Margaret Planalp, 97

Margaret L. Lee Planalp, 97, Wabash, died at 5:27 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Miller's Merry Manor East, Wabash. She was born May 20, 1916 in Tipton, to Ivan and Edna (Little) Presler.

Margaret was a 1934 graduate of Tipton High School. She first married Omer Lee, Jr. in Tipton, on Aug. 21, 1937; he died Sept. 28, 1977. She then married Eldon Planalp on Oct. 26, 1996 in Wabash; he died Oct. 20, 2000. She was a bookkeeper and co-owner of Wilkinson Lumber Company in Wabash. Margaret was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wabash, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Gusta Robinette Circle. She was also a member of P.E.O Sisterhood, a member and past-president of Wabash Garden Club, a member of the Wabash County Hospital Auxiliary, and the West End Club.  She served as secretary/treasurer of Asherwood Nature Study for 20 years. She loved bird watching, canoeing, and traveling. She lived in Wabash since 1959, coming from Linden.

She is survived by three children, Philip Lee, South Portland, Maine, Donald (Vicki) Lee, Wabash, and Sherilyn (Phil) Wilcox, Urbana; son-in-law, Jon (Susan) Willis, Daleville; stepson, Wayne (Vicki) Planalp, Lake Stevens, Wash.; brother, John Bill Presler, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Angie (Gary) Hunnicutt, Andrews, Dan Lee and Christopher Lee, both of Wabash, Matthew Willis and Aaron (Kristy) Willis, both of Muncie; two step grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Diane Willis; brother, Robert Presler; and sister, Mary Jane Roberts, and an infant sister.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First United Methodist Church, 110 N. Cass Street, Wabash with Rev. Kurt Freeman and Rev. John Cook officiating.  Private burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is First United Methodist Church Choir Fund.

The memorial guest book for Margaret may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Feb 07