In loving memory of Marjorie (Marj) Alice (Wipple-McIntyre) Molzahn (nee Burgess), Nov. 1, 1916 – July 8, 2012.
Marj was born on Nov. 1, 1916 in a one-room cabin on their family farm near Drumheller, Alberta.
She was the third of eight children born to Fanny and Thomas Burgess.
Marj’s first marriage produced a baby girl, JoAnne. They formed a very close mother-daughter relationship until JoAnne’s untimely passing in 2004.
Her second marriage produced sons Earl and Tom and her family was now complete. Marj cherished her children and they were her first priority, always.
Marj moved to Williams Lake in 1962 with her sons Earl and Tom to be closer to her family, brother Frank Burgess, sisters Irene Nelson and Dorothy Brogen and their families.
Marj took up residence in Frank’s guest cabin and was employed at Cariboo Memorial Hospital. She later moved to a house on South Lakeside where she took in a few boarders.
Marj was an accomplished cook, baker, seamstress and gardener.
She loved entertaining, family reunions, birthdays, Christmas and any special occasion. She made the best lemon, butter and pistachio tarts ever, and her trifle at Christmas was always a very special treat.
Around 1975 Marj met and married Bill Molzahn. They resided in Williams Lake until 1980, when they moved out to daughter JoAnne and Jim Redekopp’s ranch at Miocene.
Bill was employed at Gibraltar Mines and Marj was homemaker and an avid gardener. Her efforts won many prizes over the years at the local fall fairs for her flowers and vegetables.
Marj was adventurous, enthusiastic and embraced life and laughter. She loved to sit and visit with her family and many friends and enjoyed her glass of Sherry!
Life after Bill’s retirement was taken up by travelling in their travel trailer, several cruises and, of course, gardening at their home in Miocene.
In 1990 Marj’s eyesight started to fail due to a condition that was irreparable. She set about and reorganized her entire home so that she would know where everything was.
In a few years she was declared legally blind, but she just continued cooking, homemaking and gardening with a magnifying glass right into her final years.
In 2008, with their health failing, they decided to move to Williams Lake and then the last couple of years they resided at the Seniors Village.
Marj passed away on July 8, 2012 and Bill passed away on July 17, 2012.
Marj has left us to tend to her perfect garden in Heaven. In perfect peace, gone but not forgotten.
Marj was laid to rest on July 13, 2012 at the Miocene Cemetery with her daughter JoAnne Redekopp, grandson Darren Redekopp, husband Bill Molzahn and mother Fanny Burgess.
She is survived by sons Earl (Margie) and Tom (Gail) McIntyre; brothers Frank (Norma) Burgess and Billy (Joyce) Burgess; sisters Doris and Dorothy; grandchildren Corrie (Darryl), Matt (Veronika) McIntyre and Megan Menzel; great-grandchildren Eileen McIntyre, Justin and Rylee Menzel; son-in-law Jim Redekopp; step-children David, Tom, Linda, Ruth, Louis and LeAnn (Molzahn); step-grandchild Michael Redekopp; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents Fanny and Thomas Burgess; daughter JoAnne Redekopp; grandson Darren Redekopp; brothers Ray and Roy Burgess; and sister Irene Nelson.