Margaret Tierney Whitlock


Whitlock, Margaret Tierney Died peacefully from natural causes on February 25, 2006 at Country Manor in Sartell , MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, March 3, 2006 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Thursday at Landkamer-Johnson- Boman Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to donor's choice. Born to an Irish immigrant family in Chicago IL on November 4, 1910, her father Dr. Daniel Tierney was a veterinarian and Assistant Chief of Federal Meat Inspector at the Chicago Stock Yards. Her Mother, Bea (Hennessy) Tierney of County Cork originally settled in Chicago with her three brothers, the "Dancing Hennessy Brothers", who were grand champion dancers of Ireland and ran a school of Irish Dance in Chicago. Margaret was graduated from Calumet High School in Chicago where she was elected "Miss Calumet" and attended the University of Chicago for one year before she moved with her family to Austin MN, She received her B.A. Degree from the College of St. Teresa in Winona MN and did post graduate work in Library Sciences at the University of Minnesota after her father was appointed Chief Federal Meat Inspector at South St. Paul. She married D.J. (Sam) Whitlock a civil engineer, whom she met at Mother Cassidy's restaurant in Hinckley MN. Unable to be married during Advent and anxious to be married as soon as possible before Sam's going to war; they were married the day after Christmas 1941. The wedding took place at St. Luke's Church in St. Paul but, since she was a teacher at the time, the announcement of their wedding was not publicized because she risked losing her employment if her marital status was known. During WWII she and Sam were separated for over three years as he served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Iran which was the main route for supplying Russian troops during the Battle of Leningrad. As a member of the "Rosie the Riveter" generation, Margaret served as an employment supervisor for the United States Employment Service in St. Paul. She interviewed and screened applicants for emergency war-work in shipbuilding (Pasco WA), munitions manufacture (Oak Ridge, TN), and the Northwest Airlines Modifications Center (St. Paul, MN). Following WWII, Margaret and Sam settled in Mankato, MN where they raised four children and she taught high school English while managing the library. After taken early retirement, she became the owner-operator of a hobby business, "Whitlock's Paperback Book Exchange", for ten years. Following the death of Sam she resided at Old Main Village in Mankato where she was active in organizing a library for senior citizens and caring for her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. In 1998 Margaret moved to the Country Manor complex in Sartell, MN where she spent her remaining years reading books, playing cards, participating in book clubs and helping to organize the Country Villa Library. She was a member of the Minnesota Education Association, American Library Association, Retired Educators Association, American Association of University Women, the Great Books Club and Recovery Plus, St. Cloud. She is survived by four children: Dr. Daniel Whitlock (Judy) of St. Cloud, Katie (Whitlock) Hegstad of Mankato, James Whitlock (Karen) of North Mankato and Mary Whitlock (Norma) of North Mankato. Additionally she is survived by nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step- grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam in 1990; brothers, Msgr. Daniel Tierney, editor of the Courier newspaper (Winona Diocese), Jim (Marge) Tierney; and step-grandchild, Clay Malone. In 1915 her younger sister, Mary Loretta was lost to Diphtheria during a Chicago epidemic - an event that had a profound lifelong impact on Margaret.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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