Marion Jean (Loewen) Darr, 97, passed away Oct 25, 2019

Marion Jean (Loewen) Darr, 97, of St. Joseph, passed away Oct 25, 2019 at the Willows Assisted Living in St Joseph, MI. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph.

Marion was born Aug 10, 1921 in Morse Saskatchewan to Jack Loewen (b: Cottonwood County, MN) and Marie Gladys Buller (b: near Yankton, SD) whose families were in the mass wave of Mennonites from South Russia immigrating to the Great Plains in the mid 1870’s. Marion came to St Joseph at 3 months of age with her parents and Grandparents Buller. Marion graduated from St Joseph High School in 1940. She worked at Barlow’s Laundry and Williams Box Factory and met her future husband Rhinehart “Dan” Darr at a dance at Shadowland Ball Room. Marion and Dan were married Aug 29, 1942 at Crystal Springs Church of God, and Marion worked at the PX and Post Office at Keesler Airforce base where Dan was stationed during WWII. Marion fondly remembers growing up on State Street, the water standpipe on State/Central/Sutherland and hearing the clip clop of the horses of the milkman’s and ice man’s wagon’s, running down the bluff to Lions Park Beach and her favorite white stallion on the Carousel at Silver Beach. Also riding the Inter-Urban and trollys. After the war Marion worked at Industrial Rubber for many years until Linda came along and she became a Mom. Marion loved the beach, traveling, playing cards, reading, fishing, gardening and dancing.

Marion is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Mike Hasse of Coloma, MI and several nieces and nephews.



She was pre-deceased by her parents, sister Mildred June Hoadley, brother Marlin Jewel Loewen, husband Rhinehart (Dan) Darr and stillborn children David and Sharon.



The family would like to thank the caregivers at The Willows and Caring Circle for watching over Marion.



A Celebration of Life Service will be announced. Memorial donations in Marion’s name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice, The Willows Activities Fund, St Joseph Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship, AHSGR.Org or the PBS station of your choice. Those wishing to sign Marion’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. 




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