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Marjorie Lou Struve - 91

7/26/1927 - 3/1/2019

Clinton, IA

Marjorie Lou Struve, age 91 of Clinton, passed away Friday, March 01, 2019 at Prairie Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until the service hour.  Burial will take place at Oakland Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at 


     Marjorie was born in Clinton, IA on July 26, 1927, the daughter of Walter and Lula (McCue) Goettsch.  She married John “Jack” Struve on October 11, 1947 in Clinton.  Jack passed away in 2016.  Marjorie was a school secretary for Baldwin Elementary School in Lyons and a homemaker.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Fulton Country Club.  She enjoyed traveling, golfing, reading and going to the casino. 


     Marjorie is survived by her son Thomas (Pat) Struve of Solon, IA; her daughter Jaclyn (Steve) Patten of Rock Falls, IL; two granddaughters, Sheila and Laura; a sister Marilyn (Don) Stuedemann of Clinton; two sister in laws, Pat Goettsch of Clinton and Jeanne Johnson of Andover and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jack and a brother Wayne.  Memorials can be made to Oakland Cemetery. 


Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until the service hour.


A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Oakland Cemetery.


  • Ronelle Burmeister

    on 03/02/19

    Marj and Jack were my guardian angels more than once during the ten years we lived next door to them on Scenic Drive. From conversations to tomatoes left on my deck, they were the sweetest people we could have had the privilege to have known. I think of you often, Marj, and knowing that you and Jack are together again makes me smile. Play a good game of golf and have few laughs! 

  • Sue and Ken Strom.

    on 03/02/19

    Jack and Marge were the best neighbors. Many times Marge would help me out when I needed an extra egg or a cup of sugar when cooking. Ken enjoyed sitting in the garage talking with Jack. Unfortunately we are out of town and will not be able to attend the services. Our condolences go out to the family. 

  • Cheryl Droste

    on 03/03/19

    Marge and I became friends when working at Clinton Federal S & L years ago. We sometimes golfed together and went to the showboat plays and Wednesday morning coffees later on in life. We shared many laughs. She and Jack were good people and good friends. RIP Marge.


  • Dennis and Judy Andersen

    on 03/03/19

    Our deepest condolences go out to the family. Marge was a real sweetheart. Jack and Marge were the founding members of our neighborhood and I still think of them often when I look out my kitchen window at the house across the street. May you find comfort in knowing that your parents are reunited once again.

  • Julie McDonald-Manikowski

    on 03/03/19

    Jackie, Tom, and families:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother was one of my sweetest aunts. She always had a nice smile and friendly greeting when I saw her.

    I have some fond memories when we all gathered at Grama and Grampa Struve in our younger years.

    Sorry I can't make it to Iowa on Monday.

    Rest in peace Aunt Marge and Uncle Jack.  "You are together again and forever."

    Julie McDonald-Manikowski



  • Joyce Ollie

    on 03/04/19

    Marge was the secretary at Baldwin Elementary School when I first came to Clinton to teach special education in the late 1960's.  Baldwin was the school selected to house the district's special ed classes, so students were bused in from all over the city.  There were two teachers hired before me, so the older students were assigned to their classrooms.  I was to teach the youngest kids, who needed to fail kindergarten twice before they qualified to special education.  There were 25 seven- and eight-year-olds in my class!  Obviously, everyone was learning how to teach what we then called mental retardation!

    Your mom was the mother hen that sheltered us, as we daily discovered what we should, or could, be doing to deliver services to these children.  She was the friendly face, the listener, the organizer, the communication system.  So when I think of your mom, I think of her as a pioneer!  She led the way in giving us (staff and students) respect and dignity.  Thank you for sharing your mom with me!     

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