Margaret Ellen Cheney McLaughlin, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at the Hiawatha Care Center. Funeral Mass was held Dec. 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include her husband, Richard; three daughters, Cathy (Jim) McCreary of O’Fallon, Ill., Carol (John) Lawlis of Stevens Point, Wis., and Mary (Kevin) Kahl of Granger, Ind.; two sons, Mike (Stephanie) of Solon and John (Diana) of Marion; 17 grandchildren, Sarah, Joseph, Jacob and Grace McCreary of O’Fallon, Ill., Kirby, Jack, Shea, Delaney, Molly, Mason, Thomas, and Tess Lawlis of Stevens Point, Wis., Sofia McLaughlin of Marion, Benjamin and Gabriel Kahl of Granger, Ind. and Noah and Ethan McLaughlin of Solon; and a brother, Harold Cheney Jr. of Martinsville, Ill.
Margaret Ellen Cheney was born on March 29, 1935, in Little Falls, N.Y. to Harold and Helen (Scannell) Cheney. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Little Falls in 1952. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 1958. Margaret married Richard McLaughlin in Cedar Rapids in 1963.
Margaret stayed at home with her children during their school years, returning to work outside the home in 1985. She held jobs at B. Dalton Booksellers in Lindale Plaza, Parsons Technology and finally at Theatre Cedar Rapids
Memorials may be directed to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Margaret. Please sign the online guest book for Margaret at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.