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Margaret R. Fanebust-Bly

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Margaret R. Fanebust-Bly

Sioux Falls - Margaret R. Fanebust-Bly, 94, of Sioux Falls, SD died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Good Samaritan Luther Manor. Her funeral service will be 1:00 PM Thursday, April 3 at East Side Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation begins at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 2 at George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Margaret Rose Kearney, daughter of Earl and Olga (Linde) Kearney, was born July 4, 1919 in Wood Lake, MN. As a child she moved with her family to Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up and received her education there. After her father's death when she was 16 years old, Margaret began work at McKennan Hospital and also had cleaning and babysitting jobs to help her family.

Margaret was united in marriage with Curtis Fanebust on April 18, 1936 in Canton, SD. The couple made their home and raised their family in Sioux Falls. Margaret also worked at Tyler Insurance for 20 years before retiring in 1982. Curtis preceded her in death on January 22, 1981.

Margaret was united in marriage with Oden Bly on November 17, 1982 in Sioux Falls. Oden preceded her in death on October 4, 1990.

Margaret attended East Side Lutheran Church and was a member of the Women of the Moose and the Grandmother Scouts. She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and spending time with family and friends.

Grateful for having shared her life are three daughters, Sharon LeMair and her husband, Greg, Backus, MN, Susan Barton and Don Smithback, Sioux Falls, SD, Paula Dunkelberger and her husband, Dale, Viborg, SD; eight grandchildren, Lisa Nelson and her husband, Mark, Robbie Hall and her husband, Cody, Chad LeMair and his wife, Mona, Jim Barton and his wife, Jodi, Kristi LeMair, Leslie Anne LeMair, Cody Dunkelberger and his wife, Dixie, Crystal Anderson and her husband, Cory; 15 great-grandchildren, Kylee Cournoyer and her husband, Owen, Dakota Johnson, Sierra Johnson, Trystin Hall, Jenna LeMair, Curtis LeMair, Rachel LeMair, Breeauna Barton, Brigen Barton, Bailie Barton, Elijah Allison, Dana Dunkelberger, Colt Dunkelberger, Cally Anderson, Camy Anderson; three great-great-grandchildren, Dante Cournoyer, Devin Cournoyer, Owen Cournoyer Jr.; a sister, LaVonne "Bonnie" Middlen, Sioux Falls, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husbands, Margaret was preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia and Karen; a granddaughter, Brooke LeMair; her parents, Earl and Olga; three brothers, Lester Kearney, Marvin Kearney and John Kearney; and a sister, Leona Nussbaum. Obituary and online registry available at


Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 1, 2014
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