Marjorie Bozarth (sponsored obituary)
Marjorie Bozarth, affectionately known as “Marge” or “Mom”, passed away the night of August 30, 2010 after a brave battle with cancer.
A memorial celebration of life, prayer, photos, music and stories will be held on September 11, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Hooper and Weaver mortuary in Nevada City.
Marge was born on June 12, 1931 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania to Anna and Andrew Nandor. It was there she grew up, with her brothers and sister, becoming very proficient in sports and especially swimming. She was a majorette in the high school band and also became a lifeguard. After graduating from high school she went straight to work to help support the family.
In the early 50’s brother Jim brought his Air force buddy, Gene Bozarth home for a visit. Sparks soon flew, and on August 23, 1952 they were married. On August 28, 1959 their first son Michael Aaron was born in Utica, New York, while both were working for General Electric. Seeking a warmer climate they transferred to Phoenix, Arizona where their second son John Christopher (Chris) was born on December 28, 1961.
After a stay of a few years in Palo Alto, California the family moved to Grass Valley where Gene worked for the fledgling Grass Valley Group and Marge was a homemaker. They became active early members of the Community Players and the Nevada Theatre, both enjoying acting in many plays such as “Never Come Never Go”, “My Fair Lady”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Damn Yankees”, and many others. Even the two boys took part and acted, danced and ran spotlights in many plays.
Margie especially enjoyed the family tradition of spending the summers camping at the beautiful Malakoff Diggins, which at the time had just become a state park.
She worked tirelessly on the homecoming committee at the park, and was an ECV Widder after Gene passed on March 31, 1973.
After Gene’s passing she had a strong companionship with Jim Springer for many years until his death, staying active in local theater, the clampers and traveling.
In 1975, Marge went to work for the Nevada County Public Defenders office and remained there as executive secretary until her retirement in 2001. She took great pleasure in helping the clients and working with everyone at the courthouse. Her favorite television show to the end was Law and Order.
Since her retirement she became involved with the Retired Public Employees Association, enjoyed her daily shopping trips around town, and daily activities and outings with hers sons and granddaughter.
In November of 2009 she was diagnosed with lung cancer and had also suffered for many years from scoliosis. Despite these maladies her spirits were always high and she remained independent and active to the end, including attending the annual Nandor family reunion in Maryland and Pennsylvania each year.
Marge will be remembered for being a kind-hearted, gentle and selfless woman. She grew up in an era that formed her into a woman who always put the needs and desires of her sons and others before her own. Always quick with a smile and never one to complain, she lived with her illnesses quietly and with grace. A private person, once she got to know you she held nothing back.
She is survived by her sons Michael and Chris of Grass Valley, brother Dave Nandor of Red Hook, New York, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Flowers may be sent to Hooper and Weaver chapel, or a contribution may be made to the American Cancer society.
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