Margaret E. Sembell, 92, of Springfield entered eternal life at 4:53 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2011. She was born June 21, 1919 in Springfield to Fred and Florence Macey Tengler. She married Edwin F. Sembell on October 19, 1947 and he survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Janeene (James) Reid of Springfield; one son, Mark E. (Diane Hillard) Sembell; two grandsons, Marcus Liberman and Evan Sembell; two sisters, Betty (John) Lawler and Beverly (Grant) Groenewold of Forreston, IL; one sister-in-law, Helen Tengler; nephew, David (Ann) Lawler; great nephews, Morgan and Aaron and great niece Shannon; niece Karen (Harry) Buck and their sons Zachary and Travis; nephew, Greg Groenewold and his son Grant, Jr. of Forreston; niece Elizabeth (Eckert) Schottle and their children Dagmar, Anke and George of Lake Forest; nephew, Gary (Kathy) Groenewold and their children Nicolas and Elizabeth of Baltimore, MD; nephew, Guy (Dawn) Groenewold of Forreston and their children, Naeva and Christopher; nephew, Harold (Sheri) Tengler and their children Chad and Stacey; niece, Arlene (David) Grubb and their children Erica and Courtney; nieces Florence Ann Youkum and Bobbie Foster.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Fred and Harold Tengler.
Margaret Sembell was a very creative, and ingenious, and Christian woman. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at College and Monroe in Springfield and began teaching Sunday School classes at an early age. At the age of 16 she was named Superintendent of the primary SS group. She also was active in the church’s Luther League.
She started her working career as a beautician at the Ambassador Beauty Shop in downtown Springfield.
When the United States became involved in WWII she began working at Sangamo Electric Co. and continued there until 1945 when she began beautician work again.
She was active in the Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club and taught many classes of painting, sewing, crafting, etc. She served as President of the Ceramics and Crafts Club and a member of Springfield Art Association.
Margaret and Ed were the parents of two children, Janeene and Mark. She and Ed devoted their life to their two children and grandchildren and did everything to demonstrate what a good marriage should be.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home. Lie-in-State 9-10 a.m., Thursday, September 29, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 29, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Reverend Greg Busboom officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
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