1411 Vintage Lane, Rochester, New York 14626
Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of Marjorie Klem McMahon
McMahon, Marjorie K.
Greece: June 24, 2018, at the age of 86. Marjorie is predeceased by her husband, Gerard J. McMahon; parents, William & Bertha Klem; sister, Arlene Klem LaFranca & brother, William Klem Jr. She is survived by her children, Michael (Jana) McMahon, Mary (Stephen) Marone, Daniel (Theresa) McMahon, Teresa (Miguel) Calderon, Jane (Robert) Mahar, Edel (William) Maeder, Joseph McMahon and John (Jeani) McMahon; 21 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Patricia Hoch & Ann McMahon; many nieces & nephews. For more information, visit www.bartolomeo.com
Marjorie's visitation will be held 4-7 on Wednesday, June 27th at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park. Inurnment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Marjorie had a lifelong love of reading which started with her mother and grandmother who always read to her. Among her favorites as a child, was A Child's Garden of Verses, by Emily Dickinson. She loved her parents, her sister Arlene and her brother William, and had many fond memories of holidays with her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. She learned to sew and embroider from her Grandma Klem. She was also very proud of her victory garden and used to play with paper dolls, the royal sisters Elizabeth and Margaret.
Marjorie's love of poetry blossomed and she participated in many writing contests. She attended Nazareth Academy and enjoyed Aquinas football games and the sock-hops that followed. Eventually she earned her Master's Degree from St Joseph's Hospital School for Medical Technology in Elmira and worked as a lab technologist at Eastman Kodak.
She married the boy she met in primary school Gerard (Jerry) McMahon, and they had 8 children. Michael, Mary, Danny, Teresa, Jane, Edel, Joe, and Johnny. There were always an abundance of pets including dogs, cats, birds, turtles, and even rescue rabbits, Harvey and Pierre. Education was valued and all the children attended Sacred Heart School followed by Nazareth Highschool for the girls and either Aquinas or Bishop Kearney for the boys. Music was also highly valued with every child picking up one or more instruments.
Vacations were always a part of their family life and they included everything from a trip out west, to Disney World in 1971, to Mystic Seaport, and countless historic sites across the US and Canada. Many summers and weekends were spent on the family farm and cabin with the Fourth of July being a favorite. Marjorie always enjoyed reunions with her cousins, and shared a lot of times with her sister's and husband’s family and numerous other friends and relatives.
Marjorie and Jerry were members of the Legion of Mary. Marjorie actively supported the community serving on the Parish Counsel and volunteering for many years at the Maplewood Edgerton Ecumenical Kitchen (MEEK). She was an avid knitter and loved to crochet. Her children and grandchildren were the grateful recipients of numerous beautiful afghans, hats and scarves. She also made piles and piles of baby hats for local hospitals.
She was a lifelong learner and made it a point of keeping up with local and national news and politics. She was a fan of WHAM radio and in recent years always kept her radio and carefully cataloged audio books within reach. She loved talking with her children and grandchildren and was truly interested in their lives. She was very intelligent with a quick wit and had a memory and song to fit most occasions. She was excited about new technology and would frequently ask people to look things up on their smart phone, like dates of events she remembered, song lyrics, how news stories she had heard were resolved, etc.
She was a huge Star Trek fan and loved an extensive variety of books including mysteries, fantasy, thriller and an occasionally a romance novel. She enjoyed Buffalo Bills games and spending time with family. She continued to garden as an adult and was inspired from her early memories of lilac bushes growing outside her bedroom window and her victory garden.
Marjorie was Loving, intelligent, curious, caring, creative, patient and had a strong faith in God and frequently turned to prayer to guide her. During her illness she used to talk about God's will and felt she lived so long because God had a plan for her. She wanted to make sure everyone knew how much she appreciated the love and support she had received all her life, how proud she was of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and how much she loved her family. It was particularly important to her that her children know how much their loving care had meant to her as she entered her final chapter.