Marguerite "Maggie" R. Kingstad
Marguerite "Maggie" R. Kingstad, died May 17, 2016. She was born Feb. 2, 1950.
How do you sum up someone so incredibly magnificent in 350 words? To count the people that Maggie Kingstad has touched would be impossible. It pretty much includes every human within a five-foot radius of her, for 66 years.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., she is survived by her immediate relatives, Re Re, Mary K., Eddie, Michael, Timmy, Elaine, Ashleigh, Nicki, Paul III, Punky, Jill, Jimboy, and one daughter, Kate. Also by all of their children, and their children's children. Plus, all of her friends ("chosen family") and their families that she met in Pittsburgh.
As a young adult she moved to Chicago, Ill., where she worked as a surgical technician in the OR at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital. She is survived by all of her friends ("chosen family") and their families that she met in Chicago.
She came here to Allegan County in the 70s and never left. She is survived by all her friends ("chosen family") and their families that she met here in Michigan.
She was a bartender at the Sand Bar for two decades, so she is survived by all the patrons and saints that knew and loved her from there.
Maggie earned a bachelor's degree at GVSU. She specialized in social work for 23 years, with an emphasis on domestic violence and women's rights. She is survived by all those clients that got lucky enough to be "assigned to her." I'm going to tell you that she saw the good in each of you and truly believed she was helping you find the tools and strength to reach for your own personal stars.
Maggie was one of the most magical, giving, loving, hilarious, and gregarious, one in a million person that we ever met. She made us see things in a different light and will be missed. We are on our own, together, to continue her legacy of wonderfulness.
Join us for a day of Maggienificence on Saturday, June 11, at Schultz Park in Saugatuck, from 1 to 5 p.m. with the eulogy at 2 p.m. and the parade line up at 3 p.m.