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Marion Flesch
Marion Flesch

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Flesch ANONYMOUS NO MORE FOUNDER OF EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS Marion (Heffron) Flesch died Oct. 10, 2004, at the age of 93. Preceded in death by husband, Ted; brother, Glen; sister-in-law, Bernice, and sister-in-law, Alfield. Survived by brother, Harvey (Eleanor); daughter, Mary Ann (Ron) Winters; son, Ted (Debbie) La Fleche; grandchildren, Karen Williams, Michael (Dawn) Williams, Thomas, Steven, Ted Jr., and Daniel La Fleche; great-grandchildren, Alex, Micah, Kaelynn, Jade and Bailey. Marion was born July 24, 1911 in Burtrum, MN, daughter of Fred and Anna (Sulier) Heffron. She graduated from Burtrum High School in 1928. She attended the Long Prairie Teacher Training Dept. and taught in Grey Eagle. In 1932, she graduated from St. Cloud State Teachers College, and taught in Morris, MN until 1935. She then moved to St. Paul and worked at St. Paul Book and Stationery as an Executive Assistant and attended Globe Business College Evening School. From 1940-1942, she worked for the National Youth Administration as an Inventory Accountant. She married Ted Flesch on December 29, 1941. From 1942-1948, she worked as a secretary and clerk of the Minnesota State Board of Tax Appeals. She resigned in November of 1948, before the birth of their daughter. Her husband, Ted, had been owner and operator of Flesch's Paper Services, Inc. since 1937, and in 1948, Marion became bookkeeper and office manager of their business until 1980. From 1970- 1974, while also working, she attended the U of M and became a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor. She served internships at Wayside House, at St. John's Hospital Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, and for the Housing and Redevelopment Services. On April 13, 1966, MARION STARTED THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE PROGRAM WHICH LATER BECAME EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS for people with emotional problems. The first 8 years the EA office was in her home. In 1973, the EA International Office (now called the Service Center) was moved out of her home. Marion served as chairman of the International Service Board of Trustees for many years. In 1990, she was elected a Member- Trustee Emeritus. She served as Editor of the EA magazine "CARRYING THE EA MESSAGE." She was Chairman of the Literature Committee, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the General Policy Committee, a Co-Chairman for three Annual EA Conventions and was the Chairman and a member of the committee that wrote the EA "Big Book" EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS. Marion traveled world- wide to speak for EA and carry the message of recovery. She appeared on TV and radio many times speaking on behalf of EA throughout the US. She spoke at the Annual Convention of the American Psychiatric Association in Chicago in 1987 and was also a member of the Minnesota Mental Health Association. In 1991, at age 80, Marion earned her Bachelor's Degree and began working on her Master's Degree. In 1992, due to ill health, Marion retired from actively participating on the EA International Service Board of Trustees. From 1990-2000, in spite of health problems and partial loss of vision, plus having the only complete set of records of EA, Marion began writing the history of EA and published her book, "My Legacy" in May of 2000. Marion was an active member of St. Mark's and St. Leo's Catholic Church. She was also involved in the Parents Club, Altar and Rosary Society (Council of Catholic Women), St. Paul Deanery, Guild of Catholic Women, St. Paul Women's Club, and the Merriam Park Community Center. She was a Campfire Leader for more than ten years. She was a District 2 Candy Chairman of Campfire, overall District Chairman and a member of the St. Paul Council Board. She will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, 10 AM at St. Leo's Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul. Visitation Thursday, 4-8 PM at O'Halloran & Murphy, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-0796. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery.