Hiniker Marion J., of Lexington, MA, passed away on February 6, 2002 at the age of 87 in Lexington, MA. Marion was born on August 7, 1914 to Dr. Nimrod A. & Dorathea (Anderson) Johnson. Along with her sister and dearest friend, Eleanor Johnson Traff, Marion spent her youth in their home on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis. She graduated as salutatorian of her South High School Class in 1931 and went on to graduate from the U of MN in 1936. She married her college sweetheart, Dr. Jerome J. (Jerry) Hiniker on June 18, 1937. Over the course of the next 14 years their love produced six children, Paul, Mike, Mary, Jerry, Ann and Kay. Descendants of MN pioneers and aldermen, John W. Anderson and Louie Niedere, Marion and Jerry were strong believers in self sufficiency and inventiveness. They moved their growing family about the country with the Armed Services during the War Years. They settled into active participation in the community of Ann Arbor, MI during the Fifties, where Marion was an active member of the Women's City Club and the Altar Society of St. Francis Catholic Church. Jerry was recalled to Washington, DC for federal service by President Kennedy for most of the Sixties where Marion continued her volunteer activities by teaching reading to underprivileged children in Head Start. Deprived of her husband of 32 years at the end of that decade, Marion spent a matching 32 years nurturing the growth of their offspring and volunteering her services to hospitals. She also enjoyed regular swimming, hiking, various card and board games, and traveling the world into her eighties. Marion was preceded in death by her parents; sister; husband, Jerry in 1969, and son, Michael in 1999. She is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Mary (Oliver) Oestereicher Hamill of Cambridge, MA, Ann (Kevin) Wilson of Newton Centre, MA, Kay Peterson of Scottsdale, AZ and daughter-in-law Ninon Hiniker of Geneva, Switzerland; and by her sons, Dr. Paul J. Hiniker of McLean, VA and Jerome J. (Mary) Hiniker Jr. of Ann Arbor, MI; along with 12 grandchildren (Linda Eddleman, Peter Hiniker, Nathalie Berchtold, Valerie Hiniker, Carl Oestereicher, Andrew Hamill, Annie Hiniker, Susie Hiniker, David Hiniker, Kelly Wilson, Brian Peterson, Danny Peterson) and 4 great-grandchildren (Maria Eddleman, Christina Eddleman, Paul Enrique Hiniker and Lucas Berchtold. Memorial Services for Marion will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, February 12 at ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. She will be buried alongside her late husband in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church 1 hour prior to service. Caturia-Smidt (651) 437-9419

Published on February 10, 2002

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