Marjorie A. Schoentrup
December 4, 1925 ~ July 20, 2014
Our beloved mother, Marjorie Schoentrup, a 64 year resident of Wenatchee, WA, died peacefully on July 20, 2014, at age 88. She was born in Bismarck, ND to Oren and Agnes Haggardt on December 4, 1925. Her family moved to the Edmonds, WA area when she was five years old. Upon graduation from Edmonds High School, Marj was employed at Boeing in the Auditing Department and later, as a teletype operator.
Marj met her husband, Lewis Schoentrup, while in high school as she helped out pumping gas at her father’s service station. He became a frequent customer! A wedding followed in 1944, during the time he was serving as an officer in the U.S. Maritime Service. After the War, the couple lived in Concrete, WA, where Lewie worked at the Baker River Dam. During a trip to the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival, they fell in love with the area and decided to move here in 1950. Lew became employed by Puget Power, which later became Chelan County PUD.
A quintessential ‘50’s mom, Marj was a talented seamstress, sewing her daughters’ pretty dresses in grade school, prom dresses in high school and many costumes. She was active in school PTAs, serving as an officer and leader of her daughters’ Blue Bird Groups. Proud of her Scandinavian heritage, she was a wonderful cook and baker of “old world” pastries. She also had a delightful sense of humor and loved a good joke.
Marj nurtured all four of her children and grandchildren lovingly. She was especially devoted to her youngest son, Dan, who has Cerebral Palsy and whose care remained her lifelong passion. She served on the local and state boards of United Cerebral Palsy. A longtime advocate for people with disabilities, she was instrumental in founding the Lucky Clover 4-H Group for disabled persons over school age in 1968. She led the group for more than 30 years, with the help of a group of dedicated and hardworking mothers.
Marj and Lewie enjoyed numerous travel adventures, starting with tent camping with their young family. The couple traveled to all 50 states by car, RV, train or plane. In later years, they enjoyed many cruises, including trips to Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Panama Canal, Rio de Janeiro and Alaska. In addition to two trips to Japan and Southeast Asia, they drove in Europe from Norway to Italy, stopping to visit daughter, Karen, in Berlin. Marj took German classes, so she could speak some phrases with “locals” on her two trips there.
Her other interests included Pinochle club, reading and collecting poetry, playing her organ, and practicing watercolor and oil painting. Marj was the artistic designer and painter of the many elaborate animated Christmas displays that Lewie engineered and built, which were displayed for years at their corner home on Kittitas and Stevens Street. Marj lived her last nine years at Columbia Heights, where she made new friendships.
Marj was preceded in death by her husband, Lewie, in 1994, three months before their 50th Wedding Anniversary; and her sister, Donna Watson. Survivors include daughters, Karen (Spud) Grimes of Lopez Island, WA, and Ann (Donnie) Edwards of Kennewick, WA; sons, Joe (Carol) Schoentrup of Spokane, WA and Dan Schoentrup, Wenatchee, WA. She also has four grandchildren, Tyson Lawrence, Annika Lawrence Sherman, and Todd and Drew Schoentrup; and two great-granddaughters.
A family reunion/Memorial was held in early August on Lopez Island. A reception for family and friends to honor Marj will be held between Noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Coast Hotel/Wenatchee Center Hotel, 201 N. Wenatchee Ave on Saturday, September 6, 2014. A Private Inurnment will be held at the Wenatchee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the Mission Vista Quality of Life Fund, 530 N. Chelan Ave, Suite A-1 Wenatchee, WA 98801.