In Memory of

Marjorie Jeanne Burkgren

January 18, 1929 - May 30, 2021
From: Gowrie, IA | Originally: Gowrie, IA

     Marjorie Jeanne (Lizer) Burkgren, 92, of Ames, IA, formerly of Gowrie and Dayton, IA, passed away at her home on Sunday, May 30, 2021 with her children by her side.  Private family graveside services will be held on June 2, 2021 at the Gowrie Township Cemetery with Pastor Mark Godfrey.  The Palmer & Swank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Dayton Public Library.

     Marjorie was born on January 18, 1929 in Carroll, IA to Blanche M. (Teeples) and Zeb Lizer.  She grew up in Gowrie and graduated from Gowrie High School with the class of 1946.  On January 18, 1948, Marjorie was united in marriage with Calvin E. Burkgren at the Gowrie Methodist Church. They made their home in Dayton and later on the family farm west of Dayton.  They were the parents of three children, John Calvin, Marta and Tom.  Marjorie worked in the office of the family business, Lizer Livestock Auction, from a young age, farmed with Calvin, raised sheep and was a farm manager.  She was active in her church and community, serving on the Emanuel Lutheran Church Council, the LCW board, the Dayton Public Library Board, the board of the Dayton Women’s Club and as a 4-H leader.  In 2000, she moved to Ames after Calvin’s death.  Marjorie was known for her wonderful baked goods, which she often shared with family and friends. In 1991, she won the cinnamon roll contest at the Iowa State Fair.  Most importantly, Marjorie was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family. To quote from “The Kitchen Front” “She fed us with her wisdom Nourished us with her joy Strengthened us with her love”.  Her family, friends and favorite dogs will miss her. 

    Marjorie is survived by her daughter Marta Burkgren (husband Ron Morgan) of Ames, her son Tom Burkgren (wife Sue Kimpston) of Perry, her grandchildren Meridith (Jeff) Burkgren Morgan Sandlin, Timothy Burkgren Morgan, Kay Kimpston-Burkgren and Joel (Miranda Ayers) Kimpston-Burkgren and her great-grandson Calvin John Ayers-Burkgren.  Marjorie was preceded in death by husband Calvin, infant son John Calvin, parents Blanche and Zeb, infant brother Richard, and brother John Lizer.    


Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 8:43 PM
“So sorry for your loss. She will be missed. ”
- Jan Morgan

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 4:59 PM
“Dear Marta, Tom and all of Marjorie's beloved family members. I know how special your mother was to countless family and friends. I am so sorry I did not have the pleasure of meeting her because I am sure we would have become soul sisters just as I am with Marta. My heart and prayers are with you in sadness, but more importantly I join you in giving thanks and rejoicing in a life well lived with God and family at the center. Godspeed, Lorraine”
- Lorraine Hoffman

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 8:11 AM
“Please accept our sincere condolences. Your mother touched so many hearts and has a special place in ours. She was so good to my Aunt Vi, esp while she was in the nursing home. Always loved chatting with her over coffee in Ames when we visiting IA. ”
- Carl and Mary Putzke Vaughan

Monday, May 31, 2021 at 8:26 PM
“Marta, I did mean to wish you well. I just switched your name for your Mother's. Sorry for the confusion. Sorry for your loss.”
- Bruce Zoss

Monday, May 31, 2021 at 7:55 PM
“To Marjorie and Tom and all descendants, I am sorry to hear of Aunt Marjorie's passing. I will always have good memories of her and all of you. She will be missed and always loved.”
- Bruce Zoss

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