Margaret Pueppke


Margaret Pueppke, 101, of Mitchell, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Edgewood in Mitchell.  

Funeral services were Friday, July 23, at Will Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at a later date. 

Margaret was born on May 10, 1920, on a farm near Loomis to Clyde and Gladys Taylor. Her elementary school years were spent in a country schoolhouse, where she rode her Shetland pony “Sammy” to school.  She graduated from Letcher High School in 1939.  She enrolled at St. Joseph school of nursing and graduated in 1942.

Margaret worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., Rochester, Minn., St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell, and Methodist Hospital in Mitchell. She worked as a nurse in several area doctor’s offices. She flew with private duty cases to the Mayo hospitals in Minneapolis.  Margaret retired from the Methodist Hospital as a discharge coordinator in 1983. 

In the 1940s, Margaret married Russell Wold and had one daughter, Nancy Ann. After her divorce, she and Nancy moved back to South Dakota.  She met Harvey Pueppke, and they married in 1949. They moved to Mitchell in 1951. In 1951, their daughter, Kathryn, was born. Margaret loved working in her yard and garden, sewing, cooking, hunting and fishing.

She was an active member of the Davison County Extension and judged for 4-H in Davison County and at the State Fair. Margaret was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, served on the wedding committee and taught Sunday and Bible school. She assisted the Davison County nurses with health care screening clinics.  Margaret was a member of the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Disabled American Veterans.  Margaret resided at Edgewood in Mitchell since 2013.

Margaret is survived by her daughters, Nancy Kulpaca and Kathryn Garrity; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey in 1971; brother, Robert; sister, Bonnie Everson; son-in-law, Donald Kulpaca; sister-in-law, Anna Taylor; and brother-in-law, DeLos Everson.

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