– 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.
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
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.
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.
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.