The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


December 3, 2013

Marjorie Birge

Marjorie Birge, 79, of Danville passed away at 11:51 a.m. Dec. 1, 2013, peacefully at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born in Danville on Oct. 26, 1934, the daughter of Walter and Jessie (Pate) Pashe.

She spent 61 wonderful years with Wayne Birge, whom she married on Nov. 1, 1952, at Vermilion Heights Christian Church in Danville. He survives.

Marge will be deeply missed by her husband; three sons, Dr. Kenneth (Vicky) Birge Jr. of Bloomington, Steve Birge of Lesterville, Mo., and Randy (Sandy) Birge of East Peoria; one daughter, Jenny (Gary) Day of Danville; one brother, Bob Pashe of Eustis, Fla.; two sisters, Jean (Dale) Cundiff of Oakwood and Patty (Ron) Turner of Danville; eight grandchildren, Christopher Birge of Bloomington, Tony and Emily Birge of East Peoria, Jessica and Alyssa Birge of Markleville, Ind., and Wesley, Mitchell and Sarah Day of Danville.

She was preceded in death by parents; one infant sister, Eleanor Mae Pashe; and one infant grandson.

Marjorie graduated from Danville High School and worked for Meachum and Meachum Law Office in Danville as a legal secretary until her retirement. She was a lifelong member at Vermilion Heights Christian Church, where she played the organ for almost 50 years. Marge was known for baking pies and sharing them with all her friends and family. She was an avid sports fan, always rooting for the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Illini. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all of them.

A celebration of Marjorie’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Vermilion Heights Christian Church. There will be a time for friends to visit from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. A visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.

Memorials can be made in Marjorie’s name to Vermilion Heights Christian Church, 725 Oakwood Ave., Danville, IL 61832. Please join Marge’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of her through her tribute wall at

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