Margaret Toft, 80, Albert Lea

Published 5:57am Sunday, October 28, 2012

The funeral service for Margaret Corrine Toft will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Andrea Myers will officiate. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Bonnerup Funeral Service, as well as one hour prior to the service at church.

Margaret Toft

Margaret Toft passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Thorne Crest Retirement Community. She was 80 years old.

Margaret was born on June 16, 1932, in Joliet, Ill. The daughter of Art and Rose Jacobson, she graduated from Freeborn High School and was a Freeborn County resident for most of her life. On Aug. 11, 1951, she married James Toft in Hartland. Together they raised four children.

Margaret was a homemaker and a gifted seamstress. She loved to sew, owning a shop in Austin and Albert Lea. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she was in the Altar Guild, church circle and quilting group. She enjoyed knitting, puzzles, games, coffee with neighbors and her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James; and parents, Art and Rose.

Margaret is survived by her children, Robert Toft of Albert Lea, Sharleen (Bryan) Olson of Winona, Allan (Debra) Toft of Albert Lea, and Linda (Jeff) Battey of New Richland; grandchildren, Jennifer (Nate) Neubauer of New Ulm, Matthew (Ashley Hansen) Olson of Anchorage, Alaska, Andy Olson of St. Cloud, Patrick (Jill Thompson) Toft of Albert Lea, Corrine (Eagan) Mattson of Conger, Jameson Toft of Albert Lea, Michelle Battey of Owatonna, Paulette (Jason) Foley of Minnesota Lake, Nichole (Dan) Burns of Owatonna, Jeff R. Battey of Mankato, and Eric Battey of New Ulm; great-grandchildren, Autumn and Brielle Neubauer, William and Mason Toft, Jayden Battey, Gavin Foley, and Talon and Owen Burns; brothers, Joe Erickson and Everett Jacobson; nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives and friends.

Special thanks to the staff at Thorne Crest for their compassion and care.

Memorials preferred to Grace Lutheran Church.