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Margaretha “Margaret” Kuester

Margaretha “Margaret” Kuester, age 95, of Gaylord, formerly Winthrop, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center in Arlington, Minnesota. Funeral services were held on Friday, September 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop with interment following in The Winthrop Cemetery. Clergy officiating was Pastor Bob Miner. Organist was Julie Trebelhorn. Chimes were “Amazing Grace” Samuel Berkner. Music: “How Great Thou Art” “On Eagle’s Wings.” Casket bearers were Margaretha’s great-grandsons, Alexander Berkner, Anthony Schmitz, Samuel Berkner, Brandon Shutt, Zachariah Shutt, and Ryan Shutt. ed by her children, Mary Lou Shutt of Webster, WI, Dennis Kuester and his wife, Dianne, of Lafayette, MN, Michael Kuester and his wife, Kathy, of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, Martin (Leanne) Shutt, Sandra (Steve) Schmitz, Ellen (Travis) Anderson; step-grandchildren, Kristen Grav, Jamie Grav; great-grandchildren, Brandon (Alexandria) Shutt, Zachariah Shutt, Ryan Shutt, Taylor Marie Shutt, Anthony Schmitz, Alexander Berkner, Samuel Berkner; step-great-grandchildren, Douglas (Jessica) Schmitz, Adam (Jenny) Schmitz, Autumn Gustafson; many step-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Margaretha is preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Draeger; husband, Maynard Kuester; sister and brother-in-law, Irma (Gilbert) Rettmann; Son-in-law, Dennis Shutt; sisters-in-law, Mable (Gotlieb) Groehler, Violet (Allen) Hedine, Helen (Edgar) Doering; Brothers-in-law, Ewald (Dora) Kuester, Elmer (Hazel) Kuester. Margaretha Eliza Draeger was born on September 15, 1924, at the family farm east of Fernando, Minnesota. She was the daughter of John Carl and Anna Olga (Gehrke) Draeger. Margaretha was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in her faith as a youth. On January 24, 1943, Margaretha was married to Maynard Carl Kuester at St. Matthew’s Church in Fernando. This marriage was blessed with three children, Mary Lou, Dennis, and Michael. Margaretha and Maynard resided in rural Fernando. They then moved in Winthrop in 1946. They shared 33 years of marriage until the passing of Maynard on June 7, 1976. During her working years, Margaretha worked at Green Giant, Winthrop Dairy, Fingerhut, and 3M. After retiring from 3M, she worked at the Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel and also volunteered at the American Legion. While working, Margaretha was also very involved with her children acting as Den Mother and Girl Scout Leader. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church since 1946 and worked as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent for 20 years. Margaretha worked with the quilting, ladies’ activities and embroidered all baptismal towelettes from 1965 to 2015. Margaretha was an avid traveler, visiting all states except Hawaii. She also enjoyed antiques, quilting, sewing, gardening, and playing cards with friends. Margaretha has been a resident of Oak Terrace Assisted Living since 2010 and enjoyed attending as many activites as possible, as well as visiting with the residents. A special thank you goes out to the exceptional caregivers at Oak Terrace and the Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center from the family. We could all learn about enthusiasm for life by following in her footsteps. God bless her memory. Arrangements by the Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at

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