Margaret T. Gaetze


June 30, 1908 - January 25, 2008


Margaret Theresa Friedrich was born to William and Mary (Ruettgers) Friedrich on June 30, 1908 on an Indian Reservation in Garrison, SD.  Her father was a member of the SD House of Representatives.  She grew up in Parkston and graduated from Parkston High School.  She worked at the Mitchell Livestock Exchange in Mitchell where she met her husband, Francis Gaetze.  They were married on February 8, 1941 in Parkston and were married for sixty-three years.  She lived with her family in Lead, Gayville, Vermillion, Salem and Mitchell, SD.  She was a resident of the Avera Assisted Living in Mitchell since 2004.


 She was looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday in June.  She was a great woman who was loved by all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren as well as all of her friends.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles and embroidery. She remembered each child and grandchild’s birthday and anniversary with a card.  She will be greatly missed.


She is survived by her three children:  Mary Jean and husband, Marvin Jessen, Holabird, SD, Barb and husband, Ron Morgan, Mitchell, SD, Eileen and Ron Honner, Yankton, SD; her daughter-in-law, Jo Gaetze, Vermillion, SD; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren


Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Francis on March 5th, 2004; her son, Kenneth on February 16th, 2007; her parents, five sisters, three brothers and her granddaughter, Susan Jessen.


Monday, January 28, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
7:00 PM Scripture Service
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, January 29, 2008
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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