Margaret E. Nordmann, 88, formerly of Gowrie, died Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Hubbard Care Center in Hubbard.
A service honoring Margaret’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 18, at the United Methodist Church in Gowrie. Interment will be in Sloan, Iowa. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice in Marshalltown, Hubbard Care Center, Mary Greeley Hospital Heart Unit in Ames, Timberland Village in Story City or the United Methodist Church in Gowrie. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.
Margaret is survived by her children, Brian (Martha) Nordmann, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Bruce (Marcia) Nordmann, West Des Moines; Cindy (Mike) McCartney, Hubbard; and Brett (Nancy) Nordmann, Bourbon, Ind.; grandchildren, Brian & Rebecca Nordmann, Angel, Gordon and Casey Head; Matt, Kristy, Bradley and Brent McCartney; Ashley, Douglas, Curtis, and Nicholas Nordmann; and great-grandchildren, Caelen, Jaiden, Blake Jr., and Hayden. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents, her twin sister Helen Byers, her sister Martha Tracy and her infant son Timothy.
Margaret Elaine Mitchell, the daughter of Samuel and Georgia (Sandven) Mitchell, was born February 21, 1926, at Sloan, Iowa. She was reared and educated at Sloan and graduated from Sloan High School in 1944. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls where she was a member of the homecoming court and was a cheerleader. Margaret graduated in 1947, and began teaching at Rock Rapids, where she taught for six years. On July 18, 1948, Margaret was united in marriage to Harold Nordmann. The family moved to Gowrie in 1962 and Margaret taught math and art in the Prairie Community school system for 24 years, before retiring in 1988. She served as cheerleader coach for many years. Margaret later moved to Story City where she was a resident of Timberland Village.
Margaret was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gowrie and was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Club, the Gowrie Federated Women’s Club, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Club. She enjoyed artwork and golf and often contributed her artistic skills to both her church and the Gowrie Golf & Country Club. She was also an active volunteer to the Gowrie Municipal Library. Margaret enjoyed sharing her time with children and helping them however she could.