Marjorie Byra, 83, shared her love through knitting and baking

Marjorie Byra

Marjorie J. Byra, 83, died Sunday at Home Harbor. Marjorie was born in Racine, August 11, 1935, daughter of the late John and Margaret (Nee: Olson) Blaser and was a lifelong Racine resident.

She graduated from William Horlick High School in 1953 and received her nursing degree from St. Luke’s School of Nursing.  She married Michael W. Byra on May 12, 1956. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2013. She worked in Racine for many years as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Lincoln Lutheran. Marjorie was a longtime member of Atonement Lutheran Church. She was a knitter and an excellent baker who enjoyed sharing her baked goods with family and friends.

Above all, she was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her children, Dan (Susan) Byra of Las Cruces, NM, Andy (Paula) Byra of Lakewood, CO; Mary Byra of Ogden, UT; her grandchildren, Hollie (Jim) DeFranco and their children Ethan, Lillie, and Leo, Nicholas (Cilla) Byra and their son Liam, Betsy Byra, Meaghan Fors; sister, Carol (David) Umland of Centennial, CO; sister-in-law, Joyce Blaser; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Blaser

A memorial service will be held at  11 a.m. Friday at Living Faith Lutheran Church, 2915 Wright Avenue, with Rev. Chad Kline officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home, 803 Main St., and from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

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