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Marjorie Downs Szewczak

1924-2013 Former Lee resident, Marjorie Downs Szewczak, died Sunday, November 3, 2013. Marjorie was born on June 13, 1924 in Tyringham to Frederick and Bernice Downs. She married Harry J. Szewczak on October 31, 1942 and they raised four daughters in Lee. Marjorie was a long time member of the Lee Congregational Church. She worked on local community projects, including consulting on the design of the Housing for the Elderly apartments and participating in the League of Women Voters. She was also a member of the Eastern Star of the Masonic Lodge. Marjorie owned and operated a lace and trimmings store, The Finishing Touch, where she taught smocking. She was also an avid knitter. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, and her brother, Fredrick Willis Downs. Marjorie is survived by her sister, Helen Hitchcock of Baltimore, Maryland; her daughters (and their spouses) Martha and Doug Heaberlin of Underhill, Vermont, Teresa Bragg of Sunderland, Jane and Gordon Bailey of Lee, Marilyn and Chris Caldwell of Randolph, N.J. Marjorie is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Sarah, Jessica, Katie, Laura, Jennifer, Matthew, Kate, Adrian, Emma, Aoma and Mya; and five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Alex, Anthony, Adriana and Olivia. There will be a private family observance. Donations can be made to the Lee Ambulance Squad, Heifer International, or Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 6, 2013
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