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Margaret Joan (Jenkins) Handke - 1927-2012


Posted By: Connie Ellis (email)
Date: 3/12/2012 at 14:52:22

SOURCE: Postville, Iowa POSTVILLE HERALD, February 28, 2012
Contributor: Connie Ellis (Not related)

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 AM at the Community Presbyterian Church in Postville, Iowa for Margaret Joan Handke, age 84, of Postville, Iowa. Prior to the services the family held a private burial service at the Sears Cemetery in rural Guttenberg, Iowa. Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville, Iowa assisted the family with the arrangements.

Margaret Joan, was born October 3, 1927 in Makee Township in Allamakee County to John and Clara (Peterson) Jenkins. She attended rural schools in Allamakee County and Waukon High School. Margaret was united in marriage with Ed Handke on January 24, 1945 in Atchison, Kansas. They were the parents of six children and were long-time residents of Postville, Iowa. Margaret and Ed owned and operated a trucking-construction company. She worked alongside her husband driving truck and handling company operations. She also worked at the Iowa Turkey products and Hygrade Meat Packing in Postville, Iowa. Margaret gave back to the community by involving herself in scouting and local and county politics. She was a loyal Democrat. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed being outdoors. Margaret celebrated life with family, friends, neighbors, and patrons. She was a very loving and giving person, helping anyone in need. She will be missed by many.

Margaret died Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Home in Waukon, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Ed; three brothers, John Jenkins, Herb Jenkins, and Ralph Jenkins; and one sister, Kathryn Tehel.

Margaret is survived by her six children: Edward (Patty) Handke of West Union, Iowa, Kathy (Gene) Shekler of Waukon, Iowa, Allen (Cindy) Handke of Ft. Worth, Texas, Karen (Roger) Hatley of Monticello, Arkansas, Jeff (Alexis) Handke of Bingham, New York, and Steven (Corine) Handke of Mabel, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.


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