Marjorie Borgman ’43 Hass

Marjorie “Marge” Hass, one day short of reaching 95, passed away on Tuesday, October 4 at Oliver Woods Assisted Living. A Celebration of Life service will be held at noon on Saturday, October 8 at the Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. Reverend Alice Lewis will officiate with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Chapel from 3- 7 p.m. on Friday, October 7.

Marjorie Rose was born in Holland, Michigan on October 5, 1921, to Joseph and Eva Borgman. A 1939 graduate of Holland High School, Marge earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from of Hope College in 1943. She taught kindergarten and third grade in Zeeland, Grand Rapids, and Potterville Public Schools. Her graduate work was done at Western Michigan and the University of Michigan.

She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, serving as flower chairman of the altar guild for many years. She was a past secretary of St. Mary’s Guild.

Marge worked on the American Cancer Home Drives and anti-smoking education campaigns in the 1960s along with her husband. She was a former member of the Owosso Country Club, and American University Women’s Club.

An avid college basketball fan, Marge cheered the loudest for the Michigan State Spartans, but was just as loyal to the University of Michigan except when the two teams played one another. Always a softhearted fan, however, she expressed great sympathy for the players on the losing team. She also enjoyed watching college football for both schools.

In December of 1951 she married Dr. Robert A. Hass. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1988. She was predeceased by her parents and three brothers: Joseph, Lewis and Robert Borgman. Survivors include two sons: Dr. William (Mary) Hass and Dr. Robert (Vikki) Hass and a daughter Julie (Dan) Wenzlick; five grandchildren: James (Shannon) Shaw, Jené Shaw, Dr. Steven Hass, Andrea Hass, Will Hass, and two great-granddaughters: Annabelle and Maise Grace Shaw. Sisiter-in-law Donna Bergman.

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