Ida Margaret Gessinger Lang, passed peaceably from this life, in the care of her loving family, at her home in Rome, in the late afternoon on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the age of 88.  We will all miss her and wish her well while on her next great adventure with dad.  She is preceded on this journey by her parents, Adolph Gessinger and Anna Marie Maurer Gassinger, by her husband of 59 years, Alfred Lang, and by a great granddaughter, Eden Rayn Lang, who is resting close by them.

She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, after making the cross-Atlantic voyage from Hamburg, Germany, on the ship Thuringia, while resting in her mother’s womb.  She was born during the troubling financial times that were facing the world in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Because of the times, her parents emigrated to Canada in 1929, finally settling down in Toronto where our Mom entered the world on May 8, 1930. She enjoyed her life as a child and young adult living at home, going and watching baseball and hockey games with her parents. She got a job as a bookkeeper at the bakery where her dad was a baker. She told stories of how they basically grew up on the outskirts of Toronto then which is practically down town now.

Her family sponsored a young man from the “old country” who met and married a young lady. At the wedding of the young lady, she met the brother and eventually married him in 1954 in Toronto. She then moved to the “States” with him where she became an American Citizen and raised her family. Moving about the U. S. she had her 6 children in various cities from the oldest son in 1955 while living in Hartford, Connecticut, to the youngest, a daughter in 1966, being born into this world by her husband, Alfred, in their family home in Sacramento, California. Sadly, after our youngest sister was born, we lost all of the family photos and our dad quit taking pictures, so we don’t have many of our youngest sibling. It is only through the gifts of photos from Grandparents and extended family that we have any at all.

Her next great trip was in June of 1963 and took her family on a trip up the Alaskan Highway where she wrote a postcard to her parents telling of the beauty and endless days, as the sun never set at the place she was, 50 miles North of the Artic Circle. She also wrote as to how they were planning to be in Toronto in July to visit them.

She lived in 6 states, Scotland (for a while), Mexico, for 3 months as a missionary, and travelled to all 50 states while on trips with her husband and family, before settling down in Rome, Georgia in 1985. With her husband, she made one trip to Israel and another to India as a missionary to see where some of her hard-earned money helped buy land and dig wells for people in need.

While raising her 6 children, she was a stay at home mother, but during the late 1980’s, 90’s and into 2000’s she worked with the family in The Outreach in Cartersville, Georgia. She retired to her home in Rome where many of her grandchildren live. She has flown to Ireland, where she went to visit her daughter and family, and even in August 2018, she flew to Austin, Texas to see her latest great grand, twin girls, belonging to her oldest grandchild, Joseph. She would definitely light up while visiting with any of her beloved little ones.

She will be missed by her daughter, Elizabeth, who lived with her and took great care of her, especially these last 5 years, as she really missed her husband.

Margaret is survived by her children, sons, Al Lang, Jr. and wife, Lee, of Bastrop, TX, and Anthony Lang and wife, Mary, of Rome, GA; daughters, Barbara Dornan and husband, Desi, Calhoun, GA, Emily Murray and husband, John, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Elizabeth Lang and Pauline Lang, both of Rome. She also leaves18 grandchildren and more than 32 great grandchildren whom she will miss dearly. She will be missed by her 3 younger sisters, Irene Mehling, Francis Brueckner and Susan Schriener, and numerous relatives and friends across the country and around the world.

Family visitation and service will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 1:30-2:30pm at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Buddy Floyd officiating.  Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.