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Margaret Marfilius


Margaret R. Marfilius, 100, of Monona, Iowa, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Postville, Iowa.
Margaret Ruth was born April 27, 1917, to George and Hulda (Miller) Hubacher in Mason City, Iowa. She attended Jackson
and Roosevelt schools through the eighth grade, graduated from Mason City High School and attended two years at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Margaret was united in marriage to Dayton Lloyd Marfilius on Jan. 1, 1942, at Wesley Methodist Church in Mason City, with the Rev. Paul Peterson officiating. Two children were born to this union. They lived on the Marfilius farm and rented it from Dayton's folks, William and Esther Marfilius. In 1948, they bought the farm and lived there until moving to Monona in 1980. In 1943, she joined the Evangelical Church in Monona and later became a member of Garden City United Methodist Church.
Margaret was a Girl Scout and 4-H leader and a leader and councilor for the church youth league. She enjoyed reading, making quilts, sewing, scrapbooking, crossword puzzles and making music. She loved sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Margaret is survived by her children, Jacquelyn (Orlan) Ranstrom of Clarkston, Wash., and Ronald Marfilius of Dubuque, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Darlene Marfilius of Emerson, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Marfilius, Joseph Marfilius, Joshua Marfilius, Scott Ranstrom and Corey (Elizabeth) Ranstrom; eight great-grandchildren, Makayla Marfilius, William Marfilius, Maggie Marfilius, Scottlyn (Nick) Cook, Madelyn (James) Carpenter, Maurin Ranstrom, Leona Ranstrom and Jessie Hicks; and three great-great- granddaughters, Audriana, Zanaea and Bellany.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Dayton Marfilius, on July 3, 1998; her parents, George and Hulda Hubacher; three brothers, Harlan, Don and George Hubacher Jr.; and one sister, Enola Hancy.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, Iowa. There also will be a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Monona, Iowa, with the Rev. Deb Parkison and the Rev. Steve Hansel as officiants. Burial will follow at Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family.
Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, is helping the family with arrangements.