Marie Birk, 86, of Independence MO died Monday, August 25, 2008.

Mrs. Birk was born Marie Gorecki in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on August 13, 1922 and lived in Japan, Indonesia and South Vietnam. She moved to the area 40 years ago. She retired from Bayer in 1984 as an Executive Administrative Assistant.

She traveled the world with her husband who enjoyed a long career with the U.S. Army and State Department. Marie worked at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia. Marie was a member of St. Marks Catholic Church in Independence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James K. Birk.

Her survivors include two sons, James A. Birk of AR, and Dennis P. Birk of Independence, MO; two daughters, Julia M. Terry of Independence, MO, and Donna L. Ruble of Lee’s Summit, MO; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 29 at the Park Lawn Chapel, Kansas City, 816-523-1234. Burial in Green Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the chapel. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.