Marjorie Marie Blumenstein, 91, of Geneseo, died at dawn May 16, 2011, surrounded by her family who loved her dearly. A band of angels escorted her to the big dance floor in heaven where her husband, Bud, was waiting for her. Then, they danced their first dance by the pearly gates. A funeral Mass celebrating her life was held Wednesday, May 18, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held Tuesday, May 17, at Vandemore Funeral ?Home Ltd., Geneseo, where a Rosary was recited. Marjorie did love flowers but memorials may be made to the Geneseo Historical Society or Hospice Compassus.


Marjorie Marie Blumenstein, 91, of Geneseo, died at dawn May 16, 2011, surrounded by her family who loved her dearly. A band of angels escorted her to the big dance floor in heaven where her husband, Bud, was waiting for her. Then, they danced their first dance by the pearly gates. A funeral Mass celebrating her life was held Wednesday, May 18, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation was held Tuesday, May 17, at Vandemore Funeral ?Home Ltd., Geneseo, where a Rosary was recited. Marjorie did love flowers but memorials may be made to the Geneseo Historical Society or Hospice Compassus.

She was born Nov. 10, 1919, at home in Wellman, Iowa, on the family farm, the daughter of Albert and Frances (Allar) Greiner. She was always proud of the hard work she did on the farm, especially gardening and canning, tending the chickens, and milking the cows. She and her brother rode their pony to their one-room school house.

She married Paul “Bud” Blumenstein Aug. 28, 1940. They were married 64 years and lived a full and wonderful life, residing at 7 Maplewood Lane in Geneseo. They raised their three daughters in that idyllic neighborhood. She and her husband were very active in community service and their church. She was especially proud of being a charter member of the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary and St. Malachy’s Circle 5. She and her husband loved to dance to the music of the big band era. Golfing was one of their favorite pastimes. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad. They were avid and knowledgeable antique collectors. She specialized in cut glass, cranberry, amberina glass and Mary Gregory glass. Her husband collected Old Sleepy Eye mugs.

She made a wonderful home for her family at 7 Maplewood. She loved that home with its beautiful sunsets, birds, flowers, and trees. She was a wonderful cook and was famous for her flaky pie crust and potato salad. She had an artistic flare for interior design and flower arranging. She was very energetic in the kitchen. She played bridge into her 90s. She was a dedicated wife and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be sorely missed, loved and remembered by her family and friends.,

Survivors include daughters, Karen Isebrands Brown (Jim), Paula Senger (Ken), and Hila Carson (John). She loved her grandchildren dearly; Erin Isebrands Willison (Scott), Hillary Isebrands Gerdes (Ben), Jason Senger (Dawn), Heidi Stanfield (Kevin), and Emily, Molly and Megan Carson. She was delighted with her great-grandchildren, Ashley and Matthew Senger, Nathan and Sydney Stanfield, River Willison and Ingrid and Gus Gerdes. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister.