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Marjorie C. Van Houten, 77, of Concord, MA and Vero Beach, FL. She attended Springfield, MA public schools and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1958. She received a bachelor's degree from Elms College in 1962, where she was a member of the Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society and Whos Who in American Colleges and Universities. She taught elementary school for several years in Springfield and Fairfax, VA where she moved upon marrying Francis X. (Rusty) Van Houten in June 1963. She and Rusty traveled to Pittsburgh, PA and Newport, RI during Rustys years in the United States Navy, retiring from teaching during this period to raise her three children, Karen, Paul and Scott. In 1969, Marge and Rusty relocated to the Boston area, first to Westwood and then to Concord in 1975. While continuing to raise her children, Marge dedicated her life to charitable activities and social work. She Chaired the Concord Unit of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, Co-Chairing programming and writing a proposal that helped fund a surgical day care unit. She spent many years as an advocate for the elderly, acting as the Coordinator of the Concord Council on Aging from 1976 through 1978 and the Director of the Fairbank Senior Center in Sudbury, MA from 1987 to 1993. In 1984, she earned her masters degree from the Boston University School of Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organization, Management and Planning. She will be remembered for her extraordinary charitable work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, becoming a board member in the early nineties when her daughter Karen was diagnosed with MS. During her tenure, she organized and chaired numerous programs and events, raising over $1.5 million dollars to fund research towards a cure for MS and programs to improve the lives of those who are living with the disease and their loved ones. She was a dedicated caregiver, mentor of aspiring student nurses and advocate for patient rights. During her spare time, she enjoyed reading, playing tennis and golf with friends, running around with her grandchildren, and visiting and sharing time with her enormous group of wonderful friends. Starting each Sunday, she could also be found noodling on the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen. Marge was an avid supporter of the arts and enjoyed attending the theatre and symphony in Boston, Tanglewood and Vero Beach. In addition to her loving husband Rusty, she is survived by her two sons, Paul Van Houten and his wife Christina of Weston, and Scott Van Houten of Concord, her grandchildren Will and Jack of Weston and Rowan and Turner of Concord, her sister Sandra Howie and her husband Doug of East Longmeadow, and three nieces and nephews, Jennifer Cohen of Brookline, Jeffrey Quinn of Melrose and Brendan Quinn of Longmeadow. She was also mother of the late Karen P. Van Houten and the daughter of the late Michael J. Fiorentino and Mary A. Fiorentino. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 10th from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 11 th , at 10 AM in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord. Private burial will be in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. Friends and family are welcome to join us for a celebration of Marges life after the service at Concord Country Club, 246 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord. At a future date, a Mass celebrating Marges life will be held on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary A. and Michael J. Fiorentino Endowed Scholarship at Elms College: Office of Institutional Advancement Elms College, 291 Springfield Street Chicopee, MA 01013. Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Concord. To share a remembrance in Marges guest book, visit www.deefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Concord Journal from Aug. 9 to Aug. 23, 2018
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