Kingston, NY - Marjorie (Beck) Stoothoff, 96, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Ten Broeck Center of Lake Katrine, NY. Our Lord called her home following a brief illness. At the time of that calling, she was among family, and prayer and hymns were in the air, scriptures were being read, and dedicated service professionals were at-the-ready.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, February 11, 1923, Mrs. Stoothoff was the daughter of Ernest G. and Frieda Bahret Beck and sister to brother Raymond, all of Poughkeepsie.. She married LeRoy S. (Roy) Stoothoff, Jr. on July 18, 1944 in Poughkeepsie. “Roy” pre-deceased Marjorie on New Year’s Day, 2014 at age 92.
“Marge’s” or “Margie’s” and Roy’s wedding day came on a weekend pass from Florida, where “full time wartime military duty” for the young ensign Stoothoff was as a squadron commander, serving in search and rescue and reconnaissance while stationed in Pensacola, FL The World War II bride and groom returned home to Poughkeepsie where they began to drive roots in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Roy’s work moved wife Marge and -eventually sons, John and Jim and daughter, Lynn, to Middle Hope, Delmar, and Woodstock. Upon Roy’s retirement from the New York Telephone and its eventual new titles, Marge and Roy -together- managed BACU Fuel, a locally owned business of Marge’s family in Poughkeepsie. That “post-retirement” challenge ended in 2000. Together throughout their 69 years of marriage, Marge and Roy had been communicants and congregational leaders on behalf of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poughkeepsie, First Lutheran Church in Albany, and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston. Those 69 years together were marked by their love of golf and their membership at the Woodstock Country Club. The Stoothoffs were adventurous travelers, devoted bridge players, and community-minded civic volunteers and leaders.
Marge and Roy Stoothoff established themselves -firmly and with notoriety - as dedicated spoilers of grand-children and great-grand-children. Mrs. Stoothoff was the loving mother of three children, daughter Lynn M. Pinner of Waterford, CT., son James S. of Kingston, NY, and son John L. of Reston, VA. Lynn and husband Edward are parents to daughter, Courtney Pinner Hartzler (Michael) of Colchester, CT. James and wife Linda (Melius) are parents to two children, daughter Paige C. Wagner (Eric) of Pleasant Valley, NY and son Brandon L. (Audrey) of Palmyra, PA. John and wife Debra (Winther) are parents of two sons, Erik J. (Nicole) of Cumberland, RI and Luke M. (Jin Park) of Fairfax, VA. Mrs. Stoothoff is survived by nine great-grandchildren.
The family of Marjorie B. Stoothoff wishes to express their gratitude to so many professionals and staff members associated with Ten Broeck Center of Lake Katrine. The family seeks to recognize the entire Fox Hall Wing nursing staff, especially Michael.
A funeral service and celebration of Mrs. Stoothoff’s life is planned for Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Lasher’s Funeral Home on Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY., which is meant for family members and invited guests. Funeral arrangements and assistance to the family will be provided by Lasher’s as Mrs. Stoothoff will be interred at Woodstock Cemetery, Woodstock, NY., where she will be reunited with husband Roy.
In lieu of flowers for the ceremony on Saturday, the Stoothoff family would welcome donations to Crossroads Presbyterian Church on Cross Road in Waterford, CT.
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Our mother, as Margie Beck, lived in post-World War I and pre-Depression America. She survived the Depression and our nation’s pre-World War II era, along with World War II, itself. Throughout that time, all she ever wanted to be was an “American Girl”. Then, as Marjorie B. Stoothoff, living in post-war America, helping to make the suburbs in America a distinctly American thing, all she wanted to be was an “American Woman”. None of that desire ever changed, either. It didn’t change as she grew as a loving and devoted American wife, of just-short-of 70 years. It didn’t change when she became an American Mom, volunteering for the Girl Scouts and at Kingston Hospital; nor as she became a Soccer Mom before Soccer Mom became a national identity. That desire to be an American Woman wouldn’t’ change when she wrestled with her mother’s status as a history-making open-heart surgery patient. It wouldn’t’ change when she strove and, yes, sometimes struggled to be bridge player and golfer. Marjorie B. Stoothoff’s American Womanhood extended everywhere we moved to, defining us as An American Family!
Lynn, Jim, and John
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Crossroads Presbyterian Church
70 Cross Rd., Waterford CT 06385