Marjorie M. Beecher, the daughter of Henry and Blanche (Perkins) Blasnitz, was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Jefferson and departed this life July 28 at Regency Park Care Center in Jefferson. She lived her life to the age of 93 years, six months and 24 days.
Marge was raised in a family of 13 children and graduated from Jefferson High School. On March 4, 1946, Marge was united in marriage to Forest E. Beecher in Omaha. Three children were born to this union: Jeannie, Stephen and Lindsey.
Forest and Marge farmed west of Churdan. Marge was active in helping work the farm, along with raising her children and being a homemaker.
Forest passed away in March of 2005, and Marge and her daughter, Jeannie, moved to an apartment in Jefferson, where they lived for many years. Due to the onset of Alzheimer’s, Marge made her home in her later years at Regency Park in Jefferson.
Marge was a hard worker who helped Forest in all aspects of their life together, from driving tractor to walking beans to campaigning with him when he was a county supervisor for 23 years.
She was an amazing cook and fed her family well at all holidays and family gatherings. She opened her home to visiting family and catered to all of her guests. You always knew you were welcome at the Beecher farm.
She and Jeannie also enjoyed going to play Bingo together and visiting with neighbors. She was a devoted wife and mother, but she was a shining star as a grandmother. She loved having her grandchildren stay overnight, playing cards, eating popcorn and hearing about their activities. Her love and support for them was unconditional.
Marge was a member of the Churdan United Methodist Church and the Adaza Club.
Marge is survived by her children: Stephen and his wife, Bernadette, of Spencer; Lindsey and his wife, Virginia, of Ames; and Jeannie, of Jefferson; five grandchildren: Adam (Gina) Beecher, Katie Beecher, Thomas Beecher, Kristen (Brennen) Triplett and Julie Beecher; and five great-grandchildren: Luke, Ben and Noel Beecher and Rozlyn and Crayton Triplett.
Those who preceded her in death were her parents; husband; and 12 brothers and sisters: William (Bill), Wiona, Doris, Katherine (Mick), Darrell (Dike), Gladys, Beverly, Mary Lou, Don, Kay, Charlie and Joyce.
Funeral services were held July 31 at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Marge’s grandson, Pastor Adam Beecher, officiating.
Burial was made in the Highland Twp. Cemetery in Churdan.
Serving as honorary casket bearers were her five grand- children. A visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home.
Family and friends were invited to a time of lunch and fellowship at the Churdan Methodist Church basement following the graveside services.