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Marjorie J. Stewart Samuelson

Marjorie J. Stewart Samuelson

Marjorie (Smith) Stewart Samuelson, 94, of Durand, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Care Partners on Birch Street in Eau Claire, where she has resided for the past four years. She was born on June 15, 1923 at home near Durand, to Arthur and Susan (Clark) Smith. Marjorie was the seventh of twelve children, ten boys and two girls. She was the last remaining sibling, passing just one week after her brother Norman. She attended the one room lower Spring Creek School through the eighth grade. She grew up in a loving family, living without many material things, sharing tasks on the farm with her siblings and caring for her youngest brothers. Marjorie worked at various jobs during her teenage years. She fell in love with a neighboring farm boy, Andrew Stewart, and they were married July 1, 1942 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. She and Andrew resided on the homestead farm where Andrew was born and raised. To that union, there were born six sons. Marjorie was a full-time homemaker and worked beside Andrew operating the farm, raising large gardens, and being a wonderful, loving wife and mother. She loved to cook, making good meals for her family and guests. In those years, the neighboring farmers worked together harvesting crops and she once commented that “it was such a pleasure cooking for those men who worked hard and were so appreciative of the large meals and especially looked forward to my homemade apple and pumpkin pies.” Without a formal education, Marjorie was very intellectual, compassionate, quiet mannered, a good listener, and advisor, and was always concerned for the welfare of her children.  She and Andrew loved  playing cards, dancing to old time music and they attended lots of community and wedding dances. Andrew passed away unexpectedly in March of 1969, leaving Marjorie with her two youngest sons still at home. After a few years, Marjorie sold the farm and moved into town. She then married a widowed neighbor and family friend, Vincent Samuelson. Vince was very attentive to Marjorie and was welcomed into her family with open arms. They were a very compatible couple, both giving people that loved to help others in need. They enjoyed socializing with relatives and friends, fishing, and camping and attending family gatherings. Her life with Vince was very happy and gave her opportunities for many enjoyable ventures and fun things that time did not permit when in the farm raising a family. In the later years when Vince fell ill, she cared for him all she could with love and affection. After Vince’s passing, Marjorie continued to reside in her Durand home until she could no longer be alone due to the onset of dementia. She then moved to the Home Place in Mondovi until 2014 when she moved to Care Partners in Eau Claire.

The family is so grateful to Nicole Weber and the staff at Care Partners for their dedicated attention and care of Marjorie and to Kathy Wirkus and staff at Heartland Hospice for their special care in the last few days of her life.

Marjorie is survived by five sons, LaVern (special friend, Sandra) of Eau Claire, Donald (Karene) of New Lisbon, Norbert (Sally) of Durand, Allen (Fiance` Kara) of Clearwater, MN, Delbert (Connie) of Ridgeland; a daughter–in-law, Mary Stewart of Alma; two sisters-in-law, Verta Smith and Delores Smith, both of Durand; 17 grandchildren, 13 step grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren and great-great step grandchildren and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a son Bernard, a grandson, Austin, great grandson, Collin; one sister, Ila, 10 brothers, Elwin, Ralph, Garold, Floyd, Robert, Earl, Lyle, Kenneth, Raymond, Norman.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 PM (Noon) Wednesday March 21, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand with Rev. Paul Bosco officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 AM Wednesday until the time of the services at the church on Wednesday.


  1. Jon & Patty Pfeilsticker

    To all the Stewart boys and your families, our sincere sympathy.

  2. Judy and John Parr

    Sorry to hear loss take it easy praying for all lovey lady

  3. Bob and Janet simpson

    Our deepest sympathies to your family.

  4. Jeff & Shelly Kremers

    Our heartfelt sympathy for you, Al & Kara. Our prayers are for your peace in the good memories you share.

  5. Ada Yarrington

    Remembering all the Good times as neighbors. Marjorie was a special person and a great friend to our parents and to all of us. Prayers going out to the family. Carol Martin, Ada and Bob Yarrington.

  6. Steve Prissel

    Norbert & Family, sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I could not remember her until I saw her picture and then I did. My sympathy to all of your family and your dear Sally. I did not remember that she was married to Vince Samuelson until I saw the name and then it came to me that her last husband's daughter Jackie was Barb's best friend growing up, Jackie Samuelson, Johnson. Maybe even knew it but did not remember. More people to miss. I have a board full of obits and pictures and it is growing.

  7. Jim and Jill Filsinger

    Sorry to hear about your mom's passing.

  8. Lenny and Lynda Kalkbrenner

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  9. Jason hill

    Sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

  10. Doug & Rita Shipley

    Our deepest sympathy to each of you in the loss of your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and friend. May she fly with the angels and have peace. May you be filled with love and healing. May God Bless each of you.

  11. Ron and Dina Smith

    RIP aunt Marjorie, our condolences goes out to the family.

  12. Delrita McRoberts Bignell

    I have so many good memories of Marge, she was such a sweet lady. Great memories of her bringing food to the house when I was little at home on the farm, and visiting with her occasionally when she lived in Durand. Blessings to all the family she leaves behind....will keep all of you in my prayers.

  13. Terri Larson

    My Deepest Sympathies & Condolences to the Stewert Families. ⛪✝️

  14. Carol hunter

    My prayers to all of the families,,deepest sympathy to all also,may she rest in peace

  15. Carol Case

    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Margie's passing, but know she had many loving arms waiting for her in heaven.

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