Margaret P. Whittle -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A funeral Mass for Margaret P. Whittle will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church in Elkader, Iowa, with the Rev. Paul Peters officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Whittle, 96, of Rochester, a former farm homemaker, died Saturday (March 9, 2002) at Madonna Towers.

Margaret Philamena Holtz was born Feb. 5, 1906, in New Germany, Pa., moved to Greeley, Iowa, when she was 5 years old and graduated from Greeley High School. She completed teachers' training in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and taught for several years before her marriage on Oct. 6, 1926, to Ambrose Whittle of Littleport, Iowa. They farmed in the Elkader area for many years. Her husband died March 16, 1979. Mrs. Whittle was a member of St. Joseph's Church, guild, senior citizens, and the hospital and care center auxiliary. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, sewing, crocheting and playing cards.

Survivors include four daughters, Helen (Arthur) Mueller of Rochester, Loretta (Gerald) Garbina of Omaha, Neb., Irene (Joseph) Evans of Savanna, Ill., and Marian (Richard) Brockman of Topeka, Kan.; five sons, Walter (Sarah), Gregory (Emily), Marvin (Sandra) and Francis (Susan), all of Elkader, and Lowell of Green Bay, Wis.; 30 grandchildren; and 49 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, seven brothers and a grandchild.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and before the service Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader.

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