Marge and I met at DePaul, both aspiring singers, wanting to" make a difference" somehow with our music. We sang together in "The Operatunists", opera satire (Yes, opera is funny), and Gram Crackers, a singing telegram company. (Marge was the Opera-Diva Gram. )After our children were born, Marge decided to go another way with her music...and created Harmony, Hope and Healing. Brava! I went on in Music Theater. Marge was a lay Franciscan, and decided she could better incorporate her love of Christ with her love of humanity...brilliantly. My husband, Richard, and I worked with HHH for many years...he was treasurer...I, secretary..on the board for years. What a joyful time it was...Love and Music...changing the lives of sooooo many through the loving joyful music!!! What a gift to us all was "Saint Marge"...how blessed to know and work with her for over 40 years...and share the wonders of her fabulous sons and family...and her wonderful husband, Ed. Continue to Fill the Heavens with your joyful music...
dearest friend, artist , and inspiration!
I had the pleasure of knowing Marge through more than one outlet. Of course I first met her when attending A Day of Reflection at 703 W Monroe. That was through a recovery home I was in. Just before graduating and leaving that recovery home, I landed a job at 703 W Monroe which was the headquarters that housed Harmony Hope & Healing! I was able to see Marge almost daily and loved her dearly. Always smiling bright and warm, oh so warm and such an inviting spirit. She always stopped to talk to me and catch up on my latest. I will always remember her warm embrace and smile.
I knew Marge when HHH was a grantee of the Pierce Family Foundation. She took advantage of every workshop and capacity building that we offered. She wanted to learn, and she wanted to make HHH stronger. I always enjoyed talking to Marge; she was a generous and kind-hearted person.
I encountered Marge a couple times a year for some years while arranging for HHH to sing at the Margaret’s Village luncheon at the Beverly County Club, which always amazed and delighted the crowd. Also, the Christmas concerts at Margaret’s Village, were powerful, glorious experiences. Knowing Marge was the closest I could imagine to knowing a saint. She was pure radiant goodness… in action. She drew us all in, with her enthusiasm and joy, to a vision of seeing the inner beauty of every single one of us. She made us see what is possible when we commit to a dream. She didn’t let us give up on the promise…pursuing it was the point of it. We’re all so much enlightened, so much raised up, so much better, and grateful… for having known her.
What can I say about Marge? Marge was very truly a saintly woman! A holy one of God! I am so grateful to have known Marge through my son's time with Harmony, Hope and Healing when he was in Grad School and through the Community of Saint Hildegard where I know she found a home. May she "rest " among angel choirs and find peace in heaven's gardens. And, May she meet Hildegard along the path.