Margaret Anne Campbell Dillenburg, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at the Mercy Hospital Hospice in Scranton, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Joseph J. Dillenburg, with whom she celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on April 19, 2014. Margaret is also survived by four children (Mary Jo Dillenburg, Peggy Dillenburg, Joe Dillenburg III and John Dillenburg); and two grandsons (Joseph and Michael Rifka); and many beloved cousins and lifelong friends.
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Born July 13, 1935, in Duluth, Minnesota, she was the daughter of the late William D. Campbell and Hazel M. Knight Campbell. William Campbell was a prominent businessman in Willmar, Minnesota. Margaret graduated from the Willmar High School with honors in 1953 and from the College of St. Teresa with honors in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. After graduation, she taught 3rd and 4th grade in Roseville, Minnesota and in Novato, California, where her husband served in the Air Force. Margaret was a lifelong Willmar, Minnesota resident until she and her husband retired to do volunteer work for the Catholic Church in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She and her husband lived the last fifteen years in Scranton, Pa.
While raising her family in Willmar, Minnesota, Margaret taught the Junior Great Books Program for several Willmar, MN elementary schools, sang in the St. Mary's church choir, was active in her church, and as a 4-H leader, volunteered for Pro-Life causes, and worked with the American Cancer Society on behalf of breast cancer survivors. Margaret taught a class on the topic of Sioux Indian Uprising History in Minnesota, an interest of hers, and was a busy mom, caring for four children and her elderly mother, who lived to age 103. Margaret was a member of an evangelical bible study in Willmar, MN, with a group of women who became lifelong friends.
For many years, Margaret was a very active supporter of the Boys Scouts of America, after her son, John Dillenburg earned his Eagle Scout award. She has served on the Board of Directors of the NEPA Council BSA, and the Minneapolis Council BSA. She served on the National Board of the Cub Scouts and was awarded the Silver Beaver, the Silver Antelope, and many other honors over the past 30 years. Margaret and Joe spent more than 10 years as summer boy scout camp commissioners, and Margaret especially enjoyed serving on the committee to counsel boys on the path to becoming Eagle Scouts. Margaret believed that America's future leaders are to be found among the ranks of the Eagle Scouts and she was proud to play a part in that important program.
For the last 15 years, Margaret has lived in Scranton, Pa., where she and her family are active members of St. Ann Maronite Parish, and participated in bible study in St. Catherine's church in Moscow, Pa. Margaret was an active and proud grandmother to her two grandsons, Joseph and Michael. Margaret is preceded in death by her daughter, Virginia Marie Dillenburg; and her parents, William and Hazel Campbell.
The funeral will be conducted Saturday from the Carl J. Savino Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton, with funeral liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Ann Maronite Church, corner of North Sumner Avenue and Price Street, West Scranton, by the Reverend Francis J. Marini, pastor. Interment will be in Saint Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, Willmar, MN.
People attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church. Friends may call Friday evening, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Incense service and recital of the Rosary will begin at 7:30 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 1990 K Street North West, Washington, DC 20006.
Carl J Savino Funeral Home
157 S Main Ave Scranton, PA 18504
Published in Scranton Times on May 21, 2014