Marjorie A. Schram
March 4, 1922 – March 29, 2018
Age 96. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill and reunited with him on March 29, 2018. She is survived by daughters: Sharon Heck (Larry) of Omaha, Jeanne Mehsling (Dick) of Chicago, Mary Waters (John, deceased) of Milwaukee, and Carol Buehler (Marc), also of Milwaukee. Also survived by grandchildren: Laura Kenney (Bob), Joe Heck (Rebecca), Jennifer Harrahill (Tim), Andy Heck (Jennie), Angie Gorr, Jim Mehsling, Shannon Torrence (Greg), Amy Crosby (Keith), Jay Gillespie (Virginia), Leah Zacharias (Jake), Clayton Nicholson (Jameli), and Emelia Buehler; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Marge lived the last 6 ½ years of her life at Brookestone Village where she was cared for by a very loving staff. And while the family could never fully express their gratitude or repay them, they suggest memorials to Brookestone Village Employee Fun Fund. And, because the music and talented performers provided by Brookestone Village and Merrymakers were among her greatest joys, memorials are also suggested to the Merrymakers Association.
VISITATION: Saturday April 7th, from 9am to 11am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am.
Marge was born in Friend, Nebraska on March 4, 1922. Her childhood was spent in the Nebraska towns of Exeter, Burks, Roseland and Milford where she graduated from High School in 1939. She went on to Business College and shortly after graduation, she met her future husband, Bill Schram at a dance in Lincoln and they were engaged 6 months later. While they were engaged, Bill was in training as a pilot in the Navy. He came home one day in September on leave, they got their marriage license the next day and were married the next day, September 14, 1943 and left for Florida the day after.
Together they raised their family of four daughters, Sharon, Jeanne, Mary and Carol, and saw that family expand through marriages and births to include 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Family was very important to them and they also enjoyed many good times with their parents, brothers, and sisters as well as many nieces and nephews.
Marge worked several jobs over the years, including University Publishing Company, Nebraska State Capitol Building, Burke Marketing Research, and for Safeway for 12 years until she retired at age 60 when Safeway closed the Omaha Branch.
Bill and Marge continued to love dance throughout their married life, and in later years would go to dances nearly every week. They were quite good!! In 1965 they bought a cabin at Cedar Creek Lakes in Nebraska and it was a place of great summer fun for their children and grandchildren as well as annual Schram Family reunions.
In addition to dancing, Marge was an avid reader. She also loved to write poetry, and for her 80th birthday the family put her poems in a book along with poems they wrote for her or copies of poems dedicated to her. Another love was singing –she had a beautiful voice and particularly loved the old gospel songs as well as patriotic songs.
Bill died on August 20, 2007 after a year-long battle with cancer. They had been living in Crown Point Independent Living at the time. Marge continued to live there until 2011 when she moved to Brookestone Village. At that time, she was confined to a wheelchair but always had a smile, would sing with the staff (who loved and cared for her like family), and enjoyed the many activities as long as she could.
On Tuesday, March 27th family were notified her health had taken a rapid decline and so her daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were able to gather for goodbyes. On Holy Thursday, March 29th, Marge was reunited with her husband Bill, her Daddy and all the family gone before her, waiting to welcome her to her eternal home where she can dance and twirl freely in God’s Love.