April 3, 1938 ~ May 14, 2014
Marje Stegeman, 76, a Wenatchee, WA resident for over 50 years and longtime Wenatchee School District teacher, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital. She was born on April 3, 1938, in Chelan, WA to the late George H. and Elizabeth Jane (O’Neal) Wilson. She was raised to an early age in Chelan, prior to the family moving to Oroville. She received her elementary education in Oroville and graduated from Oroville High School with the class of 1956. She continued her education at Central Washington State College, School of Education in Ellensburg. She was so diligent with her academics that she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in three years. After a couple of short teaching jobs outside of the Wenatchee area, she moved to Wenatchee in the fall of 1962, and began going to work for the Wenatchee School District. She had brief teaching assignments at Whitman Elementary, Mission View Elementary and Sunnyslope Elementary, before teaching full time at Washington Elementary. On August 14, 1965, she was married to Bill Stegeman at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee. They made their home together in Wenatchee and she continued teaching at Washington Elementary for over 30 years. She semi-retired in 1997, and continued to substitute teach until fully retiring in 2008. “Nana” loved her family and grandchildren first and foremost. She was an avid cheerleader and fan of all of her grandchildren. She encouraged them by volunteering at their schools and attending various extracurricular activities, but she especially enjoyed traveling out of town to attend their numerous sporting events. Recently, she was proud to announce that her granddaughter, Ellen, became engaged to Alec Wood and she was proud she had lived long enough to watch her two oldest grandchildren attend college. All of her grandchildren excelled in school because of the work ethic she instilled in them toward school at a young age. Marje was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Retired Teachers Association and the Three Lakes Ladies Golf Club.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Stegeman of Wenatchee; one daughter, Marcy Ahr of East Wenatchee; one son and daughter-in-law, Shaun and Niki Stegeman of Wenatchee; one brother and sister-in-law, Raymond “Ray” and “Cherie” Wilson of Bellevue, WA; and seven grandchildren, Ellen, Seth and Kirsten Walker, all of Wenatchee, Avery Ahr of East Wenatchee, and Trey, Halle and Zayli Stegeman, all of Wenatchee. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, John Wilson.
A Service of Commemoration will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 12:00 Noon at the Wenatchee First United Methodist Church, 941 Washington Street, Wenatchee, with Pastor Michael Nickerson officiating. Those able to attend are invited to dress comfortably and informally. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial donations in her name to “Our House” Cancer Care of NCW, 1708 Castlerock Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801 or the Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Fund, 1431 Skyline Drive, Wenatchee, WA 98801. You are invited to visit her tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.