Josephine (Reichmuth) Ridgley was born near Zurich, Switzerland May 14, 1888. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1900’s with her sister Marie to Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington to join other family members that lived there.
Miss Reichmuth was married to Charles Franklin Jaensch Sr. in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington in 1909. To this union was born two sons; Charles Franklin Jaensch Jr. and Joseph William Jaensch.
Mr. and Mrs. Jaensch lived in Wallowa County for a number of years farming on Alder Slope. Mr. and Mrs. Jaensch later divorced and Mrs. Jaensch moved to Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.
She worked for a number of years at the Heathman Hotel in Portland. At a later date she was a caregiver to Mr. Ridgley, eventually they were married and lived at 5304 North Concord Street in Portland, Oregon. After Mr. Ridgleys death, Mrs. Ridgley in her later years moved to an assisted living nursing home in Portland, Oregon where she passed away in February 1984.
Mrs. Ridgley was interred in the Rose Lawn Cemetery in Portland.
Mrs. Ridgley was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Annie, first husband Charles Franklin Jaensch Sr. and Mr. Ridgley of Portland and a son, Joseph William Jaensch of El Paso, Texas.
She is survived by a son, Charles Franklin Jaensch Jr., grandchildren Gerald Franklin Jaensch of Baker, Oregon and David Michael Jaensch of Hillsboro, Oregon. Three great grandchildren, Timothy Jaensch, Lisa Jaensch of Baker, Oregon and Eric Jaensch of Hillsboro, Oregon and other nieces and nephews.
Note: I Gerald Jaensch by my hand, made this obituary from known facts and is the only obituary known until at a later date a true published obituary becomes available. Gerald Jaensch May 30, 2003