many friends. May you find comfort that she is at peace in her Heavenly home and from the many friends that loved her!

Jeanne Jewett
   Posted Thu February 10, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss, Spike. Hildegarde was a very special lady. What a seamstress! My kids have Christmas stockings that she embroidered. She will always be remembered.

Wes & Shelley Walker
   Posted Thu February 10, 2011
What a very special lady she was. So sorry for your loss. Wes & Shelley

Sandi Harpster
   Posted Thu February 10, 2011
What a wonderful lady, funny and always willing to give a helping hand to someone. I met and knew her through another mutal friend.....she will be greatly missed. [I'll bet that "the sewing club" is in full swing now!] My sncere symphanies to the family members.

Darrell & Judy Rowbury
   Posted Fri February 11, 2011
We were very saddened to hear of Hildegard's passing. We offer you our love and prayers at this time. We both have worked with Hildegard over the years and have always come away learning something and appreciating her zest for life and spirit of 'can do'. Our condolences to you, Spike & Delores and family. We have wonderful memories of her and will greatly miss her.

Mitzi Townsend-Resing
   Posted Wed February 23, 2011
I have many fond memories of Hildegard when she was our Camp Fire Girls' leader. She was a wonderful lady who shared so much with so many! My prayers are with her family! I feel blessed to have known her!

GEORGIA "EILEEN" BENNETT LARAMORE
   Posted Mon August 20, 2012
On behalf of the GEORGE BENNETT family, I want to send condolences to the PIERSOL family

EILEEN

Adila Gibson
   Posted Wed October 10, 2012
I am sorry to find that Hildegard has gone on. She was an icon in this area for many years, and will be greatly missed. She was a devoted woman to many worthy causes. I did not know her personally, but who didn't? That's the way she was. Many a time I listened to Leonard Anderson talk about her, and several other of his friends. She was a favorite to him, and rightfully so. Her shoes will be hard to fill. She was also expert seamstress. What a wonderfully sweet woman she was.
She will be missed.