Marjorie Jean Gang

October 22, 1934 - November 26, 2018

Marjorie  Jean  Gang


Marjorie Jean Gang passed away on Nov. 26, 2018, at Wesley Willows in Rockford, Ill. Born Oct. 22, 1934, on the family farm near Toulon, Ill., she was the daughter of David Dunn and Opal Tracy Dunn, and was also raised for a time by her beloved aunt, Jennie Dunn Ladd, in Kewanee, Ill. Marjorie showed an early talent in music, especially singing. As a young woman, she won numerous vocal awards and had her first solo performance in church singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow” while still in elementary school. She graduated from Toulon Township High School and briefly studied music at Illinois State University in Bloomington, Ill. She married James E. Gang in 1956, moving to Belvidere, Ill., where she focused her boundless energy on raising their four daughters, working part-time as a library and lunchroom aide at Washington Elementary School, and volunteering in the Belvidere community.

Marjorie devoted 40-plus years to working with scouts and leaders through the Rock River Valley Council of Girl Scouts. She was a troop leader, neighborhood chairwoman, camp aficionado, and instructor—teaching songs and games to hundreds of girls and giving American Red Cross first aid training to scout leaders. She served on the boards of Boone County CASA, Boone County United Way, Boone County Housing Authority, and supported many causes that invigorated the Belvidere and Boone County communities. She received the Doctor of Civic Betterment award from the Boone County Chamber of Commerce in 1987. She was a wonderful mother who inspired her daughters to love music and the outdoors, to be self-reliant and community-minded, and to make the best baked goods and apple pies. She served as a deacon for First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, where she made lifelong friends, especially in Faith Circle, choir, and bell choir.

She moved to Wesley Willows in 2014, and the family is grateful for the community of friends and compassionate staff who cared for her there. She was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, James E. Gang, sister, Shirley Dunn Rieker, and brother, Jim Dunn, and her mother and father. She is survived by four daughters: Nancy Hatten, Susan (Daniel) Kasten, Jeanne Gang (Mark Schendel), and Dr. Kathleen Gang (Scott Armstrong), one grandson, Christian Hatten, five step-grandchildren, Tristan Schendel, and Mijen, Grace, Elsa, and Sawyer Armstrong, nephew, John Rieker, niece, Dorothy Rieker, and dearest friends, Denise Fish and Nancy Houk.

Services are planned for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., in Belvidere, Ill. Visitation from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., celebration of life at 3 p.m. Gifts in Marge’s memory should be directed to the Girls Scouts of Northern Illinois at or 2820 McFarland Rd., Rockford, IL, 61107.

Service Schedule

Sunday, December 9, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Visitation from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m

Sunday, December 9, 2018
3:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Celebration of life is planned for 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., in Belvidere, Ill.

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Marg will be greatly missed! She was such a kind, loving and patient woman and we will always carry her in our hearts. My love and prayers go out to all of her wonderful family and friends. ♡

Kathryn Heyden (Fabian) 2018-12-09T13:58:11

To the Gang family
What can I say but nothing but love for your mother and father that said. I remember coming to your house and being invited to dinner. It reminded me of a normal family for once in my turbulent life.Ahhh walking in with Sue and smelling her peach and apple pies. Your mom smacking my hand because she was afraid I was going to eat it before dinner. Your mom and dad with conversation going around the table and asking each one of us how was your day.
Your mom was such a hoot. Lol always made u feel comfortable to be around. She is now with your dad and sure is at peace.
Thanks for the memories Mom Gang
Rest In Peace
Love Kristine

Kristine Tarrant Grooms 2018-12-08T19:03:19

Susan and family

I’m sorry for the loss if your mom and friend. Susan shared many stories about her mom with love and many giggles which is heartwarming and gives a peaceful calm that she likely lived a full and grateful life.
I am hoping there is an oven in heaven for her because I was the recipient of her amazing apple pie when Susan shared them in our office and I am hoping that pie is allowed and that she can bake up a feast while hanging out with her friends and family who greeted her when she arrived home.

My prayers to you all that memories replace any sadness you might be feeling and that you find peace in knowing she lived a full life with 4 beautiful and successful daughters to carry on her love.

Jenny and Vern Tschudy

Jenny Tschudy 2018-12-07T07:06:07

Nancy, Sue, Jeanne, Kathy,
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mom. She was one of my favorite people in the world. She was so much fun to be around and such an inspiring member of our community! I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to attend the services because of another funeral the same day. Please know how deeply she was loved and cared for. Peace and blessings to you all.

Sue Walters Holmes

Sue Walters Holmes 2018-12-06T14:22:12

I have treasured memories of time with your Mom and family. We spent so many fun scouting outings together. Your Mom was amazing, always opening your home for us to come home for lunch from St. James and taking us to Fontana Beach in the summers. I am keeping all of you in prayer, offering hugs too as you remember all her wonderful life long contributions.

Julie DeWane Dumler 2018-12-05T08:51:02

Nancy and family,
I am sorry for your lost and I will be saying a prayer for you and your family. I wish I would have known her as she seems to have been a strong contributor to the community and family and friends.
The comfort is in knowing she is now in a better place.
Warm regards, Steve

Steve Ford 2018-12-04T12:05:23

Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Marge was a wonderful person. She was so proud of her family. Prayers and thoughts to all of you.

Dan & Cathy Flynn 2018-12-04T08:26:33

Marge, Jim and their daughters were some of the nicest people that you would ever meet. My wife Diane and I along with our daughter April were neighbors living next door to the Gangs. So sorry for the families loss, thoughts and prayers.

Richard Blodgett 2018-12-02T09:49:40

One hardworking fine lady a great role model. Sad to see such a brave lady leave us but we know to be with her lord.

Janet Chapman 2018-11-30T21:21:51

Such a great lady

Nancy Johnson 2018-11-30T00:42:39

So sorry for your family’s loss!!! She sounded like was wonderful woman! May God bring you peace and comfort!!!

Donna Burlo 2018-11-29T18:47:57

I served on the Boone County CASA program. She was a joy to be around. She had such a beautiful smile and a wonderful spirit! She will be missed. Pam and I will keep her family in our prayers.

Kevin Van Fleet 2018-11-29T15:57:24

Miss Marg was such an inspiration to so many young girls through the Scouting program. My troop and I learned so many fun songs and skills from her over the years. I was so fortunate to know Marg through the Scout program and Boone Service Unit. She loved life and it was apparent in all she did. My deepest sympathies to the family, I’ll be thinking of you and praying.

Connie Shiroda 2018-11-29T13:47:47

Sending thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Your Mom was such a great leader throughout our childhood and always willing to open her home to a bunch of girls 😉 Thinking of all the great memories 🙂

Jackie (Lacke) Froelich 2018-11-29T10:25:01

So sorry for your loss. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

Marcia Rhode Schultz 2018-11-29T08:53:49

Sharing in everyone’s sadness as we remember a woman who brought us such joy, made us laugh, and showed us love. I knew her from Girl Scouts and as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere. She loved singing all of the Girl Scout songs!

Girl Scouts Together

Girl Scouts together that is our song
Winding the old trails, rocky and long
Learning our motto, living our creed
Girl Scouts together in every good deed.

Diane K Weber 2018-11-29T08:27:02

Wonderful woman your mom was, growing up in the neighborhood, we never knew about her music accomplishments. We are sorry to hear of her passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Andrea Otto 2018-11-29T06:31:08

What a beautiful ride up about your mom‘s life. I remember her as a very sweet grandma to Christian. What a fantastic life she led what a wonderful woman she was to help with Girl Scouts for 40 years ?! That’s incredible. My love, thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace go to you and your sisters, Nancy.

Marcia Bowron 2018-11-28T21:30:49

So sorry for your loss. I have many happy memories of her from Girl Scouts. She was a great inspiration & a wonderful person.

Diana Ward 2018-11-28T21:28:23

So sorry for your loss. Your mother was one great and gracious lady! She always made me laugh when I ran into her at Washington. She would want you to remember the good times you had together.

Linda Keating 2018-11-28T20:51:49

So sorry for your loss. New your mother through many years as a Girl Scout leader and as librarian at Washington School. 🙏🙏🙏

Linda Henderson 2018-11-28T20:45:37

My sympathies to the family. How very blessed you are to have had Marge as your Mom. I am one of her many adult leaders that learned from her and loved her. She impacted so many of us. Thanks for sharing.

Jan Huff 2018-11-28T18:32:57

Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.Thoughts & Payers for you all.Your mother was a wonderful person

LaDonna (Whalen) Koper 2018-11-28T16:19:12


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