1917 — 2017
Margaret M. Petsche, 100, of Albion, formerly of Peters-burg, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Albion, NE.
Funeral services were held. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg with Rev. Mark Tomasiewicz officiating. Burial followed in the St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery, Raeville.
Levander Funeral Home of Albion, NE is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Marie Petsche, the daughter of Joseph and Maggie (Werder) Herbers was born on April 19, 1917 at Halbur, Iowa. She was baptized, confirmed and attended elementary school at St. Augustine’s in Halbur, IA graduating from the 8th grade. She then helped with the family dairy and worked at the Eischeid & Tiefenthaler grocery store. Margaret moved to Fort Worth, TX, after receiving word of the death of her fiancé, Vernon Bock, who was killed in action, on May 29, 1943, while serving in W.W.II. She spent a number of months in Texas and then returned to Iowa to help with the family farm.
On August 29, 1945, Margaret was united in marriage to Harold John Petsche at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE. They lived their entire married life in the Raeville and Petersburg communities where they raised their family. Margaret was a housewife, mother, and homemaker. In 1975 she began working at the Petersburg Lockers and continued until 1999. Harold and Margaret moved from the farm to Petersburg in 1974. Harold passed away in March of 1985.
In 2008, Margaret moved into the Petersburg Cottages and in 2011 to the Good Samaritan Society Assisted Living in Albion, NE. In September 2013 she entered the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home also in Albion.
Margaret helped organize the Petersburg Senior Citizens Center in 1983. She served as a board member, played in the Happy Kids Band and volunteered many hours during the 25 years she attended. Margaret was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Christian Mother’s and the St. John’s Quilters. She was also a member of the Rae Valley Heritage Association.
Margaret’s love was her family. She loved each of them in her own special way.
Margaret’s hobbies were bingo, traveling, embroidering and quilting. She quilted many quilts for her family and also for friends. She was an avid gardener and shared her produce with neighbors and friends. She loved to play cards and taught her grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to play many games including knock poker and of course solitaire!
Margaret is survived by her seven children: Larry (Judy) Petsche, Lila (Bruce) Staashelm of Petersburg, NE, Myra (Jerry) Schindler of Boca Raton, FL, Barbara (Paul) Vanderhaven, Pat (Dave) Beacom, Ed (Kelly) Petsche all of Omaha, NE, and Carol (Rick) Spiegel of Albion, NE; 15 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; Gertrude Esser of West Des Moines, IA and Edna Dalhoff of Halbur, IA: 2 sister-in-laws: Berdine Herbers of Las Vegas, NV and Jerrene Petsche of Hillsboro, OR, and a brother-in-law Ross Manganaro of Milwaukee, WI; along with many other relatives and friends.
Margaret is welcomed home into heaven by her parents, her husband Harold. Also preceding her in death were her 2 sisters, Helene Heithoff and Marie Rotert, and her brother Orry Herbers. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends.