Marguerite Thierbach, 95, passed away May 27, 2019

Marguerite Thierbach, 95, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, May 27, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 A.M. Thursday, May 30 at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church 2950 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph, with Rev. Dan Colthorp officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit with the family from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial donations in Marguerite’s name may be made to St. Joseph First United Methodist Church or Hanson Hospice Center. Those wishing to sign Marguerite’s Memory Book online may do so at

Marguerite was born July 7, 1923 in Baroda, Michigan to Harry & Elizabeth (Lucker) Hermann. On February 4, 1943, she married Gottlieb “Jim” Thierbach in Baroda. They were married 70 years before his passing on March 3, 2013. She was employed for many years at The 1900 Corporation, now Whirlpool, and during WWII, she was one of the first of many “Rosie the Riveters” who helped the war effort by manufacturing items to aide the US Military. While she worked helping the war effort, her husband & two brothers were serving in WWII, stationed in Europe. Marguerite enjoyed caring for her husband & children and cherished the time spent with them, especially with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Joseph First United Methodist Church and in her free time enjoyed sewing.

Marguerite is survived by two children-Debra (Michael) Whitt of Stevensville, James (Caryn) Thierbach of Mason, OH; seven grandchildren-Eric Thierbach, Jason Thierbach, Amy (Aaron) Wood, Adam (Stacy) Whitt, Alyssa (Tim) Judkins, Allison (Philip) Impellizzeri & Priscilla Richards; great-grandchildren-Alex, Finley, Spencer, Elena, Christopher, Hattie & Darin; her brother Gordon Hermann of Fairborn, OH; her sister Betty (Ron) Triechel of St. Joseph; numerous nieces & nephews; and special friends Warren & Nancy Pinkerton of St. Joseph. In addition to her husband Jim, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson Aidan Wood, and two brothers-Harry “Bud” Hermann, Jr. & Robert Hermann. 

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