EASTHAM - Marjorie Grace Hake, formerly of New Providence, NJ, died peacefully on Oct. 17, with her children nearby.
Marge was born to James and Lillian McLinden on Jan. 3, 1922, in Queens, NY.
She graduated as salutatorian from Grover Cleveland High School and attended Gaines Secretarial School before becoming a secretary at the Bell Telephone Laboratories. It was there that she met her husband of 69 years, Edward Hake, and many lifelong friends. Marge also volunteered at the NY Foundling Home which ignited her lifelong passion for caring for babies and children.
After Ed's discharge from the Navy, Marge and Ed moved their young family to their Levitt "dream house" in Westbury, NY. Marge embraced her career as wife and mother of five children. In 1962, the family moved to New Providence, NJ, and in 2000, a final move to Eastham, MA on Cape Cod. Marge was an active member of the Eastham Senior Center, and wherever Marge lived, she volunteered countless hours to her Catholic Church community.
Marge loved flowers and gardening, but most of all, she enjoyed cooking for her family and finding countless opportunities for celebrations.
For those who knew and loved her, it was the qualities of her middle name, Grace, that defined her life.
Marge's legacy is unconditional love for others and her abundant kindness and generosity. She carried the confidences of countless friends and relatives, and responded with warm hands and hugs, comforting words, letters, cards, meals and whatever it took to make their joys and sorrows her own.
Marge is predeceased by her loving husband, Ed, and her daughter, Patricia. She is survived by her children and spouses, Richard Hake and Chris Colladay, Cathy and Dave White, Anne and Tom Metzler, Mary Hake and Bob Cook; her grandchildren, Laura, Christine, Amy, Daniel, Tommy, Jeff, Michael, Alex, Jetta, Madison and Jack; and her great-grandchildren, Eli, Nate, Hannah, Zane, Max, Payton, Noah and Finn.
Sincere gratitude goes out to the caretakers from the Woodlands at Pleasant Bay Assisted Living and Broadreach Hospice. A family memorial is planned for next summer. We invite you to honor Marge through a Memorial of Kindness by carrying out an act of kindness in her name. The ripple effect of these gifts to others will spread far and wide - a fitting tribute to Marge's love.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Sperry McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro, MA