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Margaret Hoffart Abel
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1917
Benson County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 2010
Burleigh County
North Dakota, USA

Margaret Abel, 93, Bismarck, formerly of Minot, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, in a Bismarck nursing home.

Margaret Hoffart was born on Feb. 17, 1917, the daughter of Peter and Regina (Reiger) Hoffart, on the family farm near Esmond. She was raised and educated in the Esmond area. She was the sixth child of a family of 10 children.

On Oct. 9, 1939, Margaret was united in marriage to Lawrence A. Abel at Esmond. The couple lived for short time in Balta at which time their first child, a daughter, was born. Margaret earned income by sewing dresses without the aid of patterns but only catalog pictures as guides.

In 1943, the couple moved to Minot, where four more children were added to the family. Margaret was a housewife for a number of years. During this time, she earned spending money by taking in washing and patching clothes. She and Lawrence also built their house. When the children were older, Margaret and her husband cleaned offices in evenings. Later Margaret worked as a chef's assistant and eventually became a fry cook.

During the last 15 years of her working career she was employed as a laundry attendant at Norge Village Laundromat. During her retirement, she and Lawrence enjoyed remodeling the residence they had purchased in Eastwood Park. Both enjoyed countless hours making their yard a showcase. Lawrence passed away on March 12, 2001. Following his death, Margaret continued to live and maintain her home in Eastwood Park.

In February of 2008, Margaret's health began to fail. One of her daughters moved her to Bismarck. While in Bismarck, Margaret lived independently in Brandon Heights senior housing, later at the Edgewood Vista assisted care memory unit, and lastly at the Baptist Nursing Home. She ultimately succumbed to kidney failure and died peacefully in her sleep with her children near her side.

Margaret was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot, for approximately 45 years and a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot for 20 years. She enjoyed gardening. Her yard, across from Roosevelt Park, was her pride and joy. She spent all her free time nurturing her plants and feeding the birds.

Surviving relatives include: Her five children, Yvonne Abel, Painesville, Ohio, Larry L. (Sue) Abel, Rapid City, S.D., Karen (Barry) Borstad, Bismarck, Jane Abel, Burlington, Jim ( Goldie) Abel, Minot; 10 grandchildren, Ed Danison, Altona, Pa., Nick (Barbara) Danison, Bill Danison, Columbus, Ohio, Chris (Genie) Danison, Altona, Jeff Danison, Greensboro, N.C., Lisa Abel , Rapid City, Josh Borstad, Bismarck, Brett (Leilani) Borstad, Littleton Colo., Biana Borstad, Bismarck, Brandon (Laura) Abel, Peoria, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren: brother, Casey (Helen) Hoffert; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence; grandson, Michael Abel; and eight siblings, Frank Hoffert, Regina Buckmier, Jake Hoffert, Lucille Gefroh, John Hoffert, Joe Hoffert, Katie Hoffart and Ann Stark.

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

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  Lawrence A. Abel (1916 - 2001)*
*Calculated relationship
Rosehill Memorial Park
Ward County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
Record added: Dec 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63366728
Margaret <i>Hoffart</i> Abel
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