Margaret Midget

Jul 25, 1931 - Sep 07, 2022

Margaret Midget

July 25, 1931 - September 07, 2022

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Margaret Midget died peacefully Wednesday, September 7, 2022, following a long illness. She passed away surrounded by her loving family. Her husband, Donald, died May 2016.

Margaret is survived by her five children: Beverly Cheryl "Sherry" Strackeljahn (Dale), Christine Winnette Smailys (Tony), David Bryce Midget (Carolyn Rose), Susan Elaine Edwards (Mike Strop), and Leslie Diane Held (Eric); her 11 grandchildren: Laurie and Bryan (Nikki) Strackeljahn, Eric (Monica) and Julie Smailys, Jonathan (Emilee), Benjamin (Ashlie), and Rosie (El Marshall) Midget, Jessica (Rocky) Humke, Sara (Jonathan) Nixon, Mackenzie and Brady Held; and her 13 great-grandchildren: Patrick, Samuel, Kimber, Tyler, Chloe, Haddie, Keegan, Skyler, Sydney, Emma Jean, Becca, Jaydon, and Greyson.

Her large extended family includes Val and John Schonarth, as well as Monte Hall and Ilene Martin-Hall. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and a brother.

Mom was born July 25, 1931, in Willisville, Illinois, to Henry and Frieda Misselhorn. She married Dad in June 1949, and the two spent the next seven decades raising their family in Willisville, Sparta, Fairview Heights, and Quincy, Illinois. Her children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren will always remember Mom/GG for her love of family and her devotion to her faith.

Mom had a keen intellect and loved working her crossword and number puzzles. But most of all, Mom was a fierce and vocal supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals. She both collected and gave Cardinal-themed gifts and apparel to her equally devoted Cardinal-loving family. She tried to understand how some family members strayed into the Chicago Cubs' world - but usually ended up shaking her head in sympathy.

Mom and Dad spent many years working together at Rose Exterminator in St. Louis and O'Donnell's Pest Control in Quincy. She was a long-standing member of Lutheran Church of St. John, where she served in various Women's Guild capacities.

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers at Blessing Memorial Hospital and Hospice as well as the Arbors Memory Care Center who provided care and comfort to Dad's feisty wife and our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend.

Visitation: The family will greet family and friends beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2022, at the Lutheran Church of St. John, 3340 State Street, Quincy, IL.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., October 8, at Lutheran Church of St. John, Pastor Steve Hayden will officiate. We invite all of Mom's family, friends, and acquaintances to join us in celebrating her life and legacy.

Inurnment: Inurnment service will be held at 2 p.m., October 9, Percy Village Cemetery in Percy, IL.

Memorials: Lutheran Church of St. John or the Alzheimer's Association. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

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Sat, Oct 8, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lutheran Church of St. John

3340 State Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301

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Sat, Oct 8, 2022 at 11:00 am
Lutheran Church of St. John

3340 State Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301

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Sun, Oct 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Percy Village Cemetery

W Chestnut Street and Coleman Lane
Percy, IL 62272

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