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Long time Royal Oak Kindergarten Teacher to have Memorial Service at The National Shrine.

Marietta Binder Wilson

Marietta died quietly surrounded by her sons in Bay City, Michigan on December 7, 2013 of spinal cancer.

Born October 21, 1938 in Manistique, Michigan, Marietta attended St. Francis de Sales Grade School and became a 1957 Honors Graduate of Manistique High School. She was conferred a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from Northern Michigan University in 1961. She was known as “Mo” by her sisters in the Delta Sigma Nu sorority.

Marietta taught kindergarten to hundreds of “chickadees” at Royal Oak’s Jefferson, Longfellow, Northwood and Addams Grade Schools. She continued in the Kindergarten classroom at Shrine Grade School from 1982 to 1995. She returned to her childhood home in Manistique where she taught for seven more years at St. Francis de Sales School.

Marietta continued to be active in her retirement, joining the Kiwanis Club, Red Hat Society, Bridge Club and Seniors on Tour. She loved to be surrounded by family and friends at her cottage and never turned down the opportunity to play cards with a friend or read a book to a child. She will forever be remembered for her incredible Halloween experience, her “Stone Soup” and most fondly for her kind spirit, generous heart and daily hugs.

She was predeceased in death by her mother Hildreth Binder,  father Todd Binder and brother Fred Binder. She is survived by her sister Annette (Binder) Staples of Knoxville, Tennessee; her brother Thomas Binder of Haines, Alaska and her two sons, Robert Wilson of Millington, Michigan and Bradford Wilson of St. Joseph, Michigan.

The memorial mass will be celebrated by Fr. Edward Prus at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon followed by a luncheon celebration at the Shrine Conference Center. Attendees are encouraged to wear something bright in addition to the traditional black attire. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Salvation Army, Paralyzed Veterans of America,  American Kidney Fund or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


Cindy La Ferle January 14, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Mrs. Wilson remains a local treasure in many hearts. What a blessing for my son to have been in her kindergarten class years ago. She shaped so many lives and made so many fond memories for Shrine families. I can't make vegetable soup, Stone Soup, without thinking of her, every time.

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