Marjorie (Marge) L. Birk of Woodstock, Illinois, passed peacefully into eternal life on December 22nd 2021, at St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, Illinois. She was born on Palm Sunday, March 28th, 1920, in Big Foot, Illinois to Charles and Ida (Miller) Brunner. She married Vernon E. Birk on June 27, 1938 and moved to Woodstock in 1942. They were married 6 weeks short of their 60" anniversary.
She worked at the Woodstock Hospital on South Street for 13 years, where she was the first Housekeeper Supervisor. She also worked for Allied Printing, The Woodstock Sentinel, and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Woodstock for 78 years. She was a great volunteer at the church, working on funeral lunches, sewing circle for years and the leader of sewing circle for 50 years. She just retired from this leadership role last November. In 2021 alone, the Sewing Circle has served 10 local nursing homes with 65 crocheted lap blankets, 213 lap quilts, 181 walker bags, 57 wheelie bags, 34 cell phone bags, 218 poly bags, 95 small pillows, and 93 neck pillows; an additional 175 quilts were donated to Lutheran World Relief. “It makes your day to know you have helped people," she said. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Harvard, and also the Golden Agers of the Moose, where she also was a volunteer. She also enjoyed playing cards with many friends and family and was an avid Cub fan. Her African Violets were some of her prized possessions and were the envy of many.
She is survived by a Step Daughter-In-Law, Eunice Birk of Spokane Washington; 5 Step Grandchildren; 11 Step Great Grandchildren; Step Great Great Grandchildren, and her extended family, Robert and Meg Hagen, dear Grandson Jamie Hagen, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband May 11th, 1998, her sisters Eveline Young, Eleanora Cavin, Laverna Schuld, Lillian Schuld, Rose Staver, Lorraine Staver, twin brothers Raymond and Roy Brunner, a Stepson William L. Birk, a Stepdaughter Marilyn Gluth Troha, a Step Grandson Michael Gluth and a Step Granddaughter Kathy Birk.
There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Marge's beautiful life on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Rd, Woodstock, Illinois 60098. The Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the Memorial Service at 11:00 am. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Sewing Circle C/O Grace Lutheran Church.