Margaret Degenstein Budeau, 86, of Gwinner, passed away May 23, 2014, in her home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and surrounded by family.
Margaret Marie, daughter of Defon and Kaia (Larsen) Mergel, was born May 5, 1928, at Anamoose. She grew up and attended school in Anamoose, graduating from Anamoose High School with the Class of 1946. She was united in marriage to Christ Degenstein on June 14, 1947, at Harvey. Together they had seven children; Susan, Benita, Kim, Tod, Rick, Amy, and Tim. Christ passed away on Jan. 13, 1967. In June 1968, she married Ted Budeau to which twins were born, Donna and Don. Margaret continued to make her home in Anamoose until 1978 when she moved to Lisbon, where she worked at Dahlgrens Bird Seed and the Melroe Company in Gwinner. In 1980 she moved to Gwinner, where she worked at the Senior Citizens and also continued her employment at Melroe until her retirement.
Margaret was a member of the St. Vincent Catholic Church. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, puzzles, and playing cards.
She is survived by her children, Benita (Roger) Ziegler and Kim (Janice) Degenstein, all of Forman, Tod (Gladys) Degenstein, Anamoose, Rick (Diane) Degenstein, Oakes, Amy (William) Schmit, Wahpeton, Tim Degenstein, Gwinner, and Donna (Sam) Blackwell, Lisbon; four sisters, Romona Weninger, Carol (Jerry) Olson, Alice Alme, and Vicky Crissman; one brother, Alan Mergel; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Christ, a son, Don Budeau, daughter Susan Henderson, three brothers, Calvin, William, and Lloyd, four sisters, Darlene Hayes, Twila Bachmeier, June Baragry, Ruby Mergel, and a great-grandson, Kolby Boucher.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 26, 2014, from 6 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. at St. Vincent Catholic Church, Gwinner. Her memorial mass will be Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., also at St. Vincent Catholic Church, Gwinner. Margaret will be buried at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Anamoose next to her husband, Christ Degenstein, at a later date. On-line guestbook signing at (www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com).