Margie Grange dies in Washington

Margie Grange

Margie Grange

The beloved 93-year-old matriarch of the Grange family, Margie Eileen Grange, passed away on July 9, 2014, two years and two days after her late husband, Dick.
Margie was the first child of Otto and Ruth Steinke. She was born in Albert Lea, Minn., on Dec. 15, 1920. The family moved to Mobridge, where Margie lived through her school years.
On March 6, 1944, she married Dick Grange, a younger, handsome fella from her hometown. They had just a short time together as a couple before he was shipped overseas for duty during WWII. While patiently waiting for her husband to return, Margie lived in Minneapolis, Minn. She always believed he would safely return from serving his 35 missions aboard a B-24 bomber. Missions completed, the airman reunited with his wife and met their newborn daughter, Jill. The young family eventually headed west and settled in Vancouver, Wash. The Granges welcomed three more daughters and moved to Walnut Grove. In the country setting they raised their girls and built a home, creating hundreds of wonderful memories as a family.
Margie spent her life dedicated to her family. A true homemaker, she was able to “make good” out of little, whether it was furnishings, funds or food. Throughout her life, Margie displayed a deep inner strength and calmness that was present until her dying day. She balanced the challenges of life with grace and encouraged everyone by saying, “It’ll be okay.”
Margie’s legacy will be the sweetness of spirit she displayed in life and the unconditional love she exemplified.
After sharing 68 years of marriage, Margie lost her husband, Richard “Dick” on July 7, 2012. Sadly, daughter Jan Grange passed away the following year on June 26, 2013. Margie’s siblings Dorothy Bokemeier and Bob Steinke both preceded her in death.
Margie’s survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Jill and Rene Bollman, Laurie and Craig Cassidy and Lisa and David Hunsinger; grandchildren, Spencer, Andrew and Tyler Desmet, Rebecca Stone and Amy Doehne, and Ross, Lauren and Allison Hunsinger; and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Brecken and Talan Desmet , and Kassidy and Emilee Doehne.
A celebration of Margie’s life was held Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the Red Cross building on the grounds of Fort Vancouver History Reserve.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Southwest or to Shriners Hospitals. Her guestbook can be signed at

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