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Marjorie M. Scharnhorst

Marjorie May Coffman Scharnhorst, age 97, formerly of Quincy, died on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 5:30 am in Town and Country, Missouri.

Marjorie Scharnhorst | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisMarjorie was born April 5, 1920 in Bentley, Illinois, the daughter of Leonard M. and Angeline (nee Meyer) Coffman, in a farm house in Bentley, Illinois. She attended a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade before traveling to Carthage for high school.

Margie and her older sister, Lorene, moved to Quincy shortly after graduation so she could attend Gem City Business College. Her degree later led to a wartime position with the Navy at Quincy Barge Company, where she met Charles Scharnhorst. After a short, exclusive courtship, Charles finally earned enough money working as an office boy at Gardner-Denver that they could elope. Charles was able to borrow the family car for a day, and they were married in the rectory of Immaculate Conception Church in Hannibal, Missouri on July 4, 1942, the only day they both had off work.

Margie and Charles moved into his parents’ house at 905 Monroe and lived there until they saved enough money to buy their first home at 1100 Jefferson. Soon after, their first child, Charles, Jr. was born on December 2, 1946, followed by Richard on December 3, 1950. Margie became a homemaker while Charles advance to increasingly responsible positions in sales within the Industrial Division of Gardner-Denver, and learned how to iron and fold clothes.

During her children’s school years, Margie was active in the Parent Teacher Associations of Emerson School as well as Quincy Senior High School; at various times, she was President of both PTAs and served as the PTA president of the Quincy City Council. She was also an active member of the Women’s City Club and the Blessing Hospital Women’s Board. She “cashiered” at the coffee shop for many-a-year where she would actually figure out and count change without the help of a cash register.

Margie and Charles were members of the Quincy Boat Club as well as Huff Island Hunting and Fishing Club and enjoyed many family outings on the Mississippi. They were avid boaters as well as active travelers. They are said to have visited everyone one of the continuous 48 states. During their retirement years, they “wintered” in Key Biscayne, Florida, and then were “snowbirds” in Sun City West, Arizona, where Margie’s brother, Neal Coffman and his wife, Mary, lived.

Margie was the last of her generation. She is survived by her son, Richard (Ilene Brooks) Scharnhorst of Chesterfield, MO; a grandson, Kent (Antoinette) Scharnhorst of Dearborn Heights, MI; a daughter, Ann Scharnhorst of Culver City, CA; three great-grandchildren, Emily, Aubrey and Blake Scharnhorst, all of Dearborn Heights, MI; two nephews, John Huston of Macomb, IL, and Pete (Pam) Huston of Bentley, IL; a niece, Barbara (Tom) Coffman of Ellettsville, IN; and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Charles, Margie was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Charles Scharnhorst, Jr., two brothers, Neal Coffman and his wife Mary, and an infant brother, James Coffman, two sisters, Lorene Coffman and Mary Catherine Huston and her husband Sheldon.

Services: 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Matthew Hunt officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 10:00 to 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorials: American Cancer Society


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. Dear Richard,
    We remember your mothers dedication to good education through her meaningful PTA involvement. It was delightful to work with her. We send our condolences as we honor her long life.

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