Margaret Emery

Margaret Agnes Emery, 80, Luverne, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, with visitation at 9:30 a.m., at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Margaret Bjerke was born to Everett and Margaret (Van Klie) Bjerke on March 24, 1938, at the family home near Hadley. In 1948 the family moved to a farm near Lake Wilson. Marge’s schooling began in Chandler. She then attended a country school which consolidated with Edgerton Public School. After her schooling, she worked as a car hop in Slayton.

On Sept. 14, 1957, she married Marlen Emery in Jasper. The couple made their home on a small farm near Iona until moving to Kanaranzi where she raised their three children while Marlen drove truck. Marge worked for five years at AR Wood Manufacturing in Luverne until its closing. During this time she also was a waitress at the Magnolia Steakhouse. Marlen and Marge then ran Hadley Municipal Liquor Store for the next five years. Marlen died in 1987. Marge then moved to Woodstock. She worked at the meat market in Pipestone for a short time and then spent eight years with the United States Post Office in Woodstock before retiring.

Following Marlen’s death, Marge met Delbert “Deb” Feyereisen and the couple enjoyed 20 years of companionship together before he died Aug. 3, 2015.

Marge was a former member of the Magnolia Methodist Church. Throughout her life she enjoyed crafting and crocheting afghans, watching television and camping.

Marge is survived by her children, Kevin (Virginia) Emery of Brandon, South Dakota, Leland (Tricia) Emery of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Denny Holtrop of Luverne; grandchildren, Austin (Ashley) Kurtz, Adam (Ashley) Kurtz, and Ashlee Kurtz, Kody (Heather) Emery, Jarrad (Kristina) Emery, Justin (Allison) Black and Amanda Black; great-grandchildren Rylee, Hayden, Kinley, Mati, Serenity and Brady Kurtz and Kayla and Alivia Emery; a brother, Harvey Bjerke of Hadley; and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marlen; a daughter, Tami Kurtz; and a special friend, Deb.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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