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Marie Dorothy (Amato) Robben

March 2, 1928 - November 23, 2018

Marie D. (Amato) Robben was born to August and Mary Amato on March 2, 1928, the oldest of three daughters. She passed away on November 23, 2018 in Gresham Oregon. 


Marie grew up in Southeast Portland, in what was fondly referred to as “Little Italy“. She was surrounded by her aunts, uncles and cousins and had a loving childhood. She was later joined by sisters Eleanore and Dorene. She attended Abernathy Grade School and Commerce (Cleveland) High School graduating, in January 1946. 


Marie met her future husband, Dave Robben, in 1949 at a young peoples dance at McElroy’s. It was a relationship that lasted over 60 years. They were married on February 3, 1951 and celebrated 58 years of marriage prior to Dave’s passing in 2009.


They raised their family in Southeast Portland just blocks from where Marie grew up. She supported Dave as he built the family business, Robben and Sons. Being a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, and friend to many was her life’s purpose.  


She is survived by her daughters Patty Surface (Jack), Kathy Burns (Allen), Susan Schweitzer (Steve), Judi Copp (Mitch); and son Paul (Johnna); 16 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters Eleanore Baccellieri and Dorene Dehen and numerous nieces and nephews. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec.1, 2018, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 3400 SE 43rd Ave., Portland, OR 97206.  Mass will be proceeded by recitation of the rosary beginning at 10:30 a.m.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the the Dave and Marie Robben Family Fund to either St. Ignatius School Foundation or the La Salle Catholic College Preparatory Foundation. 

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

End Time: 12:00 pm

St. Ignatius Catholic Church


3400 SE 43rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

Rosary services will take place at 10:30am.

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Willamette National Cemetery


11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97086

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