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Obituary of Marianne Worschech Tibbetts


TIBBETTS, Marianne December 11, 1927 - May 5, 2013 Family and friends mourn the passing of Marianne Tibbetts at 85.

Preceded in death by her husband Ralph Francis Tibbetts in 1992, she is survived by her children Baron Peter Frieher Von Junker und Bigato, Ralph G. Tibbetts (Kathy), Dagma Lacey (Gary), Rebecca Oestrich (Larry), and Benjamin Tibbetts (Theresa).

She will be deeply missed by her 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and extended family.

She died peacefully surrounded by her family.

Born in Speireling, Czechoslovakia, on their family farm, to Johan and Teresa Worschech, she was the youngest of 4 children.

At 16, Marianne escaped to Germany while being taken from her school to a labor camp in Russia.

She made a new life for herself in Garmisch-Berchtesgaden where she married her handsome American soldier Ralph, and had her first child, Peter.

Ralph and Marianne moved to the U.S., then back to Germany for several years, expanding the family with 4 more children, eventually retiring to Spokane in 1974.

She worked for the Holiday Inn on 4th Avenue as Head Housekeeper for many years, very proud of her AAA ratings for cleanliness!

A very active woman, Marianne belonged to the German-American Society, Arion Choir, was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, played golf into her 70s, danced at any opportunity, and traveled with her girlfriends to Hawaii and Europe.

She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, walking the neighborhood with her warm smile, waving hello, always with something nice to say.

Gardening came naturally to her, as was evident by the flower gardens surrounding her home.

Marianne will bloom forever in our hearts.

Mutti, du bist immer in Meinen Herz.

Special thanks to Hospice of Spokane and Corrina, Carrie, Karina, and Tanya at Classy Retreat for their loving care of our mother.

Please join us in a celebration of Marianne’s life at the Sunset Chapel, Fairmount Memorial Park, 11 a.m., Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 5200 W. Wellesley Avenue.

Reception will follow at the German-American Society, 1 to 4 p.m., 25 W. 3rd Avenue.

Marianne will be remembered at St. Augustine Mass on Saturday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m., 428 W. 19th Ave.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the German-American Society.


Source: Obituary of Marianne Worschech Tibbetts



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