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Marjorie E. Morscheiser


Marjorie Morscheiser
Marjorie Morscheiser

LA SALLE – Marjorie E. Morscheiser, 93, of La Salle, died peacefully on May 2, 2018, at Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle with Rev. Jennifer Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in La Salle with full military services conducted by La Salle-Oglesby Veteran’s Memorial Group. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of services.

Mrs. Morscheiser was born in La Salle on Dec. 16, 1924, to John and Jessie (Kepper) Thompson. She married Harold “Mo” Morscheiser on Nov. 23, 1949. She worked at Prince Ice Cream Castle in La Salle and then Orsingers Ice Cream Shop in La Salle. Mrs. Morscheiser enlisted with U.S. Coast Guard as an apprentice seaman. After boot camp, she attained rank of Petty Officer Yeoman 2nd Class and was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She was discharged in May 1946.

Mrs. Morscheiser graduated from cosmetology college in Chicago in April 1947. From there, she worked at Two Sisters Beauty Salon in La Salle until 1948. She then worked in accounts payable at Westclox until June 1953. Along with her husband Mo, they started Silverfross Rootbeer Stand in La Salle until 1957. From 1957 to 1959, she worked in the office of JC Penney in La Salle. She then returned to Orsingers until 1967 and retired as the secretary for United Steel Workers of America in May 1988.

Mrs. Morscheiser was a lifetime and longest continuous member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was also a member of La Salle-Peru Elks Emblem Club. She enjoyed spending winters in Fort Myers Beach in Florida. She also followed the University of Illinois and University of Iowa football teams.   

Mrs. Morscheiser is survived by one son, John “Jack” (Donna) Morscheiser, of Peru; three grandchildren, Jill (Curt) Carroll, of Cumming, Ga., Mark (Sarah) Morscheiser, of La Salle, and John (Jenny) Morscheiser, of Utica; eight great-grandchildren, Kyra, Christopher, Andrew, Landon, Grady, Lily, Mason and Jaron.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mo, on Sept. 3, 2003; three brothers, Franklin Thompson, John Thompson Jr., and William Thompson; and one sister, Charlene Thompson.

Pallbearers will be John Thompson III, Robert Thompson, Bill Thompson Jr., Landon Morscheiser, Jim Safranski, George Baker, and Peter Gericke.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home or Horizon House.

Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Hurst Funeral Homes

650 5th St., Lasalle, IL 61301


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