Margaret Sinyard Loch Ohl 1918 - 2012
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — Margaret Sinyard Loch Ohl, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Aug. 27 in Newport Beach, Calif. just a few weeks after celebrating her 94th birthday. Her four children as well as other very loved family members were with her.
Margaret was the daughter of Matilda Loch Walls and Edgar Loch and lived in her family home in Summit Hill, Penn. throughout her childhood. She went to Temple University Nursing School in Philadelphia where she completed her nursing degree in 1940.
Margaret married Charles Ohl, whom she had known since childhood, upon her graduation from nursing school. Charlie was a geologist, graduating from Muhlenberg University, who worked in the oil industry with Lane Wells and Dresser Atlas. He was a captain and B-17 bomber pilot in World War II. He was seriously wounded on his 25th mission over Germany and came home from England with other wounded soldiers on the Queen Mary. He was awarded a Purple Heart, several Air Medals, and The Distinguished Flying Cross. He preceded Margaret in death, passing away in 1993.
Margaret and Charles spent a large part of their lives in the midwest and lived in Great Bend for over thirty years where their children went to high school and to Kansas State University. Later, as she visited her children and eventually moved to California, she went on many firsts...a river rafting trip on the Truckee River, her first bike ride, and her first cross country ski trip. Her favorite past time was to travel and she went with her son and daughters to China, the Greek Islands, Turkey, Russia, Italy, France, and, of course, Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Margaret’s creative passion was painting. She and Charles built a greenhouse and she was able to capture the beauty of live flowers all year round even during the Kansas snowstorms. Her unique paintings of Pennsylvania and Kansas barns and snowscapes live in the homes of many friends and family members and bring back many fond memories of Margaret. She loved to attend painting workshops and she found great joy in traveling to France for a workshop with her daughter where she painted the vivid flowers and ancient stone buildings of the Dordogne region.
Margaret leaves a great legacy of four loving children, Margaret (Peggy) Ohl Grove of Sun Valley, Idaho, Charles Ohl of Clermont, Fla., Barbara Ohl Stonich of Incline, Nev., and Nancy Ohl Bryson of San Francisco, Calif. She also leaves nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She made her own arrangements with the Neptune Society for cremation and the family will have a celebration of her life in a private service in the near future. In lieu of cards or flowers, please keep memories of Margaret in your hearts.