Marian R. Jochem
QUINCY -- Marian R. Jochem, 101, of St. Vincent's Home, died at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the home. Marian was born April 3, 1916, in Quincy, a daughter of Charles E. and Agnes Wellman Byerly. Marian was a second-generation centenarian. Her mother, Agnes, reached age 100. Since Marian reached age 101, she lived longer than anyone else in her family. Marian married Raymond F. Jochem on Sept. 30, 1942, at St. Francis Catholic Church while he was on a three-day pass from active duty in the U.S. Army. Mr. Jochem died Nov. 13, 2000. She attended St. Francis Grade School and Notre Dame Academy in Quincy, and she completed two years (1935-37) at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis. Upon returning to Quincy, Marian worked for her father, Charles Byerly, at the Quincy Photo Engraving Co. She also worked at the Adams County Health Department before her marriage and for the USO in Newport News, Va., while her husband was stationed there for the U.S. Army. Marian was a lifetime member of St. Francis Catholic Church, a member of the Ladies of St. Francis and served as a Cub Scout den mother for St. Francis School. Since 1953, Marian was a member of the Secular Franciscans, serving as treasurer for several years. She did her best to model the Franciscan way of living. Marian had a gentle spirit. She was patient, kind, generous and fair-minded. She was the first to offer help and the last to criticize. She loved animals, birds and children, especially their honest view of the world and people in it. Marian was proud of earning her 5-gallon Donor Pin with the Adams County Red Cross Bloodmobile. She was also proud of voting in every election since she was eligible to vote, including the years she lived at Casita Catherine Assisted Living and St. Vincent's Home. Marian early voted on Monday, April 3, her 101st birthday, for the April 4 spring election. She also served as a Sunshine Volunteer at Sycamore Healthcare Center while she lived at Casita Catherine Assisted Living until she stopped driving at the age of 94. During Marian's six-plus years at St. Vincent's Home, she enjoyed attending Mass, praying the rosary and getting the winning number at coverall bingo. She had a great love for Snoopy and Woodstock, a good chewy pecan turtle, an icy cold can of V-8, and greeting people with a wave and a smile. Marian is survived by her three children, son Donald C. Jochem (Patricia) of Santa Fe, N.M., son Allen L. Jochem of Quincy and daughter Sharon Jochem Schmidt (Mark) of Milwaukee, Wis.; four grandchildren, Jonathan Jochem (Shari) of West Sacramento, Calif., Heidi Jochem, MD (Craig Jensen, MD) of Albuquerque, N.M., and James Jochem (Vanessa) and Shannon Armijo (Carlos) of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight great-grandchildren, Jude Jochem, Elliott Jochem, Oliver Jochem, Noah Jensen, Emma Jensen, K.J. Gutierrez, Alyssa Gutierrez and Cortez Gutierrez; two sisters, Margaret Louise Kahler and Betty Shackleton, both of Quincy; and 13 nieces and nephews. Marian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 10 sisters and brothers-in-law; and her son, Frederick John Jochem, who died in infancy. The Jochem family would like to thank Martha Robinson at Casita Catherine, Sister Florence Kuhn and Sister Jackie Sellmeyer at St. Vincent's Home, as well as Marian's caregivers and the staff at St. Vincent's Home for 13 years of caring for our beloved mother. SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A Secular Franciscan prayer service will be at 10 a.m. VISITATION: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. MEMORIALS: Secular Franciscans, Ladies of Charity or Catholic Charities. ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. WEBSITE: dukerandhaugh.com . Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com .
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