Margaret J. “Marne” Risdon, age 92 of Marengo, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Service: 3 P.M. Sunday, June 26, 2016, Victor Baptist Church, Victor, Iowa with Rev. Dan Andrews officiating. Burial: 2 P.M. Sunday, at the Ohio Cemetery, rural Ladora. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Victor Baptist Church, Victor. Memorials may be designated to For the Nations Refugee Outreach, c/o Victor Baptist Church. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Gary) Turner of Birmingham, AL, Vicky (Alan) Grimm of North English, Coreen Baerg of Williamsburg, James (Becky) Risdon of Marengo and Shelley (Kenny) Folkmann of Marengo; seventeen grandchildren, Bart and Heath Turner, Tiffany Pierce, Jon and Doug Grimm, Camia Post, Andy, Danielle, Tom and Josh Baerg, Sarah, Matt and Megan Risdon, Jason, Tyler, Ryan, and Nate Folkmann; thirty great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are a brother Fred Madison of Eagle Grove, IA, and three sisters, Marian Freeman of Plattsburg, MO, Joann Gillespie, Chatfield, MN, and Donnarae Cranston of Grundy Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale Risdon, a brother James Madison and two sisters, Arleen Danskin and Berniece Mohr.
Margaret June Madison was born June 22, 1924 in Goldfield, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Lucy Farmer Madison. At a very early age, she and her family moved to Marengo, and Marne graduated with the Marengo Class of 1942. She married C. Dale Risdon on October 30, 1942 at the Ohio Methodist Parsonage, rural Ladora. The couple were married for 49 years, when Dale passed away in 1992. Marne was a wonderful caring wife and mother, who enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and baking. She also enjoyed reading, composing poetry, and letter writing. Visiting with family and friends was a favorite past time. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and looked forward to her visits and adventures with them.
Marne taught Sunday school in earlier years, and shared her faith with Bible study and prayer time with the residents and staff at Rose Haven She was cherished and loved, and will be missed by all who knew her. Marne is now at home in Heaven and rejoicing in His presence.
The family extends a heartfelt thankyou to the staff at Rose Haven Nursing Home and Essence of Life Hospice for the kindness and compassion that was provided to Mom during her time in their care.