Mary Argeropoulos Obituary, Mary Argeropoulos Has Passed Away.

On December 26, Mary Argeropoulos passed away at home with her family by her side and Lake Superior Hospice providing care. Mary, Paul and Lucille Hassman’s eldest daughter, was born in New Hampton, Iowa, in 1941.

Mary completed her master’s degree at Northern Michigan University and her bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College. She started her career in 1962, spending two years in Caro, Michigan, teaching English and home economics. In 1964, she accepted a similar position at Marquette High School. Respected and well-known, she was a practical and imaginative educator who developed methods to help every one of her pupils acquire abilities that would last a lifetime. Mary was chosen to teach as an exchange student in Westcliff by the Sea in England in 1965. She then spent two more years as a teacher at Marquette High School in 1966.

On Friday, February 16, 1968, Mary and John Argeropoulos tied the knot in the Marquette United Methodist Church. Due to their jobs, which required them to return to work on Monday, they could only take one business day off, thus their honeymoon was brief. In search of a new coffeepot, they embarked on a shopping expedition that took them from the Tiroler Hof Motel to Heath’s Hardware in Sweden. People who were close to the marriage, nevertheless, would say that the honeymoon never ended. Mary made the decision to become a full-time mother in 1969. After the kids were older, she started working as a part-time teacher for NMU and Marquette Public Schools. Following that, Mary studied library science at the University of Michigan, which helped her land a job at

Mary was a powerful, vivacious woman endowed with a sound set of fundamental principles, such as the capacity to see the best in everyone, kindness, generosity, and the unwavering love of family and friends. She has always loved interacting and collaborating with a broad range of individuals and institutions. Hiking, biking, sewing clubs, investing groups, international food clubs, music, gardening, reading, traveling, working with Methodist women’s programs, volunteering, and the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning were a few of Mary’s favorite pastimes.

The family of Mary would like to express their gratitude to Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice for supporting Mary throughout her final journey, to Dr. Alan Hunter for performing her first open heart surgery in 1991, and to Dr. Jerold Napier and his team for their kind care of Mary over a period of more than 30 years.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services handled Mary’s cremation; on February 3, 2024, there will be a Celebration of Life. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., when a tribute-giving period will take place. There will be a reception at the funeral home’s reception area thereafter.

If you would like to honor Mary instead of sending flowers, you might want to think about giving to the Peter White Public Library, located at 217 N. Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

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