Mary Catherine Vranizan, 86, died Jan. 21, surrounded by her loving family. There was a funeral Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Interment was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Mrs. Vranizan was born Sept. 12, 1930, to Hugh McNally and Catherine McNally in Portland. She lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her grandmother, Mary Catherine Hogl, and loving aunts, Grace Hogl and Margaret York in N.W. Portland. She attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1948. She studied at the University of Portland's School of Nursing at St. Vincent's, the hospital in which she was born and where she would ultimately meet her husband and former patient, Edward Vranizan. The couple married April 25, 1953, at St. Mary Cathedral. They spent the next six decades raising their family, still managing to find the time to explore the world. In total, they visited 30 countries on four continents, always together. Mrs. Vranizan harbored a lifelong love for the arts and was a patron of the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Symphony. She supported her family's artistic endeavors at all turns and was rarely without a camera herself. She read avidly and was clever enough to do the N.Y. Times crossword every day—except days she couldn't.
Her knowledge of the City of Portland was only surpassed by her love for it. She recognized the threat of development encroaching into the Columbia River Gorge and worked alongside Nancy Russel to establish the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Throughout her lifetime Mrs. Vranizan had great affection for golf, tennis, gardening and bridge. She will be remembered for the sharpness of her wit and the warmth of her heart.
She is survived by her loving husband, Edward Vranizan Sr.; brothers, Jack McNally and Bob McNally; sons, Edward Vranizan Jr. and Robert Vranizan; daughters, Kate Home, Peggy Longo and Patsy Bock; and 12 grandchildren.
Donations can be made to Friends of the Columbia Gorge: 333 S.W. 5th Ave., Portland, 97204.