In Memory of Margaret Ann Schug

Margaret Ann Schug
Margaret Ann Schug
Born: December 2, 1934
Died: March 16, 2023
Age: 88
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Margaret Ann Schug
December 2, 1934 - March 16, 2023
From: Ida Grove, IA

Margaret Ann Schug, age 88, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at her residence of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, March 20, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., with a Rosary Service at 9:00 a.m., on Monday, March 20, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Margaret Ann Schug, the daughter of Earle and Josephine (Schmitz) Zimmerman, was born on December 2, 1934, in Odebolt, Iowa. She grew up in Odebolt and graduated from Odebolt High School with the class of 1952.

On May 4, 1953, Margaret was united in marriage to Arlynn Schug on an Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. The couple welcomed six children: the twins Christy and Carmen, Mark, Charles, Kathy, and Steven. 

Margaret was a stay-at-home mother and she took pride in raising her children in their family home in Ida Grove, Iowa. From 2010 to 2023 Margaret handmade 47,600 rosaries and donated them to missionaries around the world. A devout catholic, she found joy in supporting numerous Catholic charities and making rosaries as part of her patronage to her faith in her Lord and Savior. 

In her free time, Margaret enjoyed gardening and tending to her flower beds, attending church, making rosaries, dancing on her roller skates in her youth, taking cruises with her family, traveling to Europe, the Holy Land, Medugorje, Japan, Fatima, and Hawaii. She also loved chatting on the phone with her family and baking her delectable famous homemade buns and cinnamon rolls.

Margaret was lovingly nicknamed by her grandchildren as  “Grandma Putz”. She loved to share her stories and play along with her grandchildren while all the time being quite witty. 

Left to carry on her memory are her children: Christy (Douglas) Walsh of Topeka, KS, Mark Schug of Riverhead, NY, Charles (Jan) Schug of Ida Grove, IA, Kathy (William) Stehr of Odebolt, IA and Steven (Nancy) Schug of Ida Grove, IA; son-in-law Francis Morehouse of Taunton, MA; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren with one on the way; extended family and friends. 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Earle and Josephine Zimmerman; husband Arlynn Schug; and daughter Carmen Morehouse.


10:30 a.m., Monday
March 20, 2023
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Michael Stehr
Mathew Stehr
Brian Stehr
Bradley Stehr
Gavin Stehr
Clint Schug
Levi Schug
Zane Schug


*Prior to the Service*
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Rosary Service at 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 20, 2023
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"On Eagle's Wings"
"Here I Am, Lord"
"Ave Maria" ~ solo
"Let There Be Peace On Earth"

Tyler Schnuckel, Organist
Jeana Schroeder, Cantor



St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 9:23 AM
“Gonna miss you !!! - I've been truly blessed.”
- Frank
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 9:23 AM
“So sorry for your loss, remember her soul is in a great place !”
- Mason Fleenor
Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 9:11 PM
“Sorry to hear of Margaret Ann's passing. Archie worked for my Dad driving truck and shelling corn. She was a 1st cousin to my Sister in Law's Dad... Paul Schmitz. They are all gone now... and reunited in heaven. Sincere condolences. ”
- Mareta Vermeys
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 12:59 PM
“Margaret Ann is now a Glowing Saint in Heaven. Wishing peace to all of her family. RIP Dear Margaret Ann.”
- Trisha McCormick
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