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In Memory of Marjorie Fern

Marjorie Elaine Fern, age 86, of Roberts, WI, formerly of Hudson, WI, passed away the evening of Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 at Kinnic Health & Rehab of River Falls, WI surrounded by her family. Marjorie was born September 12th, 1933 in Hudson, WI to parents Russell & Lida Hillary. Marjorie spent most of her life in the Hudson area. She attended Hudson High School & went on to work as a waitress at a few of the local restaurants over her career. Marjorie started out at Hudson Harbor before moving on to J.R. Ranch, & eventually the Rustic Hut in Burkhardt, WI. She also raised her beloved family in Hudson. Marjorie married her best friend, Wesley Fern, on November 4th, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa; & they went on to have three wonderful children. She loved taking care of her family. Marjorie was always happy to cook & bake for her children; & was proud to provide her family with a clean & happy home. When her grandson, Dylan, was born, Marjorie was overjoyed. The two shared a very special bond & love for each other & remained very close through all these years. Marjorie was an avid thrifter at garage sales & loved going out shopping for deals. Bingo day was always her favorite day of the week because it gave her a chance to visit with her neighbors. Marjorie was quite the socialite. She loved talking with any & every one she met. Marjorie was never too far from her telephone; & she enjoyed conversations on the phone as much as she did in person. In her later years, friends & family would visit Marjorie to help her out around the home. Though she appreciated everything they did for her, it was always the company & the cups of coffee & treats shared that she cherished most. Marjorie had a way of bringing out the best in people, & would always defend the characters of others by reminding them of their best qualities. The type of unconditional love that Marjorie showed her family & friends will live on in their hearts & memories forever.

Marjorie will remain in the hearts of her daughters, Sandy (Don) Jorgenson & Charlene (Scott) Wittek & her treasured grandson, Dylan Wittek. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley; her parents, Russell Hillary & Lida Wilson; her son, Wayne; & her sister, Jeanette (Carl) Burch.

A Private Graveside Service for Marjorie will be held at Willow River Cemetery of Hudson, WI. Memorials for Marjorie’s family may be sent to: O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Care of Marjorie Fern Family, 520 11th St. S. Hudson, WI 54016. For more information, please contact the O’Connell Family Funeral Home via phone at 715-386-3725, or email at info@oconnellfuneralhomes.com

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    • Char,
      I have so many funny and lovely memories of your Mom! No matter where I saw her and how old I was she always recognized me and gave me a hug. So very sorry for your loss and all those lives she touched with her gift of gab. Hugs Debbie

    • Marge was our waitress many nights at the Rustic Hut, one of the first times we went I asked her, what was the special and what would she suggest. In her stern and no nonsense manner she told us we were going to have the pork chops and how they would be fixed and that we were getting a baked with them…..end of discussion, As we got to know her, and realized she probably worked with me while at the JR, we became less afraid of her. She was indeed a nice lady, but a fun memory of her, Peace to all.

    • Sandy and Char,
      I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
      Char, I have many fond memories of sleep overs as a kid and waking up to your mom’s amazing cinnamon French toast! Your parents were awesome.
      Thinking of you call during this difficult time.
      Kim Penman

    • Sandy and Charlene,
      My condolences. May your memories lift you in the days to come.

      To some Marge appeared to be gruff, but if you got to know her her smile could melt you. She was a women of purpose and service. She was always there to help.
      Rest In Peace dear neighbor.