Marjorie M. Hefte, 95, Belmond, formerly of Britt, died Aug.17, 2019 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. A celebration of life was held Aug. 25 at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Marjorie Martha was born in Klemme on March 1, 1924 to Henry F. Lemke Jr. and Daisy (Greiman) Lemke. She was raised and educated in Klemme, graduating as salutatorian of the Class of 1941. She was offered scholarships to two institutions, but was unable to attend college because of costs.
Marjorie was united in marriage to Rudolph Hefte on Aug. 27, 1941 in Plattsburg, MO. To this union, children Marlys, Rosemary and Dorance were born. Rudy served in the U.S. Army and Marjorie moved with him to Amarillo, TX and Denver, CO before settling in Britt following Rudy’s discharge from the service. Together they operated Rudy’s Service Station in Britt until retirement.
While her children were at home, she was active as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scount den mother, 4-H leader, Methodist secretary, and for 25 years was a member of the Theta Rho Club. She was also a P.P. of the American Legion Auxiliary, Britt PTA, Women’s Club and the Rebekah Lodge.
In 1959 she discontinued most of her activities to become the full time bookkeeper at the Britt Creamery, retiring in 1969.
Her proudest social achievement was serving as president of the Rebekah Assembly of Iowa from 1969-1970. She went on to serve seven appointments on the international Rebekah level.
She was a member of the Britt library board for 30 years, serving as secretary 18 years, and later as assistant librarian.
She was an avid reader, a whiz at crosswords, and especially loved to set a pretty table to entertain her card club.
Marjorie and Rudy enjoyed traveling. They visited 13 countries in Europe in the early 1980’s, more than 40 U.S. states, and a number of Canadian provinces. Rudy loved to fish, and Marjorie made sure the family sought out some educational opportunities while on vacation together. She was a lifelong learner, an avid reader and placed a great emphasis on education for her children. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and tatting. She was self-taught on the piano, and loved playing 500 and Rummikub with her grandchildren.
Her family was her first love, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were especially precious to her.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph; sister Mildred McLaughlin; and brothers Leon, Marvin and Donald Lemke.
Left to cherish Marjorie’s memory are her children Marlys Hefte of Des Moines, Rosemary Middleton of Belmond, and Dorance (Connie) Hefte of Cassville, WI; grandchildren Victoria (Lee) Wilkerson of Golden, CO, Richard (Tiffany) Middleton of Arvada, CO, Kimberly (Scott) McKnight of North Liberty, Meghan (Chad) Howell of Davenport, and Andrew (Laura) Hefte of Shawnee, KS; great-grandchildren McKayla, Mc-Kinzy and Michael Middleton, Nikolas and Karla McKnight, Tyler, Allie Stolte, and Alex Howell, Haelynn, Charlotte, Wilhelmina and Eliza Hefte; sister-in-law Isabel Lemke of Des Moines; special friend Tom Middleton of Belmond; and Helen Hunter and family of Indianola.