Marguerite R. Oberg
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Marguerite R. Oberg
  • April 7, 1922 - November 7, 2017
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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After decades working as a tireless volunteer, sharing her talents and treasures with people in need, traveling to almost every continent, and steadfast devotion to her family, Marguerite Reiber Oberg, 95, was welcomed home to God on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. In the 1940s she left St. Lawrence University to train as an aeronautical engineer at Cornell University to contribute to the WWII war effort. In 1953, she married John Oberg in New York, and soon after they relocated to Atlanta with their two children. Service to others in Atlanta began with resettling Cuban refugees in the 1960s, and with Vietnamese refugees in the early 1970s. As an active volunteer and auxiliary president of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home, she raised untold dollars to help the Hawthorn Dominican sisters provide care to destitute patients. She continued her work by creating the Five For Food program. She thought if every person she and her husband knew could donate just $5 a month and the program was staffed by volunteers, all the donations could go directly to feed the poor. Marguerite was honored with an 11Alive Community Service Award for establishing the program, which was later administered by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was a devoted volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital for over 40 years. A recipient of the Wings of Mercy Award, she was also honored in 2013 for her years of service with the hospital, which named the flower shop after her. At the recognition ceremony, Mercy Care Sister Valentina Sheridan said, “Marguerite Oberg personifies virtue, service and generosity. Volunteers throughout the years have been continually inspired by her leadership and example.” Marguerite Oberg is survived by her daughter, Mary Stallings and husband Jack of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Linda Terrill and husband Rufus of Atlanta; grandson, John Terrill and wife Christie of New York City; granddaughter, MaryJo Marguerite Terrill Dorse and husband Kevin; and her new great-granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Dorse. Visitation is Sunday, November 12, 5-7 pm, with a rosary at 6:30 at H M Patterson Oglethorpe Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Monday, November 13 at Christ the King Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, please offer your gifts of time, talent or treasure to Mercy Care Foundation, Inc., 5134 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.