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Margelene F. Youngers

March 16, 1928 — September 16, 2019


March 16, 1928 ~ Ashton, Iowa
September 16, 2019 ~ Sheldon, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Friday, September 20, 2019
St. Patrick Catholic Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Celebrant: Father Siby Punnoose

will be after 3:00 P.M. Thursday, September 19, 2019
at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon
with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
A Christian Wake Service will be at 5:30 P.M.
and a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 P.M.
at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon.

Tina Ter Horst and Katie Sailer

“On Eagle’s Wings”
Responsorial Psalm “Psalm 23”
“Amazing Grace”
“One Bread, One Body”
“Song of Farewell”
“How Great Thou Art”
Cantor: Tyler Youngers
Organist: Laura Wagner

Ben Crocker Eric Crocker
Justin Wylam Daniel Wylam
Jeremy Youngers Aaron Youngers
Chris Petersen Andrew Sailer
St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery ~ Sheldon, Iowa

Memorials may be directed to the family or to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa
Margelene F. Youngers passed away peacefully on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa, reaching the age of 91 years and 6 months. The daughter of Joseph and Pauline (Sieve) Schoo, she was born March 16, 1928 in rural Ashton, Iowa. She graduated valedictorian of her class from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Ashton. She married James P. Murphy on April 27, 1949 and lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois, until his death in 1951. After moving back to northwest Iowa, she was united in marriage to Alfred E. Youngers on January 26, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Together they farmed for 1 year near Sheldon, in 1955, they moved to a farm near Hospers, Iowa, where she was an active partner on their family farm; in 1993 they moved into Sheldon. Alfred preceded her in death on November 14, 1996. Margelene remained in her home until moving back to her farm near Hospers to have her son care for her.
She attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers for many years and was currently a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and of the Ladies Guild.
Her family and faith were the cornerstone of her life. Left to cherish her memories are her six children, Richard Murphy of Kirkwood, PA; Jeanne (David) Crocker of Virginia Beach, VA; Sharon (Dennis) Wylam of Lone Jack, MO; Steve Youngers of Hospers, IA; Carol (Russ) Petersen of Ankeny, IA and Mary (Tom) Sailer of Ames, IA; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 8 siblings, Darlene Goddard of Iowa City, IA; Joan Johannes of Sibley, IA; Phyllis Honkomp of Ashton, IA; Rosalie (Roger) Honkomp of St. Paul, MN; Leon (Arlene) Schoo of Bode, IA; Leo (Connie) Schoo of Eagle Grove, IA; Marilyn “Mari” (Bob) Mulhern of Milford, IA; Carolyn “Cari” (Jim) Lechtenberg of Le Mars, IA; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James P. Murphy; her second husband, Alfred E. Youngers; her parents, two infant sisters, Rosemary and Sarah; a brother and his wife, Noel and Lavina Schoo; and brothers-in-law, Clayton Goddard; Laurence Johannes and Charles Honkomp.

Prayer of
St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an
instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving
that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying
that we are born to
eternal life.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, September 19, 2019

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

310 10th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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Friday, September 20, 2019

11:00 - 11:45 am (Central time)

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

310 10th St., Sheldon, IA 51201

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