Margaret “Maggie” Grace (Chapman) Weber, age 93, of Howard Lake, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was born June 18, 1923, to Lee R. and Grace E. (Wandersee) Chapman, at their home in Rockford township, Wright County. Margaret was baptized Nov. 11, 1923, by Pastor E.W. Munson at her grandmother, Julia Wandersee’s home. The Wandersee (Luis and Julia) homestead is now known as, “Apple Jack’s Apple Orchard,” north of Delano.
During her childhood, Maggie was a member of the Howard Lake Methodist Church and confirmed there, as well as being confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake in 1946.
Margaret moved to rural Howard Lake with her parents and brother in 1936, after losing their farm in the Great Depression. She helped her parents on the farm by milking cows, oiling machines, and driving horses, while her dad loaded hay with the hay loader.
Maggie attended school in Rockford Township through sixth grade. She then attended school in Howard Lake, graduating from Howard Lake High School in 1942.
As a young adult, Maggie worked a few jobs, weeding onions and picking raspberries. With their hard-earned money in hand, she and her good friend, Eva (Glessing) would catch a bus in Howard Lake to go to downtown Minneapolis to shop. They enjoyed shopping at stores such as Dayton’s, Donaldson’s, and Penney’s on Nicollet Avenue.
Margaret met August “Augie” Weber in 1943, on a street corner, by a liquor store in Waverly. She related, “People would gather there for a cash drawing of $20-$25.” Eva pointed Augie out to Maggie and said, “There’s your man!”
Eva was right. August and Margaret were joined in marriage April 24, 1946, a Wednesday afternoon, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Sherry and Mary; and they shared 45 years of marriage.
Augie had purchased a farm south of Howard Lake in 1945. Margaret joined him on the farm once they were married. The Webers farmed until 1979, although Margaret continued to raise chickens, selling their eggs from her home, as well as butchering and processing them. She also worked at the local Green Giant in Winsted, and Carlson Mailing Company in Howard Lake.
Maggie enjoyed gardening, and flowers especially African Violets inside, and roses outside. She also enjoyed bird feeding and watching, dancing in her younger years, and bingo in her later years. She loved to get together with friends and family to visit, play cards, and eat; and enjoyed picnics, birthday parties, and holidays with her children and grandchildren.
She was a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake since marrying Augie.
Margaret lived on her farm until 2005, when she made the move to Heritage Square apartments in Howard Lake. Although she never wanted to leave her farm, she found some great new (and old) friends in her apartment building. She looked forward to weekly bingo, coffee hour, and monthly birthday celebrations.
With the help of her family, Maggie was able to stay living in her own apartment until this past February. She was very proud of that, as well as thankful. She moved to St. Mary’s Care Center, in Winsted Feb. 28.
Margaret is survived by a son-in-law, DuWayne Latzig; granddaughters Ranee (Paul) Krueger, Kathy (Josh) Stillwell, Rita (Matt) Everhart/Wosmek, and Rachel Latzig; great-grandchildren Isaac Krueger; Cody, Cole, Carsen and Madisen Stillwell; Malcolm and Jackson Everhart, and Mary Ann Roberts; a great-great-grandson, Trace Weller-Stillwell; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, August Weber; parents Lee R. and Grace E. Chapman; a daughter, Sherry Latzig; daughter and son-in-law Mary and David Latzig; and a brother, Harold (Lillian and Eleanor) Chapman.
Maggie’s funeral service took place Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
There was visitation Tuesday, March 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with 7 p.m. prayer. Visitation continued Wednesday at the church, one hour prior to the services.
Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com.