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 www.stephensfuneralservice.com. 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.