Marie Hattrup, a long- time resident of Sherman County and The Dalles, Ore., passed away at the age of 86 on Aug. 14, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif., after a long and courageous battle against multiple sclerosis. She was the optimist in the family, facing life’s challenges with a “take charge” attitude and a smile on her face. Marie was born on March 14, 1931, in Kent, Ore., the youngest of six children, to Ted and Millie (Holmes) von Borstel. She attended grade school in Kent, Ore., and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy High School in The Dalles in 1949.
After a year at Oregon State University, she married Kenneth Hattrup at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles on April 21, 1951. After Ken returned from the Korean War and finished college, they settled into a home in Sherman County and began farming in 1958. The following years were busy with farm life and raising a family. They operated a wheat ranch until they semi-retired and moved to The Dalles in 1985. Upon full retirement in 1993, they enjoyed traveling to Reno with good friends for a little gambling. In order to be closer to their children they later moved to Sparks Nev., and then to assisted living in Sonoma, Calif.
Marie was well known for her cooking and baking; talents, interests she passed on to her daughters. She provided delicious meals for the harvest crews (often times in the fields) and countless pies to the café at the Sherman County Fair. Annually, she would enter the Sherman County Fair and often the Oregon State Fair. Twice she won the title “Queen of the Kitchen” at the Oregon State Fair. She also served as a judge at various county fairs. Her interest in cooking continued after retirement, as she compiled two cookbooks for the benefit of St. Peter’s Altar Society and was a regular contributor to the “Taste of Home” magazine. As MS began to affect her more, Marie found a new friend in the computer. She spent countless hours compiling the family histories on the von Borstels and Hattrups, which were greatly appreciated by family members. In 1990 she completed and printed a pictorial history of “St. Mary’s Academy High School 1864 – 1956.” Marie enjoyed playing cards (bridge, pinochle, hearts) and would always make time for it.
Marie is survived by her husband, Kenneth, of Sonoma, Calif.; children and grandchildren, Rita Hattrup of San Rafael, Calif., George (Cheryl) Hattrup, Jade and Serena of Fresno, Calif., Ann (Matt) Lucchesi, Dominic, Gabriella and Giacomo of San Rafael, Calif., Heidi (Mark) Reppucci, Kieran and Cullen of El Segundo, Calif., sister, Rita Swyers of Hood River, Ore.; sister-in-law, Pat von Borstel of The Dalles, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald, Carl and George; and sister, Cassie DeCourcey.
A double celebration of life luncheon is planned for both Marie and her sister, Rita Swyers, who passed away on September 26, 2017. The luncheon will be at noon on Oct. 14, 2017, at St. Peter’s Parish Center, 1222 W 10th Street, The Dalles. Please join the families in remembering these remarkable ladies.
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