JUST MARGARET (SEETHALER)|
Margaret (Seethaler) Just, passed into Eternal Life on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the Feast of John the Baptist. She was born on January 13, 1917, to Michael and Elizabeth Eusemann Seethaler in a world that no longer exists. The 12th of 13 children, Marge was baptized and confirmed at historic St. Mary's Church, Northside. She grew up in the East Street neighborhood (totally demolished by I-279N) where her father Michael was a member of the Parish Council that spearheaded the building of the current St. Boniface Church. Marge attended boarding school at St. Benedict's in St. Marys, PA, home of the first Benedictine convent in the US. The Great Depression caused Marge to return to Pittsburgh to complete her high school education at St. Benedict's Academy, where four of her five daughters followed her. On November 9, 1938, Marge was married to Gustav Frederic Just who departed this life on August 21, 1988. Marge and Gus are survived by their children, Fred (Patty Kline Just), Maureen Lucas (Mike), Karen Holmes (David), Maggie Fredricks (Roger), Kathleen Just, Gus Jr. (Lorraine) and Nancy DeGruttola (John); Marge leaves to mourn 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Marge and Gus started their family in an apartment on Seabright Street, but their home on Sprague Avenue next to the Church of the Assumption is the one where so many memories were made. Religious devotions abounded including gatherings in the living room to say the Rosary near the portrait of the Blessed Mother. Elegant table settings, grand Christmas decorations, and the sight of her daughters in their bridal gowns on the beautiful winding staircase, family card parties and dance parties with Marge's considerable talent at the piano enlivening every gathering are memories cherished by all. She was president of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers at Church of the Assumption, a night telephone operator, credit agent at Gimbel's, office assistant to Dr. Henry Lee and secretary to the late Senator John Heinz. "Gramma, pray for me". "Marge, pray for me". Everyone, whether devout or not, believed that Marge had a pipeline to heaven. Marge was interested in every one of her family members scattered throughout the U.S. and it was a comfort to all of us to know that she would listen to every story and remember each of us in her prayers. A family treasure is a picture of young Marge, dressed in all white including high button shoes and a huge white hair bow, standing next to her father's horse drawn meat wagon making charity delivery to the Little Sisters of the Poor home. Marge always said that when she was old, she wanted to live there with the sisters. Her wish was granted and the last seven years of her life were spent in the loving care of the wonderful staff. A life filled with Mass in the chapel, recitation of the rosary, and visits by family and dedicated volunteers marked her days. Her family is so very grateful that Marge was able to fulfill her dream of living her final years on Benton Avenue with the Little Sisters and exemplary staff. Friends received Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 460 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by family friend Fr. John Gallagher at the Church of the Assumption on Friday at 11 a.m. and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Gus. Donations in Margaret's name may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from June 25 to June 26, 2014