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Margaret Schwickerath

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Margaret A. Schwickerath age 93 of New Hampton, IA, died Monday, September 28, 2020, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. A Private Family Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia with burial in the church cemetery. Please join the family on the Hugeback Johnson Facebook Page Thursday at 10:30 to watch live. Margaret Anna Schwickerath was born March 9, 1927, in rural Chickasaw County, IA, the daughter of Nick and Mary (Ruhoff) Gebel. She received her education at the former St. Mary’s School in North Washington. At the same church, she met her future husband, Edward J. Schwickerath and the couple were united in marriage on January 21, 1948, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Hampton. They were blessed with eight children. Margaret and Ed initially lived on a farm south of Ionia, and in 1949, the couple purchased the Gebel family farm from Margaret’s parents. After years of hard work farming and raising their family the couple built their current home north of Ionia in 1973. Following Ed’s death in 1997, Margaret stayed on their home place until just before her passing. In her free time she enjoyed playing Rummikub and bird-watching. Survivors include four sons, Roger (Beverly) Schwickerath of New Hampton, Dale (Nancy) Schwickerath of Newton, Gerard Schwickerath of Cedar Rapids, Andy (Lisa) Schwickerath of North Washington; two daughters, Mary (Robert) Drenth of Nora Springs, Grace Schwickerath of New Hampton; son-in-law, Steven Trettin of Mason City; nineteen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; one sister, Josephine Flick of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ed in 1997; two daughters, Theresa Schwickerath in 1971 and Alice Trettin in 2015.

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  1. Our sympathy to Margaret’s family. I remember Margaret from St Boniface church masses and events. She was the lady with the sweetest smile. Always seemed so content and happy. You all had to be blessed with her in your lives.

  2. I will always remember the wonderful angel food cakes she would make. and all the fun at our large family gatherings during the holiday times. She was a strong beautiful lady, with a beautiful smile. She will truly be missed. You all have our deepest sympathy. Dave and Shirley Flick

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know your mom will live on in your hearts.

  4. Alec and Mariah, We are thinking of you during this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the family I grew up in Ionia and went to school with the Schwickerath kids in Ionia at St Boniface there daughter Theresa was my best friend when she died. Alice was a wonderful religion pre school teacher to my kids. I’m sorry for this loss Cheryl Brown Phillips

  6. God bless the Schwickerath at the loss of Margaret Our prayers go out to all Marge and Dave Mayo 1080 Kelly Dr. Nashville North Carolina 27856

  7. So sorry to hear this. I have many good memories of hanging out with your mom and dad and your whole family. Linda (Zeien) Schmickle

  8. To all of Margaret’s Family, so sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!! Darlene and Larry Throndson

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