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Former Scappoose councilor Donna Gedlich dies at 69

She gave three decades of service to city as employee, volunteer


GedlichDonna Gedlich, who served 14 years as a Scappoose city councilor, died Wednesday, May 21.

Gedlich resigned from her position as councilor May 5 through a statement read by Mayor Scott Burge. While Gedlich gave no reason for her departure from the position, she had been excused from council meetings due to illness since Dec. 16.

Between working as a city recorder and volunteering as a city councilor, Gedlich’s work for the city of Scappoose amounts to about 30 years.

Burge said he had worked with Gedlich since he started on the council about 15 years ago, when Gedlich was city recorder.

“It’s a big loss for the city and she contributed a lot, not only working for the city, but also volunteering on the City Council,” Burge said. “There were a lot of differences made by her. Her heart and soul were in making sure nuisances were enforced ... keeping neighborhoods clean keeps property value up.”

Burge declined to comment about Gedlich’s health issues, but said a memorial will be held for her at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m.

“She will be missed,” Burge said.

In a final letter to Scappoose and the City Council regarding her resignation, Gedlich wrote she felt privileged to serve the city for as long as she did.

“It is with great regret that I must resign my position effective immediately. It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Scappoose for over 30 years — first as a city employee and then on the council,” Gedlich wrote. “There have been many changes to our little town during that time. But one thing remains constant — Scappoose remains home to many wonderful people and I am honored they put their trust in me to serve their government. I’d like to take this time to thank the citizens of Scappoose for electing me to represent them for over 14 years as their city councilor.”

Gedlich also thanked Scappoose’s current councilors for their support and friendship during her absence.