A longtime resident of this area, Marjorie Jean Droppo of Morrisburg, passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 26, 2011, following a brief illness. She was 93 years old.
A resident of 64 Park Avenue, Morrisburg, since the Seaway project, Marjorie was the daughter of the late James Hanna and Ethel Dean. She was born March 28, 1918, at Wheatley, Ontario.
On October 11, 1941, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Burlington, she married her beloved husband, Hosea Droppo, who predeceased her in 1969.
A former resident of Chesterville, Marjorie was employed at Morrisburg Public School for a time as librarian and also as the school’s secretary.
Forty years ago, a big part of her real life ended. She and Hosea lived their lives for the good of others. They were a team. Together their entire focus was on their kids, other people’s kids, dogs, birds and anyone or anything that needed anything they had to give.
Through the 50’s and 60’s, together they coached every kid in town how to swing a bat and how to slide into second base.
Once Marjorie plunged into a life of her own, with her husband gone and her children gone, she filled her winter void with skiing. But cross country skiing was too girly for her–she downhill skied until she was near 80!
Marjorie also golfed well into her 80’s, until she couldn’t find anyone who could walk the course with her. Golf carts are for old people. Nobody would ever see her riding in a golf cart, not even for the second 18 of the day.
Years ago, winter in Florida helped to extend the golf season for her–until she even outlived all of the 20 other people who she first started that diversion with.
Marjorie was a woman of devotion and strong faith. She served her church through several decades as the organist both in Morrisburg and in Chesterville. She was a member of St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg and a former member of Signet Chapter #272 Order of the Eastern Star in Finch.
Marjorie was indeed a very private person, insisting to the end on living alone in the house where she raised her family, a home that had been moved in Seaway times.
She had many past time activities to help her get through the lonely days, but her real focus never wavered from her three boys, and then their wives and families became her family too.
And, oh yes–did anyone ever notice that she was opinionated?
The beloved wife of the late Hosea Droppo, Marjorie was the loving mother of Gary (Jane) of Kingston, Rick (Kelly) of Cambridge and Bob (Pam) of Hill Island.
She was cherished grandmother of Kelly (Chris) Van Beilen of Morrisburg, Kevin (Carla) Droppo of Bradford, Dan Droppo of Bolton, Gina (Josh) Beavers of London and Jamie Droppo of Hill Island.
She was dear great-grandmother of Tiago, Maia, Reyen, Kade, Halle and Mikayla.
So many people are linked to the life of Marjorie Droppo in one way or another. Her sons, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren will be part of the legacy that she leaves behind. They will carry on telling of the family history, just as the other people whose lives have been inextricably altered by Mrs. Droppo will continue telling stories of her as they have known her.
Friends were received at the Parker Funeral Home, in Morrisburg, on Wednesday, December 28, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service, performed by Rev. Susan McCullough in the chapel, at 11 a.m. Spring interment will be at St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery, Long Sault.
Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledge. Condolences and donations may be made at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com