Margaret Dorothy Beeckler Retzlaff,
age 89, of Coloma passed away Saturday, October 2nd,
2010 at the Montello Care Center.
Margaret was born August 20, 1921
at home on the farm in Neillsville, Wisconsin to Benjamin
and Esther Ferris True Beeckler. She moved from Neillsville
at age 5 to the Beeckler family farm on Romadke Road across
from the Windfall Cemetery, Granton, Wisconsin. She
graduated from the Granton Elementary School and Granton
High School in 1939. During her four years in high school
she was drum major as the band director discovered she had
very little musical ability!
Margaret attended Wisconsin Rapids
County Normal graduating in 1941. She taught for three years
south of Neillsville at the Riverside School, then moved to
Merryvale School on Highway 10, Neillsville. There she had
the honor of becoming the third generation Beeckler to teach
at this school, Grandfather Ezra A. Beeckler and Aunt Pearl
Margaret left teaching and moved
to Madison, Wisconsin becoming the first secretary to W.F.
Bakke, of the Sub-Zero Company from 1947-1953.
Margaret married Roy H. Retzlaff
on March 17, 1950 in Iowa. They moved from Madison to the
country in Riley, Wisconsin in 1954, remaining there until
1987 when she and Roy moved to Coloma, Wisconsin where she
resided until June of 2010, when she moved to the Montello
Margaret enjoyed crocheting,
knitting, and gardening.
Margaret is survived by her
children, Linda (Henry) Jacobs of Westfield, WI; Jack
(Laura) Retzlaff of Fort Collins, CO; Jean M. Jenson of
Reedsburg, WI; and Patrick D. (Lynette Poppe) Retzlaff of
Grandchildren: Sarah Ward, Tiffany
Retzlaff, Benjamin Retzlaff, and Kristan Ryan;
Great-Grandsons: Dakota Turner and Jack McMullen;
Sisters-in-law: Jewel Retzlaff of Sierra Vista, AZ and
Mildred True of Clintonville, WI. She is further survived by
her "almost families" including: Roger Allen, Julie Allen
and their children; Jim Canter and children; Larry and Carol
Field and their children; Mary Svoboda, and Louise Regelin.
She also leaves behind her beloved cat, Rusty.