Margaret A. (Pedersen) Myhra
Margaret A. (Pedersen) Myhra, of 2317 Welsby Ave., Stevens Point, entered into eternal peace on November 24, 2017 at her home while under the care of Ascension Hospice Care.
A celebration of her life will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church with an 11 AM Funeral Mass on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Visitation will be held at Boston Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3 to 7 PM; with a Disabled American Veteran Auxiliary ritual at 6:45 PM. Visitation will also be held at the church on Thursday from 10 AM until the time of service. Traditional burial will be held at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, Wis., next to her beloved husband, Norman.
Margaret was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 2, 1926 to Rasmus and Margaret (Sery) Pedersen. She grew up in Milwaukee and graduated high school from Milwaukee Pius XI. In early 1944, she met her future husband, Norman L Myhra, when he moved to Milwaukee for employment. Norman passed away in January of 2009. He was drafted into the United States Army not long after they met and ended up on the Beach of the Bay of Cavalier in France, where he lost both of his hands in battle. After many months of surgeries and an honorable discharge, he returned to Milwaukee to be with Margaret and they were married on May 17, 1946.
They moved to Rosholt, Wisconsin for several years and made their final home in Stevens Point in 1960. For 63 years, Margaret stood alongside her beloved husband, carrying for him in a most loving and respectful way, allowing him to earn a good living and ensuring they would be comfortable in their years of growing old together. Their relationship was a true love story.
As much as Margaret enjoyed her life, she had always dreamed about getting a college education; so at the age of 51, she went back to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She, as well as Norman, was so very proud of her accomplishment.
Margaret was a member of the Schumann-Heink Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, General McGlachlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Stevens Point Noon Lions Club.
Margaret and Norman enjoyed traveling, making two trips back to Europe and the area where Norman was wounded. She also enjoyed spending a lot of time with Norman at their year-round cottage in St. Germain, Wisconsin. Margaret and Norman never had children of their own, but that never stopped them from opening their home to many nieces and nephews, as well as several foster children over the years. In 1975, the Myhras welcomed Evett Hartvig (nee Schramm) into their home and she has been a part of their family for 43 years.
Margaret is survived by Evett (Don) Hartvig, their son, Andrew (Kelly) Hartvig, and their daughter, Madisyn, all of Rosholt; dear friends, Don and Jeanette Omernik of Stevens Point; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Myhra of Oakland, Cali. and Clarence Myhra of Menomonee Falls; and sister-in-law, Deloris Myhra of Wheatland, Cali. She is also survived by nieces and nephews: Jeff (Betsy) Kau of Rhinelander, Allen (Edye) Biwer of Waukesha, Marcie (Jim) Cater, Theresa Zlensky of Fort Atkinson, Martin (Donna) Biwer of Greenfield, Susie (Frank) Gerhartz of Milwaukee, Christine (Ron) Edmonds of West Allis, Bruce Pedersen of Athens, AL, Laura (Barry) Quackenbush of Brookfield, Julie Moll of New Berlin, Bonnie (Scott) Carriere of Mukwonago, Kathleen (David) Olson of Red Wing, Minn., Nancy (Stanley) Smith of Wausau, Jane Myhra of Waupaca, Judy (John) Smith of Oshkosh, Terri Myhra of Appleton, Susan (Greg) Hundt of Tuscon, Ariz., Larry (Kerry) Myhra of Hayward, Ron Myhra of Denver, Colo., Wayne (Anita) Myhra of Menomonee Falls, Donald Myhra of Livermore, Cali., Ed (Trish) Myhra of Olivehurst, Cali., and Gary (Cindy) Myhra of Jurupa Valley, Cali.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; two brothers, Richard Pedersen and Gerald Pederson; two sisters, Florence Kau and Mary Biwer; several brothers and sisters-in-law, three nephews and one niece.
Margaret’s family would like to thank Ascension Hospice Care, as well as Ministry Living Well for the passionate and dignified care they provided during the last months of her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt.
Online condolences may be made at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
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