Colean Rose (Hirsch) Norton

Born: Tue., Jul. 19, 1921
Died: Sat., Mar. 28, 2015


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 01, 2015
Location: LaFollette's Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Wed., Apr. 01, 2015
Location: First Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Colean Norton passed away March 28, 2015, at the Harney District Hospital. Colean Rose Hirsch was born July 19, 1921, to Fred and Marie Hirsch in Simpson, Kansas, where she lived on the family farm, worked for her neighbors, and graduated from Hayes Normal School, and then taught in one-room schools. During the war she traveled to San Francisco to aid the war effort by being a "Rosie the Riveter."  Not quite strong enough for the work, she visited her sister, Opal, in Burns. After several visits, she decided to move here and join the girls at the Edward Hines Lumber Company office. Also at Edward Hines was Rudy Sunderlin. They married September 21, 1946. In 1947 Colean became a confirmed member of Hope Lutheran Church in Hines. They had two children, Paul and Karen. Rudy passed away in 1965. She later married John Norton.
As a member of the Lutheran church, she participated in the annual Smorgasborg dinners, made potato sausage, taught Sunday School, was active in the Ladies Aid and held various offices in the church. She became a Cub Scout Leader, volunteered with the American Cancer Society and the American Legion Auxiliary where she spent many hours selling poppies and working in the concession stand at the fairgrounds. In addition she worked for 25 years as a deputy clerk at the Harney County Courthouse in the county clerk's office.
Survivors include Paul and Beverly Sunderlin of Bend and Karen Starbuck of Princeton, John and Shelly Norton of Colorado Springs, grandchildren Brett Starbuck, Luke and Janeen Starbuck, Wade and Jody Starbuck, Tassie and Dave Hooper, Marty and Zina Norton, Casey Norton, great-grandchildren Wyatt, Sydney, Henry, Frank, Elias, and John Starbuck, Tommie John and Zach Hooper, sister Opal Filteau, brother Fred Hirsch, nieces Christine Stott, Janet Swenson, Carole Ann Boyce, Cathy Freeman, nephews Alan Singsaas, Butch Percival, Fred and Steve Hirsch.
Colean was preceded in death by her parents, twin sister Pauline, husbands Rudy and John, nephew Jon Filteau, niece Linda Singsaas, and son-in-law Johnny Starbuck.
Funeral services will be 2:00 on Wednesday, April 1 at First Lutheran Church, 349 South Egan. Contributions may be mailed to the Community Flag Fund in care of LaFollette’s Chapel P.O. Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

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Carole Boyce
   Posted Fri April 03, 2015
I love the picture you chose for Aunt Colean. I love looking at pictures of her and my mother. Hard to believe they are both gone. My favorite is of you four together with your bowl haircuts and Uncle sitting in the front. Hard to believe he was ever that small.

Sharon Wishard
   Posted Fri April 03, 2015
"Mom" Colean was a wonderful person. She helped when she could. She gave as she could.
She took in a Forster child for a while and she always opened her home and heart to me. I will always think of her with a smile and grateful for her love and warmth. She taught me the song, "Jesus Loves Me" at four years old and I never forgot it and taught it to my children and grandchildren.

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