Margaret P. Stubler (Shay), age 75, of La Crosse returned home to the LORD December 29, 2020 after a short battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was blessed to have nearly 20 additional years after two previous breast cancer diagnoses which allowed her to find love again late in life with John C. Stubler. John and Margaret were married on August 31, 2019.
Margaret was born in Peoria, Illinois to Paul Holford and Hilda Frank (Watters). Paul died before she was born. Her stepfather, George Frank, was the man she considered to be her father.
Margaret was very proud and received great joy from her work as a caregiver for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Retirement allowed her to spend her time volunteering with various groups. Margaret took pleasure in singing with the Variety Singers, where she met the love of her life, and the Blessed Sacrament Choir. She enjoyed spending time with the residents at Carroll Heights Apartments and Hillview Health Care Center when serving coffee and meals. She was a Catholic Daughters Secretary, District 2 President of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), and was actively involved with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1530. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was proud sharing in her children’s accomplishments.
In addition to her husband, John, Margaret is survived by her mother: Hilda Frank (Watters); three children: Richard Shay, Tonia (Duane) Genz, Linda (Andy) Stargard; three grandchildren: Cheyenne Sackmaster, Joshua Genz and Jacob Genz; and two great grandchildren: Cayden and Calea.
She is also survived by one stepson: John J. Stubler; six stepdaughters: Sue (Gene) Volden, Sherry (Kevin) Jenkins, Sandy (Sean P.) Sawyer, Sharon Stubler, Sheila Stubler, Stephanie (Gary) Amlin; seven step grandchildren: Courtney (Greg) Taylor, Alexis and Hannah Jenkins, Sean C. and Spencer Sawyer, and Jacob and Julia Amlin; 13 brothers and sisters: Art (June) Holford, Daniel Frank, Arelene Ellegood, Esther (Martin) Fowell, Patricia (Jerry) Leahy, Ruth (Richard) Patten; Russell (Nancy) Frank, Elsa Frank, Charles (Pam) Frank, William Frank, Doris (Daniel) Pulvermacher, Amy (Dennis) Butteris, Kenneth Frank; one brother-in-law: Joseph (Karen) Stubler; 50 nieces and nephews; and 80 great nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her biological father, Paul Holford; stepfather, George Frank; brother George Frank, Jr.; sister-in-law Iva Jean Frank; one niece, two nephews and two great nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd S, La Crosse, WI 54601. Fr. Peter Raj will officiate with inurnment to be held in Woodlawn Cemetery. A visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until time of service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank the wonderful Mayo Hospice team for their support to allow Margaret to stay at home for her final days. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.