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Marjory Magdalene Schwegler

Marjory Magdalene Schwegler

Female 1918 - 2008  (89 years)

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  • Name Marjory Magdalene Schwegler  [1, 2, 3
    Born 26 Apr 1918  Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Apr 2008  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 24 Apr 2008  Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Attended the rural Wright School, located in Elkland Township on mile east and two miles north of Cass City on the southeast corner of Schwegler and Reed roads. A picture of the Wright School Girls-1931, shows Dorothy Deneen, Ruth Tuckey, Betty McCallum, Fern Schwegler, Helen Joos, Kathleen McCallum, Leila Battel (teacher), Marie Deneen, Alice Buehrly, Marjory Schwegler. Wright School Boys-1931, Lawrence Holik, Leon Holik, Keith Buehrly, Russell Ellis, Russell Striffler, James Tuckey, Calvin Helwig, Fred Withey, Clinton Law, Henry Hulbert. (The Way it Was, The Cass City Area Historical Society, Vol 7, July 2002, Number 4).

      Marjory Battel was one of the cousins of BonnieMargaret Jacobs who searched their Bibles and records and picture collections to provide information for her 1981 manuscipt about the history of the Benkelman family. She and her daughter, Maggie, also identified people in the old family photos of numerous cousins, many of which are displayed on this website.

      MARJORY MAGDALENE SCHWEGLER BATTEL

      Marjory M. Battel, 89, of Cass City, died peacefully with her family by her side Sunday, April 20, 2008 in her home following a short illness. She was born April 26, 1918 at home in Elkland Township to Benjamin and JoAnna Magdalene (Mark) Schwegler. She married Arthur William Battel November 19, 1942 in the Cass City Evangelical United Brethren Church. He died December 2, 2006.

      Marjory graduated from Cass City High School in 1937 as Salutatorian of her class. She enjoyed gardening. Marjory loved to read and was a very active member of Fraser Presbyterian Church. She was a Youth Fellowship Leader, Sunday School Teacher and 4H Leader. Marjory was a very giving, humble person. She served others and led by her example, asking not for acknowledgement. She loved to bake and cook, preparing food for her family and friends.

      Marjory is survived by her children: John (Reba) Battel of Dandridge, TN, Mark (Diane) Battel of Cass City, Margaret (Richard) Bethel of Belmont; grandchildren: Michael (Andrea) Battel, Philip (Charise) Battel, Christopher (Kara) Battel, Robert (Sue) Battel, Brenda Battel, Daniel Bethel; great granddaughters: Laura, Elaina, Carla, Addy, Dori, Ella; great grandsons: Fisher and Andrew John; several nieces and nephews; special cousin, Sharon Fox. She is preceded in death by her sisters: Mildred Klein and Fern Howe.

      Funeral service held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2008 in Kranz Funeral Home Cass City with Rev. David Blackburn of Fraser Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place in Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City. Pallbearers for Mrs. Battel: Michael Battel, Christopher Battel, Robert Battel, Brenda Battel, Daniel Bethel and Andrew Klein. Memorials may be made to the Fraser Presbyterian Church.. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

      Visitation: 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday before the service
      Arrangements by Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan Debra L. Kranz - 989-872-2195

      (Courtesy of Lorraine Smith Benkelman)

      Maggie Battel Bethel indicates that she died of pancreatic cancer.

      An Imitation of Christ
      Scripture and message
      Written and Delivered by Daniel Bethel, Grandson


      12:9-21

      Let love be without dissimulation.  Abhor that which is evil;  cleave to that which is good.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;  in honor preferring one another.  Not slothful in business;  fervent in spirit;  serving the Lord;  Rejoicing in hope;  patient in tribulation;  continuing instant in prayer;  Distributing to the necessity of saints;  given to hospitality.

      Bless them which persecute you;  bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  Be of the same mind one toward another.  Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.  Be not wise in your own conceits.  Recompense to no man evil for evil.  Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath;  for it is written, Vengeance is mine;  I will repay, saith the Lord.  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him;  if he thrist, give him drink;  for in doing so thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

      1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

      And that ye study to be quiet and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.


      Message

      The theme of this message is, "an imitation of Christ". That is who Marjory was. The first  Scripture, Romans 12: 9-21, was selected by Marjory for this occasion. The Scripture describes the way Christians are called to live and Marjory sought to obey it. The second Scripture, 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 is a Scripture that Marjory read when she was younger and deeply defined her life an important crossroads. Allow me to tell you the story in brief:

      As many of you might know, Marjory was salutatorian of her high school class. And even if you didn't know that, you probably know she was an extremely intelligent. After high school Marjory was awarded a scholarship to attend college by a local church group. At first, Marjory accepted. However, there was a series of devastating fires in the community and left several families in dire need and homeless. The victims of the fires came to the church asking for financial assistance but the church could not help because the money was already promised to Marjory for her scholarship. When Marjory learned of the need in the community she returned the money to the church instructing them to give it to the victims of the fire. She never went to college.

      As I thought about this story and about Marjory I began to see the imitation of Christ - both intentional and unintentional in her life. I would like first to share the, perhaps, unintentional.

      Christ and Marjory were both very intelligent people. They had opportunities to use that intelligence to advance themselves. Christ could have easily gone to Jerusalem, studied with and astounded the great teachers of His day - as early as the age of 12 but He chose to stay in His community. Likewise Marjory could have gone on to have higher education and accomplished who-knows-what. But she chose to stay in her community. Christ and Marjory saw needs in their communities and humbly sought to fulfill them. For approximately 20 years or more Christ learned the family trade of carpentry and worked hard to use this sustain his family and help others in need. Much the same way, Marjory married, learned the Battel family trade of maple syrup and farming, and worked hard at both. Finally, as noted before Christ and Marjory were both very intelligent people but neither had great schooling. In fact, when Jesus first started his ministry those who knew Him were astounded by His knowledge and wisdom. Christ was filled with the Holy Spirit which guided Him though His life and teachings but I do not believe that Christ just automatically knew the Scriptures He quoted. During his 30 years He very likely went to his synagogue, read, and learned the Holy Scriptures on His own initiative. Marjory did much the same. After turning down the scholarship Marjory made a commitment to learn all that she could. Not only did she educate herself in the Bible but in may other areas of subjects. Both Christ and Marjory did not begrudge what they did not have but rejoiced and took advantage of what they did have.

      Yet that is not all to be said because Marjory very much intentionally lived as an imitation of Christ. The passage of Romans describes the actions of the Christian life. Now as a human being Marjory was not perfect; like all of us she had sins to be forgiven and imperfections to overcome. But that is not what we focus on when think of her. We think about her service, her unconditional love, her humility, her wisdom, and so on. And those we will miss the most. Yet I want to make an audacious claim. The awe-inspiring and admirable acts of service and character were not inherent in Marjory. She was simply not born like that. Those are merely fruits of her greatest accomplishment - the one we should respect the most. Marjory Battel's greatest accomplishment was her daily submission and obedience to Christ her Lord. What we will miss most about Marjory Battel is Christ in Marjory Battel. In a world where Christ is hard to see and often misrepresented, Marjory's submission shined the Person of Christ like a lighthouse on a dark and stormy night - and we were all drawn to it. The Apostle Paul describes it as such in his letter to the Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me."

      And finally, here is Gospel, here is Good News for us today. What we loved most about Marjory Battel does not pass with Marjory Battel. Christ lives and therefore we live and can choose to live the beautiful and powerful life of Christ as Marjory did. What we feel we have lost, can be found once again. If are but willing to submit and obey Christ as much as we can, even as Marjory imperfectly did, we fill find that the wounds received in her departure can be healed and that Marjory's life is also our life for it all is One Life found in Christ.    
    Person ID I12033  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Benjamin Adam Schwegler,   b. 15 Feb 1886, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1961, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Joanna Magdalena "Lena" Mark,   b. 27 Feb 1892, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1983, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 11 May 1915  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • Name Benjamin A. Schwegler
      Birth Date 1886
      Birthplace Cass City
      Age 29
      Spouse's Name J. Magdalene Mark
      Spouse's Birth Date 1893
      Spouse's Birthplace Cass City
      Spouse's Age 22
      Event Date 11 May 1915
      Event Place Cass City, Tuscola, Michigan
      Father's Name Andrew Schwegler
      Mother's Name Louisa Benkleman
      Spouse's Father's Name Archie Mark
      Spouse's Mother's Name Emeline Striffler
      Race White
      Marital Status Single
      Previous Wife's Name:
      Spouse's Race White
      Spouse's Marital Status Single
      Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number M01095-0
      System Origin Michigan-EASy
      GS Film number 983955
      Reference ID p 412 rn 94

      Citing this Record:
      "Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FC4F-878 : accessed 29 Jul 2013), Benjamin A. Schwegler and J. Magdalene Mark, 11 May 1915.
    Photos
    Schwegler, Benjamin Adam ca 1930's with wife, Lena
    Schwegler, Benjamin Adam ca 1930's with wife, Lena
    Benjamin Adam Scwegler and his wife, Joanna Magdalena "Lena" Mark, in a formal portrait taken at the Maier Studio in Cass City. They were the parents of three daughters, Mildred, Marjory and Alma.
    Headstones
    Schwegler, Benjamin A. and Joanna 'Lena' (Mark)
    Schwegler, Benjamin A. and Joanna "Lena" (Mark)
    Family ID F2339  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family Arthur William Battel,   b. 14 Jan 1917, Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 2006, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1942  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Photos
    Battel, Art with wife Marjory (Schwegler)
    Battel, Art with wife Marjory (Schwegler)
    Art and Marjory during a tender moment
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2007 
    Family ID F2319  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Apr 1918 - Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Nov 1942 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Apr 2008 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Apr 2008 - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Schwegler, Mildred ca 1917 with her new baby sister
    Schwegler, Mildred ca 1917 with her new baby sister
    Mildred Schwegler holding her little sister, Marjory
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1918
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1918
    A snapshot of Marjory as an infant
    Schwegler, Louisa (Benkelman) with granddaughters
    Schwegler, Louisa (Benkelman) with granddaughters
    Louisa with granddaughters Mildred and Marjorie
    Schwegler Sisters in White, 1920's
    Schwegler Sisters in White, 1920's
    l to r, Marjory, Mildred and Alma Fern Schwegler of Elkland Township, Michigan
    Schwegler, Marjory, Fern and Mid with friends
    Schwegler, Marjory, Fern and Mid with friends
    l to r, Marjory and Fern Schwegler, Grace Weldon, Mildred Schwegler and Fern Benkelman
    Schwegler, Fern ca 1923, Mildred and Marjory
    Schwegler, Fern ca 1923, Mildred and Marjory
    The sisters pose for a snapshot in the early 1920's
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    Schwegler, Marjory and Fern
    Schwegler, Marjory and Fern
    The youngest daughters of Ben Schwegler and Lena Mark
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    Schwegler, Fern ca 1925 with big sisters Mildred and Marjory
    Schwegler, Fern ca 1925 with big sisters Mildred and Marjory
    The Schwegler sisters playing in their front yard in Elkland Township, Michigan
    Schwegler, Mildred ca 1925 and Marjory with Alice Buehrly
    Schwegler, Mildred ca 1925 and Marjory with Alice Buehrly
    The three cousins posing with a snowman they built
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    Schwegler, Marjorie ca 1929, holding Mary Darling
    Schwegler, Marjorie ca 1929, holding Mary Darling
    Marjorie Schwegler with her baby cousin, Mary Darling
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    Schenck, Ruth ca 1930 with family and friends
    Schenck, Ruth ca 1930 with family and friends
    l to r, Mrs. P. S. Rice, Fern Schwegler, Ruth Schenck, and Marjory Schwegler
    Buehrly, Alice ca 1930's and Marjory Schwegler
    Buehrly, Alice ca 1930's and Marjory Schwegler
    Cousins Alice and Marjory, whose mother's were sisters
    Gregors and Schweglers ca 1932
    Gregors and Schweglers ca 1932
    A snapshot from the collectin of Marjory Schwegler Battel, Gordon and Lincoln Gregor with Fern Schwegler, Katherine Gregor, and Marjory Schweglers
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1937
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1937
    Marjory's Senior Portrait from Cass City High School.
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1937
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1937
    Marjory, prior to the graduation ceremony of the Cass City High School Class of 1937. Marjory was class salutatorian.
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1930's or 1940's
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1930's or 1940's
    Marjory Schwegler Battel posing with her dog
    Schwegler, Marjory
    Schwegler, Marjory
    B. 1918 D. 2008 Tuscola County, Michigan
    Wife of Arthur William Battel
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1940's with Douglas McDonald
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1940's with Douglas McDonald
    Douglas was the son of Marjory Schwegler Battel's first cousin, Donelda (Gregor) McDonald, of Canada
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1940's
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1940's
    Posing on a bridge
    Battel, Marjory (Schwegler) and her husband Art, circa 1940's
    Battel, Marjory (Schwegler) and her husband Art, circa 1940's
    Art and Marjory were lifelong residents of Tuscola County, and both active in church and community affairs
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    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1940's or 1950's
    Schwegler, Marjory ca 1940's or 1950's
    Marjory posing for a snapshot in a pretty hat
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    Battel, Marjory with her great-granddaughters
    Battel, Marjory with her great-granddaughters
    Marjory Schwegler Battel with great granddaughters, Elaina Battel (left) and Laura Battel (right); daughters of her grandson, Michael Battel
    Cass City High School, Graduating Class of 1937, at their 50th High School Reunion
    Cass City High School, Graduating Class of 1937, at their 50th High School Reunion
    Marjory Schwegler Battel with classmates from Cass City High School, Class of 1937, gathered for their Fifty Year Reunion
    Schwegler, Marjory
    Schwegler, Marjory
    Wife of Arthur Battel
    A photo of Marjory taken in honor of her Golden Wedding anniversary
    Klein, Andrew ca 2007 with his Aunt Marjory Battel
    Klein, Andrew ca 2007 with his Aunt Marjory Battel
    Andrew (r) and Marjory Schwegler Battel peer into Marjory's suitcase full of old family photos at a reunion in the Summer of 2007
    Schwegler, Marjory
    Schwegler, Marjory
    Marjory at Christmas time

  • Sources 
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    2. [S564] 1930 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002., (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.), Michigan, Tuscola County, Elkland Twp Enumerated April 14, 1930 ED 79-12 SD 11 Sheets 6B and 7A 143-143 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S483] 1920 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the NARA web page. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents’ birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.), Michigan, Tuscola County, Elkland Twp Enumerated 15 and 16 Jan 1920 SD 7 ED 178 Sheet 3A Stamped 99 62-65 (Reliability: 3).

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