PEABODY, Mass. – Marjorie (Whaley) Tuzik, 97, died peacefully on Nov. 9. She was born in Houston, Texas on March 21, 1913. She is predeceased by her husband Theodore H. Tuzik and her daughter Carlyn T. Swanson.
A long time resident of Rahway and Peterborough, N.H., Mrs. Tuzik was active in community and church events. She was known for completing whatever goal she set before her. A graduate of Leland Powers School of Dramatic Arts in Boston, Mrs. Tuzik’s range of interests led her to complete a degree in animal husbandry at Rutgers University in her early 40s.
During World War II Mrs. Tuzik was a nurse’s aide at the Rahway Hospital and continued her service there until later in her life. She was one of the founding members of the Rahway Theater Guild and directed numerous plays for the group as well as for troupes in the greater New York/Pennsylvania area. A past President of the Rahway Women’s Club, Mrs. Tuzik also served as President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.
In the 1950s Mrs. Tuzik rode in and completed the 100 Mile Trail Ride in Vermont on her horse Bonita. Mrs. Tuzik served for many years as executive secretary of the Peterborough, N.H. Chamber of Commerce, where she resided in the 70s and 80s. Mrs. Tuzik was a member of the Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge, Mass. While a resident at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mrs. Tuzik was the impetus behind organizing a group for residents who were ninety plus years of age.
Mrs. Tuzik will be missed by her daughters, Dianne Pingree and her husband John; Jane Phillips and her husband Dan; and Donna Fernald and her husband Rich. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and numerous great, great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Brooksby Village Chapel in the McIntosh Building, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, Mass. on Monday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be private.
Arrangements by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to MSPCA/Nevins Farm, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or Swedenborg Chapel, 50 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
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