Margie P. Stengle

Margie Phyllis Stengle was born on May 19, 1923 to Roy and Mary (Nelson) Piersol in Vermillion, SD. She passed away at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton on August 5, 2022, at 99 years young.

A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Margie grew up on the Piersol family farm with her seven siblings and joined a large extended family of Clay County relatives. Margie attended grade school at the nearby Spirit Mound School. She graduated from the University High School on the campus of the University of South Dakota in 1941.

She married that handsome US Navy pilot, Robert M. Stengle, from Yankton at the Memphis Naval Air Station on September 9, 1945. The couple moved to Vermillion where Rob attended the University under the GI Bill. Sons Robert, Jr. (1946) and Thomas (1949) were born in Vermillion. After Rob graduated from USD, the family moved to Yankton as Rob began his career with the US Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. Son James was born in Yankton in 1951.

Margie was a truly lovely person, and she made the world a little better place for many in her own quiet way. She was always willing to help and rarely needed to be asked. During World War II with the blessings of their parents, she and three of her best friends from high school moved to Kansas City and worked in the defense industry building B-25 bombers. Those “Rosie the Riveter” gals supported the war efforts and became unsung heroes to many. They are true icons of the women’s movement.

Family and faith were Margie’s focus. With the move to Yankton, she joined the First United Methodist Church which was Rob’s childhood church. That relationship with her Church lasted for over 70 years. When her sons were small, she helped with Sunday School. She was involved in many church functions and activities from bible study, UMW, choir, bell choir, annual bazaar, funerals, weddings, memorials, kitchen duties, the Methodist bowling league, Habitat for Humanity, and more. She delivered Meals on Wheels well into her 90s. She was the consummate volunteer, and it gave her strength and enjoyment.

Margie is survived by sons, Robert and James of Yankton, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Thomas; her parents, Roy and Mary Piersol; brother, Ralph Piersol; sisters, Florence Piersol, Elsie Piersol, Dorothy Christensen, Ruth Neer, Corrine Callahan, and Arlene Larson.

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12 response to "Margie P. Stengle"

  1. By: Larry Piersol Posted: August 7, 2022

    I remember Margie and Rob best from when I was a child. They lived in an apartment in Vermillion while Rob finished college. Then when they lived in Yankton it was fun to go to their place. Rob was the entertainer. It was so easy for him to get Dorothy Christensen flustered that ultimately he turned his wit to others. Margie just smiled at the fun. Margie is the last of that generation of Piersol’s. My father, Ralph, was the first of the adults to pass on. May God be with Margie and Jim and Bob

  2. By: Debbie Bonomo Mercer Posted: August 7, 2022

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We had such a good time playing cards with her when we visited her about 20 years ago with my folks (your Aunt Eve & Uncle Steve). She was so much fun & treated us like close family. Mom had just enjoyed talking to her on the phone last Feb & was do glad to hear her voice. Our folks are gone now, too. I hope we can keep in touch cousins.
    Your cousin Debbie

  3. By: Steve & Kathi Larson Posted: August 8, 2022

    I will never forget having holidays at Aunt Margie’s! She was such a sweet soft spoken person. I loved her a lot because of of her love of dogs. My sympathy for you all. Kathi

  4. By: Charlie Larson Posted: August 9, 2022

    I remember Margie, Dorothy, and mom Arlene cooking in the kitchen preparing all of the holiday meals and us kids playing outside until we were called in. Great memories of days gone by.
    All of the family back together is a warm feeling in my heart.

  5. By: Gary and Mary Lohff Posted: August 9, 2022

    We were so fortunate to have Margie in our life for so many years. We will miss her so. Heaven has gained a kind gentle soul. Our sympathy to you all.

  6. By: Dan Stengle Posted: August 9, 2022

    Aunt Margie was kind, giving, and nurturing. In my case, she spent hours lending a sympathetic ear to my endless childhood cares and woes. I loved when she would read entries from her daily diary, which she dutifully kept for decades, of our hunting adventures of past years, detailing our successes in the field. She was a fabulous cook of the wild game brought to her kitchen, and many a meal was warmly enjoyed by guests around her dinner table. Hers was a life well-lived, and she made life better for a whole lot of people. What a sweet and generous woman. She will be ever missed and long remembered in the hearts of those she loved and who loved her. My deepest sympathies to Bob and her caregiver Jim, the rest of Margie’s family, and all of her friends.

  7. By: Kate Callahan Posted: August 10, 2022

    When I think of Aunt Margie, the first thing I think of was what a great sense of humor she had. Even though we lived far away and we did not see family back in South Dakota often, those memories I have of her made an indelible impression on me. I loved to listen to her tell stories of when she and her siblings lived on the farm near Spirit Mound. I know there were hardships but she only told us the happy stories of youth. She could also relay a made up scary story to us kids and I remember begging her to “tell it again”, over and over. She was so fun, so animated and so sweet to us. I wanted to be just like her. My deepest condolences to Jim and Bob and all her family. Rest in Peace Aunt Margie.

  8. By: Chris Regan Posted: August 11, 2022

    Margie had a real can-do attitude about life. She contributed so much to her community and family. Plus a rosie the riveter wow! Mom always said Margie was by far the best farm girl of the five, never intimidated by the animals or chores. A life well lived.

  9. By: Pat White Posted: August 12, 2022

    Margie was indeed a truly lovely person. The obituary described her so well. She was very active in the First United Methodist Church. I enjoyed being with her in a special Prayer Group that met for several years. She was a Volunteer in many Church activities; in fact, family and faith became her life. Her family should be very proud of how she lived her life and have no doubts as to where she will live in eternity.

  10. By: Nancy (Neer) Applegate Posted: August 13, 2022

    So sorry for you loss. We didn’t get to see her that often since we lived so far away. The times we did get to SD were so much fun. In the later years, after my mom, her sister Ruth passed, Margie and I used to send pics and cards. So grateful to have those! I will miss that. Our thoughts are with you.

  11. By: Gena Brandt Posted: August 14, 2022

    Prayers for peace for Margie’s family. I knew her from the Methodist church in Yankton. She was always willing to help with my kitchen crew for Soup kitchen. Sweetest smile & so kind. She will be missed.

  12. By: karen chesley Posted: August 19, 2022

    What a wonderful gentle soul Margie was. Always enjoyed seeing her at church sympathies to her family

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