Marguerite CRAIG

CRAIG Marguerite Steele Craig, 99, of Ripon, Wisconsin, died Sunday October 16, 2005 at the Fountain View Care Center, Ripon. Marguerite was born in Ripon on June 17, 1906. She graduated from Ripon High School in 1926 and attended Ripon College. She was a very pleasant person who was always ready to laugh. She taught piano, played the Barton as background music and sound effects for silent films at the Ripon Marcus Theater (the original Marcus Theater), was the organist and choir director at St. Patrick’s Church for many years, was active in the Ripon Historical Society, and was a den mother of Den 2, Cub Pack 35. Marguerite is survived by; her son John Craig, Sr. of Madison, Wis.; two grandchildren, John (Melissa) Craig, Jr. of Waunakee and Rebecca (Michael) Glaeser of Ripon. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren; Tori and Paige Craig of Waunakee and James and Molly Glaeser of Ripon. She was preceded in death by her: husband, Hal D. Craig (1978); brother, George F. Steele (1983); father, Frank E. Steele (1938); mother, Anna Sipple Steele (1939); daughter-in-law, LeAnn (Zwirchitz) Craig (2001); niece, Margaret “Peggy” Steele (1964). Marguerite married Hal Craig of rural Green Lake in 1940 and accompanied and provided secretarial help for her husband as he traveled to out-of-the-way places in his duties as a surveyor for the US government. Some of their adventures included stays in places that ranged from: a tilted, beached houseboat in the bayous of Louisiana and a house in Alvin Wis. they shared with snakes and mice to the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island which provided luxurious accommodations during a survey of Round Island. She and Hal visited Hal’s brother and his wife in Sylvan Lake, Alberta on their honeymoon, fell in love with the town, and purchased a cottage there in 1949. They spent many summers there and immensely enjoyed being part of the Sylvan Lake community. The children in the Sylvan Lake neighborhood soon learned that the best time to visit the Craigs was when the open kitchen windows allowed the smell of frying doughnuts to escape. In 1947 the couple’s only child, a son, John was born. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2005 at the Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, Ripon, Wisconsin, with Father William Whalen, officiating. Interment will be at the Chauncy-Phelps Cemetery on Hwy H between Hwy 73 and Hwy 44 in Green Lake County. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and again Thursday 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be made in Marguerite’s name to the Ripon Historical Society, 508 Watson St., Ripon, WI 54971. BUTZIN-MARCHANT FUNERAL HOME, RIPON, is assisting the family.

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