Margaret Marie (Baerwald) Boyer
Margaret Marie (Baerwald) Boyer, formerly of Elgin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo. Services will be held 10 AM Monday at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Valley City. Visitation will be from 5-7 Sunday at St. Catherine’s Church with a Prayer Service beginning at 7 PM. Burial will take place at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery at Mandan, ND.
Margaret was born September 17, 1926, to Marie (Tully) Baerwald and Alvin Baerwald in Jamestown. Margaret grew up in Nortonville and graduated from Nortonville High School and was the only person in her graduating class. She played basketball while in school and it remained her favorite sport. Margaret graduated from Trinity School of Nursing in Jamestown and was a registered nurse. She loved being a nurse and because of her wonderful example her daughter Theresa and two granddaughters, Breann and Shandi, all became nurses and followed in her footsteps of caring for others. Margaret worked at the Jacobson Memorial Hospital in Elgin and at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.
Margaret married Willard Henry Boyer on June 21, 1950, in New Leipzig. They shared their life together for 64 years and always were seen holding hands. Margaret and Willard had five children and several years later decided that they had more love to share and adopted two small boys. Margaret’s love of taking care of anything that needed help extended to animals of all kinds. She brought home many baby calves and pigs that had problems and nursed them back to health. She always had pets that loved her and followed her wherever she went.
She and Willard enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping over the years. As her kids left home Margaret had a little more time and began quilting. All of her family members have quilts and quilted pillows that they treasure because she made them and gave them to each person with all the love she felt for them.
Margaret is survived by her loving husband, Willard; her son, Wesley, River Forest, IL.; her daughters, Lornetta Hooks, River Forest, Marcella (Kevin) Hertz, New Leipzig, Clarissa (Jerry) Goldsack, Wilton, and Theresa (Gary) Will, Valley City; and sons, Tony, Wisconsin, and Doug, Springfield, MO.; 23 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son-in-law, Charles Hooks; and her life-long best friend, Rosemary Reiland.
Memorials will be given to Hospice of Red River Valley in Margaret’s name.
Lerud-Schuldt Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.