Margaret Wanda Tieszen

Margaret Wanda Tieszen was born on October 5, 1922, in American Falls, Idaho, to John H. and Katie Ensz Friesen. On December 15, 2014, Margaret died at the age of 92.

The sixth of nine children, Margaret grew up on the Friesen family farm.

Margaret graduated from American Falls High School. She attended one year of college at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, then obtained a teaching certificate from the State Normal School in Albion, Idaho.

In 1947, Margaret married LeVern Tieszen, who had come to Idaho from Montana. At the time of Margaret’s passing, they had been married for 67 years.

Margaret and LeVern lived in Aberdeen, Idaho, for over fifty years, during which time they owned various businesses. Margaret always took an active part, even while raising their five children.

Throughout her life, Margaret enjoyed traveling with LeVern. They vacationed in various locations around the world. Another favorite getaway was their cabin in Palisades, Idaho.

In 2004, Margaret and LeVern moved to Caldwell, Idaho, to be closer to their two daughters. Although Margaret’s health was beginning to fail by this time, she enjoyed attending games, track meets, concerts, and graduation ceremonies for her grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Margaret is survived by one sister, Ruby Friesen, of Mt. Angel, Oregon, and one sister-in-law, Laura Friesen, of North Newton, Kansas; her five children: Richard (Bozena), Milwaukee, WI; Ken (Sheila) Tieszen, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Wes (Ada) Schmidt-Tieszen of Newton, KS; Vicki (Chris Nye) Tieszen, of Caldwell, ID; and Kathy (Jerry) Neufeld, also of Caldwell. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Tina (Dan Graber) Schmidt-Tieszen, Alison Schmidt-Tieszen, Colman Tieszen, Jacob Nye, Sarah and Emily Neufeld. The first great-grandchild was born in March.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters, and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Aberdeen Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palisades Mennonite Church Camp or Mennonite Central Committee relief organization.

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