Marjorie Eleanor Fish, 80, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and formerly of Lakeside and Oak Harbor, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, in Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor.
Marjorie was born Sept. 19, 1932, in Cleveland, to Oren and Mary (Underwood) Fish Jr. The Fish family moved to Lakeside when Marjorie was young. She graduated from Danbury HS in 1950 and Juanita College, Huntington, Pa., in 1954. Marjorie worked at Gibbs Studio in Lakeside and for a photographer in Toledo for a few years.
She attended Bowling Green State University to obtain her teaching certificate. She taught kindergarten at Catawba School and Portage School before taking a position at Benton, Carroll, Salem Schools, teaching first and third grades. She is fondly remembered by her students for playing “America” on the organ as class started, and teaching “My Country ‘tis of Thee”.
As one of her hobbies, Marjorie made an investigation into the Betty Hill map by constructing a 3-D star map in the late 1960s using several databases. She found a pattern that matched Mrs. Hill’s drawing well, which generated international interest. Later, after newer data was compiled, she determined that the binary stars within the pattern were too close together to support life; so as a true skeptic, she issued a statement that she now felt that the correlation was unlikely. The History Channel portrayed her in at least one series. She moved to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. She retired with more than 20 years of research service for the U. S. Department of Energy.
Marjorie shared her love of art, learning the out-of-doors, camping, gardening and many other interests with her nieces and nephew, Connie (Jeffrey) Limpert, Helen (Robert) Denney, Joel (Dawn) Lowien, Julia (John) Empcke and Joann (Jeff) Wilber; nine great-nieces and nephews,; four great-great-nephews and a great-great-niece.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jean (Bernell) Lowien.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, until a funeral service at 1 p.m. at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton. Pastor Bruce-Batchelor-Glader will officiate. Burial will be in Sackett Cemetery, Marblehead.
Memorial donations in memory of Marjorie may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615 or the Ottawa County Humane Society, 2424 E. Sand Road, Port Clinton.
Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.