Born: Nov. 18, 1934|
Died: May 28, 2014
GENEVA – Marjorie Anne Scheese Behnke passed away into eternal life on May 28, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Geneva after a five-year courageous battle with cancer. Marjorie Anne was born Nov. 18, 1934, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, and was the third daughter of the late Henry and Esther Scheese of Elmer, New Jersey.
Marjorie grew up on a working farm in Fallsington, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Pennsbury High School with a National Honor Society merit in 1952. She was swept off her feet by a young, strapping sailor, Delmar Oscar Behnke from Hilbert, Wisconsin, and later married on July 12 in the same year. She began her new family, living on Magnolia Lane in Trenton, New Jersey, where she made lifelong friends. After a few years, Marjorie and Delmar moved north to a small town in New Jersey, Sergeantsville, where she raised three beautiful children, Edward, Mardel and Kirk. They were active members of the Sergeantsville United Methodist Church for many years and devoted their life to community service with most of her time as a dedicated wife and mother. She adored children of all abilities, and later in life, she became a preschool teacher for Hopewell Presbyterian Church for 10-plus years.
Marjorie Anne believed that family and friends were truly a gift from God, and she cherished everyone in her life and her church. She was a true example of compassion, selflessness and service. Marjorie was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Geneva, and so loved working at the church rummage sales, and the Third Tuesday Community Suppers.
Marjorie joins her husband Delmar and sons, Jeffrey and Edward, in heaven. She is survived by her eldest sister, Elaine (Scheese) Goes of Lawson, Missouri, and her younger brother, Donald Scheese of Elmer, New Jersey. Her surviving family includes her daughter, Mardel (Behnke) McNally, and her husband, John, of Geneva; along with their daughter Kimberly; grandson Joel McNally and his wife, Lindsay (Putz) McNally of Elburn; she is survived also by her son, Kirk Behnke, and his partner, Jeff Travis, and their son, Christian Travis Behnke of Houston; and daughter-in-law Debbie Behnke of Pennsville, New Jersey, and grandchildren Darryl Behnke of Salem, New Jersey, and Marianne (Behnke) Stutzman, and her husband, Nathanial, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, along with Marjorie's precious great-grandchildren, Noah and Maliha.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St., Geneva, with a lunch reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in honor of Marjorie Anne Behnke to the following: United Methodist Church of Geneva Memorial Fund, www.genevaumc.org; Darryl Behnke Foundation for Disabilities, https://www.facebook.com/darrylbehnkefoundation; Heifer International, www.heifer.org.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on June 5, 2014