Margaret Bertha Gelderman, 88, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at her home in Pipestone, Minn.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Pipestone, with the Rev. Robert Dahl officiating.
Burial is in the Elkton City Cemetery.
She was born to Henry and Anna (Brandt) Haper on March 15, 1924, in Altona Township of Pipestone County, Minn. She was raised on farms around the Ward and Elkton area before the family moved to the old Haper place, south of Ward in 1936. Margaret was educated in area country schools after which she was employed for several years in Flandreau and Pipestone.
On June 1, 1947, she married Max Gelderman on the Haper farm. Following their marriage, they farmed in Altona Township for more than 40 years. In 2004, she moved into Pipestone.
Margaret enjoyed farm life, raising flowers, vegetables and chickens. Most of all, she treasured her family and providing for them. She tended to many aches, pains, illnesses and disabilities in the family and always let you know it wasn’t the end of the world.
She had unconditional love for her husband, seven sons, their wives, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret always had a cup of coffee, a cookie and a smile for anyone coming to visit.
No one ever went away hungry from her table. Her fried chicken was to die for. She loved playing cards and was always one of the best Pepper players at the table. With infinite patience, both she and Dad introduced each new generation to the game that bound one generation to the next.
Her special skill was that she could play so well while at the same time be cooking, cleaning or tending to someone – a true multi-tasker.
In 1980, she learned to crochet and ended up making afghans for all her grandchildren. She loved being outside working in the flower garden or playing with the grandchildren.
On the farm, she had a large vegetable garden and was always canning and freezing her produce. She made all her daughters-in-law a recipe book of her sons’ favorite recipes. She died as she wished, surrounded by her family at her home on her favorite day of the year.
She is survived by her seven sons, Charles (Joyce) of Oregon, Wis., Ron (Melody) of Colman, Kurtis (Jann) of Missoula, Mont., Clifford (Cynthia) of Hartley, Iowa, John (Mary) of Mendota Heights, Minn., Ralph (Candice) of Eureka, Mont., and Tedd (Joyce) of Pipestone; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Francis (Loretta) Haper of Slayton, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her grandson, Joshua; her brother, Ralph Haper; and two sisters, Vera Gelderman and Betty Haper.