MARJORIE F. CALLAHAN of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, 82, beloved "Mrs. C." to a generation of second grade students at Westfield Friends School, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in the loving company of her four children and two of her grandchildren, and tended to by the skilled and compassionate staff of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.
In her decades of teaching, 22 years of which were spent teaching second grade at Westfield Friends, Margie helped launch hundreds of young students into a life and love of learning. News of her passing brought immediate response from former students, now adults and some with children of their own, who have specific and fond memories of her colorful classroom, her effective methods, and the enduring lessons she lovingly taught.
Born and raised in Woodbury Heights and Gloucester City, NJ, daughter of former Gloucester City mayor Frederick W. Floyd and Anna O'S. Floyd, Margie attended New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro and graduated in 1949. She first taught at the Monmouth Street School in Gloucester City, NJ. Many of her first students were returning GI's, often older than she, home to complete schooling interrupted by World War II.
Margie's love of teaching and learning extended far beyond her classroom. Her home was filled with books. To many children in the Cinnaminson neighborhood where she paused her teaching career and raised her family, she was resource librarian and font of knowledge, a living search engine before such things were even imagined, always ready with just the right volume to assist in the completion of a term paper or other school project. Her love of learning also took her literally around the world. She traveled to over 50 different countries, studying the art, architecture, and cultures before each trip.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Charles W. ("Bud") Callahan, and her brother, Dr. Frederick W. Floyd, formerly of Moorestown, and is survived by her dear friend and companion Rudolph C. Camishion of Singer Island, Florida, her sister Miriam Patricia Nagel of Arlington, Virginia, and her brother Michael O'S. Floyd of Philadelphia. She is also survived by her four children and their spouses, Marjorie Beck of Riverton, NJ, and her husband Robert; Charles W. Callahan of Silver Spring, Maryland, and his wife, Linda; James P. Callahan of Columbia, Maryland, and his wife Ellen; and Michael J. Callahan of Basking Ridge, New Jersey and his wife Laura. Her legacy also includes her 19 grandchildren, in each of whom she took great delight: Megan, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Anna, Timothy, Katherine, Miriam, Amy, Andrew, Christine, Bethany, James Patrick, Jr., Benjamin, Henry, Kimberly, Jennifer, Jack, Dorothy and Lucy, and her beloved great-grand-daughter, Maile. Relatives and friends are invited to Margie's LIFE CELEBRATION AT SNOVER/GIVNISH OF CINNAMINSON, 1200 Rt. 130,
Friday, June 10th from 7 to 9 P.M. and Saturday, June 11th from 8:30 to 10:00 A.M. followed by her Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 4th and Linden Ave., Riverton, NJ 08077. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Westfield Friends School, 2201 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson, New Jersey. To share your fondest memory of Margie, please visit www.lifecelebration.com