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“So sorry for your loss Cathy and Nancy and families...Your Mom was such a great lady! Loved her contagious laugh and she always seemed so sincerely...Read More »
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“I am so sorry for your loss. Her gift of teaching and engaging with young children enriched my life and the lives of my siblings. We all studied...Read More »
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Marjorie Helen Kontos, 86, of Sterling, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Morningside of Sterling. Margie was born March 1, 1931 in California, the daughter of Carlyle and Helen (Frye) Cameron. Her family moved to Sterling when she was a young child. She was a graduate of Sterling High School and Northwestern University. She graduated college on a Sunday and three days later was united in marriage on Wednesday, June 18, 1952 to Theodore "Ted" Kontos. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary shortly before he preceded her in death on July 11, 2012.

After college graduation Margie was a second-grade teacher at Wallace School in Sterling from 1952-1956. She was host of WOC-TV's "Story Time" in the early 1950's. For this program, Margie told a story and then helped local children bring the story to life. She became an author at this time when she wrote a book entitled Let's Play, featuring stories and pictures from the show. Ever the educator she was the founder and first teacher of the Sterling/Rock Falls YWCA Pre-school. She taught creative dramatics classes for all age groups at the local library and park programs, Woodlawn Arts Academy, Sauk Valley Community College, various grade schools and community clubs and banquets.

Margie spent fifteen years as writer and director of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Children's Theater. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO). She was widely known throughout Sterling/Rock Falls and the surrounding area for her story telling as she brought stories to life through book review/monologues for churches, schools, hospitals, senior centers, business meetings and special events. She continued to share this gift with the community through her late seventies.

She served on the Centennial Auditorium Committee, Woodlawn Arts Academy Focus Group, Salvation Army Auxiliary and as a Dillon Home Museum Docent. Margie was awarded the Crete Dillon Bowman Award in 1999 for community leadership. She wrote a cantata, a religious musical entitled "The Story and the Glory of the Lord". In the spring of 2011 she received a copyright for her material. One of her greatest joys late in life was to see her cantata performed. In 2012 she was recognized by the Sterling Schools Foundation as a Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.

Left to honor her memory are two daughters, Cathy (Jerry) Binder of Sterling and Nancy (Bruce) Crowe of Coal Valley IL; four grandchildren Amee Binder (Tim Paisley) of Chicago, Josh Binder (Stacy Hubacek) of Geneva,IL, Kelsey (Eric) Jones of Waterloo, IL and Jacob (Morgan) Crowe of Cedar Falls, IA; two great grandchildren, Wesley Binder and Cora Jones; one brother, Carlyle (Jean) Cameron; one sister, Joyce Rookerson and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

A Celebration of Margie's Life for all family and friends will be on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00am at the First Christian Church of Sterling where she was a lifelong member and faithful servant. The Rev. Tanya Tyler, will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ted and Margie Kontos Scholarship through the Sterling Schools Foundation.