Obituary: Margery J. Lehenbauer, 91, of Hannibal

Margery J. Lehenbauer, 91, of Hannibal, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019, at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Ely. Pastor Scott Salo will officiate. Burial will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in West Ely.

Visitation with family and friends will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, April 16, 2019, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Margery was born on May 4, 1927, in Hannibal, the daughter of August Nicolus and Mary Evelyn (Gillespie) Troppmann. She was united in marriage to Martin C. Lehenbauer Jr. on Oct. 6, 1945, in Macon. He preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1995.

Survivors include her children, Jill Pflantz and husband, Rex, of Hannibal, Ronald Lehenbauer and wife, Michelle, of West Ely, Cara Hanlin and husband, Greg, of Rolla; son-in-law, Kenny Seaton of Paducah, Ky.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Lehenbauer was preceded in death by a infant daughter, Beverly Lehenbauer; daughter, Marcia Seaton; infant grandson, Brent Morris; brother, Louis F. Troppmann; and sisters, Doris McKay and Augusta Proffitt.

Margery graduated from Hannibal High School in 1945. Later that year she married the love of her life, Martin. Margery worked most of her life as a farmer’s wife, helping raise her children and helping her husband out on the farm.

Mrs. Lehenbauer was very active in the Marion County Republican Central Committee and held various positions throughout the years. Her biggest achievement was serving as a delegate at the National Republican Convention in Detroit, Mich. Margery also was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Ely and a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid. She had also served as a 4-H leader for her children in the past.

Margery enjoyed sewing in her free time, traveling with her family, playing Canasta with her friends on Thursdays, and trips to the casino. Margery was an avid Cardinals fan who rarely missed watching a game. Margery’s biggest love was her family. She cherished the time spent with her family and enjoyed cooking wonderful meals for them.

Pallbearers will be Mike Pflantz, Sam Hanlin, Mark Lehenbauer, Andrew Lehenbauer, Greg Meier, Chris Morris and Clint Morris.

Honorary pallbearers will be Melissa Hanlin, Trisha Pflantz, Amy Lehenbauer, Lesley Meier, Jessica Lehenbauer, Meagan Morris, Anne Morris, Kaitlyn Hanlin and Becca Hanlin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glaucoma Research Foundation or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in care of the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Margery’s memorial page at


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