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Obituary: Marie E. Lampi

Published on November 7, 2018 12:01AM

Marie Lampi

Marie Lampi


Dec. 5, 1937 — Oct. 31, 2018

Marie E. Lampi was born to Leslie and Beatrice (Cowan) DeGandi in Portland, Oregon, on Dec. 5, 1937.

Marie married Melvin on Nov. 12, 1955. Together they raised three daughters, Judith Lampi and Heidi, of Warrenton, Janet Marambe (Arthur), of Portland and Jody Longo (James), of Portland.

Marie loved gardening, and took a special interest in tending to the various species of ferns that grew on the property in Brownsmead. The extension of this passion translated through the natural talent she had for floral arranging. Marie also loved animals, but cats stole her heart. Marie was an excellent contract bridge player, and earned the title of life master. Her homemade cookies were legendary.

Marie loved her family most of all. The annual Coates and Cowan family reunions brought everyone together to celebrate a heritage of family, friends and faith. Marie’s ancestors trace back to the sons and daughters of the American Revolution, who arrived in Oregon on a wagon train via the Oregon Trail.

Marie departed this life on Oct. 31, 2018 at the age of 80. Keeping with her wishes, Marie will be cremated and her remains buried next to her parents. She will be laid to rest at the family plot at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie, Oregon.

Marie is survived by her husband, Melvin, and her daughters, Judi, Janet and Jody. Marie was one of eight children: Bonnie Leistiko, Leslie DeGandi, Carol Brajcich, Patricia Humphrey, David DeGandi, William DeGandi and Harry DeGandi. All, with the exception of Bonnie, preceded her in death.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kenneth Marambe, Sarah Marambe, Cole Johnson, Adam Johnson and Emma Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Riley, Chloe, Kayah and Malia. Marie was also a favorite aunt to a host of nieces and nephews, who will miss her dearly.

A graveside service will be held at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. A celebration of life ceremony will directly follow at the American Legion Hall in Clatskanie, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, P.O. Box 34, Astoria, OR., 97103, for the future park that will honor Scandinavian heritage.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hughes-Ransom Mortuaries and Crematory in Astoria. Visit the online memorial tribute to sign the guest book, share a favorite memory or upload photos and more at and


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