Margaret "Marge" Stevanus

December 21, 1937 - June 27, 2017
Marjorie Stevanus thumbnail
Geib Funeral Home & Crematory Light a candle Light a candle


Margaret Anne (Penso) Stevanus, 79, of Sugarcreek, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at home in Sugarcreek after a long struggle with cancer. A daughter of the late Paul and Mary (DiGenova) Penso, Margaret was born December 21, 1937 at Dover. She was a graduate of St. Joseph High school, class of 1956.

She is su…

read more

Margaret Anne (Penso) Stevanus, 79, of Sugarcreek, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at home in Sugarcreek after a long struggle with cancer. A daughter of the late Paul and Mary (DiGenova) Penso, Margaret was born December 21, 1937 at Dover. She was a graduate of St. Joseph High school, class of 1956.

She is survived by her husband, Reno Stevanus, whom she married May 10, 1958. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her sons Mark (Denise), Mitch, and daughter Renee (Mitch) Jacobs, brothers Andrew (Joanne), John (Pauline), seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and her beloved poodle Frosty.

She is also preceded in death by a brother Vince, her sister Tena Miller, and a nephew Eugene Penso.

Margaret (Marge) had exceptional and accomplished cooking skills; she was very passionate about food preparation and prepared dishes on par with professional chefs; her unique baking and cooking talent was often on display with cakes prepared exclusively for relatives & friends. Her focus was especially on her grandchildren, nephews and nieces, all of whom she adored. She was very well known for her professional style in providing cakes and pastries on various celebratory occasions. Marge was a thoughtful individual who loved doing this for people. These unique traits were passed on to many. She was a kind and generous grandmother dedicated to her family. Marge also enjoyed being a Vivanne Woodard Cosmetics sales consultant and she was a lover of classical music and Italian opera.

In keeping with Margaret’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours. There will be a private Catholic service for the family on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Deacon Lyn Houze officiating.

All arrangements will be handled through the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory.
Those wishing to send the family a personal condolence may do so by visiting the funeral home website,

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or St. Joseph Catholic Church, 613 N. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover, OH 44622.
The Stevanus family would like to thank Community Hospice for their service to Margaret.


Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence

Service Information

Service Information

St. Joseph Catholic Church


613 North Tuscarawas Avenue
Dover, OH 44622

There will be a private Catholic service for the family on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Donation Information

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Donate Now

St. Joseph Catholic Church

613 N Tuscarawas Ave
Dover, Ohio 44622

Life Event Timeline

View Timeline Post an Event

Timeline for Marjorie Stevanus

Born: December 21, 1937
June 11, 2012
Grandson Chris’ wedding
Grandson Chris’ wedding
Add Comment
Died: June 27, 2017

Condolences for Marjorie Stevanus

Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Mike Snyder posted on 7/3/17

Reno, Mark and Family So sorry for you loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mike and Cindy Snyder


Mel Dessecker posted on 7/2/17

Dear Reno and Family; So sorry to hear of Marge's passing. May God sustain you during this difficult time and pray that his love and the care of your friends will comfort you. In God's Love, Mel


Jeff and Marlene Hostetler posted on 6/30/17

Jeff and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Although we have not seen Marge since we moved 17 years ago, we remember what a beautiful lady she was, and that she always had a big smile. God bless you all and know we will keep you in thought and prayer.


Mary O' Connor posted on 6/30/17

So sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother, Mark. Our sympathies and prayers with love, Mary and Mike O'Connor


William E.Strong & Family posted on 6/30/17

Sorry for your lost she with my mom and dad brother and sister.will try to be there for service see you Saturday.


Amy and John Mills posted on 6/30/17

We send our deepest sympathy to all of you in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Kim Yoder posted on 6/30/17

So sorry for your loss. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.


Barbara Glidden posted on 6/29/17

My deepest sympathy to Reno and family. Marge & I had many long conversations on the phone, she would give me cooking instructions and told such wonderful stories of growing up in her Italian family. She was always thinking of her family and their happiness & safety. I miss her but glad she is healed now. Sincerely, Barbara Glidden


Angelo L. Coletta posted on 6/29/17

Mi condoglianzi a tutti la famiglia.


April Shupe posted on 6/29/17

I will always remember Marge whenever I make a teenager, I wanted to learn how to make my boyfriend's favorite food--lasagna. So, bless her heart, Marge patiently and expertly taught me how to make it from scratch! And hers was the best! I still make her recipe to this day and will always remember her kindness, her laugh and her generosity. I know she will be greatly missed by many. May God bless and comfort you with the many good memories and the love she has shared with all of you. Sincerely, April Showers Shupe


Thomas Spiridigliozzi posted on 6/29/17

Dear Mark & Family, One behalf of the NLI Canada Team please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. Our prayer is that you find comfort, strength and peace in God in the coming days and weeks. With Love The NLI Canada Team


Mindy Vaughn posted on 6/29/17

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and the family in this difficult time. Mindy Vaughn


Anita Harris posted on 6/29/17

Renee, so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.


Brian Crilow posted on 6/29/17

My prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Margaret.


Leah Numbers posted on 6/29/17

My prayers are with you all. So very sorry for your loss?


Mike Keim and Kristy Kestler posted on 6/29/17

Dear Reno and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. May the happy memories of Marge also heal this loss. Mike Keim and Kristy Kestler


George and Eileen Werner posted on 6/29/17

We are extending our deepest sympathy to your family, and particularly, to our dear friends, Mark and Denise. To lose a parent is difficult. May you find the love and care of family to be a strength at this time. May your memories of your mother bring a spark of joy in the midst of sorrow. Our hearts are turned your way in love. Sincerely, George and Eileen Werner Kitchener, Ontario, Canada


Denise Stevanus posted on 6/29/17

My warmest condolencess go out to Reno, Mitch, Renee, my beloved husband, my four prescious children and nephews and niece. I am so sorry that I am unable to be present in these days and know you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. What I enjoyed most over these 35+ years as a member of this family was having a young mother-in-law, only 20 yrs. older than me. I appreciated her love for family and providing a healthy meal. She was the first to teach me how to cook lasagna, and I was initially terrified of even trying. I still use her recipes today. We will carry nothing but fond memories of our periodic trips to Sugarcreek, sitting around the table, usually eating a beautiful birthday cake Grandma Margie had decorated for one of the grandkids, and of course talking about all their acquaintences and friends from this quaint country town who only a "local" can relate to. As we grow older, we realize that one generation passes as a new one comes "up to the plate." Today, I had the privilege of speaking by phone to Marge's 1st cousin, Dina, here in Italy. She was very saddened to hear of the passing of both her cousins in just a few short days. She sends her condolences. May the Lord be our comfort as we pass through this sad time. Love, Denise


Darcia Delithanasis posted on 6/29/17

Deepest Sympathy to the family. I have very fond memories of Marge. A great cook and hostess when I visited one holiday many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad and difficult time. Darcia & Tessie (Mom)


Donna Widder posted on 6/29/17

To the whole Stevanus Family, I am so, so sorry to hear of Marge's passing. I have such fond memories of hanging out at your house on Saturday mornings when we were kids. She was such a lovely woman.


Clare Blauch & Melanie Blauch Archer posted on 6/28/17

Dear Reno, Mark and Denise, Mitch, Renee and Mitch and Grandchildren, ...We send our deepest sympathy to all of you in your loss of Marge...It is so difficult to understand why she had to endure what she has but know that she is no longer struggling...It has been a long painful road for you and you have been in our prayers as you now continue to be for comfort. Marge was a very special lady...We know you will miss her very much. Please accept our deepest sympathy at this sad time and always...Clare and Melanie


Randy and Jane Miller posted on 6/28/17

Reno, Mark, Mitch, Renee and family, Jane and I send our deepest sympathies on your loss of Marge. Marge will always have a place in our hearts, for she was truly, a great lady. Randy and Jane