Margaret Susan Trutter
Margaret Susan Trutter, 97, of Glenarm passed away peacefully at 2:47 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7 at Memorial Medical Center.
Margaret was born July 21, 1918 in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Ivan and Susan (Gray) Falconer. She married Henry Louis Trutter on June 7, 1942 at St. Bernard’s Church in Glenarm, and he preceded her in death on October 7, 1983.
Margaret is survived by five sons: Al Trutter of Glenarm; Dave (Millie)
Trutter of Springfield; Henry (Mary) Trutter of Springfield; Tom (Becky) Trutter of New Britain, Connecticut; Steve (Sue) Trutter of Springfield; daughter-in-law Patti Trutter of Alvarado, Texas; grandchildren, Larry (Janet) Trutter; Danny Trutter (Christopher Jaroscak); Alyssa Trutter; Emily Trutter (Wesley Shimek, fiancé); Kelly Trutter Smith (Jasen); Lindsey Trutter (Trevor Chitwood); Meghan Trutter; Ben Trutter (Andrea Spihlman, fiancée); Sarah Trutter; and Allison Trutter; great-grandchildren Raegan and Owen Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, son Louie Trutter;
three brothers: Ivan Falconer, Percy Falconer, and Dave Falconer; four sisters: Velma Glazebrook, Ivera Owens, Ora Hall, and Rosabell Shanle; granddaughter Tammy Trutter; and dear friend Elizabeth Leahy.
Margaret was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chatham, a charter member of the Glenarm Community Club, and a member of the Lincoln Land Teacher’s Club.
Margaret proudly graduated from Illinois State University in Normal in 1938. She majored in primary education and pursued a rewarding teaching career. She taught in Edinburg, owned and operated her own preschool (Country Day Kindergarten) in Glenarm, and retired in 1983 after teaching 12 years in Kincaid. She then served as a substitute teacher well into her 70s. She treasured every student personally and could recall detailed memories of her time with each child. Margaret was an inspiration to her students and made a lasting impact on many lives.
As a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Margaret was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. She delighted in retelling stories from her childhood, life on the farm, and her travels. Margaret was an avid Cardinal fan and never missed a game. She worked her crossword puzzles daily, enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles, and found great pleasure in reading and playing the piano. She became very astute on her iPad, remaining in contact with family and friends across the nation through Facebook. Margaret’s faith in God was a constant source of happiness and peace in her life. She took time each day to pray and thank God for His many blessings.
Margaret was an eternal optimist, recognizing the good in everyone. Through her charm, laughter, wisdom, and love, she brought much joy into the world. She will be greatly missed by all.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Friday, October 9, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 4 pm.
Lie-in-State: 9:30 – 10 am, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham with Reverend Manny Cuizon. Burial will follow at St. Bernard Cemetery in Glenarm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Collaborative Catholic Formation Ministries of Bryan, Texas, a non-profit youth ministry organization. Donations can be made online at collaborativecatholics.org or sent to 1004 South Coulter Drive, Bryan, TX 77801.