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Marion Newman
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Obituary for Marion Newman

Marion Newman went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. She is survived by her brother Raymond and wife Lois Cox, her sister Marjorie and husband Gordon Fabian, and brother Michael and wife Marlene Cox. She leaves behind five daughters, Mary and husband Joy King, Christine and husband Bob Erkkila, Ruth Newman and husband Fred Hooper, Elizabeth and husband Gary Siefert, and Kathleen Newman; and her daughter-in-law, Elisa Newman. Grandma Newman is also survived by six grandchildren, Bob Arnold, Jennifer (Simon) Parsley, Karl (Kim Schneider) Walser, Karen Erkkila, Kevin Erkkila, and Jacob Siefert. Marion will also be missed by her nieces, nephews and dear friends, many from the organizations in which she was active over the past years.

Marion Jean was born in Milwaukee, WI to George and Annitha Cox and married Leonard W. Newman in 1949. Leonard Newman was ordained as a minister in the Lutheran Church in 1953 and pre-deceased Marion in 2003. She is also pre-deceased by their son, William (Billy) Newman in 2005 and a sister, Grace Cox, in 1985.

Mrs. Newman loved teaching kindergarten at St. John Lutheran School in Midland where she taught for 17 years. She served on several Midland County organizations including Parks and Recreation Commission, Rails to Trails, Board of Health, Family Independence Agency, and People to People International. Marion was active in many political and civic groups including the Midland Afternoon Writers Group, Red Hats, Log Cabin Society of Michigan, and Lutherans for Life, Right to Life, Pregnancy Aid of Midland County, and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was active at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sanford where she was part of Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, and Choir and was a member for more than 40 years. Pastor and Mrs. Newman traveled to over 30 countries together and Marion continued traveling after her husband died with family and friends, including to Midland’s sister city, Handa (Japan) as a member of the Sister Cities Committee. Marion’s greatest blessings were her loving husband, six wonderful children, and abiding faith in her Savior, Jesus.

Services for Marion Newman will take place at 11 AM Monday, February 12, 2018 from St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2045 N. Lynn Street in Sanford, Michigan. Rev. Samuel Reith will officiate with graveside burial rites in Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Marion’s family will receive friends at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home at 1200 West Wheeler Street in Midland from 3 to 7 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2018 and at St. Paul’s on Monday from 10 AM until time of service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorials to any of the organizations that Marion valued as described above or to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) which carries out missionary work around the globe.


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Visitation

Sunday

11

Feb

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Visitation

Monday

12

Feb

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church

2045 N. Lynn Street
Sanford, Mi 48657

Service

Monday

12

Feb

11:00 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church

2045 N. Lynn Street
Sanford, Mi 48657

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