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Marion Richter

October 13, 1932 — February 9, 2023

Marion B. Richter, nee Bliggenstorfer, born October 13, 1932, formerly of Columbia, IL. and St. Louis, MO, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

Marion retired from a long career with Ameren/Union Electric as a Data Entry Supervisor. She absolutely loved cruises and traveling around the world with her best friend Norm. She also enjoyed the outdoors with boating, swimming and spending time at their vacation home in Florida. She greatly enjoyed and attended many music concerts, picnics and parades.

Her hobbies included solving crossword puzzles, playing card games rummy and solitaire and watching TCM, Wheel of Fortune and old westerns. Marion made framed puzzle pictures and many cross-stitched gifts for her family. She took great pride in her home and entertained family and friends on many occasions.

She is a Past Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters Bethel 12 and was the 2nd Grand Bethel Honored Queen for the state of Missouri.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, IL.

Marion was well known for her sense of humor and funny/insightful/witty comments and remarks as well as her strong sense of independence. She truly lived her life to the fullest and encouraged everyone else to do the same.

She was preceded in death by Norman J. Knight, her beloved companion of 40 years as well as her parents Fremont and Irene, nee Frank, Bliggenstorfer Sr.

She is survived by her daughter Christine A. Kirkiewicz, son Michael J. (Cheri) Richter, grandchildren Katherine (Jason) Fry, Hillary Kirkiewicz (Joe Schejbal), Jessica Kirkiewicz and Brendan Richter (Kara Lawson) and great-grandchildren Ethan, Vincent, Emmet and Marcellus.

She is also survived by her brother Fremont “Monty” (Flora) Bliggenstorfer, niece Jan (Daniel) Kraemer and great-nephew Colt (Ashlyn) Ponzar.

A special thanks to the neighbors, friends and caregivers for their many kindnesses and for taking good care of Mom.

Condolences may be expressed online at .  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association .

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, February 18, 2023

8:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County

4830 Lemay Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63129

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

411 Palmer Rd, Columbia, IL 62236

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