Margaret Ann Steel, 80
Margaret Ann Steel, 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Grand Rapids on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. She was born July 2, 1934, to Lillian J. and Nicholas L. Schank in Oak Park, Ill.
Margaret lived for many years in Oak Park and River Forest, Ill. before moving to West Michigan, where she lived for the past 23 years.
Margaret is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Thomas J. Steel; her three children, Shelley (Ron) Mishler of Grand Rapids, Kathy (Jeff) Sangalis of Dallas, Texas, and Tom, Jr. of Glenn; six grandchildren, John Mishler of Houston, Texas, Jenny Sangalis (fiancé Rich Tompkins) of Houston, Texas, Megan (Chris) Myers of Nashville, Tenn., Emily Sangalis (fiancé Matt Senchuk) of Chicago, Ill., Ellen Mishler of Dallas, Texas and Christine Sangalis of Dallas, Texas; and one great-grandchild Marcela Steel Myers of Nashville, Tenn.
Margaret was a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and attended Michigan State University where she met and married the love of her life, Tom, in 1955. Margaret cherished her roles as daughter, wife and mother, but was also very involved in volunteer work.
In the Chicago area, she was president and founding member of the OPRF Chapter of the Children's Memorial Hospital Guild, president of the Infant Welfare Society of OPRF, president of the Hephzibah Children's Association, and was active in the West Suburban Hospital Auxiliary Guild and Grace Lutheran Church and School. She especially enjoyed the many hours spent as a volunteer organizing puppet therapy for seriously ill children at Children's Memorial Hospital.
Upon moving to West Michigan, Margaret became involved with activities there, including as president of the Saugatuck Douglas Garden Club, tutoring children at Fennville School and as a member of the Community Church of Douglas.
At Michigan State, Margaret was an active member of the Chi Omega Women's Fraternity and she loved her annual reunions with her group of lifelong friends/sorority sisters.
Margaret and Tom cherished the time they spent and the friendships they made at the River Forest Tennis Club.
Margaret truly had a green thumb and she enjoyed nurturing her flowers and watching them blossom, especially at their beautiful home along Lake Michigan. Margaret's greatest joy in life was her family. She loved being with and caring for her best friend and husband and she was a wonderful and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She particularly enjoyed the special time the whole family spent together celebrating her 80th birthday this past July.
Margaret always had a warm smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She had a way of turning casual acquaintances into lifelong friends. A charming and classy lady and a very gracious hostess, she loved to entertain and was a fabulous cook-making sure that there were always plenty of leftovers.
Margaret enjoyed spreading the love and the laughter associated with celebrating the big and the little occasions. She was always the life of the party, whether that was in the kitchen while she cooked or on the deck relaxing and watching the sunset over Lake Michigan.
A memorial service will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, April 10, at 11a.m., with a reception immediately following. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or the Community Church of Douglas, P.O. Box 338, Douglas, MI 49406.
Margaret's genuine warmth and enthusiasm for life will never be forgotten. Though we will greatly miss our wife, momma, grams, aunt and friend, we take comfort in knowing that she is with her loved ones who have gone before and with her savior Jesus Christ.
Arrangements are being provided by Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Service,
4291 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, www.metcalfandjonkhoff.com.