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Marjo L. D. Siano

Marjo L. D. Siano, age 78, was born in Battle Creek, June 24, 1937 opening day of fishing season and was the "big catch" for Clyde Hayes Dingledine who was called in from fishing on Goguac Lake and Vivian Lucille Jacobs.  Marjo graduated from Battle Creek Central High School the class of 1955.  She attended Wright's Beauty Academy for a year and a half, completed medical transcription course at Kellogg Community College and art classes there along with genealogy and dabbled at art and interior decorating along with genealogy and has written four books on her family history.  She and her family have made many trips to where her ancestors had lived to do extensive research.  George Drewyer, (Drullard) from the Lewis and Clark Expedition was a collateral relative and so was Nicholas Roosevelt of the Claes Martenszen VanRosenvelt family.  A sister, Elizabeth Thurman to her direct 5th great-grandfather, Frances Thurman, married Nicholas J. Roosevelt, III, November 23, 1754 in Kingston, Duchess Co., New York.  She was an active member of the Battle Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and she and her family helped to decorate the Kimball House Museum for Christmas for 12 years.  Her family home was on the Vintage Home Tour and the Urbandale Homecoming Days tour.  She belonged to Burnham Brook Senior Center where she and John enjoyed exercising.  They spent a month in Florida and in later years after their family was raised went to Chicago for Thanksgiving dinner at the Palmer House and Christmas shopping several years.  In June 1956 she was first -runner-up in the Battle Creek Am vets beauty contest held at the Bijou Theater and John James Siano had attended -he married her on February 23, 1957.  They had two daughters, Sabrina Kari Siano (Ron) Amy and Jonnateen Siano (John) Whitaker.  Also surviving is a grandson, Jonathan Siano Bowen.  One grandson preceded her in death, Coty Siano Link, along with sisters, Judith Britvec and Ronna M. Dingledine Cunic, half-sister Narda Mead, a brother, Robert N. Dingledine, and half-brothers, Rorick L. Parker and Scott M. Parker.  Surviving sisters are Lorre L. Parker, Marielle L. Parker, Janna Van Auken all of Battle Creek and Dorian (Jim) Hibbard of Wisconsin, and Nella Parker of Hersey, Michigan, and a half brother, Rhett Parker of Battle Creek. 

Marjo was a private secretary for Elmer C. VanZandt for the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship for two years, private secretary to Joseph E. Dickinson, Executive Director of the United Way for two years, and part-time in Patient Services Dept. front desk Community Hospital for 21 years, retiring in 1989.  She leaves you with, "Learn as if you were to live forever, Live as if you were to die tomorrow" 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday and from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Monday at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd.  Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Leila Arboretum Society.  Visit Marjo's webpage at www.bachmanhebble.com



Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2015
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