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Margaret A. Renstrom Jan. 14, 1918 - May 1, 2009

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WILLMAR -- Margaret Aurora Harriet Hovick Renstrom, 91, of Willmar, died Friday at Bethesda PleasantView Nursing Home in Willmar.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Calvary Lutheran Cemetery.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born Jan. 14, 1918, in Madison to Alfred and Mathilde (Morseth) Boraas. She grew up in Lake Shore Township near Madison, attended District 84 school and graduated from Madison High School in 1936. She graduated from Minneapolis Business College in 1937 and worked temporarily at the State Capitol in St. Paul. She worked in Washington, D.C., for more than three years.

She married Hiram Hovick on Oct. 27, 1943, in Long Beach, Calif. In 1944, he was killed on a food dropping mission in the China/Burma/India Theater. She moved briefly to Madison before moving to Minneapolis where she worked as a secretary at the Veteran's Hospital.

She married Russell Renstrom on June 10, 1961, and they lived in Willmar. She worked as a secretary at Kandiyohi County Family Services. After she retired, they spent 14 winters Rio Grande Valley in Texas. They volunteered at the Knapp Medical Hospital in Weslaco, Texas, and were active in their church. In recent years, they lived in Willmar year round and were active in their church, Sons of Norway, volunteered at the Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar Public Library and Historical Society, delivered Meals on Wheels and visited shut-ins.

She is survived by one daughter: Patricia (and James) Binger of Big Arm, Mont.; one stepson: Thomas (and Kathy) Renstrom of Montgomery, N.Y.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and one brother: Beaumont Boraas of Madison.

She was preceded in death by both her husbands, two brothers and one sister.

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