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Marjorie “Marge” Kristine Desch, 85,

Marjorie “Marge” Kristine Desch, 85, a long-time Kalispell resident, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012 after a short illness. Marge was born in Oak Point (now Blooming Valley Township in NW Roseau County), Minnesota on September 11, 1927, the oldest child born to Edwin and Olive Lilja (Oaks).
She worked at  Lancaster and Kennedy in northwest Minnesota until she moved to Kalispell in 1945 where she lived with her Aunt Inez and Uncle Art Burnell and cousins. She has two children Karen and Ronald from her first marriage to Charles McGihon in 1946. Later she married Melvin (Mel) Desch in 1962 and had a son Robert M. Desch.
Besides Marge’s efforts as a homemaker, she cared for young children in her home.  Many of these kids, after they became adults, commented how Marge’s care benefited their lives. She also was an accomplished seamstress that included working at Buttrey’s Department Store performing alterations and making wedding dresses for friends and family. Quilting and embroidering became important hobbies, which was rewarded by numerous awards at the Northwest Montana Fairs. Her creations are considered heirlooms by the many recipients.
She was well recognized for her smile, her interest in visiting with friends, and her can-do attitude. Marge and Mel were frequent visitors to Sykes for morning coffee and enjoyed dances at the Eagles. They operated a Christmas tree and wreath business from their home for 45 years, serving generations of Kalispell residents with trees from their property west of Kalispell until Mel turned 91 when cutting trees on the hillside finally became too difficult.
Marge was preceded in death by Mel, her parents, and a brother, Larry Lilja. She is survived by her daughter, Karen McGihon of Plains; a son Ron McGihon, and wife Norma of Chantilly, VA; son Rob Desch, and wife Michelle, of Spokane; a granddaughter, Shaele Culbreath, and husband Cory, of Charlottesville, VA; and grandson Scott McGihon, and wife Melissa, of Abbotsford, British Columbia; as well as six great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind two sisters, Esther Underberg of Karlstad and Lettie Larter of Lancaster

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