Margaret Tieszen

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Margaret Wanda Tieszen
October 5, 1922 - December 15, 2014
Margaret Wanda Tieszen was born on October 5, 1922, in American Falls, Idaho, to John H. and Katie Ensz Friesen. On December 15, 2014, at the age of 92, Margaret bid goodbye to her beloved family.
The sixth of eight children, Margaret grew up on the Friesen family farm where she acquired some of the values, skills, and faith that would guide her throughout her life.
Margaret began her education at Fairview School and graduated from American Falls High School. Margaret was very close to her younger sister Ruby, and together they attended one year of college at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, then a year at the State Normal School in Albion, Idaho, where they obtained teaching degrees. Margaret taught elementary school for a few years at Fairview School and in Rupert, Idaho.
In 1947, Margaret married LeVern Tieszen, who had come to Idaho from Montana to perform Civilian Public Service during World War II. At the time of Margaret's passing, Margaret and LeVern had been married for 67 years.
Margaret and LeVern lived in Aberdeen, Idaho, for over fifty years, during which time they owned various businesses. Margaret always took an active part, even while raising their five children.
Throughout her life, Margaret enjoyed traveling with LeVern. They vacationed in various locations around the world. Another favorite getaway was their cabin in Palisades, Idaho.
In 2004, Margaret and LeVern moved to Caldwell, Idaho, to be closer to their two daughters. Although Margaret's health was beginning to fail by this time, she enjoyed attending games, track meets, concerts, and graduation ceremonies for her grandchildren.
Besides her husband, Margaret is survived by one sister, Ruby Friesen, of Mt. Angel, Oregon, and one sister-in-law, Laura Friesen, of North Newton, Kansas; her five children: Richard (Bozena), Milwaukee, WI; Ken (Sheila)Tieszen, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Wes (Ada) Schmidt-Tieszen of Newton, KS; Vicki (Chris Nye) Tieszen, of Caldwell, ID; and Kathy (Jerry) Neufeld, also of Caldwell. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Tina (Dan Graber) Schmidt-Tieszen of Freeman, SD; Alison Schmidt-Tieszen of Denver, CO; Colman Tieszen, of Dar es Salam, Tanzania; Jacob Nye, of Caldwell, ID, Sarah Neufeld, and Emily Neufeld, also of Caldwell. In March, there will also be a great-grandchild!
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, 2 sisters, and one grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Evergreen Heights Mennonite Church, 701 N. Indiana, in Caldwell, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palisades Mennonite Church Camp, Mennonite Central Committee relief organization, or .
The family wishes to thank Ashley Manor, Autumn Wind, and XL Hospice for the loving care they have given to Margaret during her last years. Condolences may be sent to

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 18, 2014