GRESHAM — Marion Bridenbeck, 91, died June 23. There was a funeral Mass at St. Henry Church. She was a parishioner there.

Mrs. Bridenbeck 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 and then, in 1941, in Milwaukie. Mrs. Bridenbeck graduated from St. John 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 3 years old, joining her first choir when she was 6. Her favorite song to sing was Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”

For years Mrs. Bridenbeck 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 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 70 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.