PERKINS - Margaret Sharon Stevenson, 74, of Perkins, passed away Jan. 20, 2013, peacefully with her family by her side following a battle with lung cancer.
Margaret was born June 6, 1938, in Escanaba, the daughter of Clarence and Mary Elizabeth (McCormick) Tardiff. She was raised in Gladstone and graduated from the Gladstone High School in 1956. She worked at JC Penney of Gladstone in her early years. She married Donald Stevenson of Perkins in 1959 at All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone. The couple made their residence in the Perkins area where they raised their six children.
Margaret was employed by the Perkins School, which later became the Mid Peninsula School District, for 25 years. She retired as head cook in June of 2003.
She enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. She looked forward to meeting with her brothers, sisters and in-laws for their ritual Sunday breakfasts. Margaret was always willing to volunteer at fundraising events at her church, for the American Legion and Lions Club of Perkins or helping out at the Baldwin Township Hall assisting her husband with his supervising and assessing duties.
She loved being with her children, grandchildren and siblings, as family was very precious to Margaret.
Margaret was a member of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church of Perkins. She was a member of the Perkins American Legion Post 540 Women's Auxiliary.
She is survived by: children, Robert (Kathleen) Stevenson of Farmington Hills, Mich.; Gregory (Michelle) Stevenson of Perkins; Patricia (Lee) Young of Green Bay, Wis.; Debra (James) Miller of Waupaca, Wis.; David (Laura) Stevenson of Appleton, Wis.; and Rebecca (Thomas) Fix of Rhinelander, Wis.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Jessica and Ryan Stevenson, Farmington Hills, Jennifer and Andy Stevenson Perkins, Stewart, Benjamin and Elle Miller of Waupaca, Remington, Jared, Isabella and Grace Stevenson of Appleton, Lucas and Madeline Fix of Rhinelander; and one brother, Robert (Maureen) Tardiff of Gladstone; three sisters, Audrey Grenier of Escanaba, Mary Ellen (Charles) Alanko, Barbara (Fred) Pfiester; sisters in-law, Joanne Tardiff, Evora Schaefer and Joan Stevenson, all of Gladstone; and Elizabeth Knutson of Milwaukee, Wis., plus numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald (Donnie); her parents; brothers, Raymond, Richard, Donald and John Tardiff; three sisters, Elaine Phalen, Beverly Maki and Kathleen Neadow.
The Stevenson family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of the Christian Burial will be 6 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church in Perkins with Rev. Fr. Jacek Wytklo and Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall following the services. Margaret will be laid to rest beside her husband in the Baldwin Township Cemetery in Perkins.
We wish to thank OSF and Marquette General Home Health care and especially the nurses and doctors at OSF during her final days. And special thanks to her special friend Honey Vandecaveye.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Margaret's name may be directed to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.stjude.org/memorial
For additional information or to leave the Stevenson family a message of condolence, go to www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.