Margaret M. 'Marge' Wilborg

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010

Former Peninsula resident Margaret M. "Marge" Wilborg died at North Whidbey Adult Family Home in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.

Per her request, no services will be conducted.

Marge's ashes will be spread in the Pacific Ocean, where they will eventually join those of her husband, Herb.

Mrs. Wilborg was born as Margaret Emily McMenamin in Chicago, Illinois on May 9, 1922. As a young child, she moved with her parents and six siblings to northern New Jersey, and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1940. She met her future husband, Herbert E. Wilborg, at a roller skating rink and married him two years later.

Two months after marriage, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Mrs. Wilborg became a Western Electric employee, making light bulbs for submarines. Mr. Wilborg was also working at Western Electric when drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944. Marge took a train to an army training base in Georgia to introduce Herb to their first child over a weekend before she had to return to New Jersey. Marge did not see her husband again before he shipped out to Europe. She was the sole parent until Herb returned from Germany in 1946. Marge then found work in a pharmacy until she and Herb bought their first home in 1950. Two more children were born while living in that house.

The family moved to South Carolina in 1957 because Herb's company transferred him there. Mrs. Wilborg soon found part-time work as a personal secretary to a pulpwood entrepreneur, which allowed her to be a mom whenever her kids were in the house. Mr. Wilborg's work transferred the family back to New Jersey in 1965.

In February of 1973, Herb and Marge visited their eldest son in Alaska. Despite the cold and limited road system, they fell in love with the 49th State and moved to Soldotna in July of that year. Mrs. Wilborg found several secretarial jobs before becoming Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Stan Thompson's secretary, a position that she loved until she retired in 1981. After that, she (and Herb) spent countless hours volunteering for the local Planned Parenthood, Senior Center and at the Kenai Library. Marge and Herb eventually moved from Soldotna to Kenai and lived at Vintage Pointe Manor.

Mr. Wilborg died in 2002. Marge moved to Oak Harbor, Wash., the following year to be near her elder son. She moved from her own home in Oak Harbor to Summer Hill Assisted Living Facility, then to HomePlace as Alzheimer's began to overwhelm her thinking processes. North Whidbey Adult Family Home became Marge's final home this past May.

Mrs. Wilborg was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.

Surviving her are her sons Jim Wihlborg (and Barbara) of Oak Harbor, and Barney Wilborg of Statesville, N.C.; daughter Nancy W. Ryan of Lower Lake, Calif.; and one granddaughter, Rachel T. Wihlborg of Everett, Wash.

Contributions, for those who wish, may be made to their local Senior Center or branch of Planned Parenthood in Marge Wilborg's memory.

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