Marie L. Biesenthal

Biesenthal, Marie L. was born in St Louis to Wilfred and Cecil Archibald, and died on January 29, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Rev. Dr. W. Leroy Biesenthal; her children Kim (Don) Markland of Houston, TX, and Bruce (Karen) Biesenthal of St Louis. She has three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. One granddaughter, Mackenzie Dreppard, preceded her in death. She attended Mt Calvary Lutheran School, Solden High School, and Miss Hickey's Business College. Over the course of her life, she worked in a variety of positions. She provided secretarial services to the Army Corp of Engineers, and served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in a number of ways: working with the Armed Services Commission, the Youth Department, and as the first female meeting planner in the history of the LCMS. She also served as the meeting planner for the LWML. She also volunteered her time and services to many organizations over the course of her lifetime, chairing numerous social and church-related committees. At the time of her passing, she was still actively engaged in volunteer efforts, working weekly at the Thrivent Gift Shop on Manchester Road; teaching English as a Second Language through the Parkway School District and serving as Chairwoman of the Concordia Seminary Guild Hospitality Committee. She attended or led several weekly Bible classes and served as a volunteer at the LCMS headquarters. Services: A service of celebration will be held Sunday afternoon, February 2, at 2 pm, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, MO Reception will follow at the church from 3-4 pm. A memorial service will be held at Meramec Bluffs chapel on Monday, February 3, at 10 am. Private interment at St Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) Hospice Care, 1150 Hanley Industrial Dr., St Louis, MO 63144. Memories and condolences may be left at


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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2014