Margaret Elizabeth Lundeen, age 84, of Cokato, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in La Mesa, Calif..
Margaret was born March 24, 1924, in Minneapolis, to Gust Y. and Alice Anderson. The family moved to Oakland, Calif., back to Minneapolis, and finally to Cokato, in 1930, where she attended Glascoe County School. She graduated from Cokato High School in 1942.
After high school, Margaret attended Minneapolis Business College, in 1943 and 1944, studying secretarial services.
She married Chester Carl Lundeen March 15, 1946, in Blackduck, Minn. with the Rev. Melvin Lundeen officiating. They were blessed with six children: Daniel Steven (Bridget) of Rapid City S.D., Thomas Chester of South Haven, Timothy Alan (Ronelle), Todd Charles (Carlynn), Jonathan Craig (Julie), all of Cokato, and Mary Margaret Thompson (Kenneth) of Shevlin, Minn.
There are 20 grandchildren: Steve, Marin, Seth, John Mark, Andrew, Isabelle, Alec, and Ethan; Michelle, Nicolle, Ryan and Brielle; Tessa, Clare and Gust; Derek and Bethany; and Meagan, Zachary and Shawn; and 14 great-grand children: Hannah, Asa, Justin, Emalie, Evan, Miah, Madeline, Micah, Anna, Brett, Sam, Rachel, Norah, and Tate.
Margaret worked at home raising five very active boys and one daughter. They did much traveling as a family and visited most of the contiguous states.
Margaret enjoyed embroidery and was an avid reader. She started a tradition of signature tablecloths for the grandchildren and painstakingly saw to it that every signature was sewn on each cloth for the next year’s birthday.
Margaret opened her home to Pearl Cheung, who lived with the Lundeens while attending college. Pearl and her family became an extended family to Margaret and the rest of her family.
After retiring, Margaret spent several years wintering in Yuma, Ariz. with her extended family at Yuma Trailer Park. She was also fortunate to have the companionship of her dear friend, Charles McClees.
Margaret was known for her kindness, generosity, and energy. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling and taking in new sites and adventures.
Margaret joins Jesus in heaven along with her husband, parents, and grandson Eric Lundeen.
The funeral service was Tuesday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato with Seth Lundeen and the Rev. Mike Nelson officiating. Music was provided by Jan Ostroot, Nicole Erickson, Tom Lundeen, Marin Maxon, and Brielle Kasanezky. Interment followed at North Crow River Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, April 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.
Casket bearers were Dan Lundeen, Tom Lundeen, Tim Lundeen, Todd Lundeen, Jonathan Lundeen, and Kenneth Thompson.
Arrangements were handled by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.