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Margaret M. Ransden

1937 - 2016 Margaret M. Ransden, 78, of Williamstown died WednesdayApril 13, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family. She was born in St. Elmo, Il on July 29, 1937, daughter of the late Jesse J. and Delia (Koeberlein) Heischmidt. Margaret graduated from St. Elmo High School ('55), and earned a B.S. in Home Economics Education from Eastern Ill. University ('59) and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Development from University of Illinois ('63). Margaret married Carl E. Ransden on September, 14 1963 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Elmo, IL. As an Army wife stationed in various states around the country, Margaret worked as an elementary school teacher in St. Elmo IL, Anchorage AK, and Leesville LA, as well as teaching home economics to middle school students in Danville IL, and to college students at St. Petersburg FL and Mattoon IL. After the family's move to her husband's hometown of Williamstown in 1984, she was a sales representative for MetLife in Pittsfield, MA for eight years. She spent the last years before retirement working in the fields of early childhood and home health care. Margaret deeply loved and valued family. She found happiness in her flower garden, entertaining, and cooking for anyone who came to visit. She had a keen hand at crafts; she never shied away from a challenge. Margaret was a communicant of St's Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown, and volunteered for multiple programs for the church. Margaret was predeceased by Carl, her cherished husband of 50 years. Margaret leaves her children James (Ed) Ransden of St. Louis, MO and daughter Katherine; Jo Ellen Iskowitz and her husband Reuben of Bennington, VT; and Jeffrey Ransden and his wife Susan (Ostrowski) of Fairfield, CT and their sons Mitchell and Emmett; siblings, Pauline and Richard Zimmerman of Watson, IL, Jesse and Pat Heischmidt of Altamont, IL, Loretta Heischmidt of St. Elmo IL, Elizabeth and Lester Stoner of Charleston, IL, Mark and Jennieann Heischmidt of St. Elmo, IL, and Paul and Jan Heischmidt of Alton, IL. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. at St's Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown, MA. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery. Calling Hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are Monday from 5-7 P.M. Memorial donations are suggested for Saints Patrick & Raphael in Williamstown MA, Friends of Renal Dialysis FORD, c/o Berkshire Medical Center Kidney Disease and Hypertension Center, 725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201, or HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South Street Suite 1W, Pittsfield, MA 01201. To send a message or a card, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhome.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 15, 2016
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