Margaret Godfrey, 1913-2015

Published 9:42 am Thursday, October 29, 2015

Margaret Arlene Godfrey, 102, of Northwood died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Lutheran Retirement Home.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, 1000 First Ave. N in Northwood. The Rev. Shirley Hoffmann will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Rest Cemetery in Northwood. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Friday at the church.

Margaret Godfrey

Margaret Godfrey

Those wishing to give a memorial in Margaret’s memory may wish to consider memorials to Lutheran Retirement Home or to United Methodist Church in Northwood.

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Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave. S in Northwood, is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Arlene Godfrey was born on June 8, 1913, in Gilman, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Conger) Nielandt. She was baptized and reaffirmed the faith of her baptism through confirmation in the Methodist faith. She attended Northwood Community Schools, graduating from Northwood High School. She was united in marriage to Orble Godfrey on Dec. 8, 1935, in Northwood. Orble preceded her in death in 1994.

Margaret was a member of United Methodist Church, Rachel circle, Semper Fidelis Study Club, Green Thumb Garden Club, was a 4-H leader and taught Sunday school for 40 years.

Margaret will be remembered for her green thumb, her vegetable and flower garden, handy work, quilting, sewing and baking bread.

Those left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren David (Linda) Salz, Brian (Laurie) Salz, Mark (Terry) Salz, Scott (Jacki) Salz, Wendy (Mike) Weisert, Wynnette (Frank) Flores, Wanda (Jim) Christensen, Wayde (Jill) Willand and Wendell (Penny) Willand; her great-grandchildren Brandon (Morgan), Jason, Heather (Zach), Tyler (Kelsi), Brittany (Jeff), Joey, Wyatt, Weston, Alyssa, Erika (Spencer), Jason (Sarah), Heather, Michael and Thomas; 11 great-great grandchildren; her sister, Wilma Groe, of Burlington, Iowa; and Wayne Willand’s second wife, Beverly Grotsun, of Albert Lea; as well as many other nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Norman Godfrey; daughters Joyce Willand and Arlene Salz; sons-in-law Wayne Willand and John Salz; sisters Crystal White and Florence Nielandt; twin brothers at birth; great-grandson, Ryan Weisert; and brother-in-law, Ken Groe.