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Margareta March
August 14, 1930 - March 19, 2016

Margareta March, 85, of Oelwein passed away on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday March 21, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Rev. Leo Combs-Lay officiating.  Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens at Hazleton.   For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

Margareta was born on August 14, 1930 to William and Alma (Kampman) Eilers in Aplington.  On August 27, 1954 she was united in marriage with Raymond March at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville.  Margareta attended the Iowa State Teachers College and Upper Iowa University.  She taught in rural schools, and the Van Horne, Osage and Oelwein Community Schools, retiring after 30 years.

Margareta was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for over 60 years.  She served on many committees and volunteered when help was needed.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Oelwein Area Retired Teachers School Personnel, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of the Library.  She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.  She also enjoyed travelling, reading, playing cards, quilting for her family and attending activities at the Williams Center.

Left to celebrate Margareta’s life are her sons: Dennis (Mary) March of Clarion and David (Nancy) March of Clarion; her daughter Lois (Mark Ralston) Robson of Walford; her grandchildren: William, Dylan and Kayla Robson of Walford, Alison, Erin and Lauren March of Clarion, and Jeremy March of Clarion; her sisters: Alma Bettenga and Grace Arends; her sisters-in-law: Betty, Barbara and Georgia Eilers; as well as nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond (1972), her parents, her brothers: Bill, Chris, Edward and George Eilers; her sisters: Gesina Jungling and Adeline Johnson; and four brothers-in-law. 


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Lynn Erdelt Reinert on March 22, 2016 at 7:21 PM said:

My sympathies to you all. So sorry for the loss of your mom.
Sue Ledesma on March 22, 2016 at 12:18 PM said:

I did not know any of her family,but knew her as a patient and she was a wonderful person.
PJ Harrington on March 22, 2016 at 9:32 AM said:

We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Dennis, David, Lois and the entire family. Peace.
Tracie Kastli Kimm on March 21, 2016 at 11:47 PM said:

Deepest sympathies to the March family. Margareta was kind, soft-spoken, strong, and had a heart of gold. Her service to others was an excellent example for all.
Sheryl Gosse, Dick & Dalene Gosse on March 21, 2016 at 10:12 PM said:

Was great to see you 'kids' tonight! That you remember us & many on bus #9, reminiscing how farms have changed or no longer there. Many memories growing up on our farms & our moms were the best of friends. Always enjoyed her visits at church, circles, eating out, quilt show, wherever. Hear she was a good teacher too. Glad she enjoyed her travels abroad and in the USA! So much to see! Loved your pictures of the farm & painting of Stanley School, those were fun times. Keep in touch with family & friends, cherish the memories. Always be close with each other & your families!
Kristi Gustin Bliss on March 21, 2016 at 10:01 PM said:

She was a fantastic teacher and one I will always remember.
My thoughts and prayers to her family.
Victoria Dingbaum on March 21, 2016 at 9:24 PM said:

She was such a nice lady and wonderful teacher. Deepest sympathies to her family.
Cheryl Saur Penne on March 21, 2016 at 8:36 PM said:

Mrs. March was a special role model for me when we taught together at Parkside. She was a caring and excellent teacher and friend. She'll always be remembered fondly.
Angie Helland on March 21, 2016 at 8:13 PM said:

I have such fond memories of Margareta, playing cards with my mom and dad for many, many years. My sincere sympathy to her family. Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort to you in the days ahead.
Jackie Bradford on March 21, 2016 at 8:12 PM said:

Prayers for the March family. Margareta was a wonderful woman and a marvelous teacher. As second grade teachers we shared many teacher meetings over the years I had the privilege of traveling to Europe with her, Judy K., and Judy's sister back in the early 1980's. Fond memories. She was a great room mate. She truly touched many lives. We'll done good and faithful servant...enter into eternal rest.
CHRISTINA GARRIGUS-JONES on March 21, 2016 at 7:57 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers to your family ??
Mrs. March was my 2nd grade teacher ....she was a sweet kind and very caring ...truly an amazing teacher ???
CHRISTINA GARRIGUS-JONES on March 21, 2016 at 7:56 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers to your family ??
Mrs. March was my 2nd grade teacher ....she was a sweet kind and very caring ...truly an amazing teacher ???
Angela (Hahn) Popelka on March 21, 2016 at 7:51 PM said:

To the March family, so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Donna Saathoff on March 21, 2016 at 7:42 PM said:

Deepest sympathy to the March family. Your mom was such a kind sweet lady. I enjoyed working with her back in the Stanley School days. It was always nice to see and visit about old times. She will be missed.
Cherish the memories.
Jodi Falck Muller on March 21, 2016 at 6:23 PM said:

Your mom was one of my favorite teachers. She was so kind to all of her students. Stanley was lucky to have her. My sympathy to your family.
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