Mariel Mae Trapani (September 3, 1928 – June 16, 2016) |

Mariel Mae Trapani (September 3, 1928 – June 16, 2016)

Mariel Mae Trapani passed away June 16, 2016, in Newport, Oregon.

Born Mariel Mae Olson on September 3, 1928, to Milton and Mildred Simms Olson, she grew up on her maternal family’s farm in Clackamas County, Oregon, just outside Beavercreek. Mariel graduated from Oregon City High School in 1946, where she served in the Alpha Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. She attended Oregon State College and the University of Oregon Medical School. She was a trained medical laboratory technician and practiced in California and Colorado. Mariel later completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in 1973.

In 1952, she married Ignatius Louis (Lou) Trapani of San Francisco, California. They lived in Palo Alto and Sierra Madre, California, while he did his graduate work at Stanford and Cal Tech. They moved to Aurora, Colorado, in 1960 and to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in 1969. Both of their grown children are graduates of Glenwood Springs High School. In December 2000 they retired to Depoe Bay, Oregon, making their home in Little Whale Cove. Lou passed away February 13, 2012.

Mariel is survived by her older brother, Richard (Dick) Olson of Oceanside, California, her two children Teresa Diane Trapani of Oslo, Norway, and Paul Gerard Trapani and his wife, Tara, of Middlesex, Vermont. She was predeceased by three infants: Matthew Ignatius, born August 4, 1960; Mark David, stillborn December 22, 1964; and Christopher Louis, born November 16, 1966. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Karen Worthy; Mark Teeuwen; Christopher Vardan; Lezane Trapani; Juliette Trapani; Genevieve Trapani; and Rose Maguire, as well as six great-grandchildren: Alex, Logan, and Ethan Worthy; Finn and Morrigan McCormick; and Charlotte Vardan.

Mariel was an avid gardener and a gifted watercolor painter, weaver and craftsperson. She gave freely to her church and community and did volunteer work for many organizations, both in Colorado and Oregon. She will always be remembered for her warm, generous nature, her gentle smile, spiritual wisdom, and loving presence.

A funeral mass to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m. PDT at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newport, Oregon. A reception will follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Oregon Food Bank ( or to the Meals on Wheels program through the Newport Senior Center (541-265-9617).

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