Margaret (Bickler) Axtman, the daughter of Lewis and Barbara (Bohl) Bickler, was born in the Balta Township (rural Orrin) home of her parents on September 18, 1919. She died at the age of 91 years on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, North Dakota.
Margaret was raised in the rural Orrin home of her parents and received her education at the Balta School.On October 16, 1939, she was united in marriage to Adam Axtman at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin, North Dakota.Following their marriage, the couple rented a farm 8 miles south of Rugby until purchasing their own farm in 1943 in Eleverum Township in Pierce County, near Silva, where they raised their family and farmed. Due to illness, Adam retired in 1972, and he and Margaret purchased a home in Rugby.A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Margaret also did daycare in her home after moving to Rugby.She was a former member of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta and a current member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Rugby Court, the Silva Homemakers and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society.Margaret enjoyed volunteer work in her retirement years at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.Adam died September 7, 1999.
Survivors include one son, Leon (Jewel) of Maplewood, Minn.; five daughters, Bernadette (Gerald) Klein of Rugby, Joan (John) VanDyke of Arlington, Texas, Mary Lynn Axtman and Paulette (Larry) Osborne, all of Fargo, and Laurie Axtman of Moorhead, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rose (Marlyn) Sperry of Coos Bay, Ore., and Amy (Rick) Ellis of Brighton, Colo.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Aleisha Grossman; four brothers, Peter, Lewis, Wendell, and Michael Bickler; three sisters, Sister Bernardine Bickler, Ludvina Volk, and Magdalin Hager; and her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Fr. John Ejike will be the Celebrant. Music will be provided by Ron and Dan Volk, vocal leaders, and Glenda Mack, organist.
Casketbearers will be Steven and Eric VanDyke, Dale, Brian, and Kurtis Klein, Mark, Scott, Chris, and Jeff Schmaltz.
Honorary casketbearers will be the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Rugby Court, and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 24 from 4-7 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.There will be no reviewal at the Church. Rosary and vigil prayers will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.
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