Marjorie Bozarth, affectionately known as “Marge” or “Mom,” died Aug. 30 after a brave battle with cancer. She was 79.
A memorial celebration of life – with prayer, photos, music and stories – will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City.
She was born June 12, 1931, in Charleroi, Penn., to Anna and Andrew Nandor. She grew up there with her brothers and sister, becoming very proficient in sports, especially swimming. She was a majorette in the high school band and became a lifeguard. After graduating from high school, she went straight to work to help support her family.
In the early 1950s, her brother, Jim, brought his Air Force buddy, Gene Bozarth, home for a visit. Sparks flew, and on Aug. 23, 1952, the couple was married.
On Aug. 28, 1959 their first son, Michael Aaron, was born in Utica, N.Y., while both were working for General Electric Co. Seeking a warmer climate, they transferred to Phoenix, Ariz., where their second son, John “Chris” Christopher, was born Dec. 28, 1961.
After a few years in Palo Alto, Calif., the family moved to Grass Valley where Mr. Bozarth worked for Grass Valley Group and Mrs. Bozarth was a homemaker.
They became active early members of Community Players and the Nevada Theatre, both enjoying acting in many plays including as “Never Come Never Go,” “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Damn Yankees” and many others. Their two boys also took part, acting, dancing and running spotlights in many plays.
Mrs. Bozarth especially enjoyed the family tradition of spending summers camping at 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 Mr. Bozarth died on March 31, 1973.
After that time, Mrs. Bozarth had a strong companionship with Jim Springer for many years until his death, staying active in local theater, the Clampers and traveling.
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.
Mrs. Bozarth will be remembered as 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, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Flowers may be sent to Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, or a contribution may be made to the American Cancer society.
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