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Margaret "Marge" Lange

March 28, 1931 - January 20, 2021
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Margaret Lange, 89, passed away on January 20, 2021 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions, Traverse City, Michigan. With her were her sister Jean and niece Susan. Marge is remembered for her generous heart, her loving spirit, and her wicked sense of humor that kept everyone in stitches.

Born on March 28, 1931 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Marge had a life-long love of all living things, but especially her dogs. Marge’s favorite was a shih tzu she named Roberto. In high school, Marge began writing to another high school student in Hawaii as part of a pen pal project. They continued writing each other for over fifty years. Marge visited Hawaii to attend Sachi’s daughter’s wedding. A friend of Marge’s is a friend for life. Marion Darling was her friend since grade school until Marge’s passing. They called one another forever friends.

Before Marge was 21 years old, she traveled to Alaska to marry a serviceman, George Lange. They lived in Chicago and in Arizona, but Marge spent most of her life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, working as a medical transcriptionist at the county hospital. Marge’s vacations were often spent with family, who cherished the time with her. They especially enjoyed spending time with Marge on two of her most favorite activities dining out and shopping.

Marge was deeply spiritual and religious and was baptized into the Catholic Church at St. Margaret Mary in Milwaukee. She prayed the rosary daily for years and was praying the rosary at the time of her passing.

Marge is survived by her sister, Jean Gibbons; niece, Susan Gibbons; grandnieces-nephews Aimee, Dan (spouse), David, and Kellie, and her nephew, Ken Gibbons.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Della Martin; sister, Loretta Martin, and long-time friend Donald Crivello.

A Celebration of Life is being held on Friday, February 12 at 2:00 pm at the Life Story Funeral Home in Traverse City, Michigan. Masks are required at all times above the nose and over one’s mouth.

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