Marian Teresa Schwenk, 83, of Phoenix, Ore., passed away peacefully and in the loving embrace of her family Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Providence Medford Medical Center. She was born June 18, 1929, in Baker City, Ore., to the late James and Kate Morrissey, who came to the United States from Ireland and settled in Keating, Oregon, where they became successful ranchers. It was there that Marian spent an idyllic childhood full of hard work and play among beloved farm animals and open pastures.
Her life was devoted to her family: her loving husband of 40 years, Calvin Schwenk; her daughters, Joni Roskofsky (husband Arthur), Deanne Thompson (husband Jerry), and Susie Parker (husband Larry); her sons, John Givens (wife Laura) and James Givens (wife Ilona); her grandchildren, Jason Hollen, Andi Black (husband Adam), Jeremy Thompson, Ryan Parker (wife Jennifer), Jazzmin Glover (husband Aaren), Harrison Givens, Anna Givens, and William Givens; great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Black; her sister, Kathleen Franklin; and her nephews and nieces, all who survive her. Marian was predeceased by her brothers, William Morrissey, James Morrissey, and Johnny Morrissey; and her sister, Johanna Fleetwood.
Marian left life the way she lived it - with a strong spirit, profound gratitude for all of the blessings in her life, a deep faith in God, and an overflowing love for her family. Family and faith were the centers of her world. She was willing to make any sacrifice for the sake of those she loved. She never complained about the obstacles she encountered in life and instead overcame them through hard work and the determination to provide the best for her family. She loved the important things in life: her home and the flowers that she planted each year, long talks with her loved ones, long walks in all kinds of weather, good movies, good books, and going out on special occasions. She was the loving heart and soul of her family, who will never be able to fill the void she has left in their lives.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., May 24, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 517 West 10th Street, Medford, Ore.