Marion C. (Hojem) Purinton, age 94, of Stow, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 21, 2023. She was the loving wife of the late March G. Purinton, Jr.
Marion was born in Concord on November 4, 1928, daughter of the late Martin and Karine (Kristoffersen) Hojem. She was raised and educated in Concord, graduating from Concord High School in the class of 1947.
Marion and March married on May 5, 1949, and settled in Concord where they raised their family. Marion worked for the Concord public school system for over twenty years as a cafeteria worker. She enjoyed many close relationships with the students she saw on a daily basis.
Family was most important to Marion. She cherished her camping trips across the country with her husband March in their fifth wheel camping trailer and enjoyed camping on weekends with family and friends. Marion was an exceptional baker. Family and friends especially cherished her Christmas cookies, breads, and delightful baked goods. All her culinary creations were made with love, many of which were made from her favorite Norwegian recipes. She enjoyed knitting baby blankets, sweaters and hats, as well as crocheting afghans and blankets. Marion loved playing table games like UNO, Skip-Bo, and Dominoes. In her later years, she enjoyed word search puzzles.
Marion, and her husband March, were members of Faith Evangelical Free Church for over seventy years. They enjoyed fellowship with the members and were very involved and active in their church.
Marion is survived by her children Karen Hanson and husband Peter of Concord; David Purinton and wife Kim of Indian Land, South Carolina; Carl Purinton and wife Susan of Maynard, Massachusetts; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings Robert S. Hojem of Acton, Massachusetts, and Sigrun E. Woodin of Concord, and her great-grandson Andrew P. Burgher of Bow, New Hampshire.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Marion on Friday, May 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. A funeral service celebrating Marion’s life will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer Street, Acton MA. Burial will follow at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 34 Bedford St, Concord, MA.
Gifts in her memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements under the care of Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Maynard. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.fowler-kennedy.com