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Marjorie Young Schindler

Marjorie Young Schindler passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on Sunday, December 26, 2021, following her battle with heart failure and pancreatic cancer. Marje was born in Alliance, Nebraska in 1934 the daughter of Herbert and Lela Young. A celebration of her life will be held on April 9th, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church ( with a simultaneous live-stream of the services online.

Music was a major part of Marje’s life from a very early age, starting in a rhythm band in kindergarten class and progressing to the choice of the cello, playing bassoon parts in the band starting in the fifth grade. Her cello playing continued through high school and eventually led to meeting her husband Darrel at a rodeo in Alliance in 1951. Marje also played Scottish drums in the marching band and cymbals in the pep band all through high school.

Marje played and studied the cello when she attended Nebraska Wesleyan University while working on a teaching degree in Lincoln, Nebraska. She played in the Lincoln Symphony, along with her two elder brothers, and the Kearney, Nebraska Symphony where she did her practice teaching.

After her marriage to Darrel Schindler on August 21, 1955, Marje taught kindergarten and after moving to Wilmington, decided to enroll at the University of Delaware where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education in 1960. She continued teaching kindergarten following their relocation to Orange, Texas, and then again in Lawrence, Kansas where she taught second grade. The family then relocated to Parkersburg, WV, where she and Darrel played cello in the Marietta OH Orchestra and Marje sang in the Parkersburg Choral Society and performed with the Parkersburg Actors Guild.

Realizing that there were no public kindergartens in Vienna, WV where she lived, she established a kindergarten school at the local Presbyterian church, providing learning to underprivileged children with the support of other local Vienna churches. She remained an integral part of the school until it closed, when the State of West Virginia finally established public kindergartens.

Marje’s children became her primary focus following another relocation back to Wilmington in 1975, where they joined Trinity Presbyterian Church. In 1979 the family moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1979 and joined the American Church; Marje studied cello and French, was a deacon in the Church, sang in the choir and took part in other church activities.

In July 1983 the family returned to Wilmington and Marje joined the Singing City Choir of Philadelphia. She was a two-time ovarian cancer survivor; she was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 1985, fought and won the battle with chemotherapy, only to have the cancer return in 2010, when she beat it again.

In early 2021 she was diagnosed with heart failure and treated by the Heart Failure Program at Christiana Hospital. CT scans also revealed early-stage pancreatic cancer which was treated with radiation. The family would like to sincerely thank all the Christiana Care medical professionals and ACTS home healthcare providers that were with Marje in her closing days, for everything they did to help her until the very end.

Marje was a loving wife and caring mother, always the consummate educator who raised her children to be caring and confident, to always make the best of all situations and to look for the good in everyone around them. She loved to share her music with the community and church, through voice and instrument, in the choir and in the string section of the orchestra and pit orchestra, and later in the rhythm section of the band. She has left a legacy of music that the family will carry with them forever.

Marje is survived by her husband Darrel Schindler of Hockessin, Delaware, and her three children: Susan Schindler Price (John) of Tucson, Arizona, Sara Schindler Bishel (John) of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, and Paul Schindler (Joann) of Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by her eight wonderful grandchildren, her four beautiful great-grandchildren, her nephew, and many nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Trinity Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services

A celebration of her life will be held on April 9th, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church ( with a simultaneous live-stream of the services online. The live-stream link is


    Bill and Pat Gordon lit a candle and writes,
    Marje was my ( Pat) supervising teacher when I was student teaching in Lawrence. —1964. She was wonderful!! Darrel and she were neighbors in the married couples’ apartments at KU. We became friends and have kept in touch since. We have many fond memories of times with Marje and Darrel!! Wonderful people!! Bill and Pat Gordon
    01/05/2022 07:45 pm
    Kathy Luckanish writes,
    Darryl and family, I’m was saddened to see Marjorie’s passing. She was a wonderful person. I enjoyed my time with both of you. I know you will miss her. My prayers to you and your family. Kathy Luckanish
    01/05/2022 08:08 pm
    Norwood J. Coleman, Sr. and Family lit a candle and writes,
    It is with much sorrow that I learned of Marg Schindler’s passing. As a member of the University of Delaware Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s band, I viewed Marg and her husband, Darrel as colleagues and friends. She was a fine musician and even finer human being. She always had a pleasant word for me and a smile. She will be missed. Darrel and family, bless you.
    01/06/2022 12:15 am
    Luc Moeyersons writes,
    My sincere condolances to Darrel and family. I was a colleague of Darrel at DuPont Butacite in Europe.
    01/06/2022 03:17 am
    First State Symphonic Band lit a candle and writes,
    Marje was a member for many years with the First State Symphonic Band, performing in our percussion section. We share a lot of good memories of Marje and appreciated her talent. Darrel, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    01/06/2022 09:50 am
    Tom Hartline writes,
    How sad. We will miss you. I also played in several bands with Marge. Norwood said it best. She always had a smile and a good word when she greeted you.
    01/06/2022 10:29 am
    Rich Fischer writes,
    I was very sorry to hear about Marge. Please accept my deepest sympathy at what I know is a very difficult time for you.
    01/06/2022 12:27 pm
    Judy jester writes,
    Marge was a member of the chorus in Osher Lifelong Learning. I worked with Darrel at Dupont. I’m so sorry to hear Of Marge’s passing. She was a talented and nice lady.
    01/06/2022 04:49 pm
    Ruth M. Derick writes,
    Deep sympathy to Darrell and family on the passage of Marge. Wonderful memories of times shared while camping and singing together in choirs. Love and best wishes to you all.
    01/07/2022 01:11 pm
    Lee Kaser writes,
    This is very sad news, and I send my most sincere sympathy to Darrel and his family. Darrel and Marje were friends for fifteen years or more, and I missed seeing them due to the pandemic near-isolations we have experienced. I hope we can ressume our contacts soon. Best wishes, Darrel.
    01/09/2022 01:38 pm
    The Wilmington Community Orchestra lit a candle and writes,
    Marge was a longtime member of the Wilmington Community Orchestra. She shared a cello stand with her husband Darrel. She was a fine musician and added a lot to our cello section. She was a gracious woman and she will be missed by all.
    01/09/2022 03:30 pm
    Robert S . Ehrlich writes,
    My sympathies go out to Darrel and the family. My memories of Marj are of an integral part of the OLLI performing groups. It was always a treat to see Darrel and Marj playing cello side by side or Marj in back with the percussion section. As lifelong learner she was an eager student of many subjects.
    01/09/2022 08:57 pm
    Marilyn Haas lit a candle and writes,
    My sympathies go out to Darrel and the whole family. I have known Marj and Darrel through the music world for many years. Such wonderful people and I will miss her.
    01/10/2022 04:54 pm
    Ron and CJ Hines writes,
    It is sad to me to lose another long-time friend, Marje. We will miss her. She, Darrel and I were high school classmates. We all sang in the Methodist Church choir in Alliance, directed by Marje’s mother. I remember Darrel’s Dad as Superintendent of Schools in Alliance. His mother and my mother went to college together at Peru State College in Nebraska. I was blessed to have visited Marje and Darrel at their home just a few years ago. Our condolences and God’s blessings to Darrel and all the family! Ron and CJ Hines Susan and John, CJ and I moved to Tuscon a few months ago: 208-469-9777,
    01/10/2022 05:31 pm
    David Azagury lit a candle and writes,
    Gaby and I wish to extend to the Schindler family our most sincere condolences! We cherish such good memories all the way from Fayetteville to Santiago de Compostella and Delaware Geneva and all the places we visited together! Marjorie was an exceptional woman always encouraging , a smile at all times, a strong woman, determined and yet so very generous! We will miss her and we join the family in their grief The Azagury family
    01/10/2022 11:17 pm
    Steve DeMond writes,
    Darrel, my deepest sympathies are extended to you and your family. I treasure the memories of Marje playing drums for our OSHER jazz band. Her dedication to the group was much appreciated. We musicians will miss her spirit and friendship very much. I hope to see you at school when the pandemic declines.
    01/13/2022 08:17 pm
    Kathryn Turnbull lit a candle and writes,
    Marg was one of the most courageous persons I have ever known. She fought her battles with optimism and good humor and was a joy to be with! Marg will be sorely missed. Darrel, you and the girls are in my prayers.
    01/20/2022 01:46 pm
    Tom & Jody Phillips lit a candle and writes,
    Many fond memories of the Schindler Family......swimming in Parkersburg and then our many years in Butacite. Especially great was our first trip to Europe. Dinner in the Schindler's Geneva home and then travel to Italy. Do you remember the fabulous dinner at a truck stop in San Salvo or burning the leftover PVB roll in a field? Followed by several days in Rome touring, eating and drinking wine. We have often said the meal in San Salvo was one of the greatest in our lives. It was fun to share it with friends. Our prayers go out to you and the kids.
    01/21/2022 02:51 pm
    Gassler Elisabeth writes,
    My deepest sympathy go to Darrel and the whole family. I have wonderful memories of the time when Marje and Darrel were in Europe and I worked with Darrel while in Geneva.
    01/25/2022 04:28 am
    Dana Ulery writes,
    Darrel, Bill and I send our sympathy to you and your family. I always enjoyed being with Marje at OLLI, where we made music together in Chamber Choir and the Jazz Band. She was a delightful person and a talented musician. I will miss her.
    04/08/2022 01:35 pm
    Gretchen Cox writes,
    Thank you so much for sharing Marje's memorial service online. It was wonderful beyond words. I really enjoyed seeing and hearing from Marje's family members, a family of which she was understandably so proud. And it was a real treat to hear Marje's cello in the hands of such a talented young musician. -Gretchen Cox
    04/09/2022 12:01 pm

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