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Margaret A. Steele

Margaret passed away Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Kalamazoo.

She was born October 31, 1938 in Alamo Township the daughter of Cornelius and Wilma (Kindle) Groen. For many years Margaret worked at National City Bank until her retirement.

In her free time Margaret liked playing cards and in her younger years enjoyed showing horses in 4-H. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. On February 2, 1957 at St. Margaret Catholic Church she married Thomas Steele who passed away in 2009.

Surviving are her children, Kim (Michael) Schaafsma of Martin, Kelly (James) Rohaeek of AL, Melissa Steele of Plainwell and Virginia (Greg) Smith of GA; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Beverly Tague and Diane Yeaman along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Charles, Mary Lou, Darlene, Elaine and Gary.

Friends may visit with Margaret’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 15, 2022, at St. Margaret Catholic Church until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will take place at 2:30 P.M., at South Martin Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Margaret may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Ministry, St. Margaret Catholic Church or The Medical Team Hospice.

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Molly Mentzer

August 12, 2022 at 10:29 am

So very sorry to hear about the passing of Peg. Have fond memories of her helping with the Allegan County Fair Queen contest competition. Saw her often when she worked at National City Bank. She was a very caring person. Blessings to those friends & family who she leaves behind. Treasure your memories.


Paula Holmes

August 12, 2022 at 11:46 am

Dear Kim : I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing. I have wonderful memories of her when she work St Vincent de Paul with me. She was a great lady and will be missed.


Lisa Dill

August 12, 2022 at 11:47 am

I’m sorry for your loss . She was a sweet lady .


Jonette Kent

August 12, 2022 at 12:48 pm

Sorry for your loss of your dear mother. Cherish the memories and she will always hold a place in your heart.



August 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm

To the family & friends of Peg,

I will always remember Peg saying to me, “Hi Princess.” I was her first princess when she was the coordinator of the Miss Martin pageant. Even as we both got older she would say that to me when I would see her and it always brought a smile to my face. When I was in high school they had a pageant reunion. I was proud to be a part of it to honor Peg and her hardwork throughout the years running it.

She was always involved with stuff around town and helped with so many things. Her wonderful smile will be missed.

Hugs to all her knew her, she was a special lady.



August 12, 2022 at 2:24 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Peggy was such a beautiful, sweet lady.

I’m so thankful I got the chance to know her and be a part of her life, even for just a short time.

Miss Peg lit up a room with her smile, and spending time with her was always one of my favorite parts of coming in to work last summer.

She will be so very missed.


Barb Orr

August 12, 2022 at 2:33 pm

Such a great friend and also my godmother. Have such fun memories of playing softball on Saint Margaret’s softball team. And all the years after that that she’s been part of our family. She was a nice lady with a huge heart who would help anyone. Rest in peace dear Pegg



August 12, 2022 at 2:56 pm

I’m so sorry for you Kim my heart is with you


Sandy Holden

August 12, 2022 at 3:56 pm

So sorry to hear of pegs passing! She was beautiful inside and out, her smile lit up the room. I have many fond memories of her, and Martin was fortunate to have her involved in so many things. Especially the Miss Martin Pageants( for years, every time I go past her house on 10th she crossed my mind) Hugs and prayers to her family



August 12, 2022 at 11:58 pm

I love you Grandma Steele♥️!! You are now with Grandpa. Love: Cari Smith, Elizabeth Bagley, David North and Dalton Payne


Michelle wix

August 13, 2022 at 12:28 am

Aunt peg your always going to be in my thoughts. You and my mom were the best of friends. You always smiled laughed and kind to all. I loved and cherished our phone calls and laughs and memories of my mom. My thoughts are with all your family. I know you loved them all so very much. They were lucky to have such a wonder person for so long. I will always love you…..r.i.p


Tricia Jenkins

August 13, 2022 at 2:34 pm

Much love to Peg’s family. I have great memories of Aunt Peg, who seemed to always be smiling.


Doris Hawkey

August 13, 2022 at 6:55 pm

Pegs family, your Mom was so very loved by so many! All our TOPPS family and our Red Hat group loved and appreciated all she did for us! We always had so much fun together! Peg, Mary Hines, Rose Olsgesbee and I used to go yard sailing and look for crafts! Memories will stay alive when we are all gone! My sympathies are with you girls! You had one of the best Moms to remember!


Kathy (Kandell) Collier

August 14, 2022 at 10:48 am

Sending my sympathy and prayers to all the family but especially you, Kim. I have been recalling many Girl Scout memories with her being my Girl Scout leader.


Cathy Handley McAuliffe

August 14, 2022 at 12:44 pm

I have many fond memories at Girl Scout with Mrs Steele as our leader. God is welcoming another angel into heaven.


Peggy Rizzo

August 14, 2022 at 4:41 pm

I will always remember playing softball for St. Margaret’s with her as our coach. Good times! Sorry to all of you girls for your loss.


Tracy Tague

August 14, 2022 at 5:08 pm

We Remember Them

At the rising sun and at its going down; We Remember Them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; We Remember Them.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring; We Remember Them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer; We Remember Them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the Autumn; We Remember Them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends; We Remember Them.

As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as We remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength; We Remember Them.

When we are lost and sick at heart; We Remember Them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make; We Remember Them.

When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.

When we have achievements that are based on theirs; We Remember Them.

For as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as We Remember Them.

~Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

PS I loved My Aunt Peg and have many memories of visiting the farm and Aunt Peg scarring us!


Terri Bieszka

August 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm


I remember your mom being our Brownie leader way back when.

I’m so sorry for your loss.


Pat McGuire Miner

August 18, 2022 at 7:18 pm

I just read about Peg’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. She always was so friendly and caring. It was a shock when she lost her husband – a cousin of mine. I will pray for her soul and for all those left to morne.


Mary Warner

August 19, 2022 at 4:21 pm

Sending prayers to Peg’s whole family. She was always so upbeat. Our paths crossed many times over the years. She would come in the Variety Store and visit. We also attended Tops together for many years. Such a beautiful lady.


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