A wonderful 90 years of life.
Living in Seattle, Wash., Marie volunteered in the Coast Guard Reserves, guarding the Port of Seattle during World War II. She worked with the War Manpower Commission and later with the Veterans Administration in both the Seattle, Wash., and Martinez, Calif., VA hospitals, where she retired after 29 years of federal service.
Marie and Ed (her “Sweet Eddie”) moved to Fairfield, Calif., from Snohomish, Wash., in 1972. Marie and Sweet Eddie loved to roll their wheels and in their 52 years of marriage, they wore out many bicycles, motorcycles and two motor homes. They traveled the entire United States, but their favorite was always Northern California, especially along the coast.
For 10 years, Marie directed Dancercise, an exercise program at the Fairfield Civic Center. She gathered music and equipment, creating pattern movements to the music. This was just one of her many rewarding accomplishments. She also volunteered 10 years at the Solano County Library in Fairfield, making many lasting friends in her endeavors and she was grateful for the chance to do this.
Marie had unlimited energy and enthusiasm. She loved reading, exercise classes, needlework and many other crafts. She was very active and was skilled in many areas. Marie loved to visit with her many, many friends. She will definitely be missed by all who knew her and enjoyed her zest for life.
Marie is survived by her son, Gary Dahlbeck of Essexville, Mich.; daughters, Linda Culbertson of Centralia Wash., Janice Rosenkranz of Granite Falls, Wash., and Diane Levin of Friday Harbor, Wash.; sisters, Vi Raappana of Martinez, Calif., and Polly Thorsen of Longview, Wash.; brother, John Russeff of Kelso, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.
Marie was preceded in death by her first husband, Gordy Dahlbeck; daughter, Christi Dahlbeck; and the love of her life, husband, “Sweet Eddie” Edwin Gjersee.