Obituary for Marjorie W. Rhen (Wills)
After a lengthy illness, Marjorie W. Rhen, (Marge) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, with her loving family at her bedside, a few weeks shy of her 90th birthday. Born to the late James and Malinda Wills in Lewistown, PA, she grew up in Belleville, a nearby rural community. After her high school graduation, she was very proud of moving to the city of Harrisburg, where she graduated from Central Penn Business College. There she met her husband, Dale S. Rhen of Middletown, and they married. Both were in furniture sales at the time. They were very industrious and engaged in additional employment while building their family business, Rhen’s Insurance Agency, which operated in Middletown for over 45 years. Marge supported Dale throughout his long political career and also served as a congressional secretary to the late Edwin D. Eshleman of Lancaster County. She was a stay-at-home mother for several years after her daughter Michelle was born.
Marge was very devoted to her family and created a loving and beautiful home for them. She took great pride in cooking special meals for those she loved. Her gift of hospitality to family and friends did not go unnoticed. She was always the perfect lady, stylishly dressed, and impeccably groomed. Style mattered to her and she took pride in her appearance, which was reflected in her extensive shoe collection. Her happiest times were those spent with family, especially at her beach home in Stone Harbor, NJ. She was optimistic and always looking for the best in all situations, and would frequently say on the cloudiest of days, “I think the sun is peaking out, hurry and get ready for the beach!”
Marge had a variety of interests. As a young woman, she had been a paid vocal soloist at a large church in Harrisburg. More recently she shared her gift of music at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown, singing in the choir for over 50 years. Two years ago, when she retired from the choir, she was honored at a celebration in recognition of her devoted service to the church’s music program. Marge was very active at St. Peter’s, teaching Sunday School for many years, helping with Bible School, serving on various committees and helping with church dinners. Her other talents and interests included painting, both oil and watercolor, as well as participating in the Middletown Women’s Club, and in her Card Club for many years. She enjoyed swimming and riding her tandem bicycle with Dale.
Marge is survived by her daughter Michelle Rhen Allen and son-in-law Vince Allen, of Hummelstown, two granddaughters, Rachel along with her husband Jordan and Rebecca, as well as a great-granddaughter, Rhen, who bears our family name. She is also survived by her brother, Samuel B. Wills, of California. In addition, she leaves behind a sister-in-law Doris D. Rhen, five nieces, two nephews, several great-nieces and great-nephews, and several great-great- nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Dale, her loving husband of 51 years and older sister Irene Ruble. Her family and friends will miss her greatly.
We greatly appreciate Vince’s loving dedication to caring for Marge, and special thanks to Amanda and Hope, also devoted caregivers, as well as to Hospice of Central PA, for assisting our family and making it possible for Marge to enjoy living in her own home which was so very important to her.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Choir in Middletown, Dauphin County Meals on Wheels, or Hospice of Central PA. Visitation will be observed at 9:00AM, Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 Spring St, Middletown. The funeral service will immediately follow at 10:00AM with a reception afterwards.