Joanne Dwyer Harsey

September 14, 1931November 17, 2018

Joanne Dwyer Harsey passed away at her home on November 17, 2018 due to natural causes.

Joanne was a lifelong resident of the Portland area. She attended Duniway, St. Stephen’s, and St. Mary’s Academy in Portland. In grade school, she studied harp and piano, and won a scholastic and music scholarship to St. Mary’s High School. In high school, she excelled at both instruments and was featured as a soloist and the piano accompanist for the Orchestra. Joanne was a Graduate of Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) in 1953, majoring in Agricultural Economics, and she continued to excel at piano and harp. A highlight was her playing the Grieg concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Joanne would carry her love of piano and harp into her later life - performing at various events, being an active member of the Opera Guild, volunteer and season ticket holder to the Oregon Symphony, and making yearly visits to the Sunriver Music Festival.

While in College, Joanne met her future husband, William (Bill) Harsey, a Forestry student whom she married at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 1954. Their first son, Bill Jr. was born in Oklahoma, and upon return to Oregon Joanne and Bill had their children Dean, Denise, Brian, David, and Jan. While raising her family, Joanne also managed the bookkeeping for the family logging company, Harsey Logging. Joanne is survived by her husband and children, as well as her grandchildren Ian, Sarah and Rachel Harsey.

Funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego on Thursday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a church reception and then a 3:00 p.m. concluding committal service at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland.


  • William Harsey Sr., Husband
  • Kathleen Duyck, Sister
  • Rosemary Seggert, Sister
  • Stephanie Talley, Sister
  • William Harsey Jr., Son
  • Dean Harsey, Son
  • Denise Ferguson, Daughter
  • Brian Harsey, Son
  • David Harsey, Son
  • Jan Hurtig, Daughter
  • Ian Harsey, Grandchild
  • Sarah Harsey, Grandchild
  • Rachel Harsey, Grandchild

  • Bill Harsey, Active
  • Dean Harsey, Active
  • Brian Harsey, Active
  • David Harsey, Active
  • Dana Hurtig, Active
  • John Ferguson, Active


  • Funeral Mass Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Church Reception Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, November 29, 2018

Joanne Dwyer Harsey

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Jacqueline Johnson

November 30, 2018

To the Family
So sorry for your loss. I met Joanne when I lived in the same dorm as she and her sister, Kathleen, lived. I enjoyed our friendship. When she and Bill were married at Fort Sill, we were able to attend as my husband was also stationed there. She was a gentle, loving soul and I was glad to see she had a long life with her family.

Best Wishes to All