Margaret Doner

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Margaret Stahl Creamer Doner

ASHLAND: Margaret Stahl Creamer Doner, 95, was welcomed Home on June 5, 2014 by a host of beloved family members and friends who preceded her.

Margaret (Peg) was born August 9, 1918 in Butler, Ohio to George and Lillian Walker Stahl. Her earliest years were spent on farms in the Bellville area. Together with brothers Ralph and Clyde, she walked to Pleasant Hill and later Sycamore Valley one room schools. When the family moved to Mansfield she continued her education in the city schools, graduating in the June class of 1936 from Senior High. Two weeks later she began her secretarial career at Lumbermans Mutual Insurance Company.

On May 30, 1941, Peg married her high school sweetheart, Bob Creamer, in a formal ceremony at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Together they built a life and family. Oldest son, Robert Jr., was born while Bob was serving overseas with the First Division during World War II. After Bob's return, a daughter and another son were added to the family. When the children were well into their school years, Peg returned to her secretarial career. Taking part-time jobs at first, she worked at the Boy Scout office, then as school secretary at the newly opened Raemelton Elementary. Later, accepting the position of legal secretary, she went full time in the law office of McDermott and Dillon.

In the late 60's Peg and Bob purchased the "Keewaydin Inn" at Mitiwanga Park on Lake Erie. It was to be their retirement home and business. Sadly, Bob was stricken with cancer and died February 12, 1969. Peg returned to Mansfield and reentered the workforce, this time as Administrative Assistant for the Richland County Regional Planning Commission.

In May 1975 she married Howard Doner and they enjoyed 26 years together until his death in May 2001.

Peg was an avid crossword puzzle fan, bridge player, and traveler. She had toured extensively in the U.S., been to Europe several times and enjoyed many cruises to the Caribbean Islands. She was a longtime member of St. Peter's Church, the Women's Club, and the D.A.R. A thoughtful, caring person, she had over 20 years and thousands of hours invested in being a Red Cross "Gray Lady" at Mansfield General Hospital. She also gave many hours to Kingwood Center and the . However, her greatest gift was to her family. Together with Bob, she gave her children the best gift of all - a carefree childhood in a home filled with love and happiness created by parents who deeply loved and respected each other.

In recent years, Peg moved to the Brethren Care Campus in Ashland where she enjoyed companionship and the many activities at the Bradford House. The family wishes to express deepest gratitude to the Bradford House II caregivers (retired and current) for the attentive and loving assistance they have given to Peg.

Peg is survived by son Robert and friend Karen of Perrysville, daughter Christina (Steve Harper) of Ashland; daughter-in-law Aleta Bonini of Monclova; grandchildren Cindy (Mike) Finley, Todd, Petra and Aurora Creamer; stepsons Bruce Doner of Cleveland, Eric (Diana) Doner of CO; stepdaughter Patricia (Jack) Lowe of CA; stepgrandchildren Kristen (Rob) Barthelman, Brooke Cox; two great-grandchildren; 4 step great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she is preceded in death by son Jeffrey; brothers Steve, Rex, Ralph and Clyde Stahl; sisters Mary Stutz, Martha Lehnhart; infant sister Jessica; five nephews; two nieces; a great niece.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11am Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Fr. Jeremy Miller officiating. Friends may call at 9:30am until the time of the service at the church. Burial will follow at Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bradford House on Brethren Care Campus or Hospice of North Central Ohio.

Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home
173 Park Ave W Mansfield, OH 44902
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Published in the News Journal from June 7 to June 8, 2014
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