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Margaret Louise Mehltretter

December 14, 2012
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Margaret Louise Mehltretter, 94, of Sanibel, formerly of the Lake Calhoun area and Peoria, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at the home of her daughter in Westmont, Ill.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at St. John's Catholic Church in Galva by Rev. John Burns. Burial followed in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Thomas Hospice in Hinsdale, Ill. Rux Funeral Home in Galva was charge of arrangements.

Margaret was born April 10, 1918, in Normal, Ill., the daughter of Fred and Anna (Giering) Schroeder. She married Charles L. Mehltretter Sr. on Dec. 26, 1941, in Bloomington and he preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1991.

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Margaret Louise Mehltretter

Survivors include a son, Charles Mehltretter Jr. of Peoria, a daughter, Nancy (Michael) Otten of Westmont, Ill., three grandchildren, Brigitte Bill, Nathalie Arbuckle and Michelle Otten, four great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Margaret graduated from Illinois Sate University in Normal. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Galva and St. Isabel Church in Sanibel, Fla. Margaret loved nature; she was an avid flower gardener, a bird watcher and a sheller on the Sanibel beaches. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed playing bridge and reading as a member of several book clubs. She also loved art and found enjoyment in doing watercolor paintings.

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