EAST MILLINOCKET – Marion Doris (Zahradka) Birmingham, 82, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at her home. Marion was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Lawton, N.D., daughter of Valerian and Rose (Kubat) Zahradka.
She was formerly married to Bertram Birmingham of Medway, the father of their children. Marion was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her primary role in life was homemaker and raising her four children. She was very proud of her accomplishments in her life. She enjoyed her work as a telephone operator in Topeka, Kan., a cleaning lady for Great Northern Paper’s Woodlands offices, and baking pies for The Hamlet. She loved the comfort of her home, nurturing her four children, and enjoying her grandchildren. Country music put a smile on her face and a spring in her step. She lovingly tended her flower gardens and roses were her favorite. Marion had a special place in her heart for her family in North Dakota, last visiting in 1996 at a family reunion. She kept in close contact with all her Midwest family through letters and photos.
Marion is survived by her children: daughter, Sharon and husband, John Doe, of East Millinocket, son, Kirk and wife, Karen Birmingham, of Millinocket, daughter, Donna and husband, Garold Cramp, of East Millinocket, and son, Rand and wife, Mary Birmingham, of Brewer; six grandchildren whom she adored and was very proud of, Christopher Doe and wife, Samantha, Amanda Soucier and husband, Dan, Andrea Birmingham, Blake and Dylan Birmingham, and Travis Cramp; brother, Laddie Zahradka and sister-in-law, Irene; sister, Gladys Moen; sister-in-law, Delores Zahradka, all of North Dakota; sister-in-law, Bea Sargent, brother-in-law, Gean Sargent of Millinocket; sister-in-law, Christine Cummings of Florida; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Milton Zahradka; sisters, Mildred Zahradka, Blanche Bata, and Alice Cesik; sister-in-law, Dolores Zahradka; brothers-in-law, Myron Bata and Al Cesik; mother-in-law, Velma Birmingham; father-in-law, Alfred Birmingham; and brother-in-law, Joe Cummings. Marion was very fond of her special friend, Kathy Page, and her caring professional, Dr. John Shannon. The family expresses sincere appreciation to Katahdin Area Support Group for all their kindness and support for Marion.
Friends may visit with the family 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where a service will be held 2 p.m. with Deacon Danny Watson officiating. Interment will be at East Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in Marion’s memory may be made to Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com