Marion Snortum

April 13, 1918-Aug. 1, 2014

CANBY – Services for Marion Snortum, 96, of Canby will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Canby City Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Canby is entrusted with the arrangements.

She died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.

Nora Marion Moen was born April 13, 1918, at Hinsdale, Montana, to Arthur and Norah (Emery) Moen. She was baptized Sept. 15, 1918 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hinsdale and confirmed May 14, 1933 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota. Marion graduated from Fargo Central High School on May 28, 1936. She later graduated with a B.A. degree from Concordia College, Moorhead on June 3, 1940. In the summer of 1944 she did graduate study at the University of Oregon in Corvallis. She taught at Canby High School from 1945 to 1947. She had taught at Hawley and Arco, Minnesota prior to teaching in Canby.

She and Wendell Snortum were married on Aug. 24, 1947, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Canby. After her marriage she did substitute teaching and worked alongside Wendell at Snortum’s Flowers. In November 1988, Marion completed the Nursing Assistant Course at the Canby Vocational Technical College. She was then employed as a Nursing Assistant at the Nursing Home in Canby until 1999. She was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church having s served through the years as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, choir member, Luther League advisor, was in a circle and served on the Board of Education. She had served as president of the American Lutheran Church Women in 1952 and was a member of Women of the ELCA at the time of her passing. While at Concordia she was active in Alpha Phi Gamma, the national honorary journalistic society; Alpha Zeta Phi, a literary society; the Concordia Voice Speaking Choir, German Club, and the staff of The Concordian. Marion was a member of the MEA and NEA during the years she taught school and attended the annual MEA conventions. Marion served on the Canby Public Library Board for 44 years, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, the Canby Hospital Auxiliary, and the Canby Area Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, and was an active member of the Canby Federated Study Club from 1947-1988, then becoming an honorary member.

In 1992 Marion received the People Caring for People- You Make a Difference Award at the Canby Community Health Services Awards Program. She was thankful for the opportunity to minister to the needs of the residents while employed at Senior Haven. In March of 1999 Marion was nominated as an Ageless Hero. The Ageless Hero Awards Program was sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans across the country.

Marion enjoyed reading, photography, music, hymn singing, writing to her brothers and sisters, the out of doors, and time spent with her family. Her grandchildren’s education and extra-curricular activities were very important and meaningful for her.

She is survived by husband, Wendell of Canby; daughter, Juliana (Bruce) Wornson of Canby; son, David of Canby; grandchildren, Miriam (Gary) Kaczmarek of Marshall, Joel (Liza) Wornson of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Mark Wornson of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Hayley Denelsbeck, Ava, Olivia and Evelyn Wornson, and Aubrey and Isaiah Kaczmarek; two sisters, Lorraine Moen of Fargo, N.D. and Muriel Dostal of St. Paul; four brothers, John Moen of Fargo, N.D., Arne Moen of Bellevue, Wash., Ivar Moen of Elgin, Ill. and Norman (Patricia) Moen of Minneapolis; one brother-in-law, Darold (Olga) Snortum of Canby; two sisters-in-law, Sylvia Hanson of Dawson and Bonnie Snortum of Claremont, Calif.; 16 nieces and nephews, 27 great-nieces and nephews, and many great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law; brothers-in-law, John Snortum, Guel Dostal and Harold Hanson; nephew, James Moen; and great nephew, Vincent Hanson.

Blessed be her memory!