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After 63 years, Marge Stillwell still loves to play the pipes

 

June 14, 2019

Timothy Soden-Groves / Pine Knot News

Marge Stillwell, veteran of 63 years playing organ at the Presbyterian Church of Cloquet, sits at the organ console rehearsing for an upcoming concert.

Seated at the console of the beloved pipe organ she has played for more than six decades, Marge Stillwell paused for a moment. Her mind rolled through the catalogues of favorite music and fondest memories of past concerts and services, choir directors and organ instructors who helped her along the way.

Stillwell, 87, has served as organist for the Presbyterian Church of Cloquet for the past 63 years. She was 24 when she started to play. The church organ was the instrument that she learned to play on.

Growing up in Blackduck, northeast of Bemidji, she learned how to play the piano as a child...



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