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Obituary: Marion H. Bignall, Columbus

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Marion H. Bignall, 89, of Columbus, died at 2:09 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at the Columbus Regional Hospital Emergency Room.

Marion retired as a teacher from Special School District of St. Louis County were she taught blind children at Perkins Institute for the Blind for 20 years. After retiring, she taught kindergarten at St. Peter's Lutheran School for one year.

She was a volunteer at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, St. Peter's Lutheran School, Lillian Schmitt Elementary School and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

The 1994 recipient of the Bartholomew County Senior Citizen of the Year award, she was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bird Club of Columbus, St. Peter's Lutheran Bell Choir, St. Paul's Episcopal Choir and Altar Guild.

She enjoyed birding, gardening, reading, puzzles, genealogy and writing letters to her great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Reverend Mark Vance officiating.  Inurnment will be at the church columbarium. The family will receive friends following the service.

Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church Music Fund or Bartholomew County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to Marion's family at

Marion was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, on January 14, 1923, the daughter of Raymond and Estelle Bennett Hosken.

She married Arthur G. Bignall on July 3, 1948. He preceded her in death on September 29, 2007.

Survivors include her children, David (Michele) Bignall of Pennsylvania, Bambi (Bill) Sasse of Columbus, Stephen (Mary Ann) Bignall of Colorado and Jeremy Bignall (Sandy Rudolph) of Missouri; grandchildren, Kristin (Jamie) Griffin, Scott (Mandi) Sasse, Michael and Connor Bignall and Andy and Debbie Bignall; and great-grandchildren, Camden, Piper and Greta Griffin and Sylvia, Vincent and Hazel Sasse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur G. Bignall; a brother, Bill Hosken; and a sister, Dean Hosken.


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