Marjorie L. Weidig

Passed away on September 30, 2015
Marjorie Jane Lawrence WeidigFebruary 20, 1924 – October 30,2015Marjorie Lawrence Weidig, 91, died on October 30th at The Terraces in Orleans, MA. Marje, or Marjie as she was known to many, grew up and lived most of her life in Glenbrook, CT until settling on Cape Cod in 1977. She graduated from Low-Heywood School and attended Connecticut College for Women (New London, CT), graduating in 1944 with a degree in History and Physical Education. In the 1960s, she earned her Master's in Education from the University of Bridgeport (CT). Following graduation from Connecticut College, Marje taught at The Oxford School (now Kingswood Oxford School) in Hartford, CT. From there, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to teach at The Punahou School. She honed her sense of adventure, interest in culture and eagerness to learn (including how to dance the hula) on this trip, but eventually she returned home to New England. About the same time, Marje met David Philip Weidig, and in 1950 they were married. She began teaching at Low-Heywood, eventually becoming Head of the Lower School (grades 6-8) where she could often be found outside with her students, playing tetherball between classes, or racing them up the hill. She taught and mentored hundreds of girls at the school, many of whom she kept in touch with for years after they graduated. In the mid 1960's she recognized a growing need for day care facilities as more women went to work and helped establish the Stamford Day Nursery and served on the board for 10 years. In 1977, she began a 2nd career with the Cape Codder as the Advertising Manager and theater reviewer. She joined the Federated Church of Orleans (MA) and became very involved in many of its activities. She chaired the Nursery School committee where she worked tirelessly to ensure that all students who wished to attend the weekday nursery school would be able to, raising money each year for scholarships. She sang in the church choir. She volunteered and took meals once a month to AIDS patients in Provincetown and helped drive them into Boston for treatment. Marje also served on the Board of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless of Lower Cape Cod and was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) which supports and encourages women in their pursuit of education.Marje was full of life and loved every aspect of it. She enjoyed swimming, reading, attending the symphony, Cape Cod League baseball games, laughing and being with friends. She loved baking and followed the Red Sox into her final days. She had endless energy, an ability to act on her strong beliefs and a sense of humor that spread to all who knew her.She was preceded in death by her husband, David Philip Weidig. She is survived by her son Blair Weidig and his wife, Beth Hoke of Sharon, MA; a daughter Jane Weidig and her wife, Paula Womack of Raleigh, NC and three grandchildren, Ben, Emma and Sam Weidig of Sharon, MA. She also has several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, a host of friends and former students who loved her.Many thanks to the staff at The Terraces for their kindness and care over the years. Plans for a memorial service have not been finalized at this time. Donations can be made to The Federated Church, 162 Main St, East Orleans, MA 02643.