Marguerite Altmann


Marguerite Altmann Marguerite “Margi” Elaine Altmann, age 64 of Redwood Falls, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at her home. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 8 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home with a prayer service and CCW Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial is in Crestlawn Memorial Garden. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marguerite Elaine (Pelz) Altmann was born July 11, 1951 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Harold and Margaret (Heimstra) Pelz. She graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1969 and from Granite Falls Vocational School in 1970 as a legal secretary. On July 29, 1972 she married John Altmann. Together they lived and farmed in the Redwood Falls area. Margi also worked at the Redwood County Auditor’s Office for a year and as a legal secretary at Forman & Ebbesen Attorneys at Law for three years before staying home being a mom until November 1986 when she began working as a cook at Sunwood Care Center until her retirement. She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and had a great sense of humor. Margi was always willing to help whenever she could. She enjoyed farming with John, especially during harvest. Margi was an active member of her church including St. Catherine’s CCW, as historian, Breaking of the Bread, and AFFF. She was also a member of the American Red Cross and Veritas Study Club. Margi volunteered at Garnette Gardens and made blankets for kids. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, playing cards especially Phase 10, and four-wheeling up north with her family. Margi was an avid reader and spent time at the cabin fishing and riding the jet ski. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, shuttling kids around to activities and events, birthday parties, shopping, and movies. Margi also enjoyed traveling, especially to Maui and Alaska, family vacations, antiquing, and playing Bingo, turkey and Valentine.

Margi is survived by her children: Michael (JoDee) Altmann of Morgan, Deborah (Michael) Wertish of Morton, Larry (Christy) Altmann of Ankeny, IA, and Julie Altmann of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren: McKenzie and Maggie Wertish, and Ashtyn, Austin, Alexis and Addyson Altmann, and Hayle Altmann; siblings: Carol (Mark) Long of Clarkfield and Dale Pelz of Waterville; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband John.


  1. Monica Sullivan says:

    Deb and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss! Your mom was a beautiful lady and I will never forget her kindness. My heart aches for you all.

  2. Penny Grund says:

    Debbie my heart aches for you and your family. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. Peace be with you all.

  4. Shannon Swoboda says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Margi was a wonderful, caring woman. I feel blessed to have known her.

  5. Kristin Hanson says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Aunt Margi’s unexpected passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Love from your cousins,
    -Kris, Jeff and Chad

  6. Pat Hagen says:

    Deb, Mike, McKenzie and Maggie…My heart goes out to you…I am so sorry for your loss…please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers…take care, love pat

  7. Les Hanson says:

    I first met Margi when John starting dating her. She lived above a store on the highway. She brought lots of laughs and love to John. I always enjoyed my time with her. I remember one funny story. I always slept on the floor in the living room. One night John came home from spending time with Margi and went to bed. In the middle of the night I heard this sound from the basement bathroom that sounded like John was sick. Well he came upstairs laughng so hard he had tears running down his face. I asked what was so funny. His response was that Margi had made him sloppy Joes and that noise was, well you can guess what it was from. I am so sorry for your loss. Both your mom and dad were in my eyes wonderful and loving people. I know that they will Love forever in your hearts and minds. God Bless you all.

  8. Sharon and Eugene Heiling says:

    We are so sorry for your lost we feel so bad for all of the family Marguerite was a great person to know and live close to her always was a happy person . She will be missed.

  9. Sharlene Beck says:

    So sorry Deb hugs to you and your family. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mark and Shar

  10. Duane Heiling says:

    Our Prayers and thoughts to all of you on the loss of your Mom Margi, may she rest in peace. She will be missed.
    Duane and Cindy

  11. Zee Anne (Zimmerman) Reishus says:

    My sincere sympathies to the family of Marguerite. I was a classmate of hers in Hanley Falls. Blessed be her memory.

  12. Joyce Hansen says:

    Mike, Debbie, Larry, Julie and family so sorry for the unexpected leaving of this earth of your mom , who now in joining with your dad are both watching over you. Your mom made the best out of everything she did in transitioning from a small town girl to a farmers wife, putting up with grandpa who was not always easy to put up with, welcoming your dad’s sisters and their families for week end visits and her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens that she was always will to share. Hugs to all of you.

    Love, Joyce

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