Marjorie (Schwinefus) Lansing, 1936

MARJORIE (SCHWINEFUS) LANSING of Ossian, Iowa, died April 13, 2012, at age 94, at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, where she had lived since 2005.

Marjorie was born on Nov.13, 1917 to Frank and Irene (Finnegan) Schwinefus in rural Ossian. She graduated from St. Francis de Sales School in Ossian, attended the Decorah College for Women, and later then graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing (affiliated with De Paul University) in Chicago in June of 1939.

Marjorie married Philip Lansing on Sept. 1, 1941, and to this union two daughters were born, Marilyn and Maureen. Marjorie stayed home and raised their daughters until the mid 50’s. She then returned to the nursing profession, working part-time at Decorah Memorial Hospital. Many commented on what a compassionate nurse she was and her concern for others carried on when she resided at the Hospice. She retired from nursing when her husband retired in 1976. Marjorie was a lifetime member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and an honorary member of the Rosary Society.

She and Phil enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada. She loved to play cards and played in a bridge club for many years. She also taught her grandchildren how to play cards.

Marjorie is survived by her daughters; Marilyn (Tom) Cook of Robins, Iowa, and Maureen Wong of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, six grandchildren; Christine (Charles) Hallier, Daniel (Denise) Cook, Renee (Tim) Schnell, Patrick (Leigh) Cook, Brian Wong and Laura Wong, 12 great-grandchildren; Aaron and Spencer Schmidt, Andrea, Danielle and Collin Hallier, Keegan, Danielle and Kaleb Cook, Lynzy and Quinton Schnell and Ayda and Lola Cook. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Phil, her parents, two sisters; Marion Cunnane and Audrey Welby, and brother, John.

Mass of Christian Burial was held April 16, 2012, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa.