December 3, 2013


Marjorie Hess, 90, of Coon Rapids, died at home on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Pastor Lynn Gunderson officiating.

Casket bearers will be Mike Davis, Paula Davis, Justin Schroeder, Linda Schroeder, David Schroeder and Joe George. Honorary casket bearers will be Coon Rapids Red Cross Volunteers.

Music will be by vocalist Cindy Seastrom with accompanist Lula Garnes.

Burial will be at Orange Township Cemetery, Coon Rapids.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids.

Marjorie Ann, daughter of Charles W. and Bertha (Pingrey) Thomas, was born May 26, 1923, near Coon Rapids, Carroll County, Iowa. She lived on the farm with her family until her father injured his arm in a farm accident. After returning from the hospital, Charlie and Roswell Garst started Garst & Thomas Seed Corn Company, and the Thomas family moved into town. Marjorie graduated from Coon Rapids High School.

On May 15, 1949, Marjorie married Harris Hess in an outdoor wedding at the home of her parents. They lived in Bagley for a short time before moving back to Coon Rapids. Marjorie and Harris were the parents of two sons, both of whom died as young men, Charles in 1974 and Lynk in 1998.

She was very active in her community, chairing the Coon Rapids Red Cross Volunteers for many years, starting in 1945. Because of her untiring work, the group was honored by Governor Branstad in May 1996. Marjorie was also an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. In 1999 she was selected for the Governor's Volunteer Award after being nominated by the Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging and RSVP. She was very proud to have been a partner in the original Garst & Thomas Seed Corn Company.

Marjorie, her parents and three sisters built and furnished the Thomas Rest Haven and gifted it debt-free to the town of Coon Rapids. Later Marjorie and her husband made a gift which made the medical clinic building and physical therapy area possible. Marjorie and her husband also made significant gifts for the Park View Assisted Living and the American Legion Community Building. In addition to the generous gifts to the community, she also gifted individuals in the community.

Marjorie and Harris enjoyed many trips to their cabin on Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota and winter trips to their home on Lake Chapala near Ajijic, Mexico. She was an avid antiques collector and enjoyed collecting tumblers.

In later years, Marjorie suffered a number of health problems. She was able to remain in her home with the loving care of her husband and many helpers over the years.

Marjorie is survived by her husband, Harris Hess of Coon Rapids; sister-in-law Marian Hess of Ocean City, N.J.; nieces Mary Beth (Bob) Williams of Garden City, Kan., Martha Lange of Divide, Colo., and Holly (Tom) Groos of Cove, N.Y.; nephew Jim (Kay) Galloway of Coon Rapids; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Bertha Thomas; two sons, Charles Roy Hess and Lynk Thomas Hess; parents-in-law Roy and Cletus Hess; three sisters, Marian Thomas, Helen "Tim" Galloway and husband Morris Galloway, and Beth Lange and husband Elmer Lange; and brother-in-law Frank Hess.