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Margaret DeMarais, 97

Margaret Mary DeMarais, age 97, of rural Waverly, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Home of Howard Lake.

She was born May 25, 1916, in Maple Lake, to Eli and Georgiana (Hance-Fobbe) DeMarais.

Margaret was united in marriage to John DeMarais June 5, 1934, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. They were married for 43 years prior to John’s passing in 1977.

At the time of their marriage, Margaret and John moved to their farm in Marysville Township, where Margaret lived for 74 years.

She worked very hard on the farm, in addition to raising a family. Margaret was also employed at Keplinger Poultry and Egg plant, and the King’s House of Buffalo; and cleaned homes in Wayzata for 17 years for the Rowley Miller family and her mother Mrs. John Pillsbury Snyder, a Titanic survivor.

Margaret loved to dance, and had a natural talent for playing the piano and accordion. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, canning, playing cards, casino trips, and fishing. But spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends was her all-time favorite thing to do.

She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, and a member of the Council of Catholic Women.

In addition to her husband, John, Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Eli and Georgiana DeMarais; a daughter, Mildred (husbands Ralph Wurm and Patrick Hannon); son-in-law Jerry Driver; grandsons John Clem DeMarais and Joseph Wurm; a granddaughter, Shelly (DeMarais) Lynch; a sister, Loretta (Raymond) Wolfsteller; a brother, Ray (Elaine) DeMarais; and half sisters and brothers, Bernice (Donald) Stumpf, Vince (Viola) DeMarais, Evelyn (Jack) Borrell, and Francis Fobbe.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Eugene, Douglas of Waverly, Duane (Lois) DeMarais of Buffalo, and Charlene (Jerry) Driver of Waverly; grandchildren Alfred (Catherine) Wurm of Maple Lake, Cheryl (Todd) Thomas of Oakridge, TN, John (Jennifer Hoffman) Wurm, Edward Wurm, all of Maple Lake, Karen (Joseph) Fobbe of Long Grove, IL, Todd (Ann) DeMarais of St. Louis Park, Stephanie (Scott) Price of Mound, Dennis (Kelly) DeMarais of Maple Lake, Janelle DeMarais, Jarrod Driver, both of Waverly, Tonia (Scott) Wick of Maple Lake, Chad (Melanie) Driver of Buffalo, and Lynette (David) Lukach of Montrose; 23 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; special friends Dan Stokes, Dave Lynch, Laura Frey, Ethel Fobbe, and Arlene Peterson; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret DeMarais took place Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, followed by interment at Marysville Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and continued Wednesday, March 26, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com

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