Longtime Brookings resident Margery (Wollam) Itzen passed away Nov. 3, 2012, in Crescent City, the age of 91.
Margery was born Aug. 8, 1921, in Illi-nois, to Walter and Eunice (Caldwell) Wollam.
Margery attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where she earned her teaching credential. Margery served as a “Rosie the Riveter” during WW II, working on B-24s.
She married Henry John Itzen March 10, 1945, in Herman, Minn.
They farmed until 1955 when they sold the farm and came out west to Smith River. There, Margery began teaching as a band instructor at the Smith River Elementary School.
They later moved to Brookings where she taught chorus and band at the Brookings-Harbor High School and Azalea Elementary School. Margery later taught as a 7th grade teacher, initiating an elective “Models” class, which is fondly remembered by many of her former students, before retiring. In addition, Margery was an integral part of the family’s Easter lily farming business which ranged from 1948 through 2007.
Music was a major part of Margery’s life. She loved to teach and required musical training above all else for her children. She was also known to recruit “athletes” at the high school and make musicians out of them. She was most fond of big marches, especially those of John Philip Sousa.
Margery loved sports and started one of the first baseball teams in Smith River, which eventually won a regional championship. She was an avid Blazers and Oregon Ducks fan and also loved to bowl. She bowled three times a week even into her 90s with a recent 530 series. In 2007, Margery moved from her home of 56 years to become part of the Emerald Coast community, walking two and a half miles a day and thoroughly enjoying her time there. She was very proud that her sons had built the development and felt it was a wonderful place for the residents to live.
Survivors include her sons David Itzen and his wife Susan, Kelly Itzen and his wife Debra, Robin Itzen and his wife Kelly, and William Itzen, all of Brookings; grandchildren Megan Muro, her husband Jose and their two children Abby and Emily; Neil Itzen, his wife Lisa and their daughter Lillie, all of Medford; Heather Kessler of Portland, Christopher Itzen and his wife Carlee and their children Hali and Lucas of Las Vegas; Jesse Itzen, his wife Trebeca and their children Talia, Taylor and Jasen of Dayton, Nev., and Gisselle Garcia-Venegas of Brookings; sister-in-law Doris Wollam of Brookings; nephews Walter “Bill” Wollam III (Patrice) of Prescott, Ariz., Robert Wollam (Kathleen) of Smith River; nieces Nancy Hazelett (Stafford) of Beaverton, Patty Egan (Brian) of Waldport, and former daughter-in-law Benita Itzen of Brookings.
Margery was preceded in death by her husband, Henry “Hank” Itzen; and her brother, Walter “Bill” Wollam.
A celebration of Margery’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1600 Chetco Ave. in Brookings. Rev. Dr. Gordy Myrah will officiate. Refreshments will follow there.
Memorial contributions may be made in Margery’s name to the Brookings Harbor Scholarship Foundation to be earmarked for a Brookings Harbor graduate who chooses to major in music. Their address is BHSF, P.O. Box 7673, Brookings, OR 97415
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.