From Jason Nies – November 1, 2020
This evening at close to 7pm as I was cleaning the kitchen up after finishing dinner, I received a phone call informing me that Margret Schlichting passed away at 5pm this evening. I have been expecting this call as I knew Margret was under hospice care, but I was not prepared for the sadness I feel with the loss of Margret. It felt like I was losing a grandparent all over again. I only knew Margret for eleven years, but she had an impact on my life and I am grateful for the time I was given with her. Please allow me to share a little about who Margret was to me.
Margret was Marge Stock’s right hand and as they both would describe their roles Marge dreamed it and Margret made it a reality. These two women dreamed up, designed, financed, and opened The Inn at Honey Run on November 1, 1982. They had a long career before The Inn working together at Stouffer’s Restaurants and then later their own convention and event planning business. I first met Margret when Phil Jenkins, the owner of The Inn between Marge and I, held a lunch gathering for all of us a few months before I purchased The Inn. Phil wanted to introduce them to me and me to them. It was a nice lunch at The Inn and I remember leaving that lunch really excited about my new future and extremely grateful to meet Margret and Marge and hear their stories about The Inn and understand their original vision.
After I purchased The Inn at Honey Run our friendship continued. I do not remember exactly how but we started meeting the first Tuesday of each month and held this tradition until Margret’s health began to fail and she moved into the nursing home. I cherished these Tuesday evenings. Carla, my Margret and right hand, and I would take the ladies out to a different restaurant in Holmes County. We made our way all around the county and enjoyed critiquing each establishment we visited. We shared stories about The Inn and I learned so much history of The Inn during these dinner dates.
Margret seemed to prefer Carla over me and every time I saw her, she would ask me with her thick German accent “How’s Caarrrrllllaaa”. She tolerated me, but she loved Carla. Maybe she felt sorry for Carla knowing what she had to deal with all her career with Marge and her crazy ideas.
Margret was a wealth of information about the physical operations of The Inn. She knew where every pipe was buried and every hidden access panel in the ceiling. She knew every square inch of our 56 acres. She and I never discussed her feelings about The Inn or her twenty plus years working there, but I would imagine she felt the same way as I do about it. After being here for eleven years this place has become like a family member. There are times it is very needy and demanding but then there are times it gives you so much love and its spirit is opened to you, and it feels like heaven. Margret had the opportunity to work at The Inn with Marge which gave them the ability to operate The Inn as a labor of love rather than a for profit business. Can you imagine the fun they had with this giant hobby of an Inn.
Margret was an opinionated and strong woman. She could tear you down in ten seconds flat and God help you if she did not agree with you, she would let you know. But she also had the other side of her that was so caring and loving. She lit up when we were visiting the sheep or when she came over to help birth a lamb. Margret was and is a special woman. I am truly lucky to have known her and I am honored to be one of the many people on this earth who love her. I have missed my regular visits with her and her absence from the earth will be noticed. She built an incredible foundation at The Inn and it is by her hard work and efforts that I have benefited. She built a foundation for us that is strong and was built to last for the ages. Her legacy at The Inn at Honey Run will never be lost. Her actions from 38 years ago are still blessing thousands of people every year as the celebrate their special life milestones here, thanks to Margret’s work. While the next generation coming to The Inn will not know her personally, they will connect with a piece of her soul that she left for all of us at The Inn at Honey Run.
Margret, while I am sad today, I am happy for you for I know that today you are with your Savior and Lord and you are probably trying to boss everyone around in heaven. Thank you, Margret, for your love and for sharing The Inn at Honey Run with me.
In Honor and Remembrance:
October 15, 1935 – November 1, 2020