Marjorie “Marge” Alice Keggan

March 12, 1930 ‒ January 26, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Marjorie “Marge” Alice Keggan, age 88 of Marion, Ohio passed away early Saturday morning, January 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.  Marge was born Marjorie Alice Middleton on March 12, 1930 to the late Allen and Mildred (Byers) Middleton in Marion, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her son John A. “Jack” Keggan and her sister Mary Ellen “Diddy” Kurz.

She was a 1948 Marion Harding High School Graduate. After high school she worked for Marion Power Shovel as a switchboard operator. On August 10, 1952 she married the love of her life, John C. Keggan.

Marge is survived by her daughters: Kathy (Dick) Spaide, Deborah (Chris) Widrig, Sara Keggan, Maria (Paulino) Barros; Grandchildren: Glen (Heidi) Spaide, Katie (Michael) Wright, Alicia (Cole) Tomlin, Hank (Ashley) Widrig, Johnathon (Lisa) Hess, Paulino Barros, Dustin (Aja) Hess, Kaitlyn Spaide, Christina (Kevin) Ellison, Gabriela Barros; Great Grandchildren: Nevaeh, Charlotte, Ellie, Emma, Sadie, Drew, Annie, and Grady.  Also survived by her brother-in-laws Dan (Renie) Keggan and Robert (Nancy) Keggan and many other nieces and nephews.

Marge and John enjoyed 66 wonderful years of marriage.  In 1952, after marrying, they moved to Columbus where she worked at Ohio State as a secretary at The Power Plant and then Chemical Abstracts while John finished school.  In 1954 they moved to Savannah, Georgia while John served as an Intelligence Officer in the Air Force.

After returning to Marion in 1956, they bought Goerlich’s Greenhouse, changed the name to Marion Flower Shop and turned it into a thriving business.  The Keggans owned and operated the business for almost 30 years before selling it to Chris and Deborah (Keggan) Widrig in 1985.

Marge and John enjoyed spending time with their family and friends and vacationing together around the US and the world. Highlights of their travel days included Italy, Norway, Hawaii, and St. John.  They also owned a vacation home on Lake Erie in Lakeside/Marblehead for over 43 years where they enjoyed many summers with their family and friends.

Marge was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church since 1957 where she enjoyed singing in the choir and serving on the bereavement meal committee.  She was also an active member of PEO for many years.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at  Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 East Center Street, Marion, Ohio 43302. Reverend David Hoffman will conduct the funeral service on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Epworth. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial gifts, if desired, may be made to the Palace Endowment Fund, in care of Marion Community Foundation – 504 South State Street, Marion, Ohio 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, is honored to be serving the Keggan family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • My heart and prayers pour out to the Keggan family. May God bring you peace and comfort. Heaven certainly gained a special angel for his choir 🙏

  • Ron and I are so sorry to hear of Marge’s passing. She was such a loving, kind person. She will be dearly missed by us and all who had the privilege to have her in their lives. Our love, prayers and condolences to John and the whole family.

    Mary Spaide

  • Prayers for comfort for all of you during this difficult time. She was a wonderful woman who will be missed dearly.

  • Marge was a gracious, cordial, classy lady. I always greatly enjoyed my talks with her. I know how much you’ll all miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you girls and your dad. With love, Val Freeman-Hedges

  • So sorry to hear about Marge’s passing. What a classy lady. It was my privilege to know her and John over the years. Great community citizens and supporters of Ohio State, the Palace, and Epworth. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and the family.

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, remembering many memories at Marion Flower Shop as we grew up.
    Charles Bauer

  • Marge has her wings now. She will forever be the guardian angel for her beloved family. With every thought and memory know that she is by your side sharing those same loving memories. My thoughts and prayers to John, Debbie and the whole family for strength and healing. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Keggan over the years. Marge touched many with her beautiful smile and her wonderful thoughtful ways. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Dear John, how sad for the Marion community,Marge make our town a better place.She was so kind and caring. she had a warm smile and was so friendly,you have a beautiful family John so I’m sending my prayers’ Fondly Sandy Mitchell

  • Dear Deb and Chris, Sending you sympathy and prayers’ for the loss of your dear mother, our community is a better place because of your mother and father and all that they have done enriching our town.She had a warm smile and kind heart.I am lucky to have known you both,she will live on in your hearts’ and blessings’ she gave you all,memories’ will live on in your heart, love and prayers’ Sandy Mitchell

  • George and I send our love and prayers to your family. To have known Marge has been my privilege for many years.

  • My thoughts are with the Keggan family but I cannot help but rejoice in her reunion with Jack. Its been so long and he was so special. I will always miss him.

  • Dear Mr. Keggan:
    I am so sad to hear about Marge. She was always so welcoming to me when I was back visiting and I truly enjoyed her beautiful smile and enthusiasm for life! Please know I am thinking of you and your family…