|Birth: ||May 11, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 2012|
Grand Traverse County
Margaret Anne Case Lempke, 80, of Traverse City, Mich., passed away Oct. 11, 2012, at Munson Medical Center.
Margaret was born on May 11, 1932, in Frankfort, Mich., to John James and Jeannette Bailey Case. She was a direct decedent of the Case, Bailey and Bann families who were the original settlers of the Benzonia Colony.
Margaret graduated from Benzonia High School in 1950. She worked at the Cherry Hut for five years and the Organic Research Laboratory at Dow Chemical, in Midland, Mich., prior to her studies at Park College in Park Ville, Mo., and Michigan State University.
On Oct. 15, 1955, she married Wilbert J. Lempke in Benzonia, who passed away in 2003. Together they raised their two daughters Rachel and Teresa. They lived in Salem, Ore., Acme, Iron River, Mich., Hot Springs, and most recently Traverse City, Mich., since 2004.
Margaret taught elementary grades at Bertha Vos Elementary and at West Iron County School in the upper peninsula. In 1987, she was awarded the Outstanding Elementary Education Award from West Iron County Schools. She retired in 1988 and began travelling the country with her husband.
Margaret was brought up in the Benzonia Congregational Church in Benzonia. She was also a member of the Emmanuel United Brethren Church of Traverse City after she and Wilbert were married. She joined the Grace Covenant Church while living in Iron River, and joined the Piney Grove United Methodist Church while living in Hot Springs, Ark. She was also a member of the DAR through Dr. James Bradish, MA and the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century through Richard Seymour C.N., both ancestors of her mother.
Margaret is survived by her daughters and one son-in-law; three grandsons; and one great granddaughter; two great grandsons; two brother of Solomons, Md., and sister-in-law; and several other family members and friends.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wilbert, and brother, John S. Case.
Margaret's wishes were cremation has taken place and she will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery next to her husband.
Memorial contributions in memory of Margaret may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.
The family intrusted Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
John James Case (____ - 1980)
Jeannette Bailey Case (____ - 1960)
Wilbert J Lempke (1922 - 2003)
Fort Custer National Cemetery
Plot: Section EE, Site 595
Created by: Duffie and Kathy
Record added: Oct 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98881911