Irvina Margo Steadman-Jersey

At the age of 66, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away April 28, 2014. She was born August 16, 1947, in Battle Creek, MI, daughter of Stafford and Maria Jersey.

Margo was a 1965 graduate of O’Rafferty High School formerly located in Lansing. She was a retired hospice nurse and spent the majority of her career caring for terminally ill patients, giving them peace and comfort on their final journey.  She resided in Holt, Michigan, spending the last year of her life in Ludington overlooking Lake Michigan, fulfilling a lifelong dream.  Her entire world revolved around her grandchildren, their activities, their dreams and their passions, they are what she lived each day for.

Margo was known to many in the Holt and Mason area as “Grandma Margo” or simply “Grams.” She touched the lives of so many kids in both communities, many reaching out to her for advice or simply stopping by to visit and enjoy her sassy free-spirited stubborn yet kindhearted demeanor. A mom to many, a grandma to some and an angel on earth.  She is finally at peace, without pain, and able to rest with her sisters and her sweet, sweet Lily.

Margo is survived by the love of her life and husband of 37 years, Thomas; daughter, Heather Patton (Lynn); son, Joshua Stellanger (Gwenneth); grandchildren and centers of her entire world, Rachel Patton, Madison Patton, Kelsie Patton, Merrik Stellanger and Crichton Stellanger; and sister, Maryann Fillis of Lansing. She was preceded in death by her mother and father as well as sisters Emily Brussow and Noreen Jersey and her sweet angel, granddaughter Lily Stellanger.


Margo was our mother.

She was your mother, too,

Whether she gave birth to you or not.

She was a woman full of life,

Full of advice, and guidance,

Whether you wanted it or not.


She delighted in the presence of children,

In their sheer imagination and joy;

Her children, and their children in turn,

and the children of others

Reflected that joy back to her,

And her mind wove stories and poetry from that joy,

Stories of moonlight and fairies and innocence.


In a life with little peace, she brought peace when she could,

Soothing children’s wounds and fears,

Helping the old and sick pass with ease and without worry.

We will take the spark of that peace that she kindled within us

And she will continue to shape the world as we shine brightly.

By Joshua Stellanger

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Brian Dollman-jersey
April 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Rest in peace sister. Your battle is now over, your pain is gone. I am glad we never forgot that we were brother and sister throughout these past years. I celebrate your life, mourn your passing and feel relief at your relief. Thanks for being my friend. Your little brother.

Jim jersey
April 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

Margo, Rest in Peace, at last you can find peace and that ever elusive truth. Your big brother.

Larry Quinn at
April 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

To the family of Margo, Thomas you and your family are in my prayers.

Al & Barb Steadman and Family, f
April 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

You and your family are in our prayers.

Evie Flynn
April 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm

After all your work and many blessings, Margo, you will rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.

Rodney Smith
May 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

To Margo’s family and friends:
I am very sorry for your loss, and please know that you are all in my prayers daily.

Josh what a wonderful eulogy!

Martha Wackerly Hermes
May 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

To all of Margo’s family and friends….I remember all too well the sweet disposition Margo had even in High School. I was stunned to think that she has passed so young. But there is no doubt she is dancing with our Lord….my school years were definitely richer because of knowing her. I will miss you. Until we meet once again….know she was an incredible woman, mother and friend.

God bless all of you,

Marty Hermes, Clearwater FL


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