Margaret S. Munck

CARLISLE, PA – Margaret Munck, 91, of Carlisle died on Friday, January 10 surrounded by family members at the Sarah Todd Home.

Margaret was born in Ipswich, South Dakota on November 2, 1922, the only daughter of Charlotte and John Strom. Graduating from Ipswich High School at 16, she attended Yankton College studying English and Drama for two years before dropping out to support her parents who had lost their home during the Depression.

After scoring highly on a civil service test, she boarded a train to Washington, DC in May 1941 to take a position with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The following spring she transferred to the Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago.

Margaret married college sweetheart Robert W. Danford in September 1942 and moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where Robert was a flying instructor at the Cimarron and Mustang Fields while Margaret worked in the orderly room. Danford was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and the couple returned to South Dakota to await his call to active duty.

Sadly, both Robert and Margaret’s brother Glenn were killed in a small plane crash in the Black Hills in May 1945. Pregnant with first child Bob, she remained in Hot Springs to live with her parents and work as secretary to the manager of the Veteran’s Administration.

While in Hot Springs she met Ianer Munck and they married in 1948, living in Rapid City until Ianer finished his Engineering degree at the South Dakota School of Mines.

Her husband’s foundry career took the family to a variety of locales: Beloit, Wisconsin;Mission, Kansas; Lufkin, Texas; and West Chester, Pennsylvania where Margaret worked part- time as a secretary for a church and synagogue and as a transcriber for a court reporter while raising four children. Coincidentally, the court reporter was Cal Cornelius, an old friend from Ipswich High School.

The family’s journey continued to Ishpeming, Michigan; Wausau, Wisconsin; Beloit again; Wichita, Kansas; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and culminated in Margaret and Ianer coming to Carlisle in 2000. Ianer died in 2003 after nearly 55 years of marriage.

Margaret is survived by her son Robert and wife Chris of Haymarket, Virginia; son Eric, wife Nancy and grandchildren Sean and Daniel of Carlisle; daughter Robin Carlyle of Grand Rapids, Michigan, grandson Trevor and fiance Meleah of Maryville, Tennessee, granddaughter Alyssa McCarthy and husband Brian of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter Shelley Magnusen, husband Paul and granddaughter Chelsea of Pittsburgh, grandson Josh, wife Becca and great-grandson Andrew of Wayne, New Jersey; grandson Matt, wife Marisa, and great-granddaughters Greta and Stella of New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 8 at 11 a.m. In lieu of gifts, donations may be sent to the Sarah Todd Home, 1000 West South Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 and/or Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013.