Her funeral will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Monday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:00 to 9:45 am Tuesday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or South East Livingston County Ambulance Service.
Marge was born April 20, 1923 in Forrest Twp., IL the daughter of Samuel and Lena Swing Nussbaum Jr. She married Donald J. Stephens on March 14, 1948 in Forrest. He preceded her in death on June 26, 2012.
Survivors include their children, Tarry Knauer, Melanie (Warren) Gillett, Pam Weeks, Sam (Patsy) Stephens, Candy Stephens, all of Fairbury, Doug (Cindy) Stephens, Forrest, eleven grandchildren, Stephanie Nelson, Shannon (Don) Hughes, Kevin (Erica) Knauer, Tori (Chuck) Lemenager, Kelli (Kirk) Reese, Darren Weeks, Brent Weeks, Derek (Brynn) Stephens, Deanna (Josh) DeLong, Dustin Stephens, Austin (Cassi) Stephens, eighteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, one brother, Nelson “Bud” (Billie) Nussbaum Sr., Forrest.
She is preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Maurice Nussbaum, one sister, Wilma Knapp, two sons-in-law, Neil Knauer, Jim Weeks and one grandson, Derek Lee Gillett.
Marge was a graduate of Forrest Twp. High School and was their first homecoming queen. She had been employed at Swing Transfer, Forrest Redi Mix, and Harner’s Gift Shop.
She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest, a 4-H leader, member of the Forrest Women’s League, J.A. Folwell Post 174 American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed crocheting, baking and sewing.
Marge was honored to be a farmer’s wife who helped her husband, Donald on their farm near Wing. She especially took pride in providing the meals and snacks during planting and harvest season. Marge was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a smile for everyone and will be greatly missed.