|6/9/2017 2:55:00 PM|
Margaret Theresa (Emig) Stoering, known all her life as “Peggy”, died May 28. Though funeral services will be held in California, the family has organized a special Portland-area Mass and celebration of life in the chapel of Maryville Nursing Home in Beaverton June 17 at 2 p.m.
Born on Dec. 13, 1925, Mrs. Stoering was the eighth of nine children of Rose (Koppert) and Joseph Emig, all born and raised in the Portland area. Their simple home became a haven of fun and respite for many different priest friends, who would show up unannounced for breakfast or dinner, play something fun on the upright piano, or take part in a family game of football, baseball, and other sports. Her aunt, Sr Winefride Koppert, taught music classes from the convent that is now Maryville in Beaverton, and her uncle, Rev. Vincent Koppert, was based out of Mt Angel Abbey but also served at several Portland parishes in his later years. The entire extended family (Emigs, Kopperts, Schaffers, Webbs, Sobeks) has been consistently involved with a number of parishes in the greater Portland area, over multiple generations.
Peggy attended St Mary’s Academy in Portland, helped her mother and sisters clean their parish each week and sang in her parish choir.
At 26, she married Jennings Peter (Pete) Stoering, a WWII Army Air Corps vet who attended University of Portland with her brother Ray Emig.
Mr. and Mrs. Stoering moved to Aberdeen, Maryland, for a year before settling permanently in California where Mr. Stoering worked at Lawrence Radiation Laboratories in Livermore. They adopted and raised three children before Mrs. Stoering eventually returned to work, first as a secretary in theschool district and later as executive secretary at Griffith Foods.
Mrs. Stoering enjoyed traveling, dancing to big band music, listening to classical concerts and opera, watching college sports and throwing dinner parties. Mr. Stoering died in 2011.
Mrs. Stoering is survived by her children Donna, Mark and Marla Stoering; her brother Ray Emig of Pleasant Hill, California; four grandchildren and two great-grandsons — as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving relatives, many of whom are still in the Portland area.
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