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Margaret Stoehr

Margaret Stoehr, a former longtime Belvedere resident, died Dec. 27, 2013, after a long illness. She was just three days shy of her 87th birthday.

Mrs. Stoehr was born in Mingo, Iowa, and graduated from East High School in Des Moines. She attended a business and secretarial-skills school and, during World War II, worked for a group of aeronautical engineers at what is now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

At the end of the war, Mrs. Stoehr returned to Iowa and enrolled at Drake University. She had planned to become a missionary until she met her future husband, Richard Stoehr, who was studying to become a geologist and mining engineer. They were married three years later.

Mrs. Stoehr then worked as a legal assistant for a judge in Deadwood, S.D., until her first child was born, when she became a full-time homemaker. The Stoehrs moved to Utah, Nevada and New Mexico with Mr. Stoehr's career postings with Homestake Mining Co. In New Mexico, she became active in community affairs in the community of Grants, where she helped raise money for a new hospital.

The Stoehrs moved to the Bay Area when Mrs. Stoehr's husband was promoted and he transferred to the company's San Francisco headquarters. He became one of the company's vice presidents and served on its board of directors. The Stoehrs lived in Berkeley for four years before moving to Belvedere in 1964. Mrs. Stoehr moved to Tucson to be with her children in 2009 after the death of her husband.

In Marin, Mrs. Stoehr enjoyed leading and participating in bible study groups. She had been a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Mill Valley since 1981.

She was a longtime member of the Century Club of California and a 50-year member of Women's Auxiliary to the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. Possessed of a friendly and helpful nature, she cherished and nurtured her friendships and loved to sing, paint, sail, bake, write poetry and travel, her family said.

Mrs. Stoehr is survived by her two children, Larry Stoehr and Susan Unger, both of Tucson; a sister, Margie Green of Texas; and six grandchildren, Mark and Renee Stoehr and Wyatt, Heather, Lucy and Bryan Unger.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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