Born: December 16, 1913
Died: January 19, 2010
Services: 12 p.m. (noon) on Monday, January 25, 2010 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Lomira
Visitation: 10 a.m. until Noon on Monday, January 25th at the church
LOMIRA – Marjorie M. Marquart, age 96, of Lomira, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira.
She was born December 16, 1913, in Oakfield, to William and Edith (Collien) Geisthardt, the second of their 10 children. Marjorie graduated from Oakfield High School in 1932 and then attended the Fond du Lac Normal School and a summer session at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. From 1934 to 1945, Marjorie taught at Lone Oak School in Byron, Highland School in Oakfield, and finally Oak Grove School in Alto. On September 28, 1945, she married Vernon Marquart at the home of Rev. and Mrs. LaRoy Huntley in Oswego, IL, and the couple returned to the Marquart homestead in the Town of Lomira to farm. There they raised their four children, Mary, Barbara, Clarice, and John.
Marjorie was an avid reader and lover of poetry. Throughout her life, even in her last weeks, she could recite poems that she had learned as a school girl and later taught to her pupils in the 1930s and 1940s. During her time as a teacher in a one-room rural schoolhouse, she gained an interest in Wisconsin Public Radio that endured for the rest of her life and fed her sharp intelligence and enjoyment of music. Marjorie had a deep appreciation of nature and bird-watching, gifts she shared with her children and grandchildren. She also shared these gifts as a leader with the Lomira Clover Leaves 4-H Club for more than 25 years. Marjorie was a member of the Arbor Day Foundation since 1987, a long-time member of the South Byron Grange, and a member of the Wisconsin State Historical Society. She was also a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Lomira.
Survivors include her children, Mary (Glenn) Welles of Ixonia, Barbara (James) Kitsemble of DePere, Clarice (Rod) Drummond of Pulaski, and John (Julia Barrett) Marquart of Madison. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Melanie Welles, Sara and Lindsey Kitsemble, Nathan Drummond, and Sean and Kira Marquart. She is further survived by her sisters Sylvia Ryan and Marion Holz; her brother Gerald (Alice) Geisthardt; brother-in-law Richard Harris; sister-in-law Beatrice Geisthardt; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In addition to her parents, Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband in June 1986; her sisters Ruth Day, Sara Hanson, and Ruby Harris; and her brothers Elton, Rolland, and Calvin.
Marjorie will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. (noon) on Monday, January 25, 2010 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lomira, WI. A visitation will also be held on Monday, January 25th from 10 a.m. until noon at the church. Interment will take place at Emanuel Cemetery in the township of Lomira, WI.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center for their care of Marjorie, especially the last few weeks. They would also like to thank
Location: Koepsell Funeral Home, Mayville (Map)
Church: Trinity United Methodist Church-Lomira (Map)