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Margaret Ann Wahlig

Margaret Ann Wahlig

Margaret Ann Wahlig, nee Doiron, 93, of New Athens, IL, born August 22, 1926 in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Wahlig was a homemaker.

Margaret often expressed that her 6 children were her treasure on Earth.  Her love for them was so strong and sincere, and the same would be said about each of her grandchildren.  She will be remembered for sending handwritten, beautiful and heartfelt messages and cards faithfully to all she knew and loved.

She was an avid reader and often read anything associated with WWII, as she often said she lived through it.  She had many relatives and friends who left and never returned home.  She respected any veteran and felt a deep sense of gratitude for their sacrifices.

She was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church, extra-ordinary minister and was a choir member for 40 years. She loved praising the Lord in song.  She spent many years serving the Belleville Diocesan Cursillo in Christianity, serving on Cursillo weekends, as well as on the School of Leaders, a member of the Secretariat and the St. Agatha Council of Catholic Women. Margaret’s example of faith and holiness brought many people closer to Christ.

Mrs. Wahlig enjoyed working in her yard and often expressed that whatever beauty came from it was for the Lord’s honor and glory.

Many thanks and gratitude to Margaret’s special friend, Charlotte who was always there for her. Thanks also to Helen and members of her prayer group; Mary, Ann, Marie, Alice and Pat, her special nieces; Doris and Carol, Family Hospice nurse Tamara and all who demonstrated such compassionate and loving care to Margaret in her final days.  There are many dear and beautiful people who helped her in so many ways. You know who you are, thank you!

Mrs. Wahlig was preceded in death by her parents; Fred and Mary Anna (Louvier) Doiron, her husband; George J. Wahlig, Sr, whom she married on June 1, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie Du Rocher, IL, and who passed away on February 19, 2001, 1 son; Michael Wahlig who passed away on September 17, 1999 and her 2 brothers and sisters-in-law; Greg (Albertha) Doiron and Earl (Josephine) Doiron.

Margaret is survived by 4 sons; Phillip (Nancy) Wahlig, Jeffery (Shoye) Wahlig and James (Lisa) Wahlig all of New Athens, IL, and George John (Dawn) Wahlig, Jr. of Waterloo, IL, 1 daughter; Susan (Jerry) Ditch of New Athens, IL, 21 grandchildren; Michelle Dollar, Chris (Mary Beth) Wahlig, Laura (Ron) Lintker, Lacey (Andy) Bordewick, Julie (Jeremy) Nuernberger, Jill (Jeremy) Mulholland, Joshua (Katie) Wahlig, Jenilyn (Tyler) Marsh, Jaycie and Joelli Wahlig, Katie (Brandon) Waeltz, Sam Wahlig, Sarah (Bob) Lanham, Kelly (Chris) Georg, Joe and Sean Ditch, Krystin (Aaron) Shaffer, Kacey (Bo) Wahlig, Ashley (Mike) Beeler, Amanda (Wil) Konarcik, and George John “Tre’ ” Wahlig, III, 32 great grandchildren; Lynelle Loveless, Marlee, Nicholas and Jack Wahlig, Taylor (Garrett), Noah and Isaiah Lintker, Penny, Molly and Jude Bordewick, Jonathon and Jacob Nuernberger, William, Wyatt, Grace and Walker Mulholland, Graham Wahlig, Olive and Hazel Marsh, Aubrey, Reid and Cora Waeltz, Joshua, Lauren and Chase Lanham, Bradley and Maci Georg, Hudson Shaffer, Morgan, Alyssa and Landon Beeler and Ryan Konarcik.  Also surviving are loving cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and also by her loyal companion, Blaze.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Agatha Catholic Church in the form of Masses or to Family Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Due to the Covid restrictions in place, a private visitation and funeral Mass will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens.  A full celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at later date.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.




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  1. Jill Lawrence says:

    Margaret was an extraordinary caregiver. I’ll always be grateful to her for keeping my daughter along with several of her friends when I really needed someone. She was such a kind and loving role model.


    I’m so sorry for your loss. Margaret was a beautiful person. We use to do prayer group together. She was a very caring person. I will miss her. Condolences to the family.

  3. Thomas Germann says:

    To the family of Margaret: I would like to extend my deepest sympathy. May God grant you peace and strength during these hard times. Margaret was a great person and will be missed by many. God bless each of you.

  4. Kim Rapp says:

    From the first moment I met Margaret, she was kind and warm, and she struck me as someone special. Each time I saw her, I felt her genuine interest and concern for me. Her smile and kindness was infectious. I was impressed by her faith and love for her family. My daughter & grandson are blessed for having had her as family. God has a special place for her, I am sure.

  5. Mark & Sharon Gaubatz says:

    Margaret was such a kind & loving lady. And a wonderful babysitter & neighbor, & loved by all who spent time with her. Mark & I send our love & sympathy to the Wahlig Family.

  6. Greg Voss says:

    Phil and brothers and sister, what a lovely mother you have! described! Clearly, your parents and brother are in Heaven and will always guide you!

  7. Jerry Juenger says:

    Rest in peace Margaret, I have fond memories of the Cub Scout Den and the fun we had playing in the yard on East B Street.

    My sympathy to you all.

  8. Neil & Laura Parker says:

    Our sympathies to the Wahlig family. Margaret was such a kind lady, she will be greatly missed by her church family.

  9. Marsha Schoenbach says:

    We were saddened to hear of Margaret’s passing. No matter the longevity of a loved one’s life or the circumstances leading up to it, you can never be fully prepared for death. We know that your faith in our Savior, who has removed the sting of death and promised eternal life to all who believe will sustain you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you…The Schoenbach family.

    • David Schoenbach says:

      I’m saddened by the loss of Margaret. My deepest sympathies to the entire Wahlig family for your loss. She will be missed by many others who she came into contact with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Ron Droste says:

    I met Margaret at a family reunion in 2016 at Lisa Restaurant in Prairie du Rocher in 2016 shortly after my mother had passed. My Grandmother on my mother’s side was Mame Roy- a sister to Fred. Margaret left me with a lasting impression- a good good soul. My condolences to her extended family whom I don’t think I have ever met. May she Rest In Peace.

  11. karen averbeck says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you all. Margaret always had a smile when you would greet her. She will be missed by many….

  12. Carla Schaeffer says:

    Margaret was a beautiful person. Such grace and dignity. She had a huge heart and a way of comforting people with her word. Both spoken and written. She com forted me with a card that she wrote in at a very sad time in my life. I will always remember how her words helped me deal with the sadness and to get a grip on life. She will definitely be missed by her family and anyone she has touched May God Bless Her and comfort her family.

    • Alex Jennifer Claire Ava Bake Deterding says:

      The Alex Deterding family will greatly miss sweet cards from Margaret. We knew her through her niece (our grandmother) Doris who greatly loved and adored her. Sending prayers up and offering sympathy for the entire family for their great loss. God bless!

  13. Linda Juenger Meyer says:

    Rest in Peace Margaret you was an amazing lady. You always had a smile And good words about all. So sorry Wahlig family for your lost.

  14. Alice Kuehn says:

    My sincerest sympathy to all of you. Thank you for sharing your mother,grandmother,or great grandmother with me. She was a beautiful Catholic woman who gave me a great example to live up to. I will miss her kindness, sense of humor and her love for her Lord.

  15. Mary Dudeck Haislip says:

    My sincerest condolences to the family, many fond memories of our talks in the driveway when we were neighbors, her overall care and compassion for me and my kids. So much love and respect for her!!

  16. Larry and Linda Lanham says:

    Margaret was a very kind soul! Always had a smile anytime I saw her as well as kind words!! I know your family and all that knew her will miss her! Heaven has gained a very special Angel!!

  17. John and Mary Haubrich says:

    So sorry for your loss she will be missed

  18. Dottie Bollmeier says:

    As a friend, Margaret was “a charming gardener who made my soul blossom.”

    My sympathy to her family.

    • Jan and Mike Buckley says:

      A loving aunt whose love of God and family will always be remembered.Condolences to all of her family. We love you and our prayers are with you. God bless.

  19. Mary Light says:

    My sympathy to you all in your loss! Margaret was such a sweet person and always had a smile for all. Rest in peace!

    • Linda says:

      She was the best mother-in-law ever. Always a kind word and actions to match. I truly admired her especially her comittment to family.

  20. Kathy Hagan says:

    A great lady and a caring neighbor. All my sympathies to the family.

  21. Jim and Pam says:

    Rest In Peace sweet lady. You will b we missed by many.

  22. Jean Geppert says:

    Margaret was a wonderful Christian women who was a role model to many. She babysat my kids and loved being in choir with her. Heaven just gained another angel. My sympathy to all her family.

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