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Margaret N. Duhn

Feb 15, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE — Funeral services for Margaret N. Duhn, 86, of Spirit Lake will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake with Dr. David E. Cox officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul Cemetery at South Walnut, in rural Graettinger. Visitation will begin after 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at Turner Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.

She died Monday, February 11, 2008, at the Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and three days.

Margaret Norva Maaland was born on March 8, 1921, on a farm in Twelve Mile Lake Township, Emmet County, south of Estherville, the eldest daughter of Ingebrit Guttormson and Bertha Helena (Ness) Maaland. She attended rural schools and graduated from Estherville High School in 1937 at the age of 16 having received her normal school training. She couldn’t begin teaching until she was 18 so she attended Waldorf Lutheran Jr. College in Forest City for one year and two quarters, took summer classes at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and received her teaching certificate. She began a teaching career in rural country schools that lasted for six years. She taught two years at Center School in Lake Township northwest of Ruthven, two years southwest of Ruthven and during WWII, two years north of Depew. She was baptized as an infant on March 27, 1921, at Wallingford Lutheran Church and confirmed her baptismal vows there on Nov. 11, 1934. On her 21st birthday, March 8, 1942, she married Albert Norman Duhn at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. He left for the service in May and when he returned three years later, they began farming on the Henry Duhn home place west of Emmetsburg. In 1952, they moved to a farm northeast of Graettinger and in 1955, moved to a farm northeast of Emmetsburg. In 1960, they discontinued farming and moved to Spirit Lake. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she served as secretary and bookkeeper for Al Duhn Construction and, in the 1960’s and 70’s, operated a state licensed day care center in her home. She always kept track of the kids she “raised” and carried very fond memories of that time in her life. Following Albert’s death on May 26, 1978, she became an Avon representative and enjoyed selling their products, receiving many promotions and awards. Even though she retired from that a few years ago, up until the last month, she had Avon catalogs on her table and was “taking orders” for the representative that called on her.

Margaret dearly loved her home at 2211 Boston, the home where she lived nearly half of her life and raised six children and, from there, sent them out into the world on their own. She was very proud of all of her children and that pride extended to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As her health began to fail, she reluctantly moved to Wel-Life Assisted Living where she has lived for the last four plus years. Margaret was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake, had taught Sunday school, involved herself with Women of the ELCA and thoroughly enjoyed her ‘Sew and Fun’ Group. More importantly, she made sure that her children were always in the church choirs, Sunday school, youth groups, Bible camps, confirmation, and Sunday morning worship. Once asked by one of her children, “Do we have to do these things?” She replied, “No, you get to do them.” For many years, she worked with the Hospital Auxiliary, proudly wearing her 1,500-hour pin falling just short of her 2,000-hour goal. When she could no longer involve herself with that, she missed it very much. For over 10 years she worked with the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) calling donors for the American Red Cross Blood Mobile Drives, making her last calls in January. At election time she worked at the election polls.

Survivors include her children, Allan (Judy) of Griswold, Carol DeSchepper of Sioux Falls, S.D., Terry (Ruth) of Glenwood, Minn., Marcia (Rick) Morrison of Lebanon, Mo., Jerry (Maureen) of Mt. Horeb, Wis., and Barbara (Vince) Work of Sioux City; her 14 grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving are several “in-laws” on Albert’s side who always considered her part of the family following Albert’s death.

In addition to her parents, I.G. (Bert) and Bertha, and her husband, Albert, she was preceded in death by Allan and Judy’s daughter, Melissa; Carol’s husband, Hector; her two brothers, George and Glen Maaland; and her five sisters, Blanche McEvoy, Ihleen Cox, Ruth Simington, and Blanche and Ruby Maaland in infancy.