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“I have only known Mardell for a couple years and in that time I went to her for laughter, advice, and support. We spent 3months together in the...Read More »
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“Kerry, Mark and Jeannie - I'm so sorry for your loss. I know it's difficult. Please know that my prayers are with you all. - Cindy ”
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“Jeannie, What can I say? So many memories. Please know I'm thinking of you. Love ya, Cheryl ”
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“Jeannie-No longer having your mother is hard, so sorry. You set an amazing example of how to be a dedicated daughter, how fortunate she was to have...Read More »
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IRON MOUNTAIN - Mardell L. Berdinner, 81, of Iron Mountain, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Florence.

She was born on July 31, 1927, in Kingsford, the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Dobbe) Thorsen.

Mardell was lifelong resident of this area. She worked as an admitting officer at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Mardell was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and was a charter member of the Lutheran Church Women.

She was also a former secretary for Breitung Township Schools, a deputy register of deeds for Dickinson County, a radio operator for American Airlines. Mardell enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress for more than 20 years.

She married Thomas Berdinner on Feb. 19, 1949, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Mardell is survived by one daughter, Jean (Keith) Legault of Iron Mountain; two sons, Mark (Jeanne) Berdinner of Foster City, and Kerry (Lisa) Berdinner of Vulcan; one kind sister, Jean (Joe) Brouillette of Loomis, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Harry Ziniel of Spread Eagle, Wis., one sister-in-law, Betty (Bob) Weber of Spread Eagle, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Vernon Thorsen and three sisters, Ivy Schroeder, MaryAnn Jones, and Hazel Ziniel.

Private family services will be held.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

Condolences can be expressed to the family of Mardell Berdinner online at

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home with arrangements.