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Marguerite Montag 1919-2012

May 8, 2012
Emmetsburg News

WEST BEND -- Funeral Mass for Marguerite Montag of West Bend was Thursday, May 3, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend. The Rev. Clem Currans and Deacon Gerald Streit officiated.

Burial was in the West Bend Cemetery. The Harris Funeral Home in West Bend was in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite Luella Montag, the daughter of Peter W. and Josephine (Elbert) Dahlhauser, was born March 21, 1919, in Whittemore. She attended and graduated from West Bend High School.

On Jan. 11, 1944, Marguerite was united in marriage with Raymond Vincent Montag in West Bend.

Marguerite and Ray were lifelong farmers near Rodman. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Her Catholic faith was very important to her and she attended daily Mass until she was unable to do so. She left a legacy of this faith which was passed down to her family. She will be remembered for her devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Holy Rosary.

Marguerite was an avid gardener and shared her bountiful harvest with her family and friends. Her grandchildren will remember her dill pickles, "Grandma's dessert", homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. She was also the keeper of the family history writing in her daily diary most of her life and preserved the family memories in the annual "Christmas Letters".

Survivors include her children: Carol (Henry) Bonnstetter of Cylinder; Dorothy (Tim) Schutz of Mallard; Dan (Margaret) Montag of Emmetsburg; Bernadette (Michael) Wise of Emmetsburg; Roger (Theresa) Montag of West Bend; Karen (Patrick) Murphy of Little Rock, AR; and Peter Montag of West Bend; 42 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Art of Hendersonville, TN; Jim of West Bend; Peter of West Bend; and Marvin of East Moline, IL; a sister, Jodie Stewart of Gilbert, AZ; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Dahlhauser of Des Moines.

Marguerite was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother and most of all a great person. She never complained a day in her life, always had kind words of wisdom to share and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was an inspiration to be a better person and her family and friends will carry her memory in their hearts.

Preceding Marguerite in death were her parents; husband, Raymond; brothers, Paul, Henry and Edward; and sisters, Agnes (Waechter), Helen (Joynt), Angie (Dearchs) and Marie (Mertz).

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