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Margot Louise (Wangberg) Moller


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Margot Louise (Wangberg) Moller Obituary
Margot Louise Wangberg Moller

Margot Louise Wangberg Moller was born on a farm near Flandreau, South Dakota on February 22, 1915, the third child of Johannes Wangberg and Astrid (Myrseth) Wangberg. She entered her heavenly home on September 8, 2016 at the age of 101. A worship service in celebration of Margot's memory will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, SD at 2:00 PM Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Margot attended country schools and graduated from Egan High School in 1932. With no money to pay for college and few jobs available, Margot stayed home for three years after graduation to help her parents on their farm south of Egan. In 1935, Margot enrolled at Augustana College. She lived with the Lund family and helped with housework in exchange for room and board, and her tuition was covered by a loan from P.E.O. At Augustana she met Gottfried I. Moller, her future husband. After college, Margot and Gottfried taught in public schools, and when Margot's school loans were paid Margot and Gottfried were married. Their wedding took place at Colman Lutheran Church on June 15, 1941, and their first home was in Bryant, South Dakota.

While their daughters were young, the family lived in Madison, South Dakota. Gottfried taught at Madison High School and Margot was a full-time homemaker. In 1950, after Gottfried had earned his M.A. Degree in Physics, the family moved to Park Forest, Illinois, and he worked at Argonne National Laboratory. Margot found work at the local Kresge store while the girls were in school, and the family was active in the newly-formed Lutheran congregation.

In 1954, the family moved to Vermillion, South Dakota, where Gottfried accepted a teaching position in the Physics Department. Margot soon went back to college to earn her B.A. Degree in Botany. At various times she held positions in the Botany and Zoology departments, as well as the Accounting department. Her willingness to volunteer her time led her to sing in the church choir, serve as Financial Secretary, and be active in the women's group. She was a long-time member of Chapter BV, P.E.O. She volunteered in the gift shop of the W.H. Over Museum and kept accounts there as well. In recognition of her many volunteer activities, Margot was the Vermillion nominee for the South Dakota State Diana Award in 1975.

One of Margot's favorite pastimes was embroidery, and her handwork can be found in many homes of her loved ones. Her daughters are thankful for sharing with them her love of music and delicious baked bread!

Special thanks to Marcy Lund (Trinity's Visiting Nurse), and caregivers Monica and Dana.

Margot was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Ida Wright, Helene Berven and Marie Mathison, and brothers Ole, Martin, Pete and Harald. Margot is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Joel) Kazmierski and Geraldine (Leon) Simson; grandchildren Jeffrey (Sharon) Kazmierski, Jennifer Kazmierski, Kate (Corky) Shaw, and Hannah Simson; great-grandchildren Madelyn and Sophia Kazmierski and Mara Shaw. She is also survived by brothers Ludwig, John and Albert.

Donations in Margot's memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care (542 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820), Chapter BF, P.E.O. (124 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069), or G.I. Moller Scholarship Endowment (University of South Dakota Foundation, P.O. Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069).
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 17, 2016
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