AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Margie Lemke, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Eastwood Senior Living. She was 87 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Anthony Cloose officiating.
VISITATION will be from 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Howard Lake Cemetery on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 A.M.
Margie B. Lemke of Mora passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Eastwood Senior Living Facility in Mora. She was 87 years old.
Margie was born July 18, 1931 in Howard Lake, MN to Rueben and Ruth (Davis) Diers. She was baptized on August 16, 1931 and confirmed on March 25, 1945 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Her confirmation verse was, “We are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20) When Margie was two years old, her mother passed away and her grandparents, Albert and Linda Diers, loved and raised her.
She attended St. James Lutheran Parochial School through the 8th grade and graduated from Howard Lake High School on June 1, 1949. Margie married the love of her life, Gordon Lemke, on June 13, 1950. When daughter Nancy was born, she was the joy of Margie’s life. She worked for Armour & Company for ten years and later for Honeywell. She also worked part-time for Spring Vale Mutual Insurance Company for her son-in-law, Gary.
Margie and Gordon purchased a farm at Rogers, MN in 1960; then in 1976 moved to a farm northwest of Mora. In 1980 Gordon retired and they devoted their time to raising beef cattle and farming. In 1989 they moved to a small farm in Comfort Township just south of Mora and built their dream retirement home. Later Margie moved to Foley, MN where Gordon resided in memory care so that she could spend time with him every day.
Margie was very active at Zion Lutheran Church and for a short time served on the Church Council. Her faith in Jesus Christ was important. Bible reading and prayer were an important part of her daily routine. She was an amazing seamstress making clothing for herself and Nancy. She made draperies for many people and her church. Later Margie started quilting and made beautiful quilts, wall hangings and table runners. Her first quilt won a ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. She also began scrapbooking and has left her family with many beautifully done albums chronicling her and her family’s life.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon; parents, Rueben and Ruth Diers; grandparents, Albert and Linda Diers, and Charlie & Elizabeth Davis; and son-in-law Paul Spehar.
She is survived by daughter Nancy (Gary) Sobas of Mora; grandchildren, Katie McGarrity (Sean) of Minnetonka, MN, Jennie Forrestal (Adam) of Duluth, MN and Brian (Sarah) Sobas of Shenzhen, China; great grandchildren, Logan, Elisha and Emma Grace; brother Harlan Diers; sister-in-law Elaine Chouinard; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.