Marjorie (Marge, Mom, or Grandma) was born on Dec. 5, 1925, in Washburn, N.D. to Emma and Albert Irish.
In 1929, due to the encouragement of Albert’s brother, Hiram, the family moved to Seattle, Wash. Albert was fortunate to get a job with the State of Washington Highways Crew where he worked for 28 years. The family moved to Redmond, Wash., in 1939, to be closer to Albert’s shop.
Marge graduated from high school in 1944. Out of her 43 classmates in her graduating class, only 12 remained to graduate. World War II had called most of the boys to service, and many of the girls to the shipyards in Kirkland. Marge’s class was the last graduating class from the Old School of Redmond.
Marge married Albert G. Rosenthal in 1944. They owned Redmond Oil Company for 10 years, then went on to own the Redmond Dump Truck Business for 10 years. Prior to her retirement, Marge drove a school bus for the Lake Washington School District. Marge and Albert spent their retirement on Whidbey Island, where they fished, went clam digging and crabbing together.
Marge always felt she was lucky to have experienced the best years of Redmond, as well as the best years on Whidbey Island. Before both of the cities’ expansions, of course.
While on Whidbey Island, Marge belonged to Langley United Methodist Church and was a leader of the T.O.P.S Group. She was a member of the Fraternal order of Rebekah and the Baby Island Treasurer for many years. Marge volunteered at the Senior Thrift Shop by driving people who could no longer drive to their appointments. In her later years, she moved into Brookhaven in the city of Langley, and she would decorate the clubhouse for the gatherings.
In what Marge referred to as her “quieter years,” her hobbies consisted of sewing, making greeting cards, making cookies for her church and playing cribbage.
Marge enjoyed family and considered all of her friends as family, as well.
Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Rosenthal. She was preceded by her parents, Emma and Albert Irish, as well as by her brothers, Harold Irish and Jarret Irish.
Marge is survived by her daughter, Lynne (Michael) Bryan, and her son, Wayne (Sandy) Rosenthal. She is also survived by her three grandsons, Matthew, Chris and Drew (Kerrie) Bryan and by two great-grandchildren, Caroline Rose and Ethan Michael Bryan.
A graveside service will be held at noon Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Cedar Lawns Memorial Park, 7200 180th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98052
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marge’s memory to the Langley Fire Department.