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Marjorie M Guerich

March 23, 2014

Marjorie Pearl Guerich, 91, of St. Marys, died March 23 after an extended illness. “Marj” passed away peacefully at the St. Marys Manor surrounded by family members.

Born November 1, 1922, on a farm in Sandy Hook, near Rossville, Marj was the eldest of six children of Thomas M. and Florence G. Doyle Pearl. She attended James Grade School in rural Shawnee County and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Catholic High School in 1940.

She studied in East Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis to become a nationally registered radiologic technologist. She worked at Topeka State Hospital for 27 years before retiring in 1987.

Marj was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella Little Flower Circle, Kansans for Life, the Kansas Authors Club, the Wamego Writers Roundtable, Kevin Club, Kansas Historical Society, Kansas Association of Public Employees and the American Legion Auxiliary. She wrote stories about her life as a hobby and was active as a community hospice volunteer. She also was a frequent visitor of the residents at the St. Marys Manor.

An energetic traveler who toured a variety of national and international venues over the years, Marj was an excellent cook who loved to entertain relatives and friends at special dinners and holiday celebrations in her home.

As an elder of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Marj was extremely proud of her Native American heritage. During the Jesuit-Potawatomi Days in October 1998, she oversaw the preparations for St. Marys’ celebration of the 150th anniversary of the local Jesuit mission’s founding. A devout Roman Catholic, she was an avid supporter of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Her children, Ann Marie (Al) Dobson, of Manhattan, and Clement Joseph “C.J.”. Guerich of Lawrence survive. Marj was the proud grandmother of Amy Marie Guerich, Overland Park, Sarah, Michael and Adam Guerich, all of Lawrence and Jenn Higgins and Marcus Dobson of Manhattan. Her great- grandchildren are Jordan Minor and Gavin and Arianna Higgins..

Also surviving are siblings, Robert L. Pearl, of Parma Heights, Ohio; Maureen Harris of Topeka; Sister Virginia Pearl, CSJ, of Concordia, and Gerald (Hildegard) Pearl of rural St. Marys. Marj was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James B. “J.B.” Pearl of St. Marys.

In addition, she is survived by sister-in-law Dorothy Eileen Pearl, St. Marys, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.

Marj will lie in state after 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Piper Funeral Home, St. Marys,where the Daughters of Isabella Little Flower Circle will recite a rosary at 4:00 P.M.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until the  Prayer Vigil at 7:30 PM.   Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or Grace Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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31 thoughts on “Marjorie M Guerich

  1. Do to my out of town work schedule, I just recently heard about Marge. She was one of my favorite people living in St. Marys. She was a wonderful person to know, and I, and many others will miss her in the community.

  2. Marjorie M Guerich, what a blessing you are / have been in my life / I have many wonderful and fond memories of our time together. Sadly I had to go out of state to take care of family and we had not been in touch / you will forever live within me, our conversations, fun, and laughter will remain with me always. ( I know your hair looked perfect) Love to your family / friends Marjorie… you remain within my heart. LOVE to you always… Wayne… . family you are welcome to contact me… 785 215 0337

  3. Dear Ann, CJ and family,
    My heartfelt condolences to you all at this time.
    I had the pleasure of knowing Marj and spending some fun times
    w/ her…playing Scrabble was one highlight : )
    Praise the Lord she is now with Jesus !
    You all remain in my prayers.

  4. To the family : my sincere condolences. There is no greater pain than the death of a loved one. Sometimes it seems almost more than a person can bear. Jehovah God helps us with this in His word, He promises us that He will put a stop to all sickness and death will be no more (REV 21;3.4) Jehovah also shows His love for us through the ransom sacrifice of His beloved son Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift to be given ! Then the hope of seeing our loved ones again on this earth, transformed into a paradise. The Bible tells us this was Jehovah’s will when He created Adam & Eve. Please take your Bible and read: (Genesis 1:26,27; John 5: 28,29; Psalms 37:11,22,29). If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me at: ricruiz@aol.com Sincerely: Rick Ruiz Schwebel.

  5. Ann & family, I’m so very sorry to read about Marg…she was always so very kind & sweet to me, just a beautiful lady inside & out! She will be greatly missed! You are all in my thoughts & prayers…God bless you all! Ruth

  6. Ann, CJ and Family,

    So sorry to hear about Marj and sorry I wasn’t able to attend the funeral. She was quite a lady and I always enjoyed talking to her when I walked our dog to the park. Sophie usually had to stop in Marj’s yard on the way home and rest. We always got quite a kick out of it.

    St. Marys lost three fine ladies in the matter of a week in Marj, Effie and Maxine.


  7. Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with all of you during this difficult time. It is comforting to know Aunt Marj is at peace now and that her spirit will always live on.
    Aunt Marj was always so welcoming and made every visit to St Mary’s memorable. These fond memories and her love will always remain in my heart.
    I’m saddened that Mike and I could not be there with all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family in St Mary’s during this difficult time. Sending all our love.
    When you remember Marj’s smile and laugh, may it brighten your day.

  8. Ann and CJ and families,
    Your mother was a good neighbor for many years and I was so glad to see her at the manor in January. May God comfort you at this time.
    Sharon Matthews Stewartstown, Pa

  9. CJ, Ann and all the Pearl family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. She lived life to the fullest and her faith meant everything to her. May she rest in peace. Jim and Karen Mulligan

  10. My grandma was a great grandmother to me and my siblings and we will remember her forever. She will be deeply missed. Rest in peace grandma.
    -Love Adam

  11. Ann and CJ,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a wonderful woman and we will miss her dearly. Memories of her will remain with us all. Prayers always

  12. Dearest Ginger, to you and all members of Marg’s
    family, I send my deepest sympathy. God be
    with you.

  13. Marjorie, was very special long time friend with many memories. Ann & C.J. families you have my deepest sympathy.

  14. My prayers and sympathy to Ginger and all the family as you celebrate Marj’s wonderful life. I pray you will be consoled by our loving and prayerful support.

    I’m grateful that I was able to meet Marj and discover for myself what a lovely person she is.

    Sr. Marilyn Stahl

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with you while you celebrate the death and life of Marj. Jerry & Hildegard and the rest of the Pearl Family, you have our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. God Bless All of you.

  16. I have been mindful of Marj through her dear sister, and my dear CSJ Sister, Virginia Pearl, csj. We have all kept Marj in prayer during these last weeks of her life. I shall continue to remember her family.

  17. I miss Grandma already but i know shes in a better place. She loved us all with all her heart. Rest in heaven, Grandma.

  18. CJ and Ann and families. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go thru this difficult time.

  19. our prayes are for her & her family. my mom will have a partner playing bridge. God help thoses who play againt them. ha…. she is in a better place.

  20. We are so sorry to hear of Marjorie’s passing. Joe & I saw her Friday & she was so up and alert. She was such a wonderful friend. She will be missed by so many. She is now with God and that was her wish.
    Joe & Pauline Conley

  21. We all will miss Marj. She was such a loving and wise person. We will never forget meeting with her at the end of the Trail of Death caravan in 1988 and other times.

  22. Our thoughts and Prayers are with You All. Marj was a Awesome Person. Palmer Street will miss Her.
    The Doty Family

  23. So sorry for your loss, CJ and Ann and families. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go thru this difficult time. God Bless.

  24. There are so many memories of Aunt Marj and St. Marys. When I spoke to her recently, she told me she was going to see Jesus soon. Her faith and love were still very strong. Bless her and all of us she touched!
    Our thoughts are with you all in St. Marys at this time. Please remember that our prayers are with you!

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