Margaret T. Bastian

Margaret T. Bastian, age 85, formerly of Brillion, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at the Chilton Care Center. Margaret was born on October 31, 1926, in Brillion, daughter of the late John and Margaret (Braun) Schuh.  She married Vance Bastian on November 18, 1952 at St. Mary’s Rectory in Brillion.  He preceded her in death on February 22, 1987.  Margaret was employed at Ariens for 21 years until her retirement in 1989.  She was a member of Holy Family Parish; American Legion Auxiliary Bloedorn-Becker-Jensen Unit 126, Brillion Senior Citizens, and volunteered for the community and Holy Family Parish hot meal program.  Marge was known for her humility and laugh.  To co-workers she was an extremely hard worker who always did her best.  To friends, Margie was quick to share food, a good word puzzle or game of sheepshead.  She was devoted to the church and always quick with a “thank you” of appreciation. Survivors include her two daughters and one son-in-law Bev Bastian and Sue (Don) Lynch; three brothers and sisters-in-law Arnold (Marilyn) Schuh; Bernard (Nancy) Schuh; and James (Betty) Schuh; three sisters and one brother-in-law Grace Kolbe; Mary Reinke and “special friend Leroy”; Lucy (Chuck) Meyer; two brothers-in-laws John Schaffer; Poul Rasmussen; one sister-in-law Annet Schuh.  She was preceded in death by her parents John and Margaret Schuh; her husband Vance Bastian; her son Leon Bastian; four brothers  John I; John II; Henry, Elmer; two sisters Susie Schaffer and Theresa Rasmussen. Funeral services will be held at 11 00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at Holy Family Parish in Brillion.  Rev. Michael Betley will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial with burial to follow at Brillion Community Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10 00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  The Jens Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Bastian family.  Online condolences may be expressed at A special thank you to those who helped Margaret in a time of need—especially Mary Cohen Kane.

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