Kigin Marjorie B. Kigin, 83, St. Cloud. Devoted wife, mother and grandmother, volunteer and friend, peacefully passed away Tuesday, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Marjorie Marie Bellig on November 26, 1919 to Elmer & Marie (Callery) Bellig in a farmhouse in Sundown Township near Lamberton, Minnesota. She married Jerry Kigin of Mankato on Sept. 16, 1943 and together they were the loving parents of seven children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Marge graduated from Lamberton High School in 1937 and attended Mankato Business & Commercial College. She worked as an executive secretary at the National Citizens Bank in Mankato, where she met her husband Jerry. She continued to work in Mankato at the Standard Oil Company while Jerry served as a pilot in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during the Second World War. They moved to St. Cloud in 1948 where Jerry joined the Guaranty State Bank (later Norwest Bank), and was subsequently named its president. Marge engaged in numerous civic activities while she raised their children, five boys and two girls. She was a founder and the first president of the Mrs. Jaycees in St. Cloud, a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader, a volunteer with Christian Mothers and Saint Stephen's Mission. She served on the parents' council for St. John's University, where her five boys attended. She had an active social life, with her Sewing Club (later the Culture Group), her Birthday Club & her many friends. She enjoyed bowling for many years with her team at the Granite Bowl and golfing at the St. Cloud Country Club. She was a devoted Catholic and a longtime member with her family at St. Mary's Cathedral Church in St. Cloud. She volunteered with their prayer line and was a regular Sunday greeter at church. She enjoyed vacationing with her family at Lake Miltona near Alexandria and at Pipestone Lake in Canada and often traveled with her husband to visit family and friends throughout the United States and Europe. At the end of her life, she waged a battle with Alzheimer's with patience, courage and grace. She spent her last few months at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, where she received loving and attentive care. She was regularly visited by family and friends, and especially by her daughter, Marie. Marge was a genuinely loving person, sweet- tempered, kind and generous. She was also intelligent, stubborn and independent. She was a romantic with a great sense of fun who en- joyed family gatherings & surprise visits. She loved well and was well loved. Survivors include her son, Michael & his wife Judy (Blackman) of Arlington, VA and their children Johnny & his wife Jana (Lee) and his daughter Lily, and Becky, Colleen, Ryan & his fiancee, Melissa (Polk) and Shane; son, Thomas & his wife Donna (Avery) of Saint Paul and their daughters Mackenzie and Elizabeth; son, James & his wife Michelle (Vasconi) of Paris, France and their sons Arnaud & his wife Sabrina (Noiseliet) and Eric and Jeremy; son, Robert & his wife Chris (Snowden) of Bloom- ington, and his son Austin; son, Richard & his wife Laura (Gervase) of St. Paul and their children Angi, Kyle and Cody; daughter, Marie of St. Cloud and her daughters Sara and Joleen; daughter, Joanne & her husband Mark Salo of Minnetonka and their daughter Keagan; sister-in-law, Millie (Johanneck) Bellig of Lamberton and her family; brother-in-law, Denny & his wife Helen (Hardy) of Tempe, AZ and their family; and brother-in-law, Tom & his wife Billie (Berliner) of LaGrange, IL and their family. She was pre- ceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry; her brother, Bud Bellig of Lamberton and her great-granddaughter, Chloe Kigin. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, June 16 at St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud. Rev. Edwin Kraemer and Deacon Dave Lindmeier will officiate. Interment will be at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery following the funeral at 2:30 pm. Friends may call from 6-9 pm on Sunday, June 15, 2003 at the Williams Funeral Home, 1900 Eighth Street North, St. Cloud and one hour before services at the church on Monday morning. Parish prayers and St. Ann's Christian Mothers will be held at 7:30 pm Sunday evening. Memorials are preferred. Consider St. Mary's Cathedral or the Alzheimer's Assoc., or a charity of your choice.

Published on June 13, 2003

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