Margarite “Peggy” Steensland

November 10, 1943 ‒ February 09, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Margarite “Peggy” Steensland passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020, in OSU Wexner Medical Center surrounded by family. She was 76.

She was born November 10, 1943. Peggy graduated from Andrews Osborn Academy with the class of 1961 then she went on to Bowling Green University where she earned her degree in Chemistry.

On June 14, 1969, she married Collins Eric Steensland and they shared 33 wonderful years of marriage until he passed October 9, 2002. Now they are together again.

Peggy worked at Chemical Abstracts Service as a Senior Systems Coordinator and was very successful in her career. She retired in June of 2000.

Having a love for nature, Peggy enjoyed animals and had everything from bees to poultry even sheep and llamas at different points. She was always able to see the good in others around her and wanted to help those in need.  She especially loved to foster the love for the sciences in young girls as she had learned to love the sciences as well.

She is survived by her brother, Charles Clark and foster brother and sister Henry Reffner, Molly (Reffner) Currence; brother and sister in-law Bill and Linda Steensland; nieces and nephews Lori Naylor, Morgan Steensland, Mark and Becky Steensland, Jessica Steensland, Peter and Stephanie Steensland, Richard Reffner, Jenny Reffner, Nate Reffner and Ryan Reffner

She was preceded in death by her husband and niece Leah Steensland

Calling hours will take place Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 10 – 12 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Peggy’s life will begin immediately at 12 p.m. Pastor Cory Schnuerer will officiate.

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  • February 13 at 4:28 pm. I knew Peg from Chemical Abstracts Service. I used to buy eggs from her and they were delicious. She was a fine lady.

  • Peggy and I worked together when she first started at Chemical Abstracts Service in the mid 60s. We both came from northeastern Ohio so we shared a lot of memories of that area. I feel badly that we lost touch these last years since she and I retired in 2000. I have many fond memories of working with Peggy and some of the fun things we did like canoeing and watching the fireworks over Lake Erie in Ashtabula. I will always remember Peggy as a warm, caring person who loved her many animals.

  • Peggy, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I am only certain that you and Eric are together and at peace. I was so pleased that we had a few moments to chat at several of the CAS Retirees’ summer picnics. All who knew you were, and are, better for the experience. RIP my friend.


  • I was a newbie (just out of undergraduate school) at CAS [many! years ago] and at some point I crashed into Peg. She was super helpful and smart and friendly. She saw potential in me and introduced me to a whole lot of terrific folks. I’ve been forever grateful. We ended up working on a number of different projects together and I always valued her guidance and support and patience and creativity. It is with a great deal of fondest that write these condolences. It might be said that one had to “scratch the surface a bit” to find the graciousness in Peg, but it certainly was there, and I basked in it. I consider myself a privileged person to have been her colleague and acquaintance.

  • My condolences to the family of Peggy Steensland. I didn’t know her personally, but a lot of her family. She was well loved and will be missed by them all. I’m sure she in the loving arms of Jesus now.
    Love and hugs to Bill, Linda and Jess Steensland.

    April Bright

  • Rest in peace, my friend! You were a wonderful lady…always willing to help everybody…kind…seeing the good in people & circumstances, even when they didn’t deserve it ! You will be greatly missed, Meg!

  • I knew Meg from sharing Llama & Alpaca information. I always enjoyed sitting with her and talking. She was very intelligent! RIP Meg 🙏🏻

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