HANCOCK - Margaret C. Lindgren, 81, a resident of Hancock, passed away Thursday morning, May 13, 2010, at Portage Health in Hancock, where she had been a patient for the past week.
She was born June 18, 1928, in Calumet, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Schutz) Elenich. Margaret was raised in Raymbaultown and attended the Calumet schools.
While employed at the Ely and Walker Dress Factory in Houghton, Margaret met Raymond Lindgren, whom she married on September 2, 1948. Ray preceded Margaret in death on December 24, 2006.
The couple first resided in Houghton, and in 1955, moved to Hancock, where she had resided since.
Margaret was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock. In its early years, when the church was originally known as St. Matthew's Church, Margaret was responsible for ringing the church bell for the Finnish and English services. This bell is now located in Memorial Park, adjacent to Gloria Dei.
Margaret was also a member of Portage Post 1292 VFW Auxiliary, where she was an active Color Bearer for many years. In addition, she was a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, in support of her son, John.
Margaret enjoyed playing Bingo and listening to old time songs. She treasured her grandchildren and valued the special times they shared together.
Many will remember her as a kind, patient and soft-spoken person who was always gracious and had a caring smile.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Ray; son, John; sisters, Mary Kump, Frances Smith and Anna Gerdesich; her brothers, John Elenich and Joseph Elenich.
Survivors include two daughters, Ivy (Ralph) Heikka of Plymouth, Wis. and Catherine (Steve) Jordan of Plymouth, Wis.; one son, Thomas (Debbie) Lindgren of L'Anse; eight grandchildren, Tina (George) Lahti of L'Anse, Jason (Angie) Lindgren of Marquette, Andrew Lindgren of L'Anse, Zachary, Adam and Austin Jordan of Plymouth, Wis., Amy McBride of Denver, Colo. and Donald Heikka of Denver, Colo.; seven great-grandchildren, Trystan and Kolby Lahti of L'Anse, Brenden, Anna and Carter Lindgren of Marquette and Kylie and Griffin Heikka of New London, Wis.; one brother, Frank Elenich of Calumet; one sister, Agnes Herminath of New London, Wis.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services for Margaret will be held at 1 p.m.. Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock with Rev. Jimalee Jones to officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.
Friends may call on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 4 to 8p.m. at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock and on Wednesday from noon until time of services at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock.
The family of Margaret Lindgren would like to express a special "thank you" to the many that sent cards and visited her, to the staff members of Houghton County Medical Care Facility for their caring and compassionate support during Margaret's five-year residency.
Margaret will be truly missed by all.
"A mother is like an ever-burning candle,
a warm, bright ray,
whose light is always there
to help along the way."
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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with arrangements.