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Margaret Janice Barth

Margaret Janice (Gray) Barth, age 87, of Winsted, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born Jan. 10, 1920 in Williston, N.D. to Wilmot and Effie (Stansberry) Ditmore.

Margaret married Howard D. Gray April 3, 1941.

She then married Albert Leo Barth of Middleville Township, Wright County Nov. 27, 1947. Albert farmed there until 1960.

The family then moved into Howard Lake, where Margaret was active with their family of 11 children and in community service.

She was a member of the Howard Lake PTA, serving as its president for a time. She also was a member of the Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 145, serving as president from 1978-80, as a home service volunteer from 1991-92, and was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2001 for her volunteer service to veterans and their families.

She also volunteered regularly at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center through the 1980s and ‘90s, was active in the St. James Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and served as an election judge for nearly 40 years. Other recognition came to her for her service to the American Red Cross.

In 1984, Margaret was elected to the Howard Lake City Council, and during her four years in office was instrumental in the creation of the new Howard Lake Public Library, where she was an active volunteer, and in the development of new industry in Howard Lake.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Conrad, Robert, and John; sister Jane Ditmore; husband Albert; grandsons Wayne and Bradley Barth; and her beloved aunt, Carrie L. Cochran.

She is survived by her sons and daughters, Howard, Dale, and Brian of Howard Lake; James of Buffalo, Lyle of Isle, Al, Mark, and Dan of St. Cloud, John of Elk River; Jane of St. Joseph; and Judi (Kelley) of South Haven; their spouses and partners; 26 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service took place Thursday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Music was provided by Nancy Butterfass and Michael Kelley. Interment was in the Howard Lake City Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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