Marguerite Pittenger (nee Hess)

Marguerite Pittenger (nee Hess) went home to the loving arms of Jesus on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, after a long bout of cancer. Marguerite was born in Rock Island, Ill., the daughter of Alma (nee Thuenen) and Albert Hess. She lived in La Crosse until recently.

Marguerite and her husband, Charles, were residents of Onalaska for many years and ran Pittengers Greenhouse on South Eighth Street. They later opened several flower shops in La Crosse called Pittenger’s Flowers. She lovingly cared for her husband, who was disabled in 1970, until his death in 1984. After her husband’s death, Marguerite retired and sold their business. She lived in New York City during World War II, where she was employed by Eastman Kodak and participated in the sending of the very first V-mail to the solders in Europe. She enjoyed traveling with her daughters and exploring new places. She especially loved covered bridges and lighthouses. Marguerite attended Faith Baptist Church of Port Washington until her hospitalization. She has since received loving care at the Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center in Waukesha.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles. She is survived by three daughters, Gaylynne Moore of La Crosse, Elise Kubiak (Robert) of Waukesha and Marguerite "Peggy" (Michael) Mierzwa of Belgium. She is further survived by three grandchildren, Charles (Karen) Kubiak, Laura (John) Burke and Michael Mierzwa; two loving great-grandchildren, Colleen and Connor Kubiak; and her sisters, Roberta (Rudy) Fischer of La Crosse and Gerry Richardsen of Tacoma, Wash.

A private family service will be held and a memorial service will be held in La Crosse at a later date.

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Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services assisted the family, 547-4035.