Margaret Ann (Napravnik) Purpura-Amato
Margaret (Marge) Ann (Napravnik) Purpura-Amato died Thursday, February 10 of natural causes at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Clackamas. She was 90 years-old.
Born in Wahpeton, North Dakota on June 4, 1931, to Joseph and Anna Napravnik, she was the youngest of three children, including her brother Joseph (Joe) and sister Agnes. As a young girl she enjoyed ice skating at Chahinkapa Park, helping her parents stock the grocery store they owned, playing the piano for her grandmother, and spending time with her friends and family.
In the early 1940s, the Napravniks moved to Salem, Oregon, where Marge graduated from Leslie Junior High School in 1947. Eventually, the family settled in Portland, where her parents ran a neighborhood grocery store on S.E. Woodward. Marge graduated from Franklin High School in 1950 and made lifelong friends while attending the school. For decades afterward, the group of Franklin High School friends, who referred to themselves as the "Lunch Bunch," would meet nearly every month for a lunch date together.
Over the next few years, she met Robert (Bob) A. Purpura, and after dating for two years, they married on October 8, 1955, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland. In October of 1956, they welcomed their first, and only child, a daughter, Nancy Ann.
Marge worked in a dental office prior to her marriage and became a homemaker when Nancy was born. While her daughter was in school, she enjoyed participating in the PTA and volunteering her time there. She reentered the work force when her daughter became a senior in high school. She especially loved working in retail and continued to do so until her retirement in the late 1980s.
In the summer of 1993, her husband Bob passed away. They were married 38 years. Following his death, she spent time with her family and friends, and while attending the funeral of a family member in 1994, she became reacquainted with Ronald (Ron) Amato, her husband Bob's cousin.
On September 28, 1995, Marge and Ron were married in San Francisco, California at Old St. Mary's Cathedral by Ron's friend from grade school and Central Catholic High School, Father Tom Dove. They spent the next several years traveling across the United States by car, to Australia and New Zealand via cruise, and to many other locales across the globe. They enjoyed their travels and made many new friends in their journeys across the country and beyond.
After 20 years of marriage, Ron passed away in the fall of 2015, and Marge never remarried.
Marge was a wonderful person who was well-loved by anyone who met her. She loved big band music, jazz and Tony Bennett, and she was also fond of daytime talk shows, including Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Talk. She was a great mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, and her family will miss her deeply.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna, her brother Joe, and her sister Agnes. She is survived by her daughter Nancy (Purpura) Hammett, her son-in-law Douglas A. Hammett, her grandchildren Douglas W. Hammett (wife, Cristen,) Christina A. Hammett, and Robert L. Hammett (wife, Christie,) and five great-grandchildren, Hadley, Aisley, Kaliyah, Emmitt and Haven Hammett, and several nephews and nieces.
Marge was interred at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum in Portland. Mt. Scott Funeral Home took care of the arrangements, and the family requests that donations be made in Marge's name to the charities which were near and dear to her heart - Union Gospel Mission, the American Lung Association or Easter Seals.