Mrs. Marion Piltzecker Shemeth Fotiades died on Wednesday, March 5, at Windemere Nursing Home in Oak Bluffs. She was 89 years old.
The daughter of Charles H. and Anna M. Piltzecker, Marion was born July 9, 1918, in Worcester. Marion was one of 12 children. Of them, she is survived only by her sister Mrs. Lillian Kallio of Myrtle Beach, S.C. On September 4, 1936, she married her first husband William R. Shemeth. They were married 30 years until she lost him to cancer in 1966. They had three children together.
On Nov. 22, 1967, she married Michael G. Fotiades. Michael passed away in 1994.
She leaves behind her three children, Alice Welch and her husband David of Spencer; William Shemeth Jr. and his wife Carol of Spencer and Peter Shemeth and his wife Nancy of Edgartown; six step-sons and step-daughters, George Fotiades and his wife Sophie of Shrewsbury, Frances Zilko and her husband Peter of Williamsburg, Va., James Fotiades and his wife Maria of Plymouth, Peter Fotiades of Live Oak, Fla., Maria Hughes and her husband Tom of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Andy Fotiades and his wife Terri of Marietta, Ga.; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Marion was predeceased by two step-sons, John and Paul Fotiades of Worcester.
Marion was an incredibly strong, self-respecting woman with an outstanding list of accomplishments and skills. During her school years, she was responsible for teaching some of the younger students in her school, as well as looking after her siblings. While living in Leicester she earned her pilot's license at a young age, which was clearly not common practice for that time. Marion was also a member of the Worcester-Pleasant St. Friends Meeting.
When Marion moved to Leicester, she and William, her first husband, worked a farm while raising their three children. While living there, she also enrolled in nursing school, but due to the responsibilities of having a family she was unable to finish. Throughout her life, Marion continued to build her skills, taking classes in a variety of areas ranging from cake decorating and copper work to biography writing.
From Leicester she moved to East Falmouth with her second husband, Michael. She would live there until entering Windemere Nursing Home in 2006. In East Falmouth, she was an active member of Meals-on-wheels, bowling, and the Falmouth Senior Center. She not only participated in the many activities offered, including singing and line dancing, but she also taught classes on things such as rug braiding, sewing, quilting, and other crafts. Marion was also a gifted cook and introduced her grandchildren to many recipes of their ancestors. She was well-known for her galumpkis, Greek cookies, and pistachio cake.
Marion was always an avid sports fan, whether it was watching her grandchildren compete or tuning into whatever New England team was playing at the time. Before the Sox won the World Series in 2004, she had joked that she was born the last year they had won, and if she lived to see them do it again, she could die happy. Her dream came true at age 86 and again when she was 89.
Marion was always full of life and sarcasm and carried with her a sharp wit. Anyone who had the blessing of meeting Marion was lucky. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.
There will be no public services. Marion will be cremated and her ashes buried beside her first husband William, in the Quaker Cemetery in Leicester.
Donations in her name can be made to Windemere Nursing Home, PO Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were cared by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, MA. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.