- March 30, 1915 - May 11, 2012
- Gregory, South Dakota
of Marjorie's Passing
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“Rest in Peace Marjie. You'll be missed!
Ron & Kathleen Nikodym
1 of 5 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Gregory, SD
“Alan and I are sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, but glad that she had a long life to share with you. We hope that good memories will give you...Read More »
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“To your family :
I remember grade school and singing together with Mrs. Gruhn as director of the chorus. We did good and your parents were proud...Read More »
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“Larry, Roberta and family, Jim and Carolyn and family,
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4 of 5 | Posted by: Peggy and Steve Cassidy and boys - SD
“Thinking of you at this difficult time. May your memories give you comfort now & in the days ahead. You have our deepest sympathy. Bob & Lois
5 of 5 | Posted by: Bob & Lois Jerred - Sioux Falls, SD
Marjorie Elvina (Kurzenberger) Spann was born March 30, 1915 on the family farm north of Springview, Nebraska. She died May 11, 2012 at the age of 97 years, 1 month and 11 days. Marjorie was the 5th child of 12 born to William (Billy) and Cora Ann (Pettit) Kurzenberger. When Marjorie was 14 years old her mother passed away unexpectedly leaving her to care for her father and 10 siblings, since she was the oldest girl. At the age of 18 Marjorie was confirmed into the Lutheran Church at Burton, Nebraska.
In the early 1940's she moved to California to work in the military plants as a courier. While she was there she met up with a young man by the name of Otto Spann, which she had known from her home area. On July 28, 1945 they were married in Reno, Nevada. After Otto's discharge from the service they returned to Dallas, SD to make their home, and raised their family of four children: Cora Ann; Marjorie Elvina; Larry Paul and James Frederick. Marjorie was a homemaker, wife and mother that worked long hours on the farm with Otto, milking cows, raising chickens and gardening vegetables and flowers. She was very active in her church, hospital auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. Marjorie also enjoyed doing embroidery, raising house plants and attending to her flower beds.
She is survived by her four children: Cora Spann of Gregory, SD – Midge and husband Alvin Luikens of Yankton, SD – Larry and wife Roberta Spann of Gregory, SD – and Jim and wife Carolyn Spann of Gregory, SD- and by her grandchildren: Carrie Ann Luikens and boyfriend Pat Gruchala of Phoenix, AZ- Tina Luikens of Yankton, SD – Kipton Spann of Parkston, SD, Quincy Spann and his girlfriend Alex Wulf with children Jaiden and Clara of Parkston, SD – Cody and Pam Spann and there children Christina and Sarah of Rapid City,-Christian Spann, Jordan Spann and Shelby Spann, all of Gregory, SD. Also surviving are two sisters: Maxine Jamison of Springview, NE and Bernice (Toots) Seberger of Bassett, NE and by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceding her in death were her husband Otto, parents Cora Ann and Bill, brothers: Kermit, George, Gerald, Grayton, Norval, Clayton and Rolland, and sisters Mary Alice Miller and an infant sibling.
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Funeral services for Marjorie Spann were held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Berean Fundamental Church in Gregory with Pastor Scott McClellen officiating. A visitation was held Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30 at the church.
Music was provided by Barbara Durfee, vocalist, singing "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Nearer My God To Thee" accompanied by Leanne Sinclair, pianist. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
Tina Luikens, Shelby Spann, and Jordan Spann were in charge of registration. Cora Spann, Midge Luikens, Roberta Spann, and Carolyn Spann were in charge of flowers.
Casket bearers were Kip Spann, Quincy Spann, Cody Spann, Christian Spann, Larry Spann, James Spann, and Alvin Luikens.
Honored guests were all the staff at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center.
Interment was in the West Enterprise Cemetery, north of Springview, NE.