Margaret R. Ashworth, 89, of Rochester, MN died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Saint Marys Hospital.
Margaret Ruth Tellekson was born February 24, 1929 in Watertown, SD to Theodore and Ruth (Bucholz) Tellekson. At an early age, the family moved to Oshkosh, WI. She graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1947. In 1950 she graduated from the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN. In 1954 she accepted a position with an oil company in Talara Peru. Margaret met her future husband, Edwin Ashworth, who was a Geologist working for the same company. The couple was united in marriage on January 28, 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, WI. They returned to Peru and were later transferred to Guatemala. In 1964, they came back to the United States to raise their children, locating in Tiffin, OH. Margaret returned to nursing when the children started school and earned her BA from Heidelberg College in Tiffin in 1976. She continued to enjoy traveling, golf, book club, friends and family. She was active in her church and volunteered with the Red Cross for Blood Drives and at the Migrant Clinics. She moved to Shorewood Senior Campus in Rochester in 2003.
She is survived by her children, Ann E. (Michael) Nepstad of Byron, MN, Robert E. (Jeanne) Ashworth of OH; six grandchildren; one brother and dear nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin in 1995; her parents, three brothers; one sister and one granddaughter.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home in Oshkosh, WI (402 Waugoo Avenue). Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh, WI.
Memorials can be directed to LeadaChild.org 13505 South Murlen Suite 105 #331 Olathe, KS 66062-1600
Arrangements are being handled by Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 289-3600 To leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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Margaret was such a special, amazing lady and a great friend. What a wonderful couple she and Ed made and what a beautiful family they had. Wayne and I shall always treasure out friendship with the Ashworths. Marian and Wayne Kirklin
Dearest Ann, Robert and family,
I was so saddened to learn that your dear mom passed away so suddenly. She was a very kind and thoughtful friend. We sat next to each other at meals and enjoyed visiting together at Shorewood Commons. She will be sorely missed by me and many other friends. May your fond memories be a comfort to you and help to keep her spirit alive in your hearts. With my deepest sympathy, Margot Wagner
I will miss Aunt Margaret so very much - she brought so much joy to my life. I will toast to her with my tea in her beautiful teacups tomorrow. Robert and Ann, you are in my thoughts and prayers - Joanna Ashworth
I will miss you so very much, Aunt Margaret. You brought so much joy to my life. I will toast to you with my tea in your lovely teacups tomorrow. Robert and Ann, you are in my thoughts and prayers - with love, Joanna
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And I have hope toward God, that there is going to be a resurrection
Dear Ann, It was a shock to learn of Margaret's death. We are so very sorry. Your Dad and Mother were our very close and dear friends - since 1964. We will miss being able to think of her out there with you but will cherish our memories of our wonderfully happy times together. Sometime, if you can, will you let us know more than what is in the Tiffin paper. We'd appreciate that. Our best wishes to you and your family. Love, Marilyn and George Barlow
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, she and Dr. Rocks were two of my favorite people associated with my time at Heidelberg and later when I would run into them around Tiffin. Truly the salt of the earth! Dave Wilson "Berg 80"
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