Wanda Jean (Murren) Berdan
October 1, 1924 ~ August 30, 2013
Wanda Jean (Murren) Berdan was born October 1, 1924, in Blockton, IA, to Fern and Jessie (Scroggie) Murren. She was the third of five children. The family moved from lowa when she was ten years old to the Colockum, where they lived for a while before moving to Rock Island, then Malaga, and finally to their home in Wenatchee on Fifth Street that her father built. She worked at Cedergreens, making cardboard boxes; Wells and Wade Fruit, packing fruit; General Telephone Company, at the switch board; and Phillipi Orchards, among others, picking apples with her sister, Marcelene. She enjoyed riding the family horse, Pansy, all over the Wenatchee Valley when growing up. She graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1942. She married Frank E. Berdan on June 18, 1943. Frank was in the military when they married and, after serving his country, he returned home. They lived in Electric City, by Grand Coulee Dam, while Frank worked construction. Then to Wenatchee to a home on Nelson Street, where they lived for several years and raised their three children, Dennis, Don, and Pam, until moving to their present home in August of 1958, and orcharding on Wenatchee Heights, where they have lived for 55 years. While Frank worked construction during the week, Wanda and the children ran the orchard. During the fruit picking season, Wanda loved to go out and see all the new babies that were born and to see how big the other children had grown from the year before, of their seasonal help that came back every year. She would take them out ice cream bars, cookies, etc… She put miles on in the orchards walking and checking on everyone. Wanda loved camping, deer hunting, gardening, canning, knitting, crocheting, quilting, yard work, her beautiful cora bells, hummingbirds, and family and friend get-togethers. She loved playing baseball and games with her grandchildren. Most of all, she loved her husband of 70 years, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was always there when you needed her and will be missed so much.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Quentin and Harold Murren; and her sister, Marcelene Rowe. She leaves behind her husband, Frank Berdan; her children, Dennis (Sharon) Berdan, Don (Kay) Berdan, and Pam (Mike) Sachs; seven grandchildren, Misty Braatlen, Greg Berdan, Jeff Berdan, Lindsey Berdan, Garrett Berdan, Jessica Sachs, and Justin Sachs; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Vergil (Gloria) Murren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Graveside Service will be held at Wenatchee City Cemetery on Friday, September 6, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. A place to gather after the funeral to celebrate her life will be announced then. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Spurs & Spokes, Beehive Grange Building Fund, or a charity of your choice. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonebetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.