Friday, September 22, 2000

Obituary: Marjorie (Neller) Greenwald

MOUNT HOREB [Wisconsin] - Marjorie Greenwald, age 95, of Mt. Horeb died on September 21, 2000, at Meriter Hospital in Madison. Marjorie Greenwald was born June 6, 1905, at Appleton, Wisconsin to John and Ina (Briggs) Neller. She was baptized at the First Congregational Church in that city. Marjorie attended Lawrence University and graduated from the Chicago Art Institute. Following graduation she taught in the art department at Madison's Central High School. On May 30, 1930, she married Alton T. Peterson and together they made their home on Willow Valley Farm near Daleyville. Two sons, Robert (Kay) Peterson of Milan, Italy and Theodore, who died at birth and one daughter, Kristin (James) Brue of this area were born to the couple. Alton died in November of 1935. Marjorie, with her two children, continued living at Willow Valley. In January of 1947 she married Curtis P. Greenwald. Marjorie and Curtis are the parents of John (Glenna) Greenwald of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1976, after the sale of the farm, the Greenwalds purchased a home on Blue View Drive in Mt. Horeb. Curtis died in 1982. Marjorie was a talented artist, avid reader, and loved to play Scrabble. She was an active member of Perry Lutheran Church and its Dorcas Circle. Other interests included the Senior Art Group and the Mt. Horeb Historical Society. Besides Alton and Curtis, her son, Theodore, and parents, Marjorie was preceded in death by three bothers, Donald, who died at four months, Richard (Virginia) Neller of Neenah, and Robert (Alvina) Neller of Appleton. Marjorie is survived by her children; three grandchildren, Bill (Diane) Brue of Stoughton, Dan (Marcia) Brue of Daleyville, and Nancy Brue (Dr. Stephen) Penaskovic of Spokane, Washington. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, Sarah, Nathan, Laura, and James Brue, and Catherine and Amy Penaskovic; one brother, Dr. James (Patsy) Neller of San Diego, California; and a brother-in-law, Dr. James (Shirley) Greenwald of Fitchburg. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2000, at PERRY LUTHERAN CHURCH in Daleyville. Visitation from 1:00 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at Perry Lutheran Church with Pastor Jonathon Kosec officiating. A coffee hour will follow the committal service. ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME, 500 N. 8th Street, Mt. Horeb is serving the family.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 22, 2000; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

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