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Marianne Armstrong


1928 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
MONTEREY – Marianne Armstrong passed away after a long illness. Her husband Philip Armstrong, her twin sister, Johanna Roden, her sister, Ingrid Grötecke, her nephews; Martin Roden and Henning Grötecke, and her niece, Susanne Garcia, survive her.
Marianne was born in Kassel, Germany, and became an executive secretary at a large locomotive building company. She decided to go back to school and studied two semesters at the University of Berlin. Marianne immigrated to the United States in the 1960s where she married Phillip and continued her education. She graduated with a BA in English from California State University Long Beach, and continued on to earn her PhD in German from the University of California at Irvine.
During her years in graduate school, Marianne taught German at UC Irvine, Santa Ana College, and California State University Long Beach. She completed her impressive career at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey until her retirement. Here she taught German to military students, wrote testing material, became an oral proficiency tester, and worked in the Testing Division. She developed reading and proficiency tests, eventually managed teams in various languages. Marianne traveled extensively, and in the 1990´s, represented DLI in an interagency project at the Center for the Advancement of Language Learning in Washington, DC. Her colleagues remember her as a highly competent educator, and a likable well-respected manager.
Marianne is remembered as always being cheerful and caring of others. Her sensitive, helpful, and gentle nature made her a wonderful person to be around. To her family she was a wonderful wife, sister, and aunt. We will all miss her very much.
Arrangements made by The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, California.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Apr. 30, 2013
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