Margaret Frances Pieper Angelo of Boonville passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 23, 2012. She was 95.
A service in memory and thanksgiving for her life will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Boonville. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service.
The daughter of Margaret Frances Tuttle Pieper and William Phillip Pieper, she was born December 9, 1916, in St. Joseph, Mo. When she was 3 years old, the family moved to Boonville, her home for most of the rest of her life.
She graduated from Boonville High School as valedictorian of her class. While attending Central Methodist College to study chemistry she met Lawrence Vincent "Mike" Angelo. They were married Dec. 2, 1939, and went to Mississippi, where Mike worked on newspapers in Gulfport and McComb. In 1941 they moved to Cassville, Wis., to start the Cassville American. World War II intervened and Mike went into service, but the newspaper continued to publish until 1973.
Margaret worked in her father's drug store as a teenager and during the War, and also on the newspapers. For many years, she was bookkeeper for Mike Angelo Printing and Lithographing in Boonville, which they started in 1948.
On trips in their single-engine plane, she was his navigator. One destination was Brownsville, Tex., where they wintered for about 20 years. She was the hostess for countless picnics and dinners at their farm, the Lazy A, south of Boonville.
She was talented and creative, knitting, sewing, and embroidering, and loved birds and flowers. Most of all, she loved and was devoted to her family and church. Her kindness, serenity, courage, sense of humor, and ability to see the good in everything will continue to inspire those who knew her.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Friends of Historic Boonville and P.E.O. and a charter patron of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts, and P.E.O.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.V. "Mike" Angelo on Dec. 7, 1998, and her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Christine Angelo of Boonville and Patricia Jeane Chubb of Walnut Creek, Calif., her sisters Mary Katherine "Bunny" Long of Columbia, Mo., and Jean Oliver of Dallas, Tex., and their families.
Margaret donated her body to Washington University for multiple sclerosis research. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Boonville or the MS Institute in Columbia, Mo., through Thacher Funeral Home.