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August 27, 1931 - January 28, 2019

Margie’s life will be remembered on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Portage, MI. Visitation begins at 10:00, followed by a funeral and luncheon. The funeral starts at 11:00. Margie’s remains will be interred at a later date at Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park, IL. Memorial donations may go to Ascension Lutheran Church, Riverside, IL; Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, IL; Evangelical Lutheran Church General Fund; Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Portage, MI; and South Community Services of Vicksburg, MI.

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Marjorie “Margie” Luther, of Vicksburg, MI, passed away unexpectedly on January 28, 2019 at age 87. She was the only child of the late Melba Mueller Hoger and Elmer “Mac” Hoger.

Although Margie was of small stature, she was a likable powerhouse. She was a no-nonsense, strong-willed and independent person. At the same time, Margie had a kind, gracious and loving heart; she was caring and thoughtful of others. She had a deep devotion to her Christian faith and was an active member of Lutheran congregations throughout her life, most recently attending worship and Bible study at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Portage, MI. Her loyalties to Chicago sports teams, especially the Cubs, were lifelong (and rewarded in 2016)!

Margie spent her early years on Throop Street in Chicago, a city where many members of her extended family lived, so she remained close to her cousins. Margie married in 1960 and after 14 years the marriage ended in divorce. After that, she lived and worked independently in Brookfield, IL. She retired from Allied Products as assistant to the president in 1997.

Margie always cared for her parents, most importantly in their final years. After they passed away, she inherited their lakeside home in Vicksburg, MI, a place familiar from her childhood. The home was built on Indian Lake in 1911 by her maternal grandfather, Charles Mueller. It served as a family summer cottage in the early years and has remained in the family for over a century. Margie had it renovated and retired there in 1998.

Margie is survived by her first cousins, Dorothy Brown of Midlothian, IL; Warren Hoger of Wheaton, IL; Chuck Hoger of Anaheim, CA; and Patti Pigney of Palm City, FL. Other family members (especially Beth Hoger, and Patti and Pete Koelle), kind neighbors (especially Jon and Kitty Kachniewicz), and her church family (especially her Bible study group and Pastor Joan) cared about her.