DARTMOUTH — Marjorie M. (Walecka) Findlay, 97, of Dartmouth died peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital on Sunday, June 23, 2019 surrounded by family members after a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of the late Ernest W. Findlay.
Born in New Bedford, MA, she was the daughter of Adolph Sr. and Jane (Heaton) Walecka. Marjorie was a 1938 graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School and continued her education at St. Luke’s Hospital. Marjorie went on to graduate from St. Luke’s in 1943 and became a board certified Registered Nurse. Her distinguished nursing career spanned over five decades including five states, where she enjoyed traveling the country and making friendships with her husband by her side. Noteworthy employment stints include, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Cincinnati General Hospital, Rogers Memorial Hospital, and Paul A. Dever State School until her retirement in 1985.
Marjorie was an active and devoted parishioner at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford. She was also actively involved in the knitting group at Dartmouth’s Council on Aging. In retirement, she enjoyed taking care of her great nieces and nephews, researching ancestral history, spending time with close family, knitting for the armed forces, gardening, walking, and reading.
She is survived by her brother, Adolph F. Jr. and his wife, Joyce I. (Perry) Walecka along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Muriel P. (Walecka) Hoyle (James) and Norris A. Walecka Sr. (Mary).
Private funeral services were held on July 1, 2019 at the Wilson Funeral Home and South Dartmouth Cemetery, where her life was celebrated by family members.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Dartmouth Public Library at 732 Dartmouth St., South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748.