(August 12, 1915 – November 29, 2011)
Mary Margaret (Kirkpatrick) Plueddemann, 96, went Home to be with her beloved Jesus on Nov. 29, 2011. Mary Margaret is survived by her four children and their families; Jim (Carol) Plueddemann of West Chicago, IL; Karen (Dave) Horsey of Orlando, FL; Margo (Ron) Dubach of Leo, IN; and Beth (Ken) Wolf of Midland, MI. She is survived by 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, James S. Kirkpatrick, and her husband, Edwin Paul Plueddemann. Mary Margaret grew up in Ohio, where she was born on Aug. 12, 1915. After graduating from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree, she taught elementary school in Utica, Ohio and Granville, Ohio. She married Edwin P. Plueddemann on June 21, 1941. After living in Rahway, New Jersey and Toledo, Ohio, they moved to Midland in 1955. Ed Plueddemann worked at Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, MI, until he died in 1991. He was a world renowned research chemist who worked with silicone bonding agents and was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. He and Mary Margaret had a “bond of love” which they enjoyed for 50 years. Over the past 52 years in Midland, Mary Margaret established far-reaching roots. She touched many lives in Good News Clubs (Child Evangelism Fellowship) held in her home for many years, through Gideons International, through Christian Women’s Club, and as a volunteer for Midland Cancer Services. She has been a member of Our Redeemer Evangelical Church where she loved teaching junior high girls. She and her husband also served in the pastorate at Olson Community Church for 14 years. Being a supporter of many missionaries, her influence in the world was far-reaching. Along with friends, she has many “adopted” daughters that enjoy calling her their mom. She has been loved and admired by all who knew her. Mary Margaret enjoyed giving hugs, really listening and then faithfully praying for a person’s heartfelt needs. She enjoyed traveling with her husband all over the world, spending time with her family, crocheting, tatting, calligraphy, singing hymns, reading countless books and memorizing large portions of the Bible. She could hold forth in conversation about political topics or Biblical issues, and then tell a good joke with a twinkle in her eye. When you first met Mary Margaret, it wouldn’t take too long before she would ask “Do you love Jesus?” She wanted others to be sure of their relationship with God and the gift of salvation to those who believe. Her passion was telling others about Jesus and all He had done for her. A simple wooden plaque that stood on her nightstand for years says “Maybe Today,” reminding her that Jesus would return in all His glory. Her favorite way of saying goodbye was, “I’ll see you in the air!” The glorious day she has been waiting for….to see her Jesus, has now come. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, with Pastor Mark Burks officiating, with a private burial to follow. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 pm and on the day of the service from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Child Evangelism Fellowship, www.cefonline.com or Gideons Internaitonal, www.gideons.org. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.