Margaret Tusen

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Margaret Tusen passed away peacefully on April 12th, 2021 at home in Albert Lea, MN. She was 86 years old.

Margaret Tusen

A walk-through visitation will be Sunday, April 18 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Bonnerup Funeral service. Funeral will be 11:00 am, Monday, April 19 at the United Methodist Church of Albert Lea, with visitation one-hour prior at the church. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery. Livestreaming will be available at

Margaret was born on October 10, 1934 in Austin, MN and attended attended Albert Lea area schools. She was married to Carl H. Tusen on May 28, 1971 at the United Methodist Church. Margaret was confirmed at the United Methodist Church and as a member enjoyed her time as a greeter and welcoming everyone. Margaret was a lifetime member and past president of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and spent many years participating in the Memorial Day Ceremonies and marching in parades. She spent her working years as a waitress at the truck stop, local restaurants and helping friends work their small shops. She enjoyed her time at the Freeborn County Fair attending concerts, owning her own food stand and volunteering at the VFW Bingo Stand. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling and going to bingo with her daughters.

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Most of all, Margaret loved her family and friends. Her door was always open for a visit, safe place and her family to come home! She was a true matriarch and the glue that kept the family connected. She was often found sharing pictures of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandson updating everyone on what they were doing and how they were growing.

Margaret is survived by her sons, Dalmar “Butch” (Vicki) Johnson of Wasilla, AK and Kevin (Lugene Anderson) Johnson of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Barbara (Philip Becker) Decker of Brooklyn Park, Veronica (Jon) Boley of Albert Lea, Justin (Mary) Johnson of Albert Lea, Cassie (Ryan Doyle) Johnson of New Richland, Amber (Jon) Holdeman of Geneva, Wade (Misty) Johnson of Blooming Prairie; sister-in-law, Marlene Boerner and many great grandchildren, one great-great grandson and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Tusen; daughters, Carla (Darrell) Lunning and Caryn Decker; brothers, Edwin Boerner and Duane (Cathy) Boerner and many in-laws and cherished friends.

Condolences can be sent to the family at 1805 SE Marshall. Albert Lea MN 56007