Marion Bridenbeck died June 23, 2020. She was 91.
She was born May 26, 1929, on a farm in Timber Lake,
South Dakota, to Lawrence and Lucille Cord. In 1934
the family moved to Oregon because of the dust storms
and swarms of locusts.
They settled in Stayton where they lived until moving to Milwaukie in 1941. Marion graduated from St. John's Catholic School, then St. Mary's Academy in 1947. She was a member of the Swiss/American Ski Club, and during a club dance she met Russ Bridenbeck. She said it was "love at first sight for both of us." They married in 1950,
and had four children, Larry, Karl, Diane, and Jan.
Music was a thread throughout her life. She
began singing when she was three years old,
joining her first choir when she was six. Her
favorite song to sing was Schubert's "Ave Maria."
For years Marion worked as a bookkeeper at the
family owned marina in Portland. After moving
to California, she worked as a bookkeeper at a
number of marinas, Heavenly Valley Ski Resort,
and Tahoe Inn. She finished up her career
working as a controller for Rosario Resort in
the San Juan Islands and Westcon in Portland.
She is survived by her husband of seventy years,
Russ Bridenbeck, brothers Jim Cord and Vern
Cord, sister Kathy Hansen, four children, ten
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by her sister, Rosella Kriezer.
A funeral service was held at St. Henry Catholic
Church Wednesday, July 1.