Marilyn Bergeson Moe

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Oct. 15, 1931 - Dec. 19, 2013
GRANGER - Marilyn Bergeson Moe, 82, much loved wife, mom, nana and friend, passed away December 19, 2013, at Emeritus at Arborwood, Granger, IN. She endured the effects of Alzheimer's for many years, but at every stage she maintained her easy-going demeanor, gentleness and her love of music ... humming until her last days. Marilyn was born in Story City, IA, the daughter of James and Margaret Olson Bergeson. She was a graduate of Iowa State University, earning a bachelor's degree in journalism and home economics. She worked for Swift & Company in Chicago where she wrote articles and ad copy. Marilyn met and fell in love with William C. Moe of Chicago, and they were married on July 9, 1955. Bill preceded her in death on March 15, 1985. Together, Bill and Marilyn had many travel adventures with family and an amazing group of friends who provided many amusing stories that have been, and will be told and retold and still make us all laugh. She had a true gift of music and over her lifetime sang with numerous choirs and for a variety of organizations, including the South Bend Symphonic Choir, IUSB opera performances and First Presbyterian Church of South Bend. She loved attending the opera, symphony and theatre. She was also involved in PEO, AAUW, Camp Millhouse, and she served on several boards at church. Marilyn loved reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends at Lake Michigan, the Jersey shore and the North Carolina shore. Many special family memories where also made during Snowmass, Colorado, Christmases. She traveled with family and friends to all corners of the earth, and thoroughly enjoyed each adventure. Marilyn is survived by her three children, Barbara Harveson and her husband, James of Trenton, NJ, Thomas Moe of Denver, and Margaret Eggleston and husband, David of Mishawaka. She is also survived by her brother, James Bergeson and his wife, Pat of Webster City, IA; four grandchildren, Ingrid Harveson, Erik Harveson, Marte Eggleston and William Eggleston; four nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her sister, Charlene Rinehart. Most heart-felt thanks to the memory care staff at Arborwood for their gentle and loving care of Mom over these years. Their endless patience and sense of humor made all the difference in this challenging situation. The work they do every day is a blessing and should not go unnoticed. Also thank you to the caregivers from the Center for Hospice, as their knowledge, care and support were invaluable. A celebration of Marilyn's life will take place at First Presbyterian Church South Bend in the spring. A notification will be placed in the Tribune. Donations in her honor may be made to: Malawi Matters ( and First Presbyterian Church, South Bend. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at
Published in South Bend Tribune on Dec. 29, 2013