STAYTON – Marcella
“Marcey” Etzel began her eternal reward on May 31, 2012,
leaving behind her family, a multitude of friends, and a
lifetime of memories. She passed away at the family farm where
she lived for over 60 years.
Marcey was born on May
6, 1929 to John and Julia Silbernagel in the Jordan area, just
east of Scio, Oregon. The sixth of eight kids, she was born into
a family filled with love and a strong faith in God. Being a
“depression era” baby, Marcey quickly grew to be a hard
working and dependable youngster, working hand in hand with her
parents, brothers, and sisters on the family farm. Marcey met
her lifetime pal, Al Etzel in 1947, and the two lovebirds were
married on November 22, 1949.
The newlyweds began
their life together on Fern Ridge Road, just east of Stayton,
settling into an old farm house on one of the Etzel Brother’s
family farms, where they soon began raising their family of 6
children. Once the kids were grown, Marcey began a second career
at Norpac Foods. She helped process the fruits and vegetables
that she and Al grew on the farm. She spent 22 years at Norpac,
retiring in 1991.
Marcey was a wonderful
mother and homemaker. She was totally involved with her growing
family and taught her kids the lessons of life. In the summers,
Marcey would get everyone up for an early breakfast and then,
with the kids in tow, it was off to the strawberry and bean
fields for the day. Once home from the fields, she would unwind
in her garden, before making dinner for her hungry brood.
Marcey’s garden was her refuge during the warm summer months,
and what the family didn’t eat, she canned. By the end of
every summer, her fruit room shelves and freezers were
completely filled with the fruits of her labor. Not only did she
have enough to get her family through the longest of winters,
she always had enough to share with family, friends, and anyone
in need. Marcey’s specialty was her Dill pickles. Everyone
knew of her famous Dills. Her freezer jams were also an area
relationship with God was at the center of her life. When it
came to living out her Christian values, she truly “walked the
walk”. She lived her faith and was a wonderful example of
Christ’s love. Marcey had a tremendous devotion to the Blessed
Virgin Mary. As a young mother, she led the family in the
recitation of the rosary almost every night after dinner. Marcey
was a very active member of St Boniface Catholic Church in
Sublimity her entire adult life, and was involved in almost
every activity that went on at the Church. Her friends from
Church were a huge part of her large, extended family. She was
also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America for 60 years.
Marcey was preceded in
death by her son, Rick in 1999, and by her beloved husband, Al,
in 2005. She is survived by daughters Beverly (Steve) Parscale
and Judy Samples of Portland, sons; Ron (Anne) of Sublimity,
Larry of Stayton, and Leroy (Jani) of Aumsville; brother; Bennie
Silbernagel of Scio, and sisters; Betty Fischer of Stayton, and
Bert Small of Lacey, WA; and eight grandchildren.
The family would like
to thank all those who helped us in caring for Mom during her
final years at the farm including the staff of Santiam Memorial
Hospital. To our wonderful caregivers, you were gifts from God.
We can’t thank you enough for your genuine caring and concern,
and the joy you brought into Mom’s life. We would also like to
give a special thank you to the entire staff of the Willamette
Valley Hospice; you were invaluable in helping us keep Mom
comfortable and at peace during her final 2 years.
June 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Weddle Funeral
Chapel. Please join the family in celebrating Marcey’s
bountiful life at St Boniface Catholic Church. Recitation of the
Rosary will be at 7PM on Monday, June 4, 2012 with the Mass of
Christian Burial at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 5.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in Marcey’s memory to Regis High School
or to St Boniface Catholic Church. Arrangements by Weddle