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Margaret I. Chapin

Margaret Irene Chapin, of Schoolcraft passed away December 24, 2021 at her home peacefully surrounded by family. Margaret (Margie) was born March 26, 1934 to Frank and Maude (Heath) Fuller in Avoca, Michigan in a farm home that was previously owned by her grandparents. She eventually resided with her family in Schoolcraft, Michigan where she graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1952. At the age of 20 she married Irvin N Chapin in 1954. She was employed for a portion of her life as a journalist/writer for the Vicksburg Commercial and the Schoolcraft Express and raised 5 children who survive her. Debra Hilsbos, Lori Michael, Scott Chapin, Dana Wiley, and Pam Krieg. She also is survived by 25 grandchildren, multiple great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her six siblings: Francis Fuller, Gerald Fuller, Ralph Fuller, Harvey Fuller, Shirley Smithe, and Calvin Fuller.

With a strong interest and writing she attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College with an emphasis in History, Writing and Literature. Along with this interest she did extensive research in genealogy researching both her family and her husband's genealogy with contacts that led her into Canada, and across the United States. With the strong interest in history and the community she was also a member of the Schoolcraft Ladies Library Association and was active in their Holiday Homes tour as well as fund raisers for the group.

Margie was a member of the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church, attending on a regular basis as well as teaching Sunday School, Summer Bible School and assisting in Adult Sunday classes. Through the Methodist Church she became involved with the Lakeland Reform Church and their South County Clothing Shop which offered gently used clothing throughout the South County area. She managed the shop for almost 20 years and extended the services to the Veterans Hospital in Grand Rapids and other shops in Kalamazoo. Through her children she also worked as a leader in 4H teaching sewing.

Her interests were flower gardening, antiques, canning and freezing, quilting, ceramics and basket weaving. With her husband Irvin they traveled all over the United States camping and seeing historic sites across many of the states. Her most memorable trip was a visit to Nova Scotia to see where her Acadian roots originated.

Private memorial services will be held at Avink, McCowen and Secord Funeral Home in Vicksburg, Michigan for immediate family at this time and a memorial service for the public will be held at a later date. Donations and memorials can be sent to the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church, at 342 N. Grand St. Schoolcraft, Michigan 49087.

Please take time to visit Margaret's webpage at www.amsfuneralhomes.com where you can sign her guestbook, share a memory with the family and view her service.

The Chapin family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen, & Secord Funeral Home, 409 South Main, Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269) 649-1697.

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Margie was one of the nicest people I have ever met. The world could really use more people like her.

Diane Schmock Jan 8 2022 8:17 PM

Grandma…. You forever will be the very meaning of that word to me. The warm hugs, fresh desserts, the giggles like no one else, freshest berries I use to steal out of your patch in the back yard, and many many memories of Tallman Lake and roughing it while we cooked over the fire and bathed in the lake! Oh and the baby toads we'd catch!
We all love you!

Beau Taylor Jan 8 2022 12:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Chapin

Jon Michael Jan 6 2022 11:30 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Chapin

Stephen Michael Jan 5 2022 8:57 AM

Irvin and family,
Prayers for your peace and joy in sharing memories together, and that our God would bring you much comfort and peace. You are each one special.
Cheryl and Bill Wallace

Cheryl L Wallace Jan 4 2022 12:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Chapin

Julia Paradine-Rice Jan 2 2022 8:28 AM

She was my favorite 4H sewing teacher. I learned a lot from her. Prayers to the family.

Linda (Gildea) Gilchrist Dec 30 2021 4:21 PM

As soon as I opened this obituary and saw Margie\'s picture,I remembered her infectious Laugh. Loved listening to her stories and historical knowledge at her kitchen counter. Her kindness and giving soul will be a loss. Sending good thoughts to the family.

Karen McNamara Dec 29 2021 9:23 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Chapin

Ken Michael Dec 28 2021 10:28 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Chapin

JACK POULSEN Dec 28 2021 9:55 PM

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