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Margaret L. (Lowinger) Needelman

March 4, 1947 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Margaret Needelman Obituary

     Margaret L. Needelman, 76, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, aunt, and friend, passed away on Saturday December 2, 2023. She is survived by her loving husband of over 50 years, Jerold Needelman; her two sons, John (Katrina) and William (Elana); three grandchildren, Brandon, Lily, and Ezra; and two brothers, Frederick (Terri) Lowinger, and Lloyd Lowinger.  

     She was born on March 4, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois to Muriel and Alexander Lowinger, grew up in the Chicagoland area, attended Tulane University and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois, where she met her husband.

     While raising a family and navigating a successful career as a small business owner, working in cash management, and as an accountant, Margie faced a lengthy battle with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While being cured of Lymphoma, she faced other health challenges. She remained driven to beat cancer, and for decades she was a staunch supporter and fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She helped to raise over $200,000 towards cancer research.          

     Margie enjoyed life and she fought with intense strength and bravery to live it. This took many forms; her charity and fundraising, her connection to her Door County community, her accumulation of clothing, her love of gardening, her giving of goofy “mom” gifts, being proud of and loving her family, and her many valued friendships. Margie was fun company and a night owl, so we all knew to expect that an early dinner could begin at 9:00, and that her communication, actions, and opinions came at great volume, as did her laughter. If you knew Margie, you were gonna know Margie! Yet, she was most at peace sitting on her porch with her animals sprawled around her and her husband nearby, the wind chimes playing softly, along with the radio, and a priceless view that never got old.

     The immediate family will gather for a private memorial, and there will be a memorial service/celebration of life held at a yet to be determined date and time in the late spring or early summer.

     Memorial Contributions may be directed to:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, or

     Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Needelman family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Margie may be shared with her family through her tribute page at





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