MENDOTA - Marjorie J. Nance, 87, of Mendota passed away Nov. 27, 2020 at OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19 at Wasmer Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Presley officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery. A celebration of life reception will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Mendota Elks Lodge.
Marjorie was born April 19, 1933 to Lucille (Erbes) Eddy Holman. She married Oscar Sessler on Jan. 1, 1949 in Mendota. On March 17, 1972, she married Edward Nance in Ottawa.
Survivors include one daughter, Gail Sessler of Mendota; three sons, Ronald (Barbara) Sessler of Hennepin, Gary (Pat) Sessler of Mendota, and Rick Sessler of Mendota; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many grand cats.
She was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents; one sister, Eleanor Zolper; one granddaughter, Staci Sessler on June 29, 2020; and one great-granddaughter, Skye Hannen on May 2, 2006.
Marge was self employed over 22 years with Sessler Garbage Disposal in Mendota. She worked as a waitress at Sam’s Steak House and was a shift supervisor for Caron Yarn Factory in Mendota. She also spent time working at Del Monte and was a cook at “The Loft” for many years. She was then able to land a job with the Illinois Department of Corrections as a correctional officer until her retirement in 2001. She was born and raised as a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she was famously known for her ability to make unique quilts, and attended church faithfully. Marge loved to send cards, whether wishing someone a happy birthday or anniversary, saying we are thinking about you or sending get well wishes.
Marge was very involved in her community and gave countless hours of her time to various organizations. She was a member of Mendota Elks Lodge 1212, serving as the second female Past Exalted Ruler; Mendota VFW Auxiliary 4079, where she held many different officer positions; Women of the Moose 1567; Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem; and Independent Order of Odd Fellows-Rebekah, where she held every local and district level office but was best known as recording secretary. She held a certificate in food management and was an Illinois Police Associate Member. She was a former member of TOPS and held officer positions. She was an avid bowler at the Bowl-Air in her younger years. She loved to bake pies and cook and collected bells and cookbooks. Always a hard worker, she bought the land and built the home she lived in since 1955. When not working or giving back to her community, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, artic painting and reading. She especially loved her cats. In her later years, she could be found at the gambling machines or playing the tickets.
Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church for quilts, youth or music, or to any organization helping animals in distress. Marge loved her cats and animals and would never allow an animal to starve.
Condolences may be left at wasmerfuneralhome.com.