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Marjorie Berfield

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 8:16 a.m. CST

PRINCETON — Marjorie May Berfield of Princeton passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center in Henry.

Marjorie was born Feb. 20, 1932, to Charles Eldon Frank and Edna May Frank in Chicago. She grew up in Pittsfield, where she attended Pittsfield High School. As a teen, Marjorie moved to Toulon and attended Toulon High School (Class of 1950) where she met, later married, and had four children with Dean E. Smith.

Marjorie was a poet, and passionate about miniatures, crafts and felines. She was known to many in the Princeton community for her work with Girl Scouts of America (Kickapoo Council) and years of employment with Country Casuals and Wind Power Electric.

Marjorie is survived by her sister, Kay (Paul) Miller, and a niece, Jackie Miller, both of Pittsfield. Also surviving are her children, Janet Dussor of Richmond, Va., Mari (Ron) Pierson of Henderson, Nev., Kathy (Mark) Seidel of Princeton and Clint Smith of Chicago; her grandchildren, Jennifer Dussor, Bradley Pierson, Christina Pierson, Mitchell Pierson, Matthew (Kristin) Seidel and Dustin Seidel; and a great-grandson, Paxton Seidel.

Marge's family would like to thank the staff of Heartland, the volunteers of Princeton Mobile Meals, employees of Alternatives for the Older Adults, and the many friends and neighbors who made her last months and years living with debilitating arthritis more comfortable, interactive, and independent.

Memorials may be directed to the Tri-County Humane Society in Princeton (815-872-9781) or the Arthritis Foundation (

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