Margaret A. Folger, active church member, a dedicated nurse and compassionate individual, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2023, surrounded by her loving family in Hilliard, Ohio at the Inn at Library Way. She was born on December 13, 1930, in Canton, Ohio to the late Erwin F. Theobald and Edna Fisher Theobald.
Margaret's passion for nursing was evident throughout her illustrious career. Before her retirement, she selflessly served as a nurse for Rainbow Babies and Children in Cleveland, Ingham Medical Hospital and Michigan State University as a clinical instructor in Michigan and the Tuscarawas County Health Department. Her dedication to caring for others made a significant impact on the lives of countless patients and their families.
Educationally driven and seeking excellence in her field, Margaret graduated from Lehman High School in Canton. Following her graduation, she pursued further studies at the College of Wooster for two years and then finished her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the esteemed Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve.
A woman of great compassion and empathy, Margaret was involved in various charitable endeavors that brought comfort and support to those in need. She proudly co-founded Hospice in Tuscarawas County and served as an invaluable member of its Board of Directors. Through this organization, she offered solace to individuals facing end-of-life journeys and their families. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in New Philadelphia where she was involved in the the ECW (Episcopal Church Women), the choir, and Altar Guild.
Another notable accomplishment was her pivotal role in helping to establish a homeless shelter in Tuscarawas County. Recognizing the urgent need to provide support to vulnerable members of society, Margaret wholeheartedly contributed to the opening of this vital refuge.
Margaret will be sadly missed by her son; Peter Folger of Grand Rapids, Michigan; daughter, Katy (Chris) Kennedy of London, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Craig (Kelsey) Folger, Evan (Bri) Folger, Rob Kennedy, Colleen (David) Chapman, Mike Kennedy, Elaine Kennedy, and Jim Kennedy; along with 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her brother, Erwin Fisher Theobald; her grandson, Jon Kennedy, and nieces and nephews, Karen Coughlin, Christopher K. Loomis, Christopher W. Loomis and Trent Theobald.
Margaret A. Folger was a beacon of hope, a dedicated nurse, and a compassionate advocate for those in need. Her selflessness, kindness, and unwavering commitment to serving others will always be remembered.
Friends are invited to gather at the Trinity Episcopal Church in New Philadelphia on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 11:30-12 pm. A celebration of Margaret's life will begin at 12:00 pm with Rev. Bill Rinderknecht officiating. There will be a private burial following the service. A meal will be served at the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center following the service. The Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover are helping the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made in Margaret's memory to the Community Hospice Truman House, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663, or Trinity Episcopal Church, 122 3rd St. NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.