Marian Helen Limburg
(1938 - 2015)

Marian Helen Limburg

October 20, 1938

March 31, 2015


Our loving mother Marian Helen Limburg died at St. John’s Retirement Village, Woodland, California, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Cause of death was Terminal Debility due to Alzheimer’s disease, which she was diagnosed with 7 years earlier. She was 75.

Mom was a very loving and supportive parent with a good sense of humor. She was also strong and progressive, and she spoke her mind. She grew up in Cincinnati Ohio in an era where opportunities for women were more limited. Her parents told her it was not appropriate for a woman to go to college and have a career outside of raising a family. Needless to say, colleges soon found her knocking on their doors, and she made her way to Marquette University in Wisconsin. While at Marquette, she got to know a young man named Donald Limburg. She also decided that she wanted to leave the cold winters of the Midwest. When it became clear that Marian and Don might have a future together, she gave him an ultimatum—go to California with her, or find another girl! Well they did get married, and Don enrolled in graduate school at UC Berkeley, California. These stories of mom’s strong-willed nature reflect the type of role model mom would play in our lives.

Mom and Dad lived in San Jose, California for over 40 years, where they raised our family. While Dad had a full time job running a children’s home, Mom put her career aspirations aside to focus on raising us kids. After 10 years she re-started her career, first with non-profit social work, then in private business. She got her MBA from Pepperdine University, California, and worked in the field of telecommunications for over 20 years as a project manager with companies such as Trilogy, Rolm, IBM and Seimen’s.
Marian was a wonderful mother and incredibly supportive wife. Whenever Dad or we kids would get disenchanted with a career choice or something else in life, she would help us put it into perspective. I remember Dad having an introspective conversation with us about whether his career had made a difference; she responded with “you had a great ride! There were ups and downs but overall what a ride! Let’s move on and enjoy retirement.” And that they did. They traveled all around the world to places like China, Europe, Central America, Alaska and Hawaii. Any spare time they had was usually spent with the people they loved: family in Cincinnati, family in Milwaukee, and their kids and grandkids in Monrovia and Davis, California.

Over the past 7 years, Marian lived in Davis near Dave and his family (three years), and in Los Angeles near LeeAnn and her family (4 years). She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Limburg (2010).

Her request upon passing was to be cremated and to have her ashes scattered at sea. We are making arrangements to spread her ashes off the coast of San Francisco in the coming months. If you think you would like to join us for a June or July ash scattering and memorial boat ride in the San Francisco Bay, please let Dave or Lee know so we can include you in our plans.

A special note of thanks to St. John’s Retirement Village, Dorthy Gray Watts Alzheimer Facilty; Yolo Hospice; and Silverado Sierra Vista Memory Care Community for the staff’s tireless commitment and loving care of our mother.

Please use this web site to share your thoughts, memories, stories, or pictures of Mom (and Dad) with us and each other.
Love Dave and LeeAnn

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Aunt Marian always had a smile and took such good care of us when we visited in Sparta, WI and California. She welcomed my sister Karen to California many years ago and helped her greatly to transition there...the whole family took her under their wing. Your sense of humor and love of life made us feel so welcome. Now you are with the love of your life! Love, Diane
Diane Michor (Niece)
April 17th, 2015
Hey Kid...miss you a whole bunch. Thanks for all your loving care all thru out our lives. You were always there for me...from piano lessons and the wild driving you did to get to the 1 riding lesson at Miljoy's in Milford for my going to work with you at P&G on the bus. I remember them well. You and Don watch over us all...we still need you. Love and Prayers
Karen Neff (Sister)
April 15th, 2015
Dear Aunt Marian,
I remember fondly the trip you made to Cincinnati when I was a kid. When I think of you now, I see you, Uncle Don and my cousins down at our Camp Riverscape on the Little Miami River. I remember the day the lightning struck near the picnic table and we were all so invigorated! We had so much fun down at Camp that summer, that is where I got to know you. After that time, I never forgot your voice and knew who was calling on the phone instantly just by the hello. You are gone too soon and I will miss that you.

Cindy Striley (Niece)
April 13th, 2015
April 13, 2015

Dear Sis,
It seems we never had enough time together. I left home to go away to school when I was thirteen and for the next sixty years we never lived in the same state. Over the years, all your letters and phone calls kept us close. I'll miss those and my too infrequent visits to San Jose and yours' to Cincinnati. You always did things your way and with a flair. You are a Great Lady, a good Wife, a good Mother, and my Friend and Sis. Marsha and I send our love on you journey Home.

Charles Striley (Sister)
April 13th, 2015
Dear David and Lee Ann (and families),
So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was a remarkable lady, full of energy and words of wisdom and advice. Your parents were both wonderful people who enriched my life so many years back. I still have little gifts and thoughtful cards that your mom sent me. I wish her love and laughter now that she is reunited with your dad. They will be sorely missed but you will always have their love close to you in your hearts and memories. Love and blessings to both of you and your families. I know that your parents must have been beaming with pride to have such beautiful grandchildren and wonderful children. Best to you always. Sincerely, Terry C.
Terry Cuneo (friend)
April 13th, 2015
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"Ihave many wonderful memories of my visits with Marian and my brother Don,both in Californis and Wis.They are both greatly missed by me Marilyn Cychosz April 27,2015"
Marilyn Cychosz
April 27th, 2015
"Marian was a wonderful friend. We took several trips with her and Don over the years. I worked with her on both community service and political activities. She was bright, enthusiastic and and a hard worker who is greatly missed."
Ray & Harryette Shuell
April 24th, 2015


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