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First English Baptist Church
Saturday February 9th, 2019

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Margaret Suzanne Stanton

Devoted mother, Central Columbia Teacher

Margaret S. Stanton, age 74, 42 Drumm Road, Danville, died at 6:03 p. m. Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she had been a patient since Friday.

Born at Fort Monroe, Virginia on February 15, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Wilson L. and Elva (Whitehead) Sproehnle. She resided in the Bloomsburg area since 1977.  She was a graduate of the former Bloomsburg State College.

While a student at Bloomsburg State College she fell in love with the art of expression, including words and drama. She participated in the college theater department and also on the forensics team.

Margaret taught language arts at Central Columbia High School for over 23 years before retiring. She also was the drama teacher and director/advisor to the high school newspaper. She was the advisor to the high school forensics team which produced one national champion and several state champions. In the later years of her teaching career, she was an adjunct instructor in the ACT 101 program at Bloomsburg University.

Margaret was a member of the First English Baptist Church, Bloomsburg, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and active in women’s Baptist activities.  She was a devoted member of her Church.

An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and reader, she loved to travel. She visited many countries and also took a trip around the world. She also was an animal lover and it was not unusal for her to take in a stray.

Margaret was active in many community activities, including Agape and serving as a ticket taker at the annual Bloomsburg Fair. She especially enjoyed the times she spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Mikel B. Strickland and two brothers: Norman D. Sproehnle and Allen R. Sproehnle.

She is survived by three sons: Richard A. Prior, Allentown; David A. Prior, at home; Randy S. Prior, and his wife Anna-Marie, Bloomsburg; a daughter, Allisa S., wife of Martin DePoe, Bloomsburg; two granddaughters: Sasha A. S. Strickland and Kimber B. L. Strickland; a sister, Faith Paone, Phila.; four brothers: Wilson L. Sproehnle, Phila.; Howard W. Sproehnle, and his wife Diana, Florida; Marc R. Sproehnle and George B. Sproehnle, both of Phila; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a. m. in the First English Baptist Church, 700 Millville Road, Bloomsburg, with her pastor, Rev. Dr. L. Lee Barnhardt officiating.

Friends may remember Margaret by contributing to the PA S. P. C. A.,  1467 Bloom Road, Danville, Pa 17821.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.


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I was a lucky enough to be her student. Recently I was thinking back over my childhood and the those people who touched my life in a positive way amidst a dark time in my life. I had decided to write a memoir of my troubled years and did a quick search, hoping to find my former teacher so I could share the impact she'd made on me. I was saddened to learn of her passing, but I'm encouraged while reading over her story and the memories grateful that she was seen and appreciated for the special woman she had been. The impact she has made on her student's lives will carry through generations, she was a truly amazing woman and I consider myself blessed for having had a chance to learn under her caring tutelage.

Shannon Aug 12 2020 12:00 AM

Sue will be remembered always by our family as a warm and caring friend, an inspirational teacher to our sons, a favorite tour companion, and a most valued church member. She did not ever just watch life; she was an avid, excited participant who loved people at home and abroad, as comfortable in Athens, Greece as in Athens, Georgia. Bob Voyage, Sue. We'll miss you, but your newest journey of faith has carried you to a Better Place.

Janice F. and Floyd W. Walters Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

I am a former student of Mrs. Stanton's, and I had a wonderful time working with her. I was part of her drama club from my last year of middle school until the year I graduated. In that time, she directed our school plays, took us to New Hope for drama competitions, Philadelphia to see stage shows, and even England, Wales, and Ireland on a school trip. I remember having breakfast with her in the little town of Sneem, Ireland, which she loved. She remarked that "travel was good for the soul," and seemed so happy and at peace. I think she was a woman with a deep inner life, paired with a fabulous sense of humor and a strong desire to see her students experience the world. My life would certainly be less rich without the things she shared. My condolences to her family, friends, and former students - everyone has lost a gem. Rest in peace, Sue.

Jessica Fiedor Feb 13 2019 12:00 AM

My heart breaks for the family with your loss. Sue was a sweet and kind soul! She was giving, loving and adored her family. Her Va. Beach family sends thoughts and prayers through the difficult time.

Vickie Oyer Feb 9 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Stanton

Velma A. Burrows Feb 9 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Mom. I have a hard time finding the words to Express my sense of loss of your physical presence. I find perfection and relief knowing as you were preparing your transition to your next phase of life that you knew where you were going and I knew you where you were going. Whenever and wherever I may experience hardship and difficulty I will think of you and draw on your strength which you were always so willing to give to whoever needed it. Whenever I think of you I will feel nothing but love, admiration, and adoration. God called an Angel home last Sunday.

Her son David Feb 8 2019 12:00 AM

A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was ordered on February 8, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Feb 8 2019 12:00 AM

My sister, Margaret, was my earliest inspiration in life. She was the best big sister a young boy could have. From the age of 12, she was the primary caretaker for her seven younger siblings. Our lives would have been a disaster without her. And now, so many years later, we have to find a way to live without her somehow. My heart aches from our loss. I will always love and adore my big sissy.

Wilson L Sproehnle III Feb 8 2019 12:00 AM

Mrs. Stanton was one of the best teachers I have ever had! She was very kind-hearted and cared about all of her students as if they were her own children. She was loved dearly and will be missed by so many!

Jacqueline Hornickell Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

A BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was ordered on February 7, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

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