Margaret Rose Slightam, age 81, of Green Bay, WI passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017, surrounded by her children. She was born on October 18, 1936, in Green Bay, WI to the late George & Clara (Lamers) Koerner. Margaret relished sharing fond childhood memories of her mother and father, their talents, and their challenges. She kept close relationships with her four older brothers and one sister throughout her life.
After graduating in 1952 from St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay, Margaret pursued a career in nursing, graduating from St. Mary’s Nursing School in Madison WI. While there, she met Pierre Slightam, a young doctor. They married on August 23, 1958.
While Dr. and Mrs. Pierre Slightam navigated early life adventures together, Margaret gave birth to eight children. Over the years, they made homes in Des Moines, IA; Madison, WI; Pensacola Florida; Kodiak, AK; Hartford, Wisconsin; Green Bay, WI; Longview, Washington; and Wrightstown, WI. Throughout her life, Margaret enjoyed referring to “my Bay” and “my birds,” as well as all the childhood nicknames of her seven daughters and one son. She cherished life-long friendships. Many knew her as “Margie.”
Margaret expressed a profound sense of place and an appreciation for artifacts from the past, because of the history and memories they represent. During her lifetime, she filled everyone’s heart with a Mom’s love, and every belly, at every table--at the cottage, on the porch, at the lighthouse, at home, and so many other places--with her lovingly prepared recipes.
Margaret faced each new era of her life with unfailing love and devotion to her husband and family. She embodied selflessness, kindness, and compassion. Her thoughtful questions always elicited great conversations because she cared so deeply for everyone. She navigated glorious and challenging moments in life with quick wit, self-deprecating humor, unfettered realism, and magnanimous grace. She will be dearly missed.
Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, George and Clara Koerner, and one brother, John Koerner (Arlita Koerner, living, Green Bay, WI). She is survived by her siblings: Mary Jane Thompson (Donald Thompson) Fairfax, VA; Gregory Koerner (Bootie Koerner) Green Bay, WI; Mickey Koerner (Alma Koerner) Green Bay, WI; and Jerome Koerner (Ronne Koerner), Green Bay, WI.
She is also survived by her husband, Pierre Slightam, Green Bay, WI, as well as her children: Karen Russell (Richard Russell) Monon, IN; Julie Slightam, Milwaukee, WI; Colleen Hermus (Neil Hermus), Green Bay, WI; Maria Powell (James Powell) Madison, WI; Jennifer Slightam, Ojai, CA; Laura (David Diny), Greenleaf, WI; Michelle Luhm, Milwaukee, WI; Daniel Slightam (Juliana Slightam) Portland, OR. She is also survived by nineteen grand-children, and twelve great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.