Margaret 'Peggy' Beecher

margaret beecher
Margaret “Peggy” Beecher, age 90, of Elma, IA passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Margaret “Peggy” Ann was born to Louis and Margaret (Ruhoff) Kobliska on July 1, 1922 in Alta Vista, IA. She attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception School in Elma. She was united in marriage to John “Ed” Edward Beecher on February 3, 1941 at Immaculate Conception in Elma. The couple made their home on the Beecher family farm until July 19, 1994 when they moved to town after a tornado destroyed their farm. Peggy enjoyed gardening, quilting, sewing, embroidery and reading. She was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Church and Rosary Society. Peggy is survived by her seven children, Sharon Gansen of Elma, Lindy (Wendy) Beecher of Eagan, MN, Pat (Wayne) Arnold of Elma, Betty Jo (Jack) Hastings of Alta Vista, Mary (Bill) Roths of Cedar Falls, Marcia (Greig) Grimm of Charles City, June (Arnie) Laures of Waukon; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ed; her grandson, Jason; her son-in-law, Jim Gansen; her sister, Lucile and her brother, Leonard. Cemetery: Burial will be at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 4:30pm rosary and a 7:00pm scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Monday, January 28, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Steve Garner celebrating.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to all the Beecher Family.
    I remember our parents playing cards together and going dancing at Spillville and other hot spots! Cherish the good memories of your parents.
    We will be in Florida when you have the Celebration of Life for Peggy. But, we will be thinking of you and praying for you all.
    Louise and Donn

  2. Our sympathy to all of the Beecher family for the loss of your mother. Share your memories with others to bring smiles to you. Be happy to know that Peggy is now with your dad and happy once again. Russ & Angie Laures

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to Peggy’s family. We always enjoyed visiting with her in the store. Great memories.

  4. To the entire Beecher family, Our sympathy and prayers
    to each of you at this time of sorrow. Your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother has now entered her Heavenly Kingdom where she may rest in peace.
    Cherish the many memories in your hearts.
    Merle & Karen Schwickerath

  5. Our deepest sympathy to all the family.May you all find comfort knowing she is at peace with our God. We will remember you all in our prayers this week.May the strength of God help you in the next days.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the Beecher Family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  7. Our sincere sympathy to the family in the loss of your mother. It’s always hard to lose your parents, regardless of age. Seems we’re never quite ready to give them up. Sorry, too, that we will be unable to attend Peggy’s services, but please know that we will remember all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Deepest sympathies to the entire Beecher family. No matter our age we are never ready to lose our parent. Your wonderful memories will sustain you in the time ahead.

  9. Mary and the rest of the Beecher family,
    We want to extend our sympathy for the loss of your mother. It is always difficult to lose a parent, but the love and guidance she gave you will always be with you. Cherish the memories.
    Joe and Sharon

  10. Our sincere sympathy to all of the family. Planned on seeing you but the ice is forcing us to stay home. We enjoyed a visit with your Mom last month at the nursing home. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Our sympathy goes to all of Peggy’s family.Let all the good memories you have of your mom get you thru this difficult time.Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Tom and Marian Gebel

  12. To all of the Beecher family our sympathy to each of you on the loss of your mother. Your parents were some of my most favorite patients while I was working at the clinic. We will keep you in our prayers. Pat and Carol

  13. To the Beecher Family we send our sincere condolences. A special note to Betty Jo and family – we love you and are just a phone call away.f5

  14. Our sincerest sympathies to all the Beecher family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you cherish all the wonderful memories. She was a very nice lady and will be remembered by many. May she rest in peace.

    Tom and Irene

  15. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

  16. Sorry to hear about Aunt Peggy. She was my godmother. I have great memories traveling down from Minnesota to Elma and spending time on the farm with her and Uncle Eddie – although the animals scared me. We were fortunate to receive a quilt on our wedding that Aunt Peggy made – it is a treasured item in our home. It is comforting to know that Aunt Peggy and Mary Jane are in a better place. Our family has been and will continue to pray for the Beecher family through this difficult time.

  17. With deepest sympathy to the family. I recall all the fun times and hard work we used to have at the farm. These memories will be cherished forever.
    Fran Palmersheim
    Sioux City, IA

  18. I’m sorry I never got to meet Peggy( Kobliska) Beecher. I am working on a family history of the Ruhoff family. Paggy”s mother was my great-aunt (Margaret Ruhoff-Kobliska) as my grandfather Ben (Bernard) Ruhoff was Peggy’s uncle. Edward Ruhoff was my father. I am his 2nd oldest daughter Kathlyn (Ruhoff) Stencil.
    Peggy sounded like a fun lady. When I read her obituary it looked like nothing kept her down.
    If anyone could give me any information I would appreciated it.
    Kathlyn Stencil

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