Marguerite “Peg” Gatens Knoedel, 91, of Legacy Pointe, Iowa City, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Mercy Hospital Hospice.
Funeral Mass was offered April 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiated by Father John Spiegel. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Marguerite was born April 10, 1922, in Cedar County to James and Anna (Tucker) Gatens. She attended school in Springdale and later at St. Patrick’s in Iowa City, where she graduated in 1939. She married Joe Knoedel on Sept. 16, 1947, at St. Patrick’s Church in Iowa City.
Before her marriage, she worked at the photo counter of Louis Drug Store, as a secretary for the Selective Service System during World War II, at Metcalf-Hamilton Construction, and at the Red Cross. After her children were in school, Marguerite worked as a secretary at Burge Hall and for 17 years at the University of Iowa College of Business in Phillips Hall. In her early retirement years she contributed food for the Free Lunch Program, helped with St. Mary’s funeral luncheons, and with mailings at Mercy Hospital.
Over the years she belonged to Catholic Daughters of America, St. Mary’s Altar & Rosary, Iowa City Women’s Club, and the University of Iowa Women’s Club.
She is survived by six children, Margie and husband Jack Sjoquist of Bloomington, Minn., Jim and wife Denise of Chicago, Bill and wife Susy of Urbandale, Susan and partner Cesca Piuma of Madison, Wis., Andy of North Liberty and Mary Ellen and husband Brian Sullivan of Edina, Minn.; four grandchildren, Matt and Michael (Bill and Susy) and Brett and Daniel (Mary and Brian); and sisters-in-law, Rita Gatens of Calistoga, Calif., and Veronica Gatens of Green Bay, Wis.
Memorial donations may be directed to St. Mary’s Parish in Iowa City, Mercy Hospital Hospice, or the Don Knoedel Scholarship at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.
Online condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.