Margaret “Marge” (Stacy) Scheeren

Margaret “Marge” (Stacy) Scheeren, 87, died peacefully on Saturday May 20, 2017 in hospice care in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The daughter of George and Marie (Bigley) Stacy, she was born on June 27, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Marge devoted her life to serving others in her community. Starting in 1961, she volunteered at the Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC), where she continued to serve for the next 55 years. Marge became Director of Volunteer Services at IRMC in 1978, a position she held until recently. Over the years (and within IRMC), she was a member of various boards including the Executive Board of the Hospital Auxiliary, the Board of Directors of Indiana Hospital, and the IRMC Health Care Board. In 2008, IRMC honored Marge with the Compass Award in recognition of her compassion and commitment to patients and their families.

Marge was also a former board member of the following organizations: the Welcome Wagon Newcomers Club, the Baptist Homes of Western PA, the Visiting Nurses Association of Indiana County, and the YMCA.

Marge was an ordained elder and served as a deacon at Graystone Presbyterian Church. At one point in her life, she co-chaired the Baptist Homes of Western PA Capital Fund Drive. She was a former Women’s State Program Chairman and former Women’s State Literature Chairman for the American Baptist Women. Marge was also the former Director of the Friendly Visitors Program, which was part of the YMCA and the Salvation Army.

She was a 50-year-member of Eastern Star and was a past Royal Matron of Amaranth.

Recognized by many organizations for her service to the community, Marge received numerous civic awards over her lifetime: the Woodman of the World Public Service Award (1977), the Benjamin Rush Award from the Indiana County Medical Society (1981), the Jefferson Award for Public Service (1983), the Civic Leader of the Year (1987), the Notable Women of Indiana County Award from the AAUW (1993), the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary (1999), and the Rose Society’s Volunteer of the Month Award from Indiana Hospital (February 2000).

Marge was admired by colleagues and appreciated by families and friends for her strong commitment to serving others.

Marge is survived by her husband Robert, of Indiana, whom she married on March 14, 1953. She is also survived by her son Fred Scheeren and wife Sally Apter Scheeren of Venetia, Pennsylvania; her daughter Susan Scheeren Watchko and husband Jon Watchko, M.D., of Sewickley, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren – Matthew Scheeren of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Daniel Scheeren of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Sara Watchko of San Francisco, California, as well as her great-granddaughter Lily Schwaderer-Scheeren of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In addition, Marge is survived by her nieces – Patricia Keating and Peggy Fox, and her nephews -Kenneth Stacy and David Stacy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Clyde Stacy Sr., and her nephews Clyde Stacy Jr. and Carl Stacy.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Indian Haven and 365 Hospice for their extraordinary compassion, generosity, and care, as well as to Marge’s numerous colleagues and close friends for their steadfast support and kindness.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, May 25, at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home of Indiana. The funeral service will begin at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marge’s memory to: 365 Hospice, 2549 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146; the Visiting Nurses Association of Indiana County, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA, 15701; the Indiana Regional Medical Center, 835 Hospital Road, Indiana, PA 15701; or the Baptist Homes of Western PA, 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234.

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