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Marjorie Reetz Zickfeld


1925 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Marjorie Reetz Zickfeld Obituary
1925 - 2017 Marjorie Zickfeld, 92, died peacefully on January 30 at her home from natural causes after a long and full life as a wife, mother, teacher, and not-for-profit organization leader. Family and friends remember her most for her grace, poise, wisdom and compassion. Ray, her husband of 66 years, died in 2015. Marjorie was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1925 to Carl and Marjorie Reetz. Her father was a Methodist minister and her mother a church organist. Marjorie grew up in Oregon and settled in Portland after the death of her father in 1937. She spent each summer on the family farm in the Willamette Valley near Corvallis. She moved to Los Angeles in 1942 to attend USC and lived with Dr. Martin Neumeyer (a USC professor) and Esther Neumeyer, friends of Marjorie's parents from their days in seminary at Northwestern University. She received a Bachelor of Education degree with a Minor in Music from USC in 1945. She was a talented soprano and sang in church choirs and taught elementary grades and music in Los Angeles schools until 1955. Marjorie and her husband Ray were very active at Wilshire Methodist Church where they first met and were married in 1948. They later settled in Ladera Heights in West Los Angeles where they raised their two children, Roger Zickfeld and Marsha Zickfeld Day. Marjorie and Ray loved to travel. Their house was decorated with the artwork they collected during their many trips. Marjorie and Ray shared many other interests including attending USC football games, musical events, and the theater in Los Angeles. Marjorie was a successful leader of numerous cultural and philanthropic organizations in Los Angeles. She served as President and board member of Euterpe Opera Club, which produced opera in English at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, USC Town & Gown, and National Charity League, Los Angeles Founder Chapter. She was a member of various USC organizations and was a recipient of the USC Alumni Service Award in 1986. She was also a member of Phi Beta Professional Fraternity (music) and PEO. Marjorie's children Roger Zickfeld and Marsha Day, her five grandchildren, Lauren (Alex) Schiefer, Allison (Scott) Wilkes, Jeffrey Day, Mallory Zickfeld, and Kevin Day, and her great-granddaughter Paige Schiefer survive her. Her son-in-law, Steve Day, and her daughter-in-law, Cathy Felch, also survive her. The family requests that donations be made in Marjorie's name to Town & Gown of USC, 620 W. McCarthy Way, Suite 10, Los Angeles, CA 90089. A memorial service for Marjorie is scheduled at Forest Lawn Glendale on April 8, 2017 at 10:00am.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 8 to Mar. 12, 2017
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