Marie Radke Plimpton |

Marie Radke Plimpton


A celebration of life will be held Friday for Marie Radke Plimpton who died March 7, 2005, at South Lake Tahoe. She was 90.

Mrs. Plimpton was born January 18, 1915, in American Falls, Idaho. She married Vaughn Plimpton in 1936 and they moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1944. Mrs. Plimpton was a full time resident for 61 years and was a founding member of Hope Lutheran Church. She will always be remembered as a true Tahoe “pioneer.”

Mrs. Plimpton had a deep love of family, and looked forward to all family gatherings, big and small. She never missed a chance to get together with her large, extended family during the holidays. She also could be counted on to attend every dance recital, soccer game, baseball game, ski meet and school concert that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved with. Rain or shine, Grandma Marie was on the sidelines giving her support. She would tell you exactly what she thought, and she had a heart of gold. She was a loving wife, sister, aunt, mother, grandma and great-grandma. She will truly be missed.

Mrs. Plimpton also enjoyed working in her garden, reading and baking. She was revered by her family for her ability to cook authentic German food.

Survivors include her sons, Robert Plimpton of Stateline, and Raymond Plimpton of Gardnerville; grandchildren, Shelly Nelson, Drew Plimpton, and Kristy Kjer; great-grandchildren Ashley and Taylor Nelson, Brody Plimpton, and Kyle, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Kjer; her sisters Elfrieda Lambert, Margaret Loney, and Hedy Ponath; and brother and sister-in-law Gerhard and Barbara Radke.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Vaughn Plimpton, her sisters Sophie Mason and Theresa Wilcox, and her daughters-in-law, Barbara and Stephanie Plimpton.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierra, 930 Julie Lane, South Lake Tahoe. Burial service immediately following at Happy Homestead Cemetery, 1261 Johnson Blvd., South Lake Tahoe. Reception after burial service at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Stateline, Nev.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierra.

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