Marjorie Habedank | Obituary | Record Eagle

April 26, 2021

Marjorie Louise HabedankMarjorie Louise Habedank (Niemi), 87 years old, from Karlin died on April 26, 2021 at home of lung cancer. Her family and her grandson Daisy stood by her side.
Marjorie was born in Kinney, Minnesota and moved to Flint as a young girl. She married the father of their children, Gene L. Habedank, in 1952 and moved to Karlin in 1967, where she lived until her death.
Marjorie was a mother and housewife until her last and third child started school. She then went back to college for her nursing degree and worked as a nurse at the State Hospital in Traverse City for most of her career.
When Marjorie graduated from nursing school, her daughter and two sons were sitting with their father in the audience of the large auditorium, and as she crossed the floor to take her diploma, her youngest son, no taller than a tabletop, yelled, “This is mine Mother! ”It brought the house down. Her whole family felt this feeling all their life: “This is our mom!” Whatever she did, she put her heart into it, whether quilting or gardening. She made quilts for almost everyone in the family and dozens of newborn quilts for friends and family.
Marjorie was an avid reader and crossword puzzler, and more than her Visa card, she loved her library card. She loved to travel and has a passport full of different landmarks. She went horse riding with her granddaughter in Jamaica; bought Irish doilies in Dublin; looked out over France from the Eiffel Tower; raced down the autobahn in Germany; danced with Greek waiters in Crete and watched beautiful sunsets in Hawaii. But her best trips were with Gene when she hopped in the car and drove south. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana; They loved the salty air, half-shell oysters in pubs, coffee and fritters on Bourbon Street and were always ready to go that extra mile for an adventure.
She was very proud of her Finnish heritage and held a “damn Finnish festival” every year. Your DNA test came back 100% Finnish. She occasionally baked pies for all of the nieces, nephews, and family members in the area and delivered up to 18 in the same day.
Anyone who knew Marjorie would say that she was a determined and lively woman with a great sense of humor, funny and ironic, and quick to make a comeback. She was tough, her children called her “Sherman Tank”. Of course, I never call her that in the face because I’m afraid the proverbial newspaper will hit the noggin. Just ask her great-grandson Miller, whom she matched with a well-folded plate eagle when he started behaving in the grocery store. Marjorie was as generous as she was tough.
Her two great-grandchildren were the apple of her eye and she loved them like no other. She loved watching Miller play soccer. And even though the newest addition, Miss Charlie June is only 10 months old, she lived for the moments when she could hold her and giggle with her.
Marjorie was preceded in the death of her husband, who died in 2002. She is survived by her three children Steven (Gail Moon) Habedank, Susan (Bob Tenbusch) Hadedank and Scott (Lisa Eckstein) Habedank; a granddaughter, Kylie (Scott Gray) Habedank; two great-grandchildren, Miller and Miss Charlie June Gray. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Ava, Daisy, and Amos Allan.
The cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 1st, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Marjorie’s home, 7137 Pauline Street, Karlin.
Instead of flowers, the family would like donations to the Cowell Family Cancer Center in Traverse City.

Published on April 30, 2021

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