Marjorie R. “Marge” Jessen

October 29, 1929 ‒ July 09, 2015

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Marjorie Jessen passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. She was 85.

She was born October 29, 1929 to parents Albert & Ruth S. (Hoffman) Secrist in Pittsburgh, PA. The family moved to Bellville in April of 1941 and Marge was graduated from Bellville High School with the class of 1947. She went on to study ballet & vocal performance and had many leading roles in the 1960’s. She also sang in many choral groups including church choirs and the Mansfield Symphony.

Marge created a loving home for her husband and two boys and she cherished them. She was a people-person and enjoyed being around other people who also enjoyed the arts.

She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield and had been recently attending Bellville Presbyterian Church.

The Lord has given Marge many blessings throughout her life. She is now at peace and happy to be in the presence of her Savior and all the loved ones who went before her.

She is survived by two sons: Scott E. Jessen and Brian P. Jessen both of Bellville; numerous cousins including: Edwin, Harold & Pat, Ethel, and Ruth; and a close friend Joyce Hoffman of Butler.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jorgen Jessen, her parents and two infant children.

A Graveside service will be held in honor of Marge’s life on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Zion Cemetery near Four Corners, Butler with The Rev. Dave Sipes officiating.

Contributions in her memory to the Jefferson Township Bellville Rescue Squad or the Bellville Presbyterian Church may be brought or sent to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Marge’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at

  • So sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of Marge in our high school days.

  • Scott and Brian,
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing!
    Tim and the entire Turner Family

  • Scott and Brian…….
    My deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother.
    She was one of a kind, but we loved her for her uniqness.
    The Lord be your comfort.

  • Our favorite memories of Marge occurred decades ago when she excelled in the title role of “Chonita” in the 1945 Bellville High School operetta and much later when she starred as Ensign Nellie Forbush in the musical “South Pacific” at the Madison Theatre in Mansfield. BRAVO, MARGE!
    Dean and Mary Louise Thomas

  • My condolences to the family.. I had the privilege to have sung with Marge back in 1966 when I was 11 along with a handful of other kids at what they called the Mansfield Starlight Revue at Kingwood.. We did the Do Re Me song from the Sound of Music. Though I never saw her after I will always remember Marge..

  • Scott and Brain,
    Mike and I are sorry for your loss.
    We remember Marge best from her time at Grace Episcopal Church where she sang in the choir. Her voice was fabulous. We often spent time in conversation after the service. Good memories.
    Betty and Mike Diemer

  • Scott and Brian ,
    My sincere Condolences at the loss of your Mother , Many child hood memories of spending time with all of you.