Margaretta Helen Muff was born August 7, 1911, the daughter of Joseph L. and Freda Coffey Muff. She died at the Denison Care Center Monday, December 8, 2008, at the age of ninety-seven.
Margaretta was born in Crete, Nebraska, and received her first two years of education in a rural school near her home and then transferred to St. James School in Crete. In 1927, at the age of sixteen, she entered the Convent of the Precious Blood in O'Fallon, Missouri, where she had three years of Novitiate. While there, she spent several years in the sewing room. She then transferred to St. Elizabeth Academy where her duties included: door keeper, answering the phone and waiting on guests. Margaretta taught school at St. John's School, St. James School in Crete, Nebraska, and St. Richard's School in Omaha, Nebraska. During the summer months she spent her time doing college work. For her last teaching job she returned to St. John's and, when she arrived, she found the Sisters were no longer wearing veils and habits. She felt heartsick and in 1970 decided to return home to Omaha, where she cared for Mrs. Micek and Mrs. Stella. She also worked for the Willsie Cap and Gown Company for ten years. In 1998, Margaretta moved back to Dow City to be near her family.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dow City. Margaretta never went anywhere without her rosary. She always prayed for her family; and was always ready to go in a minute. She loved parties and spending the holidays with family. She also enjoyed country videos, Bingo and trips to the casino.
Margaretta was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Elmer, Richard and Joseph Muff; four sisters: Marie Murphy, Betty Muff, Ruby Muff and Pearl Putman. Survivors include one brother, Carl J. Muff and his wife, Mary Lou; one sister, Virginia Sudrla; one sister-in-law, Rosemary Muff; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 P.M., Thursday, December 11, 2008, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dow City, Iowa. Fr. Donald Slaven served as Celebrant of the Mass with interment at the Dow City Cemetery. Organist EveVonne Muff provided accompaniment for vocalist Amanda Sandvold. Eucharistic ministers were Janet and Joel Kluver. Thomas Kloser served as lector. Gift bearers were the Kloser family. Servers were Nicholas Putman and Mitchell Putman. Serving as pallbearers were Buzz Putman, Gene Harre, Jim Muff, Joseph Muff, Jack Sudrla and Larry Muff. Wednesday Prayer Services at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dow City included a Legion of Mary Rosary at 7 P.M. and a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7:30 P.M. The family invited everyone to return to Brasel Hall for fellowship and lunch served by the Altar Guild. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.