Marie Sierbinski Tate passed away peacefully on November 10, 2017. She is now with those already in heaven: brothers, parents, grandparents and her husband of 28 years, Bob. She is survived by nephews Bob Sierbinski, Sean, Peter and Dale Tate and nieces Stefanie Borgstedt and Lynn Pullen, half-sister Irene Swierzbinski, step-daughter Jacqueline Huffaker and beloved grandchildren, grandnieces and nephews.
Born in New Jersey, August 5, 1922, Mrs. Tate took on responsibility beyond her years helping to raise her brothers after their mother died prematurely. She worked as an executive secretary. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Stephens Catholic Church and Palomar Medical Center and traveling in Europe with Bob. You may have met her in the checkout line at the grocery store where she would chat with you and you’d leave with a smile on your face because her laughter was like sunshine.
When Marie and Bob took up residence on a small avocado ranch in Valley Center, family and friends always found a warm welcome there and left with memories of Mrs. Tate’s plum jam and homemade pies, picking oranges for fresh juice in the morning and watching Marie tend her roses and flower pots. These experiences added up to a life well-lived and well-loved.
Deepest thanks to Susan Johnson for her loving care of Mrs. Tate during the past 12 years and to Susan’s family for the joy they gave her, to Dr. Roy Johnson and the staff at Crest View Manor and LightBridge. Funeral service will be at noon, Friday, 17 November, at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Valley Center.
Donations may be made to St. Stephen Catholic Church, Crest View Manor, or LightBridge Hospice and Palliative Care.