Marie was born 20 January 1926 in Columbus, Ohio to parents Mabel and Carl Tresemer. She completed elementary and secondary education in Columbus where she attended Ohio State University. She graduated cum laude in 1945 at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in American History and English. While at Ohio State, she met her future husband, Jules, who had been assigned there by the U.S. Army. After graduation, Marie began her teaching career at the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphan’s Home.
Upon Jules return from service in the European Theatre during World War II, Marie and Jules were married at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio on 6 September 1947. Following their honeymoon, Marie traveled with Jules to Texas A&M where she got what she always called her P.H.T. (Putting Husband Through) and Jules received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1949. Subsequently, Marie and Jules proceeded through several work assignments: Columbus Southern Ohio Electric Company, Bureau of Reclamation in Denver (where their first child, Jules, was born in 1950), The Austin Company in Freeport,Texas and The Dow Chemical Company with whom he remained employed for the next 37 years. While employed with Dow in Freeport, the couple resided in Angleton, Texas where their next 3 children, Angelique, Melanie and Jeff were born. In Angleton, Marie was a very active member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church serving as a member of the Vestry.
In 1961, there was a 5 year assignment in Houston and in January 1966, Marie joined Jules and the children for an overseas assignment in The Netherlands. Marie loved living in Europe and took advantage of all it had to offer. She traveled extensively, visiting places far and wide – especially enjoying art museums and cathedrals. She also taught at the International School in the Hague.
In May of 1972, the family returned to the United States settling in Northern California where Jules took a position at the Dow Chemical Plant in Pittsburg. As a breast cancer survivor, Marie became a dedicated volunteer at The American Cancer Society. She was so actively engaged that she was ultimately awarded a regular position as a staff member.
In 1978, Jules was offered a position at Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas and he and Marie came full circle by returning to Angleton, Texas where Marie once again became engaged with Holy Comforter Episcopal Church as a member and secretary of the Vestry.
Marie was a lady with great heart. Her family meant everything to her, but she also exhibited care and concern for the less fortunate whether they be two or four-legged. She was a founding member of the animal shelter in Angleton. Marie was also instrumental in securing recurring funding for the battered women’s shelter where she advocated for battered women on a regular basis. She was a patriot who was very active in the Republican Women’s Club and she proudly volunteered for many years at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library. One of her most recent, defining joys, along with her husband, was to establish a scholarship annuity at Texas A&M University in remembrance of their deceased daughter, Angelique.
Marie was preceded in death by her daughter, Angelique.
She is survived by her husband Jules John, and her 3 remaining children, Jules Carl, Melanie Louise and Jeffrey Cary. Marie is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Jay, Michaela, Joshua, Jules and Angelique as well as 6 great grandchildren, Ella, Daniella, Paige, Hunter, James and Owen.
Please join us in celebrating an exceptional lady who led a remarkable life. Service will be held 21 August 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station.