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Marian L. Herzberger, with her sweet kitty Callie by her side, left those that love her after a long, soulful journey with dementia, never losing that brazen honesty and sharp wit. She was born Marian Louise Black on March 8, 1931 to Lewis Mitchell and Isabelle Forsyth Black in Greeley, CO. Her father was a dairy farmer and the memories of the farm were treasured and shared all of her life. After graduating from Greeley High School in 1948, she attended business college in Denver. She would fondly tell stories of that time, “palling” around the downtown area with her classmates. She returned to Greeley to work as a bookkeeper where she would meet the man of her dreams, Emanuel “Manny” Herzberger. They were officially married 9 months later, August 8, 1954 in Greeley. They would begin their life together in L aJara, CO, where Manny’s first teaching job was and where they would welcome their first daughter, Charlene. In 1957, they moved to Pueblo and that is where they would spend the remainder of their 56 years of marriage. Their family was completed with the addition of Mitchell, Linda and Robert.
Marian is proceeded in death by her loving husband and son, Emanuel and Mitchell Vernon. She is survived by Charlene and Tom Hornyak, granddaughters Hillary and Hannah, Liz Herzberger, granddaughter Kelsey Herzberger and Dustin Worley, great-granddaughter Paisley, Linda Herzberger-Kimball and David Kimball, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Megan and Missy Kimball, great granddaughter Julia and a new baby arriving in February 2021, Aubrey and Philip Babish, great grandchildren Quinn Louise and Philip “PJ”, Eric and Faith, Robert and Anjel Leffler-Herzberger, their children Adam and Ava Louise Margaret; Callie Herzberger, beloved cat; 3 nieces and a nephew, Lynn, Trish, Kathy and David. She took such joy in the addition of every soul to her family.
Marian worked as a bookkeeper for many years in the Pueblo area, retiring from Western Supply Company. She will always be remembered for her speed on a ten key, amazing math skills, love of bowing, quick wit and sense of humor. She was the quiet, sometimes not so quiet, strength behind many nights of grading papers with Manny, papers typed in pursuit of a Masters Degree, way too many Boy Scout popcorn sales, and making dreams come true in the form of Boy Scout Jamborees, college degrees, weddings, cows, and homes. Her strength never wavered, even as she held her dying son’s hand.
Marian moved to Arvada to be closer to family but never forgot Pueblo and those she called friends. Her mind was cluttered but the names remained, Terry, Mary and Bob, Larry and Sue, Eleanor and Leo, Al Kaly Shriners, the Scouting “Lunch Bunch”, the outreach card program at Pueblo First United Methodist Church and many others. Her final years but were made rich with friendship and love by Garden Care Homes, the Majestic View location, and we will forever be grateful to Denise, Theresa, Alexis, Roxie, Cassadra, Helena, Michael and Jennifer. They truly gave her a HOME.
Visitation for Marian will be held on Thursday, Sept 3rd from 3 until 7 pm at the Davis Mortuary. The family will be present from 5-7. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday, September 4, 2020 in the Davis Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the Imperial Cemetery.
Dementia is a cruel disease and her family would be honored if you chose to donate to the American Brain Foundation, honoring both Marian and her son Mitchell.