Mary Jane Biethan
Mary Jane Biethan
  • August 22, 1923 - November 1, 2017
  • Beaverton, Oregon

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Mary Jane Biethan was born to Alonzo and Luella Ruth Seamster August 22, 1923 in Salem, Oregon and passed away quietly Wednesday November 1, 2017 at the age of 94 at her home in Beaverton. She was raised in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Washington High School and went on to earn her Associates degree from Multnomah College in Secretarial Sciences. She married Fred H. Biethan, Jr August 1948 and raised 3 children, Steve, Kim and Scott in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon. She worked from home as Fred’s Gal Friday attending to secretarial duties and the books until Fred’s retirement.

Jane was active in many philanthropic groups from an early age. She was heavily involved in the Oregon Symphony Auxiliary for 35 years raising money for the Oregon Symphony. She served in many chapter offices including President. Later she became a member of PEO a philanthropic organization celebrating the advancement of women by providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide. Jane was an active member of her church and served in many capacities there as well. Her family, her faith and the world community were her passions along with nature and music in all forms.

Jane loved to travel and saw Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean and much of the US.

Jane was preceded in death by her son Stephen and husband Fred. She is survived by her daughter Kim Biethan of Aloha, Oregon , Scott Biethan of Redmond, Washington, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and her kitty Sugar.

Private interment services were attended by the family Monday November 6 at Finley Sunset Hills, and a Celebration of Life will be held December 3, 2017 2pm at Beaverton Hearthstone, 12520 SW Hart Rd, Beaverton, OR.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her name to OSC P.E.O. Sisterhood Charitable Trust, PEO Chapter BU @ 31174 SE Division Dr, Troutdale, OR 97060.