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 Marguerite Lucille <I>Newman</I> Krapu

Marguerite Lucille Newman Krapu

Death 24 Sep 1999
Burial Fessenden, Wells County, North Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 113472851 · View Source
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On April 10, 1912, Dr. Guy P. Stokes delivered Marguerite to her waiting parents, William and Kate (Barta) Newman. She already had an older sister, Lillian, and later would come brothers Virgil and Willis, then her sister Billee. Their home at that time was on the farm in Porter township, Dickey County, just north of the town of Fullerton, North Dakota. Her father was born in Illinois, and his parents came to the United States from Sweden around 1870. Her mother Kate Barta was born in Iowa and moved to North Dakota at age 13 with her family. Kate's parents immigrated to Iowa in 1864 from Hlavatce, Tabor district, in what is now the Czech Republic. Hlavatce is a rural farming community 67 miles south of Prague.

Marguerite recalled her childhood on the farm fondly, describing herself as ‘the clown' and her older sister Lillian as ‘the lady'. She was bigger and taller than average and always had problems finding shoes that fit. She wrote: ‘I remember school days in the little country school - the Christmas programs, the last day of school picnics, the basket socials - all the fun times we had'. The Barta family had a proud tradition of turning out great cooks and bakers, and she learned it well from her mother.

She attended school in Fullerton, then went to the State Normal and Industrial College in Ellendale where she earned her teaching certificate. Prior to her 1932 marriage to Seth Evalt Krapu, she taught elementary school in Dickey County for two years.

Marguerite was a very intelligent and strong woman. She loved to read and play word games like Anagrams, Boggle, crossword puzzles, and her favorite, Scrabble. You had to be on your best game to beat her at Scrabble, and she knew all the little crazy words that you never hear otherwise.

She loved listening to Paul Harvey's daily newscast and the Minnesota Twins games. Marguerite rarely lacked for an opinion on a subject, and would definitely set you straight if she thought it needed to be done, but she was a very kind person as well. Crocheting gloves, hats, scarves, and afghans while sitting in her corner chair by the window was her main hobby. When she saw the mailman come, we had to go down and get the mail right away - she always had letters from family and friends to read. While her husband Evalt was in the nursing home she visited him every day, helping in his care.

Marguerite died September 24,1999 at the age of 87 in Harvey. On September 28 funeral services were held at the Fessenden school gymnasium and she was buried next to Evalt in Hillside Cemetery near there. Pallbearers were Val and Brad Webster, Chad and Jerad Justesen, and Roger and Reade Neumiller.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marguerite Lucille Newman Krapu (10 Apr 1912–24 Sep 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113472851, citing Hillside Cemetery, Fessenden, Wells County, North Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Chad Justesen (contributor 48086785) .