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Marjorie Isabel Johnson Stewart of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at the age of 101 on April 15, 2023.
Marjorie was born on April 21, 1921, in Burnett, Wisconsin, to Wilbert and Laurena Johnson, the eldest of four children. She was a talented writer whose first job was working for her hometown newspaper, The Horicon Reporter. She wanted to see the world, so she became the first woman in Dodge County to enlist in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, in 1943, where she produced on-base communications while stationed in Seymour, Indiana. It was there that she met her future husband, Mondell H. Stewart (“Stewart”) at a New Year’s Eve party. They were married on September 2, 1944, and had one daughter, Marsha A. Stewart.
Marjorie worked for decades as a federal employee, first with the Soil Conservation Service, then the Forest Service, and finally with the Social Security Administration until she retired. In her retirement years, she spent her time crafting, snowbirding to Arizona every winter, reading, and following her beloved Chicago Cubs. Besides her wedding and the births of three further generations, her greatest joy in life was watching the Cubs win the World Series in 2016 after a 108-year losing streak. Since childhood, she, her father, and her siblings listened to the Cubs on the radio and then eventually watched them on television, which she loved.
Marjorie and Stewart were married for 57 years, until he preceded her in death on November 21, 2000. She is also preceded in death by her three siblings, Elroy Johnson, Marilyn Marx, and Jeannette Maier Hilgendorf.
She was an optimistic, lively lady who loved her family more than anything else and whose memory will be forever cherished by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter Marsha of Madison, her granddaughter Sarah (Matt) Miller of Mt. Horeb, and her two great-granddaughters, Marlo and Stella.
A private family cremation service was held on Saturday, April 22. In honor and remembrance of Marjorie’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Planned Parenthood of Madison or Second Harvest Food Bank of South Central Wisconsin.
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