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In Memory of Marjorie Hatch


3:30PM - Monday, April 25 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

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4:30PM - Monday, April 25 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Marjorie E. Hatch (nee: Footitt), age 98, of Hudson, WI, passed away on April 7, 2016 at Hudson Hospital. 

Marjorie was born in Carrington, ND on July 19, 1917, the daughter of John and Martha (Janke) Footitt. When she was two years old, her family moved to Grass Range, MT to stake homestead claim. Following her father’s passing in 1921, the family moved back to Carrington and in 1931, she moved to Glenfield, ND, where she graduated from High School in 1935. After her graduation, she began Trinity Hospital Nurses Training in Jamestown, ND and graduated in 1939 as a Registered Nurse. In the same year, she moved to St. Paul, MN, where she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital for 12 years. 

On June 22, 1940, she was united in marriage to William Hatch Jr. in Fergus Falls, MN. In 1951, their family moved to Hudson, WI, and in 1959 she began working at Hudson Memorial Hospital. After 42 years of surgical nursing, she retired in 2001. 

Aside from her career, she was an active parishioner at the Presbyterian Church in Hudson for over 45 years, passionately decorating the church’s altar for religious observances. She also loved working in her garden, tending to her flowers, playing the organ, and loved to crotchet. In her later years, she enjoyed a good casino run. 

She is survived by her children: William (Georgia) Hatch III of Hudson, WI, Eric (Judy) Hatch of Woodbury, MN, Allyson (David) Harrington of Hudson, WI, and Brian (Patricia) Hatch of River Falls, WI; 8 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. 

Preceded in death by her husband, William; one grandson, Bobby Hatch; and three siblings. 

Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St, Hudson, with a gathering held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. 

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    • What an unbelievable legacy this woman leaves behind.

      The Wright Brothers first flight was only 14 years in the history books, and Woodrow Wilson was president, when Marj was born. The same year as John F. Kennedy, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Indira Gandhi and Man-O-War. As a teenager in the 30s, Marj survived the Great Depression in North Dakota, followed the events of Nazi Germany and World War II in the 40s, and raised her family in Hudson in the 50s, all the while caring for patients at Hudson Hospital.

      Think about the transformations we have experienced in the past 98 years. And she saw it all. She retired as a nurse from Hudson Hospital at the age of 83. That was 15 years ago!

      To describe Marj in one word, its “Kindness.” Under her care flowers bloomed in glorious colors, critters and birds romped around her yard, grandchildren and great-grandchildren delighted in visiting her and all she had to offer. She will be so terribly missed by those who had the incredible luck to know her.