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Margaret N. Duhn 1921-2008

Feb 19, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE — Funeral service for Margaret N. Duhn, 86, of Spirit Lake was Saturday, Feb. 16, at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Dr. David E. Cox officiated.

Interment was at St. Paul Cemetery at South Walnut, in rural Graettinger. The Turner Funeral Home in Spirit Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Norva Maaland was born March 8, 1921, on a farm in Twelve Mile Lake Township, Emmet County, IA, south of Estherville, the eldest daughter of Ingebrit Guttormson and Bertha Helena (Ness) Maaland. She attended rural schools and graduated from Estherville High School in 1937 at the age of 16 having received her normal school training.She couldn’t begin teaching until she was 18 so she attended Waldorf Lutheran Jr. College in Forest City, for one year and two quarters, took summer classes at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and received her teaching certificate. She began a teaching career in rural country schools that lasted for six years. She taught two years at Center School in Lake Township northwest of Ruthven, two years southwest of Ruthven and during World War II, two years north of Depew.

Margaret was baptized as an infant on March 27, 1921, at Wallingford Lutheran Church and confirmed her baptismal vows there on Nov. 11, 1934. On her 21st birthday, March 8, 1942, she married Albert Norman Duhn at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. He left for the service in May and when he returned three years later, they began farming on the Henry Duhn home place west of Emmetsburg. In 1952, they moved to a farm northeast of Graettinger, and in 1955, moved to a farm northeast of Emmetsburg. In 1960, they discontinued farming and moved to Spirit Lake.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she served as secretary and bookkeeper for Al Duhn Construction and, in the 1960’s and 70’s, operated a state licensed day care center in her home. She always kept track of the kids she “raised” and carried very fond memories of that time in her life.

Following Albert’s death on May 26, 1978, Margaret became an Avon representative and enjoyed selling their products, receiving many promotions and awards. Even though she retired from that a few years ago, up until the last month, she had Avon catalogs on her table and was “taking orders” for the representative that called on her.