Obituary: Margaret “Marge” Helen Barrick

Margaret “Marge” Helen Barrick died peacefully in her sleep on November 27, 2015, at the age of 109.

Marge was born in Chicago on May 7, 1906, daughter of German immigrant parents, Richard and Marianna Ruch, and was the last survivor of her four siblings, Florence, Richard, Alfred and George.

Marge’s husband of 63 years, Frank W. Barrick, predeceased her on August 28, 1992 at the age of 89 years.

Marge is survived by her son, Gerald (Lynda) Barrick and his daughter Lindsay Talkington; son, Dr. Richard (Connie) Barrick and his three children, Kathleen Antion, Richard Barrick and Jennifer Clerico; and three children of her predeceased daughter, Antoinette Jean Warren (Raymond), Cheryl Brewer, Cynthia Rangel and David Warren. Marge is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.

Marge earned her teaching degree from Chicago’s Normal College, and embarked on a career teaching elementary students in Chicago and later in Sturgeon Bay. In 1966, she graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a B.S. degree in Education and Human Services. Marge was a bright woman who loved nature and appreciated the unique beauty of Door County. At one time, after moving to Sturgeon Bay in 1945, Marge and Frank owned over 170 acres of cherry and apple orchards under the name of Peninsula Orchards. She enjoyed gardening and, until moving to California in 1996, maintained large flower, fruit and vegetable gardens, which she generously shared with family and friends. Marge was a prolific letter writer with a beautiful hand, and delighted in sending long and loving letters to her family and friends. She belonged to the German Club and was a lifetime member of Order of Eastern Star, Honor Chapter No 1.

Marge was a kind, loving and generous parent, grandparent and friend. She was blessed with a long, productive, amazingly healthy and fulfilling life and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Shiloh Moravian Cemetery, 2468 S. Shiloh Rd., Sturgeon Bay, beginning with an Eastern Star service by the Honor Chapter #1, O.E.S., followed by the committal prayers with Bishop Paul Graf officiating. Interment will be in the family plot. Relatives and friends are then invited to a luncheon reception at the Henry S. Baird #174 Masonic Lodge, 31 S. 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay, for a continued time of fellowship.

Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Barrick family with committal service arrangements. Condolences and guestbook may be offered at

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