Margaret Menting, of Phlox, died Saturday, September 7, 2019 at her home under the care of LeRoyer Hospice. She was 84 years old. She was born on June 12, 1935, in Mattoon, a daughter of Frank and Cecelia (Heinzen) Menting.
She was a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School and attended Alverno College, both in Milwaukee. She received a degree in Religious Education from St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundeline, Illinois.
In 1952 Margaret was received into the religious order of the School Sisters of St. Francis. She professed vows in 1954 and while in the order taught school in Illinois, Iowa, Manitowoc and Phlox.
After leaving the order she moved to California where she volunteered operating the Newman Center at Stanford University.
In 1982 she moved to Alaska. Margaret taught Eskimo children in "the bush" for 13 years. She was the Religious Education Coordinator for The Lady of The Angels Catholic Church in Kenai, Alaska for 8 years.
She returned to Phlox in 2011 to be with family. She was a member of and volunteered at St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church in Phlox where she organized the purchase and sale of Fair Trade products.
She enjoyed cross stitch and completing Sudoku puzzles.
Survivors include four sisters-in-law, Jane Menting, Evelyn Menting both of Phlox, Eileen Menting, Antigo, Montel Menting, Notre Dame, Indiana; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by five sisters, Caroline (William) Watts, Sr. M. Camilla Menting, Mary Ann (Bill) Bauer, Sr. Mary Anthony Menting, and Eleanor in infancy; five brothers, Roman, Matthew, Alvin, Robert, and Harold Menting; a brother-in-law, Delano "Spud" Honzik and a sister-in-law, Marion Menting.
The funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Hoffmann, Rev. Edmundo Siguenza and Deacon Tom Hartman concelebrating.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home and Thursday, September 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
A parish wake service will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Phlox.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Margaret's name may be directed to St. Anthony's Spiritual Center, 300 E. 4th Street, Marathon, WI 54448.
A special thank you to the staffs of LeRoyer Hospice and Pastika Independent Living Services for the assistance they provided to Margaret in her time of need.
"Margaret was the joy of our entrance into St Anthony's on formation weekends. Her smile was infectious and her servitude encouraging and never ending. She was one of the few people that touches your life and leaves a beautiful mark on your soul. We were very saddened by the news of her illness, rejoice in her meeting Jesus and hope to keep her spirit alive in my hopeful ministry as a Deacon and a Deacon's wife. It was also wonderful to share memories with her about her time living in my mother's home town in the late 50s. May our Lord bless her soul eternally and grant us the love for service and life that Margaret embodied. Our deepest sympathies to you whom she left behind. Roger and Wendy Scholbrock, Deacon Candidate III"
"Margaret was a true servant of the LORD. She was full of. love & compassion. May she rest in peace. Pam H, former LFI student"