Margaret E. West
1955 - 2017
Butala Funeral Home & Crematory - Sycamore
1405 Dekalb Ave
Sycamore, IL
Margaret E. West

Born: June 11, 1955; in Rockford, IL

Died: October 6, 2017; in DeKalb, IL

Margaret E. West, 62, of DeKalb died Friday, October 6, 2017 at Northwestern Medicine- Kishwaukee Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

She was born June 11, 1955 in Rockford. The daughter of Donald and Margaret (Dunk) Carter. She married Raymond A. West in September of 1994 in DeKalb County. Margaret received her master's degree in nursing education from NIU. She was a Registered Nurse at many hospitals over her career, including St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford for 19 years and Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb for over 12 years. She worked in the Emergency Department, Recovery Room and Nursing Supervision. She also taught in the Emergency Medical Services office and was with the Kirkland volunteer fire department for over 5 years. Margaret was a nursing instructor for NIU for several years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed going to Musicals with her daughters. Always, she'll be remembered as a strong, adamant soul. She battled cancer fiercely for five long years, all the while working, teaching, and positively affecting everyone she encountered.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; three daughters, Rachael West, Katarina West and Nancy Heimann; one granddaughter; and one brother, Paul (Joan) Carter.

Her Visitation will be on Saturday, October 14th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL.

Memorials for Margaret can be made to Northwestern Medicine- Kishwaukee Hospital in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178.

For info or to sign the online guest book, go to or call 815-895-2833.

Published by Daily-Chronicle on Oct. 10, 2017.
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I received an email remembering Margaret. As if I needed it. Whenever October rolls around and many days in between, I remember her. Her smile, her laugh. Truly a wonderful person.
Ann Carlson
October 3, 2020
The best first nursing clinical instructor a nursing student could have had!
Christian C
October 14, 2017
My sincerest condolences to Margarets family and friends. She was my EMT instructor several years ago, and it was partially due to her enthusiasm and love for helping others I stayed in EMS. I've been doing it now for over a decade, and looking back, I can say I've never had an instructor quite like her. She loved helping those in need and was one of a kind in passing on her knowledge and skills. Her loss will be felt at so many levels. I'm so sorry that she is gone from us.
Adam Young
October 12, 2017
Condolences to Margaret's amazing husband and family. So sorry for your loss. Awesome person. Rest friend.
Deborah Fillers
October 10, 2017
Margaret was truly a pleasure to be around and to work for. Through all of her suffering she was always kind and thoughtful. May you and your family find the courage and strength to get through these trying times. We will all miss her.
Kelly's Custom Services
October 10, 2017
With deepest sympathy,
R. Jim Caldwell
October 10, 2017
Margaret was one of four EMS instructors who set me on a pathway within emergency medicine. Which led me to re-enlisting after 9/11. Which led to me completing 20 years of military service this year. Margaret had a wickedly delightful sense of humor; a smile that would light up the room and a love for family and life that was tangible. Teacher, friend, warrior. My condolences to all that knew her.
October 10, 2017
May you rest in the comfort of our Heavenly Father"s arms.
Patricia Braun
October 9, 2017
Margaret was always a ray of sunshine and a voice of reason at NIU. She influenced many nurses that are now in practice. Her family and her professional accomplishments are a beautiful legacy.
Diana Mertens
October 9, 2017
I had the priledge to work with Margaret for many years. I was even lucky enough to meet her mom who gave her strength and compassion. She always was supportive and happy to explain things. Her students loved her compassion and unending patients! She had a strength that always amazed me along with her love and devotion to her family was always so inspiring to me! Rest now Margaret be at peace, you deserve it after the fight you gave!
Anne Ostdick
October 9, 2017
Ray, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Susan Willey
October 9, 2017
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