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MARGUERITE B. (MARGE) RICHARDSON RUNKLE

November 22, 1918 - March 29, 2012

She is survived by her son James Theodore Runkle, Jr. and daughter-in-law Alice Runkle of Willis, Texas; two grandsons Mike and Mark Runkle; brothers Gene Richardson of Harmony, Minnesota, Russell Richardson and Gaylon Richardson both of Canton, and Mike (Bonnie) Richardson of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Hazel Richardson and a brother Carroll.
Marguerite was born November 22, 1918 in Cresco, Iowa to Carl and Hazel (Turnmire) Richardson. When she was 16 she moved to Canton, Minnesota with her parents, and has resided there since. She became a member of the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in 1939.  Her church and church family were very special to her.
Marguerite married James Theodore Runkle in 1939 and divorced in 1943.  They had James Theodore, Jr.  She said her greatest accomplishment was raising her son as a single parent.
Marguerite loved flowers.  She would always be in a hurry to find that perfect basket or two to hang at her windows each spring.  They gave her great joy.  She also enjoyed crocheting, reading and good chocolate.
Marguerite passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 29 at the Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice in Decorah, Iowa at the age of 93.
The celebration of life will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at the Canton –Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton. Fellowship will follow the service in the church basement.  Private family burial be in the Bristol Center Cemetery. 

I would like to say a special thank you to Bonnie Fossum for all the help she gave in getting Mom to and from her appointments and shopping.  To Kim Wangen, her niece, for all the help, attention and love she gave to Mom.  To her brothers, Gene, Russell, and Gaylon who were always there to help in any way you could and who showed up for coffee and dessert on more Saturday nights that you can count.  It always made her week.  To her brother Mike who kept her filled in on his and Bonnie’s life with the many weekly calls and visits when he could.  We were always filled in on the Saturday night conversations and calls.  And that kept us in the family loop as well.  Thank you to the hospital and hospice staff and especially Dr. Wientzen for the care and compassion given to Mom. Thank you to the many friends who brought her joy in your visits, cards, and phone calls through the years.  Alice and I appreciate and love you for them.  Jim and Alice


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