Margaret Heilman

Margaret HeilmanMargaret Heilman, age 97 of Hartley,  and formerly of May City, passed away at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 10th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in May City, with burial at Holman Township Cemetery near May City.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 9th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley.  The family will be present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 97 year-old Margaret Heilman of Hartley, IA, formerly of May City.

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Margaret Celia Heilman was born May 30, 1916 on a farm southwest of May City, to Garritt and Anna (Eden) Luinstra. She spent her childhood years in country school in Harrison and Westport townships of Osceola and Dickinson Counties. Her teen years were spent working in many homes in the May City area, after which she was employed in the May City Store for four years. She was baptized and confirmed in 1934 in a class of 20 adults at St. John’s Lutheran Church at May City. She was united in marriage to Elmer Heilman on April 17, 1938. They lived in Osceola County all of their married lives with the exception of four years near Adrian, Minnesota. They then moved to a farm west of May City, continuing to farm until 1976. They retired and moved north of May City where they resided. Elmer passed away October 14, 2001.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in May City where she was an active member of the LWML, serving in various offices. She sewed countless quilt tops that were assembled by the LWML, and sent to Lutheran World Relief. She also served on the Altar Guild for 35 years.

Margaret loved gardening, canning, cooking, baking, sewing, fishing, and outdoor work. She spent many hours making colorful quilts for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Brides and grooms, graduates, new babies and friends were also lucky recipients of her quilts. Her children gave her a rug loom, and she turned it into an enjoyable hobby, weaving rugs and giving them as gifts. If anyone ever wondered about a particular day, they could ask her. She always kept a daily journal. Some of her favorite times were family reunions, as family was very important to her. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, living and sharing her Christian faith.

Left to cherish her memory is one daughter; Marlene (Herbert) Brockshus of Ocheyedan, two sons; Maurice (Diana) of May City, Dennis (Luella) of Melvin. Grandchildren and spouses; Diane and Steve Loeschen, Barb and Steve Niswander, Debra Clem, Mark and Lauriann Heilman, Marci and Kent Sandven, Kimberly and Dan Snyder, Daniel and Maureen Heilman, Jessica and Shane Brockshus. Great-grandchildren; Stephanie and Troy Schleiger, Tim Loeschen, Levi and Ciara Niswander, Nicole and Brad Holmberg, Dylan Niswander, Lindell Clem, Oma Clem, Charlie Clem, Marisa Heilman, Mathew Heilman, Erik Sandven, Drew Sandven, Lindsey Snyder, Evan Snyder, William Snyder, Luke Heilman, Amelia Heilman. Mya Brockshus, Faith Brockshus. Great-great- grandchild; Wyatt Niswander. She is survived by one brother; Wilbert (Lola) Luinstra, two sisters-in-law; Evelyn Luinstra and Joyce Luinstra, one brother-in-law; Lawrence Eckhoff, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters; Alvina Kreymborg and Freda Bahde, five brothers; Clarence, Harold, Herman, Donald, and Orville, one great grandchild; Christian Brockshus.

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