Brenda M. Etzel
June 28, 1949 July 22, 2013

Keizer Brenda was born to Ignatius and Georgia Etzel in Salem, OR.  She grew up in Shaw and graduated from Serra Catholic High School in 1967.

Brenda began her 43-year insurance career at State Farm in 1968, working for other companies in the private sector, the State of Oregon Insurance Division, and retiring from ODS in Portland in 2011.  Brenda was well respected in the insurance industry, earning many designations/degrees along the way.

She is survived by her brother: Spencer (Connie) Etzel; sister: Gloria Johnson; partner: Gary Gierloff, and a large extended family and friends; she was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sandra.

Brenda will long be remembered as a strong and independent woman.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  A special thanks to the Providence Benedictine Sisters and Willamette Valley Hospice.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shaw on August 10,2013 at 10am, with a reception following.  Casual dress is encouraged. Donations may be made in Brenda's memory to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd, #350, Portland, OR 97219. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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