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home : obituaries : obituaries April 29, 2016

4/24/2009 8:00:00 AM
Margery H. Overmyer
Margery Overmyer
Margery Overmyer

July 21, 1924-April 22, 2009

Margery Louise Hodson Overmyer, 84, died at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday at the Howard Regional Health System hospital, Kokomo, following a heart attack and a nine-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Overmyer was vice president and treasurer of The Sentinel Corp. She took an active part in the operation of The Rochester Sentinel as LifeStyles editor and in numerous business office positions.

Born July 21, 1924, in South Bend, she was the daughter of Milo George and Florence Weld Hodson.

Marge was a 1942 graduate of South Bend Central High School and a 1946 graduate of Indiana University, with an A.B. in English literature.

On June 1, 1946, she married Jack K. Overmyer; the couple met while students at IU's Bloomington campus. He survives.

She and Jack lived in Indianapolis until 1952, when he became editor of The Sentinel and they moved to Rochester. Today, he is president and owner of the newspaper. The Overmyers have lived at 2524 Country Club Drive S., on the east shore of Lake Manitou, in Rochester since 1967. They spent 10 winters on Sanibel Island, Fla., then 15 more in Scottsdale, Ariz.

She was head librarian of the Fulton County Public Library, 1967 to 1969, and also served as president of the library's board of directors. She was founder and first president of Friends of the Fulton County Public Library. Later, she directed arrangements that resulted in demolition of the former Woodlawn Hospital building at Seventh and Pontiac streets so a new library building could be built on the site.

A charter member and past president of Beta Mu chapter of Tri Kappa, Rochester, she was active from 1957 to 1964 in its state organization as province officer and as vice president of the Indiana Council. She was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

She also was charter member and first secretary of the Fulton County Round Barn Festival committee in 1971 and a charter member of the board of trustees for public television Channel 34, South Bend-Elkhart.

She served two terms as a member of the Alumni Council of Indiana University's School of Arts and Sciences. She was a former member of All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis.

Cooking was one of her passions. She shared it with readers of The Sentinel on a regular basis. Her last column, The Good Cooker, appeared on April 16.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Fred Brown, Howe, Elizabeth and Gary Madlem, Rochester, and Sarah and Bill Wilson, Rochester; three grandchildren, Jack Oldroyd, Elkhart, Luke and wife Nancy Wilson, Waddy, Ky., and Hannah Wilson, Loughborough, England; a sister, Mrs. Milton (Joann) Meigs, Lake Forest, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, June Brinkroeger, Rochester, and Jean Hodson, Naples, Fla. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Jennifer Overmyer, in 1999; a grandson, Robert Nelson, in 1989; and a brother, Richard Hodson, in 1978.

The family will arrange a memorial service for Margery H. Overmyer after the impending birth of her first great-grandchild and the arrival of Hannah from England. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. The family requests memorials be made to Fulton County Public Library or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

To read Jack K. Overmyer's Lament for she who changed and enriched my life click here.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 1, 2009
Article comment by: Robert

Jack and Family

Our prayers and condolences are with you and your family.

Robert and Doris Newcomer

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Article comment by: vicki meyer

Betsy, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. My thoughts are with you. Vicki Meyer..................

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Article comment by: Mary Lou Walker Bernett

Dear Laura, Betsy and Sarah,

I'm so sorry to read about your mom's death. I so clearly remember all the wonderful times I had at your house when we were kids and I came over to play and "stay for supper". She was a great lady and I'm better for having known her and your entire family, especially my lifelong friend and classmate, Laura. Please take care and know that I am thinking of you.

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Article comment by: Pam Gordon

Recipe of Marge
1 cup courtesy
1/2 cup patience
1/4 cup forgiveness
2 cups understanding
1 cup friendly words
a pinch of praise
a dash of wit and humor
no baking, steaming, or stewing needed .Season with spice of life(Jack).
Serve in generous portions and topped with Kindness and Love
She will be missed,
but forever remembered

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009
Article comment by: Harriet McAllister Provost

Dear Jack and Family,
On behalf of Beta Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa, I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy at this time of great loss. What a wonderful legacy Marge left as a shining example of what Tri Kappa stood for. Her philanthropic example was so evident in our community and her loss will be sorely missed. As a personal note, Marge was always so sincere and pleasant and I will always remember her in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great sorrow.
With Understanding Sympathy, Harriet McAllister Provost, President of Beta Associate Chapter, Kappa Kappa Kappa

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