Marg Abendshein
Marg Abendshein
Marg Abendshein, a longtime volunteer at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, died March 9 of pneumonia after suffering from cancer. She was 65. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for her at St. Rose at 11 a.m. on March 31.

"One of the things about Marg was, she let the light of Jesus shine through her almost as if she was a stained glass window. The light of Jesus shone through her," said Msgr. Raymond East, who worked with her on Cursillo retreat weekends, which she helped lead and assisted on over the years.

"She had that unconditional love for Jesus that translated into love for her sisters and brothers," said Msgr. East, the pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Washington, who praised Marg and her husband Mike as "a couple for Christ."

Mike Abendshein married Marg Logsdon, a native of Mount Savage, 39 years ago, and they have two children, Michael and Becky. Marg worked as a teacher in Montgomery County before raising her children. Later, she did fundraising work for the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity at Trinity Missions in Silver Spring and served as assistant development director at the Christian Brothers Development Center in Ammendale.

In addition to serving with Cursillo, the Abendsheins also volunteered with the Pre Cana marriage preparation program. In 1987, they joined St. Rose of Lima Parish.

"This was now our church home," said Mike Abendshein, a longtime usher there. "Over the years, Marg has been a lector, Eucharistic minister, Fiesta worker, religious ed teacher and did altar guild service. She loved St. Rose with all her heart."

In a poem written about her family, Marg Abendshein said "life was simple in our hometown" of Mount Savage, and she noted, "with the help of God, we managed to make it through."

During her illness, Marg prayed a prayer attributed to St. Francis de Sales that she shared with her family and friends: "Peace...Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for us today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you the unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."

That appreciation for God's love and presence was a constant in his wife's life, said Mike Abendshein, who noted, "Marg was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend to many. She was witty, smart and faith-filled. Her whole life has been Jesus first, family next, Marg last."

In addition to her husband and children, Marg Abendshein is survived by a brother, Ed Logsdon of Sykesville; and by three sisters, Ann Fisher of Derwood, Adelaide McCallum of Frederick, and Marian Somers of Frederick.

Their parents, Wilbert and Adelaide Logsdon, died in 1981.

In her family poem, Marg Abendshein wrote, "Mom told me once the best legacy they could leave us was our love for each other after they're gone. Well, Mom and Dad, we hope you're proud, the legacy lives on."

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Christian Brothers Retirement Home, P.O. Box 1710, Beltsville, MD 20704.