Harriet Winifred Price

Oct 15, 1927 - Aug 24, 2011


Harriet Winifred (Cesander) Price, age 83, of Sacramento died peacefully on August 24, 2011 after a brief struggle with lung cancer.

She was born on October 15, 1927, in West Liberty, Iowa, to Paul Kugler Cesander and Josephine Othelia (Wentzel) Cesander. She attended kindergarten in Iowa City, Iowa, elementary school at Simmons Elementary, and Junior High School and High School in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

After high school she attended Northern State University in Aberdeen and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor’s degree in education (major in Speech, minor in English). Based on her high scholastic standing she was a member of the “Order of the Gray Gowns” and as a junior was chosen as an honorary escort for the 1948 Spring and Summer commencements. She loved to sing and performed in “Las Nortenas” and “The Charmettes” at Northern. Her favorite professor was her father who taught psychology.

She married Harvey Eber Price on June 1, 1947, while at Northern. They lived in a Quonset hut on campus and their first son, Howard Allan, was born on September 18, 1948 at the begining of their senior year.

After graduation she and Harvey moved to Modesto, California and began their teaching careers in the fall of 1949. Their second son, Gary Michael, was born on December 10, 1951. She would later teach in Sacramento, California, taking time to give birth to her third son, Mark Timothy on March 29, 1955. In the fall of 1958, the family moved to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Harriet taught elementary school at Kings Beach Elementary and Harvey was the principal. Later she would teach at Tahoe City Elementary and Incline Village High School. While at Incline she taught English and debate. She sang in the church choir, often as a soloist, and was active in the Women’s Republican Club. After retiring from teaching in the mid-1970’s she began a second career as a bookkeeper for the North Shore Club. In 1977 she and Harvey returned to Sacramento, and she continued to work as a bookkeeper for Cal Gas and Perry’s Restaurant.

She was married to the love of her live, Harvey, for 51 years and 10 months, he preceded her in death in April 1999. She is survived by her sons, Howard (Theresa) of Sacramento, Gary (Rick) of Oakdale, and Mark (Anne) of Rancho Murieta. She was the beloved grandmother of Zachary, Gretchen, and Ian Price (Howard), and William, Lila, Layne, and Connor (Mark). She is also survived by her niece, Deacon Jeannette Manning (husband Larry and family) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Paul and Josephine Cesander, her sister Eleanor Jenks, and her brother, Paul K. Cesander (wife Eleanor).

Funeral services for Harriet will be held at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, California, on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. Interment will be at Tulare Cemetery, Tulare South Dakota.

A reception will follow the service on Wednesday at the home of Mark and Anne Price in Rancho Murieta.

Faith, Love, Family.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


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