Troge, Margaret A., Saginaw, Michigan

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother passed away Monday, March 8, 2010 at Covenant HealthCare- Cooper Campus after a brief illness. Recently, Margaret joyously celebrated her 88th birthday, having been born on February 23, 1922 in Zilwaukee, Michigan. She was the 7th child of the late Henry Louis and Margaret (Rivett) Bauer and enjoyed a wonderful childhood. Her family was never rich monetarily, but their lives were rich in so many other ways. Their love for one another was deep and real and money can’t buy that feeling. She was married to Frank E. A. Troge on May 31, 1941 in Napoleon, Ohio. After enjoying 63 years of marriage, she lost her best friend in 2004. Margaret was a wonderful wife and mother. She was an old fashioned cook, always making supper a very substantial meal – meat, potatoes, a vegetable, fruit, and always dessert. She loved her cookies! Margaret was also a very talented sewer and made a lot of her daughters’ clothing, in addition to hundreds of doll clothes, bears, and rag dolls. She also loved stitchery, crochet, and painting on wood.  Margaret had a most delicious sense of humor. She could remember jokes that she heard 20 years prior! Everyone always begged her to tell a new joke. Many happy days with family were spent up north first at their cottage at Sand Lake and later, Lake City. Everyone was always welcome and she could whip up a meal for them in no time. She was an avid Gears hockey fan and was in her glory when she interviewed the young hockey players for their programs. Margaret loved playing cards and games, doing puzzles of all kinds, and reading. Her love prompted her to seek and document information to add to her family tree. A legacy to her family is the two journals that she wrote regarding the memories of her early years growing up.  Margaret is survived by her four daughters, Sandie (Dave) Vogelpohl, Karin (Bob) Thomas and Laura (Bob) Schaeding, all of  Saginaw; Ruth Ann (Bruce) Brintnall of Ada, Michigan; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews, who simply adored her. Margaret was preceded in death by her son Thomas in 2008; her brothers, Harold, Orrin, Vernon, Donald and Sherman; her sisters, Carmen and Lillian, in addition to all of their spouses. She was left with the title matriarch of the “Bauer Clan.”  We would like to thank the staff and nurses at Covenant Cooper for the wonderful care they provided for Margaret and her family. Their kindness and thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank the staff of Edgewood Assisted Living where Margaret resided for over a year. She was treated with love, respect and laughter, something of which she was so thankful for. You all made her feel special and we are grateful for that. Funeral Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 11, 2010 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty). Rev. Fr Richard Jozwiak will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to The American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.