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Margaret Nordquist, 100

Margaret Marie Nordquist, age 100, of Cokato, formerly of Columbia Heights, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Cokato Manor.

She was born June 23, 1913, in Hayward, WI, the daughter of Paul and Clara Maple. Margaret grew up in Golden Valley, where she attended Oak Grove School.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and was presently a member of the First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights. She had been active in her church ladies aid organization.

Margaret was united in marriage to Stanley Nordquist June 23, 1933, in Parkers Prairie.After their marriage, the couple lived in Minneapolis; and upon Stanley’s death, Margaret moved to Columbia Heights.

For 30 years, Margaret was employed by Fanny Farmer on East Hennepin and Dinky Town in Minneapolis.

She dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved to bake cookies for them. At the age of 75, she climbed the stairs of the IDS Tower for the Cystic Fibrosis Climbathon, and when she reached the top, said, “Is this it ?”

Margaret is survived by her children, Jean (Clarence) Sauers of Dassel, and Carol Lee Werner of Albertville; six grandchildren, Linda, Cynthia, Donna and Barbara, Kelly and Stan; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Stanley; she was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Eva Pace, Paul Maple, Bernice Collins, and Robert Maple.

The funeral service took place Friday, Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis.

Arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.