Marguerite Stegner

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Marguerite StegnerMarguerite Stegner age 89 of Morgan, formerly of Ortonville, Minnesota, died on March 1, 2014 at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center following a severe heart attack.  A memorial service will be held in Ortonville in the spring.  Memorials preferred for Gil-Mor Haven, 90 Third Street E., Morgan, MN 56266.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marguerite Mae (Pflueger) Stegner was born on May 20, 1924, in Ortonville, Minnesota, the daughter of Chester and Martina (Griese) Pflueger.  She was the valedictorian of the Ortonville High School Class of 1942.  She was married to Vincent C. Stegner of Ortonville on December 29, 1945.  They made their home in Ortonville until relocating to Gil-Mor Manor and Gil-Mor Haven in May, 2011.  Marguerite had a keen intellect and deep love of learning.  She was self-taught in many subjects, developing reading lists and building personal libraries on topics of interest to her.  She got a computer at age 85 in order to access Wikipedia and The Great Courses curriculum.  The internet opened a wider world for her.  After relocating to Morgan, MN, she returned to a lifelong enjoyment of poetry.  She was gratified to become a published poet at age 87.  Her final poem was completed on February 23, 2014.  She embraced the traditional role of the fifties-era homemaker, mother, and community, school, and church volunteer.  She strove to expand the learning opportunities for her daughters beyond the small-town public school.  She maintained high expectations for herself and her children.  She was an avid bridge player and strove to improve her game every time she played.  The most difficult part of moving from Ortonville was leaving her bridge club, which was formed in 1946.  About herself, she said that she had the heart of a ballerina but the hands of a mechanic.  She proved this in the 1960’s by building a home stereo system from Heathkit components.  She enjoyed that experience so much that she went on to assemble a radio.

Marguerite is survived by two daughters:  Susan (Jim) Fergus of Racine, WI, Robin Stegner (Scott Larson) of Redwood Falls, MN, two sisters-in-law, Lois Pflueger and Geneva Eschweiler, brother-in-law David Hesla, and eight nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her special uncle Reuben Pflueger, her husband Vincent, her brother Robert Pflueger, sisters-in-law Mary Hesla and Jane Malmquist, and her nephew Thor Hesla.

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  1. John and Diane Woodford says:

    Robin and family,
    Our deepest sympathy on the death of your mother. May her memories abound in and around you. We pray for God’s blessings and His comfort to you at this time.
    John and Diane

  2. Rae Ann Gilbertson says:

    Susan and Robin. Thinking of you at this time. Let it be known that you are in our prayers. We know there was quite a reunion with you mom and dad. Two very special people. Our love to you both. Lionel and Rae Ann

  3. Elsie Roggenbuck says:

    Sympathy for you’r family. Elsie

  4. Dick and Sue Nelson says:

    Robin and family,
    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dick and Sue

  5. Becky sell says:

    Robin and Susan,
    I first met your Mother when her and your Dad moved to Morgan. it was love at first site. Your Mom was the most amazing person!!!!! we both had a love of the same style of clothes even though we were 30 years apart in age. I always said she was a snappy dresser. she once gave me a top and I still love it. Last time I saw her she had to show me her new necklace that she had bought off the tv.
    also, what a well read and creative woman she was. She showed me the postcard activity her and Susan did. she again was so creative with that endever. she missed Vince and was so proud of you girls and what strong and compassionate
    People you are.
    I was she’d nurse at the clinic, but I felt we had much more of a relationship than that. I thought of her as a very good friend and will miss her very much. dr. dhaliwal was every saddened by her passing also. I will be a better person for knowing your Mother.
    sincerely,
    Becky’s Sell
    Morgan Clinic
    P.s./She let me read her poetry and I was so impressed how well she . the things she wrote about and what she had to say we’re very special.

  6. Karen Kerkhoff says:

    Robin,
    Sorry for the loss of your mother. To refresh, I am Marsha’s sister and we run into one another at Gil-Mor Manor. You and your mother were playing a game together. I am so blessed to have met you and your mother. May she rest in peace.

    You are in my prayers and may God bless.

    Sincerely
    Karen Kerkhoff

  7. Richard and Marla Strei says:

    Dear Robin and Susan,

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your mother, Marguerite. Our parents shared many bridge games, golf games, and social events together in Ortonville. We considered Vince and Marguerite to be valued family friends.

    A special verse that our Mom JoAnn liked was “a Mother holds her children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever”. We hope you have many special memories of your Mother that remain alive forever in your hearts!

    In sympathy and friendship,
    Dick and Marla Strei

  8. Lucia Eichten says:

    Dear Robin and family,
    Thinking of you as you grieve the loss of your mother. May you have wonderful memories of both of your parents.
    My sympathy and prayers,
    Lucia

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