Margaret Bohr

Margaret Bohr, 89

Margaret Bohr, age 89, of Ossian, Iowa, died on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian and also after 10:00 am at the church on Tuesday. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 pm following the visitation on Monday. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian with Rev. Donald Hertges presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.

Margaret Ellen Lensing was born on September 16, 1930, the daughter of George and Catherine (Gilbert) Lensing. She grew up on the family farm near Jackson Junction where she developed a strong work ethic picking rock and working for a truck garden as a teenager. She attended country school and graduated from Waucoma High School. Margaret married Cyril Bohr on September 22, 1954, in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Mary, at Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. She worked at Bucheit Produce in Calmar breaking eggs until starting a family. Cyril and Margaret farmed near Ossian while raising their 8 children. Margaret and the children did much of the farm work while Cyril worked on the road. She milked cows, raised pigs, and always tended a large garden. Margaret enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, embroidery, going to garage sales, shopping at the Depot, playing accordion, and even yodeling. She even won the pig calling contest one year at the Iowa State Fair. Margaret loved watching her grandchildren play sports and hearing of their academic accomplishments. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America. 

Margaret is survived by her husband Cyril. Children: Dale Bohr, Ossian, IA; Linda (Elbert) Thomas, Folsom, CA; Dennis (Lois) Bohr, Decorah, IA; Glenda (Dennis) Schmitt, West Union, IA; Mary (Mike) Brummond, Fort Atkinson, IA; Darryl (Irene) Bohr, Ossian, IA; Geraldine (Craig Kerndt) Wurtzel, Waukon, IA; Cheryl (Jamie) Riehle, Calmar, IA; and Dennis Rink, Clarion, IA. 

Grandchildren: Aaron (Lindsey) Bohr, Nicole (Ryan) Pierce, Adam (Chelsey) Bohr, Darren (Carly) Schmitt, Bradley (Brittney) Schmitt, Brian (Dana) Schmitt, Derek Schmitt, Jordan (Taylor) Schmitt, Amanda (John) Blankenship, Nathan (Jamie) Brummond, Lucas (fiance, Chelsey Ardinger) Brummond, Zachary Brummond, Elizabeth (Glen) Elsbernd, Emily (Michael) Whalen, Erica (friend, Derek) Bohr, Evelyn Bohr, Aimee (Edward) Pietan, Megan Rude, Stevie Wurtzel, Ashley (Bret) Tangen, Tyler Riehle and Kylee (friend, Karson) Riehle. 20 great grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren. 

Sisters: Grace Gerleman, Fort Atkinson, IA; and Theresa (Bill) Orthaus, Ionia, IA.  Brothers: Vincent (Wilma) Lensing, Alta Vista, IA; and Gilbert (Kathy) Lensing, New Hampton, IA.  Brothers-in-law: Bill (Leta) Bohr Jr., Dubuque, IA; James (Jeannie) Bohr, Protivin, IA; and Bob Beckley, Bellevue, IA. Sisters-in-law: Madonna Rask, White Bear Lake, MN; and Glenda Lensing, Charles City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Sisters: Maurita (Elmer) Marpe and Mary Beckley. Brother: Eugene Lensing. Father and mother in law: William & Hildegarde Bohr. Brothers-in-law: Vernon (Agnes) Bohr, Jerome (Lorraine) Bohr, Don Rask. Sisters-in-laws:  Rosemary (Matt) Gerleman, Gertrude (Eugene) Novak, Delores (Paul) Riniker, Theresa (Ralph) Moellers, and Hildegarde Bohr in infancy. 

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