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July 2, 1928 - January 21, 2024

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Margaret G. Franzluebbers, 95, of West Point, died Sunday, January 21, 2024 at Franciscan Healthcare in West Point.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Saturday, January 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. James Weeder as celebrant.  Burial will be at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery at Monterey with lunch following at the GACC Cafeteria.  Visitation will be Friday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm with a Christian Mothers Rosary at 1:30pm at Stokely Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Elder Services Foundation or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.

Margaret Franzluebbers was born on July 2,1928 to John and Augusta (Ermels) Steffensmeier on the family farm near Monterey. She attended St. Boniface Catholic School to the 8th grade.  On June 21, 1951, Margaret married John Franzluebbers at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Margaret was a devoted farm wife, supporting John in the daily challenges and joys of agricultural life until his passing in 1976.

After John’s death, Margaret found a new chapter in her life. She worked as a cook in the cafeteria at Guardian Angels School for an impressive 28 years. Margaret retired from her role at the age of 79, leaving behind a legacy of warmth and nourishment for generations of students.

Margaret was a member of St. Mary’s Guild and Christian Mothers.  Known for her love of reading newspapers, Margaret was always well-informed and enjoyed engaging in conversations with anyone, especially while grocery shopping or wherever she would go. Her sense of humor brought joy to those around her, and her home became a gathering place for many family gatherings with lots of good food, fun and laughter. She had an infamous candy dish that was always filled with chocolates and Tootsie Rolls, a basement refrigerator of pop and a freezer with Schwann’s ice cream treats that her children and grandchildren loved and enjoyed. Margaret was an avid fan of high school sports, especially when her grandchildren were playing them. She would listen to other area teams when the Bluejays weren’t playing and in her later years, became a Husker and Creighton fan which was often a popular topic of conversation when visiting her at her home and later at the Villa.  Her genuine interest in others made her a beloved figure in the lives of many and her love of God, faith and family was unwavering and steadfast throughout her life.

Survivors include her children,

Daughter, Kathy (Gordon) Yunker of Hartington, NE – David (Bella) Fox, Jr., Jennifer Fox (Travis Lear-deceased), Chris (Pam) Yunker and family, and Michelle (Dan) Marquis and family

Daughter, Joan Kinnett (Steve – deceased) of Lincoln, NE – Ryan (Christina) Kinnett and family, Derek (Aubrey) Kinnett and family, and Stephanie Kinnett

Daughter, Mary Kay (David) Evert of West Point, NE – John (Stacey) Evert and family, Daniel (Rob Goodwin) Evert,  and Kristy (Troy) Ortmeier and family

Son, James (Carol) Franzluebbers of West Point, NE – Nichole (Nate) Ball and family, Ashley (Joss) Petersen and family, Adam Franzluebbers, Jason (Paige) Franzluebbers and family, Melissa (Jason) Goltz and family, and Andrew Franzluebbers

Daughter, Eileen Parker (Kirk – deceased) of Waverly, NE – Kody (Amy) Parker and family, Mitchell (Emily) Parker and family, Nickie (Jon) Dillavou and family and Tim (Jill) Heidbrink and family

34 great grandchildren, brother-in-law, Hubert Kampschneider and sister-in-law, Lillian Franzluebbers.  Margaret is preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandchildren, Eric, Corey, and Tyler Kinnett; sons-in-law, Steve Kinnett and Kirk Parker; and siblings, Anton (Marie) Steffensmeier, Mary (Andy) Goeken, Herman (Bernice) Steffensmeier, Edward Steffensmeier, and Johanna Kampschneider.