Marjorie D. “Marge” Stanek, 84, of Sioux City, a longtime leader in the pro-life movement died Friday, May 19, 2017, at her home.
Services were May 24 at Immaculate Conception Church in Sioux City. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, under the direction of Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel.
Marge was born Nov. 17, 1932, to John and Josephine Deiterman on a farm in Le Mars. The family moved to a farm in Sutherland, in 1942, where she graduated from Sutherland High School in 1950. Marge graduated from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in 1953.
While in nurses’ training, she met Joseph Stanek and they were married on Sept. 26, 1953. Marge worked as a nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital through the 1960s. In 1968, Joe and his brother, Gene, opened the first Mr. Donut in Sioux City. They added a second Mr. Donut which eventually led to the ownership of the Hardee’s restaurants.
Other than her family, Marge’s biggest passion was her involvement in the pro-life movement. Starting in 1973, with the legalization of abortion, Marge worked tirelessly to spread the message of the sacredness and dignity of every human life.
Marge was the founder of the annual Siouxland Pro-life Interfaith Prayer Memorial in 1995 and organized the event for years. She was on the board of Trinity Heights Queen of Peace and was instrumental in creating the Circle of Life to promote prayers and healing for the unborn and their mothers. Her family believes it was not just a coincidence that on the day before her passing, Planned Parenthood of Sioux City announced it would be closing. Marge was often seen praying as a silent witness at the facilty.
Survivors include her nine children, Terry (Lyn) Stanek, Shawn (Suzanne) Stanek, Doug (Kathy) Stanek, Mark (Colleen) Stanek, Cathy (Jim) Martin, Tom (Janie) Stanek, Jim (Bridget) Stanek, Joe (Nicole) Stanek, Brian (Mary) Stanek; 30 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sylvia Nikles and Rosalind Lohberger; a brother-in-law, Gene (Nancy) Stanek; and sisters-in-law, Patty Stanek and Marjorie Haley.
She was preceded in death by husband, Joseph in 1983; a grandchild, Christopher Martin and brothers, Vincent and Ray Deiterman.