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MARCEIL ELIZABETH (JOHNSON) SIBERT

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MARCEIL ELIZABETH (JOHNSON) SIBERT Obituary
MARCEIL ELIZABETH (JOHNSON) SIBERT April 6th, 1926 - July 1st, 2014 After 88 years of vigorous life, Marceil Elizabeth Sibert departed this world July 1st, 2014, at John Knox Village House in Lee's Summit, MO. A visitation will be held at 3pm Saturday, July 5th, at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit, followed by a memorial service at 4pm. Burial will occur the following Monday at noon at Ada Lutheran Church in Courtland, KS, where as a child Marceil was baptized and later confirmed. Marceil outlived her parents Oscar Johnson and Esther (Aberg) Johnson, her brothers Maurice Johnson and Oscar Jr. Johnson, and two husbands, Darwin Alexis Eugene Liljegren and Argyll Sigmund Sibert. Born April 6th, 1926, in Jamestown, KS, Marceil left home at age 18 for Kansas City, graduating as vice- president of her Trinity Nursing School class in 1947. She married Darwin Liljegren in June of 1949 and to this union their three children were born. Over the course of her career Marceil cared for children as a school nurse in Topeka, treated workers as an industrial nurse for Allis-Chalmers in Independence, and tended to veterans as a night nurse at the VA hospital in Kansas City. Despite a crippling spinal injury while on duty, she returned to school to complete both her bachelors and masters degrees in Nursing by 1978. Marceil took great pride in her Swedish heritage, and in her retirement compiled her extensive research into a book chronicling our family's lineage dating back to the 1600's, which she could recite at will. Her exceptional memory and gift for storytelling allowed her to pass along richly detailed family history, often accentuated by hilarious anecdotes. Her travels to Sweden led to hosting a visit from her second cousin Dan Ola, his wife Marianne and their son Ludvig at the Kansas homestead church in 2012, where they connected with a large portion of their American family. After her move to John Knox Village in 2012, she made wonderful friends and enjoyed events and dinners with the group. Marceil treasured the times she spent with her five granddaughters and made a baptismal outfit for her first great- grandchild, Jackson, as one of her last sewing projects. Her attitude towards life exemplified pluck, energy and will-no goal too high, no honest work too menial, and nothing so useless it should go to waste. The zeal with which she lived provides both comfort and strong example to her survivors; her husband Alfred "Doc" Williams, her children, Diane Elizabeth Ciafullo and life friend John O'Rouke, Paul Frederick and Susan Liljegren and Douglas Richard and Rebecca Liljegren, her granddaughters, Amanda Liljegren, Jennifer Liljegren, Allison (Ciafullo) Easterwood, Kathryn (Liljegren) Bolton, Katherine Liljegren and her great-grandson, Jackson Kane Easterwood. In lieu of flowers, Marceil would be best remembered in the following ways: Call up a family member and pass on a story. Make a list of things you wish to do, and for each item you check off, add another. Bring a token of appreciation to the nurses who care for your children at school, your loved ones in hospital or through their final days. Never stop learning. Live determinedly, whole- heartedly, and well.
Published in Kansas City Star on July 3, 2014
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