Margaret Vogel Pfanstiehl, 60, active in church and volunteer work since moving to the Washington area in 1945, died in her sleep yesterday morning at Georgetown Hospital where she was being treated for pulmonary problems.

She was born March 15, 1920, in Greenville, S.C., and was a music graduate of Furman University there.

In 1943 she married Cody Pfanstiehl, the long-time spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and they moved to the Washington area in 1945. The Pfanstiehl home is in Takoma Park.

Mrs. Pfanstiehl taught Sunday school for 20 years and directed the junior choir for 10 years at Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, where she was once a member of the church council. She was the volunteer secretary for military membership worldwide to the Lutheran Church in America.

She was active in Montgomery County PTA affairs, serving as PTA president at intermediate, junior high and high school levels, and edited a PTA newsletter.

She was a volunteer teacher for the mentally retarded at the Concord School in Montgomery County.

Mrs. Pfanstiehl was a Democratic precinct chairman in Takoma Park and was active in the Montgomery County League of Women Voters.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Henry L. Vogel of Greenville; two daughters, Carla Knepper of Glen Burnie and Julia Hamre of Bethesda; a son, Eliot, of Wheaton; a brother, Dr. Henry Vogel of Clemson, S.C., and two grandchildren.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. Nw Washington.