OBERLIN -- Marjorie Nitsch passed away on Jan. 15, 2009.
She was born on March 9, 1918, to Byron and Angeline (McMullen) Everist on a farm two miles west of Danbury, Neb.
She finished the first eight grades in Danbury. During the Great Depression, she lived with her grandparents, Hattie (Osborn) and George McMullen, in Oberlin and attended Decatur County High School graduating in 1935. While in high school, Marjorie was a member of the National Honor Society and Girl's Reserve (G.R.).
After high school, Marjorie taught at Welch country school in Bassettville Township and Walnut Grove school in Oberlin Township, a one-room schoolhouse. She attended Barnes Business College in Denver, Colo., and later served as deputy county treasurer under her mother, Angie Everist, for four years. She was elected Decatur County Treasurer in 1940, for a two year term after which Angie was again elected Treasurer.
She was united in marriage to Milton Nitsch on July 20, 1941, at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Oberlin. They made their home in Oberlin where Milton joined his father, John, in the automobile and implement business.
Marjorie was a homemaker and the mother of two daughters, Janice and Carol.
She was a member of the Oberlin United Methodist Church, Monday Evening Club, and Chapter BH, P.E.O. Sisterhood, and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. She served as a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed playing the organ, sewing, hand bells and investing in the stock market. She was an organizer of an Oberlin ladies investment club.
After retiring, Milton and Marjorie enjoyed spending the winters in Palm Springs, Calif. Milton preceded her in death on July 31, 1988.
Marjorie lived in Aurora, Colo., from 1989 to 2000, and McCook from 2000 until 2003. She moved to Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, Kan., in March 2003 where she lived until her death.
Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Janice and Gerald Lawson, Centennial, Colo., and Carol and Warren Weibert, Oberlin and Manhattan; four grandchildren, Shelley (Lawson) Kupetis and husband, Tom, Geneva, Ill., Eric Lawson, Englewood, Colo., Chris Weibert and wife, Sarah, Indianapolis, Ind., and Julie Weibert, Chicago, Ill.; three great-grandchildren, Kevin and Julia Benway, and Katrina Kupetis; two brothers, Don Everist and wife Norma, Rio Rancho, N.M., and Marvin Everist, Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sisters, Dorothy Hague, Hutchinson, Kan., and Marilyn Buchanan, Lubbock, Texas; nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends.
Marjorie was preceded in death by an infant brother, Robert, her parents and her husband, Milton.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home with the Rev. Kay Scarbrough officiating. Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m., Monday in the Oberlin Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Hasty officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions can be made to EDC Golden Age Center in Oberlin, the Oberlin United Methodist Church, or Homecare and Hospice Foundation in Manhattan and sent in care of the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Online condolences can be sent to www.irvinparkview.com.