Margaret M. Reuning, 87 of Butler, died Thursday January 10, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 30, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA. She was the daughter of Frederick P. Meves and Margaret Schumacher Meves. She was married to George William Reuning, Jr. for 58 years.
Marge graduated from Olney High School in January 1948. She served as the Senior Class President and was a member of the Senior Leaders who were students that served as assistants to the Physical Education teachers. She majored in Fashion Design and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1952 from Moore Institute of Art, Science and Industry (presently known as Moore College of Art) in Philadelphia, PA. During college she served as Class President, was a member of the Glee Club and enjoyed designing and making a variety of women’s clothing and outerwear. She was thrilled to be employed in her first job as Assistant Fashion Coordinator at Lit Brothers Department Store on Market Street in Philadelphia. Marge planned and put on fashion shows, organized photo shoots to advertise these shows, and inventoried and gathered all the garments and accessories for the models to wear. She also designed the fashion display windows along the street, sometimes even making the clothes that were to be displayed.
Marge worked as the Secretary-Treasurer of Reuning-McKim, Inc. for 13 years while also working as a homemaker raising 3 children.
Marge was an active member of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saxonburg, PA for 60 years. She was the first woman to ever serve as a council member, was the Sunday School Superintendent and taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a former member and officer of the Saxonburg Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Her grandchildren, greatgranddog, and traveling brought great joy to her life. With her husband, she traveled to all 50 states as well as a variety of international destinations. She loved to tell stories about her trips and the memories of the places she visited comforted and inspired her.
She is survived by her daughters Suzanne (Keith) Thrower and Diane (John) Bossung, her son George (Barbara) Reuning III, 8 grandchildren Julia Thrower, Jessica (Brian Bower) Thrower, Allison Thrower, Erica Thrower, Katherine Reuning, George Reuning IV, John Bossung III, and Kyle Bossung. She was preceded in death by her husband George W. Reuning, Jr in 2013.
A memorial service for Margaret M. Reuning who passed away on January 10, 2019 will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11am at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 310 West Main Street, Saxonburg with the Reverend Roger Keller officiating. The family will be available for visitation at 10am in the narthex of the church. A luncheon for all friends and family will be held immediately following the service at Centennial Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church General Fund, P.O. Box 187 Saxonburg, PA 16056.