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BIRMINGHAM, AL. -- Margaret Anne Tresler departed this earth for the "Sweet By and By" surrounded by friends and family in Birmingham, Ala., on March 27, 2019. She was 53. Margaret is survived by her brother, John W. Tresler (Lynda); nieces, Margaret and Mary Tresler; and a nephew, Willard Tresler, from New Hope, Pa.; an aunt, Barbara Tresler Zarchen, of Kingston R.I.; an uncle, Thomas A. Montgomery, of Martinez, Ga.; four cousins, Jane Vachon, of Hopkinton, R.I., Ann Knoblock, of Sudbury, Ma., Beth Powell, of Augusta, Ga., and Leah Player, of Shelby, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard T. Tresler, of South Hero, Vt., and Jeane F. Tresler, of Trion, Ga.; aunt, Anne F. Montgomery, of Savannah, Ga.; and an uncle, Maurice Zarchen, of Kingston, R.I. Margaret was also a loving campanion of Jasmine, (aka "Jazz"), her dog.

Margaret was born in Kincheloe Air Force Base near Sault Set. Marie, Mich. After a few years in Michigan, and because her father was a career officer in the U.S. Air Force, Margaret movied to Merced, Calif., followed by Savannah, Ga., and then finally Oslo, Norway. In 1977, her father retired from the military and the Treslers settled in Hot Springs Village, Ark. Margaret graduated valedictorian from Jessieville High School and then attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., where she recieved a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Physics.

In 1991, Margaret moved to Birmingham, Ala., where she began a long and distringuished career with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She held numerous positions at UAB including data analyst, program manager and database administrator. She was a published researcher geared at improving patient care and health care outcomes. She completed her Master's of Public Health from UAB School of Public Heath in 1999. This past October, Margaret retired from UAB after 25 years of dedicated service.

As a kidney recipient herself, Margaret was a passionate advocate for organ donation and people with kidney disease. She was a member of the Board of Directors, and later vice president, and then president of the Alabama Kidney Foundation. Through her endless efforts, she was instrumental in UAB developing a paid leave policy for living donors, thus making it easier for them to donate. Margaret lived her life with southern grace and charm, a contagious laugh, and a smile that could light up a room, honoring her kidney donors who extended her life.

Margaret had strong faith and belief in The Lord. She was a loving godmother and role model to Sarah Rayburn and Hannah Fiveash, as well as her niece, Margaret Tresler.

On behalf of Margaret, the Tresler family would like to especially thank Doctor Arnold "Gill" Diethelm and the entire team at UAB, as well as her amazing group of close knit friends including her friends at Regency Summit.

All are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Margaret on June 7, 2019. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 570 Valley View Road, Indian Springs, Ala. Please RSVP to In honor of Margaret, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be made in her memory to the Alabama Kidney Foundation at

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