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Margaret Simonson, 1920-2017

Margaret Elizzie (Kastner) Simonson, 96, of Kiester died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Parkview Care Center in Wells.

Margaret was born Aug. 23, 1920, in Mauston, Wisconsin, the daughter of Richard C. Kastner and Selma B. Hagen. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Mauston before moving to Kiester. She was united in marriage to Elmer Simonson on Aug. 11, 1939. To this union four children were born. Margaret worked as a United States Department of Agriculture meat inspector for many years at Stamper’s Meat Processing in Wells, Land O’ Lakes and Wilson & Co. in Albert Lea. Later she worked as a news reporter for the Kiester Courier Sentinel.

Margaret Simonson

She was a member of Senior Citizens and a past president. She enjoyed playing cards, baking, making quilts, gardening and canning. Her great enjoyment was visits from her many grandchildren and friends. She collected salt and pepper shakers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer, in 1998; sisters Vera and Doris; brothers Willard and Carl; infant grandchildren Caren in 1962, Rita in 1969 and Chad in 1974.

Margaret is survived by her children Cecil (Carol) Simonson of Kiester, Donna Hollrah of Albert Lea, Barbara Engebretson of Albert Lea and Rose (Nick) Naselli of Mundelein, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Selma Engebretson, of Albert Lea; and brother, Richard Kastner, of Richmond, Texas.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. April 22 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Our Savior’s Cemetery in Kiester.