Margaret Wood Stephenson, age 87, of Seven Fields, went to be with the Lord Feb. 24, 2012.
Born in Ridgway on Oct. 7, 1924, Marge as she was known to many was the daughter of the late Lucille and General Herford M. Wood. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Earle W., on Aug. 22, 2001.
Marge was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Bradenville where she had taught catechism. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honors Sorority and Tri Sigma Sigma. Marge loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing with her dogs, traveling and playing cards, and was also known to be an excellent cook. Although she lived her last several years in Seven Fields and Hermitage, she had made her home in Latrobe for 40 years where she made many lasting friendships.
She took pride in being an excellent student and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Business (Accounting) in 1946 from the Pennsylvania State University and worked as a personnel manager at Crucible Steel before leaving to start a family. After staying home to raise her five children, she returned to school and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (1973) and Master of Fine Arts (1975) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Marge became a professor at Westmoreland County Community College and enjoyed her teaching career there from 1975-1992, writing and publishing one of the textbooks for the Medical Secretarial Program which she started at the college. Marge was an inspirational teacher, was loved by her students, and enjoyed their return visits and learning of their many successes.
She is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson: Earle Jr. (Bill) and his wife, Gayle, and son Milo of San Antonio, Texas; Paul, and his wife, Mary, of Atlanta, Ga., and his son, Brian, and wife, Andrea, and grandson, Sean, of Germantown, Md.; Lucy S. Trogolo and her husband, Jim, and children Samuel and Phoebe of Cranberry Township; Diane S. Wherry, and her husband, Jeff, and children Alyssa, Jonathan and Rachel of New Castle; and Yvonne S. Cha and her husband, T.W., and children Adam and Elizabeth of Overland Park, Kansas. She is also survived by her sister, Doris Oravis, and her brother, Milton (Bud) Wood and his wife, Janet, as well as her much loved nieces and nephews.
There were no public visitations. Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday, March 2, 2012 in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 112 St. Mary's Way, Bradenville, Pa. 15620; Medi-Home Hospice, 3380 Babcock Blvd. #2, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237; or to the National Military Family Association, 2500 North Van Dorn St., Suite 102, Alexandria, Va. 22302.
Arrangements handled by the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, Inc., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, Pa. 15650.
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